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It is now 100% clear: the U.S. are providing MANPADS or other SAMs (surface-to-air-missiles) to the mercenaries of al-Nusra Front and associated terrorist gangs. This is also a way by which the U.S. are testing the Russian anti-missile defense system.
But it will not prevent them from suffering a heavy defeat on the Syrian battlefield, thanks also to the new Russian defense technology.
A Syrian Air Force MiG-21US went down near an airfield in Hama province on Saturday. Conflicting reports have emerged over whether the aircraft crashed due to a technical failure, or was downed by jihadist militants; Russian analysts are questioning whether the terrorists now possess anti-aircraft missiles, and whether Russian planes are safe.
From a technical perspective, the types of MANPADS or other SAMs (surface-to-air-missiles) Saudi Arabia would be likely to supply…are probably going to be of limited effectiveness against some of the modern Russian combat aircraft operating within Syria.
Even if the militants were equipped with the latest SAMs, US manufacturers have to offer, Russian planes and helicopters, in any case, have the countermeasures systems capable of neutralizing them.
Russian Mi-24 helicopters in Syria have been equipped with the latest airborne defense system, the President-S, which entered production last year, developed by the Samara-based Ekran Scientific Research Institute, the military observer noted.
Aircraft equipped with the President-S are INVULNERABLE to contemporary MANPADS; even if we are speaking about a helicopter hovering in the air in the immediate vicinity of the shooter, the missile targeting it will miss. The complex is capable of countering not only IR/UV-guided missiles, but radar-guided ones as well.