Author Topic: A Grognard Perspective of the Ukraine Air War  (Read 115 times)


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on: May 04, 2022, 08:09:16 PM

Examining which wargames best replicate / explain what we're seeing over Ukraine


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Reply #1 on: May 05, 2022, 04:29:25 PM
...(though “strategic” SAMs like the Russian S-400 or U.S. THAAD can get a counter)...

Everytime I hear about THAAD (which I used to quite a lot when I was working on the arsenal), I have to say, "It'th tho thaad."

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Reply #2 on: May 05, 2022, 05:06:24 PM
The Warsaw Pact armed forces relied heavily on organic anti-air systems (ZSUs, MANPADS, IR SAMs, etc.) in the 1970s and 1980s. They were cheaper and easier to deploy than sophisticated interceptors and fighters and a perfect counter to NATO reliance on attack helicopters. At the tactical level, they don't rely in an integrated air defense system and are responsible only for local defense.

While I disfavor many people drawing a lot of inferences from the old Soviet armies, I wonder if this is one legacy of WP doctrine.

(BTW--great article.)