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FEBRUARY 2023

Why Is Russia Expanding Short-Range Air Defenses Around Moscow?

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Why Is Russia Expanding Short-Range Air Defenses Around Moscow?

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While Moscow is protected by one of the world’s best air defense networks capable of shooting down ICBMs, incoming MIRV warheads, satellites and other space-based weapons, this doesn’t make it immune to sabotage attacks involving drones and drone swarms.

Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

Air defense is one of the key modern military capabilities that provide adequate protection for ground units, helping them retain their combat capabilities. In recent decades, these systems have become increasingly networked and multilayered, giving the defenders a plethora of options to shoot down hostile jets, missiles, drones, etc. More recently, modern militaries have started relying on swarms of well-coordinated drones designed to saturate an area and overwhelm existing air defenses. Only a handful of countries have developed and battle-tested systems against such new offensive weapons.

For well over half a century, Russia has been at the forefront of the development of various SAM (surface-to-air missile) systems and other types of air defenses. What started out as an effort to nullify Western long-range bomber advantage in the aftermath of the Second World War soon turned into a key area of defense strategy without which it’s impossible to imagine modern warfare. By the 1970s, air defenses were no longer only focused on enemy fighter jets or bombers, but also on ballistic missiles and even space assets, both civilian and military (although this divide seems to be blurring by the day, especially when taking into account projects such as the SpaceX’s “Starlink”).

In recent days, the footage taken in Russia shows that short-range air defenses, particularly the now legendary “Pantsir” hybrid SAM-AAA (anti-aircraft artillery) system, are being deployed to protect crucial areas in the capital city of Moscow. Dozens of sources have published both video and photo evidence that a number of “Pantsir-S1” SAM-AAA systems have been placed on top of certain key buildings in Moscow, triggering speculation that Russia is expecting renewed attacks by the Kiev regime forces. It’s quite possible that this also includes defending from long-range Soviet-made drones such as the now infamous Tu-141 “Strizh” that flew nearly 600 km through NATO’s air defenses in Romania, Hungary and Croatia in early March last year.

The 1970s-era jet-powered drone was also used during December attacks against Russian airbases housing strategic bombers/missile carriers. Initial reports suggested that the Kiev regime forces launched the Tu-141, but more recent findings indicate that this isn’t necessarily true for all attacks deep within Russia, with some security experts warning about sabotage attacks (apparently, coordinated by the CIA), including with small drones operated by infiltration teams or even a single sleeper agent. Whichever of the two possibilities is true, the “Pantsir” SAM-AAA system has been proven against both types of attacks, shooting down thousands of drones, missiles, rockets and other weapons in the Middle East and more recently in Ukraine, including the infamous HIMARS.

All this might be the reason behind ramping up Russian air defenses in critically important areas, particularly in the capital city. In addition, the number of exercises involving advanced SAM systems just outside Moscow has also increased dramatically. Over the weekend, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed this in an official statement:

“In the Moscow oblast [region], a training session was held with the personnel of the anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Western Military District on repelling air attacks on important military, industrial and administrative facilities. The combat exercise was centered on the operation of a S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. As they marched, soldiers repelled an attack by a mock enemy sabotage group on a military convoy. Under the cover of a smoke screen, the air defense convoy was able to get out of the attack and continue fulfilling its tasks.”

Russia’s capital is protected by one of the most extensive air defense networks in the world and it also includes systems capable of shooting down ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles), incoming MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) warheads, satellites and other space-based assets used by its adversaries. However, this doesn’t make Moscow immune to sabotage attacks involving the aforementioned drones and drone swarms. Sleeper agents operating small drones (military or even commercial) might be able to jeopardize critically important targets, particularly in Moscow, which has an extremely high concentration of institutions of vital significance for Russia, be it the state itself, its military, industrial capacity, etc.

While the country’s capital still hasn’t seen such attacks, this possibility should never be excluded, especially now when the Kiev regime is desperate to gain at least some propaganda wins and get more weapons from the political West to have a chance against Russia’s upcoming offensive. This is particularly true as the Russian military is steadily advancing in the Donbass and more recently in the Zaporozhye oblast (region), in addition to weeks of breakthroughs around the city of Bakhmut/Artyomovsk in the DNR. The Neo-Nazi junta will hopelessly try to respond to any new large-scale operation by Russia and it appears that Moscow is simply preparing for this contingency, especially at the time when the US-led political West is expanding its comprehensive aggression against Russia.

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USA#1!

Because USA is coming to bomb moscow… heheheh…

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CentralAsianStudies

Sorry, USA to busy fire bombing its own cities as the police state fails at the seams. An American Civil War is brewing. Meanwhile Russia is kicking USA and company ass in Middle East and Ukraine. USA is number 1; number one supporter of terrorism, debt, homelessness, poverty, crime, and self destruction. But as they chant, USA USA USA!

Armin

Bravo! Well written.

Darius

yes it seems US aren’t winning anything at the moment. They are though still a big threat and can still damage much , incl themselves.

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Last edited 9 days ago by PatriciaCarrillo
Kev not Kiev

Go sell your vaxxines elsewhere!

Ghost of Moscow👻

But Russia also believed in the lie and forcefully vaccinated it’s population with the Sputnik!

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Ghost of Moscow👻

Yes and with everything wrong with the USA, the Americans are still managing to kill Russians on the Battlefield and destroy the Russian Federation back home Financially and in the Political arena! Russia has no chance of victory!

Cromwell

Good luck with that one way trip.

comon sense

The US has a mere 700 launchers and Russia having 235 cites if Russia can intercept 3 warheads per city and can shelter up to 40 million people.

how do USA win a nuclear exchange? it makes no sense

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CentralAsianStudies

They don’t plan on it. The idea is the Americans believe they only have to destroy the western military district and Moscow and the nearby major cities and then will roll over the remainder of Russia without any resistance. Europe would be a sacrificial pawn and those in power in the USA see themselves as untouchable and will reap the control and benefits of their imaginary outcome. Fictional work at best, and the Wet dreams of many elites truly.

Clubofinfo

It is quite likely that the rest of the world would sympathise with Russia after a nuclear exchange and Russia would survive in some form in Siberia, whereas the West’s ideology would be destroyed fully and the West’s surviving hangmen would be hanged, with approval from Third World countries and China.

jens holm

Your knd has no idea about some few bombs will spread so much all over the world. You have learned nothing and should.

I wonder why sibia would be Russia. Most of the people living there are muslims.

CentralAsianStudies

Wrong! Even if you haven’t been there your old know that the region is characterized by Orthodox and pagan systems. Even a quick google search would show that most of Siberia is Orthodox and assorted Christian, and non-believers. Very few Muslims in comparison. You’re very uneducated Jens. Go back to school

Ghost of Moscow👻

No the world will be Angry and destroy Russia if they ever drop a Nuclear Bomb anywhere!

Ghost of Moscow👻

Well it has been working so far, not even the Americans could have believed that the Russians could be so Incompetent, this War is going smoothly for the West and is a total disaster for Russia, if you don’t believe look at Putin’s Sad, Downcast face in every interview now, notice how he talks with his head down and In a Low Hush Voice

Even Putin knows he lost the War, too bad that message has not been passed down to the Pro-Putin guys in the comment section, even the Russians themselves know that they are doomed!

Adam Kafei

That assumes Russia is willing to abandon the treaty restricting the delpoyment of Anti-Balistic Missile systems to one each for America and Russia. On the one hand it is probably a good idea to build S-series systems unofficially capable of such feats and claim it as an incidental but even that risks the west A: Abusing the fact that Russia would in fact be in breach of an international treaty to further attack their repuation and B: Massively expanding it’s launch capabilities and probably number of missiles per launcher thus further jeopardising life on Earth which is exactly what the treaty aims to avoid either side doing.

Darius

Which treaty if Russia is under attack? The post makes no sense to me

Ahmed the Cocksucker

Fucking nigger. Swinging shit and watchimg if it sticks.

jens holm

You show Your level well. Next time You should not put the banana donation in Your behind as number one.

Nonetheless

Only Moscow matter. Other 234 russian cities with poor, old, inbred population doesn’t matter…

Darius

“Only Moscow matter. Other 234 russian cities with poor, old, inbred population doesn’t matter…” … the same bullshit which Napoleon , Hitler and others thought.

jens holm

You always talk about them and some swede.

Very much as You dont remeber they came from here and made destruction here first.

Hitler is a very good one. USSR sold anything Hitler needed to take western Europe, Poland and Balkan.

Until 1941 there was no war in USSR as well.

USSR west of DDR after that of course is ignored too. Instead of Hitler they got Stalin.

jens holm

None in the whole USA says so and dbate it as well.

Its construction for the Russian fear factor against its own population added some few morons around the world.

Armin

Putting these implants on the buildings……..so they are strong armored buildings, sure………………the Pantsir weigh tons. A common building would be broken through. It’s all part of the Art of War.

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CentralAsianStudies

The fact that the building can support the vehicle and munitions is actually impressive. That said, most government building in Moscow can survive heavy bombardment. Even a nuclear blast might not outright destroy some buildings. I saw a photo with several launchers on a single roof. Good construction work done there. Meanwhile buildings, bridges and roads in USA collapse randomly with minor environmental causes. Goes to show that money wasn’t well spent in some countries.

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jens holm

A very funny version. USA has a much more advanced infrastructure and by that also has more things, which grow old and has to be regained and repaired.

They also are many more inhabitants.

CentralAsianStudies

Yet most is in crumbles. So you’re not making sense. I visited the states recently. Roads are worse than anywhere else. Some roads in rural Africa are better quality. More inhabitants and more financial support for infrastructure means the US should be without issue. Yet the poverty and deterioration of US infrastructure is on part with 3rd world states. This is even supported by politicians and experts from the USA. But when you read too much fairy tale fiction you get a little disillusioned with reality. Go back to school and learn to observe and check the facts

Michel LeBlanc

There must be a shit ton of rebar in that roof slab. Id guess double mat 25m bars 1′ spacing.

Medved

Soviets had a long love affair with concrete. Even cottages and bus stops were often made of it. I remember concrete picture frames in memorial parks.

Cop

Why? Because dictator Putin ordered so from his bunker. That’s why.

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War

US and UK have been killing and genocides 6 million of innocent peoples in the Middle East lol.

Ahmed the Cocksucker

Not enough. Build a monument.

Medved

Zelensky outlaws Ukraine’s most popular church, but Putin is a dictator right?

Cop

Right. He is a dictator.

TomSawyer

Define “dictator” you punk. We all know who the dictators are and you’re the stupid snake who’s working for them. Pack up and go to Ukraine to settle this. If you keep spouting bs from your mom’s basement, you might bring Armageddon to your whole city.

jens holm

If Armageddon is a women having cleaning as a hobby, You can send her here. Dont forget the stamp.

Mats77

Could you specify your source?

jens holm

No wonder if Solomon now and then cut babies in two as well.

Nonetheless

Moscow authorities are scared, too many people started leaving the city. Many more will leave soon… This is smokescreen so those who decided to stay feel ‘safe’

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Cromwell

Why would they leave Moscow?

Darius

nonsense , neither are the people leaving nor are the authorities scared. Read the article: it’s about drones and kamikaze missions of the Ukras. The threat is serious and the defence is serious , that’s all. If there were no prevention , you would post : stupid unable Putin doesn’t care about his Capital. No matter what happens , you have always templates for your posts :)

War

Wet dream for yourself feel good lol.

War

Anyway US and UK have been killing and genocides 6 million of innocent peoples in the Middle East lol.

Ahmed the Cocksucker

Not enough. Build a monument.

Medved

You’re just repeating delusional Ukronazi misinformation.

Emanuela Lima Almeida

To think that Russia will not fight back any attack is utterly idiotic. Russia has submarines on both the east and west coasts within 100 miles. in 3 minutes they arrive in America. Everyone’s Foolish Thoughts. What she wants to avoid is stray sheep or even internal terror.

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Nose, Nose

I hope you are right. But also don’t overlook the puppetmasters’ nests in other countries.

jens holm

Thats a 100% Russian construction.

You of course has this and that. And the rest of the world of course are sitting ducks less clever then You too.

Bobo

Any attempt by nato to enter Russia would be very costly for them . A nato army say of more than 150.000 attempting to fight its way across the Russian border with forests and open land mass for hundreds of miles not to mention hundreds of towns and villages like napoleon and others nato losses would be on a scale that the Western public could not envisage.

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jens holm

None in the whole world will enter Rustica. What fore. You must be barking mad all teh way to west of DDR.

Nobodyinparticular

The fact they are felt to be needed could in fact be a very worrying sign for NATO, given the talk about supplying ATACMS and F16’s while ignoring red lines. What kind of escalation could happen in the event of strikes on Moscow?

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jens holm

You might be right. I see it as fear factor to unite Rustica in its late days of declining. .

CentralAsianStudies

Well the USA is in more a decline. The panic they have stirred up in the USA is horrifying. Civil War 2.0 on the way there. Meanwhile Russia will outlast the USA for years to come. The US is in a state of collapse. How long can it hold itself up before giving in? The West is losing on all fronts. Africa is kicking them out. The Middle East is Diversifying and removing itself from the west and South America is doing the same.

Isser Harel

The satanic freemasons behind this aggressive push for war in Ukraine deserve to be put on trial for starting aggressive war.

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Ahmed the Cocksucker

Stupid nigger. Have you ever seen an actual stone mason?

Emrisrex

Also from drones launched by partisans from within Russian territory

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Sephiroth

Pantsirs on defence ministry building looks fantastic. It’s a sign of power. We haven’t seen anything like this before. Nor will we ever see. It’s just too creative and inventive. The guy with this idea should a get a noble price.

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Mexican American 🇲🇽

Weren’t you the one that said Russia is making themselves look funny by doing this? Now you’re saying it looks fantastic.

Kev not Kiev

Weren’t you the one posting retardation as Mexican Beaner just a few hours ago, so you decided to change your name again thinking your stupidity won’t get deleted? Some nerve you have Mr. Mexican hypocrite, no one is allow to change their mind or their name except you…cause you’re so bloody “special”…ha ha ha ha ha, suck on some more beyond brains Beef burgers why don’t you, with a side of Greta toes climate cultist sauce….

Mexican American 🇲🇽

Why the hell would I call myself beaner? That’s some stupid troll, trolling me.

jens holm

Many relate mexicans to beans. Next time You should buy a smaller sombero.

jens holm

Im sure the last one is ironi.

Sephiroth

You didn’t get the joke above, did you?

Kev not Kiev

Is it a ploy to make NATO think Putin is still home with the lights on waiting for a massive NATO air campaign to start on the Russian capital? Maybe… Maybe not. Is it to protect the building from stray S300’s fired out of Kiev? Perhaps? They may also be there to prevent anymore soviet era drones from a successful strike on Moscow’s Russian civilians, a favorite NATO target. Anyway you look at it, it makes sense, no point asking why, during war the answers are usually pretty obvious… Cause NATO bombs civilians! Nuff said.

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jens holm

Compared to what the Russians do every day the Ukras do almost nothing.

Anglo Suckers

Times are tough at MI6 and the CIA these days. Their narratives appeal to monkeys and they dont do regime change like they used to. That’s what happens when you are satan’s little whores. It eats you up from the inside

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jens holm

And Ukriane? Corners of EU and associated?

jens holm

They are for uniting the Rusticans in fear.

Soon Adolf Hitler and his many sons will arrive to there hand in hand with Eisenhower all the way from Fulda.

Things like that can only work in Rustica.

But it would be nice the Ukras took some TV antennas in Moscow.

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Zefplok

This is against light -drones (Quadcopters & al) use by inland terrorists : a grenade on a roof is still better than a grenade on a open market or an open street. For missiles ; AA in a city center is not a good idea : you can’t risk the fall of several hundred kilos of warheads explosives in an urban area unless you don’t care about people living there … as the banderists do.

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