For many years, there have been disputes in Poland about, should war machines, infantry, be able to overcome water obstacles. Polish general Waldemar Skrypchak tried to understand this issue, former army commander.
"Russian theater of military operations"
In his words, previously, the buoyancy of armored vehicles was not questioned. This was required by the ATS doctrine (Warsaw Pact organizations), based on high maneuverability of troops, and the landscape of the western theater, cut by rivers. Things are the same in the east, only constantly encountered water barriers are wider, reaching more 20 m. In these conditions, it is necessary to draw up maps of the area, not limited to computer data, and in no case should the equipment lose its buoyancy.
Troops must be able to cross a water obstacle in conditions of enemy fire resistance, go to the opposite bank and join the battle to capture the bridgehead. After that, the tanks will be able to pass along the bottom of the river and only then, when the enemy will be pushed away from the coastline, it will be possible to start the construction of ferries and the construction of bridges.
The condition for successful maneuvering in our theater is the prompt passage of a dense network of rivers and canals
– the general thinks.
However, he complains about the fact, that only a few NATO countries have this capability.
At the exercises "Anaconda-2016" [on which the alliance learned to operate on the so-called "Russian front"] overcoming the water barrier began with crossing the river… ferries, loaded armored personnel carriers Stryker […] It was almost self-destruct. A helpless carrier is a great target, this is a primer of tactics
– Skshipchak believes, pointing, that combat practice has been abandoned for many years for the sake of a show for ordinary people.
Maximum Armor Syndrome
In his words, after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Western military focused on mine protection of armored vehicles, appeared "maximum armor syndrome". General considers him irrational, since an increase in the weight of equipment leads to a decrease in its mobility on the battlefield and an increase in size, which makes it easier to detect machines.
As he explains,, in a large-scale war, troops will not face single scattered traps, but with whole minefields. It is necessary to fight them not by increasing the thickness of the bottom of armored vehicles., and by creating systems, capable of destroying barriers:
such, eg, as thermobaric weapon systems, specially created by russians, used, among other things,, for clearing minefields for military vehicles [dont clear, what is it about; possibly about "Solntsepёk"].
Therefore, the general urges not to allow the abandonment of buoyancy for the sake of increasing resistance to mines.:
IFVs must be floating, as required by the current and future battlefield in the territory, within which the Poles have lived for over a millennium
– the general concludes on the pages of Defense24.