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Israel Allegedly Trained to Take Out S-300 During Drills With Greece

© Photo : Russian Defence Ministry / Go to the mediabankS-300 Favorite surface-to-air missile system (File)
S-300 Favorite surface-to-air missile system (File) - Sputnik International
The war games between the Israeli and Hellenic Air Force lasted twelve days and specifically saw the participation of Israel's s fourth-generation F-16I "Sufa" fighter jet squadrons, which "drilled various scenarios."

During recent air exercises with Greece, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) could specifically drill tackling the S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) defence systems, a twitter user nicknamed Rambo alleged.

His remarks came after the end of what the Israeli military touted as "one of the largest fighter jet exercises held by the IAF overseas in 2018."

The Jerusalem Post, in turn, reported that the two countries' air forces "practiced dogfights, ground bombing runs as well as flying in environments threatened by advanced surface-to-air missile systems, " in an apparent reference to the Russian-made S-300 batteries.

In early November, Al-Masdar News cited an unnamed military source in Damascus as saying that the IAF has not conducted operation in Syria since Russia delivered S-300 air defence units to the Syrian government forces.

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On October 3, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that Israel was unhappy with the S-300 supplies to Syria but that it would not stop its military operations in the region.

Earlier, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia had completed its delivery of new S-300 systems to Syria, including 49 units of systems-related equipment such as radars, basic target acquisition systems, command posts and four launchers.

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The decision was made in the aftermath of the inadvertent destruction of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft by Syrian air defences repelling an Israeli air strike.

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The Russian military has blamed the wreckage on Tel Aviv, emphasizing that an Israeli fighter jet had used the Russian plane as a shield against Syrian air defense systems.

Israel has dismissed the accusations, claiming that it had warned Moscow about the upcoming air raid in the area in advance.

The S-300 missile systems were initially purchased by Cyprus in the mid-1990s, and was later transferred to the Greek island of Crete following objections from Turkey.

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