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Old 03-17-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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Russia planning 'comprehensive rearmament' of its military, Moscow announces Large-scale rearmament' to begin in 2011, President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia aiming for 70 percent of its weaponry to be 'modern' by 2020 MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russia is planning a 'comprehensive rearmament' of its ...
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Russia orders inflatable copies of tanks, missiles
Wednesday 25th August, 2010 - Russia has placed an order for inflatable copies of its tanks, aircrafts and even missiles at a cost of 2,000 pounds per model to mislead enemies.
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The order has been criticised by military analysts who said Russia should be spending its wealth on purchasing real military equipment rather than copies, Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. Russian designers claim that the tank replicas can be inflated in barely four minutes, while missile models takes just five minutes to set up.

The replicas are reportedly indistinguishable from the actual hardware from as little as 350 feet away. 'Inflatable military hardware is most effective in conflict situations when there is a need to confuse the enemy,' the daily Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported. 'But at a time of peace, duping foreign intelligence networks with such expensive toys is a questionable luxury.'

Alexander Talanov, the director of the scientific research centre that makes the rubber models, said the defence ministry was keen on acquiring more copies of the Soviet-era S-300 surface-to-air missile system. He pointed out that such models were fashioned to fool satellite and air reconnaissance and the US as well as China had replicas of their own hardware. The inflatable missiles are expected to be ready by the end of next year.

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Dey's stockin' up on arms...

Russia to Spend $730 Billion on New Weapons
July 06, 2011 - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced his government plans to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons modernization by 2020. In his address to parliament earlier this year, Putin said Russia must be strong enough to fend off any threats from abroad, so missile production will double starting in 2013. Analysts in Moscow say this ambitious plan is intended mainly to preserve the government's domestic and regional influence.
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Russia plans to spend $730 billion by 2020 to upgrade and re-arm its military. That's nearly $20 million a day. The new state arms procurement program includes purchases of eight missile-carrying strategic submarines equipped with Bulava ballistic missiles. Plus 600 aircraft and S-400 and S-500 air defense systems. The arms purchases, both at home and abroad, would allow Russia to raise the proportion of modern weaponry in its arsenal to 70 percent by 2020.

Independent military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer says upgrading the strategic nuclear forces is at the top of the list, but the rest of the military needs a boost as well. "Then there's of course the air force, the air defense system, the army - actually, everything needs re-arming because right now they say that [only] 10-15 percent of our weaponry is modern," Felgenhauer noted.

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As Russia exports weapons worth billions of dollars abroad, the country's armed forces are mostly equipped with outdated Soviet-era weaponry. In the last 10 years the government has increased the defense budget tenfold, says Felgenhauer, but still failed to bring the military up to date. "Now the present defense minister says that there was massive misappropriation of funds," Felgenhauer added. "The Russian defense industry, which is also downgraded, and its capabilities are much smaller than in Soviet times, responded to more funding by just raising prices. They are producing the same several fighters or missiles, but for a much bigger price."

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Russian military settin' up long-term residence in Syria...

US Official: Russia Military Build-Up in Syria ‘Long Term’
September 21, 2015 | WASHINGTON — Russia’s military build-up in Syria is showing no signs of slowing down with Moscow adding significant air power to its growing array of assets along a stretch of coastline still controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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According to a U.S. official speaking to VOA on the condition of anonymity, Russia now has 28 attack aircraft at the Bassel al-Assad air base near Latakia, up from four confirmed aircraft on Friday. “It’s a significant, long-term build-up,” the official said. “It’s a long-term deal.” The contingent includes 12 Su-25 “Frogfoots,” 12 Su-25 “Fencers” and four “Flankers.” Imagery experts at AllSource Analysis identified the “Flankers” as Su-30s.

Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence and advisory firm based in Austin, Texas, said the Su-30s are advanced aircraft “suited for both air-superiority missions, as well as ground attack operations.” Stratfor called the presence of the Su-25 “Frogfoots” significant because it indicates “a clear intent to develop a ground attack capability that would be able to impose significant pressure on targets across the Syrian front lines.” The U.S. official said 20 Russian attack and transport helicopters also are being stationed at the base, up from eight on Friday, and that additional tanks also had been brought in.


Russian aircraft at the Bassel al-Assad air base near Latakia, Syria

In addition, the official confirmed reports that Russia has begun flying drones on reconnaissance missions, as first reported by Reuters. U.S. officials said previously that Russia was landing about two cargo flights a day at the air base and has enough modular housing for up to 2,000 troops with about 500 naval infantrymen already on the ground. “We’re obviously watching the situation on the ground in Syria very closely,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Monday. “We’re keenly aware of what is happening there.”

The build-up of Russian forces in Syria has raised concerns those forces could come into conflict with the air campaign by U.S. and coalition forces targeting the group known as the Islamic State. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke Friday with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu. The two agreed to continue talking in order to establish “mechanisms for de-confliction” to prevent any accidental military engagement, but the Pentagon said Monday those talks remained in the early stages, and there were no “next steps” to announce.

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NATO Chief concerned over Russian military buildup...

NATO Chief Says West Must Counter Russian Military Buildup
November 06, 2015 - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says that the alliance must counter a Russian military buildup from the Baltic to the eastern Mediterranean that could enable Moscow to control key areas in a crisis.
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Speaking at a news conference in Portugal during NATO war games, he said the 28-nation alliance must also consider doing more to reassure eastern member states once allied with Moscow who have been unnerved by Russia's intervention in Ukraine. As ties with the West have deteriorated, Russia has boosted its military presence in its Kaliningrad exclave, which sits west of the Baltic states. Moscow last year annexed Crimea and bolstered its presence in the Black Sea region, while this year it has deployed troops, aircraft, and navy ships to Syrian ports on the Mediterranean to prop up longtime ally President Bashar al-Assad.

Stoltenberg warned that Russia was acquiring the ability and presence to exercise control over strategic points and NATO must ensure it can carry out its own missions in such a changed environment. "This is a military buildup which provides the Russians with what many experts call Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities," he said. "We have to be sure we are able to overcome these capabilities so we can reinforce and deploy forces if needed," he said, after watching troops take part in the Trident Juncture exercise, NATO's biggest in more than a decade. "The question on our agenda now is how to overcome, how to deal with the increased A2/AD capabilities of Russia in the Baltic, the Black Sea, and now in the Mediterranean."

Stoltenberg's remarks came in response to a question about whether NATO should do more to reassure eastern states which have grown fearful in the face of a more assertive Russia. They want NATO to do more, and this week proposed that the alliance even set up permanent bases on their soil. NATO has previously ruled out that possibility for fear of breaching a 1997 treaty with Russia banning such a presence. But Stoltenberg said that "the important thing is that we have military presence" there, and he saw no real distinction between permanent bases and the temporary, rotating NATO deployments of troops, ships, and planes that have all been stepped up since the Ukraine crisis broke out.

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