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Georgia’s relative success against the Russian air force, compared with its unalloyed failure against the Russian army, is shedding light on other recent air campaigns. In particular, why was the Israeli air force able to penetrate Syria’s Russian-made air defenses while Moscow was unable to finesse Georgia’s Russian-made weaponry?
U.S. analysts suggest that the simplicity of the Georgian air defenses, with far less dependence on networking, made it tougher to knock out or blind major parts of the system.
U.S. and European defense specialists say Georgians operated the low-to-high-altitude SA-11 Buk-1M and the low-to-medium-altitude SA-15 Tor-M1 air defense missile systems. There also are reports that Georgia used the Polish Grom, a shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile that can hit high-speed, incoming aircraft; the Grom is similar to the Russian-built SA-18 Igla.
Originally posted by FredT
The Simplicity of Gerorgias system and its lack of intergration made it hard to take down huge chunks of it. The possiblity of the Russian shooting down thier own aircraft was also raised.
Originally posted by intelgurl
Even though the article came out of "Aviation & Space Technology", it is important to understand that due to the potential opponent (Russia) you should not believe what you hear regarding system capabilities, etc.
Every one I talk to concerning the technological abilities in this conflict tell me there is massive misinformation coming from the west and little or no accurate information coming from Russia.
Originally posted by HatTrick
And where can we get good information without having to be able to read Russian?
Georgia Strikes Back With Air Defenses
If the land war in Georgia so far seems to be going decidedly in favor of the Russian army and navy, the Georgians seem to be racking up a lopsided score with their air defenses.
However, Georgian air defenses appear to be taking a steady toll on Russian aircraft. Russia has admitted to losing a total of four aircraft (the Georgians claim 10) in the conflict. So far they've admitted to the destruction of three Su-25 Frogfoot strike aircraft and a Tu-22M3 Backfire bomber that was flying a reconnaissance mission.
Photos from the combat area show the wreck of the Tu-22 and a Frogfoot as well as a picture of the Backfire pilot in a Georgian hospital. The pilot was Col. Igor Zinov, a 50 year-old Tu-22M3 instructor pilot stationed at the Russian Flight Test Center at Akhtubinsk.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
If Russia failed to suppress Georgia's air defense systems, largely made by Russian hardware then I have to ask how they might have faired against a much better equipped opponent with both IDAS and an air force. Perhaps we're seeing how conventional non low observable aircraft without a considerable EW/S.E.A.D./D.E.A.D. support package fare against modern SAMs.