Vann7 wrote: No US airstrikes in Syria since Russia deployed S-400 systems
S-400 range in Syria.. cover all Israel ,all Syria ,most of Jordan and more than half of Turkey
all the way to the Capital.
Still Russia will need to capture more territory to really seal the borders of Syria..
Because flying low can evade radars. Russia needs to control all the borders with turkey and Israel. to fully cover both.. High flying planes and low flying ones across all Syria. and Or the deployment of 3-4 awacs.. one around damascus.. another around Latakia and another near
iraq border in eastern homs.. to fully See everything that move at any altitude over Syria.
Also Electronic Warfare and Gps jammers too.. a plus.
It must be highly likely that as the SAA moves north and east that short and medium range SAMs will move with them. The unarguable reasoning being that they will be needed to fill in the gaps in coverage due to geography, range and time delay given the position of the S-400.
IMHO this is the biggest impact of the shootdown. A NATO country gave Russia an open door to upgrade the air defences of Syria. No wonder US/NATO flights have reduced, they must be hopping mad at CENTCOM.
Incidentally, did anyone else spot the very careful wording by Moscow that the actual arrival of more fighters was dependent on what happens now, not they are going 'today'? The good old 'make the threat but save resources by not actually doing it' ploy.
The British seem to have achieved the same by accident with the timing of the attack Syria vote. Get some 'kudos' for deciding to attack ISIS in Syria but not actually be able to as they can't safely overfly it.
Also, the location of the US carrier task force sent quickly out of the East coast at the start of the week seems to be very quiet. Perhaps they decided that the Eastern Med was not the best place to be diplomatically ATM.
Also, has anyone seen anything about the modus operandi of the French Navy planes? Are they flying with Russian or US targeting data? Are they flying less like the US/NATO?