Russian Air Force and foreign press

Russian Air Force and foreign press
Sometimes it is interesting to read that others are thinking about you. Current reform and rearmament of the Russian army attracts the attention of foreign countries and there are a huge number of circumstances. As a consequence, a large number of different views of the positive and negative nature. Let’s see what are thinking about upgrading our air force zabugornye, as they are now generally called colleagues.

Views on this issue majestic huge amount of that, frankly, does not strike. Some criticize others praise, and others — blame militaristic manners, and a fourth held neutrality. In general, a similar «situation» is observed with respect to the views of zabugornom entire Russian defense industry and the armed forces. It should be noted that the ratings are not very commendable much — for several reasons zabugornye experts and journalists love to compose more odes to their armed forces and not zabugornye. Yet, the Russian army at times gets restrained praise. Thus, in the collection of articles Can Russia Reform: Economic, Political and Military Perspectives («Can Our homeland reform: economic, political and military perspectives») authored by employees of the Institute US Army War College and other organizations contained a number of exciting applications. Analyzing information on the reform of the Russian armed forces, Doctor New York Institute M. Galeotti concluded that Moscow generals eventually made some fundamental decisions. These include the policy of phasing out inefficient conscription system, changing force structure, also urgent upgrading. According views Galeotti, Russian Defense Ministry in the current time does the same than in the late 90’s doing the Pentagon. Praise by comparison with its own army. Do not say anything unique move. Summarizing, Galeotti leads term of 10 years, during which significantly increase the potential of the Russian armed forces.

At the same time, discreet and quite logical reasoning on the subject is often buried in a mass of noisy «sensationalism.» For example, in the spring of this year, Russian Defense Ministry announced the resumption of purchases of air defense systems S-300V. This announcement was preceded by a lot of different events, disputes, etc., but in the end it all ended rigid intention to continue purchasing. But zabugornyh, well, in the Russian media immediately flew the same «analysis», not having enough to do with reality. Unfortunately, after a few months impossible to find a particular creator of the «brilliant» idea. Essence of the latter was to ensure that the new S-400, allegedly do not conform to the requirements of the military. Because the army resumed its purchase of old complexes. Perhaps such approval shirokomyslennye they say only about the level of competence of their creator. S-300B and C-400 have a different purpose and, as a consequence, the purchase of the 1st set to replace another by definition impossible. Yet, a few weeks after the message lasted disputes concerning the «unfit» S-400.

With regard to Russian aviation same time there is bold, but once silly statements. For example, journalists Italian newspaper La Repubblica applied in relation to the T-50 fighter fascinating definition of «cheap copy of the F-22», and frontline bomber Su-34 for several views at once British and American professionals, a representative of the class in advance obsolete technology. Naturally, it is possible to realize these people zabugornyh — advertising «Raptor» and the eyes of military control of the war in the air doing their job. Only these very eyes may vary, and for aircraft not fundamentally OUTDOOR resemblance to something, and totality of features.

Noteworthy that zabugornye reaction to the PAK FA project in some measure a consequence of ongoing Russian aircraft manufacturers ‘PR’. Advertising Russian aircraft partially similar to what the last 20 years has been Lockheed Martin. Like it or not, but military equipment needs promotion, regardless of plans to sell it even if it is only to himself, praising her increase the prestige of the armed forces, also have an impact on the strategy of a potential adversary. For example, we can take all of the same F-22. In the coming years, the U.S. is not going to sell this plane zabugornye countries. Yet, in his praise adresok become the go almost from the start of development. We have to admit that the plane really good, although it has some flaws. But still rise prestige by its own armed forces «promotion» of this project looks to diversify. Approximately the same situation with the «younger brother» F-22 — F-35. Plane also promises to be decent, too, has a number of shortcomings, and just won the most weight has been enticed epithets. On the other hand, boasting features of the F-35 looks logical: specifically this fighter must go on exports. Russian engineers with the Indian employees are currently working on a project FGFA, during which created another modification of the T-50 fighter. The implication is that fighters FGFA initially to be built for India, and then take to the international market. Because you can even say that Russian aircraft manufacturers advertise enough own plane fifth generation. As shown, to deploy these campaigns is never too early.

Related effects of information transparency is that the disposal zabugornyh journalists and analysts are truthful data on quantitative and sometimes high-quality retrofit. To disclose the amount of the purchased equipment in most cases receive positive evaluation. However, praise sound with some unguarded, in most cases, with features like «if possible.» Common and condemning expressions which, if desired, can be regarded as recognition of the power of the Russian Air Force. Of course, the harsh condemnation and accusations of militarism, imperial ambitions, etc. far not always based on a desire to keep the peace in the world. Sometimes it’s a manifestation of the reluctance to build contenders. This gives rise to various special publications in which «the figures in the hands of» the reader try to justify future failure if not re, then, at least, its very low rates. Since last fall, the French portal journalists attempted to show the failure of Russian State program by re-appeal to the statistics for previous years. Needless to say, such a comparison is not valid, because in 2011 made for the purchase of new aircraft and helicopters were palpably higher than at least some of the previous years.

And yet in each subsequent publication even the most ardent critics of the Russian armed forces in general and the Air Force and particularly obliged to accept successes. As a result, there are articles «strategic» character, in which the creators are trying to find out the likely consequences of updating the Armed Forces. In the midst of similar publications, in our opinion, more enthusiasm is a recent article from the Polish edition of Polska. As if noting the anniversary of the victory in the battle of Warsaw during the Polish-Soviet War, journalist A. Kozinsky tried to imagine what would happen if our homeland Poland and right at the moment will come into military conflict. Polish journalist views on the strategy of the Russian army will be exactly the same as it was in the time of stateliness Russian war — «cast in battle such a huge number of fighter, which the enemy would not be able to stop.» This conclusion applies Kozinsky confirmation: the most newcomer equipment in the armed forces of the Russian Federation — the submarine «Antey», which will be simply useless in the war with Poland. It should be noted that the pan Kozinsky still not calling for shapkozakidalstvu. It recognizes power relations Polish and Russian armies does not allow far-reaching conclusions about the results of such conflict.

Another Polish journalist V. Maykovsky of Polityka Globalna, examining the features of international fighters patrolling the Baltic states, makes the least bold conclusions. According to him, the Russian air force constant flights over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea does not lead to direct conflict, although in the long term can lead to increased tension in the region. On the other hand, the Lithuanian Defense Minister R. Jukneviciene argues that flying Russian aircraft pilots and their support of the NATO states have long entered into everyday practice and in most cases does not have some nasty consequences. Until now, the most severe incident involving Russian aircraft flight over the Baltic Sea, is the collapse of the Su-27, which took place in September 2005. The plane was lost due to a technical fault, and all of the following limited prepyadstviya pretty strung Statements Foreign Ministry.

Considering the different representations of the foreign press publications, come to the conclusion that journalists and military experts and military leaders zabugornyh countries still understand that the current reform and re Russian armed forces to a successful end. A number of things allow them to fluctuate in the full implementation of all the plans, but the fact that increase the power and defense they recognize. Naturally, there are some «renegades» who are trying to bind the May disaster liner SSJ-100 to prospects fighter T-50, developed by the same company or any plans to put all hype. But sometimes such criticism before it becomes malignant and sometimes toothless, that there is only one conclusion: the horror (maybe) prevent build real state of affairs and not to resort to forcing the best possible methods of agitation and propaganda. At the same time, the number of similar «critics’ is not so large. Most of the harsh media, much less the military-industrial profile prefers harsh approach. For example, in the journal Air International has not once mentioned the T-50 does not refer to a copy of the South American fighter, and the root of problems and possible failure of the State program rearmament behold the features of the Defense Ministry and the relationship of company-producers.

An indirect confirmation of improvement in the situation in the sphere of Russian military aviation can be the words of article by Dr. M. Galeotti. He believes that the main problem of the development of the Russian army is a specific approach on the part of some defense companies. Bureaucratic machine has its own interests, which can sometimes go against the financial plans of the military department. In addition, excellent feels himself corruption, which also makes life easier. Yet, «shake» companies by purchasing military equipment zabugornoy touched only shipbuilders, manufacturers of armored vehicles and companies that specialize in designing unmanned aerial vehicles. Aircraft branch has so far avoided such «hints», except for the helicopter sector.

Working abroad and wrote very many military professionals, journalists and analysts. As a consequence, the number of views on a certain subject simply colossal. In these criteria to create a suitable environment for advocacy: You can dial a huge number of articles only from malicious criticism and give her a dominant worldview, and you can do the opposite. Because the foreign press is worth learning for general awareness and understanding of contemporary trends. As for far-reaching conclusions, they can be made only on the basis of analysis of the huge number of publications and not the fact that they will be very different from the fabrications Russian analysts.

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