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Russia Installs Early Warning Radar in Syria for Iran

Updated on February 29, 2012
Part of the Russian system at Jabal Al Harrah
Part of the Russian system at Jabal Al Harrah

If this is not an indication of whose side Russia is on in the Iranian nuclear weapons project, then, I do not know what would be.

The Russians have upgraded their radar systems at the Jabal Al Harrah electronic and surveillance station, south of Damascus, opposite Israel’s Sea of Galilee. The system's range extends to all parts of Israel and Jordan, the Gulf of Aqaba and northern Saudi Arabia. What this does for Iran, for which Russia has an economic vested interest in, it provides an early warning system to alert them when Israeli planes are on their way, should this occur. Even the Russian-equipped Syrian radar on Lebanon’s Mount Sannine is now connected to the Jabal Al Harrah facility in Syria. This will allow them to monitor naval ship movements all the way to Cyprus and Greece.

The upgrades now make it very hard for any sort of surprise attack by Israeli aircraft that would fly across Jordan, Iraq, on their 1000 miles flight into Iran. Iranian weapons would have more than sufficient warning from the Russian\Syrian manned radar sites. It seems the upgrades happened when Iran complained about the lack of response time and the effectiveness of the existing system filled with gaps.

If there is a war, obviously Russia will be on the side of Iran. China may be as well since much of their oil comes from Iran.


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      perrya 6 years ago

      Guess the Russians have something similar also.

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      Pat 6 years ago

      The photo is actually a USN phased array system on board the USNS OBSERVATION ISLAND. It is known as the Cobra Judy phased array radar used for missile ranging. Full information and the picture can be found on Wiki.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      I agree.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 6 years ago


      I can't help thinking a third world war is on its way; supporting the third world countries is important for a civilized earth. Thanks, for the info.


    • perrya profile image

      perrya 6 years ago

      Knowledge is always a good thing!

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      Angel Caleb Santos 6 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I thank you for the information and insight to what is happening over there. Iran has many allies which is a little scary. Thanks for posting.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      No, it was no surprise.

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      Deforest 6 years ago from USA

      Who did not know on which side Russia was? I guess you! Let me enlighten you! China too, will be inclined to side with Iran! Is it as surprising as Russia's support?


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