The agony of the American defense industry: the United States resorted to fake intimidation

Recently, the United States, utterly worried about the Burevestnik project advancing forward, as well as other developments of the latest weapons in Russia, has been making childish attempts to restore its own military reputation. Well, at least the head of the White House - that’s for sure. Recent statements by Donald Trump, who suddenly began to frighten the world with some “unprecedented” weapons that are about to be developed in the United States, in truth, look like nothing more than empty bragging. Especially, taking into account the personality of the speaker.

But maybe we should start to be afraid right now? Does Washington have real reason to talk about its superiority in armaments, or are we dealing with yet another bluff?

How did the American leader specifically express himself there?

No one can even imagine what new weapons we are developing! A weapon that you can’t even believe in! We will show something to everyone, but we will not show something to anyone ... I have one hope for God - that we will never have to apply all this!

In a word - these submarines, “which no one could think of,” the rest of the examples of the “wunderwaffe” are on the way, but the border is already steeper and steeper than the USA - only boiled eggs. Aircraft carriers are sailing - hello to the president! F-35s are flying ... Okay, enough for Trump greetings. He seems to be okay with that. I jerk solely because I remember very well how the Western media sophisticated in wit about the "cartoons" from Vladimir Vladimirovich on the subject of hypersonic weapons and everything else. Then the desire to giggle diminished - when the videos were backed up by something more serious. And how can Mr. Trump confirm his own boast?

Why are they all falling?

Maybe aviation? Well, the “golden child” (in the full sense of the word) will not touch the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin. Let yourself fly ... The US Air Force has many other machines. For example, the same F / A-18 Hornet. After all, it was all the same Donald Trump who at one time declared it no less than “a real work of art”. That's just bad luck - a year ago the commander of the U.S. Naval Aviation honestly admitted in the face of the harsh U.S. Congress: out of almost 5 and a half hundred F-18 Super Hornets in service, it could fly into the air, in which case, could, at best, half. Fight less than a third. So much for the "work of art." Satirical or what? The fact that the situation has not fundamentally changed for the better is evidenced by at least the fact that already this year two F-18s “crashed” into the USA. The first one crashed in March off the coast of Florida, the second - at the end of July, crashed somewhere in the Death Valley region a couple of hundred kilometers from Los Angeles. No war, exclusively planned training flights. Looks like the president really hurried, squandering praise for this fighter.

Deck fighter bomber F-18 Super Hornet

Even worse is the situation with the F-16, an American fighter model that smokes the skies ten years longer than the unfinished “work of art”, but five years ago it was (according to American data) the most widespread combat aircraft in the world. These generally fall from heaven, like apples in a good wind. The last F-16, owned by the 480th fighter squadron of the 52nd fighter wing, based at the US Air Force Spangdahl airbase, plopped down three days ago in western Germany. Fortunately, over a dense forest. Less than a month ago, the same Belgian Air Force fighter fell in France. And it was already much more exciting - there were about fifty meters to the apartment buildings. Arrived, called, on the teachings. But in the United States itself in May of this year, the F-16 crashed directly onto the building. Fortunately, it was some kind of warehouse near the military base, so there were no casualties. And it could have ended very badly - this fighter was loaded with ammunition, as they say, “to the eyeballs”, and how it did not detonate during the accident, God alone knows. Why are they all falling and falling ?! No, it’s somehow impossible to be afraid of the star-striped Air Force ...

We also make rockets ...

But, I remember, Donald Trump also said about the "revival and modernization of nuclear forces"? Well, let's see how they got it with that. Well, at the beginning of this month, the US Air Force Global Strike Command tested a ballistic missile. Stop! It’s too early to be afraid - I’ll tell you when ... For the educational purpose, the well-known “old woman” Minuteman III, who has been in the arsenal of the American army for nearly half a century, has hit me. The commander of the unit directly conducting the test, Colonel Omar Colbert proudly declared that this is a “visible message” for all potential aggressors, which must certainly “restrain” them. What time! True, then the colonel honestly admitted that the launches needed are, in fact, in order to find out: are these missiles even suitable for anything or have finally turned into scrap metal in their launch mines? After all, they should stand on combat duty, at least until 2035, when the magicians from the Pentagon promise to create some fundamentally new Ground Base Strategic Deterrent, which will finally allow sending ballistic antiques for a long-deserved rest.

Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch

Approximately the same situation with anti-ship missiles. According to the US Navy, there recently "ordered the development of a new cruise missile, which will be able to sink enemy ships at a distance of 1000 nautical miles." It sounds menacing. But in fact it turns out that we are talking about the very same Tomahawk Block IV, which, with varying degrees of success, has been “refined” and “modernized” for about 15 years, if I am not mistaken. The weapon is serious, no doubt. That's just something "unimaginable", that "what is impossible to believe", it, with all due respect, sir, does not pull. But here the main feature, you see, is that the Aviationtechnical the command (Naval Air Systems Command) of the US Navy has already managed to roll off one of the most successful commercial organizations in the Pentagon’s shock budget, Raytheon Corporation, a very non-acidic advance of almost $ 350 million. This is only at the first stage of development. Four or five years they promise to manage. All the same, Raytheon, by the way, is sweeping up the harsh topic of hypersonic weapons for Washington today. Something they are working out terribly secret there. Either the "control subsystem", or the "installation of energy conditioning", or something else. True, the situation with the main components of this miracle weapon is still deeply unclear.

So where is the promised "wunderwaffe"? The “incredible submarines” mentioned by Trump are, again, obviously, the other day, the USS Oregon SSN 793, which was familiar to us by Virginia, went into operation. The fourth generation, but what about. But what's so incredible? The President is led either by too violent imagination, or by a love of overly flowery phrases and superlatives. The reality is that when confronted with real combat situations, the examples of the vaunted “ultramodern” weapons of the United States are increasingly not at all as good as it is written in the corresponding advertising projects. The enchanting fiasco of the Patriot air defense system in Saudi Arabia is a topic already erased to the holes. The problem is that in trying to scare Iran with its military presence, the United States has become disgraced not only in the field of air defense. After the Corps of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution knocked down like a gaping raven, the American UAV RQ-4 Global Hawk, the Indians, who were not very picky in acquiring weapons, refused to buy these flying spies. But as much as 6 billion were going to dump for three dozen of such devices! Obviously, the times when the United States was the undisputed world leader in the development and use of combat drones are also a thing of the past.

So, perhaps, we wait until we get scared. In any case, until the White House and the Pentagon show something more intimidating than their own big words for intimidation. But actually ... They would have been careful not to fear us. In such situations, how can it turn around? You will not cause fear, but asking for a sharp reaction is quite real.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 11 October 2019 09: 01
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    Right! 13 aircraft carriers and 8 UDCs with airplanes - this is already agony !!! 400 pcs F-35 - everything, death ...
    1. Igor Aviator Offline
      Igor Aviator (Igor Aviator) 11 October 2019 13: 58
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      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      ... 3 aircraft carriers and 8 UDCs with airplanes - this is already agony !!! 400 pcs F-35 - everything, death ...

      Oh! Afraid, Afraid! laughing That's just for some reason, this "power" trump even North Korea Scared FRIGHTEN! He knows, I suppose, that the larger the tin can, the more meat in it. laughing Moreover, as it turned out, these aircraft carriers are, it seems, as they are, but for some reason they are not! For some reason, they are all "shaggy" lol And so "penguins - generally a song - cannot fly, cannot shoot," invisibility is a fiction, it kills pilots! The more such "planes" in the USAF - the better! More is needed, more! wassat
    2. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 11 October 2019 19: 22
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      Actually, aircraft carriers 11, another Gerald Ford is undergoing tests, as is often the case with new equipment, there are many problems.
      Speaking of “agony and death” is, of course, an exaggeration, but the problems are obvious.
      Everyone is used to the fact that the classic strike force is an aircraft carrier and a dozen security ships. This fall, they entered the Atlantic without an aircraft carrier, out of 7, based on the east coast, only one was operational. In September, photos of the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier appeared in the South China Sea, surrounded by Chinese ships, he was walking alone, unaccompanied. It’s just time for them to stop making demigods from themselves, to reduce their ambition a little. yes
      Yes, the author frankly jokes on the Americans, and why not?
      We were told a lot about "Putin Cartoons", how everyone is filming on Mosfilm and in fact there is nothing. request So, the Americans did not even qualify for cartoons. Have come, Uncle Trump verbally reads fairy tales laughing . Hollywood, too, kapets? smile
    3. shinobi Offline
      shinobi (Yuri) 12 October 2019 22: 42
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      And what? Aircraft carrier - a weapon of naval war, maximum attacks on the coastal zone. In continental wars, they are simply useless. Russia is a continental power, and all its interests on the continent.
  2. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 11 October 2019 10: 37
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  3. Artie Offline
    Artie (Artyom Korolev) 11 October 2019 19: 46
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    Yeah, the vaunted American power is decreasing every day. Take the same aircraft carriers - out of 11g only 2 are ready! And not one is ready on the east coast ...
  4. antibi0tikk Offline
    antibi0tikk (Sergei) 13 October 2019 10: 10
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    People, wait a bit. If you delve into the recent past, we also have a lot of airplanes falling. The Baltic states have not even dropped a single aircraft over the past 15 years. Do they have the most advanced aircraft technology? Do they all have superman pilots? Well, no. No flights, no disasters. There are many flights, and disasters do happen. Both with them and with us.
    According to the technique - I agree here. The same F-16s in service since 1979, the F-18s are about the same years. Boasting such a technique is a so-so achievement. F-35 is a dream plane! Especially when he is armed with a potential enemy. F-22 is a good airplane, but it costs kapetsushki how expensive, so that it does not even fly outside the country. God forbid, what happens ....
    We have a happier situation with new aircraft: Su-35, Su-30, Su-34, Yak-130. Su-57 is not long to wait.
    The same garbage on missiles, not so much time has passed as we also launched missiles to find out whether they can fly out of the mine, fly the right distance, hit the target. Only we already have new developments and new missiles and other equipment are entering the troops.
    In general, we must rejoice for our successes, and not grudge for the failures of others.
    The aphorism was remembered: optimists learn English, pessimists learn Chinese, and realists study the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
    1. Pishenkov Offline
      Pishenkov (Alexey) 14 October 2019 18: 44
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      The Baltic states have not even dropped a single aircraft over the past 15 years.

      - still, there is nothing to fall there lol , there is no aviation, nothing is falling - the Czechs are guarding the skies with the Gripen under an agreement in NATO.
      As for the state of the US Armed Forces - this, by the way, is also the result of the collapse of the USSR. They ruined everything for us, of course, almost at the root, one might say. But their problem is that they themselves thought that it was not "almost", but completely "at the root", that everything, Russian kapets ... The Chinese, they only know how to rivet consumer goods, and even someone else’s, under license or stolen ... Everything, in short ... Remained themselves - alone - the "hegemons" of the world .. So relaxed. New weapons to develop and produce ceased practically. Well, not that at all, but at least at the old pace and volume ... That's all ... And now they woke up suddenly, after 30 years ... Well, not themselves, again, GDP was kicked by their slons at first with cartoons, and then their actual execution ... And 30 years is a lot ... You can’t catch up at once ...