Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Rogozin, recently appeared on Russian television, speaking candidly with the highly respected Russian journalist Vladimir Solovyov.
Rogozin is the son of a Soviet-era, three-star general who ran a key research directorate of the former Soviet Ministry of Defense. He holds a degree in economics, and a Ph.D. in philosophy. He’s a trained helicopter pilot, as well as Russia’s former ambassador to NATO. Now he manages what Russians — very proudly — call that nation’s “military industrial complex.”
So, asked Solovyov, “what is it that worries the Americans the most?”
“What worries them most of all,” replied Rogozin to thunderous applause from a studio audience, “is our indomitable will.”
Yes, I know; typical Russian drum-banging. Then again, Rogozin can back it up.
“We are now re-equipping our armed forces at a great pace,” he declared. Off the top of his head, Rogozin rattled off a remarkable set of statistics — accurate, as best I know from public sources — about the upward spike in Russian weapon output in the past four years, since he took the defense job in 2011. This means aircraft, helicopters, rockets, surface ships (including new icebreakers for the Arctic), submarines, electronics, robots and much more.
“There’s a feeling of pride,” commented interviewer Solovyov, “when it’s not just our own, but the best in the world” Rogozin nodded, and smiled. “The USA is now genuinely worried about our plans for equipping our armed forces,” he noted. “These aren’t just plans,” he said, “but real volumes… and a high and yearly increasing quality of equipment.”
No kidding. Russia is completely recapitalizing its massive array of intercontinental ballistic missiles, for example. This, while U.S. missile crews babysit ageing systems that were designed and built in the 1960s. “I can’t say the exact number because it is classified,” stated Rogozin. “But we are adding tens of new ballistic missiles every year.”
Rogozin didn’t go into technicalities of weapon systems whose names he rattled off. It wasn’t the forum to get into the weeds, so to speak; thus he explained things at a higher level of understanding. “Intelligent weaponry… will permit [operators] to move the zone of risk away from their battlefield, control weapons and engage the enemy before he is able to see them. Give [the operator] the capability to hit the enemy before the enemy is able to hit him.”
As Rogozin spoke, I immediately thought of newly-fielded Russian capabilities in electronic warfare, directed electromagnetic pulse, and long-range anti-air missiles that are intended to destroy U.S. radar, intelligence and refueling aircraft (AWACS, Rivet Joint, Cobra-Series, KC-135, etc.) at long distances — 200 miles away and more.
Yes, 200-plus miles; you read that correctly. In other words, you could launch a Russian missile from Pittsburgh, and take out aircraft flying near Washington, D.C.
Consider the new, Su-30-series family of aircraft, with its massive, forward-looking radar, armed with long-range Kh-31 and R-172 air to air missiles.
Americans know, Rogozin followed up, speaking calmly and thoughtfully, “that it is neither machines nor even unique inventions which will lead to technical supremacy.”
Still, however, despite this broad point, he wasn’t afraid to lay some heavy “technical supremacy” truth straight down on the slab of fate. “Our [Russian] missile development has reached a point where both the current and future American anti-ballistic missile capabilities are incapable of impacting the Russian strategic missile potential.”
Oh really? Someone might want to mention that to a few U.S. Senators. Then again, perhaps we should “all just get along,” as the late Rodney King opined during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Moving along breezily, Rogozin minced no words about how deeply Russia now perceives the U.S. as a threat. “Everything they [the U.S] have done and are doing is aimed at destroying our economy through the application of sanctions targeted at particular sections of our economy.” Read Full Story