posted on Jul, 26 2018 @ 02:23 AM
a reply to: anzha
For whoever doesn't know, Russian public strategy is what they call 'de-escalation' and it's a strong approach. It promises to fight back whilst never
pre-emptively striking a rival or enemy. PR-wise it puts Russia in a more favourable light than the US and its allies who see pre-emptive strikes as
reasonable. Foreign policy-wise it created indecision when they took over Crimea and parts of the Ukraine. There were no pre-emptive strikes against
Ukraine or Crimea, it was all done with sketchy ballots and no-flag soldiers.
The Russian UUV was not originally intended as such. It was a long range nuclear torpedo, essentially. It was meant to swim into a harbor and
detonate. Think underwater cruise missile rather than standard UUV. It was one of the new weapons designed to evade the American missile defense
That Poseidon sure packs a deterrent punch! Knowing something like that could be right off the coast tempers one's sense of potency, right? It
contributes to the status quo and delicate balance of the arguable return of the Cold War.
I've often wondered about the strength of the Russian submarine fleet and what ours are doing. Each year (especially near Christmas), we have reports
of Russian subs off the coasts of Sweden and Scotland. They call it 'stress testing' and the aircraft incursions are probably more well known. What
I'm curious about is what our sub fleet is doing. Are we also roaming into Russian waters? It seems very obvious that this will be the case, but it's
not discussed in the media. I'm not prone to believing my own side is innocent and the others are venal, evil and an existential threat...
Further afield, and back on topic, I was just reading about the US saying China had more subs than the USA
Apparently they weren't carrying nuclear warheads, but a lot changes in three years and who knows?