Satellite image confirms that Israel damaged S-300 radar in Iran

Recent satellite photos seem to confirm that an Israeli attack in retaliation against the city of Isfahan in Iran hit a radar system of an air defense battery of Russian origin. This contradicts claims by officials in Tehran, who have denied any damage resulting from the attack.

The affected S-300 radar is in an area that suggests a very limited attack by Israel, which appears to have caused more damage than the massive drone and missile assault that Iran launched against Israel on April 13. This discrepancy in the impact of the attack could be the reason why, from government officials to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attempts have been made to minimize discussions about the real effects of the attack on Iranian territory.

According to analysts, both Iran and Israel are seeking to reduce tensions after a series of mutual confrontations. This effort comes as the war between Israel and Hamas continues in the Gaza Strip, keeping the region in constant tension.

Images captured by Planet Labs PBC this morning near the dual-use airport and air base in Isfahan—located approximately 320 kilometers (200 miles) south of Tehran—show an area that previously served as a deployment point for the air defense system hit.

Burn marks around what analysts, including Chris Biggers, a former government imagery analyst, have identified as a “flap cap” radar system for the S-300 suggest a significant impact in the area. Satellite images taken after Friday’s attack show similar burns, although the exact contents of the site at that time have not been confirmed.

According to Biggers, it is likely that other components of the missile system were removed before the attack, which is relevant as these systems provide defensive cover for the underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in Iran. “That’s a powerful statement, given the system, the location and how they use it,” Biggers notes.

In response, Iranian officials have attempted to downplay the severity of the incident, describing it as mere raids by small drones. “What happened… was not an attack,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian declared in an interview with NBC News. “They were more like toys that our children play with, not drones.”