This article is about the geopolitical ambitions of Russia (which is a continuation of the geopolitical ambitions of the Soviet Union) and the place, role and necessity of such ships as the "Mistral" and why the "Mistral" for us better and more useful …
Perhaps only that the issue of "opinion" bolbotanie not appropriate (bordering on sabotage) to "buy Mistral" has become very fashionable. After all, it’s nice to say that no one around does not understand, but he alone understands and knows so much that can say for sure about the corruption of our government interests of Russia!
Yeah … That excuse to kick people who are doing something for the sake of lifting Russia, and against the background sound for themselves and in the eyes of the higher, better, bolder and smarter)))
Always and at all times, it was easy and convenient to say, "But you’re doing is not right, is not it?" But do these people do nothing "as necessary" (according to them) did. As the saying goes, "teachers divorced" (c)
Our economy, as well as the economy of the USSR, is focused not only on the domestic markets, but also on the external: Europe, America, Middle East, Far East, South America and, of course, the United States. And not only raw materials, this might sound funny. Purchases of raw materials is always less profitable than its prey. That’s why today’s Russia and the USSR mined and extracted various raw materials and natural resources around the world, both in Africa and in Latin America. The current Russian corporations have stretched its tentacles into many primary regions of the world. And the care of our state to provide them the opportunity to work there for their yield and income taxes to the state budget. The simplest example, hike our squadron to Venezuela. Yes there is, with Venezuela and to all those region, a turnover that even the "poor" Americans in the afternoon, and not just roll over at night and bite your elbows!
But, for us, because it is difficult to understand and appreciate. The main thing to say that all in vain! And the Soviet Union in Africa blacks helped build socialism, but did not fill the country’s foreign exchange reserves and extract rare minerals, which either have not been or were not enough, either we were not that clean! It’s the economy, in which "at any critic understands even a housewife."
Foreign economic interests of our state akin to the interests of modern France, with its neo-kollonialnoy policy.
In Africa, the Soviet Union then handed over their positions, then sought to great results. Let us remember the war in Angola. The one that was in Namibia. And because of that the prices of our diamonds are creeping up, and the "De Beers" I almost collapsed. Or the war in Ethiopia. When she broke out between the two socialist countries — Ethiopia and Somalia. Huge deposits margentsa — open-pit and purity of the breed. It was skazachno. I had to send in 1976-78 there has not Cubans with our advisors, and the Marines!
Marines perform such tasks to protect the economic and political interests of our state in Egypt, Syria, Angola, Guinea, Yemen, Ethiopia, Vietnam and many other countries. She then showed what can our fleet. Since the beginning of the 60s of the Navy Marine Corps participated in about 100 military campaigns. Not really, now someone might think that the Marine Corps Russia, has long been contracted for the most part, does not perform the tasks of protecting the political and economic interests of our country in Latin America, the Gulf of Mexico, Central Africa and the Middle East.
Navy ships ekskortiruyut and are on duty in the most piratoopasnyh regions of the World Ocean. And it is not just for Navy ships are there their service. Accompanying the convoys is the cash flow into the coffers of our state or the owners of vessels or from insurers.
In short, the activities of ships and units of the Russian Navy today — including activities directly bringing profits to the state! The fight against piracy and escort convoys, or the landing of marines to ensure the safety of our citizens.
And it ships project BPC-160, better known in Russia on behalf of the parent combat unit of this type — "Mistral", or allowed to go to the next level ability Marines Russian capture and retain a foothold in a foreign shore! In fact, "Mistral" will become a full floating military base, able to carry out ground operations with the support of heavy equipment and aircraft.
Mistral — is a vehicle for the implementation of long-range ocean trips, an instrument of foreign policy of our state. Therefore, the purpose of the same thing as the French — that is forwarding the action, plus control of naval forces, as a command ship.
Quote: "Russia — a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and that status imposes certain obligations to our country, in particular, to participate in international humanitarian operations, peacekeeping operations, rescue, evacuation, counter-terrorism and anti-piracy operations. In this sense, information systems interoperability with NATO Russian Mistral similar systems will be fitting. On the basis of these tasks can be assumed that it would be the most rational base Mistral, first, on the Pacific Ocean, and, secondly, in Sevastopol. From the Black Sea easier hike to Sredizmemku and from there to the Red and Arabian Sea — the center of pirate activity. Far Eastern zone of action Mistral, respectively, will be the Pacific Ocean, the Straits in Southeast Asia (also, incidentally, a zone of increased pirate activity) and then the Indian Ocean. "
UDC, that is, universal landing, there is still only in the United States, France, Spain and South Korea, Holland, and even the Spanish built for Australia. And, of course, the Italian aircraft carrier "Cavour" (able to be used as a transport for the delivery of military equipment in the hangar — to 50 BMP «Dardo» or 100 light-terrain vehicles «Iveco LMV». To accomplish this, the aft ramp installed. Also addition, the aircraft carrier "Cavour", can act as a command-staff and the hospital ship.) All other countries have ships (or plans of acquisition) is basically a much more modest performance — helicopter landing ships and amphibious dock transport docks. And this is precisely the difference that DKVD and TDR, as a rule, are much less suited for long expeditionary tasks. That is, it is not the ships’ continued presence in distant waters, "and in most cases only" transportation and drop-off. " That is, as we have in the BDK "landing sleeping in hammocks hanging between technology" (c). This means that the similarity of appearance, the problem of others, and it is rather a very large transport and amphibious ships. It is this secondary to the States in most cases, not the solution expeditionary tasks.
And now, having such a big choice, our government decided to associate itself with France. "Why" — here and now is a rhetorical question!
From our point of view, a fundamental and fatal flaw of all these vessels is the presence of American military systems, making them not just buy extremely risky, but almost unreal. Even if we assume the impossible — the consent of the U.S. administration to re-export of these subsystems in Russia, the transaction will probably be blocked by Congress. So the choice in favo
r of the French — a forced and the only possible solution. Do not forget that France, along with Germany and Italy is the most co-operative, if not, a friendly attitude towards Russia. In general, the Mistral — this is more of a political than military-technical choice.
But, and technical benefits of its acquisition enormous. After all, we do not buy an empty box with an inscription from the side "Mistral". We buy the ship "Mistral", ie Full stuffing. And not just on the stuff the most I can, but with a license to manufacture in Russia at all, that it is set!
A wise man described the "Mistral":
"The technology is not difficult to copy the assembly, but the build or upgrade an existing infrastructure — is a thing of the Russian Federation and grandmother would cost was not measured. A major technologies Mistral — electrics, electronics and command post — to the Russian Federation if they wanted to with my knees not to build in the coming years.
And about the fact that we also have the same BDK, I repeat — not just BDK Mistral, and like we have in Russia and in the USSR, we did not have (well, might be at the level of models).
— Fully Automated ship, crew — 180 people.
— 16 helicopters
— Hyper-modern hospital with 750 square meters, can be increased by helicopter hangar on the modular principle. To 100 l / s nurses, including surgeons to 12. Evrogorodishki average level of 40 thousand inhabitants.
— The first French «all-electric» ship.
— Partially built according to the civil emission class wagon
— Command ship, with a huge amphitheater on the CP-900 sq.m., powerful server, 160 cable COMPUTER posts, 6 chain ADSL, satellite and huge infoshinoy. This will enable Mistral as the main command ship that excels in this AV on the head and can lead not only to naval connections (AB, NS, AUG), but is the main gearbox for combined arms operations, with the months.
— The minimum logistical support, a huge step forward to the comfort of the crew, command, and landing that allows us to realize the full potential of 5,000 hours of continuous service, ie 210 days a year, may be extended to 350 days if necessary!
Now, that’s right!
And yet … all or many have heard of the existence of a package deal. This is when a contract entails the implementation of a heap of other treaties. So — purchase agreement "Mistral" is the package that will allow Russia to get a huge amount of legal Western technology, so even with a resolution for our designers to study, borrow and recycle them!
I’m talking about the joint venture with THALES. It is not only ASBU SENIT-9 and SIC-21, not only radars and other shipboard equipment, but also the third-generation thermal sights for our army (we have a license for the french made a tank sights of the second generation), "future soldier equipment" (( our designers have been dreaming to analyze it and look at its integration in the "battle management system"), and to look in detail at the integrated mast I-MAST one of our designers will not give up.
And getting the right technology for ship propulsion "Azipod" ship-building technology? The combined ship-building corporation in anticipation of building a new shipyard at o.Kotlin very interested in them. Those Nikolaev shipyard USC not in order to show off stupidly, in the end of it all, Ukraine and other scandals bought and taken away. Take away from Ukraine and arrange for o.Kotlin specialists and special equipment for the construction of large ships 200,000 tons.
The most amazing thing is that the conclusion of the agreement on the "Mistral" provides the signing and implementation of agreements with the Italian "Iveco" for the production of Italian Lynx armored vehicles and the construction of car plant in Naberezhnye Chelny, as well as with the German company Rheinmetall Chempro the production of our "light metal- "armor.
That’s it … And many still say and write that this sabotage. According to these hacks can be treated only as a folly.
Director of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (TSAMTO) Igor Korotchenko said a few months ago, "access to their advanced technology will allow the Russian defense industry to implement them in the factories of the country."
Finally, there is a phrase that is very well characterized by critics purchases of foreign technology in place of missing home technologies, "we can do everything, but for some reason do not do anything …"
Author — I, Alexei Kulakov