Two IAF pilots hurt after F-16 downed during retaliatory strike in Syria
Sirens, clashes in north after IDF shoots down infiltrating Iranian drone
Possible video of pilot just after ejecting:
Situation is yet unclear but Israel has confirmed the crash of one F-16 (either F-16D or F-16I) inside Israel, the pilots managed to ejcet but one was
There are conflicting reports about the crash, it either went down do to mechanical issues or was downed by Syrian AD, with the latest reports from
the military indicating that it was indeed shot down.
The incident apparently began with an Iranian UAV entering Israel airspace which was subsequently downed by an Apache Helicopter. The Israeli Air
Force retaliated by attacking Syrian and Iranian military sites in Syria but as it looks like, the other side was ready to met them.
The Syrians responded with a heavy barrage of anti aircraft fire and as said, one F-16 went down during it.
Not saying that is what happned but this almost sound like the Syrians and Iranians set up and elaborate trap, provoking the Israeli Air Force with
the UAV to strike them. According to the Israeli Air Force, the initially went with a ‚complex, surgical‘ strike aimed against the facility the
UAV was launched from but apprantely encountered more resistance than usual.
As it looks like, things heated up considerable after the crash of the F-16, with Israel attacking more than a dozen Syrian and Iranian targets in the
Some additional thoughts. I guess it was bound to happen eventually with almost weekly IAF operations against Syria. Looks like this time the IAF
didnt went in well prepared at a time and place of their choosing but instead responded immediately to the Iranian incursion and run into an prepared
Maybe the got overconfident after they got away with so many airstrikes recently, maybe they undererestimated the alertness of the Syrians in the
region. Most Israeli strikes recently (as far as whats reported at least) are conducted through Lebanese airspace coming in from the Mediterranean
Seain the west. This time it looks like the clash happened in the Golan Heights with Israeli aircraft attacking directly from Israeli airspace. This
would put them up against the most heavy concentration of Syrian AD in the region, no wonder they run into trouble.
Previously Israel usually chose to employ Surface to Surface asssets for strikes in the Golan region, i dont think that was by accident.
We ll see what happens but i doubt this incident will escalate into general hostilities immediately. However with the increased Iranian presence in
Syria and Lebanon there has been lots of talk in Israel about removing the threat by striking first with more than a couply of surgical air raids.
This incident wont calm anyone down. If the government wants to, it can use the Iranian UAV aggression to push to war, similary with what happened at
the start of the second Lebanon war. Netanyahu is not Olmert though, contrary to public opinion he actually isnt pushed for war too easily.
edit on 10-2-2018 by mightmight because: (no reason given)