90 What Will Be The Future Of The Russian Army?

What Will Be The Future Of The Russian Army?

Posted on July 28, 2011 by kulichik

In 2011 rearming of the Russian fighting forces was announced. It is planned to purchase 1000 helicopters, 600 military airplanes, 100 military ships, including 8 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. Let's see what Russian Army will look like in a couple of years.

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5th generation fighter T-50 PAK FA is our response to the American Raptor. It develops supersonic speed of 2600 km an hour at the height of 200 meters and is equipped with inbuilt guns, aviation bombs and controlled rockets. It is the only airplane in the world that can compete with F-22.


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90 Responses to “What Will Be The Future Of The Russian Army?”

  1. testicules says:

    These are really great inventions. It will be years before they can be produced though. Can they be bought in numbers enough to be effectively deployed? Also, is Russia going to keep the conscript army or will it move to a all volunteer professional army?

    • theguy says:

      They are moving in that direction, shifting obligationary serving time down to one year is one of the steps. Also from 2012 they are dramaticly increasing military salaries. For example Lieutenant’s one starting from ~$2200. Not to mention the reorganization they’ve done in last few years, getting rid of some unneeded ranks/professions.

  2. parabellum says:

    Problems, “Mace” partly due to the fact that the drafting of entrusted Moscow Institute of Thermal kototyry specializes in land-based ballistic missiles, as much that lost manufacturing base
    (There are talented scientists, and our plans to play in a metal complex with each passing year) and of course stealing.

  3. parabellum says:

    The effectiveness of the AK actually increased many times due to new stock, sights, handles assault. But the most important need to improve the current 5.45 round anywhere villain (as usual matching bullet cartridges designed to use but that that was with ak 74)

  4. Mizz... (A) says:

    Yes, there is lot of potential in russian tecnology, always been i guess, even in things not ment to be used to kill other people.
    Guess it´s only a metter of time before it can be put in a more serious production, other, non war examples, ballistic missiles came to much use in science and other such tecnology, deep sea submarines, etc and lot of small things used in daily life.

  5. Boritz says:

    Propaganda reminiscent of old Soviet days.

  6. cibs says:

    You compare your equipment to what the Americans have. You should compare it to what the Chinese have for they will be the problem and not the Americans.

    • Cheburator says:

      Chinese weapons are all copies of russian and american.

    • Chac Mool says:

      That’s totally right. Having the Chinese as a neighbor justifies this Russian expense for innovation. Just check the Chengdu J-20 project.

      • testicules says:

        Yes but all russian military doctrine is based on fighting the US. Right now the only way Russia could stop a Chinese invasion of the East is to nuke them.

    • BlowME says:

      In all it’s history China never properly invaded or conquered anyone, its was always China that got invaded by other. Their military power is mostly for defense purpose…

      • La Paca says:

        Check again. Chinese raised Kublai Kan, a grand kid of Mongol Gengis, ruled the biggest empire the word has known, from Korea to Ukraine.

        • Cheburator says:

          You are contradicting yourself. Kublai Khan was mongolian. And it was the Mongols (led by his grandfather Ghengish Khan) who had conquered China. That’s the reason why he was raised on the territory of modern day China, not because he was originally Chinese.

      • Gen. Electric says:

        Tell that to the Tibetans. No doubt that your ignorance is the most powerful ally of your enemies.

      • testicules says:

        Tibet? Currently stealing the spratley islands from vietnam and the phillipines.

  7. Alain says:

    Nice ! But if Russia does not want the US to install defensive systems in Europe, it should not go with comparison like the time it takes for a missile to go from Kaliningrad to Warsaw. With such a comparison, I understand why the Poles ask the American to protect them. Russian army should start to review at least its public speech, to make Europe understand that Russia is not and will never be anymore an enemy…

  8. vagin says:

    The picture about Topol does not show a Topol missile at all. Topol is a 200-ton ICBM, not a 1-ton tactical missile system.

  9. SillyMan says:

    Do these 4 missiles look like a 22m long topols?
    Look at the real photo at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT-2UTTKh_Topol_M

    And why do Bulava can not hit California? It lies at the ocean.

  10. neblogenso says:

    Personally, I can’t wait for ak 200 to come.
    Although these are nice inventions, but there is problems in Russia with producing it. Usually russian war industry is unable to cope with purchase orders.

    @ Testicules
    Russia will keep conscript army. Although there are professionals, like pilots, machinery operators, etc.

    • testicules says:

      Russian military might will never be great until the conscript becomes a volunteer and a well paid professional.

  11. No_Suprises says:

    I always admired Russian aviation industry. Those pictures looks good but I must agree with quote: “Russia is never as strong as she looks; Russia is never as weak as she looks”.

  12. ronin shidane says:

    hi! i’m malaysian & proud of SU 30MKM jet fighter = )

  13. Iggy says:

    Yeah, sure. Keep dreaming.

  14. Nemef says:

    The Night Hunter has a number of visual similarities to the Denel AH-2 Rooivalk.

  15. Nick says:

    I’d just like to point out all the guns in picture number 9 are Airsoft Toys two of which aren’t even replicas of real Kalashnikov variants and none of which are used by the Russian military..

  16. hau says:

    the future of russian army? – they will be chinese bit**s soon.

    • Archy Bunka says:

      Are you Tai Lung?

    • Arsenic says:

      Half of USA is owned by Chinese companies and banks, and you talk about Russians beeing Chinese bit**s soon?
      Lol, They allready own your ass yankee, Russians will be much more carefull who to take as dancepartner.

  17. Old Guy says:

    Unfortunately, the F-22’s production was cancelled. It is too expensive and unpractical to maintain. The F-35 and the Sukhoi PAK are yet to be mass produced possibly at the same time.

  18. Kalimba says:

    Russian Military is still with short funds, but its economy is growing (meaning, without dangerous borrowing) and these great innovations are bringing a well needed upgrade. Well needed against the Chinese rising.

  19. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Agree with testicules. Nice, but are they the right systems for the future threat? NATO and Russia aren’t going to fight each other. The US and Russia aren’t going to fight each other. Frankly, Russia’s biggest future threats may be internal, and not all these weapons will be the best for internal security/counterinsurgency. Let’s not forget Russia’s economic and demographic challenges, either.

  20. ted says:

    Lol this website became a spout for Russian techno-propaganda? The US in unmatched in the air, sea and land. Russia can’t even pave its roads how can they expect us to believe they can fight a war?

    • Gen. Electric says:

      Is unmatched in debts and possible payment default. The US has to cut a lot of expenses, including in its military. Nobody knows for how long.

    • Gen. Electric says:

      Also unmatched in foreign debts and possible payment default. The US has to cut a lot of expenses, including in its military. Nobody knows for how long.

  21. Nebukadnezar says:

    the modernization of the russian army/airforce has been announced many times and almost nothing happened until now… they used t62 in georgia(securing duties …but they still used it)
    the airforce had no drones they could use for scout duities so they had to use a tu22m which was shot down …
    most of the su27 fighters are still technically the first version that have been bought during soviet times: no ground attack…outdated radar, outdated missles

    yes some things have been changed but the biggest part of the russian army is still the soviet army…and that means its 30 years old with no update !

  22. American says:

    In Soviet Russia, always claim better than American counterpart!

  23. Tim says:

    Why the implied hostility between the US and Russia? We have no reason to see each other as adversaries. The reason for the missile defense system in Europe is to knock down ICBM that Iran is trying to develop (something Russia should fear too).

    • Chac Mool says:

      I guess the Russian brass fears more its neighbors than the US. Their neighborhood is the most dangerous in the world.

    • noname says:

      It may have something to do with the fact that european/american entertainment industry loves portraying russians as villains (games, movies, etc). I guess cold war habits take a lot of time to die.

  24. marxistworker says:

    Should spend the money on education. And the U.S. needs to spend a lot more, too (on education). But reptiles (politicians) don’t think rationally.

  25. Uncledoh says:

    i think this article / post is just lame ;o)

  26. Michael says:

    I thought the cold war ended? Why all the comparisons to American weaponry????

    • Ishtvan says:

      Mr. Putin compared the USA to the madman running on streets with the razor. :)

    • moo says:

      Who else can we compare it to? the French? US and Russia will always be compared to each other because although many people don’t think so, there still both superpowers.

  27. L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

    Oil and gas buys you power.

  28. Tom says:

    Well me way as well just agree that neither of ‘em are gonna hit each other in a hurry anyway, they both use smoothbore guns :D

    The T90 will overheat and have to stop and the Americans will likely run out of petrol after a few miles.
    It does, as always come down to who hits who first! :)

  29. oleg says:

    Get your facts straight. The Bulava system has indeed been troublesome, however, with its 50% success rate (6 failures of the 12 tests in the original testing schedule) it’s NOT “every single test”. The most recent batch of tests were done after some modifications had taken place and they are on a roll so far, success rate 100%.

  30. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. Looks like a commercial, which it is.
    Russia is truly a western country when it comes to exporting weapons. The USA gives away billions to foreign governments and then they spend it on our weapons. The defense industry here is highly subsidized, so much for free enterprise.
    If ALL industrialized nations placed a moratorium on exporting weapons peace may suddenly break out…

  31. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. The USA might as well cut defense spending, the Chinese can’t bomb us now that we owe them so much money. How is it possible, after 100,000 US servicemen dead in Korea and Vietnam fighting communism, we give favored trade status to the largest commie gov ever, no one will ever get me to give a damn over ideology again. Did they give their people rights? NO, they opened up their markets to the stockholders. All forgiven when there is a buck to be made.

  32. Bloodhound says:

    A lot of Mr Know alls in this posting but not much substance. Kinda feels like a Junior school playground of Mine is bigger than yours and vice versa. All i can say is that The USA is very good in terms of weapons technology and so does Russia. Period.

  33. Bloodhound says:

    By the way the South African Denel AH-2 Rooivalk was discontinued because of lack of Weapons technology as well as the refusal by the west to supply it with weapons.

  34. oni says:

    To tell the truth: it’s little bit strange to be a target of the Iskander missile system.
    Greetings from Warsaw.

  35. too much vodka says:

    Modern military equipment is so expensive that no coun try can use it in a big war without going completely bankrupt.

  36. John says:

    The future is none of these systems, it’s in drones, remotely piloted vehicles.

    • Archy Bunka says:

      You are absolutely correct, John, the future belongs to drones. Unless someone can drastically improve the flight suit we have advanced the fighter jet to the extreme of human endurance.

    • Vann7 says:

      drones are only useful against third world countries.. no american drone will fly over russia.. even IRAN with an inferior defense system shut down the most advanced drone Americans have. :)

  37. Nebukadnezar says:

    nice that my comment wasnt approved… did i say something wrong that offended you devs?

  38. ayaa says:

    Why does this post refer to Russia in the first person? The server for the website is in the USA! IF the ER webmasters really are patriotic Russians, shouldn’t they live in Russia in the first place?!!!

    • historian says:

      They could also buy a Server in Timbuktu…

    • D says:

      Well Apple’s an American company, so why do they build their iPads in China? Why does Ford build in Canada? Etc.

    • Archy Bunka says:

      This server may have it’s problems, but it is highly successful, pictorial forums like this are rare, many ex-pat eastern euros use the standard forum here. My compliments to whoever runs this server, they are market wise people…

  39. Alain says:

    The F35 has not even won a single war. Nor will it ever. Air superiority has never won a war in fact. How can a country win a war with just a few tens of combat airplanes, while they are unable to guess friend or foe from the air ? New generation airplanes are useless…

  40. Chico says:

    Russia copies other nations’ technology well, but you need more than looks. Stalin pointed this out about projectors during the war, for example. They copied the Germans, but did it poorly.

  41. Vince says:

    Several of the details under each picture are wrong. The Iskander has pictures of S-400 Triumph system. The Topol shown is actually the BUK anti-aircraft system. The Bulava shown is actually a SS-18 Satan ICBM. In the description of the Borey class, it is claimed that it is superior to USA’s Virginia class subs. Borey is an SSBN, Virginia is a SSN. Two different classes with different roles. Its like comparing apples to oranges! Borey should be compared to USA’s Ohio class SSBNs. Lots of errors in this post. Very unlike of EnglishRussia to not be checking these details before posting!

  42. Akasha says:

    Almost can’t read the comments because most of them are negative rated; really hurts my eyes

  43. Tovarich_Volk says:

    It’s sad that Russia is squandering away it’s petrocash on weapons systems that most likely will not be used in a theoretical war with the USA.

    Russia would be better served by spending the cash on improving it’s infrastructure, and developing goods other than weapons systems for foreign trade much as the Chinese are doing. — If Russia did this, it would be building itself a stronger economy, and a more prosperous citizenship.

  44. historian says:

    OMG you should use less drugs.

  45. RAB says:

    I can only speak for myself but to those that think Russia has A lot of military might,well guess what it dose. Everyone in the west and the world knows all about it it’s no secret. The US has a lot as well but they are not interested in fighting with Russia. I think we should all keep an eye on China but in the mean time there are more important things that need to be done like basic infrastructure and getting rid of all the greed everywhere that’s causing most of the worlds problems.

  46. Orion says:

    Hey, more power to ya, Russia! I’d like a strong, prosperous Russia as an ally to the US. I think our nations have a lot more in common than we do differences.

    Personally, I prefer – and think history bears out that American doctrine and equipment are superior – American gear, but that’s no surprise as I’m an American.

    If nothing else, you gotta hand it to Russia – you make very pretty aircraft and helicopters. The Black Shark and the Nite Hunter are lethal looking. Your ships are also quite pretty looking, and you folks have a reputation for making rifles that will ALWAYS fire no matter their condition or how they’ve been stored.

    The AK and the Hind are iconic – which says a lot about them, and everyone’s heard of the Flankers, Fencers, and Akulas!

    As has been pointed out, a much more likely ‘foe’ for us both is China! (And to the commenter that claimed China never invaded nor conquered anyone, let’s talk Tibet? Or how about their new carrier, former Russian Varyag, now named Shi Leng after the Chinese general who invaded and conquered Taiwan?)

    So I hope both our leaders are working on making us both better friends to each other, rather than making up conflicts for us. I’ve seen Russian hardware in Iraq, and enjoyed working alongside it.


  47. j pigden says:

    Why so much emphasis on US v Russia? The presence of nuclear weapons makes this confrontation one of MAD (mutually assured destruction). The more likely scenario is Russia & NATO fighting a pointless war while the Chinese quietly starve both sides into submission.
    Physical war is so last century! Economical warfare, resource warfare, etc. are the battlegrounds of the future!
    As usual, our leaders are preparing to fight the last war, not the next one!!!

  48. yksvokneP says:

    Wish the US and Russia could have a cooperative partnership like the US and UK have experienced in the past. Just think of the sheer leverage the two countries could have together! I’m from the US…grew up in the latter part of the cold war, and really like and respect Russia. I just wish we could be better partners…perhaps the world understands what a overwhelmingly strong influence that a US/Russia alliance would bring to the world and somehow is influencing their affairs? It would be my wish that we could become global partners in peace. (As long as we (USA) could drop our vagrant arrogance….sorry Russia…our actions don’t speak for all Americans…we hate our government probably as much as you do!)

  49. Vann7 says:

    about the submarine.. Borei class in photo.. while it can destroy virginia.. is mostly a nuclear ballistic submarine.. their purpose is to launch nukes and send to the stone ages countries. Yasen class is not in photo is the one that will compete with virginia. they planning to make 10 borei and 10 yasen before 2020. Russian navy will get the vast majority of the modernization. the land infantry will get the major cut.. specially armored division. Tanks are only useful to invade other countries.

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