Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mystery: How Did Israeli Jets Evade Syrian Radar?

Iranian, Syrian and Russian technical experts are scrambling to understand how non-stealth Israeli jets managed to evade Syria's air defense system and destroy a target deep inside Syria that itself is shrouded in mystery. That is the biggest question to emerge from the Israeli raid and The implications are stunning: This possibly means that Iranian nuclear facilities defended by the same system are vulnerable. It means that Syria and Iran have purchased an expensive anti-aircraft system from Russia that is ineffective. But most importantly, it means that the West has found an alternative way to neutralize sophisticated radar air defense systems without the use of expensive stealth technology.

Update: World Tribune reports that during the Israeli raid, Syria and Lebanon experienced wide electronic disruptions throughout those two countries. Journalist Jack Wheeler reports that “The primary point of the attack was not to destroy that target,” Wheeler said. “It was to shut down Syria's Russian air defense system during the attack. Doing so made the attack an incredible success. Syria is shamed and silent. Iran is freaking out in panic."

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