The sources said Israel's F-16 multi-role fighter has already been
equipped with systems that could detect and alert pilots of any S-300
launch. They did not say how many of the nearly 250 aircraft in the F-16
fleet contain these systems.
The Israel Air Force has acquired classified data on the S-300 for use
in pilot training, the sources said. They said combat pilots were employing
simulators in mock operations against the S-300.
The simulation was designed by the air force's software department,
Ofeq. The scenario was meant to replicate S-300 radar lock-on of an Israeli
F-16 multi-role fighter. The pilot was said to receive an alert of the radar
lock-on, giving him seconds to maneuver out of danger.
"We can't simulate a real-life situation of a missile that locks on to
an airplane," an officer identified only as Maj. Lee, said. "But the rest we
The sources said Syria was also expected to acquire the S-300. They said
Iran would probably operate any S-300 batteries in Syria.
The S-300 data integrated into the Israeli simulator included the
capabilities of the radar, command and control and interceptor. They said
the simulator was designed to accommodate any enhancement of the S-300.
"The [S-300] missile's manuevering, the ground terrain — all of these
things are elements configured into the algorithms, and we simulate this for
the pilot," Lee, who helped design the simulation program, said.