Austin wrote: As far as DRFM goes I read recently French Rafale SPECTRA played havoc with the radar of old S-300P in an execise with a Warsaw pact country think it was crotia ?
It was not Croatia (Croatia does not have functional S-300 and it never had). I think you where referring to Slovakia.
Trial MACE XIII exercise in Slovakia
Where one battery of S-300PMU (export variant of S-300PS which are being removed from Russian service (by 2015 all of them will be gone))
where pitted against:
- Turkish F-4E fitted with Elta EL/L-8222 electronic countermeasures pod
- Danish F-16AM
- Nato E-3A
- French E-3F
- Norway Falcon-20
- Slovakian MIG-29AS
- Learjet 35A D-CARL fitted with two Cassidian EW pods, again operating from Sliac
Here is a pictures from the aircraft involved LINK
So isnt that interesting? All this ECM against one battery of export variant of oldest S-300.
And still it managed to do this.
NATO concluded that the S-300PMU with a professionally trained crew is capable of effective operations in a complex ECM/ESM environment, with a high level of success.
By the time exercise ended S-300 had fired all its missiles and only French Rafale managed to avoid destruction.
Still here is a link how it was done in 1982 in Russia.LINK
So it should not be of any surprise US decided to make stealth fighters because ECM where simply loosing its efficiency and with each new SAM more and more
fighters needed to be involved in the operation to make it successful making whole operation more complex with many things that could go wrong. Remember that S-300 does not use AESA and still it managed to achieve unprecedented level of ECM resistance.
Still when talking about export variant of oldest Russian S-300 version with crews not on the same educational level in comparison with Russian colleagues we
are missing the main point and that is Russian way of designing AD network observed no where in the world that gives it unsurpassed flexibility and strength.
Austin wrote:Vityaz is most certainly PESA atleast on the pictures they showed , And the two planer antenna is I would suspect one for IFF and one for Height Finding.
You usually don't need a separate height finder, those are typically reserved for EW functions to augment 2D surveillance radars (height being the missing D). You'd find subarrays on a PESA like this for things like sidelobe reduction, IFF functions, precision missile tracking, missile uplinks, etc.
Russian territorial PVO EW radar are all 3D but Army PVO uses mostly 2D+1 radar system because of mobility request and because of that physical restrictions but
that all changes with NEBO-M which will go to territorial PVO and Army PVO and is full 3D radar.
Djoka wrote:Croatia was never a warsaw pact country,and it never recived an s-300 system.Its now a nato country.You probbabaly read some nato fan boy dreams,anyway isn't it a little strange to you,that everybody is asking Russia NOT to send even old versions of s-300 to Syria.I mean if what you read was true why is US and Israel panicking about possible s-300 shipments to Syria?
Croatia was supposed to have S-300 missile system and parts of it where delivered but not the most important thing - radar sets.
Croatia paid 200 million $ to arms dealer who did not delivered the system in full - it only has missiles and trucks.