GarryB wrote:The first part is right, but the communism has nothing to do with it. There are other communist countries having friendly relations with its neighbors that are also interested in commerce and cooperation.
I mentioned the absence of communism to highlight that Russia no longer has an ideology to push... they don't need to convert Taiwan or Turkey any more than they have to convert North Korea or Cuba. They have no need to convert of change the countries they trade with... unlike the US/West.
But the communism has nothing to do with it. Do you see China trying to convert other countries? It is possible to be communits a try to convert, and it possible to be communit and to to try not. Like it is possible to be anti-communist and try to convert, and it is possible to be anti-communist and to try not.
[/quote]GarryB wrote:You really think Russia would offer to India bigger aircraft carriers than what Russia plans to have?
India was operating Su-30MKIs at a time Russia had Su-27s.
This is a mistake difficult to repeat. It was other time.
According to the Maritime Doctrine of 2015 Russia must have a project of aircraft carrier ready by 2020. At this point the Project 23000 is the alone known project of aircraft carrier, and is proposed with 90000 to 100000 tons. Do you expect to see other project? Based on what? I see nothing to expect a different project. Only comments of people, in many cases with a pro-Western record here, I do not agree with.
GarryB wrote:You said some thing about why Russia would need their aircraft carriers. To escort ships and subs, for better sight with AWACS platforms, for better air warning of threats, and by economic reasons. Can you elaborate more about what is threatening these Russian ships and subs to need to be escorted? Can you elaborate more about what can threat a good sea based air warning of threats? Can you elaborate more about what can threat sea based AWACS platforms?
Can we agree that Russian subs and ships need protection from enemy air power? I mean they do carry SAMs for that purpose, but then Russian Army units have SAMs as well but the Russian forces would be better protected with the cooperation of the Air Force as well as the Army.
To have air power to support the navy you need a type of aircraft carrier. You can have big ones, medium ones or small ones. Each has advantages and problems... the big ones are capable but expensive to buy and to operate. The little ones might not be that useful for longer deployments.
My opinion is that the medium ones (ie 40-70K ton) are better than the big ones (100K ton) or the small ones (20K ton).
Of course we can agree. Russian ships and submarines need protection from the air power of their adversaries. And to have help from the Russian Aerospace Forces is positive. Even we can agree about the military concept of Aircraft Carrier as a modern and useful concept that allows to expand air coverage to areas that otherwise would have not it.
But It is necessary to elaborate more about how is projected the air power of the adversaries of Russia to put in risk the Russian ships, the Russian submarines, or the systems of sea based air warning and the sea suport to AWACS platforms. What tools make possible to the adversaries of Russia to project their air power to put in risk Russian ships, submarines and other defense systems?