Is the Alliance preparing to attack the entire western border of Russia? The main blow will be on Kaliningrad.
NATO forces attacked the Russian Baltic Fleet in its bases located in the Kaliningrad region. True, so far powerful strikes against our ships and ground forces have been inflicted only in the field of electronic warfare.
According to the official report of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, the ships of the North Atlantic Alliance, from June 2 to 21, conducting exercises Baltops-2019 in the Baltic Sea, at a relatively short distance from Russian territorial waters, used radio-electronic suppression against Russian radar and air defense and anti-missile systems .
– In order to identify threats to navigation safety to civilian ships associated with the use of NATO warfare equipment by NATO ships, the Baltic Fleet units monitor the radio-electronic situation in the exercise area, – the report said.
You do not find that the very tonality of this news, which came out of the depths of our defense department on Saturday, is too obviously reminiscent of the language of real front-line reports? Perhaps because the case of the Baltic alone is not limited to today. Everything is much more serious. The forces of the North Atlantic Alliance clearly by a single plan synchronously set in motion throughout the western border of Russia. What’s happening?
Take a look at the map of Eastern Europe. June 3, the day after the launch off the coast of the Kaliningrad region Baltops-2019 (about 12,000 soldiers and officers, 44 warships and more than 40 combat aircraft and helicopters from 18 states), at the Central range of the Air Force of Poland in the north of this country Tobruq Legacy, an international missile and air defense exercise, began. In addition to Polish military personnel, they were attracted by units from the United States, Great Britain, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, as well as a joint German-Dutch combat group. A total of about 4.8 thousand military and 1.2 thousand units of military equipment, among which are the American medium-range missile systems Patriot.
Now I propose to turn the view much south. By no means strange, in my opinion, coincidence exactly on June 3 was thundered on the landfills of Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. There began the multinational SABER GUARDIAN teachings. And this is – plus 27,000 soldiers.
What else is important – in the Baltic Sea, in Poland, and in Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, the actions of the allies are carried out exclusively by the Americans. And these militaristic games will also end almost simultaneously – from June 19 to 21 of this year.
When this happens – there seems to be no doubt among sensible people. This is not about defense. NATO is pursuing an attack on Russia all along the contact line. But, based on the composition of the forces involved in all three groupings, the main focus of the offensive plan absolutely precisely drawn on the alliance’s headquarters maps is paid to the Baltic Sea. All that is southward – secondary directions. Kaliningrad is the thorn in Moscow that the Western allies intend to first of all remove from the body of Europe to “project the force” into Russian territory.
How does the alliance now interfere with Kaliningrad? Actually, in NATO this has not been hidden for a long time. How long and directly recognized in Brussels and the Pentagon, missile and aircraft weapons, which the Russian Ministry of Defense has deployed to the Russian enclave in recent years, have created an extremely powerful so-called “A2 / AD zone” in it (Anti-access and area denial) restriction and prohibition of access and maneuver. And so they took control of a significant part of the continent, the entire water area of the Baltic Sea and all entrances to it from the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, with all the problems with its Navy, Moscow quickly turned into the actual owner of the Baltic.
Here is an opinion on this account of the former commander of the US troops in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges. Back in November 2015, he warned his people: “From the Kaliningrad region now we can not allow our military fleet and no NATO fleet at all to get into the Baltic Sea. From there, they can stop anyone who tries to enter this sea.”
The US Navy expert Jerry Hendrix agrees. In the National Review, he complains that in the event of a war with Russia, NATO because of the S-400 and Iskander complexes in the Kaliningrad region will not be able to reach areas further than Copenhagen in the Baltic Sea. Americans will have to land their troops deployed across the Atlantic, not in the conveniently located Polish port of Gdansk, but somewhere in France and Belgium, because of which their nomination to the theater will drag on for weeks.
And further along Hendrix: “In Northern Europe, Kaliningrad and Gdansk are two queens on a chessboard. NATO must be ready to defend its queen and eliminate queen of Putin.”
So what remains to the alliance? In the event of an attack on Russia, first of all take Kaliningrad and sink our Baltic Fleet. Which, with all the evidence, is being worked out today by the allies at the exercises Baltops-2019.
Yes, the Baltops series of NATO exercises have long become annual and are held 47 times. But the present all the same stand out. First of all, because for the first time warships and auxiliary vessels responsible for the North Atlantic of the 2nd operational fleet of the US Navy (the main base in Norfolk) participate in them. That which, according to the Pentagon, was rashly disbanded in 2011. But hastily recreated from the ashes of organizational and staff events last summer. Of course, “because of the sharply increased Russian threat.”
Modernized Soviet T-80 “broke” without spare parts from the “aggressor country”.
And no one in the West seems to be asking a question: why are not such “insidious” Russians today storming the overseas Norfolk overseas, but American sailors of our Kaliningrad? And why not ours, but the US Navy Commander, 2nd Fleet Commander Admiral Andrew Lewis, from the board of his USS Mount Whitney command ship at this moment is looking at the approaches to Baltiysk, the main base of the Baltic Fleet, on the map?
At the end of May, the Washington Times newspaper described the task of Vice Admiral Lewis and his subordinates: “The main meaning of the BALTOPS naval exercises is infallible. This shows Russia and its allies that the 2nd Fleet is ready to fight together with its NATO colleagues to counter any of the challenges of Moscow to the United States and the alliance. The exercises will be held off the coast of Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave in the Baltic, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, which the military news site Breaking Defense describes as “replete with radar, electronic warfare capabilities and guided missiles.”
With one more important feature of Baltops-2019 we started this conversation. Today, electronic warfare has come to the fore in the forthcoming fierce clash in the Baltic. And since such a war does not leave traces on the air, it has already unfolded in full force. As if the fighting began.
On the map of the exercises Baltops-2019, the numerous ships of the alliance lined up on June 14 in a broad arc into battle formations – from the Polish to the Lithuanian coast. In fact, blocking our exits from Baltiysk and Kaliningrad. The Baltic Fleet immediately pushed forward everything they could: the multipurpose Boiky and Stoichi multi-purpose corvettes, the Serpukhov, Zeleny Dol, Rosen, Passat small rocket ships and the Aleksin small anti-ship.
In the air there were raised naval front-line bombers Su-24 and fighters Su-30SM. In total, up to a dozen of aircraft that, before the eyes of NATO, were instructively bombed at one of the Baltic Fleet test sites. The coastal anti-ship missile systems “Ball” and “Bastion” were withdrawn to combat positions.
But the long-planned teachings of the alliance developed in their own way. As it should be, a few days before this, Brussels issued such a very frank notice to mariners: “On 14, 18 and 19 June, the participants of the Baltops-2019 exercise, now being held in the Baltic Sea, are planning to practice episodes related to radio suppression of radar and radio navigation systems … Command Task Force 162 asks shipowners and ship captains to take this circumstance into consideration when laying routes near the exercise areas. ”
The sailors to whom these official lines are addressed – who are they? Captains seiners, trap Baltic smelt? Or passenger ferries plying between Tallinn and Stockholm?
If they, too, it is only partly. And the real war on the air near Kaliningrad immediately began. Moreover, long before June 14, which warned the notice to mariners.
As it should be, a few days before this, Brussels issued such a very frank notice to mariners: “On 14, 18 and 19 June, the participants of the Baltops-2019 exercise, now being held in the Baltic Sea, are planning to practice practical episodes related to radio suppression of radar and radio navigation systems … Command Task Force 162 asks shipowners and ship captains to take this circumstance into consideration when laying routes near the exercise areas.”
The sailors to whom these official lines are addressed – who are they? Captains of seiners, catching Baltic smelt? Or captains of passenger ferries plying between Tallinn and Stockholm?
If they, too, it is only partly. NATO warning issued, of course, is for Moscow. And the real war on the air near Kaliningrad immediately began. Moreover, long before June 14, which warned the notice to mariners.
Already on June 10, the BF air defense systems recorded an approach to our sea border of two reconnaissance aircraft, American and Swedish. A Russian fighter was raised to intercept, which drove away the uninvited guests. But the very next day (June 11), the EC-130H Compass Call, a specialized electronic warfare aircraft of the US Air Force, appeared in the same area in the sky. According to foreign sources, it managed to “blind” air defense stations near Kaliningrad with powerful interference. As a result, an American drone RQ-4 Global Hawk and Swedish reconnaissance Gulfstream IV allegedly entered the Russian airspace with impunity.
Was it really so? This we most likely do not know. Such information in full — is only for the General Staff on both sides. Nor will we learn whether the 841th separate EW Center of the Baltic Fleet (Yantarny village) is working in response to the NATO grouping today. The press got information that from the end of last year, the Center received for service only beginning to enter the fleets and adopted only in 2015 the strategic, in fact, electronic warfare complex “Murmansk-BN”. It is alleged that he is capable of conducting radio intelligence and at the same time suppressing enemy stations at a distance of up to 8,000 kilometers (according to other sources, up to 5,000 kilometers).
It is possible that in the 841th Center they failed to prepare in time a miracle complex for NATO exercises near Kaliningrad. But if “Murmansk-BN” still confronted with the EC-130H Compass Call – in whose favor did that duel really end?
One thing is for sure – with the capabilities of the Russian means of electronic warfare, NATO was thoroughly acquainted in 2018 in the Arctic. Then there were other exercises of the alliance – Trident Juncture, the flagship of which was the American nuclear aircraft carrier “Harry Truman”. Moreover, the training area was located precisely thousands of kilometers from the Russian limits. And those maneuvers were accompanied by the most inexplicable, from the point of view of the Western allies, disruptions in the operation of the most reliable GPS satellite navigation systems installed on their warships.
At first, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense accused Russia of this, stating that the failures were recorded from October 16 to November 7, 2018 due to the actions of the Russian military in the Kola Peninsula. Then the Finnish broadcaster Yle reported that Helsinki is also suspected of Moscow. Adding that the exercises did not go without incidents, the largest of which was the death of the frigate of the Norwegian Navy “Helge Ingstad” as a result of a collision with the tanker Sola TS in Eygarden.
A little later, the same version was supported by cautious Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
– It is possible that Russia is behind such violations, – he noted. According to the prime minister, such actions could be “a message to all parties involved in military exercises.”
Naturally, no one has admitted anything to this day. Because electronic warfare is completely without a trace. The world-famous after the so-called Skripal case “highly likely” is the only thing that can be said in this case. However, without a doubt, the very first EW Murmansk-BN complex in Russia actually entered the Northern Fleet in December 2014. By the time of the NATO Trident Juncture exercises, he was certainly well mastered by calculation. Did the ship operators “Harry Truman” go crazy with his help? Nobody will tell us that.
Why so far nothing of the kind, according to open information, occurs in Kaliningrad? Such facts are also classified as “Top Secret”. Whether the Baltic “Murmansk-BN” is not yet ready to work? Whether the Western allies were extremely intelligent students of Russia? And had time to prepare for Baltops-2019 much better than for Trident Juncture.