a new weapon in russia’s arsenal, and it’s inflatable
MOSCOW — Deep in the Russian countryside, the grass swayed in a late night. summer breeze. In the distance, the golden tip of a country church flashed the sun. On the surface, this is a typical peaceful scene in the Russian countryside. Until the stylish MiG- The 31 fighter suddenly appeared on the battlefield, with its muscular, thick and short wings spreading out, revealing the iconic red star badge. After a while, a missile launcher pops up next to it. Cars on nearby roads pulled over, and drivers were surprised to see what seemed to be terrible weapons, which were accidentally encountered in this quiet place. Then the aircraft and missile launchers disappeared as soon as they appeared. \"If you study major battles in history, you will find that there are tricks to win every time . \" The military engineer in charge of the trick, Komarov, said with a sly smile. \"No one will win honestly. ”Mr. Komarov is responsible for the military sales of Russian hot air balloon company Rusbal, which also provides one of Russia\'s smaller hot air balloon companies to the Ministry of Defense Known military threats: more and more inflatable tanks, jets and missile launchers, including MiG. In a factory behind a high concrete wall not far from here, workers work secretly, only sewing machines and green fabrics, and they are producing the ultimate product of soft power: bait that looks lifelike from nearly 300 yards, can pop up and then disappear in a few minutes. Russia under President Putin As Putin struggles to return to the geopolitical arena, the Kremlin has adopted a series of hidden strategies: silence foreign critics, and let the Orthodox Church fight against the conservative counter-revolution, according to the Obama administration, spreading false information to audiences in Europe and even Europe, hacking Democratic computers to intervene in US presidential politics. One of the newer entries on the list is an update to the Russian military\'s long-standing interest in deceptive and disguised operations, a series of deadly tricks known as maskirovka or masking. This is a psychological warfare theory and is becoming an increasingly important factor in the country\'s geopolitical ambitions. Russia\'s recent military deployment began with an operation involving this theory: in 2014, masked and mysterious soldiers appeared in Crimea, who are said to be \"on vacation\" or \"volunteering\" in eastern Ukraine \", on 2015, \"Humanitarian Air\" was carried out to Syria \". As the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Moscow sent a \"humanitarian\" convoy to the rebel eastern province, consisting of whitewashed military vehicles. The trucks were later found mostly empty, causing speculation that they had been sent there to stop a counter-offensive by Ukraine against the rebels. The idea behind Maskirovka is to keep the enemy guessing, never admit your true intentions, always deny your activities, and use all political and military means to keep it for your soldiers Military analysts say the theory is \"multi-level\" in this sense \". \"It does not distinguish between trees that disguise soldiers as shrubs or green and patterned clothes, a lie, and a high False information and cunning evasion in politics. So at a press conference after the invasion of Crimea, Putin flatly denied that the \"green man\" that appeared on the TV screen was Russian, saying that anyone could buy military uniforms and put them on. Five weeks after he annexed the peninsula, he admitted that the army was Russian. Last month, the Defense Department denied Washington\'s statement that Russian warplanes had attacked a Syrian humanitarian convoy. It first said that the truck might have been hit by a rebel mortar, then said that the American Predator drone was responsible, and finally said that the goods were only on fire. Maskirovka goes far beyond the simple camouflage used by all armies and contains a series of ideas about the wrong direction and the wrong message, which is as useful today as it has been for decades. Soviet maps, for example, often contain inaccurate places that upset drivers but serve national security: for example, if taken away by spies, they would treat the invading army as a swamp. In fact, in the past half century, from the spring of Prague to Afghanistan, Chechnya and Ukraine, almost every deployment of Russia and the Soviet Union began with a simple but effective technique: soldiers who first appeared on mufti or unmarked uniforms. For example, on 1968, a Russian airline flight arrived in Prague, carrying a large number of healthy young people on board, who then occupied the airport. On 1983, soldiers disguised as tourists sailed to Syria, known as \"gay tourists \". The appearance of mysterious disguised soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan and Grozny, Chechnya, heralds a broader deployment in 1979 and 1994. Experts are concerned that the next battlefield for such tactics may be the Baltic region, where there are a large number of Russian minorities, as well as the main Russian military base in garringrad. The possibilities of Russia in the Baltic states are enormous. Analysts speculate, for example, that an aging Russian warship may pretend to be a mechanical malfunction and go to the beach on the Baltic sand. The Marines will soon deploy to \"protect\" it. This kind of invasion may not be enough to trigger a comprehensive Analysts say NATO has responded on a large scale, but if it is allowed to continue, it may undermine its credibility. \"The interesting thing about the Baltic states from a Russian perspective is that NATO\'s credibility depends on every useless piece of land, so you don\'t have to take an extra piece of land, michael Kaufman, military analyst at the Kennan Institute in Washington, said. Col. David M. Glantz, Russia\'s leading expert in disguised operations, said Russia views war in many ways. \"To be sure, other armies use bait. However, the Russian maskirovka theory is different from the deceptive actions of other major armies, which combines strategic and tactical deception and is used in war and peace. In a legendary example, after the Soviet Union decided to settle down hundreds of miles away, the Kazakh people called their space launch pad Baikonur, hoping that in an attack, the enemy bomber may miss the humble village. \"They see war as chess, and we see it as checkers,\" said Colonel Glantz, a former professor at Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. A well- Like an excellent Russian drama, Russian maskirovka ruse usually builds a potential narrative before introducing a plot twist. Maskirovka \"aims to manipulate the opponent\'s description of the reality, misinform the reality, and ultimately interfere with the decision-making -- The formation process of individuals, organizations, governments and society, \"Russian psychological warfare authority Dima Adamsky wrote in a paper published last year. If you play well, the opening action will \"look benign to the target. \"In Georgia, the race has been in place for a few days and Interior Ministry officials Gocha Kojayev and a number of other officials have been victims after the 2008 war with Russia. He is a member of a team that cleans up the exploding matterrell battlefield near South Ossetia. Kojayev was sent to collect a small yellow one. Painted surveillance drone drifting towards the Earth in Apple Orchard A seemingly harmless thing. In fact, so many drones have crashed in the area that Georgians are starting to laugh at their shoddy buildings. However, Sir was aware of the danger at the last moment When a colleague picked up the drone with explosives, Kojayev took a step back. Two men were killed and eight others were killed, including Kojayev was injured. The crash earlier made the soldiers insensitive to danger. \"It\'s a scam,\" he said . \" \"We think they are of poor quality, but they are deliberately smashing them. \"In the sunny field outside Moscow, this is an S- Missile system 300 In the metal version, one of Russia\'s most feared weapons looks like a huge, unmade camouflage bed Color blanket. \"Pull a little bit like that,\" one worker suggested . \". \"Straighten it out here,\" the other person said . \". With the flip of the electric air compressor switch, it expands, tilts and forms its own shape, like a giant marshmallow, waiting for baking in World War III. A hot air balloon enthusiast founded Rusbal in 1993 and later diversified into inflatable children\'s attractions known as inflatable castles. In fact, the construction of the inflatable castle has inspired the company. Russian military-to re- Look at ten years- The old practice in Russia is to use bulky rubber balloons in inflatable toys, which has led to the progress of the bait technology for the millennium. While it forms a tight seal that does not require continuous inflation, the rubber is much heavier than the fabric. In an inflatable castle, a continuously running air compressor creates over-voltage in an airtight fabric structure. If hit by a bullet, the rubber tank will deflate and even pop up. However, the fabric can maintain its shape even if perforated by shrapnel spray. \"There was a lot of doubt at first,\" Maria. Rusbal\'s director and founder\'s daughter, Oparina, said in an interview at a Moscow cafe. However, the demonstrations left a deep impression on the generals. The company will not disclose how many inflatable tanks it has made because the numbers are confidential, but Ms. Output has risen rapidly over the past year, Oparina said. This contract is Russia 10- The $660 billion re-armed plan, which began in 2010. The factory now employs 80 full-time employees, mostly sewing inflatable weapons for military use. The company is also engaged in export business. It makes S-worth about $3 million- 300 The high-launch missile system was sold to Iran, but the goods were left in the hands of the Russian government when it sold the actual missile system due to United Nations sanctions. The sale was completed this year, but Iran says it has no interest in the bait. Tanks and missile launchers are not only blown up but also blown up, and their most obvious use is to attract expensive precise shots such as cruise missiles or lasers -- A bomb fired from a real weapon system. More subtly, their purpose is to disrupt the enemy\'s decision-making, forcing the commander to waste precious time verifying whether the newly discovered target is real or just hot air. Their purpose is for rapid inflation and deflation: if they are excluded for a long time, the nature of their ventilation becomes obvious to the satellite. Because they tend to blow in the wind, expand and reduce the size, says Oparina. Inflatable T The 80 tank is one of the company\'s standard products, weighing 154 pounds and selling for about $16,000, packed in two luggage bags, which will expand in about five minutes and disappear as fast. Sold separately: a device for stamping fake tank tracks on the ground. \"There is no gentleman\'s agreement in the war . \"Oparina said. \"There is no knight spirit anymore. No one wears a red uniform. No one stood up and was shot. It\'s either you or me. whoever wins is the best.