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Continuing and concluding an extract from a pdf document dated 1990 an interview of a very senior Soviet career military officer [Gen.-Col. (Ret.) Andrian A. Danilevich.
Portions as extracted an assessment [rather somber] of the Soviet economy to mobilize for war during a time of protracted conventional war. A "protracted conventional war" such as the continuing Ukraine Conflict.
Consider remarks at the time [over thirty years later] within context of the decision of the Russian to withdrawal from mothballed stockpile rather ancient T-62 tanks, refurbish and upgrade same for the Ukraine Conflict.
"The mobilization capacity of the U.S. military industries was estimated to be very high, according to our intelligence sources. Of course you have a very different structure: you have private firms and government firms that produce military technology. Furthermore you [USA] have tested mobilization and shifting to war production many times. Because we have always bad economic difficulties, we could never conduct a test of the mobilization readiness of our whole industry. There was one such attempt in which four small plants were tested, and even that experiment was stopped quickly because it hurt production. Therefore the real mobilization readiness of military industry, not to mention the civilian industry, was never tested We could only estimate this capacity on paper. You [USA], on the other hand, had exercises, and detailed tests, so there were some big differences in this respect."
THREE YEARS TO REFURBISH AND UPGRADE EIGHT-HUNDRED T-62 TANKS? RUSSIAN ECONOMY MOBILIZED FOR WAR THE RESPONSE HARDLY TO SEEN AS BETTER THAN WHAT THE SOVIET WOULD HAVE BEEN?
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