Current Developments in Russia’s Ballistic Missile Defense

In May 2012, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said: “Missile defense is an illusion – no matter how much money you invest in it.” At the same time, a source from Russia’s defense industry says that Russia plans to spend up to 20% of the State Armament Program for the period up to 2020 on aerospace defense, or almost 40 billion rubles a year. Although this information has not been officially confirmed, airspace defense has been Russia’s priority for several years. Most recently, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov described the completion of Russia’s air and space defenses as one of the military’s main tasks. Despite the protestations of Russian diplomats and their surrogates about the dangers of missile defense, Russia has long pursued them and will continue to do so even as it attempts to curtail U.S. missile defense.

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