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Friday, March 06, 2015

IAF faces new challenge from Egypt

Type-209 class SSKEgyptian and Russian media outlets have been reporting that an advanced Russian surface-to-air missile system, the S-300, has arrived in the Middle East. The Egyptian military has likely already commenced deployment of the long-range anti-aircraft batteries across the North African country.

The S-300, the Russian version of the American Patriot system, is capable of intercepting aircraft at a range of up to 200 kilometers and a variety of altitudes simultaneously. The reported shipment marks the weapon system's first introduction to a country sharing a border with Israel.

It is unclear whether Israel took a position for or against the Egyptian procurement from Russia and it is possible that Jerusalem abstained from expressing a particular opinion.

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