US moving to Europe helicopter gunships, created specifically to deal with Russian tanks. Although the number of cars seems insignificant, the Pentagon has explicitly described the purpose of the transfer “containing Russia” – which in this area has recently revived the famous First guards tank army.
20 helicopters AH-64 Apache from the part of the 1st battalion, 501st aviation regiment, 1st armored division of the US army based in Fort bliss (Texas) arrived at the base of storage of arms in Corpus Christi. According to the website of the us army, the machine of this battalion, with the unofficial title of “Iron dragon” (in addition to arrivals it is planned to send four more helicopters) as well as 400 soldiers in February of this year to be deployed in Europe as part of operation “Atlantic determination” (Atlantic Resolve Operation) and rotation of the European contingent of U.S. troops. The operation itself is, as you know, has the unequivocal goal of “containment regional dominance of Russia”.
“We need opportunities”
“Created favorable conditions for the invasion of NATO to Russia, but the only thing that protects our sovereignty, is the presence of the nuclear potential”
“In order to deliver the helicopters to the ship, we will need a few days, said the American army portal senior non-commissioned officer third class David Starich. – To do this, we’ll be off the machines rotor blades. We can only do so because the helicopters will be shipped on a large transport ship which does not have its own heliport”.
The resource notes that are located in the Gulf of Mexico, port Corpus Christi has been chosen not casually – it is one of the few Gulf ports that can approach large ships that can carry two dozen helicopters.
The technique is the same and the soldiers of the “Iron dragon” will be directed according to the website, the “support to aviation operations in Europe” and in order to improve interoperability with military contingents of other NATO countries and to “strengthen relations” with the bloc’s partner countries.
Partners at the gates
According to the President of the Academy of geopolitical problems the General-Colonel Leonid Ivashov, which he expressed in conversation with the newspaper VIEW, the armed forces of NATO, based on Russia’s borders, is traditionally felt the need for maneuverable combat helicopters. Thus, the probability that instead of the rotation, these machines will be sent to gain:
“We see that Americans quickly create shock troops at the Russian border, saturating them with modern military equipment, – said the expert. They have two main regions of dislocation: the most powerful is located on the territory of Poland, another is in Romania.”
Because the American group in Europe is not just broadcasted, but enhanced, according to the chief of the military policy and economy of the Russian Institute of strategic studies, Director of the Centre for strategic conjuncture Ivan Konovalov.
“By itself, a squadron of two dozen “Apache” is not a very large unit, the case is different. Recently, even before the inauguration of trump, in Europe began to transfer combat brigade group, commented on the situation the expert newspaper VIEW. – While there since the days of the cold war there were two brigades of the US army. And, of course, this increase started several decades later, is to reduce tensions on the continent.”
The expert believes that Russia soberly assess the situation, so if more recently, the Western area is considered safe and the Russian troops there almost was not, now the country’s Western border to cover two divisions.
“And what can Russia do to counter this? – skeptical analysis of the situation for the newspaper LOOK, the doctor of military Sciences, Chairman of the Union of geopolitics, Konstantin Sivkov. We’re talking about 24 us helicopters, when in Europe two thousand. While the whole of Russia has 625 attack helicopters. So I assume that the squadron might be directed in the rotation, because the total number of machines is a drop in the sea. Created favorable conditions for the invasion of NATO to Russia, but the only thing that protects our sovereignty, is the presence of the nuclear potential.”
Particularly noteworthy, and the specialization of supply of military equipment. So, in fact, attack helicopter “Apache” was created primarily to combat tanks. If you believe open data during the operation “desert Storm” 1991, “Apache” was destroyed a few hundred Iraqi tanks of Soviet production (T-72).
During the second invasion of Iraq in 2003, the helicopters were not so effective and could easily become targets of the local partisans during the four years of fighting had destroyed 37 “Apache”. At the same time machine used by the British contingent fared well in Afghanistan.
At the same time, as previously wrote the OPINION, in July last year, the Americans transferred to Estonia eight attack aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt, also created for the purpose of dealing with Soviet tanks. If we recall that in 2015 in Russia in the Western military district was formed the First Panzer army – analogue of the legendary First guards tank army, which existed from 1944 to 1999, the logical chain is fully closed.
“Yes, the A-10 really, like the Apache helicopter, aimed at combating tanks – confirmed in conversation with the newspaper VIEW the appointment supplied by the Americans in Europe technology a military expert, retired Colonel Mikhail Tymoshenko. And it should be noted that these machines are remarkable, not only in defense but also in attack. Speaking of the reconstituted Russian tank army, First guards tank army was really the army tank with a capacity of more than 800 tanks. The current consists of three battalions of 30 cars each”.
Give trump legacy of Obama?
The expert reacted critically to the dominant in Russian society, the enthusiasm about the new American President and the hope for the cessation of the arms race between Russia and the West:
“In politics – say one thing and do another, – says Tymoshenko. – Of course, the militarization of the Russian borders – the case of Barack Huseynovich, but Trump needs to maneuver – he will respond, if it one day comes the big Industrialists and say, well, we have always lived in defense orders, and you’re here in the peacemaker decided to play?”
Konstantin Sivkov also said that the deployment of troops USA is the work of the previous administration of this country. And Donald Trump, if he does not abandon the policy of normalization of relations with Russia, according to experts, to overcome the serious resistance of the Congress and Senate of the United States, taking such a decision.
“I think the Obama administration has made every effort to ensure that the tension on the border with Russia is not abating, and it is no coincidence the decision to strengthen the American military presence was made even before trump became President, expressed a similar view Ivan Konovalov. And the legacy he’s left a lot of backlog, which will have to figure out if he really wants to restore normal relations with Russia. Now, to justify to Parliament the decision to reduce the number of American military forces in Europe, he will need to find a good reason”.