Russian S-400 can easily desacralize F-35 Lightning II fighters
(Source: Pravda; posted Sept. 20, 2019)
S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems in Turkey can "desacralize" (remove religious or sacred status or significance from) fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighters, a message from the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation said.
"The thrill and excitement of the Pentagon about the probable desacralization of F-35 fighters by Turkish S-400 air defense systems are not unfounded," the message from the department said. F-35 fighter jets are invisible only to US taxpayers and foreign buyers, Russian military officials added. (end of excerpt)
Click here for the full story, on the Pravdawebsite.
Russia Explains Failure of US-Made Patriot Systems in Saudi Arabia (excerpt)
(Source: Pravda; posted Sept. 19, 2019)
US-made air defense systems failed to repel the drone attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia because the American systems did not correspond to their stated specifications, a senior official at the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
As many as 88 launchers of MIM-104 Patriot systems, of which 36 are PAC-2 and 52 are PAC-3 modifications, currently protect the northern border of Saudi Arabia. In addition, there are three US Navy destroyers in the Persian Gulf off the coast of the kingdom. The destroyers are armed with Aegis missile defense systems with 100 SM-2 modification missiles.
"How could such a powerful air defense system miss dozens of drones and cruise missiles? There can be only one explanation to this: Patriot and Aegis air defense systems, which the Americans advertise, do not correspond to their stated specifications. They have low combat efficiency when it comes to counteraction to small-sized air targets and cruise missiles," the official said.
"US-made air defense systems are simply not ready to repel enemy's air attack in a real combat situation," the official added.
The attack on Saudi Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia took place in the morning of September 14. Riyadh and Washington accuse Tehran of the drone attack, because the latter supports Yemeni Houthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Aviation, 18 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and seven cruise missiles were used for the attack on Saudi Aramco facilities. (end of excerpt)
Click here for the full story, on the Pravda website.