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American edition: In the event of a conflict with Russia, the US Air Force and NATO will not be able to provide air cover for ground forces

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NATO has created a whole network of air bases along the perimeter of the Russian borders. The American command believes that the aircraft of the United States and its allies deployed on them will allow them to gain complete air superiority, which is necessary, among other things, to support ground forces.


But such confidence is misplaced. NATO forces will not cope with low-flying threats emanating from Russian troops

- noted in the publication Defense News.

As indicated, in the event of a conflict with Russia, the US Air Force and NATO will not be able to provide air cover and support for ground forces, since the Russian Armed Forces will dominate the close air echelon - at heights between the ground forces and the fighter-bomber aviation. This is due to the progress made by Russia in integrating small tactical UAVs, low-flying missiles, EW systems and loitering munitions.

NATO ground forces cannot rely on combat operations under a protective air umbrella or on effective close air support.

- the author believes, believing that in this niche, Allied forces will face numerous Russian drones, radar-guided anti-aircraft artillery, short-range surface-to-air missiles and portable air defense systems such as Igla-S and Verba.

An example is the conflict in the Donbass, during which pro-Russian forces in 2014, using several small UAVs of different heights, detected targets and delivered pinpoint artillery strikes.

According to the author, aviation operating at high altitudes, including the F-35, is not able to provide effective air support.

A critical problem for NATO is an acute shortage of heavy artillery. While Russia's firepower is built 65% on artillery, the alliance is about 80% dependent on aviation.

- is indicated in the publication, citing the concentration of the US and European armies in the fight against insurgents and terrorists for three decades as the reason for this imbalance.

As the author writes, despite the billions of dollars allocated by the Pentagon to develop means to combat UAVs, the systems created by the defense industry still cannot detect 60% of drones during tests:

The Russians can win a quick victory with relatively low casualties, which means the containment strategy will fail.

As a way out of this situation, the author proposes to speed up the purchase of heavy artillery and ground-based air defense systems, deploy a large number of low-altitude UAVs and recognize the underestimation of the role of the near air echelon in modern conflicts.

The glory days of fighters and close air combat may not be over yet, but high-altitude aviation is no longer the most important fighting force.

- the conclusion is made in the American press.

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  1. paul3390
    paul3390 8 February 2022 14: 08
    +27
    I wonder - who told them that in which case their airfields and air bases, at least tactical aviation, will continue to function? what
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 8 February 2022 14: 14
      +5
      They played enough computer games, and they don’t consider the C 400 divisions. I don’t know how much the numbers correspond to reality, C 400 63 divisions C 00 of the latest modifications of 125 divisions, this is for the whole of Russia, and we have a large one. There is also military air defense.
      1. yuriy55
        yuriy55 8 February 2022 14: 53
        +9
        Quote: tralflot1832
        S-400 - 63 divisions, S-Z00 of the latest modifications ...

        Considering that the S-400 division can simultaneously "serve" up to 80 targets, then let them prepare their 5 "invisible" ...
        S-400 "Triumph" is a Russian long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, a new generation anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). ... As part of a complete set of S-400s, there can be up to 288 missiles (6 air defense systems × 12 launchers × 4 missiles (1 in 1 container, possibly up to 4, with a shorter range)).
        1. ROSS_51
          ROSS_51 8 February 2022 19: 10
          +2
          Quote: yuriy55
          Quote: tralflot1832
          S-400 - 63 divisions, S-Z00 of the latest modifications ...

          Considering that the S-400 division can simultaneously "serve" up to 80 targets, then let them prepare their 5 "invisible" ...
          S-400 "Triumph" is a Russian long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, a new generation anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). ... As part of a complete set of S-400s, there can be up to 288 missiles (6 air defense systems × 12 launchers × 4 missiles (1 in 1 container, possibly up to 4, with a shorter range)).

          Finding the F-35 does not mean destroying it. Will there be enough flare spots for the S-400 to confidently capture the target?
          1. yuriy55
            yuriy55 8 February 2022 19: 24
            +2
            Quote: ROSS_51
            Finding the F-35 does not mean destroying it.

            The manufacturers (developers) of the complex ACKNOWLEDGE that the S-400 confidently holds the F-35 and is able to shoot them down. Are you suggesting that I don't trust them? They didn't do anything to me. And the United States is so fiercely opposed to the spread of the S-400 ... Why? Then the S-500, S-550 will become a tombstone for their invisibles GENERALLY. I understand speed + low EPR ...
            ==========
            You do not post footcloths of messages. I can understand from a few words that you are addressing me. Important things can be highlighted in bold. There are also colors and a spoiler... Dialogue is a whole science, and 10 years ago I was taught this in X. Torrents. org.
            hi
            1. ROSS_51
              ROSS_51 8 February 2022 19: 29
              0
              I'm not suggesting anything. I asked a simple question. Thanks for the reply, it makes me happy.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 8 February 2022 14: 11
    +11
    As a way out of this situation, the author proposes to speed up the purchase of heavy artillery and ground-based air defense systems, deploy a large number of low-altitude UAVs and recognize the underestimation of the role of the near air echelon in modern conflicts.
    . Well, it does not look like an objective, professional analysis of the situation.
    Consider a "advertising booklet" for companies producing certain weapons systems, NOT MORE THAN.
    1. Paranoid50
      Paranoid50 8 February 2022 18: 28
      +2
      Quote: rocket757
      "advertising booklet" of companies producing some weapons systems

      Wow, gods of marketing. laughing Unless you take into account the moment that this is a mattress publication and a mattress analyst. yes As for advertising booklets, a classic example of this is when an advertising agent "forty-nine" enters the armaments branch and spreads photos of Chinese handicrafts (from riflemen to aircraft carriers) like a fan, saying that the Chinese are baking them like pies - fly in people, grab it!!! fellow wassat hi
      Quote: rocket757
      Well, it doesn’t look like an objective, professional

      Quite objectively, especially if we take into account, I repeat, the authorship of this material.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 8 February 2022 19: 25
        +1
        Objectively, this is how and from which side to look.
        The statement that their aircraft will not be able to fly low is okay, but then what happens that their aircraft will be able to fly high, how do you want to understand this ??? Like, our air defense only has MANPADS that cannot remove the "vulture" that has climbed above the ceiling, to which MANPADS are being finished off?
        Don't you think this is complete nonsense?
        This is not written by a specialist, but more like a lie, with specific goals, for a specific customer.
  3. poquello
    poquello 8 February 2022 14: 44
    +2
    "NATO has created a whole network of air bases along the perimeter of the Russian borders. The American command believes that the aircraft of the United States and its allies deployed on them will allow them to gain complete air superiority"
    I would like to know more about what they think it is)
    1. fif21
      fif21 9 February 2022 00: 12
      0
      Quote: poquello
      "NATO has created a whole network of air bases along the perimeter of the Russian borders.

      While they are climbing into Europe, the United States is defenseless from the Pacific Ocean! wassat
      1. poquello
        poquello 9 February 2022 14: 57
        -2
        Quote: fif21
        Quote: poquello
        "NATO has created a whole network of air bases along the perimeter of the Russian borders.

        While they are climbing into Europe, the United States is defenseless from the Pacific Ocean! wassat

        yes, they are defenseless in many places, but I’m talking about a specific alleged TVD, I’m just interested in the degree of readiness of their heaps of planes to fly to air defense zones ready to shoot them down
  4. pavlov viahislav
    pavlov viahislav 8 February 2022 14: 51
    +1
    I went to the original source (article Low - flaing threats challenge NATOs deterrence in the East). Oddly enough for the Americans, it is quite an objective article, approximately reflecting the balance of power in a possible theater of operations. Retelling it in an article on VO approximately reflects what is written there, adjusted for purely journalistic techniques that increase the clickability of the message.
  5. JonnyT
    JonnyT 8 February 2022 14: 52
    +6
    yes, bombing (as in Syria the Wagnerites) with impunity is no longer possible. And who said that for NATO there will be only low-flying threats? They will not be able to fly freely anywhere, neither below nor above
  6. lucul
    lucul 8 February 2022 14: 54
    -1
    A critical problem for NATO is an acute shortage of heavy artillery. While Russia's firepower is built 65% on artillery, the alliance is about 80% dependent on aviation.

    And they draw the right conclusions)))
    Possessing the most powerful air defense in the world, Russia will land NATO aircraft, and without aviation, NATO is completely toothless.
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 8 February 2022 19: 31
      0
      No, no, the author claims that only attack aircraft, which must fly low, within the range of MANPADS destruction, will not be able to fly ... and at the top they, like, will have all types of tops.
  7. APASUS
    APASUS 8 February 2022 14: 54
    +8
    We are constantly scolded for the tactics of battle. They say we are breaking through victory with tanks and human bodies. But the Americans have not changed their tactics either. The appearance of UAVs and other crap has not changed the style of war for the Americans. If there is no air support, not a single American will move .Any problems in the cover system immediately expose the weaknesses of the Americans
    1. Normann
      Normann 8 February 2022 15: 23
      +1
      Without aviation, the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
    2. Tavi
      Tavi 8 February 2022 15: 29
      +2
      Their main problem is that they themselves come up with something and then they themselves believe in it. and It's not only in weapons and tactics .. Coming to a meeting with the GDP, they are sure that they can bring us to our knees, but the dialogue does not go according to their scenario, and their brain starts to freeze and fail ...
  8. sen
    sen 8 February 2022 15: 09
    0
    NATO has created a whole network of air bases along the perimeter of the Russian borders. The American command believes that the aircraft of the United States and its allies deployed on them will allow them to gain complete air superiority, which is necessary, among other things, to support ground forces.

    Since the days of Syria, we have accumulated enough long-range cruise missiles to destroy NATO airfields. And if they start using the airfields of Ukraine, then their Iskanders will get it.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 8 February 2022 15: 23
      -5
      Few calibers were produced.
      The rate of production is 30 per month, maximum. But the MO buys them a little - they are very expensive.
      The emphasis in Russia is on cheaper and simpler Iskanders.
      1. Paranoid50
        Paranoid50 8 February 2022 18: 34
        +5
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Few calibers were produced.

        laughing laughing laughing
        Quote: voyaka uh
        The emphasis in Russia has been made

        wassat wassat wassat Here she is, over and over again he does make a day. fellow
        1. aszzz888
          aszzz888 9 February 2022 02: 10
          +2

          Paranoid50 (Alexander)
          Yesterday, 18: 34
          NEW

          +3
          Quote: voyaka uh
          Few calibers were produced.

          laughing laughing laughing
          Quote: voyaka uh
          The emphasis in Russia has been made

          wassat wassat wassat Oh my, time after time he still makes the day. fellow
          He has a stupid practice of matzah. And the dumber the post is thrown at him by the DB. laughingPS This time he acts as a receptionist)) laughing "Caliber". Lord, who it just wasn't! laughing
      2. aszzz888
        aszzz888 9 February 2022 02: 12
        +4

        voyaka uh (Alexey)
        Yesterday, 15: 23
        NEW

        -5
        Few calibers were produced ...
        Have you already bought David's acne for future use? tongue laughing or where? tongue
  9. Sergey Z.
    Sergey Z. 8 February 2022 16: 48
    +4
    Quote: voyaka uh
    But MO buys them a little

    Are purchases in your hands? Or do they write on the lampposts how much we bought? Did you even hear about them before being used in Syria?
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    2. aszzz888
      aszzz888 9 February 2022 02: 49
      0

      Sergey Z. (Sergey Z)
      Yesterday, 16: 48
      NEW
      +4
      Quote: voyaka uh
      But MO buys them a little

      Are purchases in your hands? Or do they write on the lampposts how much we bought? Did you even hear about them before being used in Syria?
      He is in charge of not only the "purchase of Caliber")) laughing he knows FSO)) laughing and where he has not been, and what he has not seen! He's here like haroy from a joke - "The chief Rachel is walking along the foyer. The toady Mordechai is following. Suddenly the lights were turned off.
      Rachel - dark as a negro in the fifth point!
      Mordechai - And everywhere you were Rachel ben, and you still saw it! laughing
  10. KudesNIK
    KudesNIK 8 February 2022 20: 56
    -1
    Wait, we can't see them! What "Needle-S"? What "Verba"? They also have an invisible plane, the whole concept of which is to imperceptibly from a long distance, while remaining invisible, deliver a crushing blow and return to base. And none of our radar, whether on the ground or in the air, will not be able to detect them! After all, this is the main idea that is put at the forefront of promoting their impeccable 5th generation aircraft! And the people "hawk" this, they buy their planes, and even push in line for them! How so?! Has the awl about the unconditional invincibility of the American prodigy Fli-35 nevertheless surfaced?
  11. Ramon Mercader
    Ramon Mercader 8 February 2022 21: 21
    0
    Even with an advantage in power, it still needs to be able to realize. And, as many have already said here, it will be very dangerous at the airfields in this case. And a breakthrough in defense in depth will inevitably be associated with very high losses. It will hurt.
  12. shinobi
    shinobi 9 February 2022 05: 40
    -1
    All their military plans are based on the concept that Russia will have nothing to answer with and / or it will not be able to resist. What this confidence is based on is completely incomprehensible. Analytics are mostly objective, but are not new. it will be a little after the first blow to their deployment. And they will be shot down in batches. It was also shown to the Vietnamese that the Yankee stratospheric missile systems have no chance against air defense systems. they won’t be in principle. And without them, NATO, no matter how much Stoltenberg puffed out his cheeks, the choir of church parishioners.