Japan may lose Hokkaido due to aggression against Russia, China says
BEIJING, (BM) – Japan may lose Hokkaido Island if it does not stop provocations near the Russian borders. These conclusions voiced experts in the Chinese media, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Sina.
For many years Russia and Japan have been unable to resolve the territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands. Because of this situation, a peace treaty has not yet been signed, which threatens to turn into not the most pleasant consequences. According to experts, a small spark will be enough to provoke a severe conflict. The Sina edition reports it.
“If Japan provokes a conflict with Russia over the four northern islands, then its consequences will be obvious a day after it started. Tokyo will be very lucky if it manages to keep Hokkaido under its control,” Sina analysts share their thoughts.
If Japan tries to take the Kuril Islands by force, then this task will hardly be an easy walk. Sina estimates there are 4,000 Russian troops in the region. Besides, the Bal and Bastion anti-ship complexes are locating here, and a large number of various heavy equipment, such as tanks and self-propelled artillery. However, if the Japanese army can, unnoticed by its enemy, gather large forces in the area of the Russian borders and conduct a surprise landing operation, then, in theory, they will be able to achieve partial success. But it’s not that simple.
“The Russian Federation will quickly react to this aggression, and Japan will have to face the wrath of one of the leading military powers in the world,” the authors of Sina state.
Moscow will immediately send combat ships and submarines of the Russian Pacific Fleet to the conflict zone. The Russian military can also carry out a missile attack on the enemy. The Japanese group could retreat, and the landing force that has landed on the Kuril Islands will surround and neutralize in a matter of hours. Further, the Russian army is unlikely to prevent something from taking control of Japan’s second-largest island – Hokkaido.
“Japan will have to pay too high a price for trying to seize the Kuril Islands,” summed up the Chinese military experts.
Russian colonel says more about Putin’s new coast guard system
The new coastal guard system deployed on Sakhalin will allow sinking enemy ships at the same approaches to Russia’s Far Eastern borders. Military expert Yuri Knutov told PolitRussia about this.
Coastal missile systems “Bastion” and “Ball” will stand up to guard the Far Eastern borders of the Russian Federation. As Izvestia reports, citing its sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, they will be part of a new coast guard brigade deployed on the island, which will fully protect the Russian Pacific coast “from the landing and approach of ships with cruise missiles.”
We should note that the Ball complex’s launch system contains eight X-35 compact subsonic cruise missiles weighing 660 kilograms each. The entire system consists of several command posts, four launchers, and transport vehicles. “Ball” can hit both single and volleys for 120 kilometers. With a salvo, 32 missiles go into the sky at intervals of no more than three seconds. It takes half an hour to reload and prepare the complex for repeated firing. The “Bastion” has a larger supersonic homing cruise missile, “Onyx.”
In-flight, the missiles continuously exchange information, automatically distributing targets among themselves, and during a volley, they attack in a dense formation. Thanks to the most complex systems for selecting false targets, it is almost impossible to knock them off course. Each launcher has two missiles. “Bastion” can work on surface targets at a distance of more than three hundred kilometers from the coast.
As the military expert and director of the Russian air defense forces’ museum, retired colonel Yuri Knutov noted in an interview that both systems and other types of weapons could provide reliable protection to almost the entire coastal part of the Russian Far East.
“In general, this is what the Americans call A2 / AD, that is, anti-access and area denial – restriction and denial of access and maneuver. This concept creates a no-access zone by containing the enemy with a whole range of weapons. And in the Far East, it is formed by Iskander operational missile-tactical complex, S-400 and S-300V4 complexes, which in terms of their combat characteristics are identical to the S-400. Now the complexes “Bal and” Bastion “have been added to them. In the future, I think,” Zircon “will also be connected there,” the expert said.
You need to understand that this weapon is defensive, not offensive. According to Yuri Knutov, in connection with the threats that exist in the Far East, their deployment is the right decision.
“The Asia-Pacific region is now becoming a place for new military provocations. We already know that the United States is planning to deploy intermediate and shorter-range missiles there, which they began developing long before leaving the INF Treaty. And first of all, Washington will deploy these missiles in Japan. It is clear that in this case, we have a direct threat to our territories, including the South Kurils. Therefore, we need to prevent this situation and provide ourselves with reliable protection, which we did,” the colonel is sure.
In September of this year, Lieutenant General of the US Army James Torgud announced that the US Army could receive a new medium-range missile capable of attacking moving targets on land and sea. The Army Directorate will carry out the project’s development and determine its technical characteristics and parameters for Acceleration of Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office [RCCTO]. The work is planning to complete by the end of this year.
Moreover, the US already has a medium-range missile in its arsenal that can carry out aggression against Russia. We are talking about the Tomahawk subsonic cruise missile. Officially, this is an underwater, surface, and airborne warhead with a maximum range of 2.5 thousand kilometers. However, in reality, it can also be launched from terrestrial launchers.
And back in August 2020, the US President’s Special Representative for Arms Control, Marshall Billingslea, said the United States was considering deploying medium-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Japan. According to him, this is precisely the defense potential that Tokyo may need in the future. According to Yuri Knutov, help, in this case, can be understood as anything, including the trivial conduct of exercises, ending with provocations against the South Kuriles. That is why the deployment of the Ball and Bastion complexes on Sakhalin is of strategic importance.
Indeed, first of all, these weapons are designed to strike at targets that can launch cruise missiles. We are talking about both ground installations and ships of aircraft carrier strike groups.
“Thus, our coast guard complex, which we are deploying on the territory of Sakhalin, is versatile and modern. We get the opportunity to sink enemy aircraft carriers without the possibility of receiving a retaliatory strike from their side. For example, in Crimea, our funds can sink ships of NATO countries as soon as they pass through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles. That is, they will no longer enter the Black Sea. Here the situation will be the same as soon as someone comes to our waters in the Pacific Ocean,” sums up Yuri Knutov.
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