IAF to counter new surface-to-air missiles (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/20/12)
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The Israel Air Force is drafting a new operational doctrine aimed at
improving its ability to confront the proliferation of advanced
surface-to-air missile systems throughout the region.
Called “White Paper,” the plan is under development by the IAF’s
Operations Division and includes an analysis of each front that
Israel faces – Syria, Lebanon and Gaza – as well as the different SAM
systems that are located in the various areas of operations.
Over the past year, for example, Syria has received several SA-17
batteries from Russia under a deal signed several years ago. A number
of batteries are already operational and are deployed in Syria.
Also known as the Buk System, the SA-17 has a range of about 30 km.
and can intercept multiple targets flying at altitudes of over 40,000
feet. The launchers are mounted on trucks and are mobile, making them
Hezbollah in Lebanon is also believed to have upgraded its SAM
capabilities over the past year and the IDF suspects that the
guerrilla group – which is known to have a large number of shoulder-
launched missiles – also now has SA-8 truckmounted Russian tactical
SAM systems. The SA-8 is reported to have a range of 30 km.
On the southern front, Israel’s main concern is shoulder-launched
missiles that have been smuggled into the Gaza Strip.
The IAF also takes precautions now when flying along the border with
Egypt where terrorists are also believed to be stockpiling missiles.
Last August, a missile was fired at an Apache helicopter but missed.
The IDF suspects that some of the missiles that have been smuggled
into Gaza and Sinai originated in Libya, where large stockpiles of
shoulderlaunched missiles went missing following the revolution there
“The threat to our aerial superiority is growing and we need to adapt
our operational plans to be able to work despite the existence of
these systems,” a senior IAF officer explained.
The White Paper plan includes a number of layers – from the
development of hard kills (explosive) systems to the formulation of
new flight guidelines depending on the area of operations.
Most IAF craft carry electronic warfare systems that are designed to
Others carry additional means, such as flares, to misdirect enemy
A few months ago, Israel Military Industries introduced a flare that
is smaller and lighter than those currently in IAF inventory and
would enable aircraft to carry larger stockpiles enabling longer
flights in dangerous areas.
As revealed recently in The Jerusalem Post, the air force is also
working together with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to develop a
hard kill system that can intercept SAMs fired at helicopters.
Called Fliker, the system fires an interceptor at incoming missiles
and is designed to minimize debris and thereby reduce the risk that
shrapnel will hit and damage the aircraft.(© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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