Israeli Air Force strikes at S-200 surface-to-air missile system position in Syria
According to the official press-attaché of the IDF, today (10/16/17) at about 10 am the Air Force aircraft attacked the battery of the S-200 long-range SAM (SA-5 Gammon), located in the Radwan area, 50 kilometers east of Damascus. Earlier, this air defense system fired Israeli F-16 aircraft, which carried out a photo-reconnaissance mission over the territory of Lebanon.
He also fired on Israeli aircraft in September and March this year. And although in all cases the fire of the SAM was ineffective, the aircraft returned to their bases without damage, this time it was decided to destroy the SAM.
Within the framework of the attack on the S-200, 4 air bombs (apparently controlled with a long range of flight) were dropped, the SAM "was put out of order". Israel sees in the Syrian army (SAA) responsible for any fire on Israeli targets from the territory of Syria, but in the case of the S-200 there is no doubt that the fire was conducted by the air defense forces of the SAA. According to the Syrian data, the launch of the rocket on Israeli planes was at 08:51, the attack of the S-200 at 11:38. The 2 nd and 10 th channels of the ITV report that the Russian military were notified of the Israeli attack "in real time". By the way, today the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is arriving in Israel on a two-day visit.
The S-200 arrived in Syria in 1983 with Soviet personnel, transferred to the Syrian Armed Forces in 1984. Syria has an S-200VE S-200VE air defense system "Vega-E" (maximum range of 240 km), photos can be seen on the blog "The Cave of the Evil One Bukvoyoda. " Estimates of the number of S-200s in Syria before 2011 were in 8 SAMs and 48 PUs (6 PUs per SAM). According to other sources, until the early 90's. Syria received 8 SAMs (4 each in 1984 and 1988), 4 technical divisions for their maintenance, 144 B-880E missiles plus 20 training missiles. Apparently, part of Syrian S-200s were damaged or destroyed during the civil war, however, new supplies from Russia or Iran are not excluded.
One more remark. Some sites (for example, israeldefense) say that the battery was "destroyed" or "bombed". I note that each S-200 division has 6 PU 5P72, a K-2B booth, a K-3B preparation cockpit, a K21B distribution booth, a 5E67 diesel power plant, 12 5U24 automatic loading machines with rockets and an antenna post K-1V with radar of the target illumination 5Н62В. In addition, additional radars, such as P-14, P-15, P-35 or P-37, are used for the early detection of targets. The anti-aircraft missile regiment usually consists of 3-4 divisions and one technical battalion, in the case of Syria, there are apparently anti-aircraft missile brigades with two fire and one technical divisions in each. Thus, to destroy even only one fire division is not easy enough. Nevertheless, for its disabling it is enough to hit the radar of the target illumination 5Н62В. According to the site walla, this particular radar was struck. By the way, the website of the IDF says that the SAM was "attacked" and "put out of order".