Checkmate: For Twenty-Two Years You Were Warned
“…. everything I have said today is not a bluff – it is not a bluff, believe me – and … those who live in the past … unable to look into the future … [should] stop rocking the boat we are all in which is called the Earth.”
VLADIMIR PUTIN, 1 MARCH 2018
We may be in more trouble than we initially thought.
This essay by JR Nyquist about Russian military capability may be one of his most concerning yet. It is a follow-up to his previous article which we commented on, AVAILABLE HERE. Please read the entire post, then see the summary points below.
In his State of the Nation Address, Vladimir Putin said, “Russia ranks among the world’s leading nations with a powerful … defense potential,” Putin added, “The next few years will prove decisive.” Then the Russian leader adopted the tone of that kinder guy whose soul George W. Bush claimed to have glimpsed. Putin admonished his countrymen that Russia must not fall behind technologically. Cities must be expanded and other “large-scale” projects must be embraced. Putin spoke of “family farms” and shrinking the state’s share of the economy by state sponsorship of “start-up entrepreneurs.” With these and other deceptive flourishes, the Russian President plodded toward a stunning presentation. The speech turned from boring promises of a shiny socialist future (without using the “s” word), to Stalin’s trick of making his victims soil themselves.Editorial Comment: So, to summarize JR Nyquist’s assessment of Russia’s capabilities:
1. They have increased their long-range high-precision weapons carriers by 12 times, and the number of guided cruise missiles by over 30 times.
2. They now have the Sarmat missile, which weighs over 200 tons, and can launch 10 large warheads, 16 smaller ones, or a hypersonic boost-glide vehicle.
3. They have developed nuclear powered strategic arms (missiles) that do not use ballistic trajectories – this means that they are unpredictable, and therefore, virtually undefeatable.
4. A nasty little submersible drone that can travel up to 185 kilometers per hour and can withstand a depth of 1000 meters – oh, and it can carry a 200 megaton cobalt 59 nuclear warhead that can create a 500 foot tidal wave on any of our coastal cities, and render the area uninhabitable for years.
5. They have successfully tested and deployed a hypersonic aircraft missile system that is not 5 times faster than the speed of sound, it is 10 times faster than the speed of sound. Aircraft carriers are defenseless against it.
6. They have hypersonic high-precision weapons systems that can hit targets at intercontinental distances and adjust their altitude and course as they travel.
7. They have troops that have been armed with laser weapons for at least a year.
It may be time for a serious reassessment of American military capabilities… Nyquist raises a number of significant concerns. Among these, we have the useless and failed F35 aircraft that tears itself apart when it engages it’s gatling gun. We also have the Ford CVN nuclear powered aircraft carrier, which after four years still has not completed its post-delivery test and trial period. We are woefully behind in our defensive capability, and the direction of the current administration leaves much to be concerned about.