Israeli Minister Says IDF Can Beat Syria’s New Russia-Supplied S-300s With Stealth F-35s
“The operational abilities of the air force are such that those (S-300) batteries really do not constrain the air force’s abilities to act,” The minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi said.
Referring to F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that Israel began receiving from the United States Hanegbi said: “You know that we have stealth fighters, the best planes in the world. These batteries are not even able to detect them.”
”You know that we have stealth fighters, the best planes in the world. These batteries are not even able to detect them” Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio.
“We were already forced, a few months ago, to destroy Syrian missile batteries, and I hope they won’t challenge us in the future”, Hanegbi commented in what can be seen as a padded threat to take action against the newly-supplied S-300 missile system.
Recently, Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that Israeli warplanes will carry on its strikes against positions in Syria despite of the fact that the Syrian Army is now in possession of S-300 air defense system.
On September 24, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shweigo took a decision to supply Syria with the S-300 systems to boost Syrian air defense forces after the Il-20 plane crash.
Russia decided to send S-300 systems to Syria in response to the recent incident of the Israeli aircraft using the Russian plane as a cover while targeting Lattakia. However, Moscow blamed Israel for downing the plane mistakenly by the Syrian air-defenses.
Moreover, The US Air Force may employ F-22 stealth fighters and F-16CJ Vipers to suppress and destroy enemy air defenses in response to Russia’s deployment of S-300 surface-to air missile systems to Syria’s government, the Drive wrote.