Ground based air defense has never been that effective. The lion's share of air defense falls on the shoulders of fighter jets.
Actually the total opposite is true... an air defence battery is on guard 24/7 and remains in the area day and night in all weather protecting the targets it is protecting... when aircraft arrive they might stay as long as 30 minutes but they always have to leave again because they burn fuel.. also very few fighter aircraft have radars that can detect tiny battlefield drones and shooting them down with air to air missiles and fighter aircraft is like using Patriots to shoot down drones... millions of dollars per kill... incredibly inefficient.
Syrian air force doesn't have any flyable fighter jet.
Syria has plenty of flyable jet fighters, but SAMs offer better protection.
That's why Turkey was able to take advantage and invade Syria with drones.
Turkey invaded Syria while Syria was busy fighting terrorists and foreign supported rebels... Turkey could not have invaded without those distractions and also directly supported those terrorists and rebels and made lots of money selling stolen Syrian oil via those terrorists.
Planes evolved far more than ground based AD have.
Not really. And Planes are part of an AD. Lets compare HATO with Russia shall we in terms of defence capacity... Russian cruise missiles would be an enormous threat to all HATO countries, Syria... without an IADS and just using their air defence units independently managed to shoot down 71 of 103 cruise missiles launched at them using ground based AD units only.
In comparison Saudi Arabia with all sorts of the very latest western fighters and aircraft and Air Defence systems didn't even see cruise missiles and drones coming let alone stop any.
These days cruise missiles can take out long range SAM from thousands of km way with pinpoint accuracy.
Except that they haven't.
Which is why Syrian S-200 and S-300 and useless against Israeli stand off missile strikes.
Israel has F-35 super duper 5th gen stealth fighters... they should be flying all over Syrian air space with impunity dropping cheap dumb bombs and kicking arse of any fighter that dares take off and challenge them... instead they hide in the mountains of a nearby country launching standoff attacks like cowards and still not hitting very much at all.
Which is why Russia is focusing on attack drones instead of ground based AD.
What are you trying to say... do you think Russia thinks attack drones will enable it to get rid of all its ground based AD?
That is like saying a knight going in to battle does not need any armour to protect him... he just needs a really big sword.
Well the Russians are developing attack drones but are also improving their ground based AD forces as well... they just added Pine SAMs to their own forces and are introducing the S-350 system as well...
Sochi agreement was between Putin and Erdogan. Assad had nothing to do with it.
Doesn't change the fact that Turkish drones were there with the permission of Russia...
Turkish attack drones been attacking SAA daily since months ago in supports of HTS and TIP. Everyone knew that. Don't tell me nobody knew that. Even a fool on the street knew that.
So what? Turkish forces have been supporting terrorists from the start... so have the british and french and americans... what is your point? The white helmets terrorist organisation was created by a brit.
Ground based AD is useless against drones.
How many Turkish drones operate near Russian military bases... or for how long?
Drones can be built in the thousands. They don't care how many drones they lose. No pilot ever gets killed anyway when drones are shot down. Turkish attack drones weren't stopped by ground based AD. They were stopped by Putin Erdogan deal.
Turkish drones are continuously being shot down... a shot down drone is not doing its job. By the same logic more Turkish tanks are being made so Syria and Russia should just stop using ATGMs?
Russian AD seems to be the worlds most effective counter to the threat of drones.
HATO has no answer AFAIK... any systems they might use against them they don't have in sufficient numbers to deal with normal aircraft let alone drones.
Russia makes more air defence missiles than the rest of the world combined.