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TOP 5 RUSSIAN WEAPON THAT HAS MADE A COMBAT DEBUT IN SYRIA


Their army’s equipment and strategy was
“outmoded”; their air force’s bombs and missiles were “more dumb than smart”;
their navy was “more rust than ready”. For decades, this was Western military leaders’
view, of their Russian counterparts. What they have seen in Syria and Ukraine has
come as a shock. Russian military jets have, at times, have
carried out more sorties in a day in Syria than the US-led coalition has done in a month. The Russian navy has launched ballistic missiles
from the Caspian Sea 900 miles way, and kept supply lines going to Syria. The air defenses installed by the Russians
in Syria and eastern Ukraine would make it extremely hazardous for the West to carry
out strikes against the Assad regime or Ukrainian separatists. Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the commander
of the US army in Europe, has described Russian advances in electronic warfare in Syria and
Ukraine – a field in which they were typically supposed to be backward – as “eye watering”. Russia’s ongoing campaign in Syria wouldn’t
have been such a game changer without the deployment of some of the country’s most
sophisticated weapons. In this video, Defense Updates lists TOP 5
RUSSIAN WEAPON THAT HAS MADE A COMBAT DEBUT IN SYRIA Lets gets started. The Sukhoi Su-34 strike fighter, adopted by
the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2015, has been deployed against the radical Islamists
in Syria from the beginning of Russia’s anti-Daesh campaign there. In 2016 the Russian aircraft contingent deployed
at Hmeymim Airbase was further bolstered by four Sukhoi Su-35S super maneuverable multirole
fighters. The addition of the Su-35 provides Russia
with more powefu fighter escorts for its fleet of Su-24 Fencer and Su-25 Forefoot strike
aircraft that are operating from the Khmeimim air base, which is located in Syria’s northwestern
Latakia province. Those aircraft have minimal air-to-air self-defense
capability and were reliant on the Sukhoi Su-30SM and Su-27SM3 Flankers for protection. Defined as a Generation 4++ fighter, the Su-35S
is capable of flying at a speed of up to 2,400 km/hour and ascending to a height of 20,000
meters. The plane’s maximum range stands at 3,600
kilometers, and with an additional fuel tank the figure can be increased by 900 kilometers. The nozzles of its Saturn AL-41F1S turbofans
can independently point in different directions in flight to assist the aircraft in rolling
and yawing enabling Super maneuverability that makes Su 35 an excellent dog fighter. The fighter also has sophisticated Irbis radar,
which allows the plane to detect targets at distances of up to 400 kilometers, as well
as track aerial targets and engage up to 8 of these targets simultaneously. When we think of cruise missile attacks launched
from a warship, the first thing that comes to our mind is American Tomahawk missiles. US Navy had maintained the distinction of
being the only navy to launch long-range cruise missiles from surface ships, at land targets
in combat. But that changed in 2015. Russian Navy became the new entry into the
very short list by using the Kalibr in Syria. On 7th October 2015 the world became suddenly
aware that Russia possesses sophisticated long-range cruise missiles. Russian warships successfully obliterated
a number of Daesh targets by launching Kalibr-NK missiles from hundreds of miles away. While many of this new cruise missile’s
parameters still remain classified, apparently it can hit assets on the ground from a distance
of up to 2,600 kilometers. It has a 450 kg (1000 pound) high-explosive
warhead and a turbofan engine. Similar to Tomahawk , it has a speed of Mach
0.8. The Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber,
known as the ‘White Swan’ in Russia and as ‘Blackjack’ abroad, is usually considered
a deterrent, a nuclear weapon delivery system capable of crossing a distance of up to 14,000
kilometers without refueling. In Syria, however, these bombers wiped out
numerous Daesh targets using conventional ordnance with the Kh-101 air-launched cruise
missiles. The missile might have a range as great as
3,100 miles as per some Western estimates. However, Russian media indicates that the
weapon has far greater capabilities. In 2012, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported
that the conventional variant of the missile would have a circular probability of error
of less than 30 feet at ranges of up to 6,000 miles. The missile’s warhead packs 880 lbs of explosives. Turkey had shot down a Russia (update to:
Russian) Su-24 Fencer that had crossed the Turkish border for about 18 seconds. Following that incident, Moscow deployed the
S-400 air defense system to Syria. S 400 is considered to be one of the most
lethal Air Defense system in the world. S 400 can detect and engage anything thats
in air. Strategic bombers such as the B1B and B-52
Electronic warfare airplanes such as the E-3A & E-2C
Reconnaissance airplanes such as the TR-1 Early warning radar airplanes such as the
E3A and E2C Fighter airplanes such as the F 15, F 16,
Stealth airplanes such as the B 2 , F 35 and F 22
Strategic cruise missiles such as the tomahawk Medium and Intermediate Ballistic missiles S 400 possess different radar for different
bands and has a range of 400 Km. It is equipped with 4 different missiles to
fill its performance envelope. Just one S 400 system can control up to 72
launchers, with a maximum of 384 missiles. It can simultaneously engage up to 80 targets. Now, more than 15 years after the F-22 entered
service, Russia is pitting the best its military aviation industry can offer against its rival
in Syria. Su 57 is 5th generation, stealthy, single-seat,
twin-engine jet multirole fighter aircraft designed for air superiority and ground attack
operations. It is the first operational aircraft in Russian
Air Force service to use stealth technology. Similar to F-22, the airframe incorporates
planform edge alignment to reduce its radar cross-section (RCS); the leading and trailing
edges of the wings and control surfaces and the serrated edges of skin panels are carefully
angled to reduce the number of directions the radar waves can be reflected. Also radar-absorbent material (RAM) has been
used to reduce its radar return which makes it difficult to detect. Su 57 is designed to have extreme maneuverability
at both supersonic and subsonic speeds and is the 1st fighter jet to utilize 3D thrust
vectoring. The N036 Belka radar system provides Su 57
with 360 degree coverage with a main nose-mounted X-band AESA radar , two smaller X-band AESA
radars mounted on the sides of the forward fuselage and 2 L-band arrays on the wing’s
leading edge extensions . The radar station of the Su-57 is speculated
to have the ability to detect ‘stealth’ aircraft, and track over 10 targets simultaneously. The Su 57 also houses an Infrared Search And
Track (IRST) sensor to detect enemy aircrafts with their IR signature.

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