Russia has been conducting a race to build up its military, but no one seems to be noticing. While the economic recession is causing many European nations to slash and downsize their defensive capabilities, Russia has been extending its reach militarily.
Did any of you catch the article about Russia purchasing not one but two helicopter carriers from France? The Mistral-class carrier also doubles as an amphibious assault craft, carrying ground forces and materiel. The Baltic states and Georgia are raising diplomatic hell over it but it appears that France is savoring the deal, worth over $1.5 billion.
The Baltic states have long raised concerns, keenly aware of the comments of Russia’s naval chief, Adm. Vladimir S. Vysotsky, who last year bluntly evaluated the potential benefits the equipment could have offered during the five-day Georgian war in 2008: “Everything that we did in the space of 26 hours at the time, this ship will do within 40 minutes.”
Not only that, but Russia is on track to build two more for a total of four over the next several years. This would help Russia become a major sea power– which it has not been since 1991.
As if this is not enough, this year Russia expects to bring in the new KA-52 attack helicopter into its military. This helicopter is in some ways, one of the most advanced in the world. It has been in development since 1993 and is now ready to help Russia with its war plans. And the KA-52 is a doosy:
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