U.S. Air Force needs Army's help to best Russia's S-400

U.S. Air Force needs Army's help to best Russia's S-400

The U.S. Air Force needs the help of the Army to outsmart Russia's enhanced S-400 anti-air defense system, a top general said Thursday.

"Part of the emphasis with our multi-domain operations that we're doing with the Army is trying to find ways that we can defeat these systems together, so that we can get in there faster and be more effective sooner," Gen. Mike Holmes, commander Air Combat Command, told reporters during a breakfast in Washington, D.C., Military.com reported.

"Constantly evolving defensive systems, constantly evolving offensive systems, the big things that we see are increasing range and increasing sensitivity of the sensors that are deployed with the evolving surface-to-air defenses," Holmes said.

"Part of the main issue here is the increasing range of the new systems that are being deployed, and so it limits the range, particularly of your [fourth-generation] legacy aircraft, of how close they can get to targets until you're able to go counter these," he added.

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