A day after Israeli military lost its F-16 fighter jet following a significant confrontation between the Jewish state and Syrian forces, Israel has reportedly deployed anti-missile systems to the Syrian border on Sunday.
The Jerusalem Post on Sunday cited witnesses as saying that they had seen convoys of "missile defense batteries" north-bound near the city of Baka al-Gharbiya. It said others had posted photos of "trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel".
Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere; and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km to 300 km. It also has Patriot-missile batteries stationed in the North and has used them to intercept drones infiltrating into Israeli airspace from Syria.
Early on Saturday morning, reportedly eight Israeli warplanes were deployed to target positions inside Syria. The Syrian military, which has previously absorbed occasional Israeli strikes, activated its air defense systems and shot down at least one Israeli F-16.
It’s the first time in years that enemy weaponry brought down an Israeli jet.
Syrian air defence missiles downed an Israeli F-16 warplane attacking a military base near Damascus today, Syrian media reported the incident which was later confirmed by the Israeli army. Todays incident was the first time that Israel lost an aircraft in a combat situation since 2006 when an Israeli Yasour (Sikorsky CH-53) helicopter was shot down over Lebanon, Jerusalem post reported
The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that two “military personnel” died in a mortar attack on its Khmeimim airbase in Syrias Latakia Province on December 31, but denies reports on the alleged destruction of seven Russian warplanes. The statement comes amid reports from Russian newspaper Kommersant that the attack destroyed four Su-24 bombers, two Su-35S fighters, and an An-72 transport plane and an ammunition depot
The Israeli Defense Force has reportedly intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights. “Moments ago, the IDF used a Patriot Missile to intercept a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights,” the IDF spokesperson tweeted about the incident on the microblogging website
The Israel Air Force destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft SA-5 battery, located 50 km east of Damascus in retaliation to an attack on IAF planes by a surface-to-air missile Monday morning. "Whoever strikes at us, we strike at them
France has conducted the first operational use of its long-range, sea-launched, stand-off cruise missile, MdCN (Missile De Croisière Naval – naval cruise missile) when it was fired from a frigate on Syria Saturday. French Defense Minister Florence Parly posted a video of a FREMM frigate firing a naval cruise missile on her twitter handle Saturday
Russia plans to reopen sale of S-300 Anti-aircraft Missile defence systems to the Assad regime following the unilateral action of the US, France and the UK in launching airstrikes on Syria. “A few years ago, given the urgent request of some of our Western partners, we refused to supply the Anti-aircraft Missiles (AAMs) S-300 to Syria
Syrian air defense units have downed 71 out of 103 cruise missiles launched by the US and its allies since early Saturday, Russian and Syrian media reported. Referring to the shooting down of missiles launched during the US-led airstrike, Head of the Russian General Staffs Main Operations Department Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi said, “this testifies to the high efficiency of the weapon systems operational in Syria and the excellent skills of Syrian servicemen trained by our specialists," Rudskoi said, adding that Russia had fully restored Syrias air defense capabilities over the past eighteen months and continued improving it
A Russian Antonov An-26 Russian transport plane crashed while trying to land at Hmeymim airbase in northwest Syria killing 33 passengers and six crew members. According to preliminary data, an Antonov An-26 transport aircraft hit the ground 500 meters from Hmeymim airfield during its landing approach at around 15:00 Moscow time on March 6,
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