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Originally posted by SiberianTiger
U.S. had 3 million active duty troops in the cold war now they have only 600tHOUSAND SO I DON'T THINK RUSSIA IS WEEK RUSSIA HAS 988,100 ACTIVE DUTY TROOPS AS OF now 2005
Originally posted by SiberianTiger
look man if U.S. is forcing it's reserves to fight in Iraq then U.S. ain't no match "conventionaly" for Russia.
such a comment proves that your ignorance dates back to 1990s
The Russian economy is still in decline and exists mostly on exports of its natural resources, along with funds obtained from the U.S. and other Western countries. During the last decade, the Russian government converted almost 70 percent of former Soviet-run enterprises into the private properties of a corrupt elite and organized crime syndicates whose leaders could care less about such matters as increasing production, remaining committed solely to increasing their own private wealth.
According to Russian law enforcement agency estimates, currently about 60 percent of Russia's private banks, companies, corporations and other businesses are under the control of, or operate in close collaboration with, criminal syndicates. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, however, the number of organized crime connections is closer to 90 percent.
purchasing power parity - $1.282 trillion (2003 est.)
purchasing power parity - $10.99 trillion (2003 est.)
but Russia's economy is not doing worst ...in fact from 1998 till 2004 it has shown BEST records since 1980s
Prominent American experts recognize that most of the Russian economy is "virtual," existing only on paper. They underscore that the only area of a working economy in Russia is its energy system ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the so-called natural monopolies such as Gazprom and United Energy Systems are, for all intents and purposes, government property and under Kremlin control.
Originally posted by NoobCommando
Originally posted by prelude
If you don't want to accept the truth I cant help you If you do want have a visit of Russia
I know for sure that Russia's economy is doing much worse than U.S.'s economy.
Ah. but the US does NOT have anything else (until now) to compare these fighters with..
And I for one am not comparing those aircraft to the F-16 / F-15..
IHMO the Rafale,Eurofighter,Su 30 and Grippen are definitely a clas above the F-16 and at par with the NEW AESA F-15, if not better..
That is only because of the avionics/radar upgrades on the F-15..
Otherwise these aircraft IMO beat the F-15 hollow as well..
Again a balance that may/will topple when the other aircraft themselves undergo avionics/radar upgrades..
IT just depends on who does what first...
You talk about UCAVs..
I don't know their control ranges, ot whether they're preprogrammed(no human control) before launch itself..
Maybe the russians etc. are working on new jammers or concentrated EMP weapons, or on a new radar concept itself..
Maybe a one that DOESN'T work on the doppler effect..
That completely invalidates current(and future) stealth..
The best part is unless the russians use/display it, the americans won't know what to counter...
The Russians already got some info on american stealth from that F-117 Yugoslav crash..we can be sure of that...
Wonder what they're cooking up now..
Another primer to the way Russia goes now is Putin..
He's different.. More pro-soviet : match-americans-for-whatever-they-got types.. Not the Yelstin: if you can't beat em'-join em' types..
And then you have the chinese.. and the french.. and now Israel's moving away from the US.. And mind you Israel's got very good tech know how..
Put the Chinese with the Russians..The French with the Israelis..
or mix-n- match.. Dabble a little bit of India and Brazil in there..
And lo!.. you may cook yourself an antidote to american hegemony/dominance..
You never know..
Originally posted by Broadsword20068
And Putin more "Pro-Soviet?" I'd say Putin is just more "anti-American." The guy is calling for an "alliance with the East" as you said. Russia does not like China. That's an "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" ideaology. His ideaology, however, is to join with the Chinese this time to resist the "dominance" of the "West."