U.S. vs. Russia: What a war would look like between the world's most fearsome militaries
India and Russia have shown resilience and understanding to diversify their relations to match their interests. This trend will continue in Russia's Constitutional Court unanimously ruled on March 19, that . Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq And looming over the entire U.S.-Russian relationship are their nuclear arsenals. .. along with a handful of Sovremenny-class destroyers, a frigate, four corvettes. Economic ties were the cornerstone of Indo-Soviet relations. Even the India- Russia overall trade in amounted to US$ billion.
The only alternatives are naval supply lines running from Crimea, requiring a passage of up to 10 days round-trip. How long that can be sustained is unclear. That and other questions about Russian military capabilities and objectives are taking center stage as Putin shows a relentless willingness to use military force in a heavy-handed foreign policy aimed at restoring his nation's stature as a world power.
In that quest, he has raised the specter of resurgent Russian military might — from Ukraine to the Baltics, from Syria to the broader Middle East. What Russia's intervention in Syria and Ukraine means for the American military. Russia's increasingly aggressive posture has sparked a sweeping review among U.
Indeed, the Pentagon's senior leaders are asking questions that have been set aside for more than 20 years: How much are the Russians truly capable of? Where precisely might a conflict with Russia occur? What would a war with Russia look like today?
Experts agree that the U. But modern wars are not toe-to-toe conventional fights; geography, politics and terrain inevitably give one side an advantage. Toe to toe, a conventional war between the U. But few believe any conflict would play out like that.
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Thanks for signing up. By giving us your email, you are opting in to our Newsletter: But it is now developing some key technologies, new fighting tactics and a brazen geopolitical strategy that is aggressively undermining America's year claim to being the only truly global superpower. Russia is unexpectedly re-emerging as America's chief military rival. And looming over the entire U. Russia has preserved, even modernized, its own "triad" with nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, a large fleet of long-range strike aircraft and increasingly sophisticated nuclear-armed submarines.
Kalashnikov, who died on December 23, at the age of 94, was to receive a funeral with full state honours and be buried at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery FVMK in Mytishchi outside Moscow, the defence ministry said. The Soviet-era weapons design bureaus remain prominent internationally. Russia's aerospace industry, for example, has benefited greatly from international exports to non-Western nations, which go to Russia to buy effective fighter jets that are cheaper than their Western variants.
China today spends more on defense annually than Russia, but still imports platforms and advanced weaponry from Russia. Attempting a side-by-side comparisons of the U. Russia views itself as a land-based power, exerting influence in a sphere expanding outward from its Eurasian heartland into Eastern Europe, Central Asia and possibly the Middle East and Pacific rim.
It is well suited for relying on a particular set of capabilities known as "anti-access and area denial. Navy as massively superior to the Russian navy. Most of them are legacy Soviet ships. But in a way, that doesn't matter, because Russia does not plan to send its forces all across the world's oceans. As a part of that, it is investing heavily to expand its submarine fleet. Navy's carrier fleet operates on a continuing global deployment cycle. Instead of carriers designed for offensive power projection at sea, the Russians are investing in an expanding fleet of submarines that can supplement their nuclear force and, conventionally, threaten an enemy surface fleet in nearby waters such as the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea or the Mediterranean Sea.
Its airspace also is heavily fortified. The quality of Russia's stealth aircraft is far weaker than those of the U. Russia's electronic warfare capability is also daunting to Pentagon military planners; left unclear is the extent to which Russia could jam the radars and signals intelligence that forms the foundation of the U.
Any attempt by the U. But over time I think we would be able to degrade it. The problem is, with a nuclear power, you try to avoid a full-scale fighting. In effect, Russia has two armies: About two thirds of the roughly ,man force remains filled with unmotivated and poorly trained draftees, but about one third is not — and those are the units outfitted with top-notch gear, including the Armata T Main Battle Tanks.
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In sum, the Russian military is not the equal of the U. But the gap has narrowed in recent years. The Russians recently announced plans for a naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean this fall, but did not specify exactly when ships would deploy to the region. The exercise will feature the Black Sea Fleet's flagship, the guided missile cruiser Moskva, as well as several smaller escort vessels and large amphibious assault and landing ships, Russia's TASS news agency reported.
Some military officials question whether the exercise is a cover for shipping more troops and gear to the Syrian coast. In this image made from video provided by Homs Media Centre, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises after airstrikes by military jets in Talbiseh of the Homs province, western Syria, Wednesday, Sept.
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Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria for the first time on Wednesday, targeting what Moscow said were Islamic State positions. Homs Media Centre via AP The new forward operating base will give Russia the capability to fly combat air sorties, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions and drones across the Middle East.
That could include Iraq, the leadership of which has invited the Russians to assist in the fight against the Islamic State in that country. The base will help secure Russia's longtime naval support facility at the Syrian port of Tarus, a key to the Russian military's ability to maintain and project power into the Mediterranean.
Russia reportedly is expanding its footprint at the Tarus facility. More broadly, Moscow is signaling a long-term interest in extending its umbrella of anti-access area denial capabilities into the Middle East. The Russians reportedly are shipping some of their most advanced surface-to-air missile systems into Latakia, raising concerns inside the Pentagon because that move runs counter to Russia's claims of limiting the focus of its military activities to Syrian rebel groups like the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Phillip Breedlove, chief of the U. I have not seen ISIL flying any airplanes that require sophisticated air-to-air capabilities. This development is a cause of concern and will have serious repercussions on Indian Maritime defence. To sum up Sino-Indian relations in brief as on today there is a lurking mistrust of Chinese intentions and will continue till so called boundary dispute gets solved amicably.
The present state of relationship can be described as Sweet and Sour. It has started reaching out to neighbours ,friendly nations ,strategically located countries etc. Visit to Mongolia and handling of the visit was indeed a master stroke of diplomacy.
With emphasis on Make in India it is to be seen which country captures bulk of Indian arms market. On business front we have to understand the compulsions faced by China. They are worlds largest producing economy and India happens to be the largest market of the World.
China therefore would like to have good cordial trade and business relations with India. India has to ensure that China does not dump surplus, sub-standard goods in Indian markets, there is a need for anti-dumping policy and close monitoring of trade.
Chinese communism has changed radically in last years. Their economy is akin to an imperialistic economy. Whenever we discuss Sino-Indian relations we have to consider Russian influence on this relationship. India is only having trade relations with China. India is having considerable military dealings with Russia.
India being worlds largest importer of arms, ammunition and military hardware it is matter of time that China also jumps into the fray.
Russians had been having a sort of monopoly till recently in Indian arms market. Russians are also having cordial relations with China. We will discuss relations with some of the neighbours in succeeding paragraphs. Japan India enjoys good relations with Japan. There has been considerable improvement in Indo-Japanese relations in last one year.
There is traditional rivalry between China and Japan. India certainly has got an edge over China as far as Japanese support and relationship is concerned.
Myanmar, though a small country holds a strategic position due to location and natural resources. China in a bid to contain India would certainly like to include Burma in a favoured state list. Australia India and Australia both being erstwhile commonwealth partners enjoy a traditional close relationship.
US sanctions on Russia could harm India. Congress is wrestling over a fix.
Australia being biggest supplier of Coal and Uranium enjoys a unique position in trade. Australia like India has got no expansionist designs. There is mutual trust and confidence in their relationship. India should try and further strengthen mutual trade and bi- lateral relations with Vietnam.
Vietnam occupies a strategic position for both China and India. Burma Though a small country holds a strategic position due to location and natural resources. India on the other hand will try to shield Burma from Chinese influence. So far Burma has not succumbed to any pressure and is non-aligned.