The Samson Haircut Option


From John Helmer:

On the fourteenth of this month the US launched its assault on Syria, agreeing in advance with the Russian General Staff to avoid Russian forces and Russian-defended targets. That attack was a military failure. But  with continuing Israeli operations from the air against Syrian, Iranian and Russian targets, Putin has been requested by the General Staff and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to authorize the deployment of Russian S-300 missile defences to deter and destroy fresh attacks. Putin has been delaying this decision…

To respond to Putin’s reluctance, the General Staff and the Defence Ministry have devised a step short of the S-300,  but with potentially enough defensive power to intercept or deter American and Israeli air attacks. This is the deployment of more Russian electronic warfare systems with the capacity to jam the surveillance, targeting, fire control and command signals on which the attackers rely. It is the Samson Haircut option – deprive the giant of control of his firepower, blind him…

In the assessment of Leonov, the US is now clearly inferior to Russia in the effectiveness of EW systems, primarily for the reason that the Americans stopped paying these technologies due attention. Back in the 1990s, during the first war in the Persian Gulf, the Americans actively used electronic warfare equipment because at the time the Iraqi army was quite developed, and it was necessary not to allow their air defense and intelligence to detect the accumulation of American troops in the main targeting direction, the expert recalled.

But they began to relax, and since then they have developed only one effective electronic warfare system based on the F-18 aircraft to cover aviation units, Leonov said.   “Russia did not stand still. And now the Americans, when they have watched our electronic warfare systems, they have recognized that they are among the best in the world”, he added.

“The characteristic of American means of communication is that they work in the K-band. We know this range, so this range was configured in the electronic warfare systems that could be jamming the signal and to catch all the communications,” said Leonov. In addition, Americans in Syria mainly use airborne electronic warfare systems; in Russia they are deployed in ground systems. “Ground systems will always be more powerful and stronger than air ones due to the energy supply,” the source says…

The Krasukha was unveiled in 2011. Several modifications were created. The most powerful option – Krasukha-4 – ‘silences’  airborne aircraft radars, including drones and cruise missiles. A killer electronics system Richag-AB refers to the latest developments and entered service only in 2016. It disables not only the navigation devices of aircraft, but also drones and cruise missiles…

Military expert Dmitry Drozdenko in an interview with RT noted that such means muffle the channels of communication, and introduce blockages in the frequencies used by the US military to exchange information. “As a result, information is not received between the control centers and combat units;  in fact, the armed forces are blinded. If a radar installation searches for a target and tracks the space around it, it sees not only the real targets, but also a large number of false ones,”  he explained…

General Thomas stressed that for the time being Russia is not operating EW in Syria at full capacity. If Russia starts [to do that],  the United States will lose all its communication in the region.

From Elijah Magnier:

One of the deals Russia made with Israel was to refrain from attacking any ground force – Iranian, Hezbollah or Iraqi – engaged in the war against Wahhabi Salafi Takferee jihadists. However, Moscow explained to Tel Aviv that it wouldn’t step in to prevent strikes against Hezbollah army trucks (never “convoys”, as Israel claims) headed towards Lebanon. The Moscow-Tel Aviv deal consisted in Israel informing the Russian military coordination centre of every Israeli air mission over Syria…

Moscow made sure that Tel Aviv understood that it was tipping off the Syrian high command regarding Israeli intentions to violate Syrian airspace…

This is when Israel started to overfly Lebanon, trying to be smart – the Russian official said – even though it is well known to the military on both Israeli and Russian sides that every single Israeli jet leaving any military airport is shown on the Russian radars in the Mediterranean…

Russia helped the Syrian air defence unit to position anti-aircraft missiles batteries to cover all Syrian territory: defensive missiles were deployed with the mission to deal with jets coming in from Lebanon, from the Golan and from al-Badiya (the Syrian Steppe). Other batteries were deployed around Damascus and clear instructions were given to the unit commanders: fire at will on the first violation of the Syrian air space…

Russia wants to de-escalate and Iran wants to avoid a direct war with Israel because its priority is not yet to head towards the south of Syria. But Tel Aviv, spoiled by decades of US pampering and unconditional support, wanted to behave like a “naughty boy” with another superpower, violating the Lebanese air space and firing from afar against objectives in Syria. This is when Russia and Iran felt really mad…

This is when Iran (the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp maintains a military facility to fight jihadists in central Syria) sent from the Syrian military airport – known as T4 – an armed drone into Israel…

Iran understood that Israel wouldn’t resist the temptation and would immediately send its jet to destroy the drone.

Iran pulled back its flying gadget into the T-4 from where it had departed: the trap was all set. Several Syrian air defence systems were waiting for the F-16s to hunt these down. The surprise was so great: Israeli pilots didn’t expect to see so many missiles fired from close range against its birds. The result, according to Russian sources, was devastating to Israel: two jets were downed. Israel acknowledged one but not the second – according to my source –  and a third was damaged but managed to land…

Russia is determined to increase the Syrian potentiality in defensive anti-air systems (Syria received recently 40 Pantsir-S2 short range cannon missile air defence system)despite the Israeli shouting and screaming at Moscow to refrain from this step. Israel has a point to be concerned about: any air defence system in Syria means an increase in the wider capability of the “Axis of the Resistance”. If the Russian advanced S-300 (protected by Pantsir S-2 to avoid being destroyed by any Israeli or US long-range cruise or air missile)are delivered to the Syrian government, it means Israel is no longer capable of violating its neighbour’s air space with impunity.

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