Putin promises to boost Russian air force

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Aug. 11, 2012, 5:58 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force Viktor Bondarev, top, watch as they attend the Russian air force's 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
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MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has promised to re-equip the Russian air force with hundreds of new aircraft as part of an ambitious military modernization program.

Speaking Saturday at an airshow marking the air force's 100th anniversary, Putin said the military will receive more than 600 new combat planes and 1,000 helicopters by 2020.

He said boosting the air force is a key priority for the government.

Russia's defense spending has fallen sharply since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leaving the air force to rely on aging Soviet-built planes, but a recent boom in oil revenues has allowed the Kremlin to launch a costly effort to upgrade military arsenals.

Air force chief Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Ekho Moskvy radio that the military will get 180 new aircraft this year alone.

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from eu Aug. 11, 2012, 7:17 p.m.    

only 180 planes,the other are minimum 30 years old,a powerfull country need minimum 1000 new planes,the road to do is very very long,if you take italy or france or germany have more than 500 ultra modern planes each country

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kpxoxol Aug. 11, 2012, 9:45 p.m.    

Considering the fact that the India AF whacked the inept USAF TWICE, using ancient MiG-21 BISON and SU-27 during two joint India/US mock combat challenges, the reality is not only the quality of the plane but also the monkey in the cockpit.

The US are proven cowards so the quality of their manned air-force is a butt of any joke. This is why they prefer to use drones to piloted missions.

Russia should rather do what the US retards were incapable of doing because their technology sucks but Russia already have it - built a hypersonic global drone using the BURAN autonomous navigation experience and the super duper TOPOL hypersonic maneuvering capabilities.

Russia also should also incorporate the LASER cannon they intended to launch on board the Space battle station SKIF what caused Ronald Reagan to abandon the retarded US Star Wars initiative in order to save the US face, heh, heh, heh :D.

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