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"Russcary", Russian scariness the true nature of Russian weaponry star ranking
On February 24, 2022, which was my 48th birthday, the Russian invasion to Ukraine began.
I have not dared to mention the invasion of Ukraine until now, but I would like to give my personal opinion from a military point of view.
I am not a specialist, but rather a fluffy knowledge mainly up to the beginning of the war, and a self-indulgent consideration of the reasons for the current state of the Russian military, which was surprisingly vulnerable.
I had never thought about it consciously, but as I looked into it, I felt that the fact that the Russian military was trying to develop super-weapons to counter the West was similar to that of Germany during World War II.
Although I judged it by a terribly vague and lax criterion, the degree of RUSSCARY "Russian scariness”.
Tho I think it was a good criterion to convey surprise and intellectual curiosity from the viewpoint of military freaks in an easy-to-understand manner.
Also, of course, we are aware of what kind of violent acts the former Soviet Union army committed during World War II, and I hope you understand that I have no intention to glorify the Russian army, which is still committing the same barbaric acts today.
We, old military fans, can see some things in our own way, and because we know the tragedy of war and the fear and horror of weapons, we deeply understand the importance of peace.
The recent invasion of Ukraine made us realize once again that no matter how much we desire peace, just wishing for it is not enough to get through to those who would try to trample it down.
In addition, President Putin even threatened to use nuclear weapons to World War III.
As Einstein predicted, "I don't know what weapons will be used in World War III, but in World War IV, it will be stones and clubs.
Japan is naturally not a stranger to this situation, and I feel that it has become necessary for the Japanese people to better understand the reality of being surrounded by enemy nations and nuclear weapons, and to discuss concrete measures to avoid invasion and nuclear war from the public side.
To do so, we must first know our enemies and know ourselves.
Even so, I am writing this in the hope that it will help you understand the Russian military, even though it may cause discomfort to some people.
Now, first of all, as a premise, I believe that for a long time after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian military was recognized as the world's second largest military power waiting in the wings after the United States.
This is not only in terms of nuclear missiles, but also in terms of conventional weapons, including the Pak-50 stealth fighter and a large number of Sukhoi 27 (NATO code: Flanker) series aircraft, which are said to surpass even the F-15 of the West, which has no record of being shot down in actual combat, was enough to be evaluated as the second largest military force in the world.
Unlike the Chinese military, whose true strength was not yet known, the Russian Army and Navy (mainly nuclear-powered submarines) were also regarded as having world-class capabilities.
- Ultra-long-range anti-aircraft missile S400
In recent years, the deployment of the S400, a super-long-range anti-aircraft missile that even the West fears (so that the U.S., outraged by Turkey's introduction of the missile, canceled Turkey's purchase of the F-35, even though Turkey had participated in its development), and the deployment of the Hypersonic Missile, said to be able to pinpoint attack the U.S. aircraft carrier, the core of a carrier strike group. Which was sensational as a game changer.
The strategic doctrine of the world's most mighty U.S. military force was shaken to its very foundations.
First of all, with the appearance of the S400, a super long-range anti-aircraft missile that is said to have even stealth detection capabilities, the U.S. has lost the key to securing air superiority.
Its eyes in the sky, and its command post capability, its early warning and control system, AWACS has lost its upper hand.
The S400's super-long-range n stealth detection capability has severely restricted the operations of the AWACS.
Since the days of the former Soviet Union, the range of Russian anti-aircraft missiles has been superior to that of Western weapons, especially, the Soviet Union's Gamov AA missiles.
Without eliminating anti-aircraft missiles, expensive aircraft cannot even fly. This applies to the actual battlefield as well.
The actual range of the S400 is also estimated to be 400 km, far more than that of the West's main anti-aircraft missile, the Patriot.
In fact, the S300, infamous for shooting down a Malaysian Airlines airliner, and the S400, with its extended range, pose such a threat to the West that they can now be called "strategic" anti-aircraft missiles, as opposed to conventional anti-aircraft missiles, the difference between strategy and tactics.
Furthermore, unlike the Aegis at sea, the Missiles carrier is highly concealed by camouflage, making it difficult to detect by reconnaissance satellites alone until radar is used prior to launch. No matter how sophisticated the AWACS is, it is better to stay away from it.
Incidentally, the total cost of a complete S400 system is said to be $50 million, which is more than the price of a fighter jet of the East.
Even tanks in the West, which are expensive land weapons, cost several million dollars. Even at the extraordinarily high price of the S400, it is a 4 star ★★★★☆Russcary.
- Hypersonic Missile
Another super weapon, the "hypersonic missile", which boasts a flying speed said to up to Mach 10, is broadly classified into two types: nuclear missiles (strictly speaking, the warhead portion) and conventional missiles.
These missiles are difficult to detect, and the irregular trajectory of the wave rider type warheads and the cruise missile type hypersonic missiles are both basically too fast to intercept with conventional Western anti-aircraft weapons.
Furthermore, the degree of difficulty is significantly increased by the fact that it is difficult to neutralize a missile without a direct hit, rather than a close fuse. It would not be an exaggeration to say that it is impossible to neutralize at this point.
The hypersonic glide warhead "Avangarde" and the hypersonic cruise missiles "Iskander" and "Kinjar" have interesting names.
The Russian reading of the word "avant-garde" and "Kinjar" is double-edged dagger.
“Iskander" sounds like it could fly to the edge of the universe, but in fact it is just a regular version of the Kinjar, an aircraft-borne supersonic cruise missile.
Hypersonic glide warheads and hypersonic cruise missiles are completely different, but I will focus mainly on the latter.
The kinetic energy and power of a hypersonic missile, due to the physical law that the power increases with the square of the speed, is imagined to stand out from existing missiles, even missiles of the same mass and explosive charge.
Such a long-range cruise missile with a range of over 1,000 km (said to be up to 3,000 km), which can sink even an aircraft carrier with a single shot and is impossible to intercept.
It is hard to believe at first glance, but if the U.S. and Russia were to engage in a direct confrontation (in which case World War III would be inevitable), it would mean that the U.S. could not carelessly send its hole card, the AWACS and aircraft carriers, to the front lines.
However, the US Department of Defense publicly commented shortly after the Kinjal was successfully used to destroy an underground ammunition depot in Ukraine, saying that it had no military utility.
No one can know in advance the true utility of a weapon (combat-proof or battle-proof) unless it is used in a severe, real-world battle, where anything could happen.
In other words, it is premature to say that a weapon is "militarily impractical" when it has not actually been fired against an aircraft carrier.
It seems to me that either intelligence has revealed that the performance of the missile is not as good as it seems, or, on the contrary, the U.S. is still in the process of developing hypersonic missiles, and this is a desperate appeal to show that the missile is not effective.
As for hypersonic missiles, China and North Korea are also actively appealing that their hypersonic missiles are at the level of actual deployment, but we will not know until they are used on the battlefield.
However, it is thought that the kinetic energy of a hypersonic missile is greater than the kinetic energy of a shell falling from several kilometers above the 46cm main gun of the battleship Yamato, which weighs more than one ton, so just because it is impossible to intercept, it can be called 5 star ★★★★★ Max Russcary.
- What we can see when we put ourselves in Putin's shoes
The problem is the mindset of President Vladimir Putin, who has acquired two superweapons that have not yet been successfully deployed by the West in actual combat.
For Putin, who has long been vigilantly seeking a way to roll back the West, this option, which seems capable of winning a complete victory with conventional weapons alone, may have appeared to him as a last chance he could not have hoped for.
To me, Putin looked like a child who had just received a Christmas present when he repeatedly provoked the Ukrainians in the name of exercises near the border before the invasion took place.
Another important fact is that despite having the world's second largest military, Russia's GDP is not much different from that of South Korea (or even worse).
Moreover, compared to China, Russia has only about one tenth of China's GDP.
The imbalance between the size of its economy and its military power is a fact that comes to light once again.
When one thinks about it dispassionately, it is obvious there is no way that a country ranked 10th or lower in the world in GDP ranking can no longer maintain a superpower.
It is no wonder that Vladimir Putin was unaware of the reality of Russia's national strength.
Rather, he must have been thinking about the future of Russia, which will continue to sink after he is gone, and decided to take a last gamble with its current military power, which is superior to that of Western countries, albeit to a limited extent.
It is also doubtful that they will be able to maintain that superiority ten years from now.
Yes, to put it bluntly, it is just like the former Japanese military, which had no choice but to attack Pearl Harbor, as if to "A cornered mouse will bite the cat". Russia is apparently no more the bear.
In the case of the invasion of Ukraine, although a geopolitical buffer zone was necessary for Russia's security, it was for no good reason at all.
And, moreover, in the 21st century, Putin, who has repeatedly committed war crimes such as massacres as if he were committing them during World War II, and who has been talking about fake news created by the West and Ukraine, is a conspiracy theorist and a naked king, just like ex-President Trump.
Chapter 2: In-Depth Explanation of Russcary Weapons
In Chapter 2, we will discuss the Russian military, which boasted the world's second largest military power, and the Russian weapons that are of personal interest to me.
In the past, the Internet meme peculiar to Russia, derisively called "RUSSCARY", was as much a topic of conversation as "Chinese explosion stories" and the "comedy Korean army. It has never lacked for topics.
However, after the Gulf War, the main tank T-72 (T-80 and T-90 are de facto derivatives of the T-72, so they are considered the same), which was beaten to a pulp by Western tanks and became synonymous with tinplate, bt It also had a certain amount of presence as a counterpart to the U.S. forces.
Although, the T-72, derided as a "jack in the box" because of the way its entire turret would blow up and overturn when destroyed, could be said to symbolize the Russian tradition of weapons that disregarded human life.
Although the T-72's 125mm smoothbore gun is powerful in terms of fire power (but its penetration and long-range precision are inferior), its unique Russian automatic loading system, which is surrounded by shells in the turret, makes it inevitable that if hit, soon detonate and the crew will die.
In other words, although the armor is relatively thin to begin with, there is no concept of damage control in the first place.
During the recent invasion of Ukraine, I have seen several footages of T-72s being hit, and while the front crew may have escaped after the turret spewed fire, not once did the tank crew in the turret escape.
Unlike explosives, shell charges burn at several thousand degrees relatively for a long time (though it's a blink of time), so an induced explosion is more like being hit by a dragon's breath attack at close range.
It would be better if the victim was killed instantly, but it is not difficult to imagine the hell in the turret.
Western tanks, such as the U.S. M1 Abrams tank, for example, are separated from the crew space and the ammunition magazine by a partition wall that can be opened and closed with a button, and even in the event of a detonation, the blast escapes upward, making the crew's survivability much better. The generation of the tank itself is totally different between T-72 and M1 Abrams.
Compactness translates into a lower rate of hit, but compactness also means thinner armor. And, in the Monkey model, which was intentionally designed to have reduced performance, there are paper-armored models that have omitted composite armor.
Well, in view of the current situation of the Russian military, which is being destroyed from one side to the other like whack-a-mole, even with composite armor and explosive reactive armor, the fact that the next-generation T-14 Armata tanks are still stubbornly not introduced may be due in part to the need to dispose of the T-72 stockpile.
The U.S. also periodically disposes of its inventory in various places of the world, but this time it is mainly Javelins, infantry-carried anti-tank missiles.
I wonder how the Russian tankers, who have to go along with the disposal of these inventories, are taking the reality that they will not be able to escape if they are penetrated. It is literally an iron coffin.
The T-72 is a tank that was built with the idea that if it didn't get hit, it's nothing, but once hit, it's a pathetic main battle tank that could not even spare life pif it failed to escape within 1 second.
4 star ★★★★☆Russcary.
- Russian Military Surprise Mecha
Above all, Russia has a uniqueness that is far different from the weapon systems of Western countries, and it is the soil for the creation of unique weapons that are also different from the regrettable weapons of the British military.
The "Caspian Sea Monster" and the "Sikval", a super high-speed nuclear torpedo, are just two examples.
The Caspian Sea Monster is not mentioned in this article because it is not as horrifyingly Russian as it looks, but the Sikval super high-speed torpedo, including its successor weapons, is very interesting.
The Sikval, a super high-speed nuclear torpedo
First of all, how fast is a high-speed torpedo? In fact, it has a lightning speed of 370 km/h, far faster than the Shinkansen bullet train, which is difficult to even imagine.
The Mk.46 torpedo widely deployed in the West is about 80 km/h, and the latest Mk.50 torpedo barely exceeds 100 km/h, so the Sikval’s speed is outstanding .
To exceed the 300 km/h barrier by car requires massive horsepower and aero to break through huge aerodynamic resistance, but it is unimaginable that a torpedo can achieve over 300 km/h underwater, where there is more resistance.
The mechanism is that bubbles released from the torpedo top create a layer of extremely low drag called super cavitation on the outside of the torpedo, and the rocket propulsion propels the torpedo through the water.
As expected, the torpedo is too fast for precise guidance, and the Russian idea was to use it as a nuclear torpedo equipped with a tactical nuclear weapon to annihilate an entire fleet.
Furthermore, there was also a "mine type" that enclosed multiple Sikval and was equipped with a separate sensor, so that even the U.S. Navy would have been at a loss if it had been lured in and suddenly fired a nuclear torpedo exceeding 300 km/h from the seabed.
The Sikval has a successor, which will eventually reach 500 to 600 km/h underwater, which is faster than a linear motor car.
If this is not called a outrageous weaponry, what can we call it?
So let's call the super high-speed nuclear torpedo also 5 star ★★★★★ Max Russcary.
- The Kord, an infantry-carried heavy machine gun
Personally, I have always been curious about Russian military small arms.
The Dragunov sniper rifle, a precursor to the marksman rifle, even if its accuracy is somewhat inferior.
And the Abakan, a next-generation assault rifle with a distinctive instant two-point burst firing mechanism, are still fresh in my mind, Russia's originality can also be seen in its underwater assault rifles, silenced assault rifles, and other originality.
I wanted to have an airsoft gun, but the suppressor part is made of steel just like a real gun, so I gave up because it was too front-heavy when I was allowed to hold it.
I digressed a little.
Now, among the Russian military small arms, the one that made me feel like a Russcary is the Kord heavy machine gun, an infantry firearm that uses a large-caliber 12.7 x 108 mm high-velocity round.
In the West, the only large-caliber machine gun larger than 50 caliber 12.7mm is the Browning M2, which has been in service for more than a hundred years(!).
And it is only used for position defense using a tripod or as a vehicle-mounted machine gun.
They are too heavy to be used as squad support firearms, weapons carried by infantrymen.
Only Russia, however, has made a hand-held heavy machine gun for infantry (although it is not defined as a heavy machine gun), which can be used for anti-material rifle, and use against humans is prohibited by the Hague Land Warfare Agreement.
Moreover, since the case length (length of the shell casing) is 108mm compared to the 99mm used by the M2, the amount of gunpowder is also increased to make it a magnum.
It is 3 star ★★★☆☆Russcary.
- ShAK-12 (Ash-12), the most powerful assault rifle
While researching Kord, I found the latest Russian-made assault rifle that is truly horrifying and I would like to share it.
This assault rifle has a large caliber of 12.7mm, while most assault rifles have a caliber of 5.56mm or 5.45mm.
Even a 50-caliber infantry machine gun is enough to make the Russians look bad, but now they have finally done it with assault rifles. The West does not have this power of conception and execution.
Although it is not a full-size bullet, the 12.7 x 55mm is powerful enough to penetrate even lightly armored vehicles, let alone bulletproof vests.
It is also important to note that it is a subsonic bullet, and the suppressor has a significant muffling effect.
Although it is not known how well a 12.7mm large-caliber bullet can be silenced, it is thought that its use by special forces units will enable them to eliminate enemies one after another over obstacles while disguising their firing positions.
Incidentally, because the bullets themselves are large, polymer box magazines are only available with 10 or 20 rounds. That is quite a small number.
Still, if it were only for its power, it would be the most powerful assault rifle in the world.
And what is even more frightening is that there are revolver pistols that use the same 12.7 x 55mm bullets, which are sure to generate much more intense recoil than the Desert Eagle, which is a pistol bullet in the same 50 caliber.
Even if the recoil is somewhat reduced by the low placement of the barrel like the Mateva revolver, it is not hard to imagine that it is still tend to trigger snatch or wrist injury.
I'm not sure such handgun for duel a bear.
4 star ★★★★☆Russcary.
- TOS-1 rocket self-propelled artillery, thermobaric (fuel vaporization) weapon
Also deployed by the Russian military in the recent invasion of Ukraine was the TOS-1 thermobaric (fuel vaporization) rocket self-propelled artillery.
Fuel vaporization bombs are ignited by aerosolizing solid fuel refined from petroleum fuel or other sources, and have such high firepower that they can generate a mushroom cloud.
Because of their power comparable to that of small-scale tactical nuclear weapons, fuel vaporization weapons (thermobaric weapons) are called the poor man's nuclear weapons.
On the other hand, because they do not have the radiation and residual radioactivity characteristic of nuclear weapons, they are recognized as conventional weapons, and many people have probably seen them used by the US military against IS militant strongholds on video.
The scary thing about this thermobaric weapon is that it consumes all the oxygen in a wide area at once, and it is said that even enemies holed up in their bases will suffocate due to lack of oxygen.
Perhaps because of this, even the U.S. military does not use them so easily, and they are treated as special weapons.
However, since it is a weapon based on a simple principle and is inexpensive, it is likely to be used more often if it is incorporated into the conventional weapon system. But this is only if one turns a blind eye to the ethics of the weapon.
And, during the recent invasion of Ukraine, I learned for the first time that the Russian military is using thermobaric weapons in the same "normal" way as conventional weapons.
The TOS-1 thermobaric rocket self-propelled artillery is a wild weapon that carries as many as 24 fuel vaporized rockets on its armored vehicles and aims to directly hit resistance positions with a barrage of fire.
While the purpose of use of this weapon is vicious, its appearance is just like that of a rocket-propelled artillery gun from the Nintendo Wars series, which is a sharp contrast.
In terms of operation, it is similar to the Sturm Tiger, a rocket-propelled artillery battle tank used by the former German army in urban warfare.
If there was an enemy stronghold around the corner, the Sturm Tiger would use a very thick shell, a 380mm rocket mortar, to tear the whole building to pieces.
In Ukraine, too, Russian forces are believed to be using this thermobaric weapon to neutralize resistance positions in urban areas of Ukraine that even tanks cannot approach unintentionally.
The name of this thermobaric weapon in the Russian military is frightening.
The official name is "Heavy Firepower Projectile", also known as "vacuum bomb". 4 star ★★★★☆Russcary
- What is the TRUE RUSSCARY?
Now, even if we only touch on the above briefly, the individual weapon groups of the Russian military are distinctive, and some of them have advantages over Western weapons, but the degree of wear and tear on the Russian military since the invasion of Ukraine began has been astonishing.
Although they should be overwhelmed in terms of strength, the Russian forces are too fragile.
Most recently, on April 13, the cruiser Moscow, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was sunk by an anti-ship missile after a large landing ship.
Another big surprise was the release by the Ukrainian authorities of a video showing the S400, a super long-range anti-aircraft missile that was thought to be a super weapon, being easily destroyed by a Ukrainian military drone.
As mentioned above, the S400 system is estimated to cost $50 million, or more than 6 billion yen, and the "Bailaktar" drones that Ukraine purchased from Turkey are said to cost around ＄1 million(100 million yen) each, so they should have been no match for the S400.
Even if the drone's flight speed is too slow to be recognized as a threat target by anti-aircraft missiles, the air defense network should be alerted with multiple layers of redundant alerts.
Even if it is difficult to deal with the threat by anti-aircraft missiles, anti-aircraft machine guns should be in place.
The fact that the S400, which costs $50 million and is extremely expensive for a land-based weapon, was destroyed so easily is evidence that the Russian military is not in control. In the Stalin era, those responsible would have been executed immediately.
In fact, as of April 10, a total of seven high-ranking Russian military officers were said to have been killed in action, an extremely unusual figure for less than two months after the war began.
When I first read the article about the deaths of high-ranking officers one after another, I thought that they were, at most, commanding officers at the rank of colonel, but to my surprise, they were all major generals and lieutenant generals. Normally, real high-ranking officers at the general level do not even appear at the front lines.
As a result, it seems that the officers are redeeming themselves by taking responsibility for the sloppy operation, but there are reports that some of them were run over by tanks of their allies and died, which may or may not be true.
But even so, what is the reason why the Russian army is struggling so much?
Some say that the main force was a hodgepodge of second-line soldiers who just had been drafted into the army and were not volunteers.
On the other hand, however, there are reports of mutinies even among the elite paratroopers who were made up of volunteers, so it is likely that such stories are coming from the fact that morale is declining.
Furthermore, in modern warfare, supply and logistics are supposed to be the most important of all, but it seems that the Russians began the war with a plan and outlook as sloppy as that of the former Japanese army's infamous Operation Imphal.
The initial plan was to take the capital city of Kiev within three days of the outbreak of war, but Ukrainian President Zelensky's proclamation united the people of Ukraine against the war, and Russian army soon ran out of fuel and ammunition.
Early in the war, there was news that a Russian airborne mission to the airport near Kiev had been shot down, a major setback, but it was also news that a pillar of the supply plan to use the airport as a logistics base had been broken.
As a result, the supply lines were too long to be supplied by trucks on land, and the guerrilla tactics of the Ukrainian army were used to break up the supply lines, as had become customary, and the northern and central sector forces that had invaded Kiev from three sides quickly found themselves in a supply shortage.
Soon the soldiers had to provide even food for themselves, which naturally led to looting, which escalated to massacres.
The military force is the most powerful violent device in the world, so it naturally requires strong control, but when the leash is removed, it tends to run amok with desire.
Furthermore, the Russian military was such a chaotic group at the time of World War II that many of the soldiers at the end of the line in Central Asia and elsewhere could not even speak Russian.
There is an anecdote that a soldier who came from such an uncivilized land did not even know how to wind the crown of a watch, so he would loot many watches, put them around his wrist, and throw them away when they stopped.
I do not think that the current invasion of Ukraine is also full of soldiers at such a low level, but the fact that young Russian soldiers with a level of understanding that does not even know where they are and whether they are in an exercise or a real battle are being reported, assuming that it is not a lie, is hardly a well-regulated army.
However, I think that what really makes Russia so horrible, to put it bluntly, is the "Cheapness of life" of the Russian people themselves, which has not much changed since the time of World War II.
I think that the weight and price of life is still relatively low in Russia.
In Japan, during the Pacific War, expensive weapons were more important than soldiers.
However, the western countries, including Japan, are different now. Veterans, whose training costs a lot of money and whose experience is hard to replace, are now considered more important than expensive weapons.
On the other hand, in the Russian military, even a tank, although powerful, is designed to disregard human life (in that it is not crew-friendly), and this has been carried out with a sense of grace from the time of the T-34 during the WW2 to the T-72, T-80, and T-90, which are still de facto MBT (I do not know about the next-generation tank, the Armata).
Like the red summon paper of the old Japanese army, the soldiers are also recognized as little more than replaceable parts.
As one might expect from a country that suffered a death toll that no other country in the world could match during World War II.
The number of war dead was between 26.6 and 30 million (13.5% of Russia's population of 200 million at the time).
This is ten times the number of Japan's 2.4 to 3.1 million war dead.
Moreover, not only the pure war dead and victims, but also the death toll from the Great Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor) caused by Stalin before the war and the Great Purge, in which most high-ranking officers were killed, is said to be 14.5 million and 8〜10 million, respectively.
These are not included in the war casualties, since not during the war.
In other words, Russia had already suffered a comparable number of deaths, over 20 million, before the start of World War II.
In total, Russia lost more than 40 million people in less than a decade.
Forty million is equivalent to the total population of the Japan capital metropolitan area.
To have them all die is quite a shattering figure. This is the TRUE RUSSCARY.
The thought process of Russian politicians, who looked at their own people as if they were livestock or crops in the field, does not seem to have changed much, even after Putin, a former KGB officer, came to power.
The reason why soldiers from such a "cheap-life" country cannot beat the Ukrainian army, which "fights for its life”, is because there is no way to maintain "morale”, which is the most important factor for elite soldiers.
The fact that the Russian army can be so cruel to any extent may also be attributed to the "cheapness of life".
The people who can be cold and cruel to others are those who do not doubt their own righteousness in the slightest, or those who believe from the bottom of their hearts that they are superior human beings, as is easy to imagine for example with the Nazis.
But the Russian army is more uncivilized and animalistic, reminiscent of the dark ages of the medieval period.
Different again from the rational madness of the Nazis, it is a world that does not even see its opponents as people, but as animals, with their desires laid bare.
If looting was the motivation for warfare on a soldier-by-soldier basis, it would be a terrible ancestry (Russia also has Viking blood in its veins).
What is frightening is that if Japan's neighbors, including Russia, were to invade Japan, we can expect a similar tragedy to the one in Ukraine.
Moreover, there are too many obstacles for the Self-Defense Forces to protect Japan, from legislation to stockpiles of ammunition.
Considering the high possibility that the balance of power between the U.S. and China will be reversed in the next decade or two, there is not much time left to spare.
With a heightened sense of crisis, now is the time for the Japanese people to discuss what they can do to protect our country, rather than simply leaving the matter to the Self-Defense Forces.
Even so, the Japanese people are tend to "Danger past, god forgotten" and become complacent about the peace process.
- In closing
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, although I am just a military fan, I did not write this article with the intention of praising the military.
Rather, I have always believed that when considering the possibility of an invasion by a neighboring country, for example, it is necessary to examine what kind of weapons they would use and what concrete countermeasures we would take against them.
I also believe that only when we can do that, being a military fan becomes a real living knowledge, not just a liking or a nerd.
In this harsh reality of the world, it is difficult to see a bright future, but I hope that we can still bring a better solution by thinking continuously.