Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Russia stepping up military expansion

The Guardian reports:

"Vladimir Putin announced ambitious plans to revive Russia's military power and restore its role as the world's leading producer of military aircraft yesterday...
The remarks follow his decision last week to resume long-range missions by strategic bomber aircraft capable of hitting the US with nuclear weapons. Patrols over the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic began last week for the first time since 1992.
Presidential aides hinted yesterday that Russia could shortly resume the production of Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic nuclear bombers, now that the aircraft are again flying 'combat missions'. The bombers would be used as a 'means of strategic deterrence', a presidential aide, Alexander Burutin, told Interfax."

Full story here.


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