Can you beat the C-400 in Syria: Correspondence call the American and Russian military experts
Since then, as Russia deployed anti-aircraft missile system S-400 "Triumph" in Syria, in the foreign media do not cease talking about how effective the system is, and how to combat it. Military expert Tyler horns to speculate on this topic in his blog Foxtrot Alpha, and Michael Hodarёnok, a military expert and chief editor of "Military-Industrial Courier", commented his record.
Tyler horns in his blog said that some US military experts and military journalists believe that the panacea for the C-400 can be called a new electronic-warfare aircraft Boeing EA-18 Growler, but it is not. Separately taken the aircraft is unlikely to completely suppress all electronic warfare anti-aircraft missile regiment equipped with a C-400 air defense missile systems, while the "Triumph" will be quite able to hit missiles Growler queue, if it is in the affected area at least one of the divisions.
"The unique capabilities of the United States in the field of electronic warfare (EW) and the suppression of radar stations include not only the Growler, and many other support platforms and systems. This is a complex ecosystem of weapons and sensors include intelligence lethal devices, cyber warfare and hacking, the active suppression of air defense weapons and attacking enemy aircraft and subtle long-range ammunition used out of range of enemy weapons. The last two are effective particularly when applied together, adding funds EW "- he writes horns.
Michael Hodarёnok agrees with this statement, noting the high training and professionalism in the conduct of American electronic warfare: "The United States - the master of conducting electronic warfare. They have the most advanced technology for jamming. From conflict to conflict, they are not repeated, and they probably have some sort of a surprise, is already prepared for the next opponent. " Organized interference, indeed, the most terrible weapon for anti-aircraft missiles. Hodarёnok recalls that Turkey has stated that they have deployed ground stations EW Koral. But their tactical and technical characteristics of the unknown.
Glavred "Military-Industrial Courier" notes that guarantee the suppression of the S-400 system, Koral and Growler aircraft can not be: "This is an equation with many unknowns. What kind of interference? From what distance? With what intensity? How much power? With a bearing? On what frequencies? How exactly radio-electronic means, it is placed? "
Judge Tyler Rogov argues that the destruction of air defense systems, disposing of S-400, the perceived enemy, you need to use a range of different instruments of war. Thus, it is intended to combine the work of stealth aircraft with long-range supplies, running normal (not stealth) aircraft with hidden platforms and much more. "For example, F-16 can fly up to a distance of the radius of destruction of high-precision cruise missile of class" air-to-surface »AGM-158 JASSM, and the F-35 - in the distance hit small bomb. If we add to this noise suppression, these distances are reduced, depending on the tactics and ongoing technical and material resources to implement this tactic. The problem is that against a serious contender will have to take into account that he is not one area of launchers and a radar, but a whole set of different systems, including both lethal machines, and air defense missile systems. "
However, Mikhail Hodarёnok recalls that the S-400 - this is not the ultimate weapon, and it should be used in conjunction with other branches of the armed forces and the armed services. "If it works Growler, it is primarily the task of the defeat of the aircraft to be delivered EW fighter aircraft. If the noise generated from ground stations EW, then it is necessary to bomb assault strikes or hit them with fire long-range artillery and missile forces. That is, it is necessary to create conditions for the implementation of air defense missile systems, 400 combat missions, "- the expert continues.
American specialist pays much attention to the work at a safe distance out of range combat weapons of the enemy: "Opportunities detection devices PVO only get better, as well as increasing the radius of destruction of missiles" ground-to-air ", so may have to use a hidden long-range missiles, united into a single network. Or stealth long-range aircraft and other methods, including the suppression (in the distance), to weaken, and ultimately destroy the air defense system. As a result, working out of reach of enemy weapons, you can weaken its defenses. Then, for example, you can fly up close and use stealth fighter with medium-range missiles rather than run long-range missiles from afar. At the same time, conventional (non-stealth) aircraft can attack long-range missiles, thus freeing up space for stealth attacks. But drones, decoys by means of electronic warfare on the board can be used together with the attacking combat units to go deep into enemy territory, on the way disabling of air defense. "
Hodarёnok reiterates that the combat use of the S-400 also need to be considered in the complex, under the previously established system of defense. "In particular, in Syria treheshelonnaya built anti-missile defense. On the outer reaches operating S-400, in the middle range - SAM "Buk-M2", and IRC «shell-C1" performs the task already at the approaches to the protected object. This is a fairly stable group ", - he said. Glavred "Military-Industrial Courier" doubts and approval about the work of the enemy at a safe distance, "firstly, the affected area from the S-400 is large enough, and secondly, a missed goal can pick up" Buck "or" armor ".
According to Michael Hodarёnka, S-400 air defense systems and other means can be applied in only two cases. The first - a variant of the full-scale military conflict, "if it will be applied only in terms of a hypothetical armed conflict with the United States and Turkey, which is not included in the plans of neither the first nor the second. But in general, this situation should be viewed as extremely unlikely. "
The second event occurs in the case of violation of the Syrian border in the airspace of aircraft of other states. There Hodarёnok has in mind first of all Turkey. However, it stresses that this is only possible if the Turkish fighter delve into Syrian airspace. "This feature has been appreciated by both the Americans and the Turks. Turks stopped flights and strikes against Syria, as there is a high probability that in this case they will be destroyed by fire S-400 ", - he said.
At the same time, Russian military expert points out that any loss of the aircraft fire SAM / AAMS may have unpredictable consequences. For example, if the aircraft will be released the rocket, he can perform an anti-missile maneuver to turn around, fly back to their territory, missiles can catch up with him (their speed - about 2 km / s), and the fighter will fall in Turkey and could destroy at that some extremely significant civilian object. At the same time, if it violates the state border will be hit and fall to the territory of Syria, that "all the international standards, we have the right to open fire and destruction of the offending aircraft. This scenario is most likely. "
As for the incident with a black Su-24, Mikhail Hodarёnok implies that if the S-400 at that time had already been deployed in Syria, that attacks on Russian aircraft could not be.
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