ASSESSMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ARMAMENT PROGRAM 2011 – 2020
Author: JAROSŁAW STRÓŻYK
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| Besides financial and logistical limitations the Russian Federation Armed Forces modernization progress has been substantial in the last decade and its tempo much exceeds NATO countries’ efforts in this area (except U.S. and Turkey). Hitherto 2011 – 2020 modernization program financing indicates that its assumptions were based on unrealistic budgetary assessment of the Russian industry (over 7% of GDP annual growth was assumed). As a result of the previous expenditures Russian Federation Armed Forces are capable to engage simultaneously in regional joint military activities along west and south borders as well as local conflicts with land forces involved only. Additionally, they are capable to detach a limited in size, expeditionary unit to act remotely from the lines of supply. Strategic Nuclear Forces are maintained ready to deter western powers from interfering in a regional or local conflict in which Moscow is engaged. Russia is finalizing efforts to build a new ground-based maneuvering missile which, because of its range, is against the INF treaty (Intermediate – range Nuclear Forces). In the next years the modernization priority will be focused on military units located in the West and South Military Districts.