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‘It was either disabled or out of ammo’: How Israelis hit the Syrian SA-22 air defense system

A functional SA-22 would never let a missile reach it, a former deputy head of the Russian Air Force told RT. The Russian-made system filmed getting hit by an Israeli missile in Syria was either turned off or out of ammo.

Following a massive airstrike on what it called Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have released footage taken aboard a Spike NLOS cruise missile, which is seen hitting what appears to be a Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) air defense system.

There can be only two possible explanations for a successful strike against a Pantsir-S1: “One is that it had already used up its ammunition reserve. The other is that it was simply turned off; it wasn’t battle ready,” Aytech Bizhev, a former Russian Air Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief, said.

“There can be no third option as it wouldn’t have let itself to be destroyed… When it’s battle-ready it performs constant surveillance of enemy aircraft and has a

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