posted on Nov, 27 2019 @ 12:04 AM
a reply to: luthier
The Russian jet over DC was there with American personnel on board as part of the Open Skies treaty. They were based at a US base and were flying all
over the country. You seem to be selectively reading what I'm saying. There are systems outside of DC that are designed to detect aircraft coming
towards the US from outside. If that Russian aircraft had been an aircraft with weapons, flying an attack profile, it would have been detected and
intercepted in the ADIZ before ever entering US airspace. It certainly wouldn't have gotten over DC with those weapons.
What DC doesn't have is an advanced radar system to protect the airspace over DC. It doesn't need one, because it relies on the outside systems
looking out, and the ATC radar monitoring the airspace over DC. That radar detected what appeared to be an aircraft not talking to ATC, alerted the
proper people, who then looked at the data and launched a Coast Guard helicopter to intercept it. If it had been a faster moving aircraft they would
have launched F-16s out of Andrews, or F-15s out of Langley.
Just because you think they should have the most advanced, and expensive, system because it's DC, doesn't mean that they need it. They have short
range systems that can be used to protect the airspace, as well as fighters that can be scrambled to intercept aircraft when needed. Other defenses
and systems doesn't mean no defenses or systems.
As for the defense systems vs carriers, yes, they're not the same, but the principle is. You use any system long enough, and something will break.
And it's not always as easy as plugging a replacement in. You can rotate a new system in, but eventually they'll break too, and if you aren't
careful, you end up with none of them left while they're all being worked on.