June 22 this year, not far from the Syrian coast was hit by Turkish aircraft RF-4E. Acts defense Syria shaft caused criticism from Western countries. Official Damascus, in turn, argues that the Turkish pilots invaded Syrian airspace place after their flight was forcibly terminated. Clear course of events in the morning on June 22, has not yet become available to the general public, which was the prerequisite of mass versions. In the midst of other mentions provocative nature of flight: Turkey deliberately sent his own plane (not the newest) to accuse Syria of anger and make of this incident casus belli. On the other hand, despite all sufficiently egregious statements, Ankara does not hurry up to open the front and go to war against Syria. Why?
There is a fascinating version according to which Syria hitherto not attacked due to the correct military-technical policy of the administration of President Barack Assad. Practically, Turkish fighter aircraft violated Syrian place, was destroyed in a few minutes after crossing the border by air. This indicates the development of Syrian decent defense. Specifically associated with AD and one of the versions of events. She says that the Turkish «Phantom» was flying reconnaissance modifications in order to compel the Syrian air defense reveal their positions. So Makar, the plane had to find the location of the radar detection, a cover band and look for «blind spots.» Apparently, the pilots really managed to find the location of the radar. But the subsequent actions were not such as, for sure, waiting in Turkey. Syrian air defenses not only found herself, and successfully made the attack the intruder.
In the midst of a downed aircraft following the statements of particular interest are the words of NATO Secretary General AF Rasmussen. Despite the 5 minutes to fit Ankara, he limited the usual warning about the inadmissibility of such actions. It turns out that the management of the Alliance is aware of the danger can be Syrian air defense and therefore did not begin active hostilities. In favor of this conjecture states that a comparison of last year’s war in Libya and events in Syria. It is easy to see that NATO aircraft started to bombard Libyan objects just a few months after the first protests against the Jamahiriya. But in Syria protests, attacks and clashes continued for 18 months. And for all this time there are only discussions about the possible intervention, but not open attack.
100 mm KS-19
As we see, the version of decent air defense, capable of cooling excessively hot head, looks completely believable. Consider the technical equipment of the Syrian air defense forces. According to a handbook The Military Balance, armed with Syria so far made several models of Russian anti-aircraft guns, 23-mm ZU-23-2 to 100 mm KS-19, the total amount of which exceeds 6 hundred. Syrian military also have about three hundred anti-aircraft self-propelled ZSU-23-4 «Shilka», which theoretically could still be a danger to Frontal Aviation. As for the anti-aircraft missiles, then Syria has stationary and SAM for the defense of fundamental objects and mobile to protect troops on the march. Base missile defense make S-125 and S-200 Russian production. These complexes can not be called new and modern, but in a number of Western views of professionals, so far represent a danger to certain aircraft. As for the army air defense, in this region, Syria has a whole set of types of «Wasp-AA» to «armor-S1».
Anti-aircraft S-200 system
It remains only to find out what ammo complex «flew» in Turkish plane. Reuters, citing Syrian Foreign Ministry says that RF-4E was destroyed by anti-aircraft artillery. Naturally, disk imaging quite a bit, but even out of it, you can make a fascinating conclusion. Firing range at least some anti-aircraft cannon system is relatively small. Accordingly, to enter the affected area plane was due not just to invade Syria airy place, but come at a relatively small distance to the anti-aircraft battery. In light of this speculation about the words of representatives of the Turkish air space violation random look unclear. However, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, apologetically said the accidental crossing of the border by air, they say, the flight speed was great and the pilots did not have time to turn away. Sounds pretty impressive. But far not every anti-aircraft gun can hit near-perfect or supersonic target. According to available disk imaging, anti-aircraft missile and gun system «Armour-C1» is able to work to targets flying at a speed of this spectrum. Practically speaking, that’s why almost immediately there was a version of the defeat of the Turkish «Phantom» Syrian «shell.» However, precise data on the type of anti-aircraft means that destroyed the offender so far not been announced.
SAM «Wasp» 9K33
In general, it must be emphasized that in the last couple of years, Damascus focused on developing its own defense. After appropriate NATO forces during «Operation Desert Storm» administration of President Hafez al-Assad, and later his son Bashar, began intensively to update equipment fleet air defense forces. As a result, only a couple of years at one hundred percent cannon defense equipment became missile cannon and troops arrived in the modern system. In particular, these acts curious Damascus look at the background of the Libyan air defense modernization. Due to some circumstances The old control Libya has not had time enough to update their means of defense against air attack. The bottom line is obvious shortsightedness — intervention, death or captivity representatives of legitimate authority and a complete change of control of the country and the political course. Of course, both Assad, while in office, were right and distributed military budget, taking into account all possible threats. As a result of these actions, Syria has one of the best defense systems in the Middle East, second only to Israel.
It turns out that only one downed aircraft has demonstrated the need to refrain from a full-scale military operation to attacks from the air. Syria’s air defense is a strong enough force. So hot heads from Turkey, NATO or other countries first assess risks and costs three times to think before giving the order to attack. Needless to say, no problems crank Iraqi or Libyan scenario will not work, and Syria, in turn, give up without a fight, does not want.
Created by Kirill Ryabov