Russia’s full-fledged ring of air defenses has prompted Washington “to rethink its position as the world’s undisputed air power”, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Thomas Grove.

In his article titled “The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defence Challenges US Air Power”, the author noted that Moscow has already deployed its missile shield north from Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe and in the Arctic Circle, in a move Grove claimed threatens “the reach of the US military”.

In particular, Russia’s S-400 missile system, “a nettlesome and potentially deadly missile shield, is changing the calculus of the US and its allies in potential hot spots, beginning its deployment in Syria”, Grove argued.

In this context, he referred to Washington’s concerns that by selling the S-400 systems to other countries, Russia further expands its ability to deter the US military.

Separately, the author singled out current efforts by Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey to develop a more sophisticated model, the S-500, designed to tackle enemy hypersonic aircraft and new-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In October 2017, Sergei Kornev, the head of Rosoboronexport’s Air Force Special Equipment and Service Export Department, said that the S-400 systems are operating in Syria faultlessly, which leads to increased interest from Middle Eastern countries in terms of S-400 purchases.

The S-400s were deployed at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria following the Turkish Air Force’s November 2015 downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber on the Syrian-Turkish border.

The S-400 Triumph is Russia’s next-generation mobile surface-to-air missile system and carries three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range.

The system integrates a multi-functional radar, autonomous detection and targeting systems, as well as anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, and a command and control center.

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Source: Sputnik

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How can a defensive system challenge anyone?

US supremacists comments and megalomania go too far.

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It’s just Wall Street Journal bullshïtting in order to have smth pseudo-sensational to write. It’s just like some journos writing BS about astronomy while they absolutely know nothing about it.

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Just consider the S400’s radar’s range falls to only about 12km against French Rafale, so it can fly at high altitude just over the battery…
Thus it’s also said being able to lock on F-35 or F-22 from 150km.

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But… AGM-88E HARM ranges 150km too so the launching aircraft will just have to run a little then will disappear before the SAM comes around…

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I also don’t think IAI will make problems at selling Harop to USA and well, just before Grumann merged with Northrop, an association with Dassault to propose Rafale as a competitor against Super-Hornet was on the table. If Yanks are in trouble, they can always order a few hundred Rafales, the Dassaults’ would surely be pleased to extend their US factory which only produces business jets.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, I doubt that this supply for a possible war of attack is in the true interest of the EU.

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Now, at EU level, SCALP-EG being stealth and ranging 560km, it can absolutely be used as a stand-off weapon against S-400.
MBDA would have no troubles at making a conventional version of ASMP-A which is also stealth but flies at Mach-3.
Note that they already proposed ASMP as a replacement for Exocet but gvt feared that a launch could be misinterpreted as a nuclear attack, well, it’s the excuse they gave 😉

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@Daeshbags-Sux, Yes but the US demand that the NATO states in the EU pay more for their militaries.

While people here think that the bear will not waste money on a big war that is too hard to win cheaply.

HoHo. Can be tested and used by a partner that is known to have no nuclear weapons. Vive la EU!

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@Daeshbags-Sux, true enough. But that means the US cannot go out on adventures alone. And that is what those exceptionalists want.

Wolfowitz doctrine is not dead and buried yet.
It demands to be able to fight any runner up.
Not to rely on other allies for superiority.

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Other point : land-based radars are shït against ultra-low flying aircraft, thanks to clutter. 9M96 is useless under 50m, 40N6 and 48N6 are useless under 100m. You won’t have troubles finding videos where French pilots fly only 10m high (OK, it’s verboten in USAF) using their terrain-following radar (and now also 3D mapping)…

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In fact, if you don’t have an efficient AWACS… Just think that Beriev A-50’s radar only ranges 230km on non-stealth fighter jets.
A-100 will range 600km but still isn’t introduced and A-50 was only exported to India. Note that E-3 Sentry earlier versions had 750km detection range.
In fact, at very low altitude, the dangers are Shilka’s and Pantsir’s guns and IR missiles from other aircraft or eventually ManPADS but nowadays, flares work pretty well and there are other measures making ManPADS seekers bonkers.

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In fact, putting up an efficient A2/AD (anti-access/area denal) system is feasible but costs will be really tremendous unless you’re a very small country making huge money through hi-tech, I bet you know about which one I’m talking. And you need serious redundancy, ability to deal with a swarm-attack, serious AWACS and air-force to be able to bounce anything coming.

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And if bouncing USAF is on the table, well, only EU and China could decide to put enough money on the table to build up such an A2/AD, maybe also Israel but because of their small size so for any battery, you have several others protecting it. Any way, they’re more likely to use nukes than any other country if they state they can’t deal with a conventional attack, knowing too well that their enemies are into genocide ’em. That’s what many here don’t get about me : I’m realistic : if they go under, they won’t go alone… And… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, exactly and that is why the US hawks work against EU unity and the €uro.

EU and China that have about as much GDP as the US and both are possible competitors to the Wolfowitz supremacists. And their GDP combined dwarfs US GDP and is Wolfowitz’ supremacists worst case scenario.

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@Daeshbags-Sux. the antisemites will not listen to reason. You can tell them a 100 times that all whites are a mixture from the same 3 or 4 DNA pots – old races. And that it is not in the interest of anyone in the EU, Russia … if Jihadi attack a country that can do the Samson exit. This hole continent group is too close to the fallout.

p.s. The antisemites are just as insane as Zionists that also negates new DNA research. And who treat Arabs as Untermenschen.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, Russia is no small country that needs to secure every centimeter. It is sufficient to protect population and defense industries centers.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, As I said before the Wolfowitz doctrine is not dead in the US Hawks’ minds. Russia is working on a possible defense and immediately the hawks pester against it.

p.s. And my first comment is about this attitude.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, we in the EU plan defense not a Wolfowitzian first strike to maintain absolute superiority.

So our pilots are ready to scratch other folks planes with their wings to show peaceful conduct. LOL.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, WSJ is fishing for advertisers from the American military industrial complex. And that is no bulls.hiting.

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The S-400 can make operations more dangerous for the US since yeah, they’re more likely to lose some aircraft but… You can always launch a SEAD operation and take out the full IADS at once.

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I’m getting nuts at these “Comment awaiting moderation”

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@Daeshbags-Sux, try to recover Your old account. Maybe ask for help with the moderators.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, speculation, since nobody want WW III.

They will loose some planes and the other some launchers in return.

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With all this considered, the WSJ journos are pure idiots and when both Russian and US militaries speak about S-400 or S-300, they’re all telling lies. Same BS when the Russian genera said Pantsir was undefeatable… IDF has already proven it wasn’t the case…
It just makes the 1st night more dangerous and Yanks may have to import some gear or dev new one, allow their pilots to fly ultra low too or more likely do as they did in Libya, calling the French to suppress air defences dangerous assets…

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@Daeshbags-Sux, would the French really give a hand to an attack?

p.s. EU’s interest is equilibrium.