Pentagon Admits Russian Air Defenses "Changing U.S. Calculus" Abroad

Zero Hedge | 1/22/2019 | Staff
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As the West has for the past two years distracted itself and obsessed over claimed Russian election meddling and those sinister online "disinformation campaigns," the Kremlin has been busy establishing air superiority in places US aircraft could at one time operate with impunity.

According to a new lengthy report in the Wall Street Journal Russia's S-400 antiaircraft missile system, which much of the western public has recently begun to hear about in the context of Syria, is now "changing the calculus of the U.S. and its allies in potential hot spots" as Russia is erecting a "new Iron Curtain" in the form of a series of effective and far reaching anti-air defenses stretching from the Arctic to the Middle East.

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For starters, the S-400 system's stealth-detecting radar system is able to cast a broad net around the Eastern Mediterranean from its Russian base positioning in Syria, and is further linked up to "a ring of air defenses" that stretches "North from Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe and rounding the Arctic Circle to the east," according to the report.

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Though not yet tested in battle, the Pentagon itself has admitted the necessity of changing flight routes and where it can operate in terms of deploying aircraft, which is the most significant revelation in the WSJ report:

The Pentagon acknowledged that S-400 batteries in Syria have forced adjustments to coalition air operations, but it contended the U.S. in general still maintains freedom of movement in the air. “We can continue to operate where we need to...
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