An F-35i Adir warplane of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) destroyed a Chinese JY-27 radar of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) during the Israeli attack on Syria in January 20, Defense Blog reported on February 21 citing an Israeli source.
The January 20 attack was supposedly a response to a rocket, which was launched from Syria at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. During the attack, IAF warplanes hit many targets in Damascus, Daraa and al-Suwayda.
A month ago, Israel’s ImageSat International released satellite images, which allegedly show an impact of the January 20 Israeli strikes on Syrian and alleged Iranian military targets. One of the photos showed a destroyed JY-27 radar near the Damascus International Airport. However, there is no evidence that the radar was destroyed by an F-35I.
The JY-27, which has a range of 390km, was designed and developed to provide early warning information and detect low-observable air targets. It is also capable of providing information for weapons system. The SyAADF operates many radars of this type throughout Syria.
In mid-2018 IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin claimed that the F-35I has participated in strikes on Syria. But again, no evidence was presented to support these claims.