Our attention was attracted by the article of the ex-captain of the Ukrainian Navy, Mr. Ischenko. "Syria will have to wait ". And for some reason. It’s somewhat unclear whose friend this gentleman is. He writes, it seems, about topical and urgent things. But the sediment remains strange. In his previous article he convinced readers about the need to tighten their belts in order to create tank army (and not even one). Now here are the strange discussions about the use of "Admiral Kuznetsov" in Syria, more precisely, about why it is not used. Although it would be very, very necessary.
But - let's go through the text.
"One of the main intrigues of the ongoing war in Syria is why the only Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has not yet been connected to the combat efforts of our air group that storming the position of ISIS militants * from the Khmeimim airbase every day? once again begins with the fact that carrier strike groups are approaching the shores of the enemy, and deck-based aircraft take off with a maximum bomb load. Why don't we act the same way? If you can do without Admiral Kuznetsov in Syria then why is our country at all? "
The question of the need for "Admiral Kuznetsov" we still take out of the brackets. Until. As for the main message, first of all I would like to send Mr. Ischenko at least to Wikipedia. To understand the difference between the US strike aircraft carrier (anyone) and the Russian Admiral Kuznetsov TAVKR.
It is clear to us as daylight. And, apparently, in the Russian Ministry of Defense is also clear. That is why they did not drive the ship through half of the world so that Su-33 fighters would take off from its side "with maximum bomb load". And they simply transferred what the igil warriors are now driving to the ground airfield. And successfully chasing.
By the way, to us, absolutely non-volatile comrades, it is also clear that an attack aircraft or a bomber taking off from a ground aerodrome carries a much greater shock load than its counterpart from an aircraft carrier. It is a pity that Ishchenko does not understand this.
"From the end of October, the 279 pilots of the separate shipboard fighter regiment on heavy Su-33 fighters have been flying vigorously from its deck. All of them were trained last summer at the Crimean training complex NITKA, which reproduces exactly Admiral Kuznetsov's deck. And now at sea work out takeoffs and landings from an aircraft carrier.
Actually, this is not at the right time. Because it’s a polar night in the Arctic and in almost round-the-clock darkness, it’s difficult for pilots to start restoring the skills of such flights over the sea. It is believed that in the conditions of the Northern fleet it is more expedient to do this in summer or early fall. And by winter, the only Russian aircraft carrier, it is advisable to get out to combat service somewhere much further south. There, pilots can also improve their flight skills in more favorable conditions, and the ship is safer. "
Actually, this is very stupid. It is somewhat incomprehensible who believes that the Kuznetsov should play the role of a migratory goose. In the summer in the waters, and by the winter it is necessary to get to the south.
Mr. Ischenko contradicts himself. For first, he says that in the summer the pilots worked everything out on a THREAD, and by winter they moved back to the Polar Region. And that's bad. Say, all summer trained under the southern sun, and for the winter it is necessary again to the south. And continue training there. And in the conditions of the polar night to train impractical. God forbid, still learn!
Here we come to the question, why do we need Kuznetsov. And why pilots train in the polar night. We do not know how Mr. Ischenko, but we, for example, understand that the Arctic grouping is our northern shield. And the ships and crews should act precisely in those latitudes and in those conditions.
You do not need to be a military expert to understand the simple fact that such training is necessary. The enemy, if anything, is unlikely to choose comfortable conditions for our military. Never chosen historically, the practice is unlikely to change in the future. And in a similar (hypothetical) situation, the answer to the question "why our deck does not work aviation“according to Mr. Ishchenko, he should have looked like this:“ And we were not prepared for action in the Arctic and the polar night. ”Beauty!
The following is a list of previous campaigns "Kuznetsova". With the indication that all seven, from 1995 to 2014, passed exactly this way, “correctly,” that is, the crew spent the polar night during the warm southern seas.
"The schedule of the combat use of the aircraft carrier and its wing in the previous years was maintained clearly. Only emergency circumstances could force the test take-offs and landings from the deck at the wrong time for this year. Obviously, the war in Syria is one of those. Then" Admiral Kuznetsov "Still not on the way to the eastern Mediterranean?"
It's simple, Mr. Captain! People first engaged in the business that they should have mastered when they won. Namely, actions in adverse winter conditions in the Arctic. Takeoffs, landings, shooting. It is in a polar night, namely in winter. Because the primary task of “Admiral Kuznetsov” is not to cut across the south, demonstrating its presence, but to teach the crews to operate in the conditions of the region on which its main base is located. It's simple.
And the fact that in previous years TAVKR "Admiral Kuznetsov" "wintered" in the south, it is enough to remember who was in charge of our army and navy. And a lot will fall into place. But now the cruiser and its wing were engaged in their real work: the protection of the northern borders. Understanding from our side, it can not but rejoice, understanding from the other side can not but grieve.
This is followed by a rather lengthy discussion of the 100-th separate naval fighter regiment. Say, the pilots are not ready, the planes are not ready, the Admiral Kuznetsov is not ready to fight, and stuff like that.
Sobs avidly. Oh, how the Admiral Kuznetsov is needed now in Syria, how they are waiting for him there, and how bad it is that he will not be there before the summer, or even December. Without his wing of victory, we can not see.
How good, after all, that in our Ministry of Defense there are not such Ischenko. And people who clearly understand the goals and objectives of tomorrow. That is why bombers and attack aircraft are fighting in Syria, under the cover of fighters. Ground-based. With a large radius of action, with a greater bomb and missile load.
“MiGs have a wider range of weapons that can be hung on them. First of all, air-to-surface missiles. That is irreplaceable against the militants in Syria. So they would be very useful there. But if MiG pilots are not yet ready for such hostilities - what should Admiral Kuznetsov do in the Mediterranean? "
And he has nothing to do there! Therefore, he trains his pilots far to the north! Because our warlords are well aware that a storm trooper or a bomber definitely does more business than a fighter, even if armed with air-to-surface missiles. And they do not drive an expensive ship for 20 airplanes through half the world.
And in general, if there are Su-25 attack aircraft and Su-24 and Su-34 bombers, and even in such quantities, why are fighters needed for such work? Not from Kiev colleagues Ischenko spied on such a strategy? Yes, in the peaceful Lugansk and Donetsk, Ukrainian fighters worked well. For the time being. But for some reason the troops did not have much success.
So what do we have? We have something that with the plans of Mr. Ischenko goes completely counter.
1. "Admiral Kuznetsov" is located in the north, in the area of its permanent deployment and strenuously trains the existing pilots of the 279-th ocean to operate in the Arctic.
2. In Yeisk, 1 December is recreated by 100. Armed with the latest MiG-29KR and MiG-29KUBR. The state order for these planes was completed just at the time of the regiment's reconstruction. Late last year.
3. The regiment performs overflight and training at the cruiser simulator range. That is, undergoing a full training. Yes, the preparation of the regiment will last more than one month. Perhaps even a year. But at the exit we will have a new air wing for Admiral Kuznetsov, which will be armed with the latest, only from the factory, aircraft. Further, it is planned to fly to the north and further training of flight personnel.
What can not arrange here?
Moreover, in such an authoritative source as Comrade Korotchenko's “National Defense”, we learned the following things, which we add to the existing list.
4. In 2016, Admiral Kuznetsov will embark on a deep modernization. And the upgrade will last until 2018 of the year.
During this time, the cruiser will be equipped with the necessary equipment for the use of both aircraft and helicopters. Because according to the results of the modernization, the Admiral Kuznetsov will receive on board the second component of its wing - the Ka-52K Katran helicopters. Yes, the ones that were built under the project with "Mistral".
Helicopters are built, crews also undergo training in the Far East. To transfer to the north - you know, not a question.
And what will we have at the end of the journey?
If you don’t listen to Ishchenko, who urges to urgently send a cruiser with an unprepared wing to Syria, ostensibly not to stand idle (of course, no one will listen to him), but in fact just wastes motor time, then the picture is wow.
Finally, the Admiral Kuznetsov will have a full-fledged air group for this ship. Pretty "tired" Su-33 will replace the new Mig-29KR, there will be "Katrans". And, we emphasize, with really trained crews.
And what about 279? And everything is simple. Predict the state order for a new batch of Su-33. If the 24 MiGs were successfully assembled for the 2 of the year, then by the year of 2018, why not collect as many Dryers? And on the ship there will be not just an air wing, but consisting of fighters of two classes: heavy, but slaughter Su-33, and light, but maneuverable MiG-29. The latter also has an "assortment" weapons more will be.
And it would be realistic to use precisely the mixed wing. Half of the regiment is in combat duty, the second half is resting or training on a thread or in Yeisk. What about, almost the same thing. (Joke). Although, if you think so, having otdezhuriv yours in the cold waters of the north or somewhere else, take a vacation in the Crimea, and in the same place proceed to the period of "rehabilitation after the holidays" ... Why not?
This is what we call a professional approach. If only the cruiser endured such a life. But this is a separate topic.
So, sufferings like those outlined by Mr. Ishchenko are nothing more than an attempt to hypothetically return everything to the old rails. When the pilots sat on the ground, and the ships were engaged in "demonstrations". Not those times now, not those times. One must really "learn military affairs in a real way."
It is a pity, of course, that Mr. Ishchenko does not understand this. Well, what can we expect from the captain (albeit of the first rank) of the drowned fleet of the almost no longer existing country of Ukraine?
We do not require. Once again we state that in our army and in the navy everything is going as it should be. Well, the fact that our enemies do not like it, so they are enemies.