Russian Officials – S-400 Advanced Missile Defenses In Syria Ordered To Stand Down

s-400 Russian missile defense


Many people have wondered why the Russians didn’t simply intercept the 59 cruise missiles that were headed to the Shayrat airfield in Homs, Syria. The Pantsir-S1, S-300, S-400, Buk-M2 and Tor systems are extremely capable defensive weapons systems which were designed to take out, among other targets, cruise missiles.

According to Russian state outlet Pravda, it was not a matter of the inability of the Russian system to measure up to the challenge of intercepting the American missiles as much as it was a recognition that shooting down American missiles would have been the act which engaged Russia in direct conflict with the United States. They claim that the decision was made to allow the missiles to strike their targets, having been given the opportunity to remove personnel and minimize casualties, and make a decision as to a response at a later time.

The Russian surface to air missile defenses, such as the S-400 in particular, were deployed following the Turkish shootdown of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M attack aircraft in November of 2015. Under the agreement with Syria their function and purpose is to protect Russian facilities and personnel, not those of their host nation. Similar systems which are operated on a more limited basis by Syrian forces also did not respond.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, of the Russian Defense Ministry, noted that only 23 of 59 US cruise missiles reached the Syrian airbase, while the Ministry made a point of noting that none of the 36 missiles which failed to strike their targets were engaged by either Russia or Syria.

Sergei Sudakov, of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, said, “If Syria had used Russian air defense systems in response to the US missile attack, it would have triggered a nuclear conflict. Yet, it was only the composure of the Russian Commander-in-Chief that made it possible to avoid a nuclear conflict,”.

“The most important question that all are asking today is why Russia did not use its air defenses in Syria to shoot down US missiles. Most people believe that Russia should have done that to prevent USA’s aggression in Syria. By and large, if Russia had started shooting those missiles down, we would have not woken up this morning. If Russia had responded to the USA, it would have launched a nuclear conflict – a clash of two nuclear powers on a third territory. Donald Trump has come to the state known as ‘hot war.'”

Military expert Vladislav Shurygin said, “Russian air defense systems are subordinated only to Russia. They protect Russian military facilities. Everything else is a PR that has nothing to do with reality. That said, we have Israel and Turkey bombing Syria every now and then, while Russia covers only its own military infrastructure in the country. I would not exclude that the Russian administration took a political decision not to intercept the US missiles, because it would have been a conflict between Russia and the USA on the level of air defense interception.”

According to the video, the S-400 is capable of locating targets nearly 600 kilometers away, with a firing range of up to 400 kilometers. It is capable of shooting down objects as small as a soccer ball, even if they are flying at supersonic speeds, including space-based weapons. We can all make our own decisions as to the veracity of the Pravda claims that the Russians made a wise decision not to shoot down the American cruise missiles.

Based upon its capabilities and the likelihood that they cost more than the structures it would be protecting, it’s reasonable to assume the Russians opted for the the smart move and let them find their targets.

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10 Comments on Russian Officials – S-400 Advanced Missile Defenses In Syria Ordered To Stand Down

  1. Former Almaz-Antey Scientist // April 10, 2017 at 6:12 am // Reply


    “There is no greater open question in the defense world than just how effective Russian anti-aircraft weapons really are against American technology. Russia generates money and international leverage by selling systems that it claims can thwart American weapons. But the United States’ [and Israel’s] jamming, cyberwarfare, smart missiles, and advanced decoys are designed to defeat these digitally-linked Russian systems. There would be no greater marketing disappointment than shooting at U.S. cruise missiles and missing, which would demonstrate the deterrent Russia is selling may not work as advertised.”

  2. I didn’t want to bother you with another comment, BUT… I spread your articles on Twitter, Facebook, copy the links and post them in comment sections on other websites. They are truthful – and intelligent (Perhaps THAT’S the problem & why you wish you had more readers). Perhaps, after warning us first, you post something really stupid and untrue, you will get 500.000 liberal responses of praise lol.

    • Rick Wells // April 10, 2017 at 2:37 am // Reply

      Thanks Marlene – facebook has us choked down on the feeds so we really appreciate every effort to get us out – they’re holding most of the cards and I’ve got no idea how to fight them anymore. thanks for the help.

  3. This whole thing is such a mess. Pundits I trust(ed) say we got sucked into this by the Neo-Cons. Other pundits I trust(ed) say it was a brilliant strategy by President Trump. It can’t be both.

  4. Kelleigh Nelson // April 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm // Reply

    An inside bud of mine who lived long time in the middle east informed me that Putin and Bibi both knew of the impending missiles. There’s a direct line to Putin and always has been since the Bay of Pigs, 24/7, and apparently both knew and Israel was ready to help if needed. I don’t want us involved in another pile of middle east dung, but I do believe my good friend who is in the know. There’s an article out today by another good friend, Amil Imani that is well worth the read,

  5. “According to the video” claims of the capability of the S 400’s, “we can all make our own decisions” as to the veracity of those claims.

    • Rick Wells // April 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm // Reply

      I referenced the video in the article, marlene but researched it in several articles as well, it is pretty much state of the art stuff from everything I saw.

      • Thank you. I was referring to the “video” mentioned in paragraph 8, thinking it referred to the US S-400 claims and, using some of your words, attempted to challenge the US capability claims, since only 23 of them hit the Syrian airbases. I trust and respect your articles, your fine journalism, and thank you for letting me subscribe.

        • Rick Wells // April 9, 2017 at 3:35 am // Reply

          sure marlene, just wanted to give you a little more info – i can only include so much in the articles, too long and nobody looks at them. lol

  6. TOP SECRET: Russia is saving all it’s fire power for the democrats.

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