You don't have to be planning an attack to be prepared for a response, which is what those troops stationed at the border were to do.
If there were troops stationed at the border ready for a conflict the Georgian forces would never have made it to the South Ossetian capital.
The only troops on Russian borders are border patrol... FSB and MVD troops... not 58th Army units, which was the force that was mobilised by the Georgian attack that went into South Ossetia and Abkhazia and later into Georgian territory.
The 58th Army group is made up of soldiers from the region... ie North Ossetia and the Caucus region and they had been demobilised 8 days before the attack.
You can't upgrade that plane to fly at speeds fast enough to escape a Buk, thus, UAVs are the simpler, cheaper, and more effective solution.
A properly upgraded Tu-22MR would have detected the presence of a modern air defence network and could have used its missiles to destroy any radars that were operating. Without external radars operating the BUK would have had to have turned on its own radars and revealed itself, or operated in optical mode only.
The Tu-22MR can operate above the 15,000m ceiling of the low to medium altitude BUK system.
UAV would just be shot down and return nice footage of missiles closing in and then killing them... not really much use at all.
Well, when they do get shot down, which is what usually happens, you send in low-flying helicopters or attack-aircraft like Su-25s. Of course, they get shot down too, so why not send in Tu-160s to carry masses of Kh-31Ps? What happens if that gets shot down? Well, send in an Army brigade to knock out the defenses, without air cover of course.
No you do what they eventually did and find an Mi-9 tactical jammer and send it in with the low flying aircraft and send in an up to date Tu-22MR. Any radar that turns on is destroyed with anti radiation missiles launched from the Tu-22MR while the Mi-9 jams everything except the IR guided weapons.
Bottom line is that a UAV is expendable while a Tu-22 w/ Pilots is not.
Not many UAVs able to perform SEAD. Makes mores sense to use a combination of SEAD aircraft and UAV. Ideally an Su-34 should have been used... and according to rumour was used to jam the air defence while it was dealt with.
The thing is that I care about Russian's lives and if you did too you'd agree that if Russia had UAVs those damn Tu-22 pilots wouldn't have been killed forcing another family at home to bitch and moan. Maybe if you were just more passionate about the Russian Military you'd see where I'm coming from.
Your feelings for Russian personnel extends to you caring about their family bitching and moaning?... then I can see why you think they need UAVs.
The reality is that war is war and when you are surprised you use what is on site at the time.
But it does make your pilots safer, you don't want to make Russia become a Germany, have all your good pilots get shot down in the first few and then have your noobs fly your Sukhois and make them look like flying bags of crap.
UAVs make your pilots totally safe, but UAVs flown without proper situational awareness are targets.
So I wouldn't know why you're saying that the U.S. designed GPS, because we really just invented it but our GPS is called NAVSTAR (which has a full constellation unlike GLONASS.)
Hahahahahaha... yeah, navstar was not the first sat nav system by a very long shot.
Because with a less maneuverable platform you can't adjust your platform accordingly to where the GPS says the target is.
As I said its manoeuvrability will determine its release parameters, so if it comes off the pylon it should hit the target.
For example, Russia has been doing as much as it can to protect it's Energy monopoly on Europe.
Not to mention that Defense wise, Russia is expanding their borders by continually establishing a presence in all theaters of the world (something Superpowers are akin to.)
Very true... if you change the word Russia for NATO.
Precisely, Russia has our balls in their hands but once we switch to Clean energy, Russia knows they're going back to where they were in the 1700's, that backwards country to the East.
First of all that is rubbish. Russia is not putting any pressure on Europe over energy... in fact they are spending billions and jumping through hoops to provide alternative routes for the gas.
At the end of the day Europe can choose at any time not to buy Russian gas. They choose to do so because the alternatives will cost them more and they are cheap.
You're confusing market forces with Government again.
I am talking about unregulated markets where the market regulates itself. Anarchy without government control.
And you have a problem with that how? Or are you a supporter of terror?
I don't need 500 choices of soap... it is a waste of my time and their effort.
It is true that most Poor people got there by their sheer stupidity and laziness so I don't understand why we should follow a Nordic model and become neo-socialists.
Hahahaha... you are funny.
And yet a single piece of evidence. You know, if you're just going to post Conspirator propaganda then why do we have these overly long discussions in the first place?
Of course. The footage of cages in the open with people in chains and blindfolded on CNN was all made up. Hilarious. I am sure when they come for the Jews you will be able to justify it too... then the asians and the arabs and the blacks... then it will be your turn to go to the nice big brick buildings...