The armed forces of Syria attacked an area of the rebel stronghold with missiles carrying toxic chemical elements. 100+ innocent people lost their lives including infants and women, the incident shock the world. Syrian armed forces tried to justify the attack by citing the presence of terrorist in the area.
The incident took over international media by a thunderstorm, everyone in the world was criticizing the incident. The world superpower United State of America decided to respond to this massacre. United State could respond but not with its full force because Russia was defending some of the Syrian areas. United State is very well aware of the capabilities of Russian air defence present in the Syrian areas.
The United States chose it’s long range subsonic cruise missile “Tomahawk”. Tomahawk has range of 1600 Kms, which means US destroyers can launch the missiles from very safe distance by staying out of the Russian’s area of operation. US can’t send its fighter jets against Russian highly sophisticated S-400 and S-300 air defence. Despite having the most sophisticated jammers in the world US did not dare to make contact with Russian defence. US know they can not fully jam the Russian air defence, they can just hamper their abilities to a limited extend.
US fired 59 tomahawks towards Shayrat Air Force Base of Syrian Air Force, the reports said only twenty missile was able to hit their targets. There are various reports regarding the destruction of missile by Russian air defence covering Syrian air defence were coming out. Nobody has confirmed the confrontation of Russian and American missiles yet, but it cannot be deny that S-400 and S-300 may have shot down rest of the missiles.
Syrian incident has showcased the capabilities of Russian air defence to its consumer in Southern and South Eastern Asia. India and China both have signed deal with Russia for S-400 air defence missile system. Syrian incident proved the efficiency of the system and apparently helped India to conclude the accuracy of their decision of buying the air defence system from Russia.