A missile or drone flying such long distances and only being picked up by shorads then puts into question the air defense systems, or more like, the radar and detection systems.
Bombers, drones, cruise missiles... all try to have small RCS and fly very low... do you think it is a coincidence... a mistake... a happy accident... do you think the west invested in drones because they can't afford anything better?
Cruise missiles and drones are difficult targets... hense their popularity and widespread adoption... in comparison HATO air defences didn't even notice Tu-141 drones flying through its airspace through multiple countries...
There are also tactics the operators can use to make their weapons even harder to deal with.
Or the quality if personnel, or whatever that ultimately falls back on the federal government itself.
Doomsayer panic right there.... fire everyone because a drone made it to an airfield... pathetic.
What happens after you fire everyone and the same thing happens again... why do you think firing people solves such problems?
Problems every country on the planet would struggle with...
And that is a real threat might I add. Especially now that US is pumping even more billions into anti Russian activity within Russia itself. You know what that means.
I know exactly what it means... the west is spending vastly more on this war than Russia is so Kiev should be winning right now if it can be accepted that the one that spends the most gets the best returns, and to be honest I am really not seeing three dead soldiers as something to fire the entire federal government over...
Here's your explanation for the drone strikes on Engels
They're using civilian air corridors. It was also mentioned during the 1st attack
I mentioned that possibility after the first attack too if you would like to check... it would not surprise me if they used civilian aircraft TACAN signals to look like civilian traffic... the new guys that replace all the people you just fired will want to keep their jobs so presumably will start shooting down suspect civilian aircraft because they wont want to be fired too... how many people will that kill?
Therefore, in order for air defense to work effectively, it is necessary to limit civil aviation flights not only in the border regions, but also further. Moreover, a Ukrainian drone could hit a civilian aircraft in the air.
Another factor he does not mention is the low RCS of the drones, so when you tune your air defence to see targets that are that small all of a sudden you start getting birds on your display which would also complicate things...
The US was running trillion dollar deficits before the war and still is. The US can easily provide $150b per year to Ukraine via budgetary support and weapons support indefinitely. Funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has mostly dried up, and that was about $300 billion per year. Someone has to get paid.
Their problem is that they put Russia out of SWIFT, which was the defacto international banking system so now for anyone to buy the resources of Russia, whether it is energy or metals or food or fertiliser... they are going to have to use the alternative to SWIFT to pay for whatever they want to buy.
This will lead to western pressure on those countries that continue to trade with Russia but that will just lead to those countries getting rid of trade in US dollars and Euros to avoid being sanctioned and losing their money in the hands of the west.
Oil caps have led to Russia building its own oil tanker fleet... they have been buying old ships for the last few years that will fill the gaps while brand new ships are built and of course the western insurance companies and brokerage companies that dominated the world trade in Russian goods... most things Russia sold to the world had money going to Europe to facilitate is sale and delivery but now that is broken too... this is a real separation from Russia and the west so the west will no longer get a cut when Russia sells oil to some country for shipping or insurance... all this at a time when they are sending money and weapons to Ukraine... weapons and ammo they will have to pay top dollar to restock their own inventories, countries in eastern europe that kept soviet era vehicles and weapons because the ammo was cheaper will now buy HATO standard weapons and ammo that will cost them top dollar that they likely wont be allowed to make for themselves, not to mention the price of energy... and th expansion of countries joining BRICS who wont be using US dollars for anything... the west has just cut itself from a large chunk of the worlds resources and a significant chunk of their real income for a broken country they have no interest in really saving...
Why didn't they take such a decision after the first attack?
They clearly thought restricting civilian aircraft near the combat area and adjacent areas would be enough... now they are extending the no fly zones further.
It will be a case of necessity... if you don't have to do something then it is cheaper to not do it, but it is clear they now have to do it.
It is not "unreasonable" bro.
It is impossible.
Sometimes I really have a feeling that some of us really didn't get the vision of this war yet.
It is a civil war.
As easy as that.
The reality of any war is you take losses... if you don't want to lose a single piece in chess then don't bother playing.
Kids play war games where their soldiers kill the bad guys soldiers without losing any of their own soldiers, which is why kids should learn about real wars and realise they are not fun, they are dangerous and dirty and deadly games.
That video about that cocksucker training the Orcs who says they are fighting the good fight is hilarious... Putin is not fighting this war for domination of Europe, this is colonial western countries poking the bear to get him to react to try to destroy him... ooh your bear killed my poodle so now you need to put it down... well the Russian people understand why the Bear reacted the way it did... the west got the reaction they were trying to get and now they think the world should come together and condemn Putin for being some monster for starting this war when he is just finishing it... by letting the west damage the west.
The mobilization exposed various issues in process and execution, the logistics in the initial phase were a disaster with major material losses,
There was nothing perfect about the initial strike, but there was a potential for the Orcs to fold and surrender and for it all to be much less bloody than it has been, which is what Putin really wanted... for the Ukrainians to wake up and realise they were being used as cannon fodder and for them to stand up to their western masters and say no. Instead the didn't and the current situation is the result... it is not ideal but I think the initial attack was necessary to tie down their rather large force and also give them the option to make this a minor skirmish with low fatalities.
As I said above re the Russian advances against HIMARs, whilst the Ukies etc might crow about these airfield attacks they have woken up Russian AD, forcing them to re-evaluate the effectiveness of their procedures.
I doubt that this is really what the US wanted to happen.
The HATO lack of IADS and its over reliance on air power and the ongoing threat that even cold war era Soviet air defence systems represent even after the network has been dismantled shows HATO is in serious trouble in WWIII and their abundance of over priced aircraft wont last for very long in that sort of environment.
Their ambush tactics and mobile artillery strategies are more like pin prick attacks rather than the savage death of 1,000 cuts they are supposed to be... I actually think the real reason Finland is running to HATO is that they realise they don't have enough bodies to throw at the Russians to do what they thought they could do... the winter war requires a big slow clumsy Soviet force badly led and badly supported and this conflict shows that is not the case by a long shot...