- Nov 30, 2017
That's not how SAMs work. You may have stealth and PGMs. But the Russians, if they end up not being able to shoot down the F-35, they can still shoot down the PGM. So that makes your F-35 useless.
The entire point of stealth is to get close enough to the enemy so that your PGM's short range does not give the SAM enough time to shoot them down. So for a PGM, the JDAM is effective inside a 30Km radius. You really think even a single S-400 radar cannot pick up an F-35 from 30Km? Otoh, a multistatic ADS will be able to detect the F-35 from BVR distances, long enough to kill the F-35 before it can release long range bombs like the SDB.
Also, the S-400 isn't the only SAM. Even the Russian Army have their own S-400 equivalent SAMs, they are on tracks and move with armour. And they have plenty of other smaller SAMs that complement the larger SAMs, like the Tor, Buk etc. The US Army doesn't operate SAMs, but the Ru Army does.
Then let's put the numbers in perspective. For just 5 regiments, India was ready to make 6000 SAMs.
Good luck s400 finding a strike group of F-35's under EW conditions and trying to find a low observable JSOW at the same time.
I'm talking about the s400s 40N6.
No s300 or s400 battery is going to be inside Ukraine and if that is the case Russia wont have any ability to conduct CAS over Ukraine in the event US/NATO gets involved.
How much dependent are our armed forces on Ukraine?
I can list two important areas
1. Zorya Gas Turbines in Talwar class and our destroyers
2. An32 RE
Any more ???
Any conflict with Russia will hamper or Spares supply.
Do yourself a favor & don't post your sources of information will you? For your sake. As it is people out here have a rather poor opinion about your knowledge of matters geopolitical. Then you go right ahead & play into their hands.The puppets thoughts on this...
I thought UK could evacuate it's citizens on it's own .
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The problem for Russian now is that if they don't attack and manage kiev now then within 5-6 years it will up arm itself enough that Russians won't be able to anything then and they even join the NATO.If anything I don't think Phase I will roll over to that extent, while Phase III won't happen at all. Meaning I doubt the Russians will ever cross the river or threaten Odessa.
They can take over the regions east of the river and then use their forces in Belarus to threaten Kiev for a settlement.
Taking over land up to the river will keep the Russians safe as well, even if Kiev doesn't settle. They will have an insurgency in their hands though.
The problem for Russian now is that if they don't attack and manage kiev now then within 5-6 years it will up arm itself enough that Russians won't be able to anything then and they even join the NATO.
Once that happens, Russians will have to keep a permanent deployment along Ukraine border too.