About Russia defenses ,you bet Putin will not send their armed forces to Syria ,without
having a proper air defense , against NATO first. There have to be S-300s in Syria long time
ago.. and i will not be surprised S-400s too.. Hidden inside large buildings.. or underground.
About ECM defenses .. lazer guided manpads cannot be jammed. So they will still be lethal.
Unless of course Russia have electromagnetic defenses too.. im not fully aware of Russia
hellicopters defenses.. but i think Russia have a lazer like decoy system.. that can confuse
incoming fired manpads at them.. Russia major concern should be NATO supply of weapons
to the terrorist rebels ,can have no limits. For example NATO should have something similar
like Pantsirs.. using gatling guns.. you cannot defeat kinetic projectiles like bullets.. with counter electronics or not even emp guns. fortunately kinetic weapons like anti air artillery have a very limited range. But this is not the case with Lazer weapons or Rail Guns.. Will NATO be capable
of providing ISIS and Alqaeda with such weapons? Absolutely. They don't give missiles with nuclear warheads to ISIS because it will be too difficult to justify them having them.
On a side note.. i do notice a major shift in public opinion about middle east in the west.. When you see Yahoo news ,comments sections vast majority positive about Russia and negative about
US coalition actions in defending some jihadist that they call "opposition" . Thats something
BIG.. Is not a small thing. also in youtube and RT is the same.. even US media makes jokes
about the "moderates" of Obama. in short.. the world public opinion is on the side of Russia.
in the Syrian conflict at least.