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Putin Calls for Improvement in Effectiveness of Nuclear Forces, Air Defense

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Vladimir Putin stated that Russia must upgrade its air defense system and strengthen the strategic nuclear forces.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia must upgrade its air defense system and strengthen the strategic nuclear forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

"Special attention must be paid to strengthening the combat potential of the strategic nuclear forces, implementing space defense programs. It is necessary, as outlined in our plans, to equip all components of the nuclear triad with new arms," Putin said at a Defense Ministry Board meeting.

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  • dvdgrg09
    Maybe instead of adding new weapons, Russia could just use its existing weapons to destroy all the weapons that NATO has, then nobody would need new weapons.
  • Todor Todorovin reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
    dvdgrg09, You should know that the human monkey can only be deterred with a big stick that you should never use but be ready at all times.
  • coolerheads
    Russia has a strong culture of aerospace engineering and has some very good weapons systems. Their problem is the lack of an industrial base to mass produce them in sufficient quantities. A prime example is the T-50 which is supposed to rival the F-22 and F-35. It will probably be an outstanding platform, but Russia currently only plans to build 12 of them. That compares to the almost 200 F-22s the U.S. built and the approximately 3,000 F-35s the U.S. plans to build. A combination of Russia's engineering prowess with China's industrial base would be very powerful. It will be interesting to see how the relationship between Moscow and Beijing continues to develop.
  • coolerheadsin reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
    dvdgrg09, and 2/3 of the world's population would die in the nuclear exchange. Hence the term "mutually assured destruction". Africa and South America would be intact. North America, Europe, and Asia would be no more.
  • dvdgrg09in reply tocoolerheads(Show commentHide comment)
    coolerheads, there wouldn't be any exchange in my plan. Kills two birds with one stone. Isn't that the US plan? So how many people would die in this case?
  • coolerheadsin reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
    dvdgrg09, I don't think that's possible. The U.S. and Britain both have substantial second-strike capability. There would be a guaranteed counter-response.
  • dvdgrg09in reply tocoolerheads(Show commentHide comment)
    coolerheads, (sigh) have to go with the 2/3 then, but is that the best we can do? How about 3/4, or isn't there the nuclear winter, or the one where all the oxygen gets sucked out of the atmosphere?
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