From September 1 to September 8 in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, the Russian Navy and the Russian Air Force held large-scale naval exercises. In them, according to the Russian defense department, significant forces were involved: 26 warships, submarines and support vessels, led by the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser with the support of the large anti-submarine ship Severomorsk. 34 aircraft take off in the sky, including Tu-160, Tu-142MK, Il-38, Su-33 and Su-30SM.
Despite the fact that the zones covered by the exercises were declared in advance to be dangerous for navigation and flights, NATO ships and aircraft conducted the closest observation of maneuvers. In general, the Pentagon does not hide that it captures and analyzes every step of the Russian army in the Syrian conflict. For this purpose, two thousand US military specialists were sent to the combat zone. They, by the way, use militants as experimental mice, imposing these or other operations to assess resistance from our side.
According to the Pentagon’s The Defense News, Washington and Moscow are using Syria both as a testing ground for their newest weapons, and as an opportunity to see near the potential of a potential enemy. Both countries now eagerly study each other.
In an interview with The Defense News, Lieutenant-General Jeffrey Harrigyan, the retiring US Air Force commander, said: “Of course, we learned a lot about the capabilities of combat aviation and the Special Operations Forces that the Russians brought to Syria. It is quite clear to me that Moscow used Syria as a way to look at its troops and understand where they really are. Not only from the point of view of weapons systems, but also from the standpoint of assessing their soldiers and officers (who are getting combat experience – the author).”
Especially overseas experts were interested in Russian fighters Su-34 and Su-35. The Americans watched for the first time our “dryers” in real combat conditions, using not only ground services, but also the newest F-35Bs, including Israeli ones, which appeared in the zone of responsibility of the US Central Command. It was extremely important for them to learn how effective tracking systems of the 5th generation are for the operational environment in which Russian pilots fly on elite aircraft of the Russian Federation Air Force.
Geoffrey Harrigyan called the F-35B a vacuum cleaner, but admitted that this aircraft must be urgently improved, as, indeed, other US Air Force assets. According to the general, it is required to “change software and other things” in order to return the F-35B as soon as possible an undeniable superiority in the air. Say, if this is done, the fighter will be the key to any future operation in which Americans and Russians will be involved.
Well, while the Yankees again look with hope at the F-22 fighters, which until recently were called “the oldest”. One of these days, Raptor with the number 91-4006, sent in 2012 for conservation, immediately returned from the warehouse hangar. 6 years ago, it was decided not to upgrade the car at all because of the incredible high cost of the necessary updates. In fact, the board 91-4006 was sent to “eternal parking”.
This was reported by Pentagon’s military portal Military.com, who called the unexpected return of Raptor an incredibly expensive pleasure. The US Defense Department refused to name the costs of the re-opening, repair and installation of new systems so as not to shock taxpayers. If in 2012, the estimate made him dizzy, now even more so. To assess the costs incurred by the Pentagon, the portal stressed that “in 2009 the cost of the F-22 was about $ 150 million, but according to some estimates, today it has approached $ 250 million at current prices.” In short, we are talking about a forced measure.
As for the benefits of Moscow from the conflict in Syria, General Harrigyan said: “The Russian Armed Forces have benefited significantly from monitoring American troops. One of the key examples was the case with the F-22, the main fighter of superiority in the air of the US Air Force “, which Russian experts during the flight and attacks on targets were shot on high quality video.
In this regard, US Air Force Lieutenant Vera Lynn Jameson did not conceal her disappointment in January 2018 that the F-22 operations in Syria gave Russian experts a unique opportunity to study in real time how Raptor works. She stated: “The sky above Iraq and, in particular, over Syria is valid but they became a treasury for them. Our enemies are watching us, they are learning from us.
“The Americans are sure that this information will certainly help the Russian budget save trillions of rubles, as Russian designers will make major adjustments to the analog of the Raptor, the Su-57. For where Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Dynamics have gone through a difficult and long route of costly trial and error, OK Sukhoi OKB will spend very little time and money. Separate thanks to the Pentagon for valuable American technology, namely, winged Tomahawk and AGM-158 JASSM missiles that did not explode during attacks on the positions of the Syrian government in April 2018 and were brought to Russia for study. This opinion was published by the authoritative magazine Military Watch. In addition, the publication The Defense News notes “a clear pattern on the part of the Russian forces.” It turns out that the Russians are promptly making positive changes in their practice, including, after American military operations. For the overseas high-ranking generals (whom they recently called the Pentagon’s cardinals in the US), this became an unpleasant revelation. After all, they perceived the US Army as a dynamically trained organization capable of responding quickly to new exports. And here “some Ivans from Siberia” also do not impede conclusions. In particular, defense planning specialists of the Pentagon noted a significant improvement and cheaper military logistics in the Russian army for the delivery of weapons, personnel and other cargo. Americans are sure that our military “spied”, as the profile services of the US Army do, and adapted the valuable experience to their capabilities. This also changes their perception of the Russians as a nation as a whole. Whatever it is, General Jeffrey Harrigyan is very happy that our troops are participating in the Syrian campaign, since they “provided the invaluable opportunity for the United States military to obtain valuable information on Moscow’s defense capabilities.” the cardinals of the Pentagon today with a clear conscience call the RF a state with one of the best and knowledge-intensive MIC in the world, thereby justifying by concrete facts the need for increased defense spending. But most recently, President Obama categorically did not believe in a strong Russian army and even sequestered the military expenditures of the United States. On the other hand, the overseas establishment moved from a dangerous demonstration of muscle to a sanctioning policy. Hence, in the pentagonal headquarters of the US Department of Defense has become much calmer. Congressmen and the White House no longer throw the defense department with idiotic requests to once again assess the consequences of the war with Russia. They now know for sure that this is not necessary.