I wonder what was the battle capability of our submarines during Soviet times. Zero, following by his logic. Some interesting discovers there.If, for example, we do not have an aircraft carrier in the North, the battle capability of the Northern Fleet's guided-missile submarines will be reduced to zero after Day One because the submarines' principal adversary is aviation.
And the second thing - if he really see the chance for a continuous war in the North? In fact, there won't be any Day Two for anyone involved.
It's much more easier to actually upgrade the shipyards (if there is, of course, a certain strategic or market need for that) w/o putting unnecessary expensive toys to your purchase list, imho.
Do not quite understand what is discussed.
Currently the plans are - two carrier-based groups. Preliminary draft - 2012, the final - 2017, commissioning of ~ 2023.
Aircraft carriers, nuclear.
I can't say I'm a big fan of Mistrals as it was absolutely ridiculous waste of taxpayers money both in military and technological aspect in my opinion.
We've basically purchased the civil defenseless platforms with the strong aim to put in an enormous amount of money and finally upgrade them into something more suitable for our probable future needs.
There is a more suitable explanation for that purchase and all the hype around the future carriers project, imho.
It cannot. IJN and Kriegsmarine showed this pretty conclusively 70 years ago.