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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Russia drastically increases air reconnaissance in Syria

At Syrian airbase Hamim landed the newest aircraft integrated intelligence Tu-214Р. It is expected that he will be able to control all ground and air situation, and at the same time to practice the methods of electronic warfare. Apparently, apparatus with such capabilities is just not enough the group of the Russian HQs in Syria.

As it became known on Tuesday, Hamim on airbase in Syria arrived on the eve of the newest Russian aircraft integrated intelligence Tu-214Р. Reconnaissance aircraft of Russian air force flew from the airfield of the Kazan aircraft plant. The path ran over the Caspian sea, via airspace of Iran and Iraq.

“In this region, the Turks, the Americans and all other “comrades” work. As a result, we can evaluate the effectiveness of their modern means”

Experts believe that the Tu-214Р will be able to control the entire ground situation in the region. It is equipped with all-weather radars and electro-optical sensor system “Faction” that give pseudophotographs image large parts of the surface, including the positions of enemy forces, even if they are disguised or hidden. The equipment allows us to create photos and videos with high resolution in different ranges of the infrared and visible spectrums in the real time.

Radar system of the new Russian reconnaissance aircraft can detect hidden and camouflaged objects under the snow, the trees and under the ground, told me last summer the representative of the United instrument manufacturing Corporation. Today videoconferencing Russia has two such machines.

The area of isolation of the fighting

Since the Tu-214Р origin is passenger Tu-214, it needs to fly under the protection of at least two fighter jets such as su-30 or su-35, says former head of air defense troops of the special-purpose command, the air force Colonel Sergei Khatylev. “This class of aircraft is slow, the speed 700-850 miles per hour. Duty pair of fighters such as “Dry” covers it in place. And so to protect one of the aircraft of this class are theoretically required before the fighter wing,” the Colonel explained the newspaper VIEW.

As you know, Tu-214Р not armed. “We are talking about the actions of all aircraft, which may be in the control of the air command center. Or a district of the shift in the air and addressing issues of air defense, and then it directs fighter aircraft to air targets, or he brings an army, attack aircraft, fighter-bombers on targets on the ground, for example on an object such as the city of Aleppo. That is, he leads the group that conducts military operations in the area of strikes”, – said Khatylev.

The height at which it is applied, depends on the mission, the expert explained: “As usual the American E-3A work? At a distance of 600 kilometers from the goals, which must bear the blow. In this case, the height of 6-8 thousand meters. But it could be echelon at 8-11 thousand feet”.

As recalled by “the Russian newspaper”, antenna Tu-214Р can intercept the radar signals of aircraft and other radio devices of the enemy. There is also the opportunity to listen to satellite and cell phones.

Neck and neck with “Avaxim”

For the Tu-214Р will not be a problem the fact that the militants in Syria may use primitive, but mass communication channels – simple mobile phones, said Khatylev. “There are experiences with such things during the 2008 conflict in Georgia, in Abkhazia. Our Il-20, Il-22 flew and listened to everything. You can listen to including the channels of communication through communication on earth or through space if there are repeaters on the ground,” – said the expert. “Of course, listen to everything makes no sense. For example, in some districts recorded a lot of conversations on mobile phones. Examining the problem, check whether there is the communication hub of militants,” – said Khatylev.

“Open data on the current instrument on Board, no. Theoretically if you compare the equipment of aircraft, NATO AWACS, the characteristics are approximately the same. And from the point of view of dynamics, they are again quite similar. On take-off and landing characteristics, with a maximum flight time, at the effective reflecting surface, the radar – all in about the same order with the us,” he listed Khatylev.

As the expert reminded, the plane is quite new, its only a year or two ago, gathered at the plant. “American E-3A – who has 20-30 years of use. The Tu-214Р yet widespread use was not. Naturally, he has a better navigation system. This is a more modern modification of what we had before. Before were airborne command posts based on the Il-76, the instrument “bumblebee” was standing there. He had a range limit, in height, the residence time in the air. The Tu-214Р, of course, all of these characteristics are increased,” said Khatylev.

“In addition, it uses closed communication channels. The radar information is more accurate, coordinates are specified including the use of space groups. It is possible to compare air and ground environment from aircraft and satellites, more accurate identification of detected objects,” said the Colonel.

Other experts note that Russian aviation is experiencing an acute shortage of means of target designation for the application of precision-guided weapons – in fact, this role can play only electro-optical systems “sycamore” new bombers su-34. “There is no targeting and the currently used Russian blah BLAH. On arms of the Russian space forces are still there hanging containers targeting, a model already 25-30 years for Western military aircraft,” – wrote in his article for the magazine “Russia in global Affairs” Director of the Center AST Ruslan Pukhov.

Apparently, the effectiveness of videoconferencing in Syria is limited mainly to the shortage of intelligence capabilities, not lack of aircraft or weapons, said Pukhov.

“Russian aircraft not have enough specialized reconnaissance aircraft, UAVS with a wide range of equipment and a large range of modern and effective space reconnaissance. Completely absent in Russian aircraft and UAVS with strike capabilities. Due to the lack of small-scale mining operations in Syria have not yet been sent by the new Russian combat helicopters Mi-28N and Ka-52”, – said the expert.

Perhaps Tu-214Р can to some extent compensate for this drawback.

The second mission aboard RA-64514

In early December, the Istanbul newspaper, citing sources in the Turkish General staff claimed that near the Syrian border was deployed the latest Turkish electronic warfare system “coral”. The General staff claimed that “coral” is able to “dazzle” previously deployed to Syria of Russian s-400. However, Russian experts do not exclude that the leakage of the Turkish General staff – is just an attempt to ferret out the parameters of s-400 or PR with the aim to later sell it “coral” to third countries.

According to the Colonel Khatylev, Tu-214Р in Syria will be able to compare your potential competitors in combat. “This is a unique opportunity. In this region, the Turks working Americans work. As a result, we can evaluate the effectiveness of their modern tools. Yet after all there is not much real opposition, how many possibilities are being explored electronic information warfare in the real theater of war. But you need to understand that the group is clearly one aircraft is not enough. Clearly we need a private group” – said the military expert.

According to the blog of the research organization “Center for analysis of strategies and technologies,” in Hamim arrived Tu-214Р with the registration number RF-64514, serial number 42305014, serial number 514. This is one of two built at the Kazan aviation plant Tu-214Р. His first flight he made 2014 and was transferred to the Russian space forces at the end of last year.

And “The Newspaper.ru reminded that this is not the first reconnaissance mission aboard RA-64514. According to Ukrainian sources, December 21, the same aircraft made a full flyby of the entire Eastern and southern border of Ukraine. Flight reconnaissance was recorded according to the signals of transponders, which implies that the plane was flying from Kazan to the point of contact between the borders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Next, the flight lasted approximately 30 km from the border of Ukraine over the Crimea, along the coast of Odessa, Mykolayiv and Kherson regions.

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