KomissarBojanchev wrote:Are there any gazetchik CM launchers in Russian service today or are they an export product without any success domestic or abroad?
Yes they are in service within Russian army and much more.
Zivo wrote:Is their any truth behind the use of microwave oven decoys in Kosovo?
Mindstorm wrote:Naturally even very outdated samples of those type of those short range SAMs ('80 years technology) are represented exclusively by TELARs capable of cooperative engagement and "shoot and scout" techniques.
For instance deployment time of even entire regiment echelon is incredible 5 minutes.
Mixed brigades takes only 20 minutes to deploy. Unthinkable in western minds.
nemrod wrote:Does it exist a way to counter this kind of missiles ?
And how ? Does Russia get a tactic ? If yes, what ?
Problem of defending against ARM is by my opinion wrongly put question. Why?
Because the question does not define situation so we have an option to include everything (basically write a book) and nothing.
Something partly defined would leave out many options that are available to Russian army and PVO so again you would not get an full
answer to your question. Problematics include following:
- Defining whether we are talking about Russia or some other country with what assets
(Russia has much more than any other country different options on the table)
- Defining whether we are talking about Army PVO or Territorial PVO or perhaps all of them combined
(there are differences about the two and one could argue which one has better chances to handle the problem)
- Defining the striking force
(are we talking about USA, whole NATO alliance, or some random country etc)
- Defining problems of information gathering
(you need to know where your target is and for an a attacking force intelligence gathering process is a HUGE
unless you count on a situation where attacking planes can safely surf the skies and look for targets
- intelligence gathering
can represent unsolvable problems except for most advanced countries)
Yes Russian designed air defense has really numerous options against numerous threats including ARM because of:
- concept of its air defense (air defense understands air force, air defense (SAMs), radar coverage etc)
- the way Russians design its air defense (absolute and redundant integration on a unimaginable scale)
- brute technical characteristic of its air defense assets
- layered defense (5-6 layers of missiles with more to come
- mobility (Russians basically invented "shoot and scope" technique with its 5min deployment S-300 time and others, very important)
- numerous deception techniques they have developed and proved to be successful (radar decoy, pneumatic decoy, camouflage nets etc)
- numerous other assets like ground ECM, passive radar systems etc
- variety of tactics employed with educated staff to man them
- infrastructure (prepared firing positions with numerous other reserve firing positions, etc)
- communication links (cable, wireless staff and equipment)
- low level radar, orderly radar systems, reserve radar system, in depth radar systems, forward radar systems in all frequency
- numbers of fighters working within air defense assets and as part of it
- spys network and organization working for PVO (with some of interesting tasks put in front of them)
- range (range of the damn things has increased few times since the fall of SSSR and is simply terrifying for any western airforce analyst)
Each of these lines has its story. Rather in depth one and that each story has its strictly defined purpose within huge organisation
now called Aerospace Defense Forces.
Now this is not all but is surely most important.
Thing is that Russian air defense is designed to cope with several hundreds of fighters
coming from few different sides simultaneously. Nowhere in the world exists anything like it.
It is huge, numerous, integrated, mobile, robust and flexible. It is able to cope with much more than just ARM