US F-16 was ready to unleash its weapons against a Russian fighter

Provocations continue between Russian and American pilots in the sky over Syria. After Washington accused Moscow of dangerous maneuvers of Russian fighter jets over Syria in recent weeks, it was Moscow’s turn to blame Washington as well.

F-16 fired a 5th-gen missile with upgraded circuit guidance cards
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According to Rear Admiral Oleg Gurinov, deputy chief of the Center for Reconciliation of Hostile Parties, a US Air Force F-16 fired its guidance systems against a Russian fighter jet that was able to register the impact. “The impact of the guidance systems of F-16 fighters on a Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft conducting a planned flight along the southern border of the Syrian Arab Republic was recorded,” said Rear Admiral Gurinov. He also noted that there were 10 violations of Syrian airspace by four pairs of F-16 fighter jets and one pair of Rafal fighter jets.

According to him, the US-led international coalition violated deconfliction protocols 12 times a day. It is about drone flights not coordinated with the Russian Federation. Earlier, Gurinov reported that the UAV of the pro-American coalition illegally approached Russian military sites in Syria. At the time, he noted that the Russian side was not responsible for the safety of such facilities, as these flights were not discussed with the Russian Federation.

What is an F-16 guidance system?

When the F-16 engages its guidance system, it means the aircraft is using its onboard technology to aid in navigation and guidance. A guidance system can include various components, such as radar, GPS, and infrared sensors, that work together to provide the pilot with real-time information about the aircraft’s surroundings and potential threats.

The guidance system can also assist in weapon delivery, allowing the pilot to precisely target and attack enemy aircraft or ground targets. This is especially important in modern warfare, where precision strikes are often required to minimize collateral damage and civilian casualties.

Turning on the guidance system requires the pilot to enter specific parameters and settings, such as altitude, airspeed, and target location. The system then uses this information to calculate the optimal flight path and weapon release point, taking into account factors such as wind speed and direction.

Overall, the guidance system is a critical component of the F-16’s combat capabilities, allowing the aircraft to operate effectively in a wide range of scenarios and environments. By using advanced technology and advanced algorithms, the system helps ensure that the pilot can make informed decisions and execute missions with maximum efficiency and precision.

How is the impact of the F-16 guidance system detected?

Aircraft can detect the effects of the F-16’s guidance system through the use of electronic countermeasures [ECM]. ECM is a system that uses electronic signals to interfere with the guidance system of an enemy aircraft. The Russian aircraft could use its ECM to jam or confuse the F-16’s guidance system, making it difficult for the F-16 to accurately track and make contact with the Russian aircraft.

Sukhoi implemented an onboard network architecture in Su-35/Su-57
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In addition to ECM, Russian aircraft can also use passive sensors to detect the effects of the F-16’s guidance system. Passive sensors are designed to detect and analyze electronic signals emitted by other aircraft. By analyzing the signals emitted by the F-16’s guidance system, the Russian aircraft can determine its location, course, and other important information. This information can then be used to evade or counter F-16 attacks.

Another way Russian aircraft can detect the effects of the F-16’s guidance system is through visual surveillance. Pilots can look for signs of missile launches or other indications that the F-16 is preparing to engage. They can also look for the contrails left by the F-16’s missiles, which can reveal the location of the F-16 and its intended target.

Finally, Russian aircraft can use their own guidance systems to detect the effects of the F-16’s guidance system. By analyzing the signals emitted by the F-16’s guidance system, the Russian aircraft can determine the F-16’s location and direction. This information can then be used to engage the F-16 or avoid its attacks.

The civil war in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by the United States, have been fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for nearly a decade. Despite this, the regime remains intact, with Russia providing significant support. 

In 2017, the United States conducted a missile strike against the forces of Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of using chemical weapons on his own people. This claim is contested by both Syria and Russia. 

Under President Trump, the number of US troops in Syria was greatly reduced, with a small force remaining to protect the country’s oil fields. As the US pulled back, Turkey increased its involvement to address the Kurdish issue and the PKK movement in Syria. This led to the deployment of Turkish troops to establish a buffer zone between Syria and Turkey.


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