The West is losing its cool with Turkey in the NATO squad, and Stavros Atlamazoglou spilled the tea on the whole drama for The National Interest (NI). Apparently, the US is side-eyeing Erdogan’s cozying up to Russia like it’s the latest Netflix thriller.
Turkey, the big shot on the block, is starting to wear thin on everyone’s nerves in NATO. That’s the vibe according to Atlamazoglou, who’s not holding back on calling out the Sultan’s questionable choices. He’s not just dishing the deets; he’s throwing it back to the 1800s when Turkey was the butt of the West’s jokes. Fast forward to today, and guess who’s the one laughing? Yep, Turkey is giving its NATO pals a taste of their own medicine.
Turkey’s been playing the “I’m not that into you” game with the US and the rest of the gang for nearly a decade. The plot twist? It all started with a coup that didn’t quite go as planned in 2016.
Whether it’s Erdogan wanting to be the cool kid on the block with an independent foreign policy or just not trusting the US, NATO, and Europe, one thing’s for sure: he’s making friends and enemies faster than you can say “S-400 missile systems.” Atlamazoglou spills the tea on how Erdogan’s been rubbing shoulders with Russia, flipping off the US, and giving a big nope to Finland and Sweden joining the NATO party.
But hold up, there’s a kicker! Atlamazoglou drops the bomb, suggesting NATO might want to do a little spring cleaning and kick out the troublemaker – Turkey. Is it the end of the NATO squad as we know it? Buckle up, folks, because it’s one wild ride of geopolitics and drama, and Turkey might just be the showstopper.
Russia has announced plans to start production of its latest glide bomb, dubbed “Drel”, from 2024. This information was confirmed by TASS, the Russian state-run media, according to Trt World.
The “Drel” represents a new class of ammunition designed specifically for shooting down aircraft, which allows pilots to operate at a safe distance from potential targets.
These bombs are equipped with guided trajectories that allow for precise delivery of the payload. Western analysts have studied these payloads and suspect that they may be cluster munitions, a classification that has its own implications in modern warfare.
Russia’s arsenal of weapons already includes glide bombs, which have been actively used in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. The introduction of “Drel” is intended to significantly expand these capabilities. “Drel” is specially designed for use against armored vehicles, ground-based infrastructures and anti-aircraft systems. This versatility underscores their potential role in modern war scenarios.
There is a growing interest in the technical aspects of the bomb, especially its ability to combat jamming and evade radar detection. Analysts quoted by Reuters speculate that “Drel” may possess advanced features that make it resistant to such countermeasures, a crucial aspect in contemporary air combat.
Despite the advanced technology in “Drel”, it is important to note that the use of glide bombs does not completely eliminate the risk for pilots. There is still an inherent danger in the use of these weapons, especially given today’s sophisticated air defense systems.