C-400: a crushing blow to US hegemony
Recall that one of the most important outcomes of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud may be a contract for the supply of Triumph C-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM). Reports of this have appeared in both Russian and Arab media.
As we can see, Washington is making unprecedented efforts to thwart the Russian-Turkish deal (which has already taken a distinct shape), which clearly go beyond the usual opposition to Russian competitors in the arms market. The pressure on Ankara has reached such a level that the top leadership of Turkey has publicly expressed doubts about the friendliness of the United States and their loyalty to allied obligations.
It is clear that the Americans and their military-industrial complex are accustomed to consider, according to O. Henry, “personal insult every dollar in a foreign pocket.” But in this case the question is not only about the loss of potential profit.
An important aspect of global American domination is the guarantee of security, which Washington provides to its allies and vassals in exchange for loyalty and the fulfillment of all American requirements, including participation in military adventures directed against third countries.
Of particular importance is that the Americans promise to protect their satellites from threats of any level. Whoever they come from. After all, participation in US military programs against someone, including the deployment of American military bases on its territory, turns this country into a potential target for Washington’s opponents. But while there is confidence that the Americans will knock down all enemy missiles and planes and grind tank enemy wedges. Poland is even ready to pay the Americans to deploy a military base on its territory.
Of course, American diplomats and intelligence officers brilliantly mastered the art of helping foreign leaders to make "the right decisions", including with the help of commonplace bribes. But at the same time, the public in these countries must still believe that the American presence is a security, and not a threat.
Today, as you know, one of the most important components of defense is air defense systems. And accordingly, American anti-aircraft missile systems are expected to be able to intercept any enemy missiles.
Information about the newest Russian systems, voiced by Vladimir Putin in the message to the Federal Assembly, seriously shaken this confidence not only among American allies, but also in the States themselves.
The efforts of Western propaganda aimed at “neutralizing” the information effect from the announcement of new Russian developments caused a somewhat unexpected and undesirable effect for the United States.
In particular, in the ensuing discussion, they began to recall that the events of the Iraq war showed that the Patriot air defense system did not at all provide impenetrable protection even against such an outdated missile as Scud-B.
Materials appeared in the media that refute or question the bravura reports about the tremendous successes of the complex against the Iraqi "SCADs".
Thus, MIT professor Theodor Postol, a US-recognized anti-missile defense expert, analyzed data on the Iraq war, concluded that in reality, the percentage of intercepted Patriot missiles did not exceed 10 percent. Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports that the Postol study was confirmed by data obtained, inter alia, from the employees of the contractor responsible for the production of Patriot.
However, the American complex has even more recent failures. For example, several times the Patriot air defense system, which is in service with the army of Saudi Arabia, failed to intercept the extremely primitive ballistic missiles launched by Ye-Hussite rebels. In particular, at the end of 2017, one such rocket, the purpose of which was the international airport of the Saudi capital, King Khalid, exploded near the terminal, causing panic among passengers. Data obtained from satellites confirmed that the rocket was not intercepted.
The fact that the victims were avoided is not due to the success of the air defenses, but to the extreme imperfection of the rebel missiles and the error in the calculations of the rocket men.
Western media reported that all missiles successfully intercepted. However, the fact that after these attacks, Riyadh decided to buy C-400, despite the irritation of Washington, says that the Patriot is not able to cope even with rebel missiles.
Thus, the fact of the ineffectiveness of American air defense becomes obvious to everyone, and the myth of the ability of Americans to defend themselves and protect their allies from the missiles of those whom they have appointed as their enemies is destroyed.
Washington is making a titanic effort to maintain the illusion of its invulnerability, but its argument about the inadmissibility of the Allies acquiring Triumph, as it “violates interoperability with weapons systems of the USA and other countries, ”does not stand up to criticism.
And even if the United States succeeds in disrupting the deals mentioned, sooner or later the countries that Washington draws into its military adventures will realize that it is not in a position to protect them from the retaliatory steps of those against whom he forced to be friends.
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