“This is not reconnaissance in force, but it is reconnaissance before battle”
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on November 23, during negotiations with Chinese Minister of War Wei Fenghe, provided new data on strategic aviation flights United States at the borders of the Russian Federation. Yakov Kedmi, an Israeli political scientist and ex-head of the Nativ special service, spoke about the goals of the US Air Force.
According to Russian air defense systems, over the past month, US strategic aircraft made up to 30 flights near the borders of Russia. This is 2.5 times more than in the same month a year ago. In 2020, 22 flights were performed over the waters of the Okhotsk Air Force. This is seven times more than in 2019. Ten US strategic missile carriers practiced launching a missile strike against targets in Russia simultaneously in the western and eastern directions. Some American planes approached our borders at a distance of up to 20 kilometers.
Why is all this being done?
“ All these maneuvers have two main goals, from a purely military point of view, '' Yakov Kedmi said on the YouTube channel Soloviev Live. – The first & ndash; to work out the actions of their troops, everything from satellite reconnaissance to ground-based communication and surveillance systems. And the second & ndash; check, & nbsp; calculate & nbsp; and understand how the system works against this, and how the enemy reacts to it, in this case Russia. ''
According to the political scientist, “ this is not reconnaissance in force, but it is intelligence before the battle '', when all the air and missile defense systems of Russia are monitored. & nbsp; & nbsp;
Kedmi explained that when a US Air Force strategic bomber flies as close to Russia's borders as possible, simultaneously “all intelligence systems are on.” They record “ how the Russian missile defense system reacts, where it reacts, what turns on, what orders are coming, what commands, what is moving. ''
Based on the data obtained, conclusions are drawn as to how the air defense and missile defense systems will work … “Yes, they do it on purpose. First of all, from a purely practical point of view. To calculate, look and work out tactics, '' said Yakov Kedmi.
This is how the United States evaluates, for example, air defense and missile defense systems in Crimea and southern Russia.
Speaking about the flights of American bombers over Ukraine, Kedmi said that their main goal is & ndash; not a demonstration of support for this country. The United States is only interested in one thing: to what extent the airspace of Ukraine can be used for flights of its strategic aircraft up to the line of launching missiles at targets on Russian territory. “It’s a matter of possibilities, based on what weapons Russia has against these planes,” Kedmi said. – & hellip; They check: if we fly to Kharkov and turn around over it and go to a combat position to launch air missiles & ndash; earth '' with strategic weapons, how the Russian system reacts. And by their reaction to determine whether it is possible to take such a step or not. If yes, then – under what conditions, by what maneuver, in accordance with what. This is routine training. ” “As far as possible” this is being verified, '' the expert explained.
At the same time, the airspace of Ukraine is considered by the Americans exclusively & nbsp; as a theater of military operations between the United States and Russia. “ The entire Ukrainian army '' taken together & nbsp; does not interest anyone in such a war, Kedmi said. – … No one is interested in what the entire Ukrainian army will do. It is absolutely clear to the Americans that in the event of such a war, the Ukrainian army will cease to exist altogether. They don't give a damn about that. ''