RUSSIA DEPLOYED A-50U AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AND CONTROL AIRCRAFT TO SYRIA
[ Editor’s Note: VT had predicted that the hyped missile attack on Syria, totally a bravado exercise for Trump, gave the Russians a wide opening for upgrading Syria’s air defenses, a poor trade off for Trump for the damage done, as an old partially used airbase was the main target.
We saw this happen early after the Ukraine coup, backed by the US, when American contractors were running around all over Ukraine, assisting the degraded Ukie army in driving the Russian Donbass people into the Black Sea. NATO began moving more assets into the Baltics.
Western media gave little media coverage to Putin’s announcement that three new divisions were being created solely to confront this threat from the West on its western border. This was followed by a speeding up of getting new weapons into all Russia’s military units, lots of snap drills and larger scale combined operations.
Those units are operational now, and no one in Western media seems interested in asking what strategic benefit did the US get. It has a new ally that has a devastated economy and is now a black hole for those who can afford to manipulate it for their own gain. The Ukrainian people did not ask for this… Jim W. Dean ]
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… from Southfront
The Russian military has deployed the airborne early warning and control (AEW) aircraft to Syria. According to local sources, the AEW aircraft arrived the Hmeimim airbase in the town of Jableh few days after the US missile strike on the Al-Sha’irat airbase.
The aircraft was identified as an upgraded version of the A-50U equipped with the Vega Shmel-M radar, capable of detect the launch of a missile or a fighter jet in the range of 650km. The detection range for ground targets is 300km.
The A-50U can conduct command and control air operations, guide friendly fighters and track multiple enemy fighters at the same time. The aircraft can remain in the air for more than 9 hours, and has the ability to detect ground targets and ships.
Last week, Sergey Rudskoy, Head of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department, announced that Russia had deployed a multi-level control system in Syria that control the entire Syrian airspace from the Hmeimim airbase.
The deployment of the A-50U in Syria is believed to be aimed at improving the ability to detect hostile aircraft and missiles expanding the air defense capabilities of Russian forces.
According to reports, the previous deployment of such a plane in Syria took place in 2015.