In a dimly lit conference room at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Russian defense executives showed images of U.S. aircraft and the high-tech missiles they said could shoot them down.
A balding, middle-aged man in a dark suit showed briefing slides that described sophisticated surface-to-air missile batteries with impressive specifications. One slide listed potential targets, including the ultra-stealthy U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor.
Speaking in English with a thick Russian accent, the presenter ticked off other things the system could destroy: ballistic missiles, early warning aircraft, tactical fighters, and bombers.
“Including stealthy ones,” he said with emphasis, one of the only points of inflection in his rather monotone presentation.
It’s the latest move in a decades-old chess game between ever-stealthier U.S. aircraft and increasingly lethal anti-aircraft defenses developed by companies like Russia’s Almaz-Antey. But the Pentagon believes it has a potent new weapon against networked surface-to-air missile systems: cyber weapons to counter or spoof them