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"The American Navy is not ice-hardened": US experts on Russia's advantages in the Arctic

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The United States “needs tough people and reliable means” to address the growing power of Russia and China in the Arctic region.


"The Northern Sea Route is not Russian"


This opinion was expressed by a group of American experts calling to prevent Moscow from turning the Far North into a "Russian Mecca" and Beijing - into the Polar Silk Road, since their plans "create economic obstacles for the United States."

According to retired Air Force Major General G. Randy Key, the Russian Federation cannot claim exclusive rights to the Arctic transport artery, the importance of which is steadily increasing in conditions of melting ice:

Russia claims the Northern Sea Route as its own.

According to Key, the best way out of this situation is to involve Canadians in ensuring security in the region, maintain a base in Greenland, and constantly conduct exercises designed to "demonstrate strength and military presence."

As another expert Richard Weitz explained, the Kremlin has no competition in implementing its Arctic strategy, being the most powerful player in the region. In fact, Moscow “staked out” these territories for itself, creating a fifth military district here. It has already deployed MiG-31 interceptors at rebuilt airfields, hypersonic missiles and ice-capable warships, not to mention submarines with ICBMs.



No hardening required


Against this background, the US Navy is capable of operating in the High North only "in favorable conditions," Brian Clark believes, since "the American surface fleet is not ice-hardened." According to him, under the current circumstances, the optimal way out of the situation is to deploy underwater drones in the Arctic, which should monitor the actions of Russian submarines in the region.

As Clarke points out, Moscow has a great military advantage in the Arctic in the form of electronic warfare, which is able to "blind the few forces working there." Moreover, satellite communications in this little developed region are zonal. This significantly reduces the combat resilience of the US forces deployed here.

In his words, "Russia's unfounded territorial claims" actually have nothing to challenge: there is only one heavy and one medium icebreaker for all the naval forces and the coast guard. At the same time, these vessels must also perform other tasks, protecting the exclusive economic zone of the United States.

The harsh conditions in Artik and the desire of the United States to dominate the region make experts actively discuss the "polar agenda". However, how the US military is ready to fight for the Far North has recently been shown by exercises in Japan.

Untrained Americans are caught in the snow, leaving them in a barren desert

- writes the resource Zoka.


(c) https://twitter.com/200_zoka/
Photos used:
Russian Defense Ministry website
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  1. rocket757
    rocket757 22 December 2020 08: 27
    +5
    "The American Navy is not ice-hardened":

    Maybe someone will enlighten, and what their fleet is generally "tempered" .... the current fleet, and not the one from far away?
    1. dzvero
      dzvero 22 December 2020 09: 41
      +4
      Scare tankers and container ships? And then every other time ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 22 December 2020 09: 56
        +4
        Not a great achievement for the largest navy in the world.
        1. Machito
          Machito 22 December 2020 18: 25
          +4
          Russia is a northern country, here the European Union fascist hordes of Napoleon and Hitler froze to death. They haven't seen the North yet. I served in Siberia, I almost froze, and there it was up to the Arctic Ocean for an elbow on the map minus two leap years. Where are the shabby mattress covers?
          But I'm not afraid of Siberia. Siberia is also the Russian Land. From under the cap, the forelock curls. (FROM)
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 22 December 2020 19: 24
            +3
            Our people live and work everywhere, and our military men have gone through everything that happens, they will even go through that which does not happen.
            1. Vladimir Mashkov
              Vladimir Mashkov 22 December 2020 21: 09
              +4
              In general, the Americans understand that Russia is deploying in the Arctic and China also wants to use it. They understand, but they cannot do anything: they have nothing for the development of the Arctic and have little guts! That is why they only squeal, they shine with their eyes, they stretch with their paws and clap their teeth with their teeth! lol
      2. Temples
        Temples 22 December 2020 09: 57
        -1
        Quote: dzvero
        Scare tankers and container ships? And then every other time ...

        The Americans, in principle, and in this case, will get goodies.
        All international transportation is paid in bucks.
        Economists who rule now in Russia will sell their mother for bucks.


        In fact, this is another needle-freebie that they want to get hooked on.

        And this whole idea is only for the transit of our own hydrocarbons over the hill.

        Not for domestic consumption.

        But of course, they will now authoritatively explain to us that pensions are paid with this money, kindergartens support this money and the entire social sector exists only thanks to the trade of raw materials over the hill.

        And if this is so, then this once again proves the failure of the economic course in the country.
        1. Voltsky
          Voltsky 22 December 2020 12: 00
          +3
          Bring money and influence in this world, or "resources" or transportation of "resources" ...
          You seem big already, should understand such simple things.

          From the 9th to the 12th century, people ate not badly from the simple trade route "north-south" or along the simple "from the Varangians to the Greeks"
          1. Eugene-Eugene
            22 December 2020 13: 00
            0
            The sea trade blockade is a great thing. Through it, the marinas ripped open the belly of the East
            1. Voltsky
              Voltsky 22 December 2020 14: 17
              +1
              gunboat diplomacy among the common people;
              mainly southeast asia; but there they were more severely punished by fools that they decided to trade with competitors. rather than blocking the sea arteries
  2. Victor_B
    Victor_B 22 December 2020 08: 29
    +4
    For they are white and warm-blooded!
    But they keep us for ... in general, for animals.
    Only now they are offended that the animals have teeth and claws - wow!
    And we eat ice cream in cold weather.
    And we do not hesitate to get into the hole.
    (And you get out of the water and immediately get hot in the cold! And into the steam room!)
  3. Finches
    Finches 22 December 2020 08: 32
    +4
    Well, what can I say to that:

    laughing
  4. Woodman
    Woodman 22 December 2020 08: 36
    +11
    In his words, there is virtually nothing to challenge the "unfounded territorial claims of Russia"
    If "there is nothing to challenge", then the "claims" automatically become justified.
    1. novel66
      novel66 22 December 2020 08: 42
      +16
      in fact, nobody canceled the territorial waters, you can swim by - forward!
      1. Hagen
        Hagen 22 December 2020 09: 21
        +6
        Quote: novel xnumx
        in fact, nobody canceled the territorial waters, you can swim by - forward!

        Just taken off the tongue wink
        According to retired Air Force Major General G. Randy Key, the Russian Federation cannot claim exclusive rights to the Arctic transport artery

        It seems that the old general has forgotten how to navigate the map (although he had the experience of serving as a navigator on the B-52). However, there are suspicions that this retired campaigner decided to shake off the old days and threw in a provocative statement in support of the current US policy. In 2014, this character led a group of American military advisers in Ukraine and bombarded officials in the State Department with fake "frontline news", which is why they then diverged as official and objective. In short, this "former" is a "fakecomet" with experience.
        1. Temples
          Temples 22 December 2020 09: 50
          +7
          Quote: novel xnumx
          in fact, the territorial waters have not been canceled

          It's only 22 km.
          But the exclusive economic zone is what fits.
          200 miles.

          You can fit the northern sea route into these dimensions.
          1. novel66
            novel66 22 December 2020 10: 34
            +4
            in some places the NSR enters the territorial waters
          2. Hagen
            Hagen 22 December 2020 11: 20
            +4
            Quote: Temples
            It's only 22 km.

            But these 22 km pass north of Novaya and Severnaya Zemlya, which is very north of the NSR and, accordingly, is more problematic. In addition, the entire infrastructure supporting the NSR is ours.
            Quote: Temples
            But the exclusive economic zone is what fits. 200 miles.

            Well yes. Only for innocent passage, submarines on the surface, do not let anyone down, do not lift anyone on board, etc. restrictions must be respected. What our partners, on whose behalf the "retired goat accordionist" acts, do not want to do this.
  5. Ros 56
    Ros 56 22 December 2020 08: 43
    +5
    What Russia can declare, we know even without snotty striped generals, and that the Russian NSR is a fact beyond doubt. So good-bye America.
  6. sergo1914
    sergo1914 22 December 2020 08: 49
    +8
    According to Key, the best way out of this situation is to involve Canadians in ensuring security in the region, maintain a base in Greenland, and constantly conduct exercises designed to "demonstrate strength and military presence."


    Well, "spend" and "demonstrate". In Greenland. And from the Baffin Sea to the Beaufort Sea. What does the Northern Sea Route have to do with it?
  7. aleks neym_2
    aleks neym_2 22 December 2020 08: 54
    +4
    And why has the United States still not imposed "sanctions" against Russian icebreaking ships and pulled through the UN veto on their construction? Ukraine has arrested about a hundred airliners!
  8. aszzz888
    aszzz888 22 December 2020 09: 17
    +2
    As another expert Richard Weitz explained, ... In fact, Moscow has “staked out” these territories for itself, creating a fifth military district here.
    эхstole is wrong, because -
    There are now six military districts in Russia - Moscow, Leningrad, North Caucasian, Volga-Ural, Siberian and Far Eastern.
    True, according to the plans of the Ministry of Defense, they will be settled down to four. But from 01.01.21 the Federation Council will be a military district. Something like this. And about the Arctic - the Merikatos will catch up with us for a very, very long time. bully
    1. Reserve buildbat
      Reserve buildbat 22 December 2020 09: 48
      +3
      Strange ... every day I pass the headquarters of the Central Military District, which does not exist laughing
      And on the website of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, 5 military districts are indicated:
      1. Western
      2. Southern
      3. Central
      4. Oriental
      5. Northern Fleet.
      1. sleeve
        sleeve 22 December 2020 14: 49
        +2
        The same is in thought. Maybe a time anomaly and a portal of some kind in 1998?
  9. Mykhalych
    Mykhalych 22 December 2020 09: 29
    +4
    "... Russia claims the Northern Sea Route as its own ..." - this is how it is. 40 icebreakers from Russia, and the largest in the world - nuclear versus 2 American ... Kick the Americans ice near Alaska, without going beyond the 12-mile zone and you will be happy ...
  10. Egor53
    Egor53 22 December 2020 09: 47
    +3
    The general should have brought up a list of American icebreakers.
  11. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 22 December 2020 10: 04
    +4
    "The Northern Sea Route is not Russian"
    Take a bite. It is enough to look at the map to understand the opposite. And what "creates economic obstacles for the United States" are your problems. Learn to negotiate on mutually beneficial terms. I agree that service in the Arctic “needs strong people and reliable means”. In Russia, there are plenty of them, and therefore we dominate this region.
  12. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 22 December 2020 10: 23
    +4
    The general directly and without hesitation voiced his wishes - if something brings money not to the American cashier, it, by definition, has no right to exist, or should come under the control of America.
    And saddened by the fact that this not only exists, but there is no way to squeeze it out.
    And who, too !? At some "gas station pretending to be a country" with an economy torn to shreds!
    Shame for the "city on the hill"
  13. aleks neym_2
    aleks neym_2 22 December 2020 12: 01
    +2
    Quote: Jacket in stock
    The general directly and without hesitation voiced his wishes - if something brings money not to the American cashier, it, by definition, has no right to exist, or should come under the control of America.
    And saddened by the fact that this not only exists, but there is no way to squeeze it out.
    And who, too !? At some "gas station pretending to be a country" with an economy torn to shreds!
    Shame for the "city on the hill"

    Give the mattress toppers freedom in their actions, then the Mariana Trench will be in the zone of their economic strategic and other interests.
  14. Kara
    Kara 22 December 2020 15: 37
    +9
    According to him, under the current circumstances, the optimal way out of the situation is to deploy underwater drones in the Arctic, which should monitor the actions of Russian submarines in the region.

    I think that the answer from our side will be a mirrored one - the placement of underwater drones along the coast of the United States
    1. Svetlana
      Svetlana 22 December 2020 17: 37
      +1
      Quote: Kara
      I think that the answer from our side will be a mirrored one - the placement of underwater drones along the coast of the United States

      We need to start by placing our underwater drones along our coast, and in our territorial waters. It is cheaper to service them near them. Our drones must monitor the actions of the enemy fleet off our shores and, if necessary, demonstrate who is the boss. In this case, incidents like the recent one in our Peter the Great Bay will quickly end. see https://www.newsvl.ru/society/2020/11/24/194882/, an American destroyer violated the Russian border in the Gulf of Peter the Great.
      Then, as technologies for the production of underwater drones are developed, it will be possible to deploy them in the far sea zone.
      Once upon a time on the banks of the Volga, in some places there were poles marking places that were unsafe for the passage of ships due to possible attacks ..
  15. Podvodnik
    Podvodnik 22 December 2020 17: 10
    +1
    constantly conduct exercises designed to "demonstrate strength and military presence"


    A pipiski will not freeze?
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  17. Ax Matt
    Ax Matt 22 December 2020 22: 24
    +1
    Black on white is a great target! Welcome to OUR Arctic ...! good
  18. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov 22 December 2020 22: 24
    0
    Americans speak with intonation
    Scarlett O-Hara from Gone With the Wind:
    "(yawning) I'll think about it tomorrow ..."
    And they can afford it.
  19. RealPilot
    RealPilot 23 December 2020 00: 10
    +1
    Quote: dzvero
    Scare tankers and container ships? And then every other time ...

    Brave battle ram! winked Watched ...
  20. RealPilot
    RealPilot 23 December 2020 00: 11
    +2
    Quote: Podvodnik
    constantly conduct exercises designed to "demonstrate strength and military presence"


    A pipiski will not freeze?

    And they will warm them ... How to get up with a little train, tolerant! repeat
  21. savelii1805
    savelii1805 23 December 2020 01: 10
    +1
    Yes, let them go to the Glory of God. They have no ice captains, they have no ice pilots (who know those waters), there are no supply bases in that area. do not ask the Russians for help, and Allah will help them, together with Jehovah's Witnesses