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Report: Iran Building Air Defenses in Syria in Wake of Israeli Strikes

January 12, 2023

by: Ynet

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A Sayyad-4 missile on display during Iran’s Sacred Defense Parade south of Tehran (illustrative)

Thursday, 12 January 2023 | Iran is building aerial defense capabilities in Syria to deal with Israeli airstrikes, which have been increasing in numbers, Newsweek Magazine reported on Tuesday.

The magazine quoted an unnamed intelligence source from a country allied with the United States, who estimated the cost to Iran at millions of dollars.

The decision to promote such defenses was made after repeated strikes attributed to Israel, on Iranian assets in Syria since the Islamic Republic began its entrenchment efforts in that country, according to the report.

“The promotion of these capabilities is carried out as a project shared with the Syrian army and possibly even with the aim of enabling independent Iranian operation of the aerial defense systems from within parts of Syria,” the source said. “In addition, the Iranians assisted the Syrians in upgrading their radar array, designed to aid in detection and prevention of Israeli attacks—mainly against the Iranian establishment in Syria.”

According to the source, Iran has transferred Sayyad (Hunter) 4B solid-propellant surface to air missiles, with a range of more than 186 miles (300 kilometers) and a radar range of more than 280 miles (450 kilometers.)

The unnamed source named seven strikes over the past two years targeting the Iranian network, including in Palmyra and Tartus in October 2021, Latakia in December 2021, Damascus in March 2022, an additional strike in Tartus in July 2022, and two strikes in Homs in November and December 2022.

The reports quote the source saying that 10 Iranians had been killed by Israeli strikes over the past few years, including air defense engineers, whose deaths were confirmed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC], which vowed revenge.

The source told Newsweek that IRGC Aerospace Force deputy commander Brigadier General Fereydoun Mohammadi Saghaei serves as commander of the air defense project.

The magazine asked the Iranian mission to the UN for comment but [the request] was denied.

Posted on January 12, 2023

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on January 11, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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