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Uh-oh, Russia is planning on pursuing a 650 billion dollar military program.

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Post by Donald Williams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:59 pm

Moscow – The graying bear is getting a make-over. Russia's military
is launching its biggest rearmament effort since Soviet times,
including a $650 billion program to procure 1,000 new helicopters, 600
combat planes, 100 warships, and 8 nuclear-powered ballistic missile
submarines.
Analysts say Russia, while already the world's fifth-largest military spender, needs strong conventional forces to reduce its overreliance on its aging Soviet-era nuclear
missile deterrent. Valentin Rudenko, director of the independent
Interfax-Military News Agency, says it could create "a whole new
ballgame."
"For about two decades we've had no real modernization, at least not like what's being proposed now," he says. "Russia will finally have a modern, top-level armed forces that are capable of protecting the country."
Last week announced the unprecedented new outlays, which will see a
massive re-equipping of Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent as well as
its conventional forces. The Defense Ministry today said the
"modernization drive" will begin this year with the deployment of new
generations of air defense and antimissile weapons by Russian ground
forces.
The impressive shopping spree comes on the heels of a painful military reform that severely downsized Russia's conscript [color:9137=#366388 ! important][color:9137=#366388 ! important]Army,
eliminating 9 out of 10 Soviet-era units and cutting 200,000 officers.
The goal now, experts say, is to equip Russia's new lean-and-mean,
largely professional armed forces to face 21st-century threats. These
are mainly considered to be regional conflicts such as the brief 2008
Russo-Georgian war, which highlighted military shortcomings.
Skepticism over spending

Much of the new spending will go toward
revamping Russia's naval forces, which are slated to receive new
submarines, 35 naval corvettes, 15 frigates, and 4 Mistral-type
helicopter-transporting amphibious assault ships. Two of the $750
million Mistrals will be purchased from France, and two are to be
constructed in Russian shipyards.

Some experts are deeply skeptical of the expenditures – especially the expensive purchase of Mistral helicopter carriers, which are designed to project power around the globe rather than fight the defensive and local wars that Russian military doctrine
declares as the country's main priority.
"It's hard to see what our Navy needs these Mistral money pits for," says
Viktor Baranets, a former defense ministry spokesman who's now military
correspondent for the Moscow daily [color:9137=#366388 ! important][color:9137=#366388 ! important]Komsomolskaya [color:9137=#366388 ! important]Pravda.
He says they may be prestigious, "but they require a huge amount of
protection. At any time, half the Russian Navy may be employed just
escorting these ships around the world."
The new submarines will be designed to deploy a brand-new long-range nuclear
missile, the Bulava, which has failed half of its flight tests so far.
"Defense ministers can make promises, but no designer or engineer can
promise that the Bulava will be operational in time," says Mr. Baranets.
Uncertainty over new stealth fighter

Experts point out that most of the new weaponry
to be procured is actually based on old, Soviet-era designs, including
the Mi-28 helicopter gunship, the Mi-26 transport helicopter, and the
Sukhoi Su-35 multirole plane.

"These are all designs from the late Soviet period, and not really new at all," says Alexander Golts, military expert with the online newsmagazine Yezhednevny Zhurnal. "The lack of fresh designs shows the underlying weakness of our military-industrial
complex."
The only truly new weapons being rolled out, says Mr. Golts, are the trouble-plagued Bulava missile and the much-hyped "fifth-generation" fighter plane that Russia is
reportedly developing with India.
"We don't know enough about this Russian fifth-generation fighter to tell whether it
is the real thing" – a futuristic stealth fighter comparable to the US
Air Force's F-22 and F-35 warplanes – "or if it's just a jumped-up version of something old," says Golts.
Critics say that despite the huge sums of money slated to be injected into the
rearmament program, it is far short of the amounts needed to revive
Russia's moribund military-industrial complex, which has lost the vast
network of subcontractors that existed in Soviet times.
"This is not the first time the Kremlin has talked about military
modernization," says Golts. "But all previous programs have failed."

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Post by MasonK565 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:48 pm

WORLD WAR 3 IS UPON US!!!
COLD WAR PART 2!!
OH MY GOD!!

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Post by superkameguru on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:07 pm

lawlz my make up a story was right i knew it was gonna happen jake get your ducati and find guru and assemble the team
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A COLD WAR IS THE BEST WAR

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