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Baltops 2020 exercises: World War III scenarios during the pandemic era

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USNS Supply Support Vessel at Baltops Exercises. Source: nato.int


Pandemics despite


Initially, the 49th military games of the NATO armies Baltic Operations 2020 were supposed to take place in the spring, but the coronavirus made its own adjustments, and the exercises were held from June 7 to 16. In order to avoid infection of the personnel, the organizers canceled the land component and concentrated on the sea and air parts. The troops of 17 member countries of the Alliance and 2 partner countries: Finland and Sweden pulled into Europe. In total, 29 maritime units, 29 aircraft and 3000 military personnel were represented in the Baltic Sea and in the airspace. Not the biggest forces. For comparison: last year there were 50 ships, 40 aircraft and about 8,6 thousand military personnel.


Source: sfn.nato.int

Naturally, no one from the supreme leadership of the alliance points directly to the anti-Russian format of exercises. The official press release of the NATO High Command, in particular, states:

“The purpose of these exercises is to increase the level of allied activities between the countries of the alliance in order to strengthen the potential for joint response to threats, as well as to demonstrate international determination to ensure stability in the region and, if necessary, to protect the Baltic Sea.”



As you can see, masks for helicopter crews are not needed. The MH60 Sea Hawk is preparing to board the latest USS Mount Whitney control vessel. Source: nato.int

For 10 days, naval forces and aviation The NATO armies underwent three main phases of the exercises: testing and improving the performance of combat missions, integration of forces and assets, and at the final stage under the name TACEX, a “free game” took place, in which many units worked autonomously. The last stage is considered the most unpredictable for a potential adversary, therefore it was during this period that the Baltic’s retaliatory activity fleet was the maximum. But more on that later.

One of the main features of the past exercises was the focus on cooperation between units of different countries under a common command. In fact, the ability to coordinate the Naples headquarters of the Sixth Fleet of the United States, the command center in Lisbon and the NATO Operations Center was assessed. How much this has been achieved has yet to be evaluated, but now officials are reporting on successful outcomes.






Several episodes of ship maneuvers in the Baltic. Source: nato.int

All Baltops 2020 resources were built around counteracting a powerful adversary, against which no European state can stand alone. Ships and aircraft hone the technique of joint mine action, air defense and anti-submarine wars. As Lisa Franchetti, the commander of the Sixth Fleet of the United States, notes, only the development of skills in conditions as close as possible to real hostilities will allow us to jointly repel the enemy’s powerful naval forces in the future. All actions in the next prove the clear focus of maneuvers on countering Russia. Particularly in this regard, the final training blockade of the Baltic by NATO forces stands out, very similar to a similar operation by the naval forces of the Third Reich.

Of no less importance is the development of warfare techniques in a pandemic. Europeans with Americans seem to have decided to wrap up the situation with coronavirus in their favor and try their hand at war with all the epidemiological precautions. The result was naval maneuvers - US marines did not even venture on a traditional landfall near the Kaliningrad region. As if making excuses for this, Rear Admiral Guy Robinson talked about some new tactics that made it possible to do without landing operations.

Responsiveness


From 1993 to 2015, Russia took part in the annual military operations of Baltic Operations aimed at developing tactics of the fight against terrorism. For five years now, as part of the Baltops, our country has been acting as a hypothetical adversary and conducting its maneuvers on the other side of the front. A press release from the Russian National Center for Defense Management in this regard diplomatically states:

“The forces and means of the Baltic Fleet are monitoring the US and European naval exercises Baltops-2020, conducted from June 7 to 16 in the waters of the southern and central parts of the Baltic Sea.”



Baltic Fleet Source: cdnimg.rg.ru

In a situation where warships and aircraft of a potential enemy approached only 120 kilometers to the state border of Russia, it was simply impossible to observe and not react. Against this background, the Kaliningrad region for ten days has become a kind of outpost of the educational resistance of Baltops. First of all, the launches of the Iskanders distinguished themselves by electronic launches on NATO's control infrastructure facilities. In total, 20 pieces of equipment and about 200 personnel were involved. Immediately after the training launches, the rocketers changed their positions in order to avoid a retaliatory strike. The Bastion complexes also held the ships of the NATO countries on the fly, and then, during electronic firing, they were "destroyed". At the very beginning of the maneuvers, several ships left the city of Baltiysk to monitor the course of events and to develop anti-submarine and air defense. Also, the Baltic Fleet naval aviation conducted round-the-clock reconnaissance, and ten Su-27, Su-24 and Su-30SM carried out an attack on enemy surface targets. Although the NATO team this time did not dare to land the Marine Corps, Baltic Fleet pilots conditionally destroyed several landing ships. At the same time, Russian aviation did not stop training after the Baltops either: on June 19, three days later, the combined fleet of NATO, 10 crews of anti-submarine aircraft of the Baltic Fleet rehearsed the search and destruction of submarines. In addition, they trained in bombing and round-the-clock destruction of surface targets. According to the press center of the Baltic Fleet, during the NATO maneuvers, exercises were held for units of the air defense regiment. They worked out the standards for the deployment of radar stations, the search for air targets and target designation at the command posts of the S-300 and S-400 systems. At least 500 anti-aircraft gunners and about 50 weapons, including the Sky and Gamma radars, took part in the training. Field trips of electronic warfare specialists during the period of military games of the NATO countries have already become traditional. In the Kaliningrad region for almost two weeks, 200 troops were on duty, providing the combat work of 20 units of special equipment. Only the main operations of the Russian grouping of troops in the Baltic are listed here, without taking into account the local training exits of individual minesweepers or missile boats. In general, for ten days Baltops Kaliningrad region was included in no less ambitious military maneuvers.


Missile system "Iskander". Source: gazeta.ru

This confrontation is very similar to the scenario of the beginning of the third world war. Moreover, the ever-increasing activity of the United States and Europe in the Baltic Sea leads not only to a local response from our army, but also to a long-term buildup of weapons. So, in the near future small missile ships of the Karakurt project 22800 with Caliber cruise missiles will appear on the Baltic Fleet, four ships of this series will be equipped with the marine version of the Pantsir-M anti-aircraft missile system. Russia has to intensify intelligence activity near NATO member countries and sympathizers, which cannot but lead to increased tension.

Against the backdrop of confrontation, the idea of ​​Russia returning to the format of the Baltic exercises of NATO countries is interesting. According to the editor-in-chief of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Viktor Murakhovsky, who he voiced in an interview with RT,

“Joint maneuvers increase overall security, establish cooperation when ships and vessels diverge in international waters. Today, this problem is quite urgent. We see Americans regularly making dangerous maneuvers near foreign ships, which is heating up the situation in different parts of the world. Any training with the ships is always useful, this would serve as a de-escalation. But the West is not interested in this. ”

But with the growing activity of the NATO bloc, which even COVID-19 is not a reason for a truce, the hope for such a turn of events is very weak.
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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 22 June 2020 06: 03 New
    -1
    Baltops 2020 exercises: World War III scenarios during the pandemic era
    Che, they imitate spraying another infection, they say the wind is suitable, well, well.
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha 22 June 2020 08: 28 New
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      and if necessary - protect the Baltic Sea

      From the atlantic ocean? Or from Issyk-Kul?
      Is there a high-likly information about someone wishing to attack the Baltic Sea directly?
      Thinking and cue level statements
      1. Nasrat
        Nasrat 22 June 2020 09: 38 New
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        Учения НАТО проходили в районе прокладки СП-2. "Отрабатывали" глубоководные погружения. Ищут повод для закрытия проекта. По факту идет экономическая война, дело дошло до флота... Об этом специальный репортаж:
        1. DenZ
          DenZ 22 June 2020 16: 41 New
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          Quote: Nasr
          Учения НАТО проходили в районе прокладки СП-2. "Отрабатывали" глубоководные погружения. Ищут повод для закрытия проекта

          No matter how much nastiness they put under our pipe. If it explodes, they will shout to the whole world about the insecurity of SP1 and SP2. For them (for the USA) this is an ideal solution to the problem of our gas.
      2. iouris
        iouris 23 June 2020 10: 58 New
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        Это не подготовка к мировой войне, это подталкивание "супостата унутреннего" к действиям ("последний" и "решительный").
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 22 June 2020 06: 22 New
    +4
    They do not openly say that they are preparing to fight with Russia, but this is not necessary either, because everything speaks for itself
    demonstration of international determination to ensure stability in the region, and if necessary - protect the Baltic Sea
    От поляков с прибалтами или скандинавов, которые являются союзниками защищать собираются? Американцы демонстративно лезут на рожон сегодня с главной целью - держать Россию в напряжении (по их мнению) и главное показать "союзникам" что американцы полны решимости в случае чего "грудью встать на защиту" самых нервных, непредсказуемых и пораженных русофобией в этом регионе.
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 22 June 2020 06: 58 New
      +2
      The Kaliningrad region for ten days has become a kind of outpost of the educational resistance of Baltops.
      Ours also trained .... So it is not known who has more pluses!
  3. Old partisan
    Old partisan 22 June 2020 06: 30 New
    +3
    Any teachings are normal. Only in contrast to NATO exercises, not only the work of anti-aircraft gunners, but also the training and combat shooting of the Caliber and Iskander at sea targets near the training zone is needed.
    The enemy must be kept in good shape and fear.
  4. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 22 June 2020 06: 31 New
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    Responsiveness

    Directly theater of one actor (NATO), for:
    “Forces and means of the Baltic Fleet watching the progress of the exercise US Navy and European countries ... "

    Naturally, the approaching borders of NATO countries directly to Russian territory do not carry any danger for Russian citizens. These are just games dedicated to the beginning of the attack of fascist Germany on the USSR. Just on the eve of the parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory.
    I still think when, after the next “military maneuver”, without any demarche, the NATO countries “allow” themselves, using the loyalty of the RF Armed Forces, to fire at our country with any American missiles ... But what? Everything is in order for a preemptive strike.
    Most importantly, none of the country's leadership “due to certain circumstances” has the right to make a sharp attack towards the “alleged opponent”, does not allow itself to say a harsh word that can be assessed as a direct threat, as an attack on a “white and fluffy »NATO ...
    Is there any reason for such a relationship?
    Therefore, sometimes you look at politicians:

    And the thought arises:
    “A MAY BE, BREAKS?”
    But, in the absence of a stamp:
    “Joint maneuvers increase overall security, establish cooperation when ships and vessels diverge in international waters ... Any training with ships is always useful, this would serve to de-escalate. But the West is not interested in this. ”

    It remains only to state:
    But with the growing activity of the NATO bloc, which even COVID-19 is not a reason for a truce, the hope for such a turn of events is very weak.
  5. knn54
    knn54 22 June 2020 07: 01 New
    -1
    At any moment, large-scale exercises can develop into war / conflict.
  6. parusnik
    parusnik 22 June 2020 07: 13 New
    +1
    "Кто -то думает, что у нас манёвры, а мы просто были на рыбалке"(с)
  7. Bez 310
    Bez 310 22 June 2020 07: 59 New
    +2
    Read disgusting ...
    У нас - учения, а у них- "военные игрища".
    Just a shame!
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 22 June 2020 16: 10 New
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      Quote: Bez 310
      У нас - учения, а у них- "военные игрища".

      Exactly.
      Because we do not set ourselves the task of provoking someone. For example, conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico.
      And the Americans provoke CONSTANTLY.
      And we, and China, and Iran, and North Korea.
      1. Bez 310
        Bez 310 22 June 2020 17: 13 New
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        We are not conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico for a completely different reason.
        We do not have the strength to train in this bay. Yes, Americans are constantly demonstrating strength in various areas. They have something to demonstrate.
        I understand our position - do not provoke, do not give a reason, do not need to do anything, otherwise suddenly what will happen, but we have nothing to answer.
        We simply depict activities with a stupefying campaign in our media.
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 22 June 2020 19: 37 New
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          Quote: Bez 310
          We are not conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico for a completely different reason.
          We do not have the strength to exercise in this bay.

          Do you yourself understand that you wrote nonsense?

          Quote: Bez 310
          Yes, Americans are constantly demonstrating strength in various areas. They have something to demonstrate.

          I also have something to demonstrate, but I'm a well-mannered person, and I don’t run around the streets without pants.

          Quote: Bez 310
          We simply depict activities with a stupefying campaign in our media.

          Для сильно забывчивых напоминаю: это они нас объявили врагами, а не мы их. И донесение до населения правды о происходящем- благое и правильное дело, а не "одуряющая компания"
          1. Bez 310
            Bez 310 22 June 2020 21: 08 New
            +1
            I understand your position, further conversation
            I think it’s pointless with you. Excuse me.
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 22 June 2020 21: 16 New
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              Quote: Bez 310
              I understand your position, further conversation
              I think it’s pointless with you.

              Can't broadcast crap with a smart look?
              It happens. Today is not your day.
              1. Bez 310
                Bez 310 22 June 2020 21: 28 New
                +2
                The point is completely different.
                Ваш "переход на личности" мне не нужен,
                need to discuss the topic, not the commentators.
                I am not ready to discuss the reasons why
                you don’t run through the streets without pants.
                Sorry again ...
                1. Lopatov
                  Lopatov 22 June 2020 21: 40 New
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                  Quote: Bez 310
                  Ваш "переход на личности" мне не нужен,

                  Yes, I didn’t seem to go over ...
                  Quote: Bez 310
                  I am not ready to discuss the reasons why
                  you don’t run through the streets without pants.

                  And, I understand, you were offended on behalf of all Americans.
                  За то, что я сравнил их дурную привычку всех провоцировать с беганием по улицам без штанов "потому что есть, что демонстрировать" laughing laughing laughing

                  И самое смешное, что провоцируя Россию эти одарённые альтернативно люди провоцируют тех, кто способен их уничтожить. Одна ошибка, одно непонимание и принцип "взаимного гарантированного уничтожения" сработает.... Слышали о таком? MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction

                  Honestly, against the backdrop of the actions of these ... originals, even running through the streets without pants looks like the height of sanity.
                  1. Bez 310
                    Bez 310 22 June 2020 21: 49 New
                    +2
                    I see demagoguery is your forte.
                    А теперь по делу. Во времена "конца СССР" советский
                    The Navy carried out PPS in the Sargasso Sea, with the forces of 5 nuclear submarines.
                    Недавно обсуждали, операция называлась "Атрина".
                    Что это было? Комплексные учения, или "военные игрища",
                    and what is the difference?
                    1. Lopatov
                      Lopatov 22 June 2020 22: 07 New
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                      Quote: Bez 310
                      I see demagoguery is your forte.

                      Где здесь "демагогия"?
                      Stupid people diligently provoke other states. Including those against which provocations can lead to the destruction of both the United States and humanity as a whole.
                      А Вы ноете про "демагогию".
                      These are pure facts.
                      Если "есть что показать"- не обязательно снимать штаны и бегать по улице.

                      Quote: Bez 310
                      Недавно обсуждали, операция называлась "Атрина".

                      Provocation.
                      Не очень умные люди решили показать другим не очень умным людям то, что им тоже "есть что показать"
                      But this does not justify the American military games. Which with high probability can lead to Armageddez
                      1. Bez 310
                        Bez 310 22 June 2020 22: 14 New
                        +2
                        A provocation organized by not-so-smart people?
                        Вы считаете, что в советском ВМФ у руля были "не очень
                        умные люди"? Ну, вам виднее...
                        But at the end of October 2019, several submarines of the North
                        fleets went to sea with a similar mission. What, and in
                        российском ВМФ у руля тоже "не очень умные люди"? Прямо
                        and I don’t know how to react to it ...
                        It’s good for you, you’re sure that the head of our Navy is
                        "не очень умные люди", которые провоцируют наших "партнеров".
                        And here I am at a loss ...
                      2. Lopatov
                        Lopatov 22 June 2020 22: 17 New
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                        Quote: Bez 310
                        Вы считаете, что в советском ВМФ у руля были "не очень
                        умные люди"? Ну, вам виднее...

                        Do you think that the decision to carry out the provocation was made by the leadership of the Soviet Navy?

                        Quote: Bez 310
                        But at the end of October 2019, several submarines of the North
                        fleets went to sea with a similar mission.

                        With which?
                        If you have been informed, do not be shy, voice it.
                      3. Bez 310
                        Bez 310 22 June 2020 22: 19 New
                        +1
                        Quote: Spade
                        Do you think that the decision to carry out the provocation was made by the leadership of the Soviet Navy?

                        Я не считаю, а достоверно знаю, что операцию "Атрина" (по вашему мнению - провокацию) приказал провести лично ГК ВМФ Чернавин.
                        Okay, I see that apart from the slogans, you have no knowledge,
                        finish the conversation.
                      4. Lopatov
                        Lopatov 22 June 2020 22: 21 New
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                        Quote: Bez 310
                        ordered the conduct of the Navy GC Chernavin personally.

                        laughing laughing laughing
                        Have you slanted from the army?
                      5. Bez 310
                        Bez 310 22 June 2020 22: 23 New
                        +2
                        Quote: Spade
                        Have you slanted from the army?

                        Tried, failed ...
                        I had to serve 30 years, of which 26 - in the Navy.
  • Dimmedroll
    Dimmedroll 25 June 2020 19: 56 New
    0
    There is nothing to answer, only our doctrine does not imply a war on foreign territory and large expeditionary forces.
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  • Knell wardenheart
    Knell wardenheart 22 June 2020 12: 59 New
    +1
    Мне интересно - какой примерно план у НАТО "в случае чего" . И на какую ситуацию. Определенно нас никто не готовится завоевывать - но также определенно идет подготовка к некой ситуации, в которой либо мы рассматриваемся как инициатор, либо некие события вынуждают нас к действиям.
    What if all these are some blueprints for the case of GV, in the style of intervention 2.0? Indeed, at one time, the West was completely unprepared for such a development of events and as a result received a problem for decades to come.
    Of course, we have enough neighbors (in NATO, in NATO allies) who want to take a piece of our country, following the example of the partition of Poland or Czechoslovakia, but the problem is that even having chosen the most inappropriately for our demographic potential, we still have enough strength, territory , resources and volume of industry in order to take everything back or at least become a perennial problem.
    У нас в свою очередь уже был опыт сферы контроля Восточной Европы - но объективно сейчас мы абсолютно не в форме для повторения этого , а наша экономика в этом заинтересована еще меньше . Даже если такая цель стояла бы - нам потребовалось бы не менее 10ти лет индустриализации и милитаризации . То есть, утверждать о том, что у нас реально есть какой то активный план ,вызывающий опасения стран Балтии или вост. европы - я бы не стал. Просто устранять РФ ради самого устранения - это тоже фантастика - наша зарубежная экономико-политическая активность не идет ни в какое сравнение с активностью США или даже КНР , наше экономическое воздействие на Европу не столь критично - иначе бы давно уже сами Европейцы "закрыли" Ливийский вопрос и проложили бы оттуда трубу - или форсировали бы вопрос Турецкого потока 2 . Нет никаких признаков того,что наша внешняя политика будет и дальше представлять некий серьезный и фундаментальный вызов внешним планам США - наша экономика его просто не потянет.
    В свою очередь для США крайне опасно было бы дезорганизовывать нашу территорию -вот конкретно это не в их интересах. У нас есть масса "плохих" технологий и специалистов , совершенно кошмарная территория для оккупации - все это в случае чего может быть куда бОльшей проблемой,чем сейчас. Так что я не верю в то, что США хотят нас разрушить.
    So what is the idea then?
  • Poetry
    Poetry 22 June 2020 19: 04 New
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    Until they get the Drendule, they will soar.
  • +5
    +5 23 June 2020 15: 15 New
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    Iskanders without special warheads - money down the drain!