The vaunted Israeli killers of Russian «Shells» turned out to be rubbish
Not so long ago, the media began to disseminate information about Israel’s test of the latest Rampage missiles. It just so happened that at the side of the Jewish state is torn by war state — Syria. Here in Syria, Tel Aviv and decided to test it. It happened in mid-April, however, then the use of new items was not reported. Information surfaced a few days later.
Recall that the thirteenth of April, the Israeli air force from Lebanese airspace attacked the Syrian province of Hama, namely the city of Masyaf. Not far from this settlement there are many objects belonging to the Iranian and Pro-Iranian formations. According to some information, there is even a plant for the production of missiles. Israeli missiles were supposed to strike at this very plant, as well as at weapons depots. About how successful this operation was the IDF, it is difficult to judge. The Israelis did not report on the success, but other sources give different data. Some opposition media in Syria reported large destruction, while the Syrian military, located near the attack, called the damage minimal, given a large number of missiles fired.
Feature Rampage that behind them for unknown reasons it got the name «killer «Armor». It is probably assumed that Russian complexes are the most vulnerable target for them. In an interview with «SP» Russian military expert, Alexei Leonov said that such a name is generally not justified. The bottom line is that Rampage, in principle, is designed to perform very different functions, and for the «Shells» are much more dangerous barraging ammunition. The expert mentioned one of the modifications of the ATGM Spike, which is used by the Israelis.
As for the threats to the s-300, Lenkov said that currently, the IDF is unlikely to have enough data on the work of Russian complexes because to create a «perfect» rocket vs s-300, Israel will not work. The fact is that those complexes that the IDF studied in Cyprus and Ukraine, are very different from modern modifications. According to the expert, at present, our SAMS are initially made in such a way that they can be modified very quickly. So our complexes in Syria are practically unknown to Israel. At the same time, the expert notes that recently Tel Aviv has been actively promoting the idea of the superiority of its weapons over Russia. Of course, this is a misconception about the confrontation of technology between the two countries. Leonov believes that, in principle, the chance to hit the s-300 Israel has, but only if SAM will be operated by poorly trained calculation.
Recall that in the future delivered to Syria S-300 will be in service with the Syrian Arab army, which means that they will be exploited by the Syrians themselves. That’s when Israel will try to strike at our complexes. And if this operation is successful, tel Aviv will trumpet it to the whole world and will present it as a great achievement. Such risks are the expert reminds, the IDF destroyed two «Shells». In both cases, our interlocutor believes, the Syrian military violated the norms of security and operation of the complexes. Also, Lenkov like the padded T-90 — during the impact on the tank was not battened down the hatch. Because of this, the «Curtain» protection system did not work — when the hatch is open, it is inactive. The question arises — why is the Syrian tank commander in the danger zone were moved with an open hatch? So the main problem of our equipment in Syria is poorly trained calculations that do not know how to handle it.
But other Russian military experts, whose opinions lead the media, and not at all to say about Rampage like about the inefficient rocket. It is noted that it successfully opposed even hopelessly outdated air defense systems of the Syrian army, located in the attacked area. Six out of ten missiles were shot down. That is, the efficiency is only 40%, and this is for a super-modern missile is simply shameful, given that it was opposed by some S-200 and other outdated Soviet air defense systems that are operated by the Syrians. However, the rocket Rampage inflicted devastating blows. First, even associated with Damascus officials have not denied the fact of the attack and destruction caused by the objects. However, about belonging of the attacked purposes it was reported that they are intended for the Syrian Arab army, but not for Iran. Secondly, the Israeli company of geospatial intelligence ImageSat International has published pictures confirming the fact that certain buildings in Masyaf were indeed damaged.
Based on the above, we can conclude that it is too early to draw specific conclusions about the effectiveness of Rampage and to minimize the danger. However, for the S-300 and especially for the S-400, they are unlikely to be a big threat. First, a direct confrontation with Russia tel Aviv under any circumstances will not be solved. And in General, in military terms to compare Russia and Israel is meaningless — it’s completely two different «weight» categories. Secondly, if Israel really had unique missiles against our production systems, it is unlikely that it would be so much concerned about the fact of the transfer of the S-300 to the Syrian army. If anyone forgot, we recall that after the crash of the Il-20 was announced the transfer of the air defense system of Syria. And then in Israel it made a lot of noise — the first persons of the state, using any platforms, urged the Russian authorities not to do it. It is obvious that this is due to the potential limitations of the IDF in the issue of countering new modifications of the Russian-made SAM