New Israeli supersonic air-to-surface missiles Rampage cannot be intercepted by Russian S-300 missile systems, claims Florian Rötzer, a journalist from the German publication Telepolis .
The Israeli military used new missiles last week during a strike in the Syrian province of Hama.
During the attack on April 13, Israeli aircraft struck the Iranian facilities in the Syrian town of Masyaf from Lebanese airspace.
Rötzer notes that Israel considers these missiles to be a response to the Russian S-300 missile systems that have been deployed in Syria.
The Rampage missiles, developed by Israeli companies IMI (Israel Military Industries) and IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries), were presented in June last year.
Russia compared it to its own Kinzhal missile, primarily due to its aero-ballistic trajectory that makes it difficult to intercept. One rocket is 4.5 meters long, weighs 570 kilograms and has a range of up to 150 kilometers.
The missiles are designed specifically to attack targets that are well protected by air defense systems, as well as to destroy underground bunkers. In addition, the missile has two warheads that can explode sequentially.
The Russian news outlet Avia.pro believes that the missile is the reason behind the success of the Israeli operation.
Rötzer emphasizes that Russia will now have to show the effectiveness of the S-400 complexes, which have already been deployed in Syria to protect Russian bases.
Earlier, military observer Babak Taghvaee wrote on Twitter that Israel used the Rampage missiles against the targets in Masyaf to avoid possible losses if Russian military were to use S-300 missile systems.