The North Korea’s air defense capabilities are overestimated, experts said
WASHINGTON, (BM) – Recently, the confrontation between the fifth-generation American F-35 fighter-bombers and Soviet / Russian-made anti-aircraft missile systems has become almost the main topic of specialist magazines and the media.
Israeli fighters have struck Damascus International Airport, directly ignoring the S-300 complexes, but state-run Russian media speak to the full superiority of Russian air defense systems because of latest and most dangerous anti-aircraft defense systems S-400.
US National Interest magazine is modeling one of the likely conflicts that could arise – an attack by the US Air Force against Pyongyang. After the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un, the conflict seems to have subsided, but it may erupt at any time.
According to the National Interest magazine, the DPRK has a powerful set of Soviet systems: the C-75, the C-125, the C-200 and the Square – the export version of the Cube air defense system. Previously, Pyongyang independently produced the C-75 and periodically updated it.
Since 2010, he has used his own KN-06 system. According to South Korean intelligence, this complex is analogous to the C-300 and has a combat radius of 150 km. According to experts, the capabilities of the DPRK’s air defense capabilities are overstated. Their systems are consistent with Soviet counterparts of the 1970s and 1980s and are dangerous even to fourth-generation fighters.
In addition, North Korea’s air defense systems are coordinated, they have a Soviet computerized anti-aircraft command and control system. Most of the radars are old, but several new radars have been received with the Iranian phased antenna system. Pyongyang’s main problem is that the United States can use mid-range air-to-ground missiles.
It will be difficult for Koreans to fight even the F-16, not to mention the F-35. However, if Americans want to land, things are hardly going smoothly. The DPRK has an enormous number of short-range anti-aircraft weapons that can take down any helicopter and transport aircraft.
Fighters and bombers will destroy the DPRK’s strategic sites, but the Koreans will hide their small complexes. This means that the US will not succeed easily, concludes National Interest.
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