Sunday, November 6, 2016

Will Russia's Aircraft Carrier Change The Fight In Syria?



Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Washington Post: How Russia’s lone aircraft carrier will change the fight in Syria

With the imminent arrival of its lone aircraft carrier off the coast of Syria, Russia is set to bulk up its military campaign ahead of what probably will be a renewed bombing campaign on the besieged city of Aleppo.

The Admiral Kuznetsov, the Russian Navy’s 1,000-foot-long, MiG-carrying flagship, was last seen steaming through the Mediterranean toward the Syrian coast after a mid-sea refueling that — incredibly — was captured by satellite. It is unclear exactly where the carrier, technically known as a “heavy aviation cruiser,” and its accompanying battlegroup actually are in relation to its final destination. The small armada, however, looks like it will arrive within days of the Syrian government’s plan to close a number of humanitarian corridors running out of eastern Aleppo.

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WNU Editor: It adds more fire power to the war .... but I see this deployment more as PR move for the Russian public and not a new startegy that will significantly change the course of this war.

16 comments:

Jay Farquharson said...

LMAO,

The Kuznetsov is the "least" important ship in the group.

The battlecruiser and AD/A2 destroyers take the "No Fly Zone" off the table.

fazman said...

I thought that was already accomplished by its land based sams.

fazman said...

I thought that was already accomplished by its land based sams.

James said...

Gives it some blue water experience.

Aizino Smith said...

James is correct.

The planes based out of Iran or form Syria (if beefed up again or not) will decide the fate of Aleppo.

The carrier is not needed.

They are rotating units in & out to 'blood them'.

Training is 'real' and more salient to the mind. It gives the crews a boost in confidence.

James said...

Also what must be considered is the Russian naval presence near the Israeli offshore energy finds and Cyprus. What understandings does Putin have with Erdogan and Netanyehu or what they think they have with him on these matters.

James said...

Another thought, if the Red Sea outlet is closed and the russian naval presence in the east Med is hostile then Israel in essence would be under an air and sea blockade.

Aizino Smith said...

Russia could give Arabs and Muslims everything they wanted.

James said...

"Russia could give Arabs and Muslims everything they wanted."
That's right.

Jay Farquharson said...

As War on the Rock's noted, the land based AD/A2 defenses just make the SEAD mission expensive and time consuming.

The Kuznetsov Fleet multiply's the Russian AD/A2 force by a factor of 4, and adds in a host of long range cruise missiles with which to "punch back".

Aizino Smith said...

"As War on the Rock's noted, the land based AD/A2 defenses just make the SEAD mission expensive and time consuming."

"Just make the SEAD mission expensive and time consuming"

Funny that did not come out in previous chest thumpings.

Jay Farquharson said...

Posted the War on the Rocks analysis many times, you should have read it, would have made you look less ignorant and deplorable.

LMAO.

Aizino Smith said...

To be more direct, when you, JabberJay, crowed about the Russian missile system going in you said it was game over.

You said nothing about it making over coming it more expensive in terms of time and treasure. You said just that it was game over with as I said much chest thumping.

Jay Farquharson said...

LMAO, helps to read what I actually write, and not what you imagine I write.

Having imaginary arguments in public isn't a sign of good mental health.

Aizino Smith said...

No, you wrote it.

Jay Farquharson said...

LMAO,

No cite?

Of course not, you are stuck with making imaginary arguments with yourself on the web.

LMAO, typical Deplorable.

To paraphrase Yoda, "the CT is strong in this one."