C-300s to Iran, MIG-31s to Syria – Russia “fulfils” its promise to Israel
31 August, 2015
Israel hasn’t gained much by stopping military cooperation with Georgia. Quite the contrary, actually - now Russian MIG-31s will threaten it from Syria.

Prior to the August War of 2008, Isra­el has almost completely stopped milita­ry-technical cooperation with Georgia, the main reason being consideration of Russia’s interests. At that time, leaders of the two countries had presumably achieved an unofficial deal – Israel wouldn’t assist Georgian army and in return, Russia would halt selling the C-300 type of anti-aircraft systems
to Iran.

This deal held for several years; moreover, Israel found a bigger market than Georgia in Russia, selling it drone aircrafts for the sum of approximately 400 million USD.
Tel-Aviv hoped that the Kremlin would keep its side of the bargain, but it was deeply mistaken – if earlier Russia was going to sell three divisions of C-300 systems to Iran, now, till the end of the year they will supply Tehran with four divisions. After Russian C-300s are included in the air defense system of Iran, the Israeli generals should no longer count on successful air attacks on strategic facilities of Iran for a long period of time.

But Russia has recently uncorked a new surprise for Israel by sending Bashar Assad, the President of Syria, six supersonic interceptors MiG-31.

MiG-31U is considered to be one of the most powerful interceptors in the world. With the help of air-to-air guided missiles, it can shoot down rival aircraft at the distance of 120 km.

It’s quite natural that President Assad cannot attack the armed opposition with such costly and long-reaching missiles. The MiG-31s that appeared in the Syrian Armed Forces are first and foremost a hazard for the F-15 and F-16 fighter-bombers that Israel uses to constantly bomb Syrian military facilities.
Long story short, by bringing long-distance combat to Iran and Syria, Russian authorities undoubtedly change the balance of power.