Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Destroying 20 Syrian aircraft is not all that.

Syria has missiles, by the way. Syria is not Iraq. It is an armed country, Iraq was disarmed of all missiles, except, Scud missiles that were only allowed to strike up to it's sovereign borders.

...The Syrian air force had some 365-385 combat aircraft (click here) when the fighting started. It is not clear how many are now active but a rough estimate is probably about 50 percent with very low sustainability against an active air attack, limited pilot training, and low daily sorties generation rates. It had no modern air defense fighters and operational readiness standards have almost certainly degraded. Syrian holdings of air defense fighters included 85 aircraft with aging avionics and which are very vulnerable to both IAF and U.S. fighters, air-to-air missiles, and air combat systems like the AWACs. These include: 50 obsolescent MiG-23MF/ML/UM Flogger, 35 export versions of the MiG-29A/U Fulcrum with limited computer and radar capabilities for look-shoot down and long range BVR combat. According to the IISS, a large number of these systems were not operational before the civil war: 30 MiG-25 Foxbats and 2 MiG-25U Foxbats....

If Syria states if there are more missile strikes, it means it. It may pick US military targets in the Mediterranean Sea. That is why Syria is an ally of Russia. Russia has a naval base there. The USA has naval vessels in Italy. This is not funny. Syria is not a joke.

April 7, 2017

Moscow: Russia's military Friday (click here) said a U.S. strike on a regime air base in Syria was ineffective but announced Syrian air defenses would be strengthened to shield the country's key infrastructure.

"To protect Syria's most sensitive infrastructure, a complex of measures will be implemented in the near future to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces' air defense system," defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

He added the strike had had an "extremely low" military impact, and fewer than half of the 59 reported U.S. missiles had actually found their target.

"Only 23 missiles reached the Syrian airbase," he said....