When I have every household appliance in my apartment, from TV to a coffee grinder, talks about how much the sanctions helped us become more independent from the outside world and what leaps and bounds the import substitution goes around the country, I understand (especially looking at all these Sony, Bosch, Philips, Acer and others around him) that everything goes as it should. And where necessary.
And it even becomes somehow so indifferent that all these “achievements” of our aircraft industry in the face of An-148 and “Superjet-100” are in fact the same hodgepodge from around the world.
Perhaps this is not even so bad. This is clearly good for our passenger car industry; products from Togliatti and Izhevsk with each model are increasingly beginning to resemble cars in the world sense. Another 15-20 years of such an evolution, and disc rear brakes, power steering and automatic transmissions will become an integral part of the VAZ model. The multimedia systems could - it means that someday it will all appear.
True, a huge number of agricultural equipment from Western manufacturers, frankly, is not impressive so far. As well as the increasing availability of, for example, road machinery and excavators.
But omit these nuances, we will focus on the army.
When you observe with your own eyes the principle “no - well, to hell with it, we will buy it from a neighbor”, on the one hand, like nothing. When it comes to microwaves or telephones, it’s all for yourself.
But when you begin to observe the manifestations of this principle in the army, then you begin to scratch the back of your head, wondering if this will be a side effect.
It would seem a trifle - an alternator. Well, what could be easier? Really in such a "failed"?
It turns out that yes, they could not. Constantly on the exercises you come across imported ones. And it would be fine, the Chinese. So no, according to reviews of employees, really cool generators from the company Lombardini. Not to be confused with Lamborghini.
However, a firm from Italy with a 80-year history, the world leader among manufacturers of diesel engines with power up to 50 kW.
Italy. NATO member since 1949. A country that pursues an “open and independent” policy.
And here there is only one question. And if tomorrow is another round of sanctions? And for a huge number of diesel generators will stop selling us repair kits and spare parts? What's next? To rely on China?
In general, we have had a lot of talk about how well we have collaborated with the member countries of the NATO bloc. Here you and the "mistralnaya" theme with the French, immediately and "Lynx" as a miscarriage from the Italian Iveco.
But the issue of non-volatility of the army is very annoying with its presence. Sorry, but this is nonsense, if a part is not able to complete the task, as there will be no energy for the complexes and systems. Due to failure and inability to repair the generators.
Farther. Next we have computers and laptops. There is generally sadness and longing.
"Panasonic" and its copies as the only ones who produce protected from moisture and mechanical effects laptops.
Yes, our "potential" from the US Army uses the same models from the same company. Another question is to whom it is more profitable, and from whom, on occasion, Japanese manufacturers will go about.
By the way, I saw the same thing in the "new" topographical center. Yes, instead of three trucks now one. And all thanks to the fact that the equipment from the Canon company takes up less space.
The rest is such a trifle as uninterruptible power supply units from APC, monitors from ASUS, processors from IBM - just as a fact. No more.
Surveying equipment. Here we have "Lake". Germany, as it were.
But in essence, these are all vulnerable areas of the army. According to the full program.
Moreover, I am not talking about imported components, which do not cause concern. For example, Belarusian sights. “Pleated”, “Pine-U”, PKP-T, “Sozh-M”, “Spring-K”. Their presence on Russian equipment from BMP-3 to BMPT Terminator and Tanks (all) do not seem to be a weak spot.
Although it is very interesting what the specialists of St. Petersburg and Krasnogorsk do.
But everything that comes from Italy, Japan, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and our other “partners” is not only a matter of concern, it is caused by the feeling that in “the case of something” we are not only exposed to vulnerability.
On the websites devoted to import substitution and on the pages of certain media there is a lot and colorfully telling today about the success of this very replacement.
But the reality is that replacing tomatoes on the market is one thing, and the processors in the military computer and the generator powering this computer are another. And the processor, produced in Taiwan (even if it seems to be a domestic "Elbrus"), and the Italian diesel generator, and everything else - this can not be called a victory and confidence in the day tomorrow.
Will not put Canon filler for cartridges - what to print cards?
Do not put Lombardini rings, brushes and filters for generators - what to replace?
On the processors in our computers and other attributes of modernity in general, a special conversation.
Topographic and geodetic instruments from “Leika”. Sanctions, lack of supplies, spare parts and what? Everything, on the cards we put a cross? Will we print this cross on Canon?
Strange position, to be honest. Like the war for "his, Russian", but in practice? Actually, I showed only part of the import. But - in our army.
It seems to be trifles, but it is with trifles that everything usually begins.