The Russian government has informed Israel that, as a consequence of their actions which resulted in the shoot-down of a Russia IL-20 Electronic Intelligence aircraft, Russia is imposing a NO FLY ZONE for Israeli military aircraft around Syria.
This No Fly zone will be from Flight level 000 to Flight Level 190 until September 26.
Any Israeli military aircraft operating outside the sovereign territory of Israel in violation of this No Fly Zone risks being shot down.
The Russian government has instructed 14 Russian Naval Vessels in the Mediterranean to begin enforcing this immediately.
This is a developing story . . . check back for updates.
Russia has issued a Notice to Airmen and Mariners (NOTAM) for the airspace around Israel being CLOSED below 19,000 feet . . . for a Russian Naval Missile "Exercise."
Here is the official NOTAM:
The RESULT of this is interesting: If Israeli war planes fly below 19,000 feet, they risk being shot down by Russian Naval Vessels "accidentally" during this "exercise." In order to avoid that, the Israeli planes must fly above 19,000 feet, which makes them sitting ducks for Syria's old S-200 anti-aircraft missile defenses.
The Israelis really screwed the pooch when they had their fighter jets hide behind the Russian IL-20 to launch missiles at Syria. When the Syrian air defenses saw those missiles coming in, they locked onto the Russian IL-20 which was much bigger than the Israeli fighter jets which actually launched the missiles.
The Israelis knew exactly what they were doing because they did not inform Russia of their pending attack via the Hotline between the two countries until ONE MINUTE before the Israeli planes launched their missiles.
This morning, Russia asked Iran for permission to station Russian fighter Jets, bobers and refueling tankers at the Nojeh Military Air Base in northwestern Iran as seen on the map below:
This positioning of such equipment will allow Russia full air superiority over ALL of Syria 24/7.
With the Russians having imposed a "NO-FLY" Zone against Israel, they are now unable to attack this shipment for at least a week without having their war planes shot down. And in that week, the S-300 systems can be installed, set-up, tested, and made active . . . . which then allows Syria to shoot down planes as far away as INSIDE ISRAEL.
This was a "Red Line" for the Israelis a year ago, and their sneaky actions which caused a Russian plane to be accidentally shot down, have now come back to bite them in the ass. With these new S-300 systems, Israel will no longer be able to attack Syria with impunity.
This is, by far, the largest escalation of events inside Syria in recent memory. This is a DISASTER for Israel; and they've brought it upon themselves.
The United States Navy has notified all its vessels and aircraft of the following NO-FLY zones near Syria: