By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
November 29, 2014
Looks like the Russians finally got their Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to work. Took ’em long enough. They apparently test-fired it successfully yesterday from the Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine. The Bulava has a range of almost 5,000 miles, and the Russians claim it can “penetrate any prospective military defense”, according to the AP.
The Russians are about to spend more than $400 billion on new weapons through 2020 as part of their military modernization program. That, combined with what appears to be an increasingly-cozy Sino-Russian (Chinese-Russian) alliance, is legitimate cause for concern for the United States, so it needs to be closely monitored. A Chinese-Russian combined military force will be a formidable adversary in the future, and one the U.S. must prepare for diligently.
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