David Warns Goliath: Israel Could Neutralize Russia’s Air Defense Network

Stop selling Iran weapons, or we will embarrass you internationally, show the world you can be rendered defenseless.

The S-300 threatens to complicate Israel’s strike options. The weapons system sold to Iran but not yet believed delivered (pls see posts below for details) is one of the world’s most advanced, and is the primary Russian defensive Anti Air weapon, these batteries ring military installations and even Moscow itself. Iran is hot to trot to get them, believing that they can up their own deterrent factor by making a strike against the Iranian illicit nuclear program all the more difficult.

The US & Israel adamantly oppose the Russian weapons sales, to push home the point it seems Israel has now upped the ante itself, threatening to use in development technologies to show the world the Russian systems can be shut off like a light switch, leaving Russia essentially naked to air attack, and severely compromising the Russian multi billion dollar arms industry in one go.

JPOST Israel warns Russia: We’ll neutralize S-300 if sold to Iran.

If Russia goes through with the sale of its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Iran, Israel will use an electronic warfare device now under development to neutralize it and as a result present Russia as vulnerable to air infiltrations, a top defense official has told The Jerusalem Post.

While Russia has denied that it sold the system to Iran, Teheran claimed last year that Moscow was preparing to equip the Islamic Republic with S-300 systems. Iran already has TOR-M1 surface-to-air missiles from Russia.

Mixed media reports have emerged recently regarding the possible delivery of the system to Iran. Two weeks ago Reuters quoted a senior Israeli official who said the system would be delivered to Iran by the end of the year. In response, the Pentagon released a statement rejecting the assessment and saying that the US did not believe Iran would get it in 2008.

According to the Israeli defense official who spoke to the Post, “no one really knows yet if and when Iran will get the system.”

A top IAF officer also said this week that Israel needed to do “everything possible” to prevent the S-300 from reaching the region.

Russia will have to think real hard before delivering this system to Iran, which is possibly on the brink of conflict with either Israel or the US, since if the system is delivered, an EW [electronic warfare] system will likely be developed to neutralize it, and if that happens it would be catastrophic not only for Iran but also for Russia,” the defense official said.

Neutralization of one of the main components of Russian air defense would be a blow to Russian national security as well as to defense exports. “No country will want to buy the system if it is proven to be ineffective,” the official said. “For these reasons, Russia may not deliver it in the end to Iran.”

In last September’s widely reported Syrian Nuclear Reactor strike, it is believed that the entire Russian supplied Syrian Air Defense Network was disabled by Israel electronically and totally neutralized. The Syrians never even knew IAF warplanes were in their airspace hitting targets deep in Syrian territory, near the Iraqi border. Israel & the United States are both on the cutting edge in electronic warfare, speculation at the time ranged from powerful jamming all the way to a computer virus introduced into the Russian systems.

These comments are not boasts by Israel.. At the time, within 24 hours Russian technicians were spot flown to the scene in Syria, to try & figure out how it was even possible for Israel to so undress the Russian systems, Iran reacted with visible alarm in the media at the apparent fallibility of their own multi-billion dollar Russian supplied Air Defense net, and with good reason.

For detailed information on the Russian weapons, the Syrian strike, and the Iranian connection to both please see the following posts here at the Hashmonean:

Arms Race II: From Russia with Love (aug 23 2007)
Detailing the S-300 capabilities & associated advanced weapons system being sold to Axis powers by Russia.

Classified: Everyone has their eye off the ball (sep 18, 2007)
Early speculation on Iran’s involvement with North Korea, building a nuclear reactor on Syrian territory to provide covert nuclear material to Iran. This has now been widely accepted as exactly what went on, by intelligence circles.

OPERA II?: North Korean nuclear materials given to Iran, Syria?
(sep 12, 2007) The initial breaking news on the strike.