Will fog of war hide Syrian strike details?


Decisive Failure of US Forces

… from Southfront

Were the Pantsirs the hidden heroes in the Syria attack?

[ Editor’s Note: In a perfect world an air defense system would have strong enough radar to target and launch its defensive missiles soon after their launch to reduce the incoming attacking missiles so the counter warfare technology and begin making its picks and battery assignments

What are the chances that the Russians would not take this opportunity to supply its defensive command and control to the Syria batteries? I would say zero, as it is the heart of an air defense.

What we learned today is some of the US weaknesses, which it handed over on a silver platter.  We suspect that the targets that shot down all incoming missiles had the Pantsirs saving the day once inside its range. If that is the case Damascus should be showing the remains of the 20 missiles in claims to have shot down.

I spotted on one of the night time video clips what looked like a short but heavy artillery barrage, but it was a swarm of missiles hitting the Research Facility outside Damascus.

I counted about 15 hits in around 6 to 7 seconds. That was some hellacious coordination of multiple platform launches to all arrive at almost the same time. Could that have been a volley of glide bombs from a B2? I have no idea, but Russia will certainly be looking into all this very carefully… Jim W. Dean ]

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This is the best photo I have found of the Scientific Research Facility that absorbed a swarm attack

First published … April 15, 2018

Early on April 14, the US, France and the UK carried out a massive missile strike on Syria justifying their actions with the alleged involvement of the Assad government into the April 7 Douma “chemical attack”.

The Russian Defense Minsitry stated that 103 cruise and air-to-surface missiles were launched on different targets across Syria adding that 71 of them were intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF).

“According to available information, a total of 103 cruise missiles were fired… The Syrian air defense systems basically comprising Soviet-made weapons successfully repelled the strikes by aircraft and naval ships. A total of 71 missiles were intercepted,” Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi said.

Rudskoi said that the SADF had used its S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa air defense systems to repel the strike.

The Syrian General Command said that the US, the UK and France had launched 110 missiles also adding that most of them were intercepted. The numbers provided raise serious questions.

Some experts contacted by SouthFront said that even theoretically the SADF had not been capable to shoot down more than 15-20% of the launched missiles using its S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa systems only.

The SADF just does not have enough means and measures to intercept such a number of missiles simultaneously in one striking wave. So what really happened?

The experts suggested that the Russian military had possibly used its state-of-the-art electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter the launched missiles during their final phase of flight path.

The most part of the flight path, the guidance for the Tomahawk cruise missile is provided by GPS. However, in the final phase, the missile starts using its internal guidance system. During this phase of the flight path the missile is vulnerable for EW counter-measures.

The missiles impacted by EW systems start to steer off. The missiles’ speed significantly reduces and they become an easy target for air defense systems or fall.

Another factor, which “highly likely” contributed to the effectiveness of the Syrian counter-measures, is that Russia had provided the Syrian military with operational data from its technical reconnaissance net, including satellites and other surveillance means.

Likely, Iran had done a similar thing. Thus, missiles launched from the Red Sea were detected immediately and were being tracked during all their flight path.

Using tracking data, Russian-made air defense systems are capable of shooting down cruise missiles with a relatively high efficiency.

In any case, the 71 intercepted missiles of 103 launched are a decisive failure for the US and its allies. No doubts, the US military leadership did not expect this scenario.

If the data provided by the Russian Defense Ministry is confirmed, this will be the first time in the history when some side was able to repel a massive strike of the so-called modern high-precision weapons/missiles.

So, in a case of a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia, the Russians will be able to intercept most of the US attacking means suffering a minor damage. Russia’s nuclear strike would be a crushing blow.

So far [13:15 CET], the US has provided no comments on reports about the 71 downed missiles and has not even provided official info about the targets and weapons involved in its strike on Syria. Considering that the administration of US President Donald Trump likes “PR moves”, such a stance may be described as an idication that something “went wrong”.

UPDATE: The Pentagon provided own version of events by saying that all the missiles “successfully hit every target”.

UPDATE 2: On April 15, former head of the Armaments Department of the Russian Defense supported this EW warfare impact version in own remarks to the Russian TV channel Tsargrad.

UPDATE 3: Reports appear that the US military is about to launch an internal probe into the issue. MORE DETAILS


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  1. Arian – Syrian chem. weapons material and all production facilities were removed 2013 within OPCW action
    under auspices of AMERICAN & German inspectors! Are you saying the American inspectors (CIA) really
    didn’t do a bit of any inspection! What about German precision then? It was reported in some sources
    that the removed chem. w. material was delivered by the US to Lybia for the delivery via Turkey back
    to Syrian good terrorists! And well, yes in time of Syrian agreement with such OPCW action, good neither
    bad terrorists (any West’s proxies) did not volunteer to join in? Subsequently Syr. Army is finding
    chem. w. labs equipped by the West in the liberated areas! They have seemed to reach Douha before
    Jaish could launch another chem. attack to be blamed on Dr. Assad’s government – nevertheless the West
    didn’t seem to need the actual usage of chem. w. , since they have dastardly attack Syria anyway.
    Finally – what would be motive of Dr. Assad’s Gov. to use (non-existent) chem. w. ? To lure the West to
    bomb them? – wouldn’t that be rather a logical reason for beaten terrorists to stage chem.w. “attack”
    to be automatically blamed on Syr. Government, to bomb them and gain some time, territory for
    another terrorist attack (thus supported by their air force- sorry US &UK AF)?

  2. @Adrian Oh, didn´t know that but seems we see it the same way. Killing Syrians one or the other way ?

  3. I suggest everyone take a memory trip. in 2013 & 14, the OPCW over saw the Syrian and, Russian govs remote all CWS from Syria and, the facilties dismantled. my advice is to believe it because, next they will be telling you Iran has nukes with delivery systems good for 14,000 km. Reach out and touch somebody.

  4. Syrians did not waste a shot, they focused on using old well known technology, as did the Domionionist alliance. Russia didn’t give a hint of its new stuff in battle context, saving it up for the new game , which I guess will be played in India. Then the S 300 put on the table in front of Bibi and Shelly. Cleverest offensive Defense. They just let them pound the empty building. Syria deserved to be dancing in the streets after that. Cool and clever.

    I suppose the art is to remove Bibi without giving power to that awful likudist Defense guy. Lieberman? Remove May without empowering Boris Ha Ha and Trump has to be a more amenable enemy than Pence.

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