Why were the only things that the soviets excelled at during the cold war. -radar and air defense

Why were the only things that the soviets excelled at during the cold war
-radar and air defense
-small arms and kinetic weapons

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    they were pretty good at composite armor

    the US only managed a few prototypes of fused-silica armor but never implementing it
    while the soviets implemented textolite-steel and quartz-steel composite armor in production models at the same time
    US didnt catch up until the late 70s when they finally unveiled NERA-array armor

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      So they claimed. It probably wasn't a tenth as good as it was on paper.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        they went all in on material sciences, believing that was the key to military superiority. Unfortunately military supremacy was in digital electronics and Soviets were shit at those. After all, a tank is a tank, but wtf is a microchip? Steel STRONG like Stalin, and silicone weak and brittle like capitalism! We all see how that ended.

        This did give them really good rocket motors though.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          There was a point that the Soviets were pretty far ahead in computer hardware tech. It was the Kiev group. Then the Moscow group pulled some strings, stole all of the budget and they never progressed much more.
          They had to start stealing western tech just to be 20 years behind after that.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            i think you're wrong. It was Bulgaria iirc

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          ultimately soviet digital had a different goal that was incompatible with how the tech ultimately developed
          they went all in on generic chips that could be locally optimised for its intended purpose, shit like Arduino would be right up their alley
          they didn't want to have to bus some politburo bigwig or fabricate a specialised component for a single purpose
          ultimately that attitude left them lost in the dust

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >kinetic weapons
    like what? AFAIK their KE penetrators have always been a step behind the West
    >the only things that the soviets excelled at during the cold war
    was stuff they managed to develop from captured German tech or from German scientists working for them

    when they could no longer leverage on WW2 tech they were unable to keep up; in particular, they found it very difficult to make the jump to microelectronics

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >AFAIK their KE penetrators have always been a step behind the West
      they introduced fin-stabilized sub-caliber rounds before the US did
      first NATO APFSDS round was the M735 all the way in 1978, and this was still fired from a rifled gun
      soviets had theirs since the mid-60s with the 115mm smoothbore

      US didnt surpass the USSR in this field until they improved the israeli M111, itself an improved M735, to get monolithic tungsten rounds in the 80s
      soviets did also get their first monolithic rounds but were very sparse and not widely issued, finally giving NATO the advantage

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Eisenhower doctrine
    Oh nonono us bros WE LOST.?

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The SVD, the greatest rifle ever made. Made by the soviet union during the cold war. Was something they excelled at. I like the SVD at the end of the movie Blokpost.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It is a really pretty gat but it's not the best for anything

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The pencil profile barrel was the big ack for it. With a heavier and shorter barrel it is better

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >the US was le shit at cold war-ACKKKKK!!!!

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >>the US was le shit at cold war-ACKKKKK!!!!
    Wdhmbt?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

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      Old One, did you also fly the Saber in your time? You also forgot to sign your post.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

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      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

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  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think one mig-21 by itself looks crude but a bunch of them together look really gritty and slowburn and ork dwarve shit

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Like Mao said, all political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The Soviets knew that if they didn't have good weapons that the USSR would not be communist for long, so that is why their weapons are so simple yet effective.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Obviously it had to be because those programs were the hardest to steal from or steal much from.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Soviets had very good tube based electronics but they never actually figured out microchips and digital electronics. Most if not all soviet microchips were stolen western designs, and because of how the soviet economy worked there was little consumer demand for computers and thus little investment in the sector.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    well they were good at AA out desperate neccesity. NATO would destroy them in the air as they knew so good AA was vital

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