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US and Russia evade aircraft collisions for strategic intent

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-26-2015 15:36 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

The Russian air force has carried air strikes against Islamic State extremist forces in Syria for nearly a month. The air combat situation in the Middle East is growing more complex, since the United States and Russia have not reached a consensus on intelligence-sharing.

US and Russia evade aircraft collisions

US and Russia evade aircraft collisions

Both sides have expressed concerns over the risk of US and Russian military aircraft colliding or fighting against each other. They are exploring how to evade such incidents.

For the moment, this is the only coordinated military action against Islamic State extremist forces between both countries. But let's try to understand their motivations to avoid skirmishes against each other.

Coordination can evade direct military collisions. The US and Russia are conducting air strikes in Syria. However, this combat is not conducted under the United Nations framework, but American and Russian individual and separate directives.

Both countries have major global influence, and would not subordinate their military commands to another country. Accordingly, American and Russian actions stand in accord with their national strategic interests. Air strikes may cause a large number to crowd a small space, and hence different countries aircraft could plunge into a messy combat.

Since the US and Russia have deployed a majority of warplanes to the region, there's a sharp rise in the possibility of aircraft collisions. Accordingly, the Pentagon has put forward a coordinated action towards Russia. The Russian side has expressed understanding, which shows they do not want bilateral relations to worsen.

Coordination to reflect one country's drive to understand the other's strategic intentions. Selecting combat operations and styles are based on self-serving actions.

The motivation of the two sides agreeing to air strikes coordination means they want to grasp each other's action intentions to interpret mutual strategic purposes. Historically, the US had led the crackdown against Islamic State extremist forces. How to combat and when to fight depended on the US. Later on, Russian air strikes have upset the US's layout.

Consequently, whenever the US wants to conduct combat operations, they have to consider what military effect this action may lead to, what international impact this action may bring, and the influence of Russian air strikes as well.

Likewise, Russia also wants to know how US air strikes and other problems are carried out. As the two sides have not reached a consensus on intelligence sharing and military operations, It is difficult to show their strategic considerations.

The US and Russia are discussing how to build an evasive military collision mechanism for a more conducive air strikes style to achieve their strategic interests, which could be brought about by air strikes.

US still seeks to dominate the Middle East.

After Russia's air strikes against Islamic State extremist forces, the US had proposed towards Russia to build a coordination mechanism to evade aircraft collisions or fratricides. Why did Washington propose it? The US supports its global hegemony strategic interests to prevent Russia from sweeping the US out of the Middle East. 

Washington intends to control air strikes to maintain its military strategic interests; to coordinate military action in the Ukrainian crisis that would put added pressure on Russia. The US aims to show off its more advanced weapons, to promote US weapons' exports and expand the US' share of the international arms market.


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