Skip to comments.Russian 'Stealth Destroyer' Just a Sales Gimmick?
Posted on 10/16/2011 4:26:33 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Russian 'Stealth Destroyer' Just a Sales Gimmick?
By Jeremy A. Kaplan
Russia plans to begin constructing a new generation of "stealth" destroyers in 2012 that will form the backbone of the combat power of Russia's surface fleet, Russian newspaper Pravda reported.
But since much of Russia's income comes from arms sales and exports, that new stealth technology might be simply hype designed to sell boats, Thomas Fedyszyn, director of the Europe-Russia Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. said.
"They're trying to sell this to India, Vietnam, Indonesia as marketers, they would per force be required to make statements like this," he told FoxNews.com. (His opinions are his own, not that of the Naval War College, the academy noted.)
"The vast majority of warships built today boast stealthy features to one degree or another," agreed James Holmes, a fellow professor at the Naval War College specializing in Asian sea power. The U.S. has built stealthier ships for two decades, he said.
"Russia is already building stealthy ships for the Indian Navy," he told FoxNews.com.
The news echoes the August unveiling of Russia's first stealth fighter -- nearly two decades after the F-22 Raptor was unveiled, the first U.S. prototype stealth jet. Russia similarly described that plane as "the backbone" of the Russian air force, and of India's.
"Russia's cooperation with India on this project will help it promote the fifth-generation jet on the foreign market," Mikhail Pogosyan, president of United Aircraft Corporation, the state aviation holding company, told the RIA Novosti news agency.
Pravda nevertheless touted the technical might planned for the stealth destroyer: Over t
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At the risk of underestimating the Russians, I do think they talk trash too much and as a result destroy their credibility. They would be better off acknowledging their design weaknesses and sell the affordability aspect more.
Their equipment is good, and in general has it’s strengths and weaknesses as does ours. BUT It isn’t the best the world has ever seen and the game changer they make it out to be. Different priorities drive design tradeoffs.
And most of all, their defense industry has been underfunded to even maintain what they have for two decades now.
India will only get monkey models. India would be far better off going with Israeli and US/NATO technologies, and getting licenses to produce it domestically.
Who said anything about India buying any models.
And US/NATO would never sell India monkey models right? /s