HARMs can be defeated with TOR and Pantsir... that is what they were designed for, but with a range of only 150km anything that launches those ARMs is likely to get shot at too.
And this is what i have been trying to warn people ..but failing miserably to get the message..
Syria is not officially at war with US or NATO.. .(at least not yet). So All that US needs to do ,is take
advantage of the Rules of Engagement of Syria and Russia... just like Israel have been doing for so long
and fire missiles just 30km of the target.. using the illegal buffer zones US created inside Syria..
So any system of air defense that Russia sends to Syria.. whether is S-300 or S-400 or S-500 of S-900 that shot
down planes 1 million km away.. will be Totally useless.. if they are not used ,the way they were intended..
to keep enemy away of their combat range..
Is like the question of having a powerful sniper rifle in Syria that can kill an enemy 5km away...
If you allow enemy to get very close to you.. then the whole sniper rifle will be Pointless is NOT USED..
So unless Russia and Syria creates a no fly zone for NATO and Israel.. and tells them.. that their planes will be shot beyond the horizon , (50km++) if armed with bombs ,flying in the direction of Syria.. then NATO and Israel will be allowed to try , and try and try and keep trying and fire bombs at Syria , as close as ~20km of distance of the target. as Israel did in the last attack in latakkia... So it will be impossible for Russia military air defenses to properly defend Syria , if their air defenses are used in a totally retarded way.. as a short air defense.. instead of very long range one.. So unless Russia don't plan to change the rules of engagement and warn NATO and Israel ,that they will return the fire at their planes if attack Syria again.. then Putin should not bother at all sending any air defense.. if will allow Syrian enemies to keep playing skirmish games.. instead of stopping them at any distance.as soon they in range of the missiles.. But for such policy ,Russia will have to create a very large no fly zone for NATO and Israel military planes ,that goes beyond far from Syrian borders..
So my prediction is NATO/Israel will use hundreds of kamikazi drones to test them.. with internal Artificial intelligence.. so they automatically can identify the target. or they will continue to use short range glide bombs..
taking advantage of Putin's tolerance to NATO and Israel attacks. Only a major war , or a clear no fly zone , or a return fire policy ,if you shoot ,we return the fire policy.. only that could help.. but if Russia don't shoot back , then their enemies will continue killing Russians..
WHat i think will happen?
Putin will ordern to shoot back.. but not before they destroy a couple of S-300 or kill more Russian soldiers..
Instead of not allowing them to even try..and shoot at hostile planes before they get in combat range of their
weapons. So S-300s performance in Syria will depend 95% on Russia military and Putin rules of combat ,of when they will fire missiles at israel or NATO and when not.. Ifthey allow their enemies to fly close to S-300s positions or Russian base ,then the system will have very short time to intercept anything..
1)No fly zone for military planes anywhere in Syria and shoot any military plane 100km to 200km away from Syria.
This is how S-300s are suppose to be used.. to keep the enemy away of their precision combat range
,this will force Syria enemies to use slow cruise missiles. easy to intercept. and very inaccurate. Will be very hard if not impossible for them to defeat S-300s
2)Or at very least Putin should warn ,that Russia will return fire at Israel or NATO if bomb again Syria..
This will make the S-300s vulnerable ,because they will be allowed to try from closer distance.. but they will have
to more farther if want to have a chance to escape the counter attack..
NATO and Israel are capable of training ISIS fighters ,into flying a combat plane.. and ask them to use an old F-15 as a suicide missile.. similar to WTC.. that planes were used as missiles.. and defacto allowing them to defeat an S-300 and kill Russian soldiers.. So Politics /Rules of Combat ,that Russia will allow or not ,will make as much difference if not more than technology and capabilities of any air defenses they deploy..
None of so called "experts videos".. about what S-300s can do or not.. or what can S-400s do..
take into account the Rules of Combat. Because the rules in a real full scale war.. are very very different
from the rules of combat , in times ,war is not yet declared and enemies allowed to get very close to your borders..for spying on your defenses.
In a real war with Israel.. Russia will use S-400s and shoot Israeli planes as soon they take off from their bases..
and then with Iskander missiles deployed in Syria and Cruise missiles from Caspian sea and mediterranean sea ,
flattern israel military bases and destroy their planes.. Also Russia use their airforce to keep Israel airforce away from their positions.. In a real full scale war.. is when only Russia will be able to show the real performance
of S-300 and -400s. which both were designed for Very Long range combat.. to keep the enemy away of their combat range. So they not allowed to even try an attack .
Russia can also help in the defense ,with very strong Counter Electronics and Decoys (fake S-300s) deployed across all Syria. but a zero tolerance policy could stop the attacks , completely if Russia warns Israel of a major war if attack again Syria..