Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
30th January, 2016
Russia has shocked the West and Israel by using high levels of technology to create military equipment, writes the *Independent.
*(A UK newspaper that also cannot be trusted - O.R)
More recently, Western military officials, with condescension, have said that the Russian strategy and military equipment is outdated, stating the rockets that the Russian air force use are, "More dumb than intelligent", and that the Russian Navy is "Rather rusty than suitable". But what the West have seen in Syria has put them in real shock, the article says.
Russian fighters sometimes are doing more sorties per day in Syria than the coalition forces led by the USA have produced in a month, and forces of the Russian Navy launched missiles from the Caspian sea across a distance of over 900 miles. The commander of the U.S. army in Europe, Ben Hodges, recently declared that Russia's successes in the "development of means of radioelectronic warfare in Syria and the Ukraine... unbelievable." According to the commander of U.S. air forces in Europe, General Frank Gorenc, Russia is going to establish complex air defences in Crimea and Kaliningrad, which extremely complicate NATO's mission to ensure safe access to certain areas, in particular in Poland, the newspaper reminds readers.
Israel, according to the Independent, is also anxiously watching the development of the military power of Russia, as they fear that advanced Russian weapons will eventually be able to cover Iran, which is perceived by Israel as a "threat to their existence". In particular, Tel Aviv is concerned that Iran could obtain the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, the article says.
The Russian presence in Syria has became a factor that changed the situation. Now what is happening in Syria, in large, depends on the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, writes the Independent.
As the paper notes, in the beginning of the operation in Syria, Russia used old and new arms alternately. Now the newest technique, in particular the multifunctional fighter-bomber Su-34, are being used much more frequently because the older Su-25's could be more vulnerable to man-portable air defence systems, which, as Moscow suspects, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are arming Sunni insurgents with.