Skip to comments.Russia - Arms program will get $185 bln over 9 years - defense minister
Posted on 05/29/2006 7:20:16 PM PDT by Romanov
MOSCOW, May 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will spend almost 5 trillion rubles ($185 bln at current prices) on a state armaments program over the next nine years, the defense minister said Monday.
Sergei Ivanov, who is also a deputy prime minister, told a government meeting with President Vladimir Putin that a ministry committee would consider the program, which will run 2007-2015, at a meeting on June 2.
Ivanov said a draft of the program - which covers modernization and development of Russia's military capability - had been coordinated with security agencies, the Finance Ministry and the Economic Development and Trade Ministry.
"During program development we proceeded from the bases of defense policy, plans to develop the Armed Forces approved by the president, and a complex program of military and technical cooperation," he said.
The deputy prime minister said that unlike the current program, which focuses mainly on research and development, the new one would focus on serial armaments purchases, with 63% of all planned funds likely to be spent in this way.
Ivanov said the program would support the development of Russia's strategic nuclear forces.
"We are switching to complex retooling on separate units, and the planned and complex retooling of the Armed Forces will start from 2007," he said.
Ping - money not well spent. I see nothing substantial for developing a professional military and increasing the professionalism of its junior officer corps. More than likely, the fat (literally) generals are salivating at the thought of this program ($$$$$$ in their pockets).
I agree. The generals just cannot get it through their head how backwards their army is compared to a modern professional army.
Actually I think it's worse than that - they KNOW, but as long as they're getting the most benefit out of a broken Army (on the backs of poor conscript kids) they don't care.
I agree, but they'll also PROBABLY produce some decent weapons.
Even at its height, the Soviet Union was not at our level. They are now a shadow of what they were.
i feel for the russian people.
Those weapons won't do much good if they have soldiers who can't operate them. I think this might be another way to pump more money into the defense sector (industry) and the weapons will end up on the market.
"As a result of weapons reduction treaties, the Minuteman III missile is now the USA's only remaining land-launched nuclear missile."
"The last MX "Peacekeeper" missile was deactivated yesterday (Sept. 19, 2005). Deactivation began in October 2002 after President Bush set a plan in motion in 2001 to reduce the USA's missile forces from 6,000 to between 1,700 and 2,200. Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to follow a similar plan."
"The MX Peacekeeper was the most powerful, accurate missile the USA has ever deployed, capable of carrying up to 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads to any point in the world with unparalleled accuracy."
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