According to reports, this was the weapon that downed a Turkish Phantom jet near the Syrian border last summer. Should Hezbollah lay its hands on this system, IAF activity over southern Lebanon and northern Israel would be severely compromised, a situation Jerusalem cannot accept, even if it leads to all-out war.
However, according to senior IAF officers, technological and tactical developments are underway to adapt to the changing situation. Although details remain classified, the Jerusalem Post reported on a lecture held by a senior IAF officer, who claimed that technological upgrades to weapon systems in fighters are creating operational capabilities that would have been seen as borderline fantasy just 15 years ago. The officer was quoted as saying that a single aircraft will be able to strike four targets at long range, with the push of a button. This suggests that fewer sorties will be required to inflict damage with precision ordnance.
What this means is that the IAF is pushing ahead with its strategic assumption that offense, rather than defense (e.g., Iron Dome) will be the decisive factor in future confrontations with Hezbollah, Hamas and other militants and their considerable arsenals of rockets. To avert major civilian and strategic losses, Israel will need to regain its traditional offensive posture—a doctrine of establishing viable deterrence that has safeguarded its security for decades against great odds.