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article imagePutin: Russia to spend $770 billion to modernize its armed forces

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 21, 2012 in World
Moscow - The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in an article published in the government owned newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, said that Russia needs to develop weapons and modernize its armed forces because, "We mustn't tempt anyone with our weakness."
Putin also said Russia needs to look ahead 30 to 50 years to foresee threats and anticipate new weapons development technology to help it protect itself from foreign powers looking to take over its resources.
Although Putin, in his article, did not name the country that wants to take over Russia's national resources, he had accused the United States several times in the past of working to undermine Russian power. Putin wrote: "New regional and local wars are being sparked before our very eyes.There are attempts to provoke such conflicts in the immediate vicinity of the borders of Russia and our allies."
According to AP, Putin wrote: “Amid global economic upheavals and other shocks there always is a temptation to solve one’s problems by using force to apply pressure."
Putin said Russia would spend 23 trillion roubles ($768.4 billion) in the next decade to modernize its military. The Russian armed forces would purchase more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles and 600 combat aircraft, several submarines and navy vessels, and thousands of armoured vehicles.
Putin also said Russia will respond to the U.S. missile defense system in Europe by developing new missiles capable of overcoming it. Russia has disputed the U.S. claim that its European "shield" is intended to counter the threat of Iranian long range missiles. It says the U.S. is trying to compromise its nuclear deterrent power.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Sebastian Derungs
Reuters reports Putin inspected one of Russia's new stealth fighter jets, the Su-30, on Monday, during a visit to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, an eastern city where Sukhoi, Russia's military and civilian plane manufacturer has its plant. During the visit, he inspected the cockpit of the Sukhoi Su-30 fighter.
Russian T-90
Russian T-90
Alain Servaes
The Russian military since the fall of the Soviet Union
Russia's army after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, suffered considerable decline with deep spending cuts. The Soviet armed forces was transformed into the military of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). After units of the CIS army stationed in breakaway republics swore loyalty to their new national governments, the Russian forces withdrew from Europe and the newly independent former Soviet states in which they were stationed.
The Russian military, after having acknowledged the contraction of its power into a regional force, sought to re-organize into a more mobile and rapidly deployable force with limited success. There was severe contraction in military spending due to economic crisis in 1998, but expenditure has since increased making Russia one of the countries with the highest military expenditure after the United States. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's administration raised the annual defence budget of the Russian Federation to a record high in 2009, $50 billion, but this amount was later slashed due to the world financial crisis to $39.4 billion By 2008, a plan to reduced the armed forces to 1 million by 2012 was announced.
An RT-2PM Topol (SS-25) at a Victory Day Anniversary Parade Rehearsal in Moscow  2008.
An RT-2PM Topol (SS-25) at a Victory Day Anniversary Parade Rehearsal in Moscow, 2008.
The Russian military, beginning in 2007, embarked on a major equipment upgrade under its State Armament Programme for 2007-2015. But after the Russio-Georgian war, the State Armament Programme for 2011-2020 was launched in December 2011 and its budgetary allocation revised upward from $200 million to $650 billion, and now $770 billion with Putin's latest announcement.
Russian Army soldiers stand on and next to their IFOR marked BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)
Russian Army soldiers stand on and next to their IFOR marked BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)
Nick Dowling
Russia, in September 2007, successfully tested its newly developed Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power (ATBIP), believed to be the most powerful conventional weapon in the world. The bomb was nicknamed "Father of All Bombs," and it is described as an air-delivered/land activated thermobaric weapon reportedly four times more powerful than the U.S. GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb acronymed MOAB (informally interpreted as "Mother of All Bombs")
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