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The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defense Challenges U.S. Air Power

Old 23rd Jan 2019, 18:31
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The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defense Challenges U.S. Air Power

A long and interesting article on the WSJ.

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HMEIMIM AIR BASE, Syria—North from Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe and rounding the Arctic Circle to the east, Russia has built a ring of air defenses that threaten the reach of the U.S. military, forcing Washington to rethink its place as the world’s undisputed air power.

Russia’s S-400 antiaircraft missile system, a nettlesome and potentially deadly aerial shield, is changing the calculus of the U.S. and its allies in potential hot spots, beginning with its deployment in Syria.

Radar employed by the S-400, which Russia claims can detect the latest stealth aircraft, casts a net around western Syria that stretches from Turkey to the Mediterranean Sea to Israel.

While it hasn’t been tested in battle, S-400 radar tracking has shooed away aircraft of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria “as soon as they see on their electronic indicators that they are being watched,” Lt. Gen. Viktor Gumyonny, commander of Russia’s air-defense forces, told a TV interviewer.

Russia’s hybrid warfare tactics against the West, including election meddling and online disinformation campaigns, have drawn the most attention from lawmakers and the U.S. government. Proliferation of the S-400 system demonstrates how Russia is also investing heavily in traditional military firepower.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 19:19
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Never say never but Russian air defense systems against the US/allies has a record of 0 effectiveness. The whole point of the F117 shoot down was merely to show it was possible. Nevermind the physicists and extreme measures taken. The Russian equipment/tactics would be fine, except it gets jammed out of existence everytime, and then whittled down.
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If we think we are behind then curve then perhaps that will build a fire under our funding for DOD and needed modernization of our capabilities....and that would be a very good thing.

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What’s that line about quantity having a quality all of its own?
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Old 24th Jan 2019, 05:27
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Originally Posted by FakePilot View Post
Never say never but Russian air defense systems against the US/allies has a record of 0 effectiveness. The whole point of the F117 shoot down was merely to show it was possible. Nevermind the physicists and extreme measures taken. The Russian equipment/tactics would be fine, except it gets jammed out of existence everytime, and then whittled down.
Are you including Soviet era equipmemt in that claim of effectiveness?

Even if your not, you’re still incorrect. As the Israeli Air Force, they’ll tell you a S200 SAM shot down a F16 last year.

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Yep - tell that to Messers Powers and Anderson...
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