How Russia managed to get ahead in the arms race

Despite the fact that the military budget of Russia is 15 times smaller than that of the United States, and 22 times smaller than that of NATO, for the first time we managed to get ahead in the grueling arms race, which lasts from the time of the USSR.


The paradox, but the colossal power of the Soviet Union, which defeated the Third Reich, could not provide the country with an advantage in the field of strategic weapons. The first atomic bomb was tested in the USA, the first cruise missiles were put into service, the first specialized strategic missile submarine was launched. We only had to catch up with the “Western partner”.

Even the parity that was achieved only in 1972 (the SALT-1 treaty) and 1979 (SALT-1) did not stop the arms race between the two countries. In 1983, US President R. Reagan announced the launch of the Strategic Defense Initiative, which included the creation of a large-scale missile defense with space-based elements.

This provided a serious advantage for the Americans in a hypothetical nuclear war, and the USSR had to re-enter the race. However, this time the "exhausting marathon" could not stand it economy Union.

Modern Russia has gone the other way. Today we have armaments that none of the existing and even promising missile defense systems can handle. For example, the RS-28 Sarmat ballistic missile, equipped with Avangard hypersonic blocks, can reach speeds of up to 20 missiles and hit targets in the United States through the North and South Poles. Do not forget about the 9M730 Burevestnik missile with poison, the hypersonic Dagger, as well as the Peresvet combat laser system and the Hephaestus SVP-24 complex.

Now Russia has pulled so far that it will take us a long time to catch up. At the same time, our country is not going to attack anyone. On the contrary, by our efforts we are keeping the world from an unlikely, but still possible nuclear war.

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  1. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 March 2020 12: 50
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    Half of the examples are semi-mythical. And there are good examples of how the “victory in the arms race” turns out to be a loss for the country as a whole.
    1. Aleksey Glotov Offline
      Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 20 March 2020 14: 20
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      Listen to you, so Russia has lost everything that is possible ... it’s clear that it’s only your Wishlist ... I’ve been watching your delirium for a long time ... always your roll towards the USA.)))
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 March 2020 13: 18
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    Lem has a good story on this subject ....

    Now we are on April 22, DR Lenin before, directly overwhelmed with victories!
    1. Aleksey Glotov Offline
      Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 20 March 2020 14: 21
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      Lem is a science fiction writer ... that says it all ... no need to pull an owl on a globe.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 March 2020 15: 38
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        It is the writer, it is the science fiction ... Damn, although I’m not sure that Lem, my apologies ....
        There, one side made a super-duper, but expensive and in small quantities, and the other massively and cheaply simple ... The result, as in 2MV.

        Therefore, as with the election of GDP, victory after victory will go ....
  3. xoma58 Offline
    xoma58 (Valery) 20 March 2020 15: 53
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    Impressive children need less cartoons about Peresvet complexes to watch at night. Maybe wiser. Although very doubtful.
    1. 123 Online
      123 (123) 20 March 2020 16: 23
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      Impressive children need less cartoons about Peresvet complexes to watch at night. Maybe wiser. Although very doubtful.

      Is your last name, by chance, not an Unbeliever?
  4. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 20 March 2020 17: 04
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    Personally, I am pleased that we generally have something in the hardware. So, OWN technology! The main thing is that these technologies are NOT SELLED or betrayed. They don’t have it yet, but they are already putting it up for sale. FARES!
  5. Rus Offline
    Rus 21 March 2020 09: 46
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    In poverty, yes, but here ...
  6. fevralsk.morev.75 (Sergey Morev) 21 March 2020 20: 52
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    I can not understand, the article is a model of sarcasm or another patriotic nonsense? If this is not sarcasm and not a joke in the style of black humor, then Russia escaped in the field of cartoonish missiles.
  7. master3 Offline
    master3 (Vitali) 24 March 2020 22: 45
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    Russia managed to get ahead.

    - I don’t know further - to cry or laugh.