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“A distinctive feature of the current situation is that the majority of European states do not consider conventional arms a primary threat, one of the reasons that no new agreements have been reached. As a result, a number of Russia’s foreign partners suggest emphasizing potential cooperation on common European security rather than focusing on the threats,” – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Intern."


“Part of the reason why the Bulava program is attracting so much attention is that it has become a kind of symbol of new, post-Soviet Russia. The program is seen as a litmus test for the Russian defense industry's ability to deliver new strategic weapons, ensure the country's security, independence and sovereignty, and underpin the Kremlin's leading role in world politics," – military observer Victor Litovkin.


The new issue of the Russian edition of the Security Index journal №1 (96), Spring 2011 came out of print.

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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. 12-01-23_MIL.jpg

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.


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In terms of its portfolio of contracts and actual deliveries, Russia has for a long time been the world’s second-largest arms supplier after the United States. Over the past few years Asia Pacific has been the biggest destination of Russian arms exports, accounting for 55-57 per cent of the overall ...

The practice of adopting State Armament Programs (SAP) as overarching policy documents that set out weapons development and procurement targets was established fairly recently in Russia. The SAP-2020 program, approved in 2011, is the fourth such program in post-Soviet Russian history. The existence ...

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