Which sensors on board the Kh- 101 missile detects incoming threats, that too while travelling at such high speed?
Just the usual radar and IR sensors that are generally non directional and basic but detect the IR plume of a missile very close by triggering flares to be released and radar signals from ARH missiles to deploy jammers and chaff as well as flight manouvers. Iskander and Kinzhal and most of their anti ship missiles have the same... Zircon, Onyx, Vulkan, Granit, etc etc.
Moldova has longed to be integrated into Romania and a Russian threat would be a great excuse to join Romania.
If that was true then what has stopped it in the past?
What would HATO need to do to trigger that if that was already the will of the people?
No need to interfere at all if that is the case.
More probable is just doing so randomly, or at predestined locations where some AD is expected to exist.
Random would not be effective, and would actually be counter productive as launching flares and chaff and active jammer decoys would attract the attention of air defence rather than distract it.
It would require a proper MAWS suite to detect incoming missiles ...
No processing power or complexity is needed... just a simple system like an automatic door opening system for a shop door.
It just needs to detect something approaching the door it does not need to determine height or weight or how much they intend to spend.
On the other hand ... those are the only existing cruise missiles with defensive countermeasures ... who can figure what else those crazy Ivans put on board
As I have mentioned before the Russians test their attack weapons against their own air defences, which is clearly testing them to a much higher standard than any HATO country can achieve on land and against systems very much comparable to western naval systems.
Georgia lost not because of the west abandoning it, but because of Russia's decision to intervene.
The whole strategy was set to end the ethnic cleansing so fast, that Russkie won't be able to get involved.
So was the timetable, at a day of Olympic opening, and so was the calculation for decisionmakers - Putin being at Bejing, and Medvedev in charge at home.
West has not abandoned them, they have been assisted at the highest level and in multiple directions.
Tanks were upgraded with Israelis.
So was the Spyder SAM originated.
Buk was heavily upgraded by the Ukrainians.
Groms were delivered from Poland.
Small arms were of US origin.
So was the communication system, everything was made by Motorola and Honeywell.
US and Brits advisors were all over the place.
Every tool the west could provide or buy, was there.
They just miscalculated the determination of Russkie, and the condition of 58th Army which started the operation at the very first sight, with no mobilization pause.
There is a giant misunderstanding pumped by the propaganda machine about tiny Georgi being gang raped by the mighty neighbor state. While the situation was just the opposite. Georgians had a giant advantage in both manpower and armor at the theatre. 58th army operated with detached units, to close the range and pass the tunnel ASAP. This is how a bulk of Russian casualties happened - fighting with much lower numbers. Till the end of the conflict, Russia engaged lower manpower.
All very true but the US also degraded the civilian GPS signal to the point it was totally useless, while maintaining the military signal that Georgia was using. Russian troops ended up having to use cellphones and cellphone towers for navigation.
It was the wakeup call Putin needed that the Russian Army needed help, but also a very good example of what they were capable of even then at a time we forget now where a solider in a single unit didn't have trousers or a jacket that matched in terms of camouflage let alone an entire unit with the same pattern.
To have such jamming you need to know what radar is around so it has some Elint stuff inside.
Or a device transmitting radio proximity fuse signals that it detects so the target incoming missile thinks it is much closer to the target than it actually is.
Quite a common thing, which is why the R-73EL uses a laser proximity fuse.
Lastest aim-9x was fooled by su-22's flares...
Keep in mind that an IR sensor doesn't know what an aircraft is and can be fooled by a pattern of IR signals, which is why aircraft release flares in batches to create alternative IR patterns in the sky.
I would also add chaffs in those flares to also negate the radar lock. Chaffs are very good to force an unlock by a radar, specially if your missile has a low RCS.
Ejecting flares in a pattern from the view of a missile is rather more convincing if chaff is launched too giving the IR pattern a RCS.
Sometimes between the flares and chaff are active emitting radar jammers that don't light up like a christmas tree like flares do but are very distracting too.