Damn, and I was worried. /end sarcasm.
The Russian Aerospace Forces or VKS (Russian: Воздушно-космические силы, tr.Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily) are the Aerospace Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Imagine my surprise when a senior official of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted this on his Facebook page. “Russia does not plan to use your VKS against US missiles in case of new attacks“.
That’s a good thing, because, in carpentry terms, this is like using a 30-pound sledgehammer to drive in a finishing nail. In other words, overkill.
This still leaves the S-400, the S-300, the Pantsir, SA-6s, and assorted other air defense systems, all still unfired, to protect Russian and Syrian equipment, personnel, and facilities from air attacks. Heck, I’ll bet they even have ZSU 23-4s on the ground. Oh, those, too, were not fired. But at least two SA-6s were destroyed on the ground, talk about precision targeting. I don’t see that kind of precision with Russian cruise missiles, come to think of it…
Russia is reassuring Russian citizens, diaspora, and potential customers it can protect the skies above Syria and now they’re including Russia:
- Air defense systems on standby to protect Russian skies
- Russian military bases in Syria under ‘ensured’ air defense cover — MoD after US strike
- Russian Air Defense Systems, Armored Cars Create Big Buzz at Brazil Expo
- Notice the propaganda trying to disprove 58/59 hit
- Strategically, Russia began to realize their arms sales of air defense systems was going to take a major hit – they really need the income
- This is when Russia began “talking up” their air defense systems
Notice how the talk of selling air defense systems to Brazil stopped right after the strike? I wonder if Brazil is going to cancel any agreed upon sales of the Pantsir now that they probably doubt Russian efficiency.
Notice there are more articles about air defense in the past week than the past month?
Notice another Russian excuse? ‘Russia shut its air defense in Syria before US…
Russia and Syria are wide open for a wide range of other mechanisms other than those susceptible to cruise missile strikes.
Yet again, more sales brochures for Russian air defense systems are, de facto, counterproductive. tvzvezda.ru is their official military website, but they’re not doing Russian arms sales any favors. Not one shot fired, 58/59 missiles hit their targets, and 10% of Syria’s Air Force was destroyed on the ground.
April 10, 2017, 21:58
Russia does not plan to use your VKS against US missiles in case of new attacks
Russia does not plan to use your VKS against US missiles in case of new US strikes on Syria. This was stated by the first deputy head of the International Committee of the Federation Council Vladimir Jabbarov.
Earlier, White House spokesman Shon Spayser said about the possibility of further strikes on Syria if himatak repetition.
He also noted that the United States would use political, economic and diplomatic pressure on the Syrian authorities to change the government.