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    Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Subs – CinC Vysotsky
    09/02/2012
    MOSCOW, February 9


    The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    The design of the diesel-electric Lada class was completed at the end of the 1990s, but none of the planned boats have entered service, although the lead ship in the class, the Saint Petersburg, is undergoing trials with the Baltic Fleet, Vysotsky said.

    “The Russian Navy does not need the Lada in its current form,†he said.

    Vysotsky also said the first the non-nuclear Russian submarine with anaerobic propulsion may begin trials in 2014.

    Currently all of Russia’s submarines are either nuclear or diesel-electric powered.

    “It is entirely possible we will receive a test version of an air-independent power plant in the next few years. On boats of the Lada class, two of which are already laid down. Trials may begin in 2014. That is absolutely realistic,†he said.

    In addition, all of Russia’s active strategic submarines will be armed with Liner ballistic missiles, an advanced version of the Sineva missile, Vysotsky said.

    “For now only those on combat patrol in the Pacific Ocean are equipped with them. But in future all our active strategic submarines - Delfin and Kalmar (Delta III and Delta IV) - will be armed with these missiles,†he said.

    Construction of a new aircraft carrier will begin before 2020, Vysotsky said.

    “Actual construction of the ship will begin before 2020 and will be completed after 2020. The design of the new carrier complex will be determined in the course of two years, by 2014,†he said.

    The Admiral Kuznetsov is currently the Russian Navy’s only active aircraft carrier.

    Vysotsky confirmed that the Bulava ballistic missile and the strategic nuclear submarine Yury Dolgoruky would enter service simultaneously this year.

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    Two New Subs For Russian Navy
    February 10, 2012

    Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on February 9 that the Russian Navy will get two new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines this summer -- the "Yuri Dolgoruky" and the "Aleksandr Nevsky."

    Serdyukov said the "Yuri Dolgoruky" would join the fleet in July and the "Aleksandr Nevsky" in August.

    The two submarines are part of Russia's new Borey class. They are to be armed with Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, which have a range of some 8,000 kilometers.

    A third submarine from the Borey class, the "Severodvinsk," should also be ready to join the Russian fleet soon.

    Serdyukov said the documents to commission the Bulava system were being formalized and "will be commissioned for the navy this year."

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    Russia to Increase Number of 5G Fighters in Test Flights
    13/02/2012
    MOSCOW, February 13


    The number of Russia's Sukhoi T-50 5th generation fighters involved in test flights will be increased to 14 from three by 2015, Russian Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin told RIA Novosti on Monday.

    “There are three fighters already in tests, another three are expected to be tested in the nearest future. The entire number of aircraft planned for test flights is 14,” Zelin said.

    The T-50, developed under the program PAK FA (Future Aviation System for Tactical Air Force) at the Sukhoi aircraft design bureau, made its first public appearance at the MAKS-2011 air show near Moscow on August 17, 2011.

    The fighter, which is being developed in partnership with India, made its maiden flight in the Russian Far East in early 2010.

    Zelin also said that Russia’s T-50 outstripped its U.S. and Chinese analogues.

    “After a comparative analysis of the fighter’s characteristics with the U.S. F-22 Raptor and Chinese J-20 stealth aircraft, we can conclude that PAK FA exceeds the foreign analogues in maximum speed, flight range, maximum takeoff weight and the maximum overload value,” Zelin added.

    Russia has been developing its fifth-generation fighter since the 1990s. The country's top military officials have said the stealth fighter jet, with a range of up to 5,500 kilomeeters, should enter service with the Air Force in 2015.

    Russia to Increase Number of 5G Fighters in Test Flights | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Ka-226 battles through in India
    February 13, 2012
    Victor Litovkin, RIR


    The Russian chopper Ka-226T participating in a tender to supply 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters for the Indian air force and land forces has undergone all the test phases and the examination of bidders’ proposals is at the final stage, Rosoboronexport press-release says.

    Rosoboronexport, the sole Russian intermediary for exports and imports of weapons and military equipment, has issued a press release confirming that the Russian Ka-226T light helicopter will soon defeat its European counterpart the AS550 C3 Fennec, manufactured by Eurocopter, in the tendering process to supply 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters for the air force and land forces of the Republic of India. “All the test phases have been completed, and the examination of bidders’ proposals is at the concluding stage,” the company’s press office reports.

    The marked advantage of the Russian proposal is its “cumulative” effect: the excellent Ka-226T rotary-wing aircraft is offered as a package with an offset programme that is attractive for the Indian side, this document says. First, under the offset programme Rosoboronexport, together with companies of the Russian Helicopters holding, is proposing to set up joint production of sub-systems and components for the Ka-226T, and subsequently to set up assembly of these machines in the Republic of India. Second, it proposes joint development of new modifications of the Ka-226T. And third, this programme will enable the two countries – which are strategic partners – to move towards full-scale industrial cooperation in the field of helicopter building. Russia’s huge experience in this sphere and the successful implementation of joint programmes in the field of aircraft building (production under licence in India of the MiG-21, MiG-27 and Su-30MKI aeroplanes) are a good basis for fulfilling the most ambitious objectives.

    At the same time it is curious that as recently as October of last year the Russian Mi-28N “Night Hunter” combat helicopter lost out in a similar tendering process in India to the American AH-64D “Apache” attack helicopter developed by Boeing. At that time officials familiar with the way the tendering for attack helicopters was going noted that after tests had been carried out at the end of 2010 on the client’s territory and in the country of manufacture, including firing exercises using the helicopter’s weapons, the Indian side preferred the “Apache”. Thus a representative of the Western Air Command in Delhi stated that “both machines worked excellently, but at the same time the American one showed superiority in such key features as greater capacity and all-weather use”.

    Russian specialists familiar with the Mi-28N say that it also possessed all these qualities in full measure. The fact that the Mil machine has only just begun to enter service with the Russian army, they explained, and that it will be more than a year before it can be supplied to India, while the “Apache” has been in production for many years and there will be no problems in procuring it, is another matter. This fact was evidently also a consideration in Delhi when they were deciding who had won the tender. What’s more, the Indians’ principle of “not putting all their eggs in one basket” also played its part. They are diversifying the military procurements. And in view of the fact that Delhi recently acquired 80 Mi-17 multipurpose helicopters from Moscow and is preparing to acquire another batch of similar machines, the outcome of the tender for attack rotary-wing aircraft was no great surprise for the Russian side, especially as it is hoping to win in other similar contests. This is primarily in the light and universal helicopter class: aircraft such as the Ka-226T.

    Its creators maintain that this helicopter compares favourably with its competitors on the global arms market and is ideal for reconnaissance, transporting loads and carrying out search and rescue operations in inaccessible regions. Thanks to its coaxial rotor system, the Ka-226T has a big thrust capacity and a high rate of climb, which increases the helicopter’s static ceiling. The aerodynamic symmetry and lack of cross coupling in the control channels make it easier to pilot the helicopter, which is especially important in low-altitude flying. Such a machine is more manoeuvrable across the whole range of speeds. The Ka-226T helicopter is ideally suited to missions in mountainous areas and in high temperatures.

    With a maximum take-off weight of 3,600 kg, it can carry a 1,200 kg payload in its transport compartment – one-third of its take-off weight! With an underslung load, the Ka-226T can carry 1.5 tonnes. The helicopter’s crew is one person. It can take up to seven passengers on board. The machine’s cruising speed is 220 kph. Its practical ceiling is 5,700 m, while its range is 600 km with basic fuel tanks and 750 km with additional tanks. An expanded range of capabilities in terms of precision manoeuvring, rate of climb and flight altitude (up to 7,000 m) can be supplied at the request of the client. This means that the Ka-226T can carry out rescue and transport operations on the slopes of the world’s highest mountains, flying almost to their s ummits.

    The helicopter is surprisingly forgiving and does not need to be housed in a hangar. It is equally good when operating in temperatures from +50 to -50 degrees. To land, all it needs is a patch of relatively even surface measuring 15 by 15 metres if there is open access. This could be a car park, a school playground, a playing field, or simply a piece of waste ground. If there are no open approaches, it still doesn’t need a very big spot – 35 by 35 metres. A few people with chainsaws descending from the helicopter by rope could clear an area like this literally within an hour, even in the jungle.

    The Ka-226T’s excellent flight characteristics and its high level of durability are due in part to the fact that it has two modern Arrius 2G1 engines manufactured by Turbomeca, which have enough power, which is critically important in high mountainous areas and in regions with a hot climate. Even if one of the engines fails or is damaged, the helicopter can continue flying on one.

    Incidentally, the Ka-226T performed very well during the evaluation trials conducted earlier in India as part of the tendering process. These trials showed clearly that the Ka-226T embodies the best achievements of the Kamov school of design – modular construction, which makes the helicopter multifunctional, a simple piloting technique, a low level of vibration, a high degree of reliability and safety in flight, and easy maintenance.

    The Kamov helicopter may also be helped to win in the Indian tendering process by the fact that the Ka-226T is also flying in the Russian Federal Security Service and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and has been put into service by the Ministry of Defence. A batch of these “choppers” was recently delivered to the Military Helicopter Pilots’ Retraining Centre in Torzhok. Moreover, there is lively interest in this machine outside Russia. Jordan wants not just to buy this machine but also to assemble it on its own territory. So Delhi has a chance to overtake Amman, and even to leave it trailing. The Russian M-26 is taking part in yet another tender to supply heavy helicopters to the Indian air force. It has no rival on Earth.

    Source:-Ka-226 battles through in India | Russia & India Report
     
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    Russia may sell $14 bln worth of weaponry in 2012
    February 13, 2012

    Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport sold $10.7 billion worth of weaponry in 2011 under contracts with 57 countries, but this number could be readjusted to $12 bln with the addition of direct sales of spare parts by Russian arms producers.

    “We are expecting Russian arms exports to surpass $14 billion in 2012,” the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) said in a report.

    “Considering the current foreign orders portfolio, which is worth $41.5 billion, Russia may maintain this level of arms exports for at least three years,” the report said.

    The Moscow-based CAST is an independent, private defense industrial and foreign policy think-tank with close ties to both Rosoboronexport and senior Kremlin officials.

    According to the CAST report, Russia will deliver about 50 Su-family fighters to India, Vietnam, Algeria, Indonesia and Uganda.

    In addition, Russia will supply India with 10 MiG-29K naval fighters and modernize 10 MiG-29s in service with the Indian Air Force to MiG-29UPG level. Myanmar will receive 14 MiG-29 of various modifications.

    Russia may also start the deliveries of 24 MiG-29M2 fighters to Syria under a 2007 contract.

    Russia will deliver Pantsir-S1E air defense systems to Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, Buk-M2E air defense systems to Syria, and Tor-M2E systems to Belarus.

    Venezuela will receive Russian T-72 tanks, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles and BTR-80A armored personnel carriers.

    Major deliveries of naval equipment to India will be carried out in 2012.

    Russia is expected to hand over the long-awaited Vikramaditya aircraft carrier (former Admiral Gorshkov), and deliver two Talwar class frigates and a modernized Kilo class diesel electric submarine to the Indian Navy.

    SOURCE:Russia may sell $14 bln worth of weaponry in 2012 | Russia & India Report
     
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    Russia May Set Up Defense Research Agency

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    The Russian government will submit a proposal to the parliament on the establishment of an advanced military research agency, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.



    The new government body will be similar in its purpose to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the United States.



    “We have prepared relevant legislation and will soon submit to the parliament a draft proposal for creating a similar agency in Russia, which will focus on support of scientific research for military purposes,” Rogozin said at a meeting with students at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.



    Rogozin said the creation of this agency will boost the development of advanced weaponry and help streamline the arms procurement process in Russia.



    DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military.



    DARPA officially has only about 140 technical professionals. The agency does not own or operate any labs or facilities and the overwhelming majority of the research it sponsors is done in industry and universities.

    Russia May Set Up Defense Research Agency | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russian Arms Exports in 2011 Total $13.2 Bln

    Russia sold $13.2 billion worth of weaponry to foreign customers in 2011, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday.



    Russian arms exports in 2010 totaled $10.4 billion and foreign sales in 2011 were projected at $11.6 billion.



    “We planned to sell $11.5 billion worth of weaponry, but we did better than that by selling $13.2 bln,” Dmitriyev said.



    The share of combat aircraft in exports was 50%, equipment for Ground Forces – 25%, naval equipment – 11%, and air defense systems – 10%, the official said.



    The main buyers of Russian military equipment in 2011 were India (25%), Algeria (15%) and Venezuela (10%).



    With a current arms exports portfolio of over $40 billion, Russia is planning to sell $13.5 billion worth of weaponry in 2012, Dmitriyev said.
     
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    Russia Would Use Nukes to Stave Off Threats - General Staff

    Russia would use nuclear weapons in response to any imminent threat to its national security, Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said on Wednesday.

    “We are certainly not planning to fight against the whole of NATO,â€￾ Makarov said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio, “but if there is a threat to the integrity of the Russian Federation, we have the right to use nuclear weapons, and we will.â€￾

    The general said Russia’s nuclear deterrent is the cornerstone of strategic stability and serious efforts are being taken by the Russian government to modernize the country’s nuclear triad.

    The Russian Defense ministry is planning to acquire at least 10 Borey class strategic nuclear submarines, thoroughly modernize its fleet of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, and equip its Strategic Missile Forces with formidable Yars mobile ballistic missile systems.

    Makarov also stressed the importance of maintaining highly-efficient, mobile conventional forces.

    “Unfortunately, we are facing threats from a number of unstable states, where no nuclear weapons but well-trained, strong and mobile Armed Forces are required to resolve any conflict situation," Makarov said.
     
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    New Russian Tank to Appear in 2013

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    Russia will complete the first prototype of the new Armata main battle tank by 2013 and begin production and deliveries to the Russian Armed Forces in 2015, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and the CEO of tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod Oleg Sienko told Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Lenta.ru news portal reported.

    Uralvagonzavod and the military are testing the main components of the new tank. No other details were reported. Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry has signed a contract worth six billion rubles with Uralvagonzavod to upgrade 170 T-72 main battle tanks, to be carried out at a specially prepared facility in Omsk, Lenta.ru said.

    “The Russian armed forces will have a new main tank with fundamentally new characteristics, fully automated loading and separate crew compartment by 2015,” Lieutenant-General Yuri Kovalenko, former First Deputy Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Automotive Armor Directorate said last April.

    Kovalenko said work from other projects, including Object 195 and Black Eagle, will be incorporated in Armata's design.
     
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    Defense General Explains Human Factor in Failed Bulava Launches

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    Unsuccessful launches of Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile happened due to human factor and were the result of unprofessional work of certain people, Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said on Saturday.

    Trials of Bulava began in 2004, six of the 18 full-scale Bulava trials failed. A series of successful launches began in October 2010.

    "You know that there were several unsuccessful launches of Bulava. We stopped the trials, we carefully worked through the reasons of failures and to a greater extent it was a human factor, where a person did his work unprofessionally. You know, as there was no special control he did it "somehow" this was the main factor,” Makarov said in an interview with radio station Echo of Moscow.

    At the same time Chief of the Russian General Staff said that the military men initially did not understand what the problem was, as in different four launches there were discovered four unrelated problems.

    "We realized that the technical solution itself was correct and we appointed a military officer who oversaw every process and after that all the launches were successful," general said.
     
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    Bulava Missile More Dangerous to Russia than to Enemy - Experts

    Russian experts on Monday questioned how wise it is to adopt the troubled Bulava intercontinental missile for service, suggesting it would cause more security problems than it would solve, the Kommersant daily said.

    First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov said on Sunday a presidential decree putting the missile into operation was drafted and ready to be signed.

    However, military analyst Viktor Baranets said it was a “reckless” and “dangerous” move since the missile was underdeveloped.

    “In its current form the missile could be even more dangerous for the [Russian] navy than for an enemy navy,” he said.

    President Dmitry Medvedev said in late December that the Bulava SLBM flight tests were completed and it will now be adopted for service with the Russian Navy.

    Russia successfully test launched two Bulava missiles on December 23.

    Only 11 of 18 or 19 test launches of the troubled Bulava have been officially declared successful.

    However, some analysts suggest that in reality the number of failures is considerably higher. Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer said that of the Bulava's first 12 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

    Despite several previous failures officially blamed on manufacturing faults, the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava.

    The Bulava (SS-NX-30) SLBM, developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (since 1998), carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear submarines.
     
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    Putin backs 'unprecedented' boost for Russian army

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    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday Russia had launched "unprecedented" steps to boost the army as he played up his strongman credentials ahead of March 4 presidential polls he is likely to win.

    "We have approved and are carrying out unprecedented programmes to develop the armed forces and modernise Russia's military defence complex," Putin wrote in state newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta as he bids for a third Kremlin term.

    In the next decade, Russia will acquire more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles, eight nuclear-armed submarines and around 20 non-nuclear submarines, more than 600 warplanes and 28 S-400 missile defence systems, he said.

    "In total we are allocating around 23 trillion rubles ($773 billion) in the next decade for these aims," Putin said in his sixth campaign article listing his political goals.

    The newspaper article came out on the same day as Putin visited the Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, which has a defence plant making Sukhoi fighter jets, on a visit that is not explicitly part of his election campaign.

    Russia a year ago said that 19 trillion rubles ($639 billion) had been allocated to a military development plan running through to 2020 and the defence ministry gave many of the same hardware acquisition figures.

    While Putin as prime minister for the last four years has not headed the armed forces, his latest article implicitly suggests he will be the one to see the plan through, without mentioning the elections.

    "We must not tempt anyone with our weakness," he said, drawing historic parallels with World War II and citing the then Soviet forces' leader Marshal Georgy Zhukov.

    "Therefore we will never in any circumstances give away our potential of strategic deterrence and will strengthen it."

    Russia must implement strong countermeasures to respond to NATO's planned deployment of a missile shield in Europe, he said, continuing a debate that has simmered for nearly a decade.

    "The time demands decisive steps to strengthen a single system of air and space defence of our country. We are being pushed towards these actions by the policy of the United States and NATO on the question of deploying a missile shield," Putin wrote.

    He said Russia should not try to create a "costly" rival shield but that its strategic nuclear forces and air and space defence forces should aim to "overcome any system of missile defence."

    "In this question there cannot be too much patriotism," Putin said.

    "Russia's military and technical response to a global American missile shield and its segment in Europe will be effective and asymmetrical."

    He admitted deep problems with the military industrial complex, however, saying that while the armed forces should back domestic plants, it was "unacceptable" for them to buy obsolete technology.

    "In the next decade we must fully make up for our lagging behind," he said.

    Military affairs analyst Alexander Golts said Putin had shown strong backing for reform of the Russian army, a plan that has provoked a backlash within the armed forces against Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

    Serdyukov has argued the reforms are essential to eradicate Soviet-era military structures but more conservative elements fear they will undermine the army's status as a key pillar of society.

    "What is most important about the article is that he is endorsing the army reforms despite all the criticism they have recently been facing, and backing the defence minister," Golts said.

    Putin also promised to revive the prestige of the armed forces and boost their professional contingent to 70 percent of one million members, while improving living conditions and salaries for officers.

    But Alexander Konovalov, an analyst at the Centre for Strategic Assessment, was sceptical about Putin's idea that the sector would become a driving force for the economy as a whole.

    "The money will be allocated and siphoned off, but without reform of the military industrial complex and its 'perestroika' on market principles, it will simply not survive," Konovalov told AFP.
     
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    Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020


    The deliveries of new close air support aircraft to the Russian Air Force will start by 2020, Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said.

    “The Air Force units will start receiving this aircraft by 2020,â€￾ Drik said on Monday. “It will gradually replace highly-reliable Su-25SM Frogfoot attack planes.â€￾

    According to Drik, the new aircraft will meet the demands of modern warfare and feature elements of “stealthâ€￾ technology, the whole range of tactical weaponry, modern radar and navigation equipment.

    Meanwhile, Russia will continue to upgrade its outdated Su-25 attack aircraft to Su-25SM version, which has a significantly better survivability and combat effectiveness.

    The Russian Air Force currently has over 30 Su-25SM planes in service and plans to modernize about 80 Su-25s by 2020, Drik said.
     
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    Putin inspects PAK-FA, unveils $768 billion defense spending

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    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin inspected one of Russia’s new stealth fighter jets on Monday and said Russia needs a stronger military to protect it against foreign attempts to stoke conflict around its borders.

    Less than two weeks before a presidential election in which he hopes for a resounding win, Putin visited Komsomolsk-on-Amur, a snow-swept city in Russia’s Far East where military and civilian planemaker Sukhoi is a big employer.

    He prefaced his trip with a newspaper article intended to burnish his image as a strong leader, saying Russia would spend 23 trillion roubles ($768 billion) over a decade to modernise the former Cold War superpower’s armed forces.

    “New regional and local wars are being sparked before our very eyes,â€￾ Putin wrote in the article published on the front page of Russia’s official gazette, Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

    “There are attempts to provoke such conflicts in the immediate vicinity of the borders of Russia and our allies,â€￾ he wrote ahead of the March 4 election which he is expected to win.

    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 1 million personnel.

    With his calls to increase Russia’s might and spend state cash to improve military technology, Putin can count on strong support from the defence industry.

    Dressed in a black coat on a visit that mixed elements of governance and campaigning, Putin looked down into the cockpit of a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter. He also examined a T-50, which Russia designed to rival the U.S. F-22 stealth fighter.

    “With him it is getting better and better. It is not getting worse. I am afraid that if someone else comes to power, only God knows what may happen,â€￾ said Sergei, a Sukhoi factory worker who was assembling a fighter jet.

    But with other plants in the city of 260,000 are struggling, many did not share Sergei’s enthusiasm for Putin.

    “I am not going to vote for any of these power usurpers,â€￾ said Andrei, a 28-year-old technician, referring to all five presidential candidates including Putin.



    CORRUPTION CONCERNS

    Putin, 59, has presented himself as the guarantor of stability and accused foreign powers of helping the organisers of the biggest opposition protests of his 12-year rule. But many are concerned with rampant corruption and political stagnation.

    Andrei, sitting at a cafe with his girlfriend, said he had been trying to set up his own business but had failed because of kickbacks demanded by local authorities.

    Putin acknowledged the role of corruption in the defence industry and urged the private sector to help in boosting competition. He cited oil companies Surgutneftegas and TNK, which he said helped pay for the renovation of a submarine base at the Pacific port of Kamchatka in 2002.

    “We need to … attract enterprises from the civilian sector, private companies to compete for military tenders,â€￾ Putin told a government meeting on the arms industry.

    “In order to rearm the army and the navy we need to involve not only the defence industry but the potential of the whole Russian economy,â€￾ he said.

    Russia has criticised the NATO mission in Libya, saying it overstepped the mandate it was given by the United Nations Security Council and helped rebels oust Muammar Gaddafi last year, and it has stood behind Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, one of Moscow’s few allies in the Middle East.

    In the latest of his articles published on the key policies if his presidential campaign, Putin made no specific mention of uprisings in Libya, where NATO air assaults helped topple Gaddafi, or Syria, whose president has been under Western-Arab pressure to step down.

    But he wrote that recent events showed the diminished stature of international law.

    Putin said Russia, which has vetoed two U.N. Security Council resolutions on Syria with China, must rely on a powerful military to make sure its position is understood.

    “Under these conditions Russia cannot depend solely on diplomatic or economic methods of resolving conflict,â€￾ he wrote.

    “Before us stands the mission of developing our military potential in the framework of a strategy of containment and remaining sufficiently armed.â€￾
     
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    Putin pledges 400 ICBMs for Russia in 10 years
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    Russia's armed forces will receive over 400 modern intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), more than 100 military spacecraft and over 2,300 new tanks within the next 10 years, Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin said.

    Earlier media voiced fears that by 2020, Russia' ICBM arsenal could reduce by more than half as over 400 missiles would go beyond their maximum service life without timely replacement.

    "Within the next decade, the armed forces will receive more than 400 modern ground- and sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, eight ballistic missile submarines, about 20 general purpose attack submarines, over 50 surface ships and some 100 military-purpose spacecraft," Putin wrote in a new article for the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily.

    He said the number will also include "over 600 modern aircraft, including fifth-generation fighters, more than a thousand helicopters, 28 regimental sets of S-400 (SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air missile systems, 38 division sets of Vityaz air defense systems, 10 brigade sets of Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems, more than 2,300 modern tanks, some 2,000 self-propelled artillery systems and guns, as well as more than 17,000 military vehicles".

    Putin said the ground, sea and air components of Russia's nuclear triad are stable and sufficient at the moment.

    Chief of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov said Feb 15 that Russia would use nuclear weapons in response to any imminent threat to its national security.

    The general said Russia's nuclear deterrent is the cornerstone of strategic stability and serious efforts are being made by the Russian government to modernize the country's nuclear triad.

    The Russian defense ministry is planning to acquire at least 10 Borey class strategic nuclear submarines, thoroughly upgrade its fleet of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, and equip its Strategic Missile Forces with formidable Yars mobile ballistic missile systems.

    Putin also wrote that he believes substantial investment in Russia's defense sector, in particular, the armaments program, will be positive for the country's economy.

    This is Putin's sixth article outlining the points of his election programme in Russian media. The previous articles focused on general and economic issues, ethnic problems, democratic development and social policy.

    Putin served two terms as Russia's president between 2000 and 2008, but the Constitution barred him from standing for a third consecutive term. He became prime minister after his handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, was elected president.

    Russia will hold presidential elections March 4. Putin, from the governing United Russia party, is the frontrunner in this year's election campaign. His closest rival is Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party. Other contenders are Liberal Democrat leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov and independent billionaire candidate Mikhail Prokhorov.
     

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