I am sure that the Turks had no idea of the 'gift' that they were giving the Russians with this illjudged action.sepheronx wrote:http://tass.ru/en/defense/839109
So it is confirmed that S-400 will be placed in Syria and the Moskva's cruiser S-300F will compliment it. Pretty much Turkeys little stunt will now be their undoing. As soon as Turkey tries again, it will lose more than a plane and pilot. But they have experience getting shot down, at least by Greece, so this shouldnt come as a surprise to them.
Also, I suppose it is confirmed that all bombers are now to be escorted by fighters and new electronic warfare and ecm systems to be installed as well?
As a starter, it will probably cause some blowback onto US/NATO flights in Syria, especially those originating out of Incirlik. Any non RuAF/SAF flight is going to have to be much more circumspect as they will be aware that Moscow is now trigger happy.
Perhaps much more importantly and quite unexpectedly, the the door has now been opened for Russian SAM systems in Syria against a requirement that is very difficult for anyone to object to. After the first S-400 is installed then it must be highly likely that other systems, maybe not S-400, will be installed as the SAA gains more territory. To 'cover' the Turkish border all the way to Iraq of course! This is leading to the very real possibility that Syria will be able to declare itself a controlled military airspace, enforced by the Russian SAMs.
This, an updated Syrian SAM system, is absolutely not what CENTCOM or the IAF wanted to happen, they must have been spitting blood at their 'partners' in Turkey once the ramifications sunk in.
Being really off the wall, how about the French Navy supplying fighter escorts for the Russians?