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The Belarusian army can seize the Baltic States in a couple of days

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The Belarusian army can seize the Baltic States in a couple of days

Alexander Khramchikhin analyzes the armed forces of Russia's western neighbors


At the moment, the Armed Forces of Russia (VS) are in reality somewhat better than their reputation in society. In the past five years, the internal situation in the Armed Forces has improved, the intensity of combat training has increased significantly, including strategic exercises that have become regular. At least some kind of rearmament began, albeit chaotic and unsystematic, but such is better than none.

The main problems of our Armed Forces now lie outside the Armed Forces themselves. First, it is the lack of government strategy for their development. Secondly, it is the degradation of science, education and industry. All these factors will hit us inevitably and very strongly in the medium and long term. However, at the moment, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are relatively adequate to the geopolitical situation (except for BBO and Pacific Fleet, but tomorrow the war will not start there yet).

In this case, we must not forget that everything is known in comparison. In the post-Soviet space at the same time with the Russian 14 armies appeared (the sun of the unrecognized states will not be discussed here, because this is a very specific topic). After two decades, we can conclude that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are the best in the former USSR. The point is not that they are the largest (this is natural) and that they have nuclear weapon (it is still not applicable in the vast majority of conceivable wars and conflicts). The fact is that they are the most combat-ready. But this is not guaranteed to us. Moreover, in 1990 and almost all 2000, it was impossible to say so, we were not the best. However, our former compatriots missed much more chances than ourselves.

Virtual armies of the Baltic

The Baltic countries did not recognize themselves in 1991 as the successors of the USSR and, accordingly, their Armed Forces - heirs of the Soviet army. Of course, in their size their army could not be compared with the armies of the Slavic and even Transcaucasian CIS countries. Nevertheless, they could be very efficient and strong like, for example, the armed forces of Finland or Sweden.

Today Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have been members of NATO for almost 10 years, but their armed forces are still something semi-virtual. None of them have tanks, BMP, self-propelled guns, self-propelled guns, MLRS, combat aircraft and helicopters, air defense systems (except for a small number of portable ones), submarines, ships and boats with at least some missiles. All three armies are dumps of old armored personnel carriers and towed guns and mortars, and in very small quantities.

However stronger than others today is Lithuania. Its ground forces include a mechanized infantry brigade with a good name “Iron Wolf” and an engineering battalion. In service - a little more than two hundred armored personnel carriers (mostly American M-113 “boxes”), about two hundred old guns and mortars, eighteen Javelin anti-tank systems, and eight Stinger anti-aircraft systems. However, in the Air Force there are twenty-one Swedish RBS-70 MANPADS. There are two training aircraft L-39ZA and six light and medium transport aircraft. In the Navy - eight patrol ships, boats and minesweepers.

The Armed Forces of Latvia consist of one infantry brigade and several separate battalions of ground forces, armed with up to eighty guns and mortars, twelve Israeli Spike ATGMs, twenty-four RBS-70 MANPADS, twenty-two anti-aircraft guns. However, Latvians also have three tanks - half a century old T-55 veterans. It’s impossible to count them as a strike force, therefore they are used for educational purposes. The Air Force has five light transport aircraft (four An-2 and one L-410) and six transport helicopters. In the Navy - about twenty patrol ships, boats and minesweepers.

The Estonian Armed Forces - again, one infantry brigade and several separate battalions, ninety-six armored personnel carriers, about three hundred thirty guns and mortars, twenty-five Mistral air defense systems. In the Air Force - two An-2 and four light helicopters, in the Navy - three old British minesweepers used as patrol ships.


M-113. Photo: Fort Riley Public Affairs Office April Blackmon / AP


Of all the few weapons listed above, only the ATGM and MANPADS are relatively modern, but there are too few of them, and the MANPADS are also too small for the height and range of fire. All the rest of the Baltic countries equipment is frank scrap metal, which was donated to them by the NATO countries, as well as by Finland and Sweden, because it is cheaper to donate than to dispose of. There is no mention of the development of a Baltics own military-industrial complex.

The level of combat training of all Baltic armies is about the same as that of other European members of NATO, that is, their fighters do not suffer from a penchant for heroism and self-sacrifice. Against the Russian Armed Forces (even if we mean only the grouping of the Western Military District during peacetime), they can be considered non-existent. Whether NATO will in case of anything protect these three most worthy members is an extremely interesting question. In Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, this has been strongly doubted for some time. And, I must say, they have certain grounds for these doubts (it is very indicative that not a single NATO base has appeared in the Baltic countries, although the leaders of these countries actively invite them). Apparently, being inside NATO quickly relieves illusions about the alliance, than observing it from outside. Interestingly, these doubts do not encourage the leadership of the Baltic countries to seriously do something to strengthen their Armed Forces. The standard of living in these countries is not very high, so their governments are not ready to lower it even more for the sake of strengthening their defenses.

Doubtful army of Moldova

Typologically, another post-Soviet army, Moldavian, is very close to the Baltic Armed Forces. She is also almost virtual. True, Moldova has three infantry brigades, and one more artillery and even a special forces battalion. But in service - only a little more than two hundred BMD and armored personnel carriers and about one hundred and fifty artillery systems (including, however, eleven MLRS "Hurricane"). There are also one hundred and twenty ATGMs and up to forty anti-aircraft guns. From combat aviation in the face of thirty-four MiG-29 fighters, Moldova itself refused, having sold almost all of these aircraft to Romania, Yemen and the USA. Today, only three MiG-29s remain in Moldova for storage, Chisinau hopes to sell them somewhere. There are six irreplaceable "corn bombs" An-2, and one more An-26, as well as four Mi-8 helicopters. Ground-based air defense consists of one regiment (12 launchers) of the S-125 air defense system; its combat effectiveness is extremely doubtful. Moldova does not have money to buy new equipment, it is generally strange to talk about the development of its own military-industrial complex. Bucharest is providing some assistance to Chisinau. Romania formally has a fairly powerful military-industrial complex, but its products, objectively speaking, are not really needed even by its own aircraft due to low performance characteristics.

The Belarusian army is the most efficient

Of course, such small countries as Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia cannot have large aircraft. But so insignificant they may not be necessary. However, these four countries, along with Montenegro, have the weakest armies in Europe (not counting, of course, the dwarf states that have no armies at all). And there is no reason to expect that this situation will change in the best direction for these countries.

The complete opposite of this four until recently was Belarus. Throughout almost the entire post-Soviet period, it was her army that was the best on the territory of the former USSR — relatively small, but very powerful, with an excellent level of combat, moral and psychological training, and very popular in society. Belarus was lucky in the sense that its Armed Forces became the former Belarusian VO SA - a very high-quality unification of the second strategic echelon, equipped with a large number of the most modern weapons at that time.


MiG-29. Photo: Dmitry Rogulin / ITAR-TASS


The Belarusian military industrial complex produces a variety of electronics (automated control systems, communications and intelligence, and so on), which is very popular in Russia and several other countries of the near and far abroad. The repair companies of the late SA, which were in Belarus, in addition to their main tasks, mastered the modernization of armored vehicles, artillery, and aviation. Interestingly, Kazakhstan chose to modernize its Su-27 not in Russia (the country of origin of this aircraft), but in Belarus. The air defense system of Kazakhstan will also apparently be built by Belarus, modernizing its air defense system and supplying the ACS. In addition, Belarus has mastered the production of such a class of equipment as drones that is scarce in the former USSR.

However, in recent years, the trend has begun to change. For almost the entire post-Soviet period, Minsk lived very well on actual subsidies from Moscow. As is known, Belarus received Russian oil at domestic prices, processed it at its best refineries in the former USSR, and then sold refined oil products to the EU at world prices. Income from this operation and provided the Belarusian "economic miracle." In particular, there was enough money for good aircraft. After Russia canceled this practice, the “miracle” ended. The standard of living in the country has plummeted among all of its inhabitants, including the officers. There were problems with combat training and, especially, with the procurement of new equipment. Something, however, Russia supplies at domestic prices, but these are only ground-based air defense systems: the C-300PS air defense systems (now not very new) and the Tor-М2 air defense system (the newest ones, but these are short-range air defense systems). Moreover, the problem is the content of the available technology. In 2012, the Su-24 front-line bombers (at least one third of these aircraft had already been sold to Sudan) and the Su-27 fighters were earlier withdrawn from the country’s air force.

Now in the Armed Forces of Belarus - two command (Western and North-West), which include three mechanized, two mobile (air assault), one special forces, two missile, five artillery, two ground defense brigades, five anti-aircraft missile and two radio engineering brigades of the Air Force and Air Defense. There are about one hundred tactical and operational tactical missiles, about 1400 tanks, 2100 - infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, about 1300 artillery systems, up to eighty combat aircraft (approximately equally divided Mi-29 fighters and Su-25 attack aircraft), twenty-one combat helicopters Mi-24, more than one hundred and fifty transport helicopters. Despite the problems described above, this is more than enough to ensure the country's defense. In a couple of days, the Armed Forces of Belarus can seize the Baltic countries (even without Russian assistance), they are stronger than the Polish Army, which today, as it is not surprising to someone, becomes the strongest army in NATO (of course, after the Armed Forces of the USA and Turkey and without nuclear arsenals of Great Britain and France). The Bundeswehr is quite on Belarus’s shoulders, but there’s nothing to say about all the other European armies.

The outlined shortage of combat aircraft in the Belarusian Air Force will be compensated by the deployment of a Russian air base in the country, on which the newest Su-30М2 will most likely be stationed. It’s hard to say how much the Belarusian president really likes it. But these are the current realities. The Russian Armed Forces caught up with their Belarusian colleagues in quality, deliberately bypassing them in quantity. At the same time, the only potential adversary of Belarus (for purely geographical reasons, this is only NATO), every year there are more and more problems with quantity and quality. Therefore, in the foreseeable future, despite the growing problems, the Armed Forces of Belarus can be considered quite successful and adequate to the geopolitical situation.
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  1. Strashila
    Strashila 30 October 2013 08: 34
    +1
    The first thing that surprised was the lack of systemic armament in the Baltic states despite membership in NATO ... some in the forest, some for firewood.
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 30 October 2013 08: 47
      +5
      The Latvian Armed Forces consist of one infantry brigade and several separate ground battalions, armed with up to eighty guns and mortars, twelve Israeli Spike ATGMs, twenty-four RBS-70 MANPADS, twenty-two anti-aircraft guns. However, Latvians have three tanks - half a century of veterans

      Meanwhile, in Washington .......Compared to many other European countries, the Latvian army does not have a fat layer, only muscles are left
      The Minister of Defense of Latvia Artis Pabriks declared about it at the discussion organized by The Hearitage Foundation in Washington wassat wassat wassat news.mail.ru/inworld/latvia/politics/15413397/
      1. tungus
        tungus 30 October 2013 10: 08
        +4
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        .In comparison with many other European countries, the Latvian army does not have a fat layer, only muscles remained

        The most muscular are Estonians. Somehow, their defense minister said that the valiant Estonian army is able to repel the attack of fifty Russian tanks. Who and what will reflect, did not specify, probably a state secret, but most likely, only a separate company of Estonian arbolotov can do this laughing
        1. wasjasibirjac
          wasjasibirjac 30 October 2013 17: 05
          0
          Quote: tungus
          Somehow, their defense minister said that the valiant Estonian army is able to repel the attack of fifty Russian tanks. Who and what will reflect, did not specify, probably a state secret,

          The reflection method is very simple - quickly run quickly, until the Russian tanks run out of fuel. call a stop for refueling a reflection of the Russian offensive and demand help. after receiving no help, give up, shouting about the betrayal of everyone - both Russians and NATO, a little proud Estonia.
        2. Vasyan1971
          Vasyan1971 31 October 2013 23: 13
          0
          So it will be necessary to send 51
    2. AVV
      AVV 30 October 2013 11: 29
      0
      All the Baltic countries, these are purulent acne on a healthy body! Previously, they thrived after 1945 on the body of the most powerful USSR, and then after the collapse of the latter, there was nothing to suck, they crossed into NATO and the European Union! Eurotunds! But even there they are considered parasites , therefore, the entire economy and the Army of these countries is in such a deplorable state. And then it will be even worse, because all trade through seaports was carried out, through the Baltic states, now it is conducted mainly through new ports built on the territory of Russia !!!
    3. seller trucks
      seller trucks 30 October 2013 15: 11
      +2
      The Russian Armed Forces caught up with their Belarusian counterparts in quality, knowingly bypassing them in quantity.


      (-) article, what the hell? author, in what and when in terms of "quality" the Russian Federation was inferior and caught up with RB?
      1. alone
        alone 30 October 2013 22: 16
        +1
        This is a temple. He could also not write this)) wassat
  2. Baron Wrangell
    Baron Wrangell 30 October 2013 08: 35
    +7
    interesting article, well done Belarusians, but it's time to unite in an empire with Russia.
    The Baltic states resemble the jackal-tabaka Tabaki from the cartoon Mowgli. yapping, but no teeth.
    If the author also described the armed forces of other countries of the former USSR, then analytics would be more complete and interesting.
    1. Dante Alighieri
      Dante Alighieri 30 October 2013 09: 21
      +5
      It is not profitable for them from the standpoint of a standard of living. And although today they are not too rich, but a truly social state has been built and is functioning, which in Russia, despite the Constitution, does not exist - and this is a fact. Uniting with Russia, you will have to accept the rules of the game by which our country lives, and here the Belarusians risk losing that little that they have. Moreover, now they essentially have a national state, and I don’t think at all that Belarusians need problems of a national nature, the example of Ukraine, really helps that.
      1. Sling
        Sling 30 October 2013 15: 11
        +2
        I absolutely agree with you. I, as a patriot of my country, I mean the USSR, I just crave for unification with the Russian Federation and Ukraine into the Empire, into a large strong, sovereign united country, if I may call it that. Of course, I am pleased with the successes in the Russian defense industry. The soul sings, seeing that you are gradually rising from your knees.

        BUT! Thinking from the point of view of economics, politics, and finally the moral side - in a nightmare I see the unification of our powers. Why are there such contradictions in me? And what do you think - when you merge, the financial management of the largest enterprises will immediately leave the country. And this is a huge minus to our budget. Everything will go through Moscow. Well, then maybe she’s lucky, some part will come back ...
        He talked with the Bashkirs, Tatars, they all speak as one - everything that is possible is drained from enterprises, but there is no modernization, and it cannot be!
        Next is corruption. Definitely there is everywhere. But the scale! By the principle of diffusion, such crap will be transmitted to us. And more .... and more ...
    2. smersh70
      smersh70 30 October 2013 17: 30
      +3
      Quote: Baron Wrangel
      interesting article

      article-complete nonsense .. written for the sake of a fee probably. smile why should Minskakuda attack somewhere .... to occupy the Baltic states ..... delirium of pure water .... The Old Man’s fuel doesn’t even have enough for a war, not to mention money .. yes there inflation goes off scale .. what kind of war .. where he’ll take the money ... and so the economy is looking for it .. the warehouses are overstocked ... there is a small victorious war .. The Baltic countries are part of NATO, and they will protect these dwarf countries .......
      Quote: Baron Wrangel
      yapping, but no teeth.

      but what did they intend to attack someone .... laughing but Balu stands behind their shoulders wassat
      1. Walker1975
        Walker1975 30 October 2013 19: 08
        +2
        I agree with you. For a long time in the comments I was looking for you that at least someone would ask: how and why should the Belorussian army attack the Baltic states and what will happen if the NATO countries go to Belarus? Run to Putin with shouts protect! They first attacked?
    3. alone
      alone 30 October 2013 22: 16
      +2
      Quote: Baron Wrangel
      interesting article, well done Belarusians, but it's time to unite in an empire with Russia.


      Why Belarusians your thieves and oligarchs?
  3. makarov
    makarov 30 October 2013 08: 36
    +8
    "The Belarusian army can capture the Baltics in a couple of days" - but it needs it ????
    1. PROXOR
      PROXOR 30 October 2013 10: 22
      0
      The troops of the Russian western district will capture the stalits of all three in time for lunch on the first day. Moreover, in marching columns.
      1. pahom54
        pahom54 30 October 2013 11: 04
        +2
        Something Mercedes Pasha smelled ...
    2. pahom54
      pahom54 30 October 2013 11: 04
      0
      Here, the most !!! And she needs it ??? Why did I surprise the title of the article ...
  4. tronin.maxim
    tronin.maxim 30 October 2013 08: 39
    +3
    Question: why the hell Belarus Belarus to capture Poland, why this Baltic hemorrhoids?
    1. seller trucks
      seller trucks 30 October 2013 14: 48
      +1
      Quote: tronin.maxim
      Question: why the hell Belarus Belarus to capture Poland, why this Baltic hemorrhoids?


      are you crazy the bloody regime in the Kremlin sleeps and sees how to capture, small, plain, super-duper democratic and free Baltic states, and for one, the entire strategic stock of Baltic sprats
      1. tronin.maxim
        tronin.maxim 30 October 2013 17: 05
        0
        Quote: seller trucks
        , and for one, the entire strategic stock of Baltic sprats

        Wow, the 100 gram snack has ended, we’ll conquer! laughing wassat
    2. smersh70
      smersh70 30 October 2013 17: 31
      +2
      Quote: tronin.maxim
      and why the hell Belarus Poland to capture, why this Baltic hemorrhoids?

      exactly... laughing right now, former pensioners will recall their teachings in the ranks of the USSR Armed Forces ... good
  5. vovich
    vovich 30 October 2013 08: 42
    +6
    Old Man once said that in which case, Belarus is able to set up a 300th group at once. And it seems that his words correspond to realities.
    Really serious power in Europe. Only now, at the expense of competing with the Bundeswehr .... In a protracted conflict, I am afraid to compete with the German economy will be problematic. In a fleeting, most likely Belarusians are kicking the Bundes. Moreover, by virtue of moral and psychological qualities. You can’t scare Belarus with a German. :)
    1. Pit
      Pit 30 October 2013 09: 29
      +1
      And in a protracted conflict, there’s a great chance if neither side will be helped from outside.
      As I read an article about the service in the German army, so if you take into account that at least a third is true there, then the Germans are not mentally ready to drop everything and join the army, there’s simply no one to fight for a long time.
    2. velikoros-xnumx
      velikoros-xnumx 30 October 2013 10: 26
      0
      Quote: vovich
      In a fleeting, most likely Belarusians are attacking the Bundes. Moreover, by virtue of moral and psychological qualities. You can’t scare Belarus with a German.

      Well, like a "cat with sour cream".
      1. Denis
        Denis 30 October 2013 17: 38
        +1
        Quote: velikoros-xnumx
        You can’t scare Belarus with a German
        More precisely, these guys pretty fertilized their land with Hans
        Allies honor and praise!
        1. SPLV
          SPLV 13 February 2014 15: 15
          0
          Quote: Denis
          Allies honor and praise!

          Not to allies, but to brothers! The Allies are a temporary state, and with White Russia we are related both by blood and history.
    3. smersh70
      smersh70 30 October 2013 17: 34
      0
      Quote: vovich
      Really serious power in Europe. Only now at the expense of competing with the Bundeswehr ....

      and what, Merkel was elected as chancellor for life smile and her armades are already on the banks of the Bug .... relax, Dear. No one is going to attack ..... right now everyone has one problem - how to invest money in the budget .... hi
  6. leon-iv
    leon-iv 30 October 2013 08: 54
    +2
    I would also look at Azerbaijan. There is also a good set of weapons, although the Air Force and Air Defense are rather weak.
    1. smersh70
      smersh70 30 October 2013 17: 37
      +1
      Quote: leon-iv
      though the Air Force and Air Defense are weak.

      that’s why, in bulk smile even too much ... especially after the last purchases of the S-300, and the buggies ... not to mention the Arrows ... stationary S-125 (incidentally modernized by Belarus) S-75, S-200 .... the country is completely covered in 2-3 times by air defense forces ... by the way the radars were the weakest place ... but they filled the Israeli ones with American radars plus Ukrainian Mail ...
    2. alone
      alone 30 October 2013 22: 21
      +2
      Well, of course you can’t compete with Russia, but in the region the Air Force and Air Defense are the most powerful. Starting from Igla-S and ending with s-300 the alphabet, chain mail, green pine, etc. are slightly weaker than the Navy, but compensated by Israeli anti-ship missiles already in service with the Russian Uraniums, which will be received in 2014, and the ships will begin to be built at the new shipbuilding plant, which was recently opened.
  7. shinobi
    shinobi 30 October 2013 09: 09
    +2
    It’s a good analytical article. The title is really incomprehensible. But it’s not clear to the Belarusians (and to us), they will need to be fed. So only the Germans could really compete in EuroNATO 90. Only they themselves are not burning with special desire. The main enemy, as the United States was, remained.
  8. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. 30 October 2013 09: 10
    +5
    Quote: tronin.maxim
    Question: why the hell Belarus Belarus to capture Poland, why this Baltic hemorrhoids?

    The question, as I understand it, is rhetorical, since everyone understands that no one is going to capture anyone. Just an example to show the strength of the army, everything is relative.
  9. svp67
    svp67 30 October 2013 11: 07
    +3
    The Belarusian army can seize the Baltic States in a couple of days

    To be able, not yet to mean wanting ... Old Man still did not have enough problems for the "Balts" to solve, his own - above the roof ...
    So, I think the article is in many ways provocative. The army of Belarus is strong enough, but not the "Balts" are its main adversary, but ALL NATO countries, and against this force the army of Belarus is weak without the support of Russia ...
    1. smersh70
      smersh70 30 October 2013 17: 42
      +1
      Quote: svp67
      The army of Belarus is strong enough

      why didn’t they show the infantry ... there are only 3 motorized rifle brigades ... and this is all over Belarus .... why so little ...... winked
  10. Ivanovich47
    Ivanovich47 30 October 2013 11: 10
    +3
    Well done Belarusians! The army has been preserved, industry is being developed. The people are hardworking, brave. And the crisis is, as they say, a crisis in Africa. Pbad times will come and Belarus will be fine!
  11. zadorin1974
    zadorin1974 30 October 2013 11: 45
    0
    Honestly, I want to look at the teachings of the Baltic states. But after watching the gratitude, I’ve already let go! But seriously, NATO just technically can’t protect the Baltic states-the Air Force and Baltic Fleet will completely shut off the Baltic, and the ground forces will get stuck in the Kalininrad region and Belarus and it will be possible with the Baltic states that do you want to do
  12. Kowalsky
    Kowalsky 30 October 2013 11: 50
    +3
    Everything seems to be logical. I did not quite understand only the comparisons of the Belarusian army with the German. This is where are they equal? Both quantitatively and qualitatively, the Bundeswehr is stronger. Not to mention combat experience.
  13. vahatak
    vahatak 30 October 2013 12: 33
    +4
    Belarusians are stronger than the Polish Army and they can shoulder the Bundeswehr ???

    Yeah, it will provide me with a good mood all day)))
    I wonder how the author found out? Compare the number of tanks? Or can he remind him how many tanks the USSR had on June 22, 1941? Such a comparison is only relevant in all kinds of computer games, but in real life everything is decided by the organization and the rear services. Most Belarusian tanks simply won’t reach the battlefield.
    The Bundeswehr is on their shoulder, you see.
    1. Walker1975
      Walker1975 30 October 2013 19: 11
      +2
      A dream?
  14. Zymran
    Zymran 30 October 2013 13: 11
    +2
    Belarusian Armed Forces can capture the Baltic countries in a couple of days


    But why? laughing
  15. Zymran
    Zymran 30 October 2013 13: 18
    +2
    The Bundeswehr is quite up to the Belarusians, but there is nothing to say about all the other European armies.


    Bugaga three times. laughing laughing laughing

    It is necessary here to create a separate section "Humor" for such articles.
  16. Gronsky
    Gronsky 30 October 2013 14: 24
    +1
    Quote: Kowalsky
    Not to mention combat experience.


    What are you talking about, I'm sorry?
  17. VadimSt
    VadimSt 30 October 2013 14: 33
    0
    Quote: Alexander Romanov
    Meanwhile, in Washington ....... Compared to many other European countries, the Latvian army does not have a fat layer, only muscles remained

    And I never saw goners with fat!
  18. Georgic
    Georgic 30 October 2013 15: 03
    0
    Quote: Alexander Romanov
    The Latvian Armed Forces consist of one infantry brigade and several separate ground battalions, armed with up to eighty guns and mortars, twelve Israeli Spike ATGMs, twenty-four RBS-70 MANPADS, twenty-two anti-aircraft guns. However, Latvians have three tanks - half a century of veterans

    Meanwhile, in Washington .......Compared to many other European countries, the Latvian army does not have a fat layer, only muscles are left
    The Minister of Defense of Latvia Artis Pabriks declared about it at the discussion organized by The Hearitage Foundation in Washington wassat wassat wassat news.mail.ru/inworld/latvia/politics/15413397/

    Pabriks - crazy type soldier wassat
  19. knn54
    knn54 30 October 2013 15: 24
    0
    Despite the fact that the title of the article is provocative, I think that the 103rd Vitebsk Guards Airborne Division would have sufficed. And the time of the Latvian riflemen has long passed.
    PS Want peace - get ready for war.
  20. Kowalsky
    Kowalsky 30 October 2013 17: 53
    +1
    Quote: Gronsky
    What are you talking about, I'm sorry?

    Yes, that the German army is a warring army, unlike the Belarusian one. And constantly fighting. Beginning in '91, see for yourself what conflicts the Bundeswehr and the German Air Force took part in.
  21. alone
    alone 30 October 2013 22: 22
    +3
    it would be better if Khramchikhin wrote short stories for Zadornov. maybe he would succeed in something.
  22. catapractic
    catapractic 30 October 2013 22: 24
    +1
    The Belarusian army can capture the Baltic states in a couple of days, but does it need it?
  23. wheeling
    wheeling 13 February 2014 13: 53
    0
    parade in lithuania