Russian v. US Ballistic Missile Investment/Capabilities

The Russians have as of lately come out strong against Ballistic Missile defense initiatives of the United States and Western Europe, and therefore wanted to put each country’s respective industries into current perspective. It is no great discovery to learn that the Russian economy is far more dynamic and overall stronger than its Soviet’s predecessor, however it is still not up to par with the United States. On September 18th 2009 Putin had the following remarks to make,

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap plans for a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic is “correct and brave.”

In televised remarks Friday, Mr. Putin said he hopes other measures that would improve ties will follow.

President Obama announced Thursday that he is dispensing with the plans for a missile defense system for central Europe in favor of what he calls a new approach for defending the United States and its NATO allies.

He said the new approach will provide “stronger, smarter and swifter defenses” and employ “proven and cost effective” capabilities.

The U.S. Defense Department says the new system will involve sensors and interceptors in northern and southern Europe as well as missiles on ships.

Russia had fiercely opposed the earlier planned system as a threat to its security.

Regardless of the new PAA plan proposed by Obama, Putin has still kept the same position from previous years that any American ballistic missile defensive measures in Europe will be a direct threat to Russian security. What’s more, Russia and Kazakhstan have joined together and announced in January 2011 that they plan on implementing their own ballistic missile defense measures within their territories, under Russian technological guidance and support. Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to contrast the current Russian and American capabilities and investments within the industry in order to bring to light a more accurate picture to American defensive strategy and what has traditionally been defined as “Russian bluster”.

Therefore, here are a few Relevant Thoughts:

Ballistic Missile Industry-
Moscow: $500m/3 yrs – – Washington: $45.7b/5 yrs

Moscow stated the system will be ready and “impenetrable” by 2020. (Current publicly announced timeline of the PAA)

The Russian General Staff chief Gen. Nikolai Makarov stated in January this year “The state will have an umbrella over it which will defend it against ballistic missile attacks, against medium-range missiles, air-based cruise missiles, sea-based cruise missiles and ground-based cruise missiles, including missiles flying at extremely low altitudes, at any time and in any situation,”

Russia is sending over to Kazakhstan s-300s, which I provided a link for:

as well as Kazakhstan would like to purchase the s-400 Triumphs:

There are doubts on the economic and technological feasibility of a Russian missile shield with Kazakhstan, but the country will stay loyal to the program no matter what happens.

Russia, as always, are the ones issuing statements of bluster. Henry Kissinger always remarked, no evening with the Soviets could be complete without some bluster….

Given the numbers, Russia is financially unable to do anything to the extent to which the claim to the world. What’s more, on top of the contrast of investment into the industry, the Russian army has been draining billions of Rubles of military investment….

The PAA is a good strategy and should be endlessly pursued by the United States and her European allies.


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