Philip wrote:Armenia has to thank Russia for saving the core of the NK enclave.If not,it would've lost almost everything.The 5K Ru peacekeeping boots are saving Armenia's bacon .Ru finally has its troops on the ground in the Caucasus' again,but the Ottoman pretender has upped Turkey's profile. The sending of Turkish mil. experts to run the campaign was a significant factor in the Azeri victory. Putin however kept the pretender on a leash by wiping out dozens of pro- Turk fighters in a massive air strike in Syria.
The Russian use of heavy strat. bombers in conventional fashion,their Bears- soldiering on until 2040,upgraded Backfires and Blackjacks too,new ones being built,should be v.seriously watched by the IAF with its obsession of fighters.The PLAAF have hundreds of Sov.era Tupolev bombers,which with range,payload and LRCMs can cause huge damage to Indian positions across the LAC,even reach major cities and bases in N.India. By contrast,we have nothing that can reach Beijing,Shanghai or any of the major PRC cities or ports situated in the east of the country.This glaring deficiency must be redressed.
not to intervene so the uppity pro western Armenian leader got his comeuppance. He will be disposed off shortly. No one else is allowed to win in Russia's backyard. That is clear to everyone from Georhia to Crimea to Ukraine to Turkey to Armenia. Only Russia writes the rules here.
With respect to China, their population centers are on the east coast and the Tibetian plateau is simply a buffer zone to launch offensives and create strategic depth against counter offensives. A bomber fleet that has to cross this buffer zone is unsurvivable.
Simply put, nuclear submarines with cruise missile packs like the Ohio SSGNs sitting in the South China Sea with make the Chinese think twice before doing something stupid. A cruise missile launched just off your major population centres is a massive deterrent. A bomber fleet that has to cross Tibetian air defences is not.