Russia’s Dubious Air Game in Syria

Should the Russians conclude that Israel's air force is likely to overcome the S-300, the loss of marketability of that missile system might outweigh the financial benefits of the sale to Syria.

The news that Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile batteries may be deployed in Syria is a reminder that more than 40 years ago the Israel Air Force fought major duels against such weapons. Then it was Soviet SA-2s, SA-3s and SA-6s deployed in Egypt, at the time a severe challenge to the IAF.