Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Where's Russia's Air Force?

 Interesting article here at One America News.

My son's not a big fan of OAN, calling it "Fox Lite", but the articles seem well-written. BUT, as Eaton Rapids Joe points out, beware of "Garbage-In-Garbage-Out".

10 comments:

  1. Russian aircraft after the Mig-21 haven't had a great record of reliability and cost-effectiveness, at least in Russian hands.

    First thing most foreign purchasers of Russian aircraft do, if they're smart, is do depot-level stripdown and rebuild.

    Like the engines on the Mig-25 and others, only useful for 3-4 flights at high speed before they start melting.

    Then again, the old cold war joke was two Russian generals in Paris and one asks the other "Who won the air war."

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    1. No good ones since the Fish? I know the Russian engines are "problematic" and don't have the TBO numbers ours do.

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    2. The Fish is still the best rough-field fighter ever built. Some of the modernized versions that Israel have produced are near 4th Gen capable.

      A lot of the super flashy planes like the Mig-29 and later? Non-Russian built engines are the way to go. The radar is eh-okay, the rest of the stuff works, but...

      Just look at what India and China did. They bought the rights to manufacture and then turned right around and built everything much better.

      The Chechs have done super-great in updating the Hind, lightening and making it actually better and safer.

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    3. The only Russian aircraft I've seen up close is the Antonov AN-124 transport that flew into Long Beach carrying the satellites we launched for the Euros.

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  2. The fog of war multiplied many times over by propaganda from every direction. Is it possible the Russians and Putin are as shockingly incompetent, at the flag rank level, as Xiden and our generals?

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    1. I've read and heard that they have some "issues" with coordinating their air and ground forces. Everything still goes up one chain-of-command, and has to trickle down to the other. Plus it appears they're some logistics problems. Their fuel trains keep getting blasted by those Turkish drones!

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  3. We live in interesting times. I believe that Putin could be as non-compos Mentos as Brandon

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  4. With the USSR, it's always been top down control, from Moscow... nuff said.

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    1. Yup. Viktor Belenko's book spelled that out pretty clearly. Radios that ONLY transmit on Soviet frequencies was one of the things they did. Completely paranoid about the pilots having a say in things, and rigidly by-the-book.

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