Our translation from politexpert.net follows. The depth of denial in the US is both laughable and sad at the same time. News sites on both the right and left reflect a willing ignorance of things beyond US borders, especially things Russian and Chinese. Conservative sites, for example, follow a rigid pattern such that readers-commentators who admit that the Russians have some truly formidable weapons without any Westarn analogs are routinely called “commies,” even though the US intel agencies and Pentagon admit this as well. Clearly there is a campaign to keep Americans in the dark as long as possible, and this can only be politically motivated. Among the civilian population, there are clear signs of deep denial psychosis.
"Burevestnik" - not Russia’s last surprise: the US has begun to realize the loss of its superiority
Russia will not demonstrate to the US the availability of its innovative Burevestnik cruise missiles, until they, like the Kalibrs, strike terrorists. At that point, all the questions will fall by the wayside.
This statement was made by military expert Alexander Perendzhiev, in an interview to the publication "Version. The basis for comment by the expert was the story on the American CNBC television channel, in which US specialists assured that Russia is still very far from the introduction of the nuclear-propelled cruise missile "Burevestnik." According to Perengdiyev, the Americans deliberately try to present information about the missile tests in Russia from the standpoint of setbacks. This time they assure that the "Burevestnik" tests had failed, although this is only their imagination. If the missile did not exist, as reported on CNBC, then there would be no talk about it on US television channels.
Americans simply do not want to accept the truth, although they have already begun to realize that they are losing their military advantage over Russia, the expert said. The breakthrough in the development of military hardware and systems in the Russian Federation is very damaging to America's self-esteem, Perengiev said. And the saddest thing for them is that the Burevestnik will not be the last surprise that Russia is prepared to present. The new missile systems of the Russian Federation completely deprive the US of implementing a strategy of military domination in the world, since the United States is not able to withstand Russia's new generation missiles.
According to the expert, Russia is behavng very competently in not trying to prove to Americans the availability of innovative weapons. A similar situation was observed during the development of the cruise missiles Kalibr. The United States assured everyone that the missile could not fly even 800 km, but when Syrian targets of terrorists were attacked from a distance of more than 2,500 km, all the questions the States may have had dropped by themselves. "Burevestnik" is able to repeat this scenario, summed up Perengiev.
Author: Artem Kolchin
Our translation of an editorial from riafan.ru.
Now this site has been condemned by a US group that frets that Russia is using propaganda. However, if riafan is “propaganda,” why does the report translated in the following match up so perfectly with a plethora of articles written by Western analysts.
Our article says that as soon as ISIS is “defeated” in one area of Iraq, it pops up again. Here is what a treatise published by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Dayton says:
“As soon as U.S. troops pulled out of these countries, the terrorists popped right back up once again. Major cities in Iraq that had been won over on the blood of coalition troops were taken back with ease by insurgents.”
Our translation goes farther, detailing the reason why this happens and suggesting sensible remedies.
What the American Russia haters can’t explain is why the Russians would publish serious articles in Russian and hence intended solely for domestic consumption – for example, by military experts – if the purpose is to propagandize Westerners. Even if that were the purpose (and assuming Westerners could read Russian), then a lot of Russian military experts would also swallow the “propaganda” and use the false information contained therein to solve military and foreign policy problems. The results would be potentially disastrous. Obviously, that is not happening. The fact is, Russia provides more serious and accurate deep analysis for their public than the US provides for its “experts,” whom it desperately tries to convince that Iran – the boots on the ground fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq -- is a terror sponsor while Saudi Arabia – the true sponsor or Al-Qaeda and ISIS -- is worthy of being a US ally.
The clouds of ISIS gather again over Iraq: how the militants managed to return so quickly from the underground in the east of the country
5 May 2018
Official Baghdad and representatives of the Pentagon rushed to declare the complete defeat of the "Islamic state" (banned in Russia) in Iraq around the same time that Damascus together with representatives of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the Syrian Arab Republic to liquidate this terrorist organization in Syria - at the end last year. However, the former, as the current situation in the country shows, was clearly a premature conclusion.
According to FAN sources, a serious threat of an ISIS comeback has hung over the province of Kirkuk. Thus, the terrorist gangs have regained control over almost the entire area of the town of Havidzh and are now seizing parts of the key Baghdad-Kirkuk road. Meanwhile, there are about five thousand US military deployed In the region, but they do little to counter the ISIS revival in the country, always moving only as part of reinforced military convoys and only during the daytime. [NSS emphasis]
A difficult situation is developing in the suburbs of the city of Kirkuk itself. The Iraqi army is losing control over the situation in its vicinity: entire neighbourhoods are not actually subordinated to the authorities, and government checkpoints on the outskirts are constantly being attacked by militants. As a result of acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks in this region, people are dying almost daily, the police alone had 54 officers killed in the past month.
Another major source of instability is the neighbouring province of Diyala. The Iraqi forces and US armed forces have so far not been able to liquidate the "sleeper cells" of ISIS active in the region. To date, their total number is already about 1500 militants. They have even created several bases in the outskirts of the settlements of Mandali and Khanakin. Meanwhile, slightly to the north - in the province of Sulaymaniyah - members of ISIS have established contacts with militants operating in Iran from the terrorist group "Junod Al-Islam." Now, jihadists jointly conduct raids, including on Iranian territory. [NSS emphasis]
Thus, due to a significant deterioration of the situation in the east of the country, official Baghdad is forced to retain considerable forces there. Meanwhile, the remaining part of the troops is not sufficient for full-fledged security in the west of Iraq, especially near the Syrian territories. As a result, only about 20% of the Syrian-Iraqi border is now under government control.
"The Islamic State" has managed not only to preserve its remaining positions in Iraq, but also to regain control over part of the territories in various regions of the country. The reason for this survivability of this terrorist organization is that the American forces conducted only a decorative fight against ISIS and destroyed only the visible tip of the iceberg. [NSS emphasis] This opinion was expressed in a commentary for FAN by the associate professor of the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the Russian Academy of Economics in the name of GV Plekhanov, veteran of military service Alexander Perendzhiev.
"Iraq is actually the birthplace of ISIS, and here terrorists have managed to establish deep roots. Initially, the grouping was based on the secret organization that was preserved and remained after Saddam Hussein, but later American security services reoriented it to the frankly radical Islamist project that it has become. And it is important to understand at the same time that the "Islamic state" at the time when it was at the peak of power, consisted of two parts: visible structures - the very quasi-formation - and a network of secret cells. This explains its survivability. Losing the visible part, the organization quietly withdraws into the shadow structure, after which it gradually again partially comes out, looking for weaknesses in the defences. Often this happens with the help of external support," noted our interlocutor.
The Americans operating in Iraq fought only against the outer shell of ISIS, and that was not very successful, but most importantly, they did not focus on confronting terrorists at other levels, the expert also stressed. This is the reason why the "Islamic state" is now again rapidly gaining strength in this country.
"Money is being invested in ISIS and, therefore, it is impossible to destroy this organization only by military means. Here we must work on the real overlapping of financial flows, overlapping of the opportunity to feed on human resources. To do this, we must skilfully confront terrorists in the information and ideological field,” concluded Alexander Perendzhiev.
Original Russian language source: https://riafan.ru/1053855-irak-vnov-nakryvayut-tuchi-ig-kak-boevikam-udalos-tak-bystro-vernutsya-iz-podpolya-na-vostoke-strany
Our translation of an article from Kommersant follows. Commentary to be posted separately.
Damascus can get Russian SAMs very soon
Kommersant has learned that Russia can in the near future begin delivery of S-300 "Favorit" anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) to Syria. Back in 2010, Damascus contracted to purchase these SAMs, but in the implementation stage the contract was cancelled at the request of Israel, which feared for its airspace. This time, according to Kommersant's information, the Favorit will be carried out on a no-cost basis, so that in a short time on their basis a Syrian air defence system capable of covering Damascus and the protection of aircraft from shelling can be created. Experts believe that the reaction of the Israeli military to such a move will be predictably negative, and some do not rule out the possibility of their attacking the locations of the S-300 deployment.
Statements about the readiness to supply Damascus with S-300 complexes were made for the first time a few hours after the United States, Great Britain and France performed a massive missile and bomb attack on Syria. The first of these statements was made by the chief of the operational headquarters of the RF Armed Forces General Staff Sergei Rudskaya: "Taking into account what has happened, we consider it possible to return to consideration of this issue - and not only for Syria, but also for other states."
On April 16, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the BBC: "we are prepared to consider all the necessary steps to help the Syrian army contain aggression." And on April 20 he directly told RIA Novosti that after the last shelling of Syria, "we now have no moral obligations." On the same day, Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: at the meeting, according to an official report, "some aspects of the situation in Syria" were discussed. No other details were reported.
Two military and diplomatic sources of Kommersant maintain that the issue of transferring the SAMs to the Syrian army, which was "mostly on the political plane," was practically solved.
It is assumed that components of the S-300 (radar stations, transport and loading machines, control posts, launchers, etc.) will soon be delivered to the republic either by air transport aircraft or by the Russian Navy.
The department of information and mass communications of the Ministry of Defence could not answer Kommersant’s questions on the subject of the S-300 in Syria over the weekend.
The S-300 could have appeared in Syria much earlier. In 2010, the Ministry of Defence of the Syrian Arab Republic and the special exporter of Russian arms Rosoboronexport signed a contract for the supply of four battalions of SAMs in the version of the S-300PMU-2. The contract was first hampered by the civil war that began in Syria 2011 - only the radar stations were transferred to the customer, but not the rest of the equipment (including launchers and missiles).
In addition to internal circumstances, there were external ones: the Syrian S-300 supply was constantly criticized by Israel, who believed that, having received such a powerful weapon, the Syrian military could control its airspace. Eventually, at the request of Tel Aviv, the contract was cancelled. "The Israelis expressed concern about the delivery of the same S-300 systems to another country in the region, since the S-300 can hit Israeli territory from its territory," President Vladimir Putin said during a direct line on April 16, 2015, clarifying that Russia returned to the customer about $400 million in advance. Subsequently, these S-300PMU-2s were adapted to the requirements of another customer - Iran, who bought them for $1 billion (see Kommersant, November 10, 2015).
This time, the S-300 is to be transferred to Syria as part of military-technical assistance. At least, as the interlocutor of Kommersant says in the military-technical cooperation sphere, there is no money for the purchase of new systems of this type as "Syrians do not have money," and no credit is included in Russia's plans (although, according to RIA Novosti, Syria has still purchased on a commercial basis more than 40 units of anti-aircraft missile-gun systems "Pantsir-C1").
One way or another, the most probable is the supply to the republic of systems already used by the armed forces of the Russian Federation.
Together with the Soviet systems S-125 [Pechora, see Rosboronexport sales pamphlet in References below], S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa, they will form the basis of the echeloned Syrian air defence, which will be able to shield not only Damascus, but also a number of military bases from possible attacks by Israel and the US coalition, where Syrian aviation is stationed and Iranian military instructors are located. According to Colonel Viktor Murakhovsky, for such tasks in Syria it makes sense to transfer at least three or four divisions of the air defence system of this type. Recall that Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 protect airspace in Khmeimim and Masyafa, and the S-300V4 cover the logistics centre of the Russian Navy in Tartus. According to Sergei Rudskoy [chief of Main Operations Directorate], during the bombardment on the night of April 14, none of the missiles in the zone of operation of Russia’s own air defence weapons was used.
The reaction of Israeli officials to Russia's plans to deploy the S-300 in Syria has not yet been received. But former high-ranking officials, including ex-head of the intelligence department of the Israeli Defence Forces Amos Yadlin, believe that the Israeli military will inflict a blow on the SAMs. In Tel Aviv, they will react to deliveries of the S-300 to Syria very nervously, but now in Syria "everyone fishes in muddy watera," says the director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov: "After the April strike, Russia had to somehow answer The United States and its allies, and, apparently, the option was selected with the demonstrative support of Bashar Assad."
Moscow believes that the deployment of the S-300 in Syria will stabilize the situation and will not allow the Israelis and the US-led coalition to destroy civil and military infrastructure unhampered.
At least the head of the Council of the Federation Council on Defence Viktor Bondarev believes that "the presence of highly effective defensive weapons in the arsenal of any sovereign country will sober the hotheads not only among the NATO military and generals." At the same time, it will take a long time to train the Syrian officers to manage the S-300: the former deputy head of the Russian Air Force for the CIS Joint Air Defence System Aitech Bizhev believes that this will take about three months. At the same time, according to Kommersant's information, in the places where they are deployed, Russian military advisers will be stationed first to coordinate the actions of the Syrian experts. And if Israel decides to launch rocket strikes on the locations of the S-300 deployment, the consequences, according to Kommersant sources, "will be catastrophic for all sides."
Source of original Russian-language post: https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3612197
Rosboronexport pamphlet relating to the S-125 (Pechora) system:
NSS translation and commentary
On April 11, 2018, Business Insider posted an analysis of Russian air defences in an article ominously titled “Russia's newest anti-air defences are in Syria — and the US should be worried.”
The author states “Russia's air defences are significantly more capable than American counterparts, especially when working together.”
It is clear that the authors of the article appearing in our translation below are eager to see how Russian air defences measure up against US cruise missiles. Far from discouraging them, Trump has in fact given them a rare testing ground for their new defences and an opportunity to attract arms buyers if things work out well for the Russians.
An article from RIA Novosti of April 9 reported that Russia has sent 40 Pantsir air defence systems to Syria ahead of the planned US attack that Trump has promised.
Below is our translation of an article from Vzglyad showing what we can expect of Trump’s attack on Syria should it materialize.
The S-400 and Pantsir are preparing for a grandiose test in Syria
The battle in the Syrian sky will show the extent to which our missile defence system has learned to shoot down the notorious "Tomahawks."
April 11, 2018, 21:35
By Yuri Zainashev and Mikhail Moshkin
Syria, before our very eyes, is turning into a stage on which a grand military performance will be held - deflection of the mass attack with American cruise missiles by Russian air defence systems. Who will eventually be the winner – the Tomahawks or S-400 and Pantsir-S1 systems? What will be considered a success for each of the parties? The reputation of Russian weapons is at stake, but not only that.
Combat test drive on a world scale
"Russian air defence systems in Syria have an opportunity to show everything they are capable of," a source close to the Russian Defence Ministry commented to the newspaper VZGLYAD. This kind of test is worth a lot, the source notes.
"For the military all over the world, this will be an extremely important lesson - the analysis of this strike and its deflection will long be handled by the headquarters of all the leading military powers of the world," the general believes. Another subject of analysis will be how the electronic warfare complexes (EW) work when deflecting missile strikes.
The general points out that the amount of resources and time the enemy spends on countering air defences is important. In his view, Russia has brought to the Arab Republic "a lot of different air defence systems, from the most remote acting to close-up acting." And for modern air defence systems, non-manoeuvring cruise missiles do not pose a particular problem. "As I understand, they also brought a sufficient number of the electronic warfare (EW) complexes there," he says. According to his forecast, our air defences should as a result perform at a rating of "four".
It is worth noting that the battle in Syria in the next few days and hours will be the first battle in the history of the world in which a mass attack with cruise missiles is deflected. Everything that military experience has encountered at the moment is either tests or single launches of air defence systems. It can be said that Soviet air defence experts have been preparing for this for more than 60 years - since the first anti-aircraft missile systems appeared after World War II. The military doctrine of the USSR placed a special bet on them for understandable reasons, and the most famous success of Soviet anti-aircraft gunners was the destruction of an American U-2 aircraft in the 60s of the last century. After that, the Americans could no longer enter Soviet airspace with impunity. And let’s not forget about the thousands of American aircraft destroyed by Soviet anti-aircraft systems in Vietnam. Soviet and then Russian air defence systems deserve to be considered the best in the world, but they have never had a chance to test their capabilities with a real (non-training) missile strikes of this magnitude.
And now, it seems, the moment of the decisive test has come - not only for specific officers, Russian and Syrian, but for the entire Russian school of air defence.
Success will be a "coefficient of 0.9-"
The number of downed enemy missiles is not an end in itself, Lieutenant-General Alexander Gorkov, head of the air defence missile forces in 2000-2008, remarked in conversation with the newspaper VZGLYAD. He stressed: "The air defence forces are designed to completely preserve the object. Therefore, if only one of the 100 rockets is shot down, but the one that flew exactly to the target, and thanks to this the object survived, this is considered a success. "
But there are objective criteria for anti-aircraft gunners.
"In the case of cruise missiles travelling at extremely low altitudes, the efficiency should be at least 0.85-0.90, noted Gorkov. This indicator means the probability of a target being hit by one missile. The number of intercepted targets is divided by the total number of missiles fired. For example, lieutenant-general Aitech Bizhev, former deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force on issues of the CIS Joint Air Defence System, explained earlier to the portal "Economy Today" that less than 0.7 means low efficiency; 0.8 and above - good, 0.9 (https://rueconomics.ru/).
As an example, Bizhev cited the result of the Syrian air defence forces, which recently repulsed the attack of Israeli aircraft. The F-15 planes fired eight missiles and the Syrians intercepted five of them. Thus, the coefficient was 0.6, that is 60% of the missiles shot down. This result is not very gratifying, lamented Bizhev.
However, the expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (ACT) Vasily Kashin believes that the destruction of 50-60% of US missiles would be a huge success for Russian weapons. In fact, he added, even the destruction of 30% can be considered a great success, if we bear in mind both Russian and Syrian air defence forces.
It should be taken into account that the Syrians used old systems, notes Bizhev [NSS note: the msm reported that the obsolete S-200 system was usedto defend against Israeli missiles]. And the newest S-400 air defence systems are located at Russian facilities - the Khmeimim base and in Tartus. According to the Lieutenant-General, the efficiency of the S-400 for high speed targets that are hard to pinpoint is 0.9, that is excellent, at 90%.
Kashin recalls: in addition to our ground-based air defence in Syria there will be two Russian frigates with the "Shtil-1" complex, which is anchored off the coast of Syria. "Each of them has a vertical launch pad for 24 anti-aircraft missiles," the expert reminded VZGLYAD.
The problem is that modern Russian air defence systems cover only Russian facilities in Syria, and the Syrian air defence itself is rather weak, Kashin points out. In his opinion, air defence provide cover with a total of only a few dozen systems in Syria, and the rest of the country is defenceless.
They are fighting not with a number, but with a very large number.
Potential buyers of weapons following the outcome of this conflict will draw conclusions about which weapon systems are more effective - American cruise missiles or Russian air defence systems. For a correct assessment, it is important to consider how many missiles are fired at the covered targets. "If the enemy uses a huge number of missiles, for example, more than 200, then you cannot know exactly how many missiles will be on the target. Miracles do not happen, "Kashin said. He adds that it is impossible to completely deflect such a strike.
"For example, let’s say there are 100 air targets, and for each we fire two anti-missiles. With this amount you need to have a very large amount of munitions. Is there such a large number of missiles in the arsenal of the grouping deployed in Syria? "Asks General Alexander Gorkov.
"The combat component of the S-300 division is 32 missiles (and eight launchers) or 48 missiles, if 12 units are available," the general points out. "If two rockets are used for each launch, the missiles will be sufficient for 16 or 24 launches, respectively." If the coefficient of 0.9 is observed in these launches, this will be evaluated as a success, including by potential buyers of Russian weapons.
Meanwhile, it is necessary to calculate the nearest probable future - how the American operation in Syria can develop.
The script as a whole is understandable, believes Vzglyad’s source close to the Ministry of Defence. He predicts that the first waves of cruise missiles will be released in the near future by two destroyers, which are already in the Eastern Mediterranean. "They can fire their old Tomahawks, and after that the US they use smart missiles, as promised by Donald Trump," the expert notes.
The goal is clear - it is necessary that the defending side expend the munitions of anti-aircraft guided missiles (SAMs). After that, apparently, the Americans expect to "fire from other ships with impunity, including from an aircraft carrier," but that's not until early May, when it arrives in the region. As the newspaper Vzglyad reported, on Wednesday a shock group led by the aircraft carrier Harry Truman sailed from the base of Norfolk for the Persian Gulf.
"If we proceed from the fact that there will be a strike several times more powerful than the strike at the Shayrat base (where 60 rockets were fired), then, apparently, it will be hundreds of cruise missiles," suggested Kashin. In addition, it must be taken into account that the US can use a blockade of Syrian ports, in order, for example, to stop the supply of munitions, the same cruise missiles - to reload anti-aircraft complexes.
"Now it is clear that there will be a strike. There is time to prepare for deflection,” sums up the general. “The flight time of the rockets is known. The sites of the strikes are also fairly well known. There is time to rearrange air defence assets, mark out and designate cover zones, prepare munitions for firing, and deploy personnel."
Link to this article in Russian:
NSS staff translations and comments
President Trump has promised that the Syrian government will pay a “big price” for doing something that they did not do. Anyone who has followed the reports by Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett (follow on Twitter @VanessaBeeley and @EvaKBartlett) knows that the Western corporate media have been lying about Syria for years, and if you have read our article on the false flag chemical attack in E. Ghouta, you know this is a dangerous hoax that could be a prelude to war with Russia. Judging by the reader comments at the end of msm articles, it appears that the public, including once-loyal Trump voters, is no longer buying the false-flag lies. This will therefore not be a rerun of Trump’s Shayrat attack last year. It could backfire.
Given the imminent danger of a strike on Syria by the US and/or allies like France and Israel, you should know at least the following military details from Russian-language, Chinese-language and English-language sources so that you can assess the seriousness of the situation.
Following below is our translation from Russian of a report in Riafan.ru:
The US is transferring the US Navy strike group with an aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean, media have reported. It is known that the air group will leave Norfolk on Wednesday.
The US Navy strike group, led by the aircraft carrier Harry Truman, is being sent to the Mediterranean Sea, world media reported.
The US Navy air strike group will reportedly leave from Norfolk on Wednesday and travel to the Mediterranean.
In addition to the aircraft carrier Harry Truman, the group will include seven more ships, and two destroyers and the USS The Sullivans and USS Jason Dunham will join later.
Southfront reports today:
"A Russian Su-35 multi-role air superiority fighter armed with what looks like Kh-35 cruise anti-ship missiles has just been spotted over the Syrian city of Tartus.”
Below is our translation of a comprehensive article in the Chinese military journal Junshi (normally, Junshi is only published in Chinese and is rarely presented in translation in the Western press).
What Syrian targets can the US strike? The Assad family private airport is on the list
On April 9, 2018, local time, US President Trump announced that he would make a “significant decision” in the next 24 to 48 hours in response to the CW attack in the East Ghouta region in Syria. If that "significant decision" refers to a new round of strikes against the Syrian government forces, what are the possible goals of the action?
According to Israel’s i24NEWS television station citing US officials, the Pentagon has submitted to Trump a series of options for air raids and targets, including naval warships launching Tomahawk cruise missiles and B-52 strategic bombers air-launching AGM- 86C/D cruise missiles to be used outside the theatre to attack, or use of B-2, F-22 and other stealth aircraft to bomb the Syrian territory. Another analysis pointed out that the most likely to be hit by the U.S. military are the three important military airports located near Damascus, Syria.
Of these, the preferred target is the Shayrat Air Base, located about 30 kilometres southeast of Homs. It was this base that was attacked on April 7, 2017 by 59 U.S. cruise missiles.
According to Russian media reports on the attacks, the Syrian Army has stepped up repairs in the past seven weeks, and the base has basically resumed the function of airport operations in late May of the same year. According to foreign media, if the U.S. military launches a new round of strikes, the highest strike priority will still be Shayrat Air Base.
The original Syrian Air Force Base had three squadrons of Syrian Air Forces, and there were dozens of MiG-23 and Su-22 fighter planes. In September 2015, Russian military engineers began to refurbish the airport. In addition to the original 3,000-meter main runway, the Russians expanded and reinforced another 3000-meter-long alternate runway to accommodate large Russian transporters and long-range bombers.
According to a Jane’s Defence Weekly report, the Russians had sent eight Mi-24/35 attack helicopters, one Mi-8/17 helicopter, and an unknown number of Ka-52 and Mi-28 attack helicopters to the base. A Russian artillery unit equipped with six 152-mm howitzers is also stationed here to support the Syrian 18th Panzer Division that attacked [terrorists at] the ancient city of Palmyra.
According to the Journal of Defence and Diplomacy Strategic Policy [this is a direct translation from the Chinese, no such journal found], the Shayrat Air Force Base is Russia's "material transit hub" in Syria (a large number of Russian-made rocket launchers and TOS-1 flame thrower tanks are sent here to various fronts in Syria). Its status and role are second in importance only to the Hmeimim Air Base near Latakia (effectively reducing the congestion of the latter). In addition, the airport is also tasked with refuelling, overhauling, and resupplying ammunition for Russian, Syrian and Iranian air force aircraft participating in the war.
The second target is the Dumayr Airbase, located 42 kilometers east of Damascus, Syria, which is Syria’s second largest military airport with 52 steel-reinforced concrete hangars (8 of which are underground) and one 3100 meter long runway.
In terms of statistics, Dumayr Airbase was formerly home to the Syrian Air Force 67th fighter squadron with multiple MiG-23MLs, Su-22M2 fighters, and Mi-24 attack helicopters deployed there. It also has a Russian-made Pantsir-S1 [NSS note: The Pantsir is a comination cannon-missile air defence system, very economical and capable of shooting down a larger number of incoming threats than the S-400 or S-300 could]. The powerful anti-aircraft firepower network is the main frontline airport for the Syrian Army to support the East Ghouta's ground combat against a single strike, this base is likely to be included in the US military's "blacklist" of key targets.
Not long ago, Dumayr Air Force underwent an attempted attack. When the Eastern Ghouta Battle began in late February 2018, a large quantity of heavy equipment of the Syrian troop "Tiger Force" was stored in Dumayr Air Force Base. On the evening of February 24th, the Israeli Air Force dispatched five air-to-surface missiles to the base. The result was interception by Syrian air defence forces, preventing the “tiger troops” from being “unjustly killed.”
The third-priority target is the Mezzeh Military Airport located 6 kilometres southwest of Damascus, capital of Syria. It has 22 hangars (including 5 key guards [uncertain of translation]) and a 2700-meter-long runway with multiple MiG- 21, MiG-23 fighter jets and Mi-24 attack helicopters, Mi-17 transport/armed helicopters and the legal [sic] “Little Oryx” helicopter gunship.
The Karzai Airport is also an important strategic facility for the Syrian Army. It is mainly responsible for transportation, transfer of personnel and materials, and is called the Syrian Army "wartime logistics centre." According to another disclosure by Reuters, the airport is still a private airport of the Assad family because of its proximity to the capital. It is usually under the tight control of the elite forces of the Syrian Republic Guard, special forces, and air force intelligence agencies, and has deployed Sam-6 air defences, missiles and ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" self-propelled artillery.
After the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, the Karzai Airport was used by the Syrian Army as an artillery position to fight opposition forces operating on the outskirts of the capital. On January 13, 2017, Israel launched airstrikes on the airport, hitting an ammunition depot and causing a violent explosion, allegedly to combat the Lebanese Hezbollah armed targets in the base.
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Original site: http://new.qq.com/omn/20180410/20180410A12FML.html
Putin warned us in his speech to the Russian General Assembly that Russia has arms that render much of the US arsenal obsolete. He illustrated the new ones with a giant screen clearly showing their devastating heretofore-unknown capabilities, including the hypersonic missile Kinzhal that zeroes in on its target at 5 times the speed of sound, and the latest variant of its top MIRV ICBM, the Sarmat RS-28, which has a top flight speed of 4.3 miles per second, or 15,480 mph, and carries up to 15 warheads that can wipe out a territory equivalent in size to the state of Texas.
Putin is not trying to start an arms race or break the US' bank, far from it. But as he keeps saying, no one listens to him. He was trying, in his presentation to the Gen Assembly, to show the US that there is no other way but to negotiate. But Washington has meanwhile chosen to continue breaking the bank, spending several times more than any other country – half the US budget – on defence, and some economists now believe it is over for the economy now that another trillion has been added to the debt, thanks to the irresponsibility of both parties. Obviously, there is an end to everything, and, thanks to America’s corrupt “defence” procurement culture, in addition to profligate spending on other items, there is no good option for reducing the debt bubble. QE4 (more money “printing”) would devalue the US dollar significantly, and this at a time when China is threatening counter-measures to Trump’s one-man trade war – measures that could quite well include a massive sell-off of Treasuries by China. Russia could follow suit. War would not help because many Americans would die in a conflict that could easily go nuclear (although John Bolton is threatening to attack Iran, which is bristling with missiles big and small and also with Russian air defence systems designed to bring down US planes and missiles). The trouble with the US is not just the Deep State but alo Americans, who seem unable to shake the old image of the US as the indispensable nation that must keep other states in line. A visit to the Breitbart reader forum illustrates why all presidents are permanently beholden from here to eternity to the whims of a populace that is incapable of living in a nation that, despite its own disastrous governance, does not control global affairs and would never accept a cut in the defence budget no matter what the cost. Thus if the US ever changes its mind about bearing the title of Hegemon Forever, that change will necessarily come not from within but from without.
Putin was trying to show that the money spent on air defence was wasted and that it is high time the US sat across the bargaining table from it to reduce nuclear arms. He made that clear in the Megyn Kelly interview when he feigned blowing the cash out of his hand, saying all air defences were money blown away with the wind. The new defence budget requests $21.9 billion for shipbuilding, even though naval experts ought to know that each one of the new and refurbished ships can be blown inexorably out of the water within minutes, regardless of their coordinates, by the Kinzhal, and there is nothing anyone can do to prevent this because even if that missile travelled at a conventional speed, it snakes around existing defences, creating an unpredictable and non-interceptable trajectory at dazzling speeds beyond all potentials of known anti-air defences to intercept it. This is true of aircraft carriers as well, implying possible destruction of the carrier plus up to 75 on-board aircraft.
But Trump has never been motivated by reality but rather by the impact of his own bombast on mindless audiences. Thus he missed Putin’s point and opted for spending more on now-obsolete arms and ships. As the excerpt from our earlier post on defence costs shows, most defence spending is aimed solely at filling the pockets of contractors. The reason for this is clear if we look at the amounts spent by Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics and others on political candidates and PACs. Open Secrets reports that defence contractors spent a total of $127,335,211 on lobbying last year and sent 788 former government servants into their own work force as a reward for squandering tax payer money. Most of the money goes to decision makers in defence procurement, almost all of them Neocon/Neoliberal war hawks. Clearly this is not lobbying, it is bribery, and the fact that Russia and China do not allow this corrupt system is why fewer and fewer international defence customers are buying American and more and more are buying Russian at deep deep prices by comparison. This is one main reason why almost every MENA country purchased considerable amounts of Russian arms last year, as we documented here.
But beyond this, an increasing number of Americans know that the defence lobby owns our government and our economy and will squeeze us to death eventually. They are the government.
Here is a translation we posted in July 2017 showing that the main goal of US defence spending has nothing to do with defending the US but is to reward the lobbyists for their largesse to candidates:
F-35 disaster: The point is to spend money ... to send it to Lockheed
Pierre Sprey, the "father" of the air power that makes the US makes great today, that is, the F16 and A10, issues a crushing verdict on the so highly acclaimed Lockheed Martin F-35.
by Viribus Unitis
Pierre Sprey was born in Nice in 1937; his family fled to the USA in 1940, when he was 3 years old, to escape the Nazis who occupied France. There he worked as an analyst and program organizer in the Ministry of Defense. The now infamous Fairchild A10 "Warthog" are from a program that he initiated. The German combat pilot Colonel Rudel helped develop the A10. he was very intensively involved in programs such as the F-16, and was critically involved with the F-15. When he talks about planes and their ability to fight, he knows what he’s talking about.
From minute 03:45, assesses Sprey: "it's hopeless in a dogfight." You can guarantee that a 1950s designed MiG 21 or a Mirage, will just hopelessly whip the F-35. In dogfighting it (the F35) is hopeless. You can assume that, guaranteed, the MiG 21 or the French Mirage, developed in the 1950s, will hopelessly outmaneuver the F-35."
“From minute 07:30,” Pierre Sprey says in response to a question. “The point is to spend money. This is the mission of the airplane. It is for Congress to send money to Lockheed. This is the true mission of the aircraft."
END OF TRANSLATION
According to Bloomberg, the just-passed defence budget includes 77 F-35s for a total of $10.7 billion. The Russian counterpart, Su-35 is rated as a more manoeuverable and faster (F-35 1.60 Mach vs Mach 1.726 for the su-35). After the F-35 first came out, it sold for USD180.000.000 a piece vs the Su-35’s price of USD75.000.000. The Fiscal Times reports that the total cost over the life of the planes will be over USD1.5 trillion. While development costs for Russia are unavailable, it is safe to say that Russia has nowhere near that kind of money to develop a plane.
aNSS translation preceded by our commentary.
We sometimes get complaints from Americans that our articles are too bleak. The thing is, by contrast to the Western msm and politicians, we do not specialize in fiction. We tell it as we see it. These Americans’ complaints are like those of a gravely ill man with serious disorders in all his bodily systems who receives a diagnosis from his doctor and then complains that the doctor never gives him any good news.
America is sick in all of its functional systems, from military to economic, to social and educational, from the media and politics to the financial system. Of course, all of these things can be fixed. The only drawback is that very few Americans want to know what is wrong with them, preferring to focus on how exceptional and indispensable their nation is, and as long as they remain indifferent to the major issues, nothing will get fixed. They want to party on and want the authorities to take care of it. But the authorities suffer from the very same ills as they do. The Saker (must read!), writing about Putin’s scary speech before the Russian General Assembly, really hit the nail on the head:
“…. the difference between Putin’s Russia and Trump’s USA is as simple as it is stark: Russia spends her money on defence, the USA spends its money on enriching corrupt politicians and businessmen. With that set of parameters, the USA doesn’t stand a chance in any arms race, irrespective of the talent and patriotism of US engineers or soldiers.”
Trump had said several times in his campaign speeches that he wanted to build up the military to the point that “nobody will ever mess with us again.”
Those in the know realized that the US was already spending on defence more than all other countries combined and that none of their military failures were due to a lack of effective weapons, so these words were nonsense. But now, Trump has raised military spending even more, to dizzying levels, and since Putin’s arms speech, much of this program looks useless in view of Russia’s new weapons, against which the US has no defences.
This source reports on the components of the roughly $600 billion base budget for 2018-2019.
The first 2 of the 7 line items are slightly boosted personnel and more salaries. No military advantage.
The 3rd item is a “Missile Defeat and Defence Enhancement initiative” aimed at air defences against missiles. The Kinzhal and the hypersonic ICBM Putin mentioned will, if accurately described, make these “enhancements” useless because at their hypersonic speeds, these Russian missiles cannot be intercepted by any known system. This air defence equipment is money literally thrown away.
The 4th is procurement of preferred and advanced munitions.
The 5th is modernization of equipment for Army Armored Brigade Combat Team. Russia now has 20,216 tanks vs 5,884 for the US (source: here). “Modernization” does not necessarily mean increased numbers. Even so, Russia’s superior missiles can be used to target this armour as well.
No. 6: Buy 10 combat ships. The Kinzhal, if accurately described by Putin, can destroy every one of them and there is no defence against it. It can also destroy every aircraft carrier and every plane carried thereon. The US surface Navy is now obsolete.
No. 7: Increased production of aircraft that cost about 3 times as much each as their Russian counterparts and are not superior.
So what's the answer? For now, the US must sit down at the bargaining table and learn to listen as well as talk.
The following is NSS’s translation of an article from riafan.ru.
The State Duma has responded to the Pentagon's statement about the ability of US submarines to destroy Russia
By Ilya Muromsky
9 March 2018
In the State Duma a tough response was delivered to the Pentagon about the ability of US submarines to destroy Russia
The Chairman of the Strategic Command of the US Armed Forces, General John Hyten, at a budget hearing in the House Committee on the Armed Services, said that the United States could respond to any attack by Russia.
"We are ready for all the threats that exist, and no one should doubt it," said Hyten.
According to the US military, in addition to a massive attack on the United States, Russia is unable to do anything that Washington cannot respond to.
"By the way, they (Russia - FAN) do not know where our submarines are, and they are capable of destroying their country if we go down this road," added Hyten.
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defence Committee Yuri Shvytkin commented to FAN on the Pentagon's statement.
"The United States is once again showing aggressive character and rhetoric. This statement once again confirms the need to strengthen our country’s defence capability. We have never stated that we are going to attack someone. Our doctrine is defensive in nature and is based on those opportunities and threats that can come from abroad. Vladimir Putin in his message publicly announced examples of the newest types of weapons, some of which have already been added or will be added to the arsenal of the Russian military.”
“Regarding those submarines, which we supposedly cannot see, I want to point out that this is wishful thinking on the part of the American general. We have sufficient forces to repel a possible attack from the sea, including from below the surface. We have a response. The American Generals’ statement is another product of fantasy. I personally feel bad about those words, about the rhetoric coming from the American general.”
“We are not going to attack anyone, but we will turn back the aggression of any enemy. The main message of Vladimir Putin's message, the part devoted to the latest weapons, is that we do not want war, we want peace. Everyone should realize this. The US, instead of sabre-rattling, must understand this and sit down at the negotiating table. But we will not allow anyone to talk with us from a position of strength,” Yury Shvytkin explained.”
By Vince Dhimos
Serious commentators are now saying war in the Middle East is inevitable. If you look at the reasons why they think so, it is pretty scary. The facts certainly suggest war.
A few such commentaries can be found here and here.
The author linked here thinks the Saudis, the US and Israel will attack Syria.
The latter proposition sounds a little too surreal to be true and it is unlikely that those three nations would join forces because their own people would not likely back them. (We commented previously that the Saudi royals fear their own people more than anything else). The Saudis have had some publicity lately that may have hurt them with their own people, notably, a leaked cable showing that the Saudis and Israel have been eyeing an official military alliance against Iran. While the bloody Saudi dictators get along fine with kindred-spirit Israel, for the anti-Jewish Saudi people, it is not kosher – or rather not halal, to have their government get too cozy with that country.
What’s worse, the entire Muslim world has been turned against the US because of Trump’s plan to help the Judeo-Christian God out by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem (we had explained here why this is not at all scriptural, but US politicians and voters have a way of making the scriptures say what they want them to. See the post-script at the end). At any rate, this is a bad time for Saudi to be schmoozing with Israel so said alliance is unlikely.
On the other hand, the Russian Federation recently announced that it was withdrawing much of its military personnel from Syria. It has already done so to a large extent.
Meanwhile the US has announced quite the opposite. It is staying put and will keep all its bases. It has also been reported here and in the Turkish, Russian and Middle Eastern press, to be training remnants of defeated anti-government militia, including “former” ISIS fighters, notably at a refugee camp in the Khaseq governate (frequently misspelled as Hasakah). America has a war habit it just can’t shake and a fatal love affair with terrorists.
Could Russia be so naïve as to allow these US-trained militias to continue the fight to oust Assad?
Let’s see. For one thing, despite the withdrawal, Russia has left military bases in Syria and someone is certainly manning them. Besides that, the Russians had also announced a withdrawal previously, with great fanfare, but within a short time, they were back operating full force in Syria in support of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Of course, the Russian defence ministry has also promised that, should terrorists return to the Syrian battlefield, they are prepared to redeploy their personnel and materiel.
Moreover, Russia has been training Syrian pilots and has delivered modern aircraft to the Syrians. The Syrian Arab Army’s Facebook page proudly displays an action video of an MiG29Sy fighter based on a late model MiG upgrade.
The operators of that Facebook page (not official representatives of the SAA but knowledgeable about its activities) told me in personal correspondence that the Russians were called in only at a critical time when ISIS and Al-Qaeda were still strong and that, now that their power is broken, the Syrians are confident they can go it alone.
However, the problem is probably not Assad this time. The Iranians seem to be the target. As is usual when the US accuses a country of something, a war narrative is being set up. There are two important narratives supporting a future attack on Iran. The first is intended for “conservative” consumption and is based on the simplistic reason that Obama was the one responsible for negotiating the deal with Iran, and for many Trump voters, Obama is just plain evil and could do no good. This necessarily means that Iran is developing a nuke (although no evidence exists. It’s like Russiagate. Who needs evidence when you have a narrative promoted by billionaires?) Therefore, the Iran deal must be bad for the US and must be undone (who knows whether the Trumpies are even aware that without Iranian boots on the ground, the terrorists would still control much of Syria and Iran?). The fact that the Europeans are ok with the Iran nuclear deal is further “proof” that it simply must be a bad deal because the Europeans are also evil in their minds. After all, they initially refused to fight Iraq during Bush’s just war against that country, and while Trump had dissed Bush for that war, he seems to be having no qualms about setting up another war on the same kind of flimsy grounds. And of course, the waffling indecisive Trump is an absolute god to this large personality cult.
The other part of the narrative is the fact that the Saudis claim to have found “evidence” of Iranian weapons used by the Houthis to defend against the bloody Saudi dictators whom Americans are all supposed to patriotically support because they support us (meaning Israel). Americans must support them so that they can hold their heads up high and claim patriotism and loyalty to the government, which if they thought it over, they would realize is just the opposite of what Trump-the-candidate taught. That Trump was anti-Deep State and opposed to war. But since that anti-war Trump is now for war, then war must be necessary because the anti-war hero Americans love is for it now. Get it?And besides, Trump went and sword danced with the Saudis, so they must be just a bunch of fun-loving guys. Our series “Making the Saudis great again” here, here and here shows the real reason the US billionaires who control you love the Saudis). By the same token, Americans are supposed to hate the Houthis, a small group of Shia (patriotic Americans are supposed to hate all Shia) in Yemeni, whose men, women and children are being bombed from the air by the Saudis and are also being starved to death in what groups like the UN and Human Rights Watch are calling a desperate humanitarian crisis. But Trump followers know that these organizations are bad because they did not approve the Iraq War which Trump-the-candidate did not like. Again, the logic is clear for an amazingly high percentage of Americans.
So as in the Iraq war, a rumour of weapons of mass destruction is the motive which is legitimate this time because the peace-loving Trump says so.
Read this quote from Jesus very carefully:
37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered they children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
This is prophetic:
38. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Now ask yourself: Has Jerusalem said "blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord"?
Speaking of the temple at Jerusalem:
Verily I say unto you, there shall not be one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Was Jesus blessing or condemning Jerusalem?
Would He have commanded his followers to fight to make it the capital of a country that rejected him? Has this country said "blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord"?
by NSS staff
The West does not provide blow-by-blow information on the Syrian and Iraqi war. In fact, it provides next to none, because if it did, the US would have to admit that Russia defeated ISIS in Syria, not the US, as the White House brazenly claims. Of course, any Westerner who wants badly enough to get this can go to a variety of sites, such as Southfront, SANA, Al-Masdar, Russia Insider or RT, but these are sites that the Western elites are scared to death that you should see because they would very soon show you that the US is obfuscating and hiding from you the most vital facts about the US’ role in the Middle East conflicts. One of the most despicable things that the US has done is train and arm Kurdish fighters to fight terrorists in areas that it pretends are de-confliction zones agreed upon with Russia, although, as the Russian war department keeps pointing out, no such agreement exists. The zones were set up unilaterally by the US on territory on which it is a trespasser. Just as despicably, starting in the Obama administration, but not limited thereto, the USAF has been occasionally killing Syrian troops who stray into these zones and then saying “oops, just a mistake.” More despicably still, the US has pretended that these areas where its Kurdish puppets are operating are Kurdish territory but they are not. You can find maps of Syrian Kurdistan (known also as Rojava in the Kurdish tongue), which clearly show that areas such as Manbij, Raqqa and, especially, Deir Ezzor, are well outside the Kurdish region and are Arab territories that by all rights belong to the Syrian state. The truth is that Deir Ezzor is home not to a Kurdish populace but rather to the Omar oil field, the richest in Syria, and this is why the US pretends the Kurds have a natural interest in protecting it from the clutches of its rightful owners, the Syrian people as represented by their duly elected Dr. Assad, whom Americans are to hate with due patriotic fervour if they wish to hold their exceptional heads up high and mightily.
It is simply child’s play to find out such information but not even the most astute Western journalists bother to seek it out, or perhaps they know that if they were to report it, they would almost certainly be barred from their profession, where honesty is the worst policy. And this applies to the entire political spectrum. The problem with Western journalism is that only a few approved viewpoints are allowed. The Left and Right both have a vested interest in war, for one thing because American investors are imbued with the notion that war equals prosperity, but the Left in part because it has absurdly staked out the narrative of a devious Russian state that unduly influences US politics to the point that your vote is no longer safe until they are subdued, and the Right because much of this side of the spectrum is home to the Neocons, who firmly believe that without war, the US dollar will plummet and Israel will collapse, or to the machistas who think that the US must always win by military might, even though it never does. As for the Libertarians, they think Aleppo is probably a shopping centre in Pennsylvania (it’s true. See this). War is like a geopolitical football game and it is de rigueur to root for the home team – ie, the US and their cheerleaders Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Translation and commentary by New Silk Strategies staff
A few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of Russian top military brass in Sochi that all members of the defence industry, whether state-owned or private, need to be prepared to gear up for war on short notice. He said this kind of preparedness to quickly begin boosting the output of military materiel is one of the “pillars” of Russian defence.
Westerners are about as conscious of the nuclear weapons targeting their countries as they are of UFOs or unicorns. There is a high degree of unbelief about Russian and Chinese military hardware, especially nuclear missiles, and about anti-missile defence aimed at stopping incoming Western nukes.
We are trained like Pavlov’s dogs to fear non-existent “Russian propaganda” more than the ever-present threat of a nuclear war caused by US provocation – including the US support for the illegal bloody Maidan coup in Kiev, the hysterical “Russiagate” propaganda, the promise to keep illegal US bases in Syria even after the war against jihadis is won, the US demand for Iraqi allies to leave now that they have valiantly routed most of the ISIS fighters, the absurd demonization of Russian ally Iran, the immoral US support for the Saudis in their genocidal war against the Yemeni Houthis (starvation of civilians) – based on religion and ethnicity – and so much more.
Anyone who is keeping up with world events knows why the Russians feel threatened.
God grant that the West may never find out the hard way the price of taunting the bear beyond his tolerance threshold. The horrific Russian anti-missile missile described below should never have had to be developed. It didn’t have to be this way. The US people, ie, what we call the Shallow State, will stand up to defend their jobs. “Christian” Zionists will “stand with Israel”, defending the right of Tel Aviv to threaten their neighbours in Lebanon with all-out air attacks – even against the Christian population – and to treat Palestinians like subhumans.
But why will they will never defend the innocent?
Our translation of an article from riafan.ru.
Killer of American ICBMs: expert discusses the capabilities of the new A-235 "Nudol" antimissile system
24 November 2017
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation posted a video of successful tests of the newest anti-missile defence system. The footage is published on the Youtube channel of the military department (click on video link at top of page--NSS,)
This system will be able to shoot down all types of American intercontinental ballistic missiles and create a protective dome in the most dangerous directions, Alexei Leonkov, military expert for the magazine Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland) told the Federal News Agency.
Note that the ABM test (presumably A-235 Nudol - editor's note) was held at the Sary-Shagan training ground in Kazakhstan. The training launch was carried out by specialists from the anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence forces of the Russian Air Force. The upgraded missile successfully hit a conventional target.
Currently, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has an anti-missile defence system A-135 "Amur", which protects Moscow from attacks from air and outer space. It is also used to strengthen missile warning systems and monitor outer space. The "Amur" consists of a "Don-2N" radar station in the Moscow region of Sofrino, the command-and-control point 5K80 in Pushkino and several shooting complexes equipped with 53T6 short-range interceptor missiles.
"The fundamental difference from the A-135 anti-ballistic missile defence system in place will be that Amur is a silo-based missile-based antimissile system, and Nudol is a mobile system. Accordingly, the A-235 has a larger range of deployment on the Russian territory, that is, more opportunities to attack different objects. The A-135 covers our metropolitan and central industrial region, while the new system will be used in those areas where the construction of silos is not envisaged or essentially impossible. In addition, we can deploy such mobile complexes in any dangerous direction and thereby disrupt the mass use of enemy weapons, "the military analyst explains.
Since the system is new and is still undergoing testing, its tactical and technical characteristics are unknown. However, FAN’s interviewee notes that in terms of its speed, range and altitude, Nudol will clearly outperform its predecessor, which in fact will make it "the killer of American ICBMs."
"Noodle" will be produced in two versions - short and long range. And in terms of its destructive complonents, it will not be kinetic, but will destroy with the help of a directed nuclear explosion, that is, there will be a nuclear warhead. The impact of this explosion cuts down all electronics and destroys a larger number of warheads, "emphasizes Alexei Leonkov.
According to the expert, the use of a nuclear warhead in a new missile is simply necessary, and when a Russian anti-missile is used in combat, it is pointless to consider the possible consequences.
"When a nuclear war begins, we obviously will not be concerned about the environment or about any consequences. The survival of the country will be at stake. And Nudol will allow us to avoid the most serious consequences - it will be a high-atmosphere or even outer space explosion. In any case, it will be better than the impact of the nuclear charges themselves, which, having reached the ground, would destroy all infrastructure and the entire population. In general, the A-235 will be able to shoot down all types of American intercontinental ballistic missiles, not only existing ones but also those that they plan to create in the future, "- concluded Leonkov.
As the newspaper Gazeta.ru reports, the first tests of the A-235 "Nudol" anti-ballistic missile defence system were held in 2014. According to Colonel Ildar Tagiyev, head of the program of combat algorithms and missile defence programs of the missile defence system, Russian interceptors are unparalleled in the world .
Author: Sergey Chemekov
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