Friday, October 31, 2008

An Arms Race Between Russia And The U.S. Is Unlikely

(Image From The BBC)

Russia Retooling For Military Modernization -- Space War

There are many examples of failure to fulfill Russia's annual state defense order: Delivery of Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft and Mil Mi-28N helicopters is well behind schedule, the missile-carrying submarine Yury Dolgoruky is certain not to be launched in 2008, and the second submarine in the series is unlikely to hit the water in 2009, as scheduled, either.

At the same time, there is some good news: The timeline for Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile deliveries to troops is being scrupulously followed, although it is not known whether it will be kept when another new missile -- the RS-24 -- starts to be mass-produced.

It is understandable that Russian Federation defense sector plants cannot solve their problems by themselves, as these have taken 20 years to pile up. A way out must be found in the near future, and must involve state support, not only in the form of financial injections and bylaws regulating profit rates.

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My Comment: Is there a chance of an arms race between Russia and the U.S.? I doubt it. For both countries it will be too much of a strain on their budgets .... and besides .... both countries have more pressing problems than each other.

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