Russia's Big Failure: Armenia Could Land a Hand

    • Comments - 11 December 2017, 23:34
The Nezavisimaya Gazeta has published an interesting article on December 3 about the Russian MI-28N war helicopters which are also known as night hunters. The point of the author of the article is that these “night hunters” are also blind, they do not see at night.

Referring to Senator Victor Bondirev, the former commander of the air and space troops of Russia, the article states that the avionics of the new helicopters is bad according to the pilots who participated in the campaign in Syria. They complained that the night vision device on the helicopter intended for night flights and strikes does not work as soon as a source of light is present, such as a rocket fired, urban lights or its own rocket.

The article also states that another issue with TuM3 long-range warplanes was revealed during the Syrian campaign. They are intended for long flights but the seats of the pilots are uncomfortable and they have strong backaches after long flights.

After and during the campaign in Syria the Russian authorities, including President Putin, did not hide that Syria was also a ground for trying out modern Russian arms and equipment. No doubt the purpose of these major campaigns is this for not only Russia but also basically the other major countries.

In addition, according to Moscow, these “demonstrations” were successful, and now the Russian ammunition has a good qualification. It cannot be otherwise, and the Russian authorities would not confess these issues detected during the “demonstrations” in Syria. No government would confess this for clear reasons.

However, there are problems, and it is not known what other issues were detected aside from the “night blindness” of war helicopters, uncomfortable seats of the war planes. By the way, in the context of this information one recalls several incidents that took place during the West 2017 exercise, including the misfire of the war helicopter which almost killed the camera crew. It is possible that the problem was with the “vision” of the helicopter.

By the way, after the Russian-Belorussian training West 2017 the Russian president held a meeting on the defense industry and announced that all the Russian companies, both state-run and private, must be ready for a fast transition to production of defense equipment. What was the reason for such an instruction by Putin? Russia is hardly getting ready for such a large-scale war to need such a volume of defense production.

Most probably, the real, unpublished technical and economic result of the Syrian campaign, as well as the West 2017 training revealed major shortcomings of the Russian defense industry in answer to which Putin announced “defense mobilization”, considering that this sector is one of the key branches of the Russian oil and gas-fed economy.

At the same time, the “mobilization” mode or approach is determined by the fact that in January 2018 the new U.S. sanctions on Russia become effective, introducing restrictions relating to the Russian defense industry.

Crisis is knocking on the door of the Russian defense industry, and Putin is looking for ways out.

Armenia may offer a way out to Russia. It may not be a complete solution but it may at least cover part of it. With the help of its defense engineering and scientific thought Armenia can give Russia an opportunity for higher quality production, getting an opportunity for adequate cooperation and partnership, producing a significant economic and defense effect for Armenia. At the same time, Armenia can become a platform for cooperation which will allow escaping the domain of sanctions.

In addition, the expectation of problems with the West is exaggerated because the United States will not be against possible cooperation with economic and security implications for Armenia because it will increase the security potential of Armenia. And the security of Armenia is also an important part of the international security system.

Considering the regional role of Armenia and the recognition by the West, Russia which implements partnership obligations to Armenia is not a problem for the West, for the United States. It is another issue that such Russia will pose issues for Turkey and Azerbaijan, and for the Russian economic and political circles and corporations which have close financial and economic relations with these subjects.