The delivery of Russia’s S-300s to Syria has prompted US media to speculate that the US Air Force may deploy its F-22 stealth fighters to take out the country’s air defenses. Meanwhile, Washington also promised to supply Israel with more F-35s. But will the 5th gen planes be able to evade the Russian air defense system? Not likely, analysts say.

Referring to the S-300 deployment as a “token capability” and suggesting that the Pentagon might employ its F-22s and F-16CJ Vipers to suppress or destroy Syria’s air defenses, as they were prepared to do at the start of the US campaign of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in 2014, The Drive argued that the US “may have to return to such tactics” after the delivery of the Russian air defense system.

Speaking to Sputnik, defense observers suggested that there is little doubt that the US Air Force would like to use this opportunity to learn more about the S-300s in the field using the F-22, a plane specially created to suppress and destroy high-tech air defenses. However, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they will actually have the freedom to do so, Sergei Sudakov, a professor at the Academy of Military Sciences, said.

“The US strategy of using Raptors against air defense networks looks something like this: One or several F-22s enter undetected into the enemy’s radar coverage area, switch on their electronic suppression systems and start jamming enemy detection and guidance systems. At the same time, the planes carry out strikes against radars, launchers and command posts,” the academic explained.

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“Following the breakthrough, a second echelon of fighter-bombers is activated to complete the rout of enemy forces. Paralyzed by the stealth attacks, the enemy air defenses are no longer able to put up any resistance. But such operations seem smooth only on paper,” Sudakov noted.

According to the expert, even if the ground-based radars do not see the F-22s, the plane will still make its presence known as soon as turns on its on-board radio-electronic suppression system. Once that happens, ground-based control systems will be able to localize the radiation source, subsequently pointing to the aircraft’s location and launching an anti-aircraft missile to chase after it.

In this scenario, the only thing a Raptor pilot can do in complete safety is to determine the approximate zone of operation of enemy air defenses. But these, in the case of the S-300s, are mobile systems, and can quickly move and deploy in a new location. In that sense, there is no such thing as a completely invisible aircraft.

“The F-22’s low radar visibility is a fact,” military journalist Mikhail Khodaryonok, a 29 year veteran of the Soviet and Russian air defenses, said.

“But suggesting that this aircraft is invisible to the S-300’s radar systems is a huge exaggeration. In the S-band frequency, it truly is barely visible, which, on the other hand, does not exclude the possibility of firing on it. In the VHF band frequency, for instance, the Raptor can be seen very well,” the retired colonel stressed.

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According to Khodaryonok, the US media’s talk about taking out the S-300s is just “empty talk” at this point.

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“Right now, a war of words is taking place. I am absolutely certain that neither the Israelis nor the Americans will attack the S-300s while Russian specialists are on duty,” engaged in training the Syrian forces. “However, they may very well try to destroy them as soon as they are handed over to the Syrian military,” the retired officer admitted.

According to Khodaryonok, the level of combat training of Syrian forces remains insufficient for them to build up the same kind of effective in-depth air defense system across the entire country like the one that exists at the Hmeymim airbase. This, he said, means that Russia carries its own reputational risks as an arms exporter should the Western powers or Israel attack and defeat Syria’s new capabilities.

To prevent this, in addition to the S-300s, the Russian Defense Ministry has provided Damascus with Russia’s unique friend/foe identification system, and promised assistance with the radio-electronic suppression of satellite navigation, airborne radar and combat communications systems of any aircraft attempting to attack targets in the country.

According to Sergei Sudakov, the situation in Syria has long become “a war of words, threats and terrible intimations,” all of which are really aimed at masking “Washington’s desire to declare its superiority over Russia on the eve of the midterm elections.”

“In the US, our country was turned into a bogeyman a long time ago. It’s obviously that the current authorities want to show off to their electorate. But it will not go beyond words. And if they do, then even a single lost Raptor would seriously shake the proponents of a ‘short victorious war’, and influence the outcome of the election.”

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Ultimately, as Sputnik military observer Andrei Kotz observed, the Pentagon will need to think not twice, but ten times “before throwing its best planes at air defense systems like the S-300. Maintaining a weapon’s reputation in a real war is a double-edged sword. It’s enough for the USAF to lose one F-22 for the US military-industrial complex to suffer enormous reputational damage.”

 

Source: Sputnik

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I can not wait until the cowardly Anglo-Zionist cartel exposes itself and their grandeur is based on hatred and fear, turning against itself. The fear of loss gradually begins to focus on itself and paralyses them, as it were, to develop a further escalation of the current disaster in the MENA.

The fear of reputational damage and loss of image translates into enormous economic and financial consequences. The measure where their power is measured. So let them scream that heap of misfortune from an Ask-(t)he-Nazi scum and whining Yankees. Barking dogs do not bite, says an age-old proverb.

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Nazis’ obsession is to genocide the Jews… Look at those wanting their destruction, then you know who are Nazi regimes…

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“It’s always easy to identify the Holocaust with Hitler, which is certainly not wrong. He was, as I argue, the prime decision maker and instigator in this. But if we want a fuller picture of how these things came about, we then need to get at the layered, complex reality in which all sorts of people made incremental contributions. It’s important to see the impulses toward the Final Solution as having come not only from Hitler from above but from many other people below”. We may, in the end, conclude that the Holocaust has very unique characteristics among genocides. But… Read more »

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Yet here you are

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The S300s would make a tempting target for both the Israelis and the US Air Force, but as the author suggests at the risk of reputational damage should these older missile systems actually take out an expensive F-35 or F-22. It’s interesting that the Russians are delivering the older S-300 systems to the Syrians under attack but not the later generation of missiles, the S-400 to China initially, and India latterly. I suspect the systems delivered to Syria are the upgraded S-300s that have sorted out the earlier hacking by the Israelis. Otherwise why would the Trump administration offer to… Read more »

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S-300V4 was issued in 2010… Not so old.
F-22 or F-35 shot down would also be very bad advertising for Su-57, J-20 and J-31…
And… There are enough stand-off weapons to not even risking warplanes 😉
Israel has 12 F-35 on 50 ordered and 25 optional… These are far from being fully delivered.
Taking out such IADS, since S-300 will network anything, even old radars, old S-175, S-200, etc etc, you don’t rely specifically on a single type of aircraft, you have to put up a SEAD mission…

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Karel Vd Geest

The opinion of the Russian expert is likely correct but the danger to reputation works two ways. Beyond this, the new F35 has its own new electronics and might well be up to win over the S300. It is likely though Israel will wait till the Russians are gone, which they will be in week or months.

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And a demolished S-300 complex will hurt the Russian MIC way much more since, if you take a look at Lockheed-Martin’s revenue, ir’s 85% of Russia’s military budget!!!! Moreover, F-22 is no more in production. He also seems to ignore that S-300 is around for 40 years. It’s not without reasons that Russia builds S-400 for already 20 years and now is about to field S-500 : the SEAD means he explains are Vietnam era counter-SAM and Desert-Storm tactics. Moreover, nobody ever said stealth-aircraft are invisible. He also seems forget about real-time active cancellation of radar waves the French field… Read more »

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Rafale flew JUST OVER HMEIMIM without being detected AT ALL… => Utter propaganda that I hope no one will ever dignify with a response. Dekba is your source,or Ynetnews probably. A mere quote makes it laughable. It would be like me qyoting farsnews or mehrnews from Iran and call it fair reporting. Same jokes of a media outlet. Pantsir was already said undefeatable by a Russian general a few years ago, Israeli strikes go through at will. => Already debunked by le in another page. The IDF has been forced into doing double-tap and even triple-tap over the same targets… Read more »

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Russia has been observing American, NATO and Israeli planes for some time now. They certainly know what the capability of S300 is against these planes. They have indicated the S300 will be networked with Russian defense systems – meaning S400. It conceivable these can be sued to target for the S300. If a Russian S400 battery engaged also how can these parties know. I think Russia is onto something and someone is in for a surprise.

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Your comment is a mess for several reasons, but please don’t compare Lockheed-Martin’s revenue to Russia’s military budget in dollars. They are (obviously) not comparable in any way.