The US has a plan to attack and destroy the Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) of the Kaliningrad exclave in the case of necessity, US Air Forces in Europe Commander General Jeffrey Harrigan said.
“If we have to go in there to take down, for instance, the Kaliningrad IADS [Integrated Air Defense System], let there be no doubt we have a plan to go after that. We train to that. We think through those plans all the time, and… if that would ever come to fruition, we’d be ready to execute.”
Harrigan said that if “Russian aggression” would come out of Kaliningrad, the US had a contingency plan to handle it, “it would be a multi-domain, very timely and effective capability that we would bring to ensure we have the access we need in that environment.”
No other details of the potential plan were provided.
But, of course, the exclave is a favorable target, since it is remote from Russia. But it is also an excellent Russian advance base.
Kaliningrad has anti-aircraft, anti-ship, and surface-to-surface missiles positioned, and they potentially threaten many of the NATO bases in the Baltics, Eastern and Central Europe.
Of course, that means that all of these weapons are within range of NATO warships and within short driving range of NATO battle tanks.
Harrigan said that it fell to him and to the Pacific Air Forces Commander General Charles Q. Brown Jr. to urge the Air Force to focus on multi-domain operations in the future.
“My job is to be the demand signal to big Air Force to give us the capabilities, over time,” Harrigian said. “They have the PowerPoint… but we have to turn that vision into incremental capabilities that we give to our airmen and allow them to experiment.”
He reminded that he had been part of Air Force Central Command for two years and that it operated multi-domain.
“I was in AFCENT for two years,” he said. “We were operating multi-domain. Now we need to continue to work through how we better decentralize and push down those authorities and bring in tools that allowed us to do that.”
In response, the Russian Ministry of Defense simply said that the air defenses in Kaliningrad are well known to any NATO pilots approaching Russia’s borders.
The military department noted that the region is reliably protected from any offensive plans that are developed in Europe by “vagrant” American generals.
As stated by the ministry, the frivolity of Harrigan and his naive faith in such plans should primarily concern his subordinates.
“Who, it seems, should better learn one of the main commandments of the military leaders – every plan is good only before the battle,” the Ministry of Defense noted.
Responding to Harrigan’s words, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova emphasized that Moscow qualifies them as a threat and considers them an indicator of stupidity that is detrimental to the reputation of the United States.
“We see the ease with which the political elite in the United States deals with such serious and very complex issues as world security and stability, makes it irresponsible, based on political market considerations,” she said at a briefing on September 20th.
The governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov advised the Pentagon representative to re-read history and remember that no matter how good the plan, “there are always Russians and historical experience.”
State Duma deputy from the region Alexander Pyatikop emphasized that such unfriendly statements do not build confidence between the countries.
He urged the exclave residents not to worry about their safety, given Russia’s powerful military grouping on its westernmost border.
The head of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Special Forces Command of the Russian Air Force between 2007-09, Sergey Khatylev, linked the “information noise” about the breakthrough with the massive US nuclear rearmament.
“They have withdrawn from the INF Treaty. Now the next step is the START Treaty – They will also withdraw. That says that they will begin nuclear tests, and these will, of course, be tests of new weapons, and not what they tell us about re-equipping warheads and so on … At the same time, they tell “horror stories” – first about plans for Kaliningrad, then about other cities,” Khatylev said.
The head of the World Arms Trade Analysis Center Igor Korotchenko in an interview with RIA Novosti recalled that the Kaliningrad region is reliably covered by S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, Tor-M2 short-range air defense systems and Iskander tactical missile systems.
“In this case, I believe that this is a loss of professionalism. I would advise the American general to learn the materiel and analyze what will happen to him, his subordinates and his country if it dared to commit aggression against Russia,” he added.
Western politicians and senior military officials regularly talk about the “Russian threat”. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO is well aware of Moscow’s lack of plans for any aggression, but they use any excuse to deploy more equipment and battalions at Russia’s borders.
Russian aggression, and especially “World War 3” is a favorite topic of MSM, and of some “non-biased research.”
One such research is, “Plan A” – a video simulation presenting how a nuclear war between the US and Russia would unfold.
Towards the start of the video, titled Plan A, Russia sends 3000 nuclear warcraft to NATO bases across Europe. The simulation then shows London and surrounding areas targeted, with the whole European continent being wiped out in just three hours, with an estimate 2.6million killed or injured.
There are a further 3.4 million casualties in just 45 minutes.
Both sides then launch further strikes on major population centers, with another 85.3 million people killed and wounded in the course of 45 minutes. By the end of the exchanges, there are a total of 91.5 million casualties, including 34.1 million deaths.
Naturally, in the non-biased representation of events, Russia simply decides to launch 3,000 nuclear missiles towards Europe and the US, unprompted by nothing. The only country on the planet that has a policy that allows it to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike simply stands by and waits.
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