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Russia Plans ICBM to Counter US Missile Shield August 7, 2007

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The Russian navy plans on producing a new submarine-based missile system in 2008. It is part of a big increase in the country’s spending on research, development and procurement of weaponry, prompting fears of a new cold war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country can produce missiles capable of piercing any defenses.

The Russian navy plans on producing a new submarine-based missile system capable of carrying nuclear warheads in 2008 as part of a big increase in the country’s spending on research, development and procurement of weaponry.

The navy will commission the new missile system, the planned core of a seaborne nuclear arsenal in the coming years, even though three consecutive test launches of the missile last year ended in failure. But a successful test in June has prompted officials to approve the start of production of the missile’s components, according to comments made Sunday by Admiral Vladimir Masorin and reported by Russian media.

“We have no doubt that the testing of the Bulava-M missile system will be completed successfully,” Masorin said, according to the Interfax news agency. “We have no other alternatives. We hope that the missile will be adopted by the Navy in 2008.”

The navy is planning two more test launches this year and will complete its testing program in 2008.

There may be “some mishaps during the forthcoming launches, but that is what tests are for,” Masorin was quoted as saying on the Web site of state broadcaster Perviy Kanal. He said that “huge labor, intellectual and financial resources” had been invested in the development of the system.

Defense Spending Surge

The missiles are part of significant beefing up of Russia’s weapons systems, with defense expenditures rising by about 30 percent and expected to top $11.5 billion (€8.38 billion) this year, according to the Financial Times.

The Bulava system will be a flagship project that Russian President Vladimir Putin has said can pierce any missile shield. The decision to go ahead with production despite several test failures comes in the wake of a US-Russia spat over American plans to base 10 missile interceptors in Poland and radar installations in the Czech Republic. Russia is staunchly opposed to the US plan and has not been swayed by US President George W. Bush’s assertions that the defense system is aimed a preventing missiles from rogue states such as Iran from reaching Europe.  [read more]

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1. Infidel Parrot - August 9, 2007

Russia can’t afford to participate in an arms race with the West. Their 2007 defense budget is roughly 1/20th of the US’s. (And that excludes expenditures on the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars, which are funded separately by congress.) Their strength was never their technological superiority, even during the Cold War. It’s empty talk. The US will continually update its technology to ensure it has superiority over Russia’s, and Russia knows it.

2. Infidel Parrot - August 9, 2007

Sorry, I was incorrect. Russia reports 2007 defense spending at 11.5 billion dollars, and the US 2007 defense budget is 532.8 billion dollars. Russia spends about 1/46 of what the US does. Russia CANNOT afford to compete in an arms race with the US.


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