“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.
The new issue of Security Index journal offers several predictions for the development of international security. First of all, during the round table "Russia, challenges to its security and answers: expectations for 2014 and reality–2015" Dmitry Trenin, Dmitry Evstafiev, Armen Oganesyan, Vadim Kozyulin and Andrei Suzdaltsev, someone a year ago, someone a little more – have given us their predictions about what threats and challenges Russia will face and how she will react to them. And now in the spring of 2015, they don't just look at their own predictions of that absolutely unpredictable year, but also offer their views in 2015.
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
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...
Russia’s Eastward Pivot strategy, which was announced in the early 2010s, includes the following components:
- Stronger political and strategic role played by Russia in the Asia Pacific;
- Much closer economic ties with the East Asian countries;
- Accelerated economic development of the Russian Far East an...
Arms exports are an important component of foreign-trade and foreign-policy aspirations of every country that wants to strengthen its role on the global arena. It is no coincidence that amid the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, the EU, the United States, and Ukraine itself have sought to put pressure on Ru...