Brains Over Brawn: Russian Armed Forces More Powerful Than NATO

Counter measures for air combat

… from  Sputnik,  Moscow

Russia in investing heavily in air defense, it most critical need.

Russia is investing heavily in air defense, its most critical need.

[ Editor’s Note: While we have to give the Russians credit where it is due, this piece below is a bit overdone. It is true that Moscow’s work in Syria came as a big surprise to almost everyone.

With Russia’s ten percent of US military spending, plus oil prices having been down, along with Ukraine sanctions and the endless ranting of Russian isolation, the impression was that the Russian military was in a sad state.

But Moscow’s education from the huge problems brought to the surface during the short Georgian war had kicked off a rebuilding effort some years ago. And that was not just to throw new hardware into inventory as fast as it could be made. We see that years of R&D went into getting the biggest bang for the military buck (or ruble) as possible.

A separate modernization was going on to refurbished old weapons to get more use from them other than target practice for superior NATO weapons. Even the cutting edge new stuff beginning to come out has modular construction, so upgrading does not require ground up redesigns, something the US arms industry loves to do to generate big cost overruns.

But the article misses by a mile what the US has that has not been put on display. Things like major electronic warfare improvements are kept quiet, so as not to give adversaries a head start in studying how to defeat them. And then there are the black projects, the ace in the hole items that are not even in the public record.

The technically plagued F-35

The technically-plagued F-35

And last, while Russia may have some weapons that can out fight its NATO contemporaries, bigger numbers do count in a drawn out conflict, as modern weapons cannot be rushed to the battlefield simply by adding an extra shift.

Five years from now will be a totally different situation for Russia, because the numbers of their new weapons will be deployed not only on the home ground but Eurasia as a whole.

The numbers will still be way below those of the West, but will have the defensive leverage of fighting for the home turf with interior lines of supply.

It will be an affordable defense, one without a Federal Reserve that can create money out of thin air to loan out. After the next financial collapse in the West, we will see some changes in military spending there. The US may still be struggling with the F-35 and hauling new Littoral class destroyers back to port for engine breakdownsJim W. Dean ]



– First published  …  January 08, 2016

Technical expertise and engineering ingenuity have turned Russia’s military into a force to be reckoned with. Russia’s advanced electronic systems and technical expertise have shifted the global balance of power in Moscow’s favor, according to Austrian media sources.

The Russian armed forces’ ability to conduct multiple military operations and to carry out precision airstrikes has baffled the Western powers. The clever implementation of modern hardware and the formidable skill of its technical experts allow Russia to remotely engage enemy forces in a variety of ways, be it an airstrike carried out by Su-24 attack aircraft which entered service back in 1974 or a salvo of state-of-the-art cruise missiles launched from thousands of miles away.

But just as Russia continues to develop new and formidable weapons, like the PAK FA (T-50) fifth-generation stealth fighter, Russian scientists have also developed technologies which allow supposedly outdated military hardware to perform on par with its top-of-the-line modern analogues.

For example, military aircraft outfitted with SVP-24 system can deploy unguided bombs with practically the same precision as guided munitions. SVP-24 uses the GLONASS navigation system (though it can also receive additional data from reconnaissance planes and early warning stations) to constantly compare the positions of the aircraft and the intended target.

The system then computes an “envelope” (speed, altitude and course) for the aircraft, inside which the unguided bombs are automatically released exactly at the precise moment when their flight will bring them right over the target (with a 3-5m accuracy).

SVP-24 also measures all of the relevant environmental parameters, and can be employed during high altitude bombing, putting the aircraft out of MANPADs’ reach.

“Ever since Putin became president for the second time, Russia has actively invested in developing its armed forces, making them highly sophisticated, mobile and effective, not to mention numerous,” NATO General Hans-Lothar Domrose told Contra Magazine.

The general suggested that in order to restore the balance of power, Russia and NATO should engage in disarmament talks.


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6 Responses to "Brains Over Brawn: Russian Armed Forces More Powerful Than NATO"

  1. Ramirez  January 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    They will have to thrash out a deal, however ugly it is.

  2. volker-dee  January 10, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Mister Dean, Sir, there is a major step missing in the reasoning of the first part here. Naturally we only see what they show – but a strike out of the blue from NATIO against the Russian Forces would end in a desaster for NATO because of the new Russian scramble devices. If necessary, the Russian Navy and Airforce would only take a few days to completely wipe out every single ship of every size (except maybe the small inflatables because of the numbers) of the glorious NATO. The only serious fighting power would be left over below the ocean. We all should be concious of the fact, that Russia can do that and does not do it. Although Putin declared the US (NOT America) as a threat to Russia.
    And we have to agree. And not only is the US a threat to Russia but also a threat to all NATO members. Byden confessed they had to blackmail the European Nations to join the crazy sanctionism against Russia. And Since Nulands “FUCK THE EU” we all know what the American administration thinks of Europe and what they have in mind with the fate of Europe or with the fate of all Americans. We all know who is suffering in wars. That is the point why I never will understand why people nowadays join any type of armed forces. There is no honour to kill for the top 0,01%. Whoever believes he/she would be fighting for their own people or to defend home, is nothing but a dreamer and a victim of brainwashing.

    • Ramirez  January 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Top0.001% at best is more accurate ! They will cut everyone loose.

    • Ramirez  January 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      You would have to offer safe of passage to a DUMB to loads of people, intelligence, regular population(Segment of anyway, Ben fair will be the narrative), I reckon about 500,000. Including pets.

      I am sure there are journalists hammering out a fair deal..

  3. JohninMK  January 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    There is a big difference between what appear to be the US and Russia’s strategic objectives, the former being offense and the latter defence. As a consequence the costs and technologies required are quite different. Russia does not need hundreds of airborne tankers and transport aircraft, let alone 10 carriers. Just hundreds of high quality SAM systems backed up by a few good fighters and CAS support. Just as we are seeing in Syria.

    As Jim Dean says, that Russian gilded the lily, but within their objectives they have done a stunning job over the past 10-15 years. They have been very quietly transforming Russian defensive systems whilst carefully avoiding tipping off the US, forestalling a possible pre-emptive attack. The Neo Cons were probably 5 years too late in their Ukraine move. It is too late now, a multi polar world is near, and the US is broke. Not a good position to negotiate from.

  4. cynthiamaccioli  January 9, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I consider that Mr Dean is correct that the US could be stronger militarily than Russia. On paper maybe. Given the systemic gov’t and Pentagon hubris and corruption for 2 for-profit-only agencies, I fail to see how a 240 year old corrupt to the rafters country, militarily or otherwise, can compete with and surpass countries with 1000’s of year old cultures. The USA continues to hurt countries and cause the most horrific death and destruction, but they can’t destroy 1000 yr old ideals. If the generals and Marines cannot win a war in Afghanistan where the Afghan fighter is formidable, I shudder to think what will rain down upon us if they try to subjugate Russia, Iran or China. I forecast that these 3 countries will dominate and work in harmony for the 2/3’s of the world they occupy and the US will have to get with the program or self destruct. I pray it’s the former.

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