The S-300 anti-aircraft systems, supplied by Russia to Syria, will detect the American F-22, F-35, and F-16 fighters if they were used, writes the editor-in-chief of Natsionalnaya Oborona magazine, Igor Korotchenko.
The US Air Force is likely to use F-22 and F-16CJ fighters to suppress and destroy the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems in Syria, according to an article published by The Drive. In addition, the United States had already used the F-22s and F-16CJs during the initial phase of the military campaign in Syria when it was still unclear what response actions would be taken by the Syrian government on airspace violations.
In the wake of the deployment of the S-300s, Washington resumed its strategy, again authorizing the use of the F-22s in regions under Syrian government control.
According to Korotchenko, “[…] the S-300 and S-400 systems detect fighters, the emergence of F-22s or F-35s in Syria’s sky will be recorded. There are no ‘invisible” fighters’. It is an effective anti-aircraft defense system that ensures the safety of Syria and radar stations will monitor and detect the actions of any military aircraft, US military equipment will be detected.”
The deployment of the S-300s was decided after a Russian plane was mistakenly shot down by Syrian forces during an Israeli air strike, killing 15 Russian military personnel, according to the official story.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Israel had used the Russian aircraft Il-20 as a shield against Syria’s anti-aircraft defense systems. For its part, Israel denies any allegation, claiming that it had alerted Russia to the air mission. FRN has strong reason to believe that the French FREMM frigate was the culprit, under orders from Tel Aviv.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Syrian troops are already being trained to operate the S-300 systems and within three months will have completed training, emphasizing that this is a measure aimed at stabilizing the region and the protection of the Syrian and Russian military.