In the new issue of the Security Index: Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO on DPRK nuclear testing and the future of the CTBTO, PIR Center’s recommendations for strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime with comments by Sergio Duarte, High Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Vadim Kozyulin on autonomous combat systems, Andrey Shkarbanov and Konstantin Stalmakhov on civil liability for nuclear damage, Kamal Gasimov on conflicts and squabbles within Syrian opposition, round table discussion on high-tech crime co-sponsored by CCI and PIR Center, Olga Mikhailova on cyber security of NPPs and critical infrastructure, Alyona Makhukova on Humanitarian initiative and the NPT review process.
“With repeal of one of the transparency and MANPADs control measures, Ukraine cannot disclaim responsibility for transfer of these rather sensitive armaments; other pretty strict liabilities concerning MANPADs are still in force. However, international attention to Ukrainian activities in arms exports becomes even closer. Ukraine’s reputation in this field was tainted over the last two decades, so let us follow closely Kiev’s activities” – Vadim Kozyulin, Senior Research Fellow at PIR Center.
"In my view, too much attention is focused on hypersound. Sometimes it is perceived as a panacea against all threats possible, while it’s far from reality. At the moment it’s a question of development of the hypersound technology itself, as its development (and production of its carries afterwards) is too expensive. At the moment one may talk about ongoing research regarding engines and materials. Meanwhile I need to say that in domestically produced air-defense missile systems use hypersound missiles with a maximum speed of approximately 3-4 Mach. The main attempt is being made to increase this speed to 5-7 Mach" – Andrey Grigoriev, General Director of the Fund of Perspective Research (FRP), general lieutenant in the reserve, Doctor of Technical Science.
Reform of the Russian Armed Forces: Assessing the Developments
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“Russia needs a modern army capable of mounting an adequate response to any challenges and threats, especially external ones."
General Nikolay Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces
On October 14, 2008, speaking at the meeting of the Defense Ministry board, Minister Anatoly Serdukov announced the beginning of a new stage of military reform. The reform affects all the key areas: increasing number of militaries, the central command structures, the organizational and stuff structure, and the officer training system. It also includes a phased rearmament program to equip the Russian Armed Forces with the latest weaponry and military hardware.
PIR Center has been keeping a close eye on the reform’s progress, devoting many pages of coverage to the issue in Russian edition of the Security Index journal and its International edition.
PIR Center Analysis
According to scientists’ forecasts, technologies accumulated by the human race can radically transform warfare already during the next decade. Military robotics is gaining a critical mass to make a huge qualitative leap.
Vadim Kozyulin, Senior Researcher at the PIR Center, believes that nowadays the...
Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of the PIR Center’s Executive Board and former head of the International Treaty Directorate at the Russian Ministry of Defense, believes that the Warsaw NATO Summit has become an important landmark capturing a new military and political reality: Russia has become the main...
The implementation of the State Armament Program to 2020 in Russia results in a massive renovation of weapons and military equipment in a scale, which is unmatched in the modern Russian history. The ambitious program reflects the undisputable priority of technologically upgraded and strengthened Arm...