Russian PM Putin Announces $770B Plan To Update Military Hardware

Russian PM Putin Announces $770B Plan To Update Military Hardware
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Russia needs to modernise its military hardware to protect it from foreign attempts to grab its resources, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said today.  While Putin didn’t name any specific nation eyeing Russian mineral riches, in the past he has repeatedly accused the United States of trying to weaken Russia in order to sideline a rival. 


‘We mustn’t tempt anyone with our weakness,’ Putin wrote in the government daily newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an article intended to burnish his image as a strong leader before a presidential election on March 4.

He said the government plans to spend around 23 trillion roubles ($768.46billion) over a decade to modernise its armed forces. 


It will purchase more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles, more than 600 combat aircraft, dozens of submarines and other navy vessels and thousands of armoured vehicles.

‘New regional and local wars are being sparked before our very eyes,’ Putin wrote. 


‘There are attempts to provoke such conflicts in the immediate vicinity of the borders of Russia and our allies.’

Putin gave no details of specific threats but said Russia needed to develop weapons that were better than those of any potential enemy and called for making Russia’s armed forces more professional and versatile.   

Russia’s once-mighty armed forces underwent a decade of spending cuts after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, although Putin tried during his 2000-08 presidency to slow the decline. The military now has about one million personnel.               

He said that Russia will respond to the planned U.S. missile defense by developing weapons capable of penetrating it.


Putin has dismissed the U.S. claim that the prospective shield is intended to counter the Iranian missile threat, saying that its real goal is to erode Russia’s nuclear deterrent. 


Putin said Russia also needs to look 30 to 50 years ahead to foresee threats posed by prospective new weapons technologies.

While a nuclear conflict looks unlikely, scientific progress leads to the emergence of new weapons that could change the character of war, Putin said.

He specifically referred to precision long-range non-nuclear weapons, saying they emerge as key instrument of modern warfare.

While Putin on Monday stopped short of naming any nation developing the technology, Russia has long voiced concern with U.S. plans to re-equip some of its long-range nuclear missiles with conventional warheads.

Experts have warned that the obsolete equipment and aging workforce at Russian defense plants put a challenge to the ambitious weapons modernisation programme.

Putin said the government would need to focus on modernising weapons-making plants, promising to encourage private investments in arms production.

Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Preston Waters

Preston Waters is a thinker. He's not your traditional philosophical persona, however, as he leaves no topic untouched. Covering all the bases, from business to women, Preston Waters is the ultimate man's man for Gen-Y.

More In World

World Emily Arata

Racial Profiling Experiment Shows How Cops Treat People Differently (Video)

When YouTubers Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar began filming their latest video in their “cultural clothing,” they noticed police were nearly always close by. So, the pair filmed something of a social experiment. Dressed in Western clothing, they argued in front of a police officer, who didn’t react. But, when one wore a headscarf and robe, […]

World Emily Arata

Man Gets Caught With Five Wives, Seven Fiancées And Five Girlfriends

Sonko Tijan once joked that Austrians couldn’t tell black men apart. He was proven wrong after a little social media research led investigators to his five wives, seven fiancées and at least five girlfriends, none of whom were aware of one another. The 28-year-old, originally from Gambia, was caught in his own web of lies […]

Also On Elite

Life

42 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head While Waiting In Line At Chipotle

Going to Chipotle typically leaves customers with a rush of different feelings, a roller coaster of emotions – if you will. Especially when you go during “rush hour,” which alludes to the windows of operation during lunchtime and dinnertime when it’s, more or less, f*cking mayhem. Chances are, if you step into Chipotle sometime around […]

World

OMFG: Starbucks Is Offering Free Coffee For 30 Years

This holiday season, Starbucks is launching a campaign in which customers have the chance to get one food or beverage item every day for 30 years. Just in time for your seasonal winter-themed Frappuccinos! This latest marketing tactic is great for anyone who needs a daily Starbucks fix… forever. On Thursday, the company announced its Starbucks […]

Dating

5 Outdated Rules Of Dating This Generation Needs To Put Away For Good

As a recently single 20-something who has been in a relationship since she was a teenager, I know as much about dating as I do about soccer. There is a goal and there are positions, and that’s where my knowledge ends — in both scenarios. When considering the prospect of being taken out, I gave […]