A tank regiment and a coastal defense missile battalion will be set up in Russia’s Baltic Fleet in 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.

“In accordance with the approved action plan for 2019, basic efforts in the Western Military District will be focused on implementing 142 organizational measures,” he said at a session of the ministry’s board.

Russia’s defense chief highlighted the formation of a mobile reserve air defense missile regiment as a major organizational measure in the Western Military District in 2019.

“The efficiency of providing cover for military and state facilities in the Baltic operational area will increase by 40%,” the defense minister said, mentioning the efforts to set up a tank regiment and a coastal defense missile battalion in the Baltic Fleet, two regiments in the 20th army and the Western Military District’s technical missile base as other major organizational events for 2019.

Major tasks for the Western Military District also envisage completing the construction of cantonments for the newly formed 3rd and 144th motor-rifle divisions of the 20th army and maintaining the combat readiness and capability of 23 battalion-level tactical groups, Shoigu stressed.

“As part of the state armament program, 1,272 items of armament, military and special hardware will arrive for the District’s troops,” Shoigu said.

The share of modern weaponry in the troops of the Western Military District has been brought up to 54%, the defense chief said.

More:
http://tass.com/defense/1046658

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Given Russias massive agressive investments, Europe must ramp up its military investments too en reactivate their draft systems. a European draft of say 400 k young men and women would be a good start.

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EU has already 1.8 millions militaries, the double as Russia, there are also double the Russian numbers in fighter-jets. The cumulated military budget is €234 bln, this is more than China and near 4x the Russian one.

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What we do need is an unified army to avoid redundancies, logistics traps and dependencies on US gear like idiots who purchased F-35 while US can ground them at will : F-35 can’t get airborne without connecting to Lockheed servers!

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What EU needs is to invest in power-projection means, e.g. aircraft carriers, A400M and why not a cargo version of A380 which is at risk of disappearing as a pure passenger airplane since there is no cargo version to increase sales.

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The DCNS’s DEAC aircraft carrier bing very affordable, we could have 5 for the price of a single Gerald Ford-class and with 95% availability instead of 50%

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Other stuff needed : the recreation of Bréguet 941S with modern engines and materials : http://tinyurl.com/yxw9gogw
No need for MV-22 or E-2 using it

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The nEUROn already drops bombs and may soon carry AAMs too:
http://tinyurl.com/y27rlq77
Supposed to be a demonstrator, it’s combat ready!

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With the nEUROn, we’d have an armed drone to compare to X-47B

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The RPAS UCAV should be fast-tracked :
http://tinyurl.com/y4d9o573

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Note that 5 DEAC would mean 270 Rafale-M for the EU, enough to bounce any F-22, J-20, J-31 or Su-57 if we’re under threat as the French Rafales alone may not be enough.

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Now we have a gap in EU-made air-defences systems. Aster-30 is wonderful up to 120km but way too expensive.

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Maybe should we license build Rafael’s Stunner interceptor (David’s Sling/Patriot PAC-3 and PAAC-4) then also Arrow-3 and Iron Dome too.
Rheinmetall NBS MANTIS is the best CIWS around

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We’d also need suicide drones like Harop and SkyStriker, then trash 5.56 and .308 NATO calibers for .243WSSM and 9mm-Para for .25 Garin so we can have Mini-Uzi sized PDWs as efficient as AK-74U.

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We’d also need a guidance system similar to LOGIR at no more then €5k for dumb rockets like Hydra70, CRV-7, Zuni, SNEB, etc. LOGIR is fire’n’forget, you point the laser, it locks by visual recognition.

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In conclusion, sorry, draft is pointless, moreover, amateur militaries are nowhere near as efficient as pros : USMC kill ratio is 87:1, French Foreign Legion is said about 130-150:1

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Moreover, Russia is not doing massive investments : no more than 12 Su-57 in the pipeline and no money to buy more, T-14 postponed, etc etc!
Putin is looking for export clients…

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And eventually having us bankrupted in a disproportional military industrial complex which is actually hurting the Yanks. In fact, with an unified EU army, we…/…

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…/… could even cut military jobs to 1.4M (US have 1.3M) but having them much better equipped while easing logistics, hey, look at the number of different aircraft, vehicles, riffles, etc in use!

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We should start by merging French and German armies, then having countries (some are already OK) with mil-budget issues like Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Balkan states, Greece, Spain, to join.

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Others would follow later. There are still to much idiot nationalists and Atlantists around.

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Moreover, we should consider building stronger ties with Russia: it as much their interest as it is EU’s interest.
A strong EU+Russia alliance is the nightmare of Yanks

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And Chinese too. From the moment we’ll do this, WE MAKE THE WEATHER!

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And in fact, I’d be into having 20 DEAC arcraft carriers and 30 Mistral-class LHDs, a lot of FREMM and Scorpène too…

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And an EU contribution to our nuclear deterrent…