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Russia Pledges to ‘Increase Effectiveness’ of Syrian Air Defenses

Russia has pledged to “increase the effectiveness” of the Syrian military’s air defenses after a U.S. airstrike on an airfield held by Syrian forces, Russian news agency Interfax reports. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Friday that Moscow would take steps to “strengthen and raise the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ systems of anti-aircraft […]

Israel Threatens to Destroy Syrian Air Defenses

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned Syria that Israel will destroy its air defense system if Syria fires an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft again. Speaking on Israel public radio Sunday morning, Liberman said, “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our airplanes, we will destroy all of them without […]

Syria Opposition Manning Anti-Aircraft Systems: Report

Armed Syrian opposition groups have allegedly begun to operate a number of anti-aircraft missile systems captured from regime forces, according to an Italian news agency. On Monday, AKI news agency cited an opposition as saying that rebels “have recently begun to use” five Russian-manufactured 9K33 OSA short-range surface-to-air missile systems after acquiring the technical know-how to activate […]

India, Israel To Build Missile Defense System

India and Israel agreed to jointly develop a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) system for the Indian Army to replace Russian-made air defense systems, said a source in the Indian Defence Ministry. The land version of MRSAM would be an extension of the ongoing Air Force MRSAM project, which is expected to begin induction by 2017, […]

Tracker: Israeli Strikes in Syria

As the Syrian Civil War rages, Israel has conducted a number of sporadic strikes inside the war-torn country.  These strikes are to enforce Israel’s so-called “red line” in Syria, which includes transfers of sophisticated weapon systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon and threats along its border. View the full screen map here. (Last updated January 13, 2017 […]