Could Israel neutralize the S-300 missile defense system? An IAF officer suggested in 2008 that Israel was already working on neutralizing the S-300.
A top IAF officer also said this week that Israel needed to do “everything possible” to prevent the S-300 from reaching the region.
“Russia will have to think real hard before delivering this system to Iran, which is possibly on the brink of conflict with either Israel or the US, since if the system is delivered, an EW [electronic warfare] system will likely be developed to neutralize it, and if that happens it would be catastrophic not only for Iran but also for Russia,” the defense official said.
Neutralization of one of the main components of Russian air defense would be a blow to Russian national security as well as to defense exports.
[Published on 8/8/2008]
The Israelis have a record of hacking air-defense systems. Israel’s attack on Syria’s nuclear reactor in 2007 used an air-defense hacking system called Suter.
What is Suter?
Israel’s amazing attack in Syria on September 6th left just about everybody scratching their heads. How did they do that? Well, meet “Suter”.
Suter is an airborne network attack system. It hacks into enemy air defense systems so that they can be taken over. Suter includes some powerful sensors for detecting a large assortment of electronic emissions. Computer software can identify the emitters based on a database of known emitters. Based on this information potential entry points into air defense systems can be exploited. Suter can monitor enemy emitters, mislead them or shut them down.
Senior Suter is a Big Safari-managed special access program. Big Safari itself is a shadowy Air Force unit that has developed small numbers of specialized reconnaissance systems, including drones, in what are often classified programs. Big Safari is a specialized process of acquisition and contracting management process that supports 20-24 projects at any one time and includes responsibility for logistics sustainment for over 50 aircraft.
Greece has the S-300 air defense system, and Israel is training with it. They were training with the S-300 back in 2008. Do you think the Israelis might have accomplished anything in the last 5 years?
Greece has the same Russian S-300 ground-to-air radar systems as Iran. A June 2008 exercise with Israel may be preparation for strike.
While the Israeli-Greek air tactics were amply reported in the world’s media after initial reports in the New York Times, the pivotal information from Greece’s S-300 batteries has remained below the radar. By swarming its jets into the S-300’s massive electronics, Israel was able to record invaluable information about defeating, jamming and circumventing the Russian system.
Israel dubbed its exercise “Glorious Spartan.” It is recalled that 300 glorious Spartans went down in history by forestalling the massive Persian army at a tiny land passage at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. The tiny Jewish State is now contemplating whether it must act unilaterally to forestall Iran’s nuclear threat.
[Published on 7/14/2008]
It appears that Israel’s success with Suter in its 2007 strike on Syria might be replayed in the not too distant future. This will be a major embarassment for Russia and expose Russia’s vulnerabilities.