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Iskander-M test launch

(09-25-2018, 02:01 PM)roamer Wrote: [ -> ]machine translated from Russian:

Quote:SU-34 stopped another provocation by Israeli F-16 and forced them to return to Israel

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had no reason to believe that the Kremlin will try to limit the freedom of action of Israel in the region. Now it seems Netanyahu was wrong. Israel apparently decided to check, will Russia take what it promised, and the Israelis sent two F-16 to Lebanon at the altitude of 19 000 feet below. These planes was intercepted by a Russian su-34 and were forced to return to Israel.Two Russian su-34 challenged two Israeli F-16 in the skies of Lebanon, and forced them to return to Israel, despite the mechanism for conflict prevention between Moscow and Jerusalem (which was previously violated by Israel),"- said Banter source who told him about the innovation of Israel, who after the death of the Russian military and the collapse of the IL-20 he organized Russia.

(09-25-2018, 03:26 PM)SkyCat Wrote: [ -> ]Iskander-M test launch


Variant for the Russian Armed Forces with two 9M723 quasi ballistic missiles with published range 415 km, rumoured 500 km. Speed Mach 6-7, flight altitude up to 6–50 km, nuclear capable stealth missile, controlled at all stages, not ballistic flight path. Immediately after the launch and upon approach to the target, the missile performs intensive maneuvering to evade anti-ballistic missiles. The missile constantly maneuvers during flight as well.
(09-25-2018, 11:39 AM)Jostler Wrote: [ -> ]Russia is certainly moving with determination to gain as much from recent events as possible.

Yep. Putin doesn't play checkers. He plays chess.
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Less than 24 hrs now until the Russian closure of airspace over the eastern Med expires at 23:59 hrs, 26 Sept.

As fast as reports of incoming equipment have been rolling in I think it's possible the Syrians may have one regiment of the S-300 up and running by then. With Russian help of course :) Maybe a few new Syrian citizens that answer to odd names like Igor, Petrov and Vladimir :)

But I doubt it matters. It won't take long to find out how much of this is face saving bluster and how much is commitment:

Israel To Continue Strikes On Syria, Despite S-300 Delivery: Netanyahu

Quote:The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will continue to strike targets in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on September 25 after a special security cabinet meeting and brief the ministers on the recent events triggered by the Russian IL-20 shootdown on September 17.

Since Israel is being set up for destruction, I'm personally pretty sure there will be some follow-through and Russian resolve will be probed and tested.
100% of Syrian airspace (and Lebanese, for that matter) protected soon.

Russia to Provide Assad With Up to Eight S-300 Systems to Defend All of Syria, Report Says

Russia reportedly transferring electronic warfare systems to Latakia,
which Moscow says will hamper Israel's ability to strike

Quote:The Russian Navy has test-fired a supersonic Onyx anti-ship cruise missile for the first time. It was launched from the Bastion missile-defense system, which was recently deployed to the Russian Arctic. A video of the launch shows one P-800 Onyx missile, which can travel at speeds of up to 1,980mph, shooting up in the air and then gliding above the sea towards a mock target designed to simulate a group of hostile ships. The Bastion launcher can carry two Onyx anti-ship missiles, which can engage targets at a range up to 300km with a high-low trajectory, or 120km with a low-low flight trajectory. Although designed to be deployed against ships, it can be used against ground targets as well. The first three Bastion mobile coastal defense complexes were received by the Russian military in 2010 and have since been used in combat in Syria. In November 2016, Russia used the launchers to fire several missiles at the positions of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists in Idlib and Homs Provinces. The long-range system has also been in service with the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Northern Fleet.

Syrian War Report – September 26, 2018: Russia Boosts Its EW Capabilities In Syria

Well, when Putin does finally move he moves big.

Minimum of two "regiments" of S-300 in the next two weeks. More likely 4 according to Haaretz reporting of an unnamed source at Kommersant.

Now reports of six, or even 8 systems planned.

One thing that seems certain is that these systems will be "Syrian" in name only. One system could possibly have had a well trained Syrian crew since it was originally scheduled for delivery in 2013. But there's even a problem assuming that since recent reports indicate deployment of S-300V family systems and not the original S-300P system.

The S-300V family is a completely different system, sharing only a name with the S-300P. Not even developed by the same company and design team. The V series has different capabilities and is mounted on tracked vehicles, not wheeled trucks. It is easier to disperse into remote areas instead of along developed roads.

Either way, supposing trained Syrian crews exist for all these systems is not credible, so they almost have to be manned by Russsian crews.

S-300V is an important export system for Russia. It is unlikely Russia will allow deployment of such a system in a situation where it is likely to be tested under combat conditions, and leave a potential for embarrassing failures due to poorly trained operators.

Add in the addition of significant new electronic jamming and countermeasure capabilities and this is no small move.