Osa and Kvadrat surface-to-air missile systems were supplied to Syria by the Soviet Union, and are known by the NATO codenames SA-8 and SA-6, respectively.

Photos, believed to be taken in the Negev desert and unearthed on Twitter, show inflatable dummies of Soviet-designed Osa and Kub/Kvadrat surface-to-air missile systems, which the Israeli Air Force is allegedly using during training.

The IDF hasn’t commented on the claims yet, and the photos have yet to be verified.

Russian S-300 Delivered to Syria

The report comes just days after Israel’s Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin said that Russia’s deliveries of S-300 air defence systems were “a big mistake” and that Tel Aviv would attack them if they are used against Israeli jets.

“By shipping these kinds of weapons to Syrians, Russia bears partial responsibility for their use. Usually, Israel reacts to attacks on its territory and its aircrafts not through international demarches, but with practical actions. Actions would undoubtedly take place, should [an attack] occur, against the launchers used to attack Israeli territory or Israeli planes,” he said.

In early October, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced it had finalised the delivery of 49 units of S-300 air defence systems to Syria in order to boost the security of Russian servicemen.

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The decision was made in late September in light of the inadvertent destruction of a Russian Il-20 military reconnaissance aircraft by Syria air defences responding to an Israeli air raid.

The Russian military blamed the downing on the IAF, emphasising that an Israeli fighter jet had used the Russian plane as a shield against Syrian air defence systems. Israel has denied the accusations, claiming that it had warned Moscow about the air strikes in a timely manner.

Osa & Kvadrat in Action

Known under the NATO reporting name SA-6, the Kvadrat SAM system was used during the Yom Kippur War in October 1973, fought between Israel and a coalition of Arab states, led by Syria and Egypt. Syria was able to use these air defences to shoot down more than 60 Israeli combat aircraft of various types.

In 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon, with the conflict culminating with Syria deploying over 30,000 troops, 400 tanks and 19 Osa SAM systems (NATO reporting name SA-8) in the Bekaa Valley to repel the IDF’s assault.

Despite the fact that the Syrians had just received the units at the time and hadn’t had time to master their use, they managed to shoot down one of the Israeli F-4 Phantom fighter-bombers.

Nowadays, the SA-8 and SA-6 systems are considered obsolete, but they still remain in service with the Syrian Army.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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Laura Green

What a bullshit ! Russia has sent to Syria MODERN, high effective arms ,not this junk.
Who said that old junk is “KUB “, as well as all the rest on photo ?
Here is ” OSA” 2:17 , and “KUB ” 2:40 . — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20BE7GC4-co All these arms are of (about )1960 th.

By now Russia has mush more sophisticated arms.

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Actually, all these systems have been highly upgraded with modern seekers and digital control, and not only by Russia, e.g. you don’t want to be chased by a Polish customised S-200. Rockets are still relevant.

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Weldon Cheek

How does training to attack obsolete inflatable c**p train pilots to defeat modern air defence systems? .

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Recognition of types of ground targets. When you move at 700 meter per second, it’s not so EZ. Note that Russia even sells inflatabe S-300/400 as decoys too, with heating to simulate their IR signature.

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Sputnik forgets about the Bekaa valley turkey shooting… The SAMs may have manaed to shoot down a F-4, all these batteries were subsequently destroyed with 108 Syrian fighter jets!

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

I think, everybody in the World are just anxious of seeing how the S-300 works in a real battle. So, hurry Israel, make the planned attack. It would not be strange to catch Syria soldier drinking coffee or sleeping.

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Learn about what is a wild-weasel mission also called SEAD or DEAD (suppression/destruction of Enemy Air Defenses)

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IDF is well equipped for this. If you want to see hundreds of SyADF militaries kiled in such an operation, go on wishing this!