Radios can't identify a stealth frigate, you need to see it with your eyes which limits the assistance Chinese trawlers could provide the PLAN.
The Heracles is a PESA radar, it is also an LPI radar with advanced waveforms and low sidelobes. China doesn't have the analysis capabilities to pinpoint it.
French AWACs are the same as the American. China never bought R-27. They have SD-10 which is an R-77 seeker with an inferior motor with similar range to a Mica. They would never get that close to the French AWACs unless they could perform a saturation attack and suffer many loses in the attempt.
Seriously stealth doesn't make them invisible. A fisher can see it if it is close enough. Fremm has 1 gun and horizon has two gun. Carrier are huge and anyone can see them and identify them as carriers. Those fishers probably see military ships everyday.
They also have a bigger missile in developement for anti awacs.
They don't have Su-35 yet, but when they do it still doesn't have the self protection capabilities of the Rafale. The entire time Rafale was flying in Syria they were sniffing the trons of our aircraft to gain emissions data for their Spectra database. They probably have it on the Su-57 as well. It was a mistake to take them there.
They have. They even started maritime patrols with them.
Spectra is not a miracle tool. Against aesa it is not so good. Russia has also gained information on rafale like its rcs and its radar too. Corrupted egyptian generals have also access to aesa radar of rafale ...
Su-57 is aesa. They probably didn't even detected them.
It is 4 Meteor and 8 Mica for a full CAP load-out. They have buddy refueling so they don't need drop tanks.
J-20 isn't as good as anything. Su-35 is far better than J-20 which is why they bought it to tear down and examine.
The French fleet will be in open water, Chinese can't predict where to place SSK to wait for it.
4 rafale + buddy refueler. How long do you think they can do this. They have only one carrier, 1 crew and 40 rafales.
J-20 is stealth feom the front so for anti shiping it can be good. If a ship is detected they can approach very close.
They have lot of diesel subs, put them 600km away from the cost and 50km away one from another and patrol. Carriers are noisy. Even a kilo would detect it from far away. And CdG needs to move to launch its fighters.
The ships were in different locations. They had a timetable in order to launch a saturation attack it had to be at such a time. The ship scheduled to launch picked up one of our patrol aircraft and did not want to reveal its location by launching. They did not know if we were going to retaliat
Su-24 were flying above them 2 days before. A grigorovitch class intercepted them before launch. All the group was detected. Their mdcn is 1000km range. Draw a circle 1000km from syrian coast and you know where they are. All you need then is patrol that area with a radar which takes 1h.
We had no reason to be nice to the French to play politics. If we had detected them we would have said so, it makes us look stronger if we did but facts are facts. The Rafale is a beast of an aircraft and we would do well not to underestimate it. Arab arm sales are not really relevant to this.
French also said that they said to russians they will attack prior to the attack. Mirages are not stealth, neither are rafales and the refueling tankers with them. A-50U works in L band, you can't jam it with mighty Spectra. They intercepeted even f-22 which far more steakthy than spectra. They also have ELINT assests so any jamer is detected around syria.
Even if they didn't saw them, they knew they will attack with US because Putin was informed so russia would have said they did saw them. Why then say that brand new s-400 and grigorovitch and A-50U didn't detect them ? That makes no sense unless they try to make confusion in NATO offices by saying french are better than UK, US because theUS and UK hate them.
French def minister said all the missiles were successfully launched which proved to be a lie. They are liars.
So saying they detected only UK and US is total bullshit. I don't know why they said that, you shold have relation in the army ask them.
I don't want to start a new debat but just about the mighty French army, Nazi had inferior tech before ww2 than french and they won. A rafale that wins in exercices with the best pilot is not the same as a eafale piloted by a normal guy during a real war when he knows he can die against a fighter he never met in combat.