flamming_python wrote:medo wrote:Railway missile launchers are more and more limited in their operational areas because of electrification of railroads. Road mobile complexes give them more flexibility.
What about the electrification of railroads?
The Russian govt. can go the same route as the PRC and have disguised underground "hardened" tunnels/subway-rail system with retractable tunnel roofs pieces, disguised as vegetation. A fast-rail system with multiple cars for different systems, such as Tor, Buk, Pantsir, S-300, S-400, S-500, artillery, electronic warfare/countermeasures, radar systems of all sorts, many kinds of vehicles, drones and or ballistic and anti-ballistic missiles with conventional and thermonuclear war heads. These systems will be all directed by underground command center networks with multiple hubs in strategically important areas. The retractable roof could open up, and the train car could lift the system of your choice for the right scenario in to place within 5 minutes, if enemy aircraft engages in incursions on Russian territory the systems could be rapidly deployed 35-160 km ahead of the aircraft (giving little time to react), giving Russia a serious asymmetrical warfare advantage. Hell Russia could be really innovative and develop a system of wide & long retractable roofs and train cars that could carry rail mounted landing/take off strips for airborne vehicles such as helicopters and fighter jets. Now if they can pull something like that off then the sky's the limit!
The cover for developing these networks could be for commutes for civilians, economical transport of raw materials/manufactured goods and military personal (you have to at least admit some military purpose); all for the convenience and expediency of commutes from Russians western borders to it's eastern borders. There will be above ground networks (mostly civilian); the networks would be separated by where 2/3rd's of the rail system could be dedicated to civilian and economic purposes, and 1/3rd for strict military control. There can be limited cross over of dedicated sections, where the military could use some civilian rail for emergency purposes (natural disaster relief, etc). The 1/3rd dedicated to the military can lead to areas where there's hidden hardened bunkers, with stock piles of food, medicine, equipment, vehicles, ammunition with military command posts/intelligence centers all intertwined and networked (I've mentioned that part already).