Galrahn’s discussion of the implications of the Mistral purchase for the Russian Navy’s future is the most perceptive I have read yet.
The two key points are:
1) I think that is pretty significant, in particular it suggests the Russian military has lost all confidence in its own shipbuilding industry.
2) From a strategy perspective, this aligns the direction of the Navy with the stated national military strategy of Russia to downsize the land Army and become more expeditionary in nature.
Read the whole post here.