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Originally posted by maloy
Since when do Russians not like quality? Its' just that the best weapons have a perfect fit- quality, price, and reliability. And in this respect I am willing to argue that Russia has struck a perfect match after WWII. Sure US weaponry is very high tech, and possibly of better quality- when it actually works. But reliability is a question, and price is well out of comparison with Russian weaponry. I believe that soon after the current economic boom Russia will once again resume making high quality weapons of trusted engineering, reliability, and unbeatable prices. America on the other hand is throwing away hundreds of billions of dollars on high tech weapons that have yet to stand the test of time.
In my opinion the more high tech and complex something is, the more parts that could go wrong and render the weapon useless.
And it is just opinion based, but I in no way think that Russian tank/planes are of ugly design. in fact I think that Su 27, 37, and 47 are the best looking jets ever. I also prefer the smaller and more agile styling of the current Russian tanks to the heavy and cumbersome Western counterparts like Abrams.