calripson wrote:Simple explanation: no money. At least as long as the neoliberal monetarists are in charge of Russian economic policy and the sanction regime intelligently imposed by the west retards Russia's ability to access debt markets. Couple that with US fracking, LNG and alternative pipelines in to Europe, and the noose will conveniently tighten over time.
Simple explanation huh?
As Mike said, there is an appropriate thread to discuss this. BTW if only this thing was in your mind, please read the full report again
miketheterrible wrote:But, if you guys thought they will produce hundreds of tanks a year of Armata, think again. It is a huge system with potentially a lot of flaws. There will be years of rigorous testing and then possibly fixing.
Speaking personally, I never thought that for a single moment.
Of course, transferring the whole Russian tank force to the Armata platform (or even only a single part of it) will be a lenghty process. I was only thinking about the LRIP of the system. What I think that would be the most logical schedule for this is at first an Armata battalion or regiment in an armored brigade/division for field testing/evaluations, then a whole brigade and then a division, and if the results of these tests are good, the MoD can give the green light to full-scale production. This whole process from right now would take not really more than 6-8 years, which is good IMO (we are talking about a brand new, and very unique combat system BTW.)
miketheterrible wrote:Biggest flaw of the article is about S-500. It was mentioned a while back that S-500 is priority for this sap program to 2025.
I have also heard some similar things about it, but better later than never.