How the Russian General Staff is fooling the US and Israel
Translated by Eugenia
The day before yesterday, the world media have published the new of the meeting in Sweden of the Western European UN representatives regarding implementation of the UN general Assembly resolution 377 “Uniting for Peace”. The meeting made clear the strategy of the West to exclude Russia from discussions of all critical political and military issues anywhere in the world.
Judging by the experience of the mid-20th century when our so-called “partners” easily unleashed the bloody Korean was of 1950-1953 getting around the Soviet veto in the UN Security Council, this resolution in likely to succeed in achieving its objectives.
Let us reviews the situation regarding the delivery to Syria of the newest anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems as well as the details of the use in case of further attack by the coalition.
The first information, with the reference to informed sources in the Tartus province, about the possibility of the delivery to the Syrian Arabic Republic of an unknown number of S-300 systems of unknown modification appeared across the space of the Western and Russian Internet approximately a week ago. It has been reported that the systems have been delivered to Syria in the dock for armored vehicles of the large amphibious assault ship “Nikolai Filchenkov” of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and unloaded under aerosol screen in order to hide from the watchful eye of the electron complex SYERS-2B/C installed in the rotary turret of the RQ-4B drone “Global Hawk”.
The new was reinforced by the information from the online traffic monitors about the arrival to the airbase Khmeimim of the heavy transport aircraft AN-124 “Ruslan”, which in 2015 delivered to Syria the first C-400 “Triumf”, as well as the statement by the Syrian ambassador in Russia Riad Haddad that it has been a month since the Syrian Army have had S-300 in its arsenal.
Nevertheless, in spite of all this disparate information, our military and diplomatic sources and other agencies close to the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of Russia are not in a hurry to announce the transfer to Syria of S300 systems as a fait accompli. Why is that?
This could be an attempt by our military to mislead the opponents regarding the time of delivery or the actual availability of C-300 systems to Damascus. This would create an effect of a sudden shock when the crews of “Rivet Joints” and “Raptors” see for the first time on the panels of their electronic support measures systems 55000 or AN/ALR-94 the signals indicating engagement of the low-altitude search and acquisition radar CLAM SHELL 76H6, long-range surveillance radar BIG BIRD 64H4 and tracking and missile guidance radar TOMB STONE 30H6E. This could force the coalition to completely change the tactics of the future missile attacks, which, in its turn, will postpone the next attack and allow for further improvement in the Syrian air defense capabilities. Importantly, the Air Force of the US and Israel will not be able to detect the presence of S-300 systems until they start working.
For example, missile launchers 5P85SD(SE) with radars 30H6E, 76H6 with their 5H63S(54K6E) command post could be located on the eastern slope of the mountain ridge of Lubnan ash-Sharquiyah under the cover of the all-purpose camouflage systems UBM-1/2 and frameless camouflage “Shatyor”, which reduce manifold the radar and infrared signatures as well as visibility for aerial and space surveillance in the radar and visual modes. The mountain ridge also serves as a natural “screen” hiding the presence of S-300 from AN/ZPY-2 Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program sensors on “Global Hawks”, which survey the territory west of the Lubnan ash-Sharquiyah mountains.
When the command post 54K6E receives from early warning and control aircraft Beriev A-50 (MAINSTAY) and the space surveillance system the information about the launch of the enemy cruise missiles from the sea or air platforms, within 20 min all the elements of the complex can deploy at the predetermined positions, get ready in 5 min, and wait until “Tomahawk” or other attacking elements, including low-altitude airplanes, reach the target detection and missile range of the complex.
It is likely that the Syrian crews for S-300 will be trained to act in the mode “deploy-do the job-withdraw from the position”, with the emphasis on the minimization of the time the systems operate in the zone of activity of the enemy radar surveillance. It would be rather stupid to waste expensive self-guiding anti-aircraft missiles to intercept ordinary anti-radiation missiles AGM-88E AARGM when there could be 200 of those just in one wing of F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” strike aircraft! A relative safety of the S-300 group in Syria could only be ensured by using the tactics of “fast massive intercepts and change of position”, since the Israel and US Air Force, which have complete numerical superiority, could attack each complex with literally hundreds of high precision weapons (from small diameter precision guided glide bomb “Spice 250” and GRU-53/B to cruise missiles AGM-84H SLAM-ER and “Popeye-II”).
A separate issue is the inflatable models of the S-300 elements, which could be provided to the engineer-camouflage units of the Syrian Arab Army.
These models, which could be installed very quickly, have the optic characteristics and the surface dispersion similar to that of the real launch units, radars and command post of the S-300 system. These models would confuse practically any air surveillance system from Global Hawk to the Boing E-8C-based JSTARS (Joint Surveillance and Target Detection System) equipped with the most advanced scanned array radars AN/ZRY-2 MP-RTIP and AN/APY-3. By using high frequency centimeter X-range and the synthetic aperture mode, these radars are capable of producing very high-resolution images allowing for classification and, in some cases, identification of the land and sea surface objects. However, inflatable models are able to fool even these radars but only until the radar of the real complex becomes active.
Now let us talk about the most “piquant” technical details, which cause a feeling of fear and uncertainty in fighter pilots of the US and Israel Air Force.
The thing is that considering how secret the process of delivery of the S-300 complexes to Syria is, neither Tel-Aviv nor Washington is likely to be able to figure our the modification of these complexes. And there could be no less than 3 of those.
The most likely modification to be delivered is S-300PMU-2 “Favourit” (GARGOYLE). This is the most advanced version with the improved command post 54K6E2 equipped with better control unit 53P6-2 based on new software base. In contrast to the older command post 54K6E, the new unit allows for the integration of the S-300 command post with practically any air defense network, which are still centered on automated control system “Baikal-1ME” and “Polyana-D4M1”. The information and control system of the S-300PMU-2 is the closest to the control 30K6E system of the S-400 “Triumf”, which means that the Syrians crews would be able to receive radar information via Baikals as well as directly via all-altitude radar station RLS 96L6 located in Tartus and Khmeimim.
The best feature of the S-300PMU-2 is the medium range anti-aircraft guided missile 48H6E2 with the range of 200 km. From that point on, everyone inclined to bomb with impunity strategic objects of the Syrian government would have a problem. That is because the tracking and missile guidance radar 30H6E2 located in the equipment container F1M of the S-300PMU-2 has the same working frequency (X range) and energy potential as the 30H6E radar of the S-300PMU-1, which could also be delivered to Damascus. Therefore, even when the S-300 complexes are engaged, the electronic support measures systems like AN/ALR-67(V)3 of “Super Hornets”, SPS-3000 of Israeli F16I “Sufa”, or specialized complexes like 55000 of RC-135W “Rivet Joints” would not be able to distinguish the two modifications. However, the anti-aircraft missiles on these systems are quite different.
For example, a pilot of F/A-18E/F would be taking a risk if he moves within 170 km of S300, since he would have no way of knowing whether the system would use against him anti-aircraft guided missile 48H6E with the 150 km range or 48H6E2 with its 200 km range. The latter would be much harder to avoid, since it has significantly higher maximum height of its trajectory, which means that the slowing effect of the aerodynamic resistance would be felt at a longer distance.
This situation causes serious concern in the Israeli Air Force command, since S-300PMU-2 would provide control of the middle- and high altitudes over the entire air space of Israel all the way to Tel-Aviv.
Deploying the complexes in the mountains regions west of Damascus would widen the range of intercept of the Hel HaAvir aviation and the US Air Force acting from the south and southeast. Anti-aircraft missiles 48H6E and 48H6E2 have unique speed characteristics: in the acceleration range, they accelerate to 6900-7100 km/hour, which leaves very little time for the enemy pilots to execute anti-missile maneuvers. Consequently, Israel’s F16C/D/I stationed at the Ramat David Airbase would be automatically in the range of the Syrian S-300PMU-1/2 immediately after they take off and ascend to several kilometers.
There is also an economy version of S-300 to improve the Syrian air defenses – 75P6 S-300PS introduced to the Russian Air Defense Force in distant 1982. The complex is equipped with an earlier version of the radar 30H6-1, which has the 75-90 km range of detection of a target with the radar signature of 2-3 sq.m. The anti-aircraft missiles have the same range due to low energy properties of the radar, but their speed is essentially the same (hypersonic) as of the later modifications, i.e. 6500 km/h.
The outdated electronics of the command post 5H63C (specifically, the equipment container F2K) does not allow for the intercept of the targets moving faster than 4700 km/h, whereas S-300PMU-1/2 are capable of destroying hypersonic cruise missiles and ballistic targets moving at 10,500 km/h. Hopefully, the American and Israeli Air Force will not be using such weapons in the Syrian war theater, so S-300PS might do. The radar 30H6-1 have 6 channels, the same number as in newer S-300PMU-2, and is capable of tracking up to 100 air targets in the multi-target mode. As a result, the system comprising 6 complexes could simultaneously intercept 36 targets. There is a possibility to coordinate with the different modifications of the automated control systems “Baikal” and Polyana”, which has been confirmed by the official information from the “Almaz-Antey” company.
The only thing that caused some concern before the 14th of April was the minimal detectable radar signature of 0.05 sq.km of the target (as opposed 0.02 sq. km of “Favourit”), since the reflective surface of the missiles used by our opponents in Syria could have been smaller. But the experience proved otherwise.
So, even the good old S-300PS is capable of making thing lively for for “smart and beautiful” missiles of Donald Tramp.
Our esteem and thanks to Eugenia for the translation of this very detailed, technical article.
As for missiles of all kinds, The Russians have the technical means to deal with them.
However, the May 1 strike by Israel with guided bombs presents a completely different challenge.
We shall see how the Russian military copes with these weapons.
Agreed, excellent translation.
From the looks of things, it’s going to get ugly over Syria shortly. So what is Uncle Sugar and Tel Aviv going to do when their aircraft are shot down during an illegal, and war crime, attack on the Sovereign State of Syria? Run to UN? Run to Brussels? Or simply attack harder?
I have few doubts that Syrian crews are already thoroughly trained in whatever system(s) they get to defend their country.
And Crimea will be further comforted…
“.MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. Reinforcement of Crimea’s air defenses with the S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S systems, due later this year, will make the region invulnerable, the chairman of the Federation Council’s defense and security committee, Viktor Bondarev, said in connection with growing NATO and US activity in the Black Sea region.
Russian technical abilities are indeed impressive, not only their missiles, but also their electronic capabilities, like the Khirbiny jamming system. The Russians also have an excellent picture of the electronic capabilities of US cruise missiles. During the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, NATO was anti-Serb, siding with the Muslims. On one occasion it fired Tomahawk cruise missiles against Serbian agricultural farms, a war crime, as civilian structures were targeted. Three Tomahawk’s struck soft agricultural targets and failed to explode. The Serbs gave them to the Russians, which means the Russian military back then had an excellent picture how the Tomahawk’s functioned.
Also, thanks to Eugenia! She seems to frequently make information available to those of us who’s poor education doesn’t include the Russian language, and for this I am grateful.
Note to readers. I believe that at times what a westerner would write as “S” is written as a “C” in Russian. An example those of us with grey hair will remember is that the old “USSR” was written as “CCCP” in Russian sources. Thus, when Eugenia refers to “C-400”, I believe she is referring to the “S-400”.
Paul Craig Roberts argues that Russia must be eager to become an Anglo-American colony:
Dr Paul Craig Roberts is an excellent analyst. However, he does have a habit of slightly dramatizing certain points, like when he stated that NGO’s in Russia would instigate a color revolution. Well, they tried and failed miserably. The Russians are keeping an eye on them, having expelled the biggest trouble makers.
Pessimistic…antagonistic… false bravado..just a contrary point of view…hmmm?
“When all is said and done, Israel is behaving as a world power, and Russia isn’t. With its strikes in Syria and threats against Russia and Iran, Israel—backed up by the U.S.—feels free to act with impunity. Moscow meanwhile restrains itself under some fictive notion of ‘partnership’ with western powers. This only spurs further provocations under the expectation, based on experience to date, that it is cost-free.”
The interventionists believe that it is now time to take advantage of Putin’s weakness by chasing the Russians out of Syria altogether, reopening the Ukrainian front, completing the regime change in Armenia, and encouraging the implosion of the remnant of the Russian-led security and economic alliances. My prediction is that they will also sabotage the FIFA World Cup, ”
Interesting… I believe they will thwarted with all of their “Interventionalist” endeavors but will succeed in sabotaging the FIFA World Cup. That’s what they do best.
Nobody in Washington knows what the World Cup is. And the people in England and Germany and the rest of the world are eagerly counting down the days until it begins. For instance, I was just watching English football and they were speculating eagerly on whether the English coach has picked his team and who will be on it and whether he’ll wait to announce it on the FIFA deadline or whether he’ll announce it at the next Friendly .
I very much enjoy reading PCR. He does have a US/western cultural perspective though. In the linked article he refers to “small” Israel.. if Russia ever seriously threatened Israel, she would have the entire global Jewish community on her back (if she doesn’t already), and given how this group (or subset of this group) control global finance, media and culture (Hollywood) it is no longer a case of a “small” enemy…
Excellent (albeit depressing) analysis.
I also enjoy reading PCR but his suggestion that Russia play the same game of brinkmanship as Israel and USA is risky. The latter are lead by people who want war, chaos and destruction. “Out of chaos, order” has always been their demonic lie. Can a peaceful solution even exist when one side are comfortable with a game plan of “world hegemony or world annihilation”?
Time is on Russia’s side.
All kings must pay their troops… even the USA. Russia sees clearly that the US Petro$ give the US a free way to pay for American troops. By trading in other that US$ currency, and by demanding gold whenever possible, Russia steadily weakens the US$ and the USA’s ability to pay its troops. China and Iran have joined this economic resistance to US military hegemony.
somewhere I have read recently, that Israels very existence depends on the Jewish diaspora, mainly the American and European ones. That will only change if Israel manages to drag the western world into a major war and the west losses or suffers substantial damage.
Paul Craig Roberts: “Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is excited that Trump has invited Putin to the White House “to jointly curb the arms race.” https://www.rt.com/news/425699-lavrov-trump-meet-putin/ ”
This is a claim that is in no way supported by that RT article. There is nothing in it that indicates to me that “Lavrov is excited” by Trump babble.
I have wondered why PCR writes that garbage — he does it all the time — PCR = very smart: Putin & Lavrov = blind, naive, and dumb.
Despite very entrenched Cassandra’s dispositions and style, PCR still is a healthy part of the conversation. Without it, we are asked to have just faith. The world is enough plenty of the faithful, ready to accomodate the facts, whatever. My friend, we have no guns, and we dont live in the proximities of the gods and their secrets, so let us be confident, provided that we have the right to check their actions from time to time.
I too think PCR’s writing is not as intelligent as one would expect. He constantly derides Russia for being naive, etc, but I think it is PRECISELY the opposite. The west’s propaganda has gone on so far and so long that it has been a slow and uphill battle to get the truth out there. Nobody can be told in and instant what the truth is… it has to come out slowly in controlled portions and give the public time to analyze things and work out reality from lies. IMO Russia has done an outstanding job of that – it is really they who have exposed the west as funding, arming, training and co-ordinating ISIS or whatever proxy terrorists they invented, plus also exposed the west as being the primary violator of international law while at the same time presenting themselves as the world’s policeman and deliverer of “democracy”, fairness and justice. I for one, as an Aussie, have ZERO trust in any western government and support Russia 100% – a concept that I had never even dreamed of even several years ago. And now that Russia has largely delivered this awakening to the world, they are almost ready to defend, yes I repeat, DEFEND, themselves and other nations from this global financial mafia which has hijacked the western world. They have laid out the groundwork to easily and meticulously justify why they had no other choice but to finally, after mountains of provocations, respond with necessary force.
I completely agree.
PCR has been a warmonger more recently, asking for Russian reaction – he is acting like a snake: striking surprisingly, quickly… We are indeed living in difficult times, and Russia has no doubt delivered an ‘awakening to the world’. I see enough evidence to believe that Russia is preparing to defend the world from the western mafia and the chaos it is creating everywhere. I don’t believe that Mr Putin is going to change direction in the next six years.
Paul C Roberts insists that Putin is wasting time looking for a deal, a relationship with the Americans, that the American elite is absolutely untrustworthy, cannot make deals and stick to them etc. Putin himself has said the same thing and the record demonstrates the same thing clearly. in all its history America has honored no deal. it made a deal with Gaddafi and killed him in betrayal. we can go on and on with this from the start of the USA to now. how is PCR wrong?
PCR insists that whatever Putin thinks Putin thinks he will get from the USA wont amount to a hill of beans..the USA will not deal sincerily with Putin for Russia under any circumstances.
PCR is right…if Putin is sincerely looking out for Russia, he is wasting time looking to the USA for a deal. in the light of existential facts, of history, PCR is right
back it up by the economic interests of imperial USA, which is fundamentally opposed to Russian interest how can there be any kind of deal with the USA that makes nationalist sense for Russia unless America accepts all it does not now now accept…that it drops its imperialism and becomes a cooperative world citizen, to forget being global hege’mon
that will not fly with the Zionist bankers and their central banking skam..as well as the American MIC for starters. those two live off Amerian imperialism and complement each other in keeping America going as world policeman. they control America and imperialism is their life-blood
in this light then..what shape would, or could, a deal between the USA and Russia take for America to honor it?
that deal must honor and support that very american imperialism 100%…that must gobble up and consume Russia, if it is to survive. such a deal must include the submission of Russia into an american colony.
there cannot possibly be any American compromise with that. if there is in a deal with Putin on paper it would be a lie, and the Americans will betray it, use it as opportunity to prepare Russia for consumption… like a nice cut of beef steak. that is the only deal america can make with Putin that they would honor..that he becomes a servant of the empire, and renders his country up to the imperialist to consume.
that is what PCR is insisting on in my understanding of what he writes. is he wrong? absolutely no!
is PCR insisting that Russia go to war with the USA? absolutely no!
to the contrary PCR insists that Putin’s unnecessary concessions to the USA, his absolute and ridiculous unrequited and unrelenting approaches to Washington, his seeming open love of the USA in the face of all we know America is… is a heavy scent of weakness, vulnerability that attracts the american carnivore, and is a source of the very war Putin purportedly wishes, and works to avoid
the plain fact is this: if Putin is an intelligent man he must understand what moat people appear to understand on the evidence. it is not rocket science. simple common sense easily leads to the same as PCR’s conclusion, again, based on all the available evidence. and the evidence is voluminous. how is it possible for an intelligent man not to be able to read these facts as everyone else does makes little sens to me. Putin surely reads and understand. and if he does there is a major and terrible implication we may have been ignoring
and that major implication is that Putin may be a traitor. Putin is the opposite of a fool..is obviously a very smart person. Putin brought Russia back from the brink, rest Russia but did so as capitalist..the wrong path for Russia in a declining failing capitalism. Capitalism has exhausted whatever effective course it contained. from now on it is disaster for humanity if we as long as we retain capitalism. Capitalism led to government/bureaucratic state control of society as bad as capitalism ever was. the solution as it was from the start is worker control of production. but Putin will no go there, he dances with oligarchs. it seems to me that Putin made a deal with the devil early, from the start. maybe he has t pay up now?
but the implication of betrayal on the part of Putin is there, more and more evident since he won and entered his final term of office. if Putin did not pay the devil in his previous terms now is his last opportunity to pay..and many developments suggest that the Russian people for sure must become vigilent where Putin is concerned. the composition of his cabinet is a source of concern but the biggest one is Putin’s salivating pursuit of Trump, for a deal that Russia does not need and in which the Americans are bound to exact lots of Russian flesh, to no gain at all for the Russian people
any deal between Trump and Putin can take one, and only one shape and form ..Russian submission.
that is what PCR argues. and he is absolutely right
I have respect for Mr. PCR, but I’ve grown rather tired of him beating a dead horse on this one. To me, it seems as if he consistently mis-reads the Russians. I suppose that’s to be expected of someone from the Reagan administration.
Most of his columns of late have been repeating this same complaint. So much so that I’ve pretty much stopped reading him. To me, he completely fails to understand diplomatic language. Again, I suppose that comes from too long spent in the Reagan White House listening to people like Dick Cheney’s ideas of what “diplomacy” sounds like.
For instance, to me when the Russians now refer to the west as ‘partners’, I sense a great deal of sarcasm. This does not mean that the Russians are looking to surrender to the west. And Mr. PCR seems rather selective in picking out Russian comments, in that I feel I’ve seen Mr. Lavrov make some very strong and clear statements of late, but those are never noticed by Mr. PCR.
I’d ask one question of people. Have the Russians convinced you? Not do you feel they are being effective in their approach, or are they saying what you would say. But instead, the simple question of when the Russians are being reasonable and presenting facts and logic, do they convince you personally? We have several recent cases to consider. The Skirpal affair. The Douma affair. The details of the missile strikes on Syria. Russia and the Western oligarchs tell two different stories of each incident. Do you personally find the Russian approach of presenting facts and logic convincing, or do you believe the Nikki Haley/John Bolton versions?
Note, this is a different question of whether you think the Russians would be more effective ranting and raving and threatening like a brain-damaged MMA fighter or a brain-damaged US Senator? But I’m trying to make the point that if the Russians reliance on facts and the language of diplomacy has convinced you in these cases, then perhaps its also convincing other people or other nations? The western oligarchs have only a small fraction of the world’s nations agreeing with them on their version of these incidents, and perhaps that is noteworthy.
“Diplomatic language” is just weakness to the Neocohens.
Russia needs to realise it is already at war, and prepare its people accordingly.
Military encirclement and encroachment, economic, political and propaganda warfare, attacks on Russian diplomats, sport and ordinary citizens – all without generating any significant response to deter further provocations.
If things don’t change, and soon, Russia will die of “diplomatic reasonableness.”
Off topic with the PCR issue relative to the great insight presented by Eugenia. PCR does what he does, alarm his readers to keep them engaged for the next tidbit, for one reason – continued “donations”. I once had a lot of respect for him, I have none now, he’s a poser for sure!
PCR can be alarmist at times but mostly he’s exasperated with RF’s approach to its “partners” in the West. And who can blame him. Being a former insider, he probably knows the machinations of the Empire more than most people.
At any rate I think RF’s approach to uncertainty is good for the world — they’re faced with Trump’s much touted ‘unpredictability’ (more like the behaviour of a man out of his depth to my mind) and the fact that Gaspadin Trumpa is halfway through his (? first) term and still shuffling his advisors. They’re probably thinking, ‘Can somebody show us who’s the real Chief of this two-bit regime?’
VVP probably wants to meet him one-to-one ASP to really size him up properly KGB style — is Trump an empty suit or what?
On another note, one leader has probably made up his mind. SK’s Moon thinks Trump’s a hick from New York with an ego the size of the Earth and that’s probably why he’s humouring him about the Nobel Peace Prize, a once glittering prize that’s been reduced to the status of an empty beer bottle in the gutter when they decided to award it to another accomplished statesman, Obama.
“On another note, one leader has probably made up his mind.”
Independent Western leaders are figureheads. They dare not voice opinion independently. Any discord voiced is to make one think that “democracy” works and that there is an alternative. There is not. To imagine there is is to be naive.
It has certainly been clear for a long time that in the USA the oligarchs and their money completely control what the public sees as a political system. And when the public rebelled in 2016 and didn’t choose to elect the oligarchs choice, it has been made plainly obvious that the deep state is really in power and what the figureheads say does not matter. The recent example of Trump saying he wanted to get out of Syria (to the roaring approval of the crowd he was orating to) was quickly countermanded by Generals the next day saying that the US wasn’t going to leave Syria. And events since have plainly shown that the Generals have the power to make their decision stick while what Trump says is nothing but a lot of hot air.
Thankfully, he’s rarely right about anything.
I think we need a saker reference “library” section for these and similar articles……
“This could be an attempt by our military to mislead the opponents regarding the time of delivery or the actual availability of C-300 systems to Damascus. …”
It makes sense that the Russians want to keep them guessing. The poker-faced Lavrov and Putin may yet have a trump up their sleeve! (pun totally intended)
The criminal insanity of the the empire still manages to shock me even after all these wars. Prayers and courage for all the people who are being threatened.
“The poker-faced Lavrov and Putin may yet have a trump up their sleeve! (pun totally intended)”
You don’t want that govno up your sleeve, it would get on your arm, then. Better keep it on the sleeve. That entails just a change of shirt, rather than a full scale detox wash down.
I am sure Assad will not hesitate to use these S-300 on both Israel and US. No “our partners” here.
Apparently, US fired few AGM-158 JASSM, and according to Prof. Milinovic , these babies managed to get through Syrian defences.
Tomahawks were there only to test Russian systems. More here at serbian sputnik:
You are right for sure…and lets’ not forget the last fighter jet RF lost because of a …bird (looks like a flying ostrich branded with David’s star on it’s ass! Yes the defense systems were tested and the solutions were found. The successes of the last attacks conform it and the crushed airplane is a warning…to RF. Based on the lack of information (buried investigations and follow up on cases like this unfortunately are the norm) regarding the last airplane lost looks like RF got the message. Interesting times indeed!
Where did you see a picture of something hitting that Su-30 that crashed into the Med?
There was no picture. Russian Defense Minister suspected that a “bird” may had cause the crash. I was sarcastic..Cheers
They certainly did not, at least 5 jassm has been confirmed downed by Syrian AD’s or Russian ECM. ad hominem statement removed — mod
It certainly seemed to me that Gen. Mattis and the Russians had pre-negotiated a set of targets that could be hit without starting world war 3. They blew up some empty buildings associated with the old chemical weapons program that the OPCW has previously certified as being dismantled. It thus seems as if the Russians agreed to let the west blow up these buildings which had zero military significance to allow the F-UK-US leaders to save face and declare mission-accomplished. Thus, the details of which missiles got through and hit these targets are insignificant as they were allowed through by prior agreement.
That assessment makes sense, everyone wins.
The first mission for the Syrian S-300 system in case of another zionazi attack, in retaliation for the down Russian jet in Latakia, would be to down “israeli” squatter jets over Lebanon and make sure at least some of their pilots don’t manage to eject, Hezbollah would be more than happy too take care of survivors.
Preferably by Russian instructors with Syrian AD crew in watch&learn mode.
All the bears are hibernating…………………….
A fairly accurate article that describes the putrid mess the UK govt is today:
(maybe a tad OT)
Please post off-topic comments in the MFC. Mod
Whilst “everyone” remembers the American, Charles Townes as being “the Father of Laser Technology”, “everyone” also conveniently forgets his Nobel Prize was shared by the REAL inventors – Aleksander Prokhorov and Nikolai Basov – who did all the basis science work, upon which Townes was entirely dependent. Of course this was during the height of the Cold War, when USSR contributions to anything were fiercely downplayed.
Whilst maser technology might not be idea as a conventional “beam weapon”, it IS ideal as a means of quickly (and permanently) destroying microwave sensors – such as the sensitive arrays used in missile guidance and surveillance (ELINT) systems. It might be enlightening to see where Russian R&D interests lie in this area – area denial by use of electronic incapacitation does seem to be a Russian forte after all.
Helmer’s article about Putin possibly installing kudrin in a “capitulation” dept really caused me some concern.
Here is a PCR article advising that “maybe” Helmer is putting too much credence in the Financial Times (FT) coverage:
If any credence, to my mind, is too much. FT ranks right up there with WashPost and NYT as key neo con disinformation agents.
Moreover, Helmer did cite FT but I did not get the sense that he was taken in by the kudrin disinformation.
“the minimal detectable radar signature of 0.05 sq.km of the target (as opposed 0.02 sq. km of “Favourit”),”
Surely you meant
the minimal detectable radar signature of 0.05 sq.m of the target (as opposed 0.02 sq.m of “Favourit”),
That was my thought when I read the article.
Surely the Saudis know that if Syria and Iran would be defeated by Israel and its allies, then Saudi Arabia would be next. If Israel is so eager to expand its territory, why not start a false flag and blame it on Jordan and Saudi Arabia? The Israelis can have both countries. After being told that Saudia Arabia was solely responsible for 9/11 (rightly or wrongly), Americans would cheer and let Israel have its way.