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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Pentagon is deliberately downplaying the efficiency of Russian air defense systems following the recent US-led attack on Syria in a bid to dissuade Turkey from buying Russia's S-400 air defense systems, The National Interest magazine reported Monday.

    Commenting on the results of the missile attack, both Pentagon Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie and Pentagon Chief spokesperson Dana W. White claimed that Syria’s response to the US-led airstrikes on the country was totally ineffective and did not hit any aircraft or incoming missiles.

    According to the magazine, however, the statements by the Pentagon officials seem to be implicitly aimed at Turkey within a wider US effort to prevent its NATO ally from buying the Russian S-400 Triumph air defense system.

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    If the Pentagon’s assertion that Russian air defenses are completely ineffective is right, then the US justification for its twelve-digit dollar investments into stealth aircraft technology simply evaporates, as the threat they were built to counter does not exist, the publication argues.

    According to The National Interest, the United States has spent more than $45 billion on the development of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit strategic bomber, $67 billion of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth-generation multi-purpose fighter, about $406 billion have been allocated for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the development of Northrop Grumman B-21 will cost at least $56 billion.

    At the same time, The National Interest is confident that at the forthcoming hearings of the House or Senate Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon commanders will return to stories about the threat of the S-300, S-400 and other Russian air defense systems to justify their programs and their budgets.

    READ MORE: Russian Military to Get Several New S-400 Air Defense System Regiments

    On April 14, the United States, France and the United Kingdom carried out a missile attack on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Syria's air defense systems, the S-125, S-200, Buk and Kvadrat, which were produced in the Soviet Union more than 30 years ago, intercepted 71 of 103 cruise missiles during the strike.


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