NATO’s Future Blitzkrieg against Russia: Land and naval war


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NATO’s Future Blitzkrieg against Russia: The Battle for Air Supremacy

Besides land troops and combat aircraft deployed in the Baltics, Poland, and other NATO countries in Europe, the Pentagon will most likely send an invasion force of dozens of naval groups composed of eight aircraft carriers, eight helicopter carriers, dozens of assault landing ships, cruisers bearing missiles, destroyers and attack submarines to the Baltic Sea. Two Italian aircraft carriers, one French, and one Spanish, along with marine protection groups may join American forces.

Russia can attack these groups with Kh-101 cruise missile and NK Kalibr, having a radius of action of 2500-4000 km and elements of "stealth" radar, but flying with subsonic speed (800 km/h), they can be shot down during the final approach. Instead, the coast-ship and ship-to-ship Russian P-800 Onyx is harder to neutralize, since it has a Mach 2.8 (3000 km/h) speed at sea level and an operating range of 300 km. Ship to ship rocket Basalt P-500, which has a speed of Mach 2.5 and a reach of 550 km, is also hard to hit. From 2017, Russia will be equipped with new 3M22 Zircon anti-aircraft carrier missiles, capable of flying hypersonic speed at low altitudes. 3M22 Zircon has a speed of 6.2 Mach near (6500 km / h) an operating range of 400-1000 km and can be launched from ships, submarines, and airplanes. For this vehicle, beginning in 2018, the US Navy has no antidote.

US land troops

According to American evaluations, Russian tank T-80 (with 550-3000 exemplars in the Russian army) is significantly lower than American tanks M1 A1 / 2 Abrams, German Leopard 2, AMX 56 French Leclerc, and British Challenger 2. T-72B3 tanks, passed through successive upgrades (about 1,300 in the Russian army) are much more performant as T-80 and lower than 56 AMX Leclerc and Challenger 2. Tanks T-90 (550 in the Russian army) are equal to 56 AMX Leclerc Challenger 2, but slightly lower than M1 A1 / 2 Abrams and Leopard 2. Russian infantry fighting vehicles (BMP-3 and BMP-2) are inferior to the US M2 Bradley. Armored transporter Russian BTR-80 / 82A is inferior to Patria AMV and substantially equal to Stryker (Piranha family).

New Russian T-14 tank, superior to all existing tanks, has entered pre-series production. In 2017, the Russian army is to receive the first 100 tanks T-14. Comparing German tanks Leopard 2, M1A2 Abrams American, French AMX 56 Leclerc, and British Challenger 2, the T-14 Army produces a ratio of 2.5 to 4/1 in favor of Russian tank.

Infantry fighting vehicles T-15 and Kurganets-25 are the most powerful in the world, registering the same ratio in their favor against Western armor. Series production of T-15 and Kurganets-25 should begin in 2017. The new Russian amphibious armored carrier VPK-7829 Boomerang surpasses all competitors existing in the same report; series production and delivery to the Russian army will begin in 2017. After 2018, Russia will have the world's most advanced armor, and this will radically change the ratio of forces in a future military confrontation.

In the first and second Gulf War, the Pentagon demonstrated that defense prepared long before, like the Iraqi one that had lots of armor, can be pierced and enveloped by troops with greater mobility and protection against antitank weapons such as armor from the latest generation. US M1A1 Abrams tanks groups cooperating with the cars composed of M2 Bradley infantry fighting, managed to advance in the fight 150-250 km/day in the desert, neutralizing the columns of enemy infantry, the artillery groups, anti-tanks alignments, and light armored vehicles. Breaches made by LAV-50 armored personnel carriers (Piranha) of the US Marines were introduced massively.

American armored success would not have been obtained without prior execution of large airborne operations performed while hunting the enemy’s armor, performed by aircrafts and attack helicopters. Unlike the Iraqi desert, western Russia is densely populated, and is suitable for the development a lot of resistance groups in rural areas, armed with the land-air portable (MANPADS), which makes vertical maneuver operations by airborne unlikely. The Russian army in western Russia may deploy over 500 9K331M Tor-M1 systems, 9K22 Tunguska, Pantsir-S1 with two cal.30 mm guns and eight rocket ramps guided by the infrared beams (distance 12 to 20 km).  Also, land troops in western Russia have thousands of other portable Strela and Igla surface-to-air systems. Against Strela and Igla surface-to-air portable systems, guided by heat emission, helicopters AH-64, AH-1, OH-58 Kiowa, UH-60A, CH-47 Chinook, and plane rotors mobile V-22 Osprey will use jamming equipment AN / ALQ-144/147/157.

Since 2015, AA defense subunits of the Russian army that provide protection from airborne divisions were equipped with portable missiles 9K333 Verba. In 2016, this system was to be introduced en masse to land forces. Jamming equipment on US helicopters cannot "fool" the Verba rocket with auto-guided sensors working simultaneously in three frequency bands in the visible and infrared spectrum. Verba works with complex systems Barnaul-T responsible for electronic intelligence, electronic jamming, and automated management of Russian airborne units. Barnaul-T neutralizes enemy aircraft radars and uses laser generating interference, preventing directing missiles and laser bombs launched from enemy aircrafts.