That would make it possible for Trump to appear tough while not inflicting the kind of damage which would truly wreck his plans to collaborate with Russia.
I do believe in this explanation and I will explain why in the political analysis below.
Tomahawk were specifically built to be able to fly tangential courses around some radar types and they also have a very low RCS (radar visibility), especially in the frontal sector.
Some of these missiles were probably flying low enough not to be seen by Russian radars, unless the Russians had an AWACS in the air (I don’t know if they did).
The Russians say that only 23 cruise missiles hit the airfield. Here I think that it is indisputable that the Americans are lying and the Russians are saying the truth: the main runway is intact (the Russian reporters provided footage proving this) and only one taxiway was hit.
Furthermore, the Syrian Air Force resumed its operations within 24 hours.
There is no footage showing any munitions or containers which would have delivered the toxic gas.I will try to do this today with the hope to be able to shed some light on a rather bizarre attack which will nevertheless have profound consequences.But first, let’s begin by looking at what actually happened.There are two reasons why the Russians would have decided to use their EW systems and not their missiles: first, it provides them “plausible deninability” (at least for the general public, there is no doubt that US signal intelligence units did detect the Russian electronic interference (unless it happened at very low power and very high frequency and far away inland), and because by using EW systems it allowed them to keep their air defense missiles for the protection of their own forces. Take a look at this image, taken from a Russian website, which appears to have been made by the company Kret which produces some of the key Russian electronic warfare systems.
Do you notice that on the left hand side, right under the AWACs aircraft you can clearly see a Tomahawk type missile turning around and eventually exploding at sea? All that we are told is that the missile is given a “false target” but for our purposes this really does not matter.
While the Tomahawk cruise missile was developed in the 1980s, there is no reason to believe that the missiles used had exceeded their shelf live and there is even evidence that they were built in 2014. There is absolutely no basis to suspect that over half of the missiles fired simply spontaneously malfunctioned.