On Friday (01/13/2017) a news has been posted by the reporters of middle east. (you can see link: Israel Attack ). I especially spot the news from Jerusalem Post which is an Israel news agency.
As you see in the news, it’s claimed that an explosion was witnessed at the Mezzah military airport in Syria’s capital, the Syrian military blames Israel for the reported attack. Is it possible? The answer is obviously: Yes. But how can it be?
First, we have to know that Syria and Israel are not so friendly countries to the each other.We know the “Golan Heights” problems and the other facts in relationship.
In this news Syria army claims that the air base hit by rockets. It makes sense. Israel has a capability of these kind of rockets. (located in north-east Israel)
On the other hand there had been several attacks to the Syria from Israel before. One of them was named “Operation Orchard“. It was an Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear reactor in the Deir ez-Zor region of Syria, which occurred just after midnight (local time) on September 6, 2007. Actually it’s not so far and in that days Syria was not a battlefield.
Earlier 2015, an alleged Israeli air strike in Syria killed six members of Hezbollah, including a commander and the son of the its late military chief Imad Moughniyah near the Golan Heights.
I don’t want to make a judgment if Israel is guilty or not. I just want to analyse the capability.
Israel Air Attack Capability:
F-16I Sufa and F-15I
The F-16I is a two-seat variant of the Block 52 developed for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Air Force (AF). Israel issued a requirement in September 1997 and selected the F-16 in preference to the F-15I in July 1999. An initial “Peace Marble V” contract was signed on 14 January 2000 with a follow-on contract signed on 19 December 2001, for a total procurement of 102 aircraft. The F-16I, which is called Sufa (Storm) by the IDF/AF, first flew on 23 December 2003, and deliveries to the IDF/AF began on 19 February 2004. The F-16I has an estimated unit cost of approximately US$70 million (2006).
One major deviation of the F-16I from the Block 52 is that approximately 50% of the avionics were replaced by Israeli-developed avionics, such as the Israeli Aerial Towed Decoy replacing the ALE-50 and autonomous aerial combat maneuvering instrumentation, which enables training exercises to be conducted without dependence on ground instrumentation. Elbit Systems produced the aircraft’s helmet-mounted sight, head-up display (HUD), mission and presentation computers, and digital map display. Furthermore, the F-16I can employ Rafael’s Python 5 infrared-guided air-to-air missile, and often uses Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s removable conformal fuel tanks (CFT) for extended range. Key American-sourced systems include the F100-PW-229 turbofan engine, which offers commonality with the IDF/AF’s F-15Is, and the APG-68(V)9 radar.
The F-15I is operated by the Israeli Air Force where it is known as the Ra’am. It is a dual-seat ground attack aircraft powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines, and is based on the F-15E.
The F-15I Ra’am is similar to the F-15E, but features several different avionic systems to meet Israeli requirements. To facilitate night-time strikes, the F-15Is were initially fitted with Sharpshooter targeting pods designed for Israeli F-16s. The Sharpshooter pod was less capable than the LANTIRN pods used on USAF F-15Es; Israel later purchased 30 LANTIRN pods. The F-15Is initially lacked Radar Warning Receivers, Israel installed its own electronic warfare equipment, the Elisra SPS-2110, as well as a new central computer and embedded GPS/INS system. All sensors can be slaved to the Display And Sight Helmet (DASH) helmet-mounted sight, providing both crew members a means of targeting which the F-15E lacks. The F-15I uses the APG-70I radar; its terrain mapping capability can locate targets difficult to spot while under adverse weather conditions. The radar can detect large airliner-sized targets at 150 nautical miles (170 mi; 280 km), and fighter-sized targets at 56 nmi (64 mi; 104 km), it has a reduced resolution one-third below the standard USAF APG-70.In January 2016, Israel approved an upgrade of the F-15I fleet that includes structural changes, an AESA radar, updated avionics, and new (unspecified) weapon systems.
So Israel have air-to-ground attack and air-to-air support capabilities.
Electronic signals intelligence (ELINT)
It refers to intelligence-gathering by use of electronic sensors. Its primary focus lies on non-communications signals intelligence. Signal identification is performed by analyzing the collected parameters of a specific signal, and either matching it to known criteria, or recording it as a possible new emitter. ELINT data are usually highly classified, and are protected as such.
We know that Israel has ELINT capability and can fly as a ghost on the Syria.
On the other hand, other countries in the Middle East don’t have capabilities to attack a target when Russian s-40o missiles are on scene.