Russian military to spend $189bn in hardware revamp

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  1. Moscow anxious over US missile defence plans· Hawkish minister outlines $189bn hardware revamp

    Concerns were growing yesterday over a new bout of east-west confrontation, after Russia unveiled a big increase in military spending in the wake of the American decision to site parts of its controversial missile defence system in eastern Europe.

    Russia's hawkish defence minister, Sergei Ivanov, revealed an ambitious plan for a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and possibly a fleet of aircraft carriers. Moscow also intended to revamp its early warning radar system. This major overhaul of Russia's military infrastructure would cost $189bn (£97bn) over eight years, he said, adding that he wanted to exceed the Soviet army in "combat readiness".

    The sharp rise in expenditure comes at a time of growing coolness in US-Russian relations. Vladimir Putin has been incensed by the Bush administration's intention to site missile defence systems in Poland and the Czech Republic.

    The US says the installations are being built to shoot down possible long-range missiles fired by Iran or North Korea. But Mr Putin has dismissed this claim as ludicrous, and has said the real target of the missile shield is clearly Russia and its vast nuclear arsenal. In a speech tomorrow in Munich, the president is expected to deliver Russia's scathing response.

    Yesterday analysts said Moscow was worried the defence shield in eastern Europe could turn into a Trojan horse.

    "This is irritating for Russia," said Yevgeny Miasnikov, a senior research scientist at Moscow's Centre for Arms Control. "When the Soviet Union collapsed a vacuum was created in the countries of the former Warsaw bloc. The US has tentatively moved into the vacuum and is creating infrastructure that might threaten Russia. The Bush administration's system is not justified. Iran doesn't have a missile capability yet to hit the US. The logical place to put a defence system would be in Turkey, or in Russia itself."

    In his speech to Russia's parliament, Mr Ivanov announced that the military would get 17 ballistic missiles this year, compared with an average of four in recent years. The plan envisages the deployment of 34 new silo-based Topol-M missiles and control units, as well as another 50 such missiles mounted on mobile launchers by 2015, he said. Russia has already deployed more than 40 silo-based Topol-Ms.

    In 2002, Mr Putin and George Bush signed a treaty obliging both sides to cut strategic nuclear weapons by about two-thirds by 2012. But Russian-US ties have since worsened steadily over disagreements on Iraq and other global crises, and US concerns about an authoritarian streak in Russia's domestic policy.

    The modernisation of the armed forces has been made possible by Russia's spectacular economic resurgence based on oil and gas revenues. After the Soviet Union's demise, Russia's vast military economy collapsed. The squeeze continued in the 1990s, but since 2000 spending has gone up, with this year's budget of $31bn almost four times the amount spent in 2001.

    Russian defence analysts point out, however, that defence spending is still well below that of the mid-1980s Soviet Union, and only a 20th of the US's current military budget.,,2009339,00.html
  2. If you compare these plans and spendings with American ones then they would look as almost invisible.

    It is another question that 1$ spent for weapons in Russia cost more than in USA and Russia doesn't spend billions on Iraqi style wars.

  3. But Sergy less invisible than four years ago......
  4. I think this is media hype. I do not have the exact figures but Russia currently spends less on defence than the UK. Even if I am wrong there is no way they can afford 189 billion no way at all. However Putin would love to have that much if he did!
  5. As a mathematician I could say that 0+0+0+0=0

    On a serious note unlikely any country would blame Russia for these spendings. Really they are quite modest. Salries in Russian army are not high. I think you would not object bigger salaries for Russian servicemen.

    Btw, there was a funny method to count real Soveit spendings on weapons in times of the Cold War. Experts look at particular system and estimate its cost would it be produced in USA. Resulting numbers were impressive.
  6. Perhaps if Putin stopped his mafia mates who run the oil industry avoiding taxes Russia might have money reserves in line with its abundant natural resources.

    A new Cold War might be good for the forces. More troops in Germany, less likely to get involved in tinpot desert wars and an actual use for the Typhoon.
  7. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Yes but if you read the article it says with its increased revenues from oil and gas they can now afford this spending.
  8. Agreed.

    A new Cold War - Russia vs NATO? Unlikely. What would a reason? Russia is now maybe more capitalist country than some Europeans ones.
  9. We know its all a show 'KGB Resident'

  10. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Thats a good one! lol! :numberone:
  11. Very true indeed
  12. Rooshin aircraft carriers ! about as useful as the Thai one.