Article taster from IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly 15 May 2013 issue.
Airstrikes highlight gap in syrian air defences
The 5 May airstrikes that Damascus blamed on Israel ostensibly demonstrated the inability of Syria's air defence network to protect the country despite significant recent investment in new systems, although there are mitigating factors.
The first Israeli strike was reportedly carried out on the night of 2-3 May and targeted the military base nest to damascus International Airport. Unidentified US officials told various media organisations that Israeli aircraft had targeted a shipment of surface-to-surface missiles using stand-off munitions launched from outside Syrian airspace.
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