The Catastrophic Failure of Russian Aerospace
Russia’s aerospace program appears to be collapsing.
The latest series of horrifying incidents began in June with the crash of a TU-134 airliner while attempting to land near Petrozavodsk, killing all of its nearly four dozen passengers. The government was forced to order the entire model out of service.
Days later, a MiG-29 fighter jet crashed inexplicably, and the government was left with no choice but to order that model out of service too, even though Russia had just inked a larger sale of the model to India.
Then, in an epic humiliation, when Russia rolled out its version of the F-22 Stealth Raptor during its annual international air show an engine collapsed during takeoff and the plane could not get airborn.
Next, a swarm of bees attacked a Moscow-bound Boeing 757, from the inside.
And most recently, an entire Russian ice hockey team was wiped out in a horrific crash near the city of Yaroslavl on the Volga.
Meanwhile, objects even higher up began dropping out of the sky.
First, Russia “lost” the Express AM-4, which would have been Europe’s largest communications satellite, just after launching it. Days later, a cargo rocket bound for the international space station failed five minutes after blasting off and crashed into a forest in Siberia where locals were collecting pine nuts.
One lost spaceship may be an accident. Two seems like carelessness.
This deeply disturbing chain of events was by no means an aberration: Russia’s air safety record is a stunning thirteen times higher than the world average, and it’s been that way forever, dating back to Soviet times. After all, Russia is presided over by a proud KGB spy. The whole world understands that it is simply not a good idea to get on a Russian plane.
What’s different now is that it’s much harder for the state to hide its spectacular failure from the West since the collapse of the Soviet police state. If the people of Russia, with much better information now than before, continue to allow such epic failure and betrayal of the national interest to continue on the part of the clan of KGB thugs who rule them, then they alone are responsible for the dire consequences that are inevitable.