American generals James Foggo and Ben Hodges called on NATO countries to use Russia’s methods against the Russian military themselves. It’s about strengthening the coastline and sharing intelligence.
Nato countries who want to strengthen their defenses should learn a lot from Russia. This was stated by the commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe James Foggo, reports Ura.ru.
Take an example from Moscow
According to the military, if the country’s leadership is constrained in resources, but wants to strengthen the coastline, then you need to look at Moscow, which uses the systems of blocking access/blocking (A2/AD) zone. It is also worth taking a closer look at smart mines, anti-ship cruise missiles, and radar solutions. The Russian side complements this set with S-300 and S-400 systems. He calls on NATO members to share intelligence more often, which will stop unexpected maneuvers of the Russian Navy, as well as to rely on UAVs.
On further developments, General Foggo believes that the Russians are investing in the development of the submarine fleet, which will provide an asymmetrical response to the actions of the North Atlantic Alliance.
“They have certain submarines with extremely high potential,” Business Insider quoted the US official as saying.
NATO provocations won’t help
In early January, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the 21st Century Russian Navy conference in Sevastopol. In his speech, he said that Moscow is creating a high-tech military fleet that will respond to any provocative challenge of opponents.
Russia’s growing presence in the oceans is irritating a number of leading powers that have joined the fight for raw materials. However, the Russian side has powerful scientific potential and trained personnel, RIA FAN says.
“In order to respond to any provocative actions of our opponents, we are building a modern high-tech Navy,” the minister said.
Fighting for the status of a maritime power
Directly, the head of state Vladimir Putin has set a task for the military: Russia should strengthen its status as a leading maritime power. The fleet has been and remains a key component of national defense and security. Therefore, in recent years its development has received increased attention.
“In the 21st century, we must preserve and strengthen our country’s status as one of the leading maritime powers… We will continue to ensure that the fleet is modern, equipped with the latest technology,” he added, pointing out that in the near future the share of modern weapons in the Navy will reach 70%.
In December 2019, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu summed up the results of 2019. We are talking about the modernization and rearmament of the army. In addition, he voiced forecasts for 2020.
Last year, Russian strategic missile carriers carried out 48 sorties, and Navy ships made 111 trips to the Arctic, the Central and North Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Aden.
In 2020, the fleet will receive 14 ships and combat boats, three submarines and one coastal missile system “Ball”. The construction of strategic missile submarine infrastructure in the North and Pacific fleets should also be completed.NATO does not sleep
According to Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the leadership of the alliance does not intend to leave the Black Sea, which it considers to be a strategically important region.
Moreover, NATO intends to gradually strengthen its military presence in the waters. This is due to the fact that three coastal countries are members of the organization (Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania), and two more are considered “valuable partners” (Georgia and Ukraine).
Stoltenberg added that NATO helped open a naval military academy in Ukraine in 2019, and promised to conduct more military exercises.
According to Shoigu, after withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Missile Elimination Treaty (IRBM), the United States intends to deploy its missiles in Europe and the East. At the same time, NATO will be able to start implementing the anti-Russian military program “4 to 30” in the next couple of years.
This is a concept that involves reducing the bringing of alliance forces into full alert within 30 days. The forces are understood to be 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons, and 30 warships.
Despite such a threat, Russia is ready to respond to it.