Only 23 missiles from US destroyers reached the targeted Syrian airfield, it is unclear where the other 36 landed, the ministry said. Translate that as ‘we shot down 36 missiles’ or ‘electronically intercepted them’? America has to use overwhelming numbers of missiles to ensure an attack gets through? America can afford 59 missiles, and has plenty more. Does Russia have enough SS-400s to shoot 100 missiles down?
(What is the above picture? It doesn’t look like a burned out plane.)
Would it be more economical to go after missile-launching ships with Mach 6 anti-ship missiles?
This article on Sputnik, two days after Homs airfield attack, could be a teaser suggesting Russia already possesses operational anti-missile laser technology. Sputnik article claiming 36 missiles didn’t make it, is below.
Missile Defense Systems Could be Made Obsolete by Small, Powerful Laser Weapons
Once a sci-fi military dream but now fast becoming a reality, early-stage 30-kilowatt lasers currently being mounted on US naval and terrestrial military vehicles will soon be eclipsed by much more powerful directed-energy weapons – lasers – including those on airborne platforms.
Invisible to the naked eye, the beam of a laser weapon is able to lock onto an airborne target such as a drone, missile or mortar round, quickly heating it up and either causing it to explode or destroying the internal guidance system of the incoming ordnance, rendering the device or round useless.
The practical use of lasers would also make the deployment of defensive missile systems, such as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THADD), obsolete, as it will no longer be necessary to fire off an expensive rocket to take down an incoming weapon, according to Phys.org.
So what’s the catch? Power. A laser weapon requires, for a brief moment, an enormous amount of power, and that energy must be stored in batteries or generated by onboard equipment which is currently cumbersome and, most important, extremely heavy.
Research is ongoing, as it takes a lot of money to develop entirely new technologies, and the US Congress has been tight with the pocketbook, as previous attempts with lasers have been notable and expensive failures.
In 2012, the government killed a laser program in which a directed-energy device was mounted onto a 747 aircraft. The airborne laser never worked properly and the power-generating equipment was enormously heavy. The Pentagon had flushed some $5 billion down the drain; er, into the project, by the time Congress pulled the plug.
Mark Gunzinger, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, suggested that the implementation of lasers on aircraft is key, as, using as-yet-undeveloped technologies, planes’ engines could be used to charge the weapons.
“An aircraft doesn’t have to return to base to upload more weapons,” he said. “It could refuel and continue to operate with its nearly unlimited magazine.”
Gunzinger said that the current 30-kilowatt lasers being tested by the Pentagon will soon become 150-kilowatt, and, within a decade, 300-kilowatt lasers, changing the shape of the battlespace.
Russian MoD Says US Missile Attack on Syrian Airbase Prepared Long Ago
On Thursday night, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha’irat, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Homs. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria’s Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on the Syrian government.Russia described the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state.
Following the US military action, Russia decided to suspend its memorandum of understanding on air safety over Syria with the United States, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“It is evident that the US cruise missile strikes against a Syrian airbase have been prepared long before today’s events. A large system of measures of reconnaissance, planning, preparation of flight tasks and bringing the missiles to launch readiness needs to be carried out to prepare such an attack,” ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
According to Konashenkov, the Idlib chemical attack “served only as a formal pretext, while the demonstration of military force took place exclusively due to internal political reasons. ”
The Russian Defense Ministry considers the US attack on a Syrian airfield in the Homs province a gross violation of a memorandum on the safety of flights over Syria. Thus, Russia has suspended the cooperation with the US aimed to avoid incidents in Syrian airspace.”We assess such actions of the US side as a gross violations of the memorandum on incident prevention and ensuring security in operations in the Syrian airspace signed in 2015. The Russian Defense Ministry is suspending cooperation with the Pentagon within the framework of this memorandum,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the US administrations come and go, while its policies remain the same since the bombings of Yugoslavia, wars in Iraq and Libya.
“The administrations of the United States are changing, but the methods of unleashing wars have remained the same since Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. And again, the pretext of aggression is not an objective investigation, but allegations, fact manipulation, showing photos and pseudo-vials at international organizations,” Konashenkov said.
Only 23 missiles from US destroyers reached the targeted Syrian airfield, it is unclear where the other 36 landed, the ministry said.
“On April 7, at the time between 3:42 and 3:56 a.m. Moscow time [00:42-00:56 GMT] a massive missile attack by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles was carried out from two destroyers of the US Navy [Ross and Porter], from the Mediterranean Sea, near the island of Crete, targeting Syrian airfield Ash Sha’irat [Homs Province]. According to the Russian data recording technology, only 23 cruise missiles reached the Syrian airbase. It is not clear where the other 36 cruise missiles landed,” Konashenkov said at a briefing.
The spokesman stressed that the strike destroyed many facilities and equipment, including six planes.
Two Syrian servicemen are missing as a result of the US attack on an airfield in the country, while four were killed and six were injured extinguishing the flames, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Friday.
“According to the information of the leadership of the Syrian airbase, two Syrian servicemen went missing, four were killed and six received burn injuries during the firefighting,” he said.