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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: TinfoilTP
They would be able to hold them off long enough to get help from their allies. Don't underestimate the Polish military. They did what most considered impossible in WWII.
Their current inventory includes 48 F-16 Block 52 aircraft, which is the same used by the USAF for some missions. They spend a lot of time training with US forces every year, with both the F-16 and their MiG aircraft, which are undergoing upgrade.
They also requested AIM-9X-2 Block II, and have bought AIM-120-C5 missiles in 2006.
They wouldn't have to withstand the entire Russian air force. They'd use units from that portion of Russia. If they pulled the entire air force in they'd leave huge holes in their defenses that other countries could Waltz through.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bilk22
New alliances are being formed and militaries are modernizing. Both require that they train more.
Russia and West Hold War Games Over Arctic
Agence France-Presse 3:06 p.m. EDT May 26, 2015
HOSCOW — Russia was conducting huge and unexpected war games Tuesday, coinciding with a NATO drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.
The snap check launched on the orders of President Vladimir Putin involved up to 700 units of military hardware, 12,000 troops and up to 250 aircraft, the defence ministry said.
Russia has recently intensified snap checks of its military might, testing its capabilities from the Arctic to the Far East as relations with the West have plunged to a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine crisis.
The latest exercises over Russia's central military district from the Volga River to Siberia began Monday — the same day that NATO planes joined Nordic air forces to launch a simulated UN peacekeeping mission in Sweden's sub-Arctic north.
That drill, involving nine countries, comes as Nordic countries report increased Russian air force activity close to their borders and follows a pledge by the five Nordic nations to engage in closer military cooperation.
The aim of the latest Russian exercises is to allow Russian forces to resist a simulated attack from the air.
The drill focuses on the challenges of operating from unfamiliar bases in the field and moving troops to new positions both on foot and using railways.
Nuclear bombers will practice firing cruise missiles at targets on the ground at the Pemboi firing range in the remote, northern Komi region.
Air defense missile units are also being deployed to simulate defending firing ranges in the southern Astrakhan region on the Caspian Sea.
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