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  1. Perhaps they were trying to follow the footsteps of Russian Federation's first president, who had tried something similar (albeit with a much smaller charge) in his younger years?
  2. That's real life though; I appreciate the CMBS team keeping things realistic like that. The word on this side of the pond is that such OOB has less to do with Syria and more with Crimea-type scenarios (I.e. soft occupation). It is thought that more mobility and less armor is preferred under such conditions.
  3. No need to apologize, friend. Your input is always welcomed! Just FYI, here is one of the articles quoting Shoigu on this. He had actually said that the minimum was 120hr/yr; not 140. It still seems pretty high for a minimum, as in the Soviet VVS - that was pretty much the average annual flight time (during peace time of course). https://ria.ru/defense_safety/20161222/1484341140.html
  4. Welcome back. I tend to agree; I did not see anything resembling a Pantsir there (although the resolution makes it difficult to say for sure. Based on what I've read - SAA Pnatsirs are positioned around Damascus to protect key installations and political leadership.
  5. Good to know. I usually follow the same conventions, except that I tend to make recon/snipers elite in order to reflect their special skills and training. I am not sure how to feel about Russian NCOs. At this point IRL they are all professionals with appropriate training; as opposed to the old Soviet model. Perhaps our Ukrainian friends can enlighten us on the NCO selection process in ZSU?
  6. Ok, so several people on this forum have complained that we barely ever talk about the game itself any more. It's a fair point; and as someone who has gone of on a tangent more than a few times, I feel my share of responsibility to get us back on track. So here is my question - it appears to me that both Russian and Ukrainian units in CMBS have same (very low) default training and morale; while Americans have much higher skills. Now I agre with Americans have top training. However it seems to me that Russians should be somewhere between Ukrainians and US. Generally speaking, Russians spen
  7. I believe that the latest report by Shoigu had mentioned that all Russian combat pilots flew a minimum of 140 hr/yr in order to qualify as "combat-ready". Are those the same figures that you are referring to; or do you have access to more confidential numbers?
  8. 1. I see South Korea and Japan as major financial loosers in such scenario; past droops in the GDP of these two countries have not correlated with similar effects in Russia, AFAIK... 2.1 You might want to double check your numbers. The salaries for Russian and Chinese middle class are roughly comparable; hover China has a huge agrarian underclass that lives in extreme poverty. I don't see how the Chines would want to artificially grow their population before such gap is resolved 2.2 I would say several hundred skill NK citizens would already make a dent. 3.2 I am picturing a sce
  9. I guess what we are saying (if I understand my fellow forum members correctly) is that they could be willing help in order to improve the relations with US and Japan (which we have not brought into this discussion yet). Unfortunately though, our current diplomatic shortsightedness; prevents them from taking such initiatives. Instead they are asking us to "Show them the money" before they move a finger.
  10. Fair enough. I believe that Frunze was supposed to train its cadets to become regimental and brigade commanders; but I guess you are right - they could only be promoted to senior officer ranks upon graduation. I can't speak for SVR or GRU either, but it seems to me that PDRK counter-intel was a lot more concearned with the Southeners rather than their Northen comrades.
  11. Mass migration of skilled and educated Koreans as a result of humanitarian crisis caused by war. Again - think of Armenians that fled to Russia to escape pogroms in late 80s; I hope you'll agree that they have proven their worth to the Russian society.
  12. I admit that I am a little behind the curve on this, but back in the 90's there were dozens of DPRK senior officers in the Frunze military academy. Are you saying that they have all been purged now? Then who exactly has replaced them? I might be mistaken, but I have always imgained NK to be a paradise for SVR and GRU "illegals".
  13. Please correct me if I am wrong, but the current generation of NK gastarbaiters are just low-skilled seasonal workers; aren't they? I am talking about a senerio where whole middle class families migrate there (sort of like many Armenians did in the late 80s). I think that you know as well as I do, how highly Russians value educated Koreans for their work-ethic, discipline, and accountability.
  14. That is correct, however let's also not forget that Russia has huge influence over NK senior officer staff (most of whom are Russian-trained, and some might be Russian-financed). Those are not the type of cadre whose opinion Kim can afford to ignore.
  15. That is precisely right, PRC absolutely does not need an all out war, resulting in a major refugee and humanitarian crisis at their doorsteps. Even more so, as it will bring South Korea (read US) right next to their borders. Russia, on the other hand, can potentially benefit in such scenario; as their border is much easier to control and they can actually use an influx of Korean refugees (who are highly valued by Russian employers).
  16. Great points gentlemen! I happen to believe that China and Russia can covertly convince DPRK to diescalate their nuclear ramp-up. Unfortunately I am not an expert on PRC; but Russia might have done us that favor in spirit of normalizing our mutual relations (in fact they had originally joined us in criticizing Kim's first missle trials). Unfortunately though, our POTUS (whose foreign policy goals I actually happen to like); could not keep from acting like a used car salesman with his "make concessions first, and then we might talk"...so here we are
  17. It was started by a popular Crimean blogger (colonelcasad.livejournal.com) who found himself in the epicenter of Russian takeover in Feb of 2014. There was a press release by Simferopol PR agent stating that a group of armed man had entered the airport, but they were not interfering with flights and acting politely towards the staff; to which colonelcasad had noted that many other strategic installations are going to be visited by such "polite people" that night.
  18. I just don't see it Please lmk if you can find it when you sober up. Skål!
  19. @John Kettler Just out of curiosity - how do you filter your news sources? I ask because you seem to have the most random collection of reference material that I have ever seen. I really apprciate the effort and the amount of time that you dedicate to this forum; but at what point do you apply critical thinking and decide that perhaps a source is not all that reliable and might not be worth basing your theories on?
  20. @Armorgunner Enjoy yourself friend. No need to worry about it now. But if you do find those pictures, make sure that you hold on to them; they would be worth a fortune! Cheers!
  21. Wait...what? Where did you see the pictures of destroyed Pantsirs? AFAIK, Russian Pantsirs are stationed in Hmeimim in support of Russian assets there. The Tomahawk strikes had targeted Syrian assets in Shirat (sp?); that's a completely different region. Did I miss something?
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