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Putin says that Russian weapons systems are decades ahead of foreign counterparts

Meanwhile, how useful is NATO in the geopolitical environment of the 21st century?

Russian President Vladimir Putin assured graduates of Russia’s military academies that several Russian weapons systems are years, even decades more advanced than its foreign counterparts. Earlier this year, the Russian President unveiled numerous weapons systems with advanced capabilities which do not yet possess equivalents anywhere else in the world relative to their impressive capabilities.

Press-TV reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country has made a breakthrough in designing new weapons, which are years or even decades ahead of its rival countries.

Addressing the graduates of Russian military academies in the Kremlin on Thursday, the president said that the modern weapons represent a quantum leap in the Russian military capability, the Associated Press reported.

“A number of our weapons systems are years, and, perhaps, decades ahead of foreign analogues,” Putin said. “Modern weapons contribute to a multifold increase in the Russian military potential.”

Putin singled out the new Avangard hyper-sonic vehicle, which has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times the speed of sound. The weapon, which can change both its course and its altitude en route to a target, is “absolutely invulnerable to any air or missile defense means,” Putin explained.

He also mentioned a new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is set to replace Russia’s Soviet-designed Voyevoda – the world’s heaviest ICBM, which is known as “Satan” in the West and which carries 10 nuclear warheads. Putin noted that Sarmat carries a bigger number of nuclear warheads, which are more powerful than the ones on Satan.

Weighing 200 metric tons (220 tons), the Sarmat is capable of flying over the North or the South Poles and strike targets anywhere in the world, Putin explained earlier in March, when he presented an array of new nuclear weapons.

Among the weapons he mentioned on Thursday was also the Kinzhal hyper-sonic missile that has already been put on duty with the units of Russia’s Southern Military District.

Putin made the remarks as Russia’s longtime adversary, the United States, is worried that if North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had to head off a conflict with Russia, it could get stuck in a traffic jam, The Washington Post said in a Sunday report.

“We have to be able to move as fast or faster than Russia in order to be an effective deterrent,” the Post quoted Ben Hodges, the US Army’s former top general in Europe as saying.

Washington has long been pressing its European allies to get more NATO warplanes, ships and battalions ready for a possible combat. NATO leaders, however, are just beginning to address the underlying issues, such as funding for infrastructure and bureaucratic roadblocks.

For years after NATO’s 2004 expansion into the territory that had once been the Soviet Union’s, the US-led military alliance had no plans for how to defend its new members, according to a retired US Army general and former US ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute.

The NATO members are getting prepared for a mid-July summit in Brussels, where they are expected to approve a new plan that would speed transit from the East Coast of the United States all the way to NATO’s border with Russia.

This, however, would be a challenge for European governments, who have come under pressure by US President Donald Trump to increase military spending to solve the long-running problems – which even still will take years to eliminate.

Trump and Putin are also expected to meet on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.

Meanwhile, NATO is attempting to get its act together as it inducts new members, but hasn’t yet developed strategic defense plans around NATO’s defensive functionality. Disputes have arisen over how the defensive treaty’s military capabilities are to be funded. Additionally, many of the members of the Organization are becoming increasingly at odds with each other over political and economic differences.

Meanwhile, if NATO lacks a concise perspective over its purpose, lacks a common ideology, and its members can’t agree on how international agreements ought to function, or whether they even ought to exist, how useful is NATO in the geopolitical environment of the 21st century? Could it simply be classified as an outdated political construct of the Cold War which no longer has effective bearing on the current world order?

 

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Well as Mandy Rice Davies said ‘ He would wouldn’t he ‘ My understanding is that in Syria many Russian weapons systems have had to be revisited as they did not perform to expectations.I’ve read more than one comment about how well the S 400 missile system has done, but I’m not aware it has yet been fired in anger.

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The US defense industry is a racket designed to enrich the purveyors of crappy, shoddy military goods and services, pork barrel reigns supreme in the very corrupt 2 party system, bombing defenseless countries, what a shame, talk about wickedness of the spiritual kind in high places !!!!

Gano1
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While the US is stuck in traffic, Dagger missiles are zeroing in on US ships!.

Vince Dhimos
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Vince Dhimos

NATO knows it can’t fight Russia to defend the old Warsaw Pact countries. All it can do is OFFEND Russia on their behalf. What fools!

Abesurd
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Abesurd

That may be true but they can only afford to build one.

IanSeed
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IanSeed

Like the man said in 2016 “NATO is obsolete”

He was dead right. Pity they got to him and did a 180

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Unless the Russian government is confident that it can indefinitely maintain this impressive technological lead over the United States, it will need to come up with other measures to at least preserve the current level of world ‘peace’ and maintain its security for the foreseeable future. In a previous epoch roughly 100 years ago, another Russian government, faced invasions by foreign powers including the United States, Britain and France. Even Germany, which had just been at war with those previously listed countries, sent its Freikorps mercenaries to fight the new Soviet government. After those invaders were driven out in 1921,… Read more »

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Well America has spent the past 30 years obsessing over gay rights,the right to kill babies, transgender in army, political correctness,anti white promotion Marxism, feminism, etc etc, LGBTQZUTIOPGH blah blah. No wonder they were overtaken in these areas.

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