The World: The Deadly New Weapons

The deadliest enemy that Israel faces in the current fighting in the Middle East is Soviet military technology. Russian-built missiles and rockets have accounted for most of the planes and tanks lost by Israel so far.

Some of the Soviet hardware of course has long been familiar to Israel. Its planes had encountered the high-altitude SA-2 and lower-altitude SA3 surface-to-air missiles during Nasser's 1969-70 war of attrition against Israeli defenses in the Sinai. But in the current war, the Israelis find themselves also facing the SA-6, a Soviet-built missile so new that it...

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