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Apparently the stated ambition is to build 2300 of the bloody things. Along with updating all the other armoured vehicles.

 

By 2020.

 

Which is clearly bollocks.

 

China, with a relatively healthy, if unbalanced, economy is updating its military much slower.

 

Not only can Russia not afford to update like this, while under sanctions, it doesn't make any sense. What would happen to all the other kit it will be replacing?

 

This is a pathetic attempt by Putin to pose as a first rank military technologically. I think at most we're going to see a few divisions armed with this newer kit.

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What is it that's so hard to understand? China spends almost twice as much as Russia does on defense while barely lifting a finger in terms of expenditures as a percentage of GDP. With one percent of the U.S. economy the Air Force could purchase a thousand F-22s whereas one percent of the Russian economy gets the PVO 150 of the cheaper PAK-FA, and that was according to estimates prior to 2014. Russian R&D is also not immune to Murphy's Law and cost overruns as the much maligned Bulava program that was to be the centerpiece of the Russian strategic forces goes to show (to say nothing of teething problems the program can undergo, as the T-14 and the T-15 stalling in the rehearsal can attest to).

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What's going to happen to the old kit is a rather lol question for sure. There's a huge amount of surplus soviet stuff around the ex su, that is what happens to the old stuff. Or they can ship it off to Syria or Donbass.

 

2000 armatas is a bit ridiculous for a short term aim though. Technically doable to produce a tank a day, but practically no hope. Taking the bulk of their active T72s to b3+ status or similar seems a bit more practical. They are also likely to get a reasonable amount of extra funding off of France for cancelling the Mistrals, as they get costs plus penalties when France formally refuses delivery. Which is probably a blessing overall for Russia, the Mistrals always seemed like a pointless prestige buy to me.

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The Mistrals are essentially ASW ships, as I understand things. Which makes sense when you look at the potential alternate buyers...

 

EDIT: Clarification: Littoral ASW ships.

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What's going to happen to the old kit is a rather lol question for sure. There's a huge amount of surplus soviet stuff around the ex su, that is what happens to the old stuff. Or they can ship it off to Syria or Donbass.

 

2000 armatas is a bit ridiculous for a short term aim though. Technically doable to produce a tank a day, but practically no hope. Taking the bulk of their active T72s to b3+ status or similar seems a bit more practical. They are also likely to get a reasonable amount of extra funding off of France for cancelling the Mistrals, as they get costs plus penalties when France formally refuses delivery. Which is probably a blessing overall for Russia, the Mistrals always seemed like a pointless prestige buy to me.

 

Sorry. Fair question.

 

My point was less that they couldn't offload the old kit. I'm certain there are any number of countries who'd be happy to get it.

 

Which was in fact my point. The old kit is perfectly fine for most situations, and where it isn't then mass would serve. So why introduce a completely new and expensive line of vehicles? because you want to seem stronger than you are, and scarier than you will be.

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Have to feed your arms industry, after all. Same sort of thing with the F35.

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Stuff does just get obsolete as well. It's not like the RAF is still using spitfires or the usaf is still using F4s, at some point you have to do a genuine replacement. Can't really tell whether it's a good deal or not from outside as we don't have a good idea of the different capabilities of t90s/t72s vs the armata, but they can't keep using t72 variants forever whatever the case.

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I just wonder what the heck they are planning to do with these tanks. It's not like they are in any way a threat to NATO - in a conflict with NATO people will just nuke each other and after that any tank battles is just going to be pointless.

 

Who are they considering when they buy these tanks? Ukraine? Belarus? Kazakstan? Georgia?

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Funny how the left one has the airborne beret and not a marine

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He's just cross training.

 

 

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Snazzy commercials from Northrop Grumman, hinting at their entry for the LRSB bid:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J41D0kfkZKY

 

Which is just as well, considering that if they don't win the contract, they will likely bow out of the (manned) combat aircraft business.

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Raided some of the boxes I never bothered to open up and unpack after we moved to our new house and found some of my old copies of the Salamander book series by Bill Gunston and illustrated by Mike Spick on late Cold War aircraft. A lot of it tends to be quite prophetic and relevant to this day, but one volume, Future Fighters (published in 1984) quite keenly demonstrates the 2001: A Space Odyssey effect: "The past's future always does seem at least a little silly in retrospect."

 

For instance, the entry on the Advanced Technology Bomber program that would eventually lead to the B-2A Spirit:

 

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I just nodded off slightly while reading this and imagined War 2030, and Putin begins implanting the brains of his current troll army into giant augmented voles. Firing teeth the size of fir trees in all directions.

 

I love my brain.

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watching these people is like looking into the past, circa Stone Age

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From the History Channel Youtube channel, but worth a watch. In terms of quality, almost erases the stain of all the years of pawn shops, Duck Dynasty, and Nazi "aliens":

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcVzfOmt4Tg

 

Supplemental piece from Gwynne Dyer:

 

 

 

 

"We all owe God a death. If we're killed in a nuclear war, what we lose as individuals is a few decades of life. But what the human race loses is the only thing that gives us meaning: The enterprise of civilisation.

 

We haven't arrived at our present dilemma by accident or mischance. We were bound to get here eventually because civilisation was bound to endow us eventually with the power to destroy ourselves.

 

We're not just responsible for our own fate. We're responsible for all the unborn generations down the thousands of years of the future who will only have a chance, who will only get born in most cases, if we get it right now.

 

There's nobody wiser than us who will take the responsibility and solve this problem for us; we have to do it ourselves."

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hv3DmWR.jpg

 

Danish Leo 2A5DK filling up at the pumps.

 

 

Well, self-propelled guns more like rather than tanks for this one, but you get the idea.

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Is that 12 Euro / liter!!

 

So, 3.7 liters per gallon = 44 Euro / gallon! Jeez, that's more than I pay to refill my entire 15 gallon gas tank (~$50).

Denmark does not have the Euro. 

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Is that 12 Euro / liter!!

 

So, 3.7 liters per gallon = 44 Euro / gallon! Jeez, that's more than I pay to refill my entire 15 gallon gas tank (~$50).

 

 

This is why we get amused over here when you yankees complain about 'gas' prices.

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https://medium.com/war-is-boring/test-pilot-admits-the-f-35-can-t-dogfight-cdb9d11a875

 

The author of this is a bit controversial, it seems, especially on his take on the F-35.

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