Warning of War with Russia
Col. Sam Gardiner, USAF (ret) to samgard + 56 more
During the Cold War, the CIA did an analysis of analysis. One of their conclusions was that they had the responsibility to issue a warning of war if the actions of another state were the actions that would be taken by a nation if it were on the path to war.

I bring a warning of war with Russia.

In yesterday's email, Nic Marsh included reference to a Russian article. I've done a Google Translate, below. It is very, very important in my mind.

Transporting heavy vehicles to the battle has been an important concept for a long time. The US has used trains (some organic transportation of some units) to gets its rotating brigades into Poland and the Baltic States. The Russians have relied heavily on the same method for the Ukraine and has used trains heavily getting units into Belarus for Zapad exercises.

One of the limitations of the Russian Baltic plan is that there are limited RR lines into what would be the battle area.

The move reported in the article would do two important things. It will make reinforcing the Western Military District easier, particularly from the Central Military District. In addition, it releases reinforcing units from the limited rail system.

From Michale Clemmesen: I received the following comments in reaction to an earlier note of mine.

"I fully agree."

"This is what has given the Israeli Armoured Corps such a unique flexibility. As the tractor regiment can lift the tracked elements of roughly 20 armoured battallions, we are talking about transport support for an army of at least two heavy divisions."

"The transport speed will depend on preparations, but with full preparations I would suggest that a night approach march of 300 kms (summer) and more in winter with cleared roads is easily realistic."


Google Translate:

Russian tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery will go to deployment sites not on their own, but on special multi-axle heavy tractors. The Ministry of Defense began the formation of unique military units - regiments, battalions and the mouth of multi-axle heavy wheeled tractors (MTCT). Their task is the prompt delivery of tank and motorized rifle divisions to the places of combat operations over distances of thousands of kilometers. At the same time, military equipment will be ready to engage in battle without preparation - "from the wheels." The KamAZ-65225 tractor will be supplied to the armament of the new military units with semi-trailers. It is noteworthy that in the troops such cars received an informal name - "heavy bicycles".

As Izvestia was told in the Russian military department, the decision to form new military units was made at the end of last year. They will form part of all military districts, combined arms and tank armies. And in the future, the army corps will also be replenished. It is planned that a MKTK regiment will be formed in the district, a battalion or a separate company of "heavy bicycles" in the army.

The first three battalions of tractors have already appeared at the beginning of this year in the Central and Eastern military districts. They are based in Chita, Khabarovsk and Chebarkul. And by the beginning of 2018 such military units will appear in the Southern and Western districts.

It is noteworthy that tank and motorized rifle assemblies are also located near the newly formed parts of the MTCT. For example, a newly formed 90th Guards Tank Vitebsk-Novgorod twice the Red Banner Division is located in Chebarkul. On its armament - more than a thousand tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and self-propelled artillery.

MTCT battalions are equipped with three-axle 11-ton tractors KamAZ-65225. On a special semi-trailer, they can carry a cargo weighing up to 65 tons. This means that a "heavy bicycle" will easily cope with the transportation of T-72 tanks (mass 41 tons), T-14 "Armata" (48 tons), MSTA self-propelled guns and "Coalition" (42-49 tons), as well as infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers of all series. At the same KamAZ-65225 with an interchangeable crew makes a march per thousand kilometers per day.

In each company of "heavy bicycles" there will be more than 30 tractors, while the regiment will include more than 600 KamAZ-65225. In addition to transportation of equipment, parts and divisions of MTCT will be used to transport fuel and other goods in special metal containers.

Military expert, editor of the magazine "Arsenal of the Fatherland" Viktor Murakhovskiy told Izvestia that the appearance of heavy tractor units is an urgent necessity.

"Heavy equipment has serious limitations on the life of the chassis and engines," the expert said. - Considering the cost of such equipment, it is irrational to spend its resources on making long marches. Especially do it on the roads of common use - tanks will simply be smashed. Therefore, the equipment was always moved either by rail or by road. The railway has its drawbacks: it can not be transported directly to the place of its combat use. Modern heavy conveyors can do this. In addition, in conditions of ultra-low temperatures, they can provide combat vehicles by heating the transmission group from their own equipment. As a result, a tank or other heavy equipment is always ready for immediate use.

In the 1980s, the formation of parts and units of multi-axle heavy wheeled tractors was also conducted in the Soviet Army. On their armament there were Minsk MAZ-537. Separate shelves of "heavy bicycles" were in Byelorussian, Kiev, Prykarpatty and other military districts. One battalion of tractors fought in the 40th Army in Afghanistan. But after 1991, these military units were reduced, and then disbanded.

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