Russia's massive rearmament programme has triggered debate - and concern (photo:dpa)

Will Russia’s rearmament programme be too little and too late to return it to superpower status?

While foreign observers have expressed concern over Russia’s rearmament programme, there is little to suggest that the country is about to achieve the military superpower status it had under the Soviet regime. The second part of the series on Russian rearmament looks at why the legacy of past neglect, not just in the forces themselves but in industries which supply them, is holding back its ambitious programme. The implication of a failure to rebuild the country’s conventional forces could be a lower threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.

THE KREMLIN’S announcement of a 19.4 trillion rubles (US$646 billion) military rearmament programme has triggered intense discussion about its im...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
It is questionable whether sufficient capacity remains, or may be swiftly put into place, to ensure that the envisaged programme of modernisation can be implemented
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