Great, so now we still don't know if those Backfire had their upgrades? Gjeez, at least send up a Argus to get a better picture of their attack profiles. Was it just the regular Kh-22 attack... or were they used different. Now we don't know.
On the SAM subject, so it's all left to the RBS 70 and 90 MANPADs now? You're kidding me. Are you sure? I mean the Netherlands got these new AMRAAM based systems, with little to no news coverage. It's always about the Patriots, then I noticed this SL-AMRAAM launcher (forgot official name, starts with NATO, built by Norway I believe) in one of the picture of our SAM base few years ago. To my surprise.
The difference between HAWK and Bloodhound may not be much in their "age". Sure, they had the original HAWK and both Bloodhound version. But Sweden later got the improved Hawk systems right, those were a lot newer than their Bloodhounds, new radar systems and ECCM. Also, Bloodhound improvements stopped at the end of the Cold War, with Hawk still evolving into the 1990s. I don't know how much upgrading Sweden did? But those HAWKs, even though retired, were not the same as those you saw as a kid. "a SAM from the Pleistocene!" is wrong idea there, Viggen, it's not just Iran that still have them.
March 2013 news:
"The Swedish Defence Material Administration has awarded Diehl Defence a contract to deliver IRIS-T SLS surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the country’s armed forces."
Not bad for Army use, but, limited range... it's not really for the air defense network.
If Sweden goes NATO, there's a good chance, they'll also procure this NATO SL AMRAAM.