For weeks, the fighting in the Ukraine War has been shifting more and more to the east. After the unsuccessful blitz war, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin (69) changed his strategy.
But Russian troops also have problems in the east. The Ukrainian army has recently celebrated some successes, for example it was able to destroy the strategically important Antonovsky Bridge near the Russian-occupied city of Cherson.
The equipment is cited as one of the reasons for the failure of Putin’s troops. It was anticipated that the weapons would not function properly. But British military expert Jack Watling does not believe in this thesis. It’s clear to him: Weapons work great. The Russians have completely different problems, as he explains on Twitter.
everyone just presses a button
Soldiers would not know how to handle weapons. Reason: Poor training. Especially now, when there is a shortage of supplies, soldiers are sent to the front after only five days.
For example, the Buk missile system consists of several buttons, and each button has a specific function. Each soldier performs the same function in the operation of the system. As a result, many soldiers do not understand the entire system, Watling writes.
If nothing works as planned, the troops on the ground will have to find a solution on their own. Integrated computer systems are often very old and therefore not very useful. If you want to operate the whole system, you need a lot of experience. The NATO system, on the other hand, is less complex and will assist soldiers in their operations – it takes much less experience.
In an emergency, they can’t react quickly
The complex operation is a big problem for the Russian army. Many soldiers are currently being called in for short-term use with some weapons. Their basic knowledge is often not enough to be able to operate the system.
Therefore, many Russian air defense systems will be destroyed by the Ukrainians. “It’s not that the Buk system doesn’t detect Ukrainian missiles,” Watling says. “Rather, Russian troops lack the knowledge to be able to operate a system quickly in an emergency.”
“Each weapon individually works without any problems”
In addition, the equipment is completely outdated. A few years ago, cracks were found in the screws on the rotors of Mi-24 helicopters, which still come from the Soviet Union. According to Watling, such cracks are “normal” for Russians. Helicopters have an additional number of screws – if one breaks, the other screw still holds the rotor blades on the machine.
According to experts, this type of patchwork is found in many Russian weapons. For this reason, if new technologies are developed they can hardly be upgraded.
For example, for the new version of the Mi-24, the Russians have developed new anti-tank missiles that can be operated with the help of precision sensors. However, the helicopter vibrates very loudly during flight, making precise targeting with sensors impossible. So the soldiers will have to resort to ordinary binoculars. The result is a very accurate weapon guidance according to the expert. “Each weapon works individually without any problems. But when you start putting the system together, there are bigger problems.”
“apparently random target”
In addition, maps of Russians are often out of date. For example, in the battle around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a 40-year-old map was used. “Some randomly hit targets are understandable when you look at a whole old map,” Watling says.
The bottom line is that Russian weapons will work, military expert Watling says. “It becomes problematic when they are interconnected and operated by inadequately trained soldiers. Then the Russian system is lagging behind.” (That)