Greece Just Sold Its Giant Zubr-ClassHovercraft To China
The Chinese Navy has put their money wheretheir mouth is when it comes to their interest in the world's largesthovercraft. They have already bought two giant Zubr Class hovercraft fromUkraine, and are building two in China. Apparently four of these mammoths arenot enough in the short-term, as China has now purchased Greece's entireinventory of Zubr Class hovercraft outright.
The story of the Soviet-era Zubr Class, howGreece, a NATO country, ended up buying them in the first place and how and whyChina got their hands on the design is a pretty amazing story, one youcan read all about here. But what is most eye opening is that Greece isselling China a unique 'access' capability, one that could have a large impacton other NATO friendly countries in the Pacific region.
Kleftos Priapos, spokesperson for theHellenic Navy stated:
"As the Zubrs were all constructed in either Russia or Ukraine, the saleof these hovercraft does not violate any current NATO rules against armstransfers to China."
Seeing as Greece does need the money and has used the giant and complex landingcraft less and less over the last decade, the move to sell them seems logical.Although, it is unclear how other NATO members will take it, primarily the US.Regardless of what America thinks, China will soon boast a uniquely credible,high-speed, far over-the-horizon beach landing capability. One that can bedeployed without the use of nearby large amphibious warships equipped with welldecks along with their lumbering escorts.
It is not exactly clear what China will dowith their ex-Hellenic Navy Zubrs, maybe a portion of the fleet will be usedfor parts, although this is doubtful seeing as China can now build new parts atwill. It is more likely that these four high-speed heavy hitting hovercraftwill be upgraded with modern defensive and navigation systems, just as China'sexisting Zubr Class hovercraft have been and put to work in the active fleet.As to their exact mission, or target as it may be, there is still no definitiveanswer, but seeing that China's expanding claims on islands far to its southand east, it is quite likely that these will become quite controversial andfeared weapons in the region.
It'll be used on Taiwan.
And at the rate the Taiwanese people arevoting in crooks, fools, and outright retards from various parties to officeand ruining the island's education, economy, and infrastructure, China probablywon't need to use force against Taiwan, it'll come begging on its knees toreunite.
The people of Greece are doing the exactsame thing, voting in morons who will only get them further into trouble. Theyare pretty much commie there anyway.
My guess is that they will use it on someof the lesser inhabited, but in dispute, islands first as a trialinvasion/occupation before they try it on Taiwan. I also think they arewatching Putin's tactics on Ukraine closely, as in "Russian soldiers? WhatRussian soldiers? There are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine."