Russian Technology Unbound
Imagine an eagle soaring proudly around the earth in orbit at supersonic speed. Suddenly, the evil Hubble Space Telescope comes into view. The eagle’s eyes glisten with sparks of bravery, it turns its back on the devilish American craft and a powerful red-white-and-blue laser beam shoots out of the eagle’s buttocks, blinding the telescope and rendering the demonic Americans helpless. Their own national symbol has laid them low!
Who in the world could be capable of putting forth such amazing technology to advance the fight against the evil empire that is the USA? Only Vladimir Putin’s Russia, that’s who!
Believe it or not, the only element of this story that Russians would see as fantasy is the eagle part. It would not be an eagle, they’d say, but a falcon, a “sokol” in Russian, a “Sokol-Eshelon” to be precise. That’s another name for a Beriev A-60 transport plane fitted with a “laser canon” that will supposedly soar above the earth and blind American satellites — starting, if the plane’s emblem (shown above left) is to be believed, with the Hubble.
We can’t decide which is a more horrifying fact about Russia — that the Russians actually believe they can wield a weapon of this kind, or that they would want to. Most people who do not know the Russians would find it hard to believe that they would want to shoot down the Hubble Space Telescope, which has opened wonders to mankind never before dreamed of. That is no different than the difficulty many would have had in believing that Russian could elect a proud KGB spy to rule them after watching the KGB rampage through and destroy the USSR.
But Russians are more than capable of such vile acts, and of bragging about them. If Russia can’t build a Hubble, or land on the moon, then nobody should do it, and Russians want to destroy anyone who would try. They want to believe that the Hubble must be some sort of evil scheme designed solely to destroy Russia, so that they can justify attacking it with bloodthirsty vengeance.