Some NATO bloc members, especially the UK, have recently stepped up operations near the Russian-Syrian borders to study Russian air defense systems. They are particularly interested in S-400 SAMs, whose work they want to learn how to jam, writes the Vietnamese edition of Dat Viet, which refers to the American media.
These SAMs provide an opportunity to intercept almost any air targets in the conditions of strong countermeasures of the enemy’s air defense systems. But the British Air Force and Navy are persistently collecting data and conducting interference testing. The Russians, in turn, are working to improve the effectiveness of their air defense assets.
It is reported that the British military has repeatedly scanned the frequencies of these SAMs using its electronic, radio, and radar reconnaissance aircraft to identify “holes” in the structure of Russia’s deeply rooted and integrated air defense system, as well as its allies.
It is not yet known whether the British have made any progress. However, nothing has been heard about the achievements of the Americans. But if they achieve the desired result, the “invisible” F-22 and F-35 will have a chance to at least approach these SAMs at the right distance to strike without being detected by Russian radars.
The S-400s are not only considered to be the “killers” of most air targets, they are also capable of attacking ground targets using special ammunition. Those SAMs were adopted for service in 2007. They can intercept at ranges up to 400 km, hitting targets at an altitude of 30 km with their missiles flying at Mach 6.
The Americans and the British have certain doubts about the effectiveness of some elements of the radars of the said SAMs. Therefore, they purposefully conduct monitoring and analysis. However, the S-400s have good interference immunity. That is why the efforts made by Western countries to try to find weaknesses and vulnerabilities of these SAMs do not yield results.