By Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
6th December, 2015
In retaliation for the downing of the Su-24 jet, Russia has deployed the S400 system to their airbase in Latakia. Its range covers 90% of Syria, 60% of Israel and 30% of Turkey. The Ministry of Defence made sure that its presence was felt by releasing videos showing the system being towed off the plane and moved into place. Sadly, for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), this momentous occasion has sparked some symptoms of hyper-denial.
The RUSI defines itself as :
The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.
They have some wonderful references too:
Let's take a look at the article he wrote:
The reported deployment of Russia’s most modern long-range air-defence system, the S-400 Triumf (SA-21), to Syria, allegedly in response to last week’s shooting down of a Su-24M Fencer by Turkey, has justifiably received worldwide media attention. For, if truly implemented, it would amount to the establishment of a no-fly zone which could impede the ability of the Western-led, anti-Daesh coalition to extend air strikes across all Syrian air space. Yet despite all the bluster, a fundamental question remains: has the Kremlin really deployed the S-400?
So already the scene is set - Russia is interfering in the Middle East, and only the 'Western-led coalition' are fighting ISIS.
Dutiful observers may have noticed that the deployment of just two transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicles has been publicised. The 96L6 secondary-acquisition radar often associated with S-400 batteries has also been paraded before the media, no doubt to attract public attention. But what is still missing from public view is the most vital element of the system – the 92N6 Grave Stone combat-engagement radar, which simultaneously serves as the command centre of a battery. There is no evidence of the deployment of even a single Grave Stone system to Syria.
Here is a photo for Igor, supplied by the Russian Ministry of Defence, with a nice circle added showing him the 92N6 Grave Stone combat-engagement radar:
These are the grounds for suspecting that the S-400 deployment is, in fact, just another PR exercise. This may seek to accomplish three possible Moscow objectives: domestic propaganda; force the Western-led coalition to co-ordinate its activities with Russia; and to avoid annoying the Israelis.
'Another PR exercise'? Okay sir, please fly an F16 or a RAF Tornado over its path and see what happens? If it's a hoax nothing will happen right? Russia is 'annoying' the Israeli's regardless by bombing ISIS, their attack dog. Just because the radar and launching system were not delivered together for the cameras, this clown thinks that one is missing. Maybe this is intentional by Russia to keep the West on its toes.
The next headline shows the piece's true colours - Israeli Propaganda:
Striking a deal with Israel
To pretend that Israel has any effect on Russia's operations in Syria is beyond laughable. And to pretend that Russia must pander to the Apartheid State is even funnier. The system was deployed because a Russian Pilot was killed; the Bear has no time for games. It is telling that since the system was deployed, U.S has not attempted a single sortie in Iraq or Syria. If the system is missing its radar, what's the problem? Assad has the S300 in his hands too - is that model missing its radar too? We suggest Netanyahu sends some jets over to greet the Syrian Skies. Nothing will happen, honest ;)