Fool Your Neighbors

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Russia exports a lot of armaments and military equipments to other countries. Some more countries would like to buy it too but their budgets can’t afford them to do this, so Russian engineers have created a full set of fake weaponry for some countries. If you are a military leader of some not-so-rich country you can be as cool as your more wealthy neighbors. It would be just like a real thing for the foreign satellites or spy-planes, just bring it to the place, inflate and you are done.

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68 thoughts on “Fool Your Neighbors”

    • If you have nothing decent to say better keep your mouth shut.

      Despite the victory in Georgia the situation in the Russian army is still bad.
      Drafted infantrymen hardly get any military training, they are used to build roads and dacha’s for their officers, who also arranged a hiring system: if you are on good terms with these officers for a little money the drafted kids will come and dig your holes, your swimming pool, build or renovate your dacha, almost for free !! And you don’t have to feed them, even. Every youth is doing his utmost to stay out of the army because of that.. so much for patriotism.

      That’s not good.

      The officers in charge (it seems as though this is a Russian tradition, sorry to have to say that) spend their time drinking and making money on the side, and kissing ass where ever needed. When it comes to battle over 50 % are simply not capable of doing what they’re expected to do. The average soldier has to save his own ass, but has a problem doing so because anti-authoritative behavior is greatly discouraged in the army. So many will get killed before they dare to act. It has been like that since The Great Patriotic War [WWII]. It is a disgrace, but it is true. The decent ones are seen leaving the army one by one, as they are underpaid and refuse to take bribes.. plus the rest is taking advantage of them wherever they can. Some pencil wrestler skilled in office politics gets the promotion while a decent commander has his ass shot off in Georgia or wherever. Enough is enough.

      Lots of equipment is in very bad shape (even the non-inflatable stuff) as there simply is no money available for maintenance – this money mostly ends up in someones pockets to be used for personal things. Since the army is a very closed organization politics hardly have instruments to battle this. Actually, Russia cannot even afford the war in Georgia, despite all the money made on national resources.

      • you said:
        “If you have nothing decent to say better keep your mouth shut.”
        Sorry?! Who spoke in Georgia or Russia?
        It was a funny remark on the fact that in first Iraq war the US said that iraq had the same kind of “material”.
        Dont be silly.

      • wow, a guy who thinks like me
        onely i dont type all this because im to lazy and its a waste of time because the most of the ppl arent smart enough and they will forget this tomorrow ^^

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  2. those inflatables are valuable supplies even for countries that can afford the real thing.
    distraction is one of the key tactics in any battle.

    and how about frightening your adversary so badly that he gives in without fighting? could save a lot of lives and money on both sides.

    • It just takes a significant amount of time to blow them up in the middle of combat. Just make sure to recruit lots of tuba players if you wish to organize an entire division of balloon tanks. I think the Poles used them against the Germans in WWII. The nice thing is that they can jump around inside them with rubber balls during parties between battles. I want one for my driveway.

  3. USA could airdrop such self inflating “WMD” on foreign territory and use it for an excuse to make a full preemptive strike!
    -These blurry satellite pics clearly show they are fuelling their missiles.

    It would explain those sat pics Rumsfeld showed UN where there was a bunker with vehicles, and a later pic with only the bunker. In reality the vehicles blew away 😉

  4. Apparently, it is indeed just a legend, according to, and they seem to make sense. It didn’t actually happen.

    Nice story, though, and very nicely told.

    Also, you should consider smoking less of whatever you’re smoking and playing less WoW.

  5. That’s great Cynical. The 152 was a new design when I was a student. My uncle had a Cessna 195 with a throw over control yoke and a Jacobs R-755. You could nearly stand upright in the cabin.

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  12. Things similar to the ones above were used by the Serbian army in the 90s and quite successfully I must say. US/NATO fell for these on more than one occassion. They were used in the Bosnian conflict and also during the NATO’s agression on Serbian province of Kosovo.

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  16. the use of these is simple: each country know (more or less) how many launchers, missiles, etc. the other side have, but when you need to know where are this weapon system deployed (from spy plane or satellite), problems begin…, many of these inflatable or cardboard-plaster decoys have devices attached to mimic thermal signature, smoke, etc. making it a more difficult task…

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  18. If I were the enemy, i would bomb those fake objects with fake (balloon) bombs LOL

    Anyway this is the most fukin interesting site i have found on the internet except that one with the Japanese girl and the baby angolnas.

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  20. In the early 1990’s I worked for a company in Tucson, AZ that designed and built decoy F-16s and F-15s for the USAF. These were made from collapsible square aluminum tubing and fabric. They could be stored in standard shipping Pallets and assembled in under two hours by three untrained people. There were no threaded fasteners and no loose pins to create FOD on the runways.

    As I wrote the assembly instructions for these and even still have a preliminary copy of those. I also still have pictures.

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  23. would last longer and be sturdier if they were made out of plywood.
    The British originally did this during the WW2.

  24. @ Those who think Russia can not afford weapons……guess you only read partial news articles…..they are supplying many countries with weapons….for the right price that is! LOL

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  28. During ’99 bombarding in Serbia, we had tanks and other military equipment make of paper (easier and faster to make). Hundreds of bombs (read millions and millions of $$$) were used to destroy $30 worth of paper.
    It was common to see a couple of soldiers in along the road carrying “a tank” on their shoulders.


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