World International Affairs Russia’s electronic warfare systems in Syria were set to be reinforced so that they could track planes across the region and beyond, after a Russian military aircraft was shot down off the coast of Syria. Moscow holds Israel responsible for the loss of its Il-20 surveillance plane last week after Syrian anti-aircraft defenses accidentally hit it while responding to a surprise Israeli air raid in the coastal province of Latakia. Israel blamed Iran for allegedly setting up bases in Syria and has vowed to continue targeting suspected Iranian positions. Vladimir Mikheyev, first deputy director of Russia’s government-owned Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, told state-run media that Moscow was looking to improve its ability to monitor the skies from Syria. “Systems capable of combatting precision weapons—guided bombs and missiles that, perhaps, will be used by the same Israel, which has already stated that it will continue to target objects in the region—will be added to the conventional radar protection systems,” Mikheyev told Tass Russian News Agency. “In addition, systems and facilities will be put in place that will block all systems and means of controlling aviation and ship groupings. “We will know not only that someone has entered the airspace in this region, but also… Read full this story
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