Thursday, November 14, 2013

SA-3 Goa.

This is coolbert:

Thanks to Freeper, The Times of Israel and the wiki we have this item my initial response to which has been proven to be nearly 100 % wrong.

"Satellite pics from day of Syria strike show advanced Russian arms"

"Israel allegedly struck a military base in Syria [just the other day], reveal the presence of newly upgraded Russian anti-aircraft missiles . . . an upgraded and deployed battery of S-125 missiles and six very large trailers that could carry missiles."

Original Israeli satellite photo of the SA-3 firing battery? Described as a S-125 2M and deployed vicinity of Latakia, Syria.

This S-125 [Soviet/Russian] designation in actuality the Soviet/Russian SA-3 surface-to-air [SAM] missile NATO code name Goa.

A system initially the development of which began [?] in 1961, deployment only a few years later, the SA-3 now according to my estimation five decades old, antiquated, the electronic-counter-measure solution for this missile having been achieved a long time ago now. So was my reaction.

SA-3 ready to fire.


According to the wiki:

1. "Since Russia replaced all of its S-125 sites with SA-10 and SA-12 systems, they decided to upgrade the S-125 systems being removed from service to make them more attractive to export customers."

2. "Released in 2000, the Pechora-2 version features better range, multiple target engagement ability and a higher probability of kill (PK). The launcher is moved onto a truck allowing much shorter relocation times. It is also possible to fire the Pechora-2M system against cruise missiles. Deployment time 25 minutes, protected from the active interference, and anti-radiation missiles"

3. "In 1999, a Russian-Belarusian financial-industrial consortium . . . was awarded a contract to overhaul Egypt's S-125 SAM system. These refurbished weapons have been reintroduced as the S-125 Pechora 2M."

4. "In 2001, Poland began offering an upgrade to the S-125 known as the Newa SC. This replaced many analogue components with digital ones for improved reliability and accuracy. This upgrade also involves mounting the missile launcher on a WZT-1 tank chassis (a TEL), greatly improving mobility and also adds IFF capability and data links. Radar is mounted on an 8-wheeled heavy truck chassis (formerly used for Scud launchers). Serbian modifications include terminal/camera homing from radar base."

5. "Cuba also developed a similar upgrade to the Polish one, which was displayed in La Habana in 2006."

6. "Later the same year [2006], the Russian version was upgraded again to the Pechora-M which upgraded almost all aspects of the system - the rocket motor, radar, guidance, warhead, fuse and electronics. There is an added laser/infra-red tracking device to allow launching of missiles without the use of the radar."

7. "There is also a version of the S-125 available from Russia with the warhead replaced with telemetry instrumentation, for use as target drones."

8. "In October, 2010, Ukrainian Aerotechnica announced a modernized version of S-125 named S-125-2D"

Well, do you need more!

These missiles being attacked by the Israeli originally reported to be SA-8 Gecko. Mobile SAM that destination thought to have been Hezbollah? Or are these SA-3 targets of another Israeli operation? I am not sure.


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