Israel worried about Syrian air defenses

Monday, August 13, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Syria is today in possession of a massive number of the most sophisticated anti-aircraft batteries in the world, according to a senior Israeli military source cited by the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot on Monday.

The source said that Syria's airspace is possibly more heavily covered by ground-to-air anti-aircraft missiles than any other nation on earth.

The buildup of such weapons is a response to Israel's traditional air superiority over its Arab neighbors.

Nor is Syria content with quantity, but it also making sure its defenses are of the highest quality.

The Israeli source told Yediot that a large number of the batteries deployed by Syria are cutting edge Russian systems, some of which are so new the Russian military has yet to put them into active service.

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