d_taddei2 wrote:Hi very true, i think against most modern aircraft these systems now struggle, i know SA-2, SA-3, SA-4 have had some upgrades in some way shape or form, but does these upgrades make them any good, or should countries look to replace these older soviet systems, ASAP???
I read many many books about this topic in the past. In spite of many upgrade, nowadays the SA-2/3/4...most of them are completly ineffective against the actual generation of US fighters like the last model of F-4 Phantom II, F-15, F-16, F-18, F-111, F-35, and obviously F-22.
Most the old Sam systems operate in X band, the concept of stealth fighters was aimed to neutralize these old SAM system. Moreover, most of the anti radar missiles were designed to destroy the X-Band.
I don't know about the SA-11, and the last models of gainful if I recall called SA-17, could be effective against F-4, F-15, F-16, and probably F-18, but against the others I don't know. Maybe not.
The new generation of SAM like the SA-22 Greyhound aka Pantsir could be more effective, and very lethal against all kind of US fighters, because it uses the passive detection. I heard that the aircraft could detect, and track without the stealth fighter understand that it was tracked.
As it was said, more you spend money in the R&D, more your SAM system will be effective. The SA-2, SA-4, and SA-5 were aimed against B-52, and other US's assets like ELINT, AWACS of the 60's. 50 years after, these systems are completely outdated.