KEEP IN MIND, THOSE WHO COMPLAIN THAT WE SPEND TOO MUCH ON OUR MILITARY THAT RUSSIA IS QUITE FOND OF ISLAMISTS AND SYRIA. (Your enemy is my friend?) Keep this in mind as you read this:
One Aspect of Russian life untouched by the ruble’s collapse and a looming recession-plans for a rapid military expansion the like of which Russia has not seen in decades.
Russian strong man Valdimir Putin recently stated that the Russian army “is changing, getting a new image and becoming a modern force capable of fulfilling the most challenging tasks.” Already Russia spends a greater share of its gross domestic product on military outlays than either the United States or China. Business Insider reports its military budget is expected to jump more than 30 percent next year alone. According to Jane’s Information Group, the Kremlin’s military expenditures have increased over 92 percent since 2010. Among the new Russian weapons deliveries planned for this year:
50 new ICBMs, Mobile, high-precision Iskander tactical missile, which could be used to attack U.S. anti-missile systems in Europe. New Borel class nuclear-missile submarines and Yasen class hunter-killer submarines, according to the St. Petersburg Times., Over 150 new aircraft and helicopters, including MIG-29s., New prototypes of the T-50 PAK aircraft, a fifth generation fighter being huped as the Russian equivalent of the American F-22 Raptor, A MASSIVE BUILD UP OF RUSSIA’S BLACK SEA FLEET, Including new missile frigates, diesel submarines, and corvettes.
Overall, the St. Petersburg Times predicts that 2015 will be “a year of breakneck growth in Russia’s military capacity.
THIS WAS WITH AN ARTICLE CALLED : RUSSIA’S NEIGHBORS FEAR ATTACK BY WOUNDED PUTIN, as plunging oil prices depress its economy, is radical Soviet era ideology making a comeback? the article points out that Russian people are completely behind their military, no complaints on spending to defend country.