WHy are they not flying AWACS to assist with drone detection in the ukraine operation?
Why do you assume they aren't?
Then why did a Tor destroy a TB2 rather than an AAM or buk ?
What a stupid question.
TB2s are armed drones and a threat... anything that detects one will attempt to destroy it as soon as it can.
Maybe it didn't fly near any BUK or Russian Aircraft till it stumbled on a TOR vehicle that shot it down.
BTW the TOR vehicle is expensive, but its missiles are simple command guided weapons that are cheap and easy to mass produce... a TOR missile is much cheaper than an R-77 or a BUK missile... both of which have radars inside them.
With the recent raid on belgorod, does this prove AWACS is kind of useless at detecting terrain hugging helicopters and cruise missiles?
Well with Tu-141 drones that are not stealthy and not particularly fast or very high or low flying penetrating 3 countries into HATO, or all the drones and cruise missile weapons penetrating Saudi Airspace willy nilly, perhaps you have to wonder about how effective air based air defence really is...
Is it a universal physical constraint that AWACS S band radars are crappy at spotting helis flying at below 5m? What kind of radar would be able to detect objects flying at below 5m?
You are assuming there was a Russian AWACS aircraft present and operating at the time... there are enormous numbers of targets on any battlefield.... the vast majority will be Russian aircraft and drones, but there will also be other objects that fly low like birds, drones and aircraft.
When detected you can't tell from the radar signal what side they are on, they need to be challenged with IFF systems, and Ukrainian platforms wont admit to being enemy straight away.
Zapping everything that appears on radar without checking would lead to Russia shooting down a lot of its own aircraft and weapons and drones.
Whats wierd is that Mi-24's aren't stealthy at all, and generate a massive RCS with their non-composite blades.
Flying very low amongst trees and buildings will always be an effective way of hiding from airborne radar and be a difficult target to deal with for air defence systems.
It also makes them terribly vulnerable to ground fire and often heavy fire can make them fly into obstacles on the ground so it is incredibly dangerous.
And also what incident are you even talking about... is it even real or is it made up?