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Tensions flared again this week as Israel launched a limited missile attack on Iran, firing three missiles towards the city of Isfahan. Analysts believe this was a calculated move intended as a warning to Iran, not a full-scale assault.

Iran reportedly chose to de-escalate by not acknowledging the attack. However, the details surrounding the strike raise questions about Israeli capabilities and future intentions. Israel reportedly used a previously undisclosed air-launched missile, possibly a two-stage variant of the Sparrow family missiles produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. This secrecy surrounding the missile is a significant development.

Speculation suggests the missile used could be either the Silver Sparrow or a modified Blue Sparrow. The Silver Sparrow was designed to mimic Iranian ballistic missiles with a long range, potentially revealing Israel’s intent to showcase its ability to counter such threats.

The target, Isfahan air base, is well beyond the typical range of Israeli F-15 fighter jets operating from within Israel. This, combined with the discovery of missile debris in Iraq, suggests the jets launched from a more forward location, likely near the Syria-Jordan-Iraq border. This approach hints at potential pre-arranged staging areas for future conflicts.

While Iran reportedly chose not to retaliate, the attack exposed one of Israel’s most advanced missile systems. This not only gives Iran valuable intelligence but also raises concerns that Israel may have revealed its preferred tactics for a wider conflict.