KiloGolf wrote:Isos wrote:[The range of anti air missiles is not the same when attacking an up coming target and a target going away from you, specialy a mach 2 Tu-22.
A Tu-22M3 that has already spent its fuel to carry those AS-4(s) (low level flight is even worse) cannot afford to fly much at Mach 2.0 all that while evading incoming too.
Concerning Tu-142 and Il-38s, well there's only a dozen of the former and maybe less than two dozens of the later. Their low numbers are hardly a threat to a large naval force. Operationally speaking these planes can't cover much surface on-patrol and will have their hands tied with detecting multiple NATO SSNs.
Well, they won't send their Tu-22 in the middle of the atlantic. They will wait for the carrier group to come close. The small combat radius of the F-18 and F-35 is a limitation for the us navy's deployment. So the fuel issue is not an issue. The battle group will be a at maximum 700 km from the shore. So the Tu-22 will be assisted by the Su-34 and Su-24 equiped with Kh-35 and kh-31 and probably air lunched klub and brahmos NG (?). All this would be covered by Su-35 and pak fa + decoys. Plus don't forget Improved Kilo and future Kalina subs which can destroy an entire navy if used corectly.
Intercepting a formation like this is just impossible. They could lunch some Aircraft from their carrier but it's not a problem as they would probably try to stop the missiles so the formation could easily go to its bases, refuel and do it again.
The more they let them come close, the less they need Tu-142 and Il-28 and A-50/100 to patrol for them because the aera to cover is smaller. So the small number of patrol Aircraft is not a big issue neither.
Russia has less equipement than USSR had but they improved them in the way that the quality solves the issue of the quantity.