Russia has more tanks than the United States, but this will not provide it with an advantage in the event of an armed conflict, the American military journalist said. Recently, more and more materials have appeared in the Western press on the topic of a possible war between the United States and the Russian Federation. Analysts assess the benefits of both sides in the event of a collision.
Russia has an advantage over the United States in terms of the number of tanks, although this does not guarantee it victory in a ground war, writes military journalist Chris Osborne in The National Interest.
As indicated in the article, Russia has only 27 thousand armored vehicles, 12 thousand of which are tanks. This fact impressed the author. At the same time, he called it quite reasonable, since Russia is primarily a land power. At the same time, as the newspaper writes, the country’s leadership plans to add another 1.2 thousand units of equipment. For the first half of 2020, the Russian Federation received 160 tanks, including the repaired and restored T-72B and T-80, the journalist notes. But he expressed doubts that all of them are capable of competing with the American M1 Abrams.
The United States, meanwhile, has a smaller number of tanks – only 6 thousand vehicles, although the total number of armored vehicles in Washington is 39 thousand. In addition, the United States has naval and air power.
For this reason, Osborne wondered how important it was to have a large number of tanks for a prolonged land war.
According to the author, military aviation will play an important role in any modern armed conflict, and Washington has more than twice the advantage in combat aircraft and five times in helicopters. It is air power that will become the decisive factor for victory on the ground, the author stated. Osborne also recalled the fears of experts about the possibility of Russia quickly seize the Baltic States if the United States does not send serious reinforcements.
The expert concluded that bare numbers are of little value in modern warfare, since the range, accuracy, invulnerability and combat characteristics of tanks and aircraft will play a role. According to the author of the article, most likely, the technology of the United States has more advantages in this.
Recently, the American media are increasingly writing materials about a possible military conflict between Russia and the United States. Defense One, referring to the military analyst of the Center for Military and Political Power at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Shane Preisewater, wrote that in order to successfully break through the air defense system of Kaliningrad, the United States will need more strategic bombers than they have now.
“Even though the United States has bases and allies in the region, the huge amount of countermeasures required, for example, to defeat the integrated air defense system of Kaliningrad, will require significant involvement of bombers,” the article wrote.
Shortly before this, the head of the US Air Force Global Strikes Command, Timothy Ray, in a letter to the Air Force Times, expressed the opinion that his country could in the future wage war with China or Russia.
He stressed that the United States “needs to modernize its network of bombers, submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles [ICBMs], in part through the development of new technologies” in order to keep up with the times.
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Last year, American naval expert Lyle Goldstein, in an article in The National Interest, suggested who might emerge victorious in the war between the United States and Russia at sea. According to his forecasts, Russian submarines, ground-based missile systems, missile boats and aircraft equipped with hypersonic anti-ship missiles such as the Dagger complex will destroy virtually the entire Alliance fleet in the Black Sea in the early hours of the war.
Goldstein believes that, according to the Montreux Convention, the ban on the passage of aircraft carriers through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles is a good luck for the United States, because otherwise American ships of this type, considered the main pride of the US Navy, could be sunk.
The specialist also recommended that the country’s leadership stop relying on aircraft carriers, which he called outdated. He expressed the opinion that the state needs to develop the submarine fleet, as well as the latest drones.