Russian Su -24 scores off against the American “USS Donald Cook”

Source: Russian Radio
April 21, 2014
Thanks to G, who says: I saw this story a few days ago and saved it. As it is now appearing on various other sites, it might be worth covering.

Russian Su -24  scores off against the American "USS  Donald Cook"

Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest jamming complex paralyzed in the Black Sea the most modern American combat management system “Aegis” installed on the destroyer “USS Donald Cook”. Pavel Zolotarev, Deputy Director, Institute of USA and Canada, shares details about this version which is being actively discussed in the Russian media and by bloggers.

US destroyer “Donald Cook” with cruise missiles “Tomahawk” entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea.

In response, Russia sent an unarmed bomber Su- 24 to fly around the U.S. destroyer. However, experts say that this plane was equipped with the latest Russian electronic warfare complex. According to this version, “Aegis” spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. And suddenly all the screens went blank. “Aegis” was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information. Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times.

Apparently, all efforts to revive the “Aegis” and provide target information for the defence failed. Russia’s reaction to military pressure from the United States was profoundly calm, feels the Russian political scientist Pavel Zolotarev:

The demonstration was original enough. A bomber without any weapons, but having onboard equipment for jamming enemy radar, worked against a destroyer equipped with “Aegis”, the most modern system of air and missile defence. But this system of mobile location, in this case the ship, has a significant drawback. That is, the target tracking capabilities. They work well when there is a number of these ships which can coordinate with each other somehow. In this case there was just one destroyer. And, apparently, the algorithm of the radar in the “Aegis” system on the destroyer did not load under the influence of jamming by the Su-24. It was therefore not only a nervous reaction to the fact of flying around by the Russin bomber which was common practice during the Cold War. The reaction of the Americans was due to the fact that most modern system, especially its informative or radar part, did not work adequately. Therefore, there was such a nervous reaction to the whole episode.

After the incident, the foreign media reported that “Donald Cook” was rushed into a port in Romania. There all the 27 members of the crew filed a letter of resignation. It seems that all 27 people have written that they are not going to risk their lives. This is indirectly confirmed by the Pentagon statement according to which the action demoralized the crew of the American ship.

What are the possible consequences of the incident provoked by the U.S. in the Black Sea? Pavel Zolotarev forecasts:

I think that Americans are somehow going to reflect on improving the system “Aegis”. This is a purely military aspect. In political terms, there is hardly any likelihood of demonstrative steps by either side. That is enough. Meanwhile, for Americans it is a very unpleasant moment. In general, the missile defence system which they deploy involves huge expenditures. They have to prove each time that it is necessary to allocate funds from the budget. At the same time, the ground component of the ABM was tested in ideal conditions and showed a low efficiency. This fact is concealed by the Pentagon. The most modern component, the sea-based system “Aegis” also showed its shortcomings in the present case.

The system with which the Russian Su-24 shocked the American destroyer “Donald Cook” has the code name “Khibiny”. This is the name of the mountain range on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle. “Khibiny” is the newest complex for radioelectronic jamming of the enemy. They will be installed on all the advanced Russian planes .

Recently the complex has undergone regular testing exercises on the ground in Buryatia. Apparently, the tests which were conducted under conditions as close to real as possible, were successful.
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16 Responses to Russian Su -24 scores off against the American “USS Donald Cook”

  1. Pingback: Russian Su -24 scores off against the American “USS Donald Cook” | Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  2. Ilex says:


  3. JR says:

    I hope all 27 “demoralized” crew members changed their pants before rushing in to file their letters of resignation.

  4. Ethyl says:

    Jean, this is hilarious! I didn’t see this anywhere else, just that a fighter plane buzzed the ship! THE CREW RESIGNED! And without a shot being fired, and no loss of life or even injury! So that was our best Aegis stuff aye? Doesn’t seem to measure up too well, does it! Foer the life of me I do not understand why we can’t leave Ukraine and Russia alone. Perhaps, instead of naval people, we can send our president, attorney general and congress to ride in the ships to get buzzed! They’re the ones that think everyone else has to risk their lives and the money of everyone in this country! I think the whole thing should be FINANCED totally by t hem, and let THEM go over and fight the war with Russia! LEAVE OUR PEOPLE ALONE!

    And the GREATEST OF KUDOS to the crewmen who resigned! That is some kind of message they sent! Bravo, boys!

  5. Hegelian says:

    Nice. maybe we should all just learn to live together. If we spent that defense money on this little satellite that is orbiting the sun and its inhabitants we may be able to enjoy the fruits of our labors and co-exist with the natural beauty. We need this little planet to survive. Without it the infinity of the universe will absorb us. I feel very fortunate to be placed here in this form for as long as I exist, however, once I lose this form I hope to be a conscious pure energy force on a intermingled plane. That way I could travel about the universe and mess with the souls of the Banksters and Gangsters for the rest of time.

  6. hamfibhamfib says:

    WELL WELL WELL, The U S finally got snukered by bad boy PUTIN! Evedently our CIA is greatly LACKING in taking care of business in the spying field! Less boozing and womanizing might correct the situation!

  7. Bill says:

    This has been going on for decades! This Su-27 is like our Navy’s F/A-18 Growler – its an electronic “sponge” and Jammer/spoofer. This really strikes a note with me, because in the early 50’s I was sitting on a cliff by the Turkish town of Trabzon with an electronic listening unit, and we’d send airplanes along the coast of the USSR – which is now the Ukraine – and when Ivan lights up all his radars and stuff we’d record them to be able to jam them in the event of a conflict. Now Putin has shown the Cook that the Aegis is vulnerable to their electronic counter measures and the Ruskies still have a couple missiles that none of the US defense systems can handle – not a good time to be in the Black Sea!

  8. machholz says:

    Reblogged this on Machholz's Blog and commented:
    Bravo to the Russians

  9. John Stevens says:

    But when did the USA ever care? LOL TY Jean Cheers & hugs

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