Iran builds air defense network in Syria, Israel continues to bomb it

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 Iran is building an air defense network in Syria, Israel continues to bomb it

Iran has begun building an air defense network in Syria, sending equipment and personnel in a project that Israel has thwarted with repeated airstrikes, Newsweek reports.

According to an anonymous source, Israeli airstrikes in Syria have targeted “Iranian military installations and interests in Syrian territory that threaten Israel.” Iran has changed its strategy, “deploying tens of millions of dollars worth of air defenses in Syria to counter Israeli airstrikes.”

“The advancement of these capabilities is being carried out as part of a joint project with the Syrian army and possibly with the aim of ensuring the independent operation of air defense systems by Iran in parts of Syria,” – the source said. “In addition, the Iranians helped the Syrians upgrade their radars to help detect and prevent Israeli attacks in Syria.”

Armaments are known to include Iran's Sayyad (Hunter) 4B solid-propellant missile, introduced in November. The projectile is connected to the Bavar-373 anti-aircraft missile system and is said to have a range of more than 300 km with a radar radius of more than 450 km. The Iranian military claims that the system's capabilities are superior to those of the American Patriot air defense system and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense THAAD anti-missile system , as well as the Russian S-300 air defense system.

Seven attacks on the growing Iranian air defense network by Israeli forces over the past two years have been recorded, including in Homs in November and December 2022. The Syrian government accused Israel in these strikes, reported the deaths and injuries of Syrian soldiers and civilians in these and other attacks, including recent raids such as the shelling of Damascus last week.

The source said that over the past few years, 10 Iranians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria. Two Iranians killed in an airstrike in March 2022, Morteza Saidnejad and Ahsan Karbalai-Pur, have been identified as air defense engineers. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) acknowledged their deaths, vowing revenge. us on Telegram

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