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Originally posted by junglejake
And that small column is going to defend the whole of the russian country and it's allies from the US, which can strike anywhere in the world in a matter of hours?
Originally posted by energy_wave
Thats been out for over three years. It's allready obsolet
Originally posted by SectorGaza
Originally posted by Dreamstone
It also sounds expensive, I doubt many countries would be able to afford it in numbers that would render it effective(besides US)
[Edited on 4-12-2003 by SectorGaza]
The success of stealth technology can be considered as such only up to the moment when it meets something more fresh than a 40 year old SAM. And even that antique SAM proved able to destroy F-117 in Yugoslavia. Modern SAM systems are DESIGNED TO detect and destroy low-RCS targets. Although there was no conflict yet where a modern SAM met a modern aircraft (Patriot vs USA/RAF doesn't count, the results of numerous tests allow to safely say that whatever your fighter is, you don't want to get in SAM's range.
The S-300/400 are DESIGNED TO counter low-altitude CMs, medium-range BMs, high flyers, low-RCS and everything there is today. These systems are highly mobile - 5 minutes from the stop to missile launch for S-300, or almost nothing for an integrated system like Tor-M1.