Sunday, May 12, 2024

Another One Bites The Dust.

The performance of the Western air defense systems in 404 could be characterized, for the lack of better word, as dismal. They get lucky once in a while, but that's about it. As Iran's strike on Israel has demonstrated--it was always mostly PR and marketing for selling those duds to "clients" and making profit. Here is yet another one of Patriots whose "damage assessment" will take another year or so, before it will be announced that the damage is "moderate".

Well, what can I say? I can say it again and again, and again--they better understand what modern war is and what role air defense plays in it. But then again--they will need to make a transition from all kinds of "long-range" systems to gap-filling AD complexes such as Tor-M2 and Pantsir and Buk-M3, which today are represented by NASAMS which is nothing more than sticking air-to-air missiles such as AMRAAM and Sidewinder onto ground based launchers and calling it a "great complex". It can do the damage, definitely, but has about the same "effectiveness" as other NATO contraptions. But in the end, nothing in NATO arsenal can stop, except in wet dreams of Pentagon "planners", the salvo of supersonic missiles, not to speak of hypersonic Kinzhal and Zircon.

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