Friday, February 06, 2009

Once again, Russia shows that it's only a paper bear...


We learned last semester that the Russian navy is so decrepit that it has to send a tugboat along with every naval deployment. Now, we find that the majority of the Russian air force is so obsolete a full third of their fighters are unable to take off.

That's right. It's not that they would lose in aerial combat to any of our fighters. It's not that they might have trouble stopping our bombers. They literally cannot get off the ground. Others have such corrosion problems that they crashed. Algeria recently returned some new MiGs they bought because the parts in them were substandard.

The same situation apparently holds in their ground forces as well. Most of the best equipment in 1991 went to the new forces of the FSRs (where the best divisions were deployed), and Russia has not yet reequipped all of its grounds forces with new equipment. (They also lack basic defensive equipment, at least according to Wikipedia.)

Granted--Russia has a great big nuclear arsenal. (Though I'm starting to be less convinced of their ability to deliver it...) But it is increasingly looking like, in any conventional war, they would get pounded by just about anyone with a modern military.

So why are we still supposed to be so afraid of Putin?

6 comments:

Cthulhu Fhtagn said...

I hope the Motherland gave Algeria store credit for those fighters. And...there goes the question of untested modern military (well, I suppose we're talking larger scale here). As Wiki says, there is an obvious inverse relationship between corruption rate and military effectiveness. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

umm... okay allow me to correct you dumbass

Russia has some 2,130 fighter aircraft, 40 Mig-29 fighters were recently pulled from service due to corrosion, 40... thats it

im not sure where your getting this "a third" bullshit from but i can asure you 100% that its just that.
When has Russia sent tugboats on patrol with vessels? can you prove this? i think your full of shit there too! infact, i know you are, because i was there in 2008 and was able to see Russia's Northern fleet up close... and believe me, the Russian Navy is ANYTHING but "decrepide" buddy!

Russia's ground forces are equal to about 5 Europeam countries combined and equal 1 to 1 with the US.. and i am US airbourne, 82nd 1st of the 404... so i know what im talking about
trust me, while i dont know who would win, Russia vs. USA, i know that after it ended we would both be fucked beyond repair...

paper bear? lol i think you are just some kid who got angry because Russia is asserting itself again, and you cant stand to see that the US is no longer the only superpower in the world lol

Anonymous said...

Pardon my horrid spelling, it is 4am here and im fighting to stay awake...

my brain is starting to shut down at this late time, and is trying to spell shit the simplest way possible... but despite my bad grammer in my previous comment... you get my point

this post is crap to say the least... Russia's military is anything but "Decrepit"

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Anonymous said...

i am georgian and a i am not afraid of russian and anybody.i will defend my country at all costs.
and don't thin i am enough stupid to trust america or europe. both of them deceived my country long ago. they are just a word. it is pitty that they themself dig their own grave.

Anonymous said...

russia and amercia have power in the world till china sleeps.....