THEY may look like real tanks and missiles, but some of the weapons in Russia's arsenal may not all be what they seem.Can't wait to see Putie driving one of these things.
The army is making increasing use of inflatable replicas — decoys deployed in a cunning attempt to deceive potential enemies.
In a workshop in Moscow's suburb Khotkovo, employees of inflatable equipment company Rusbal sew the fabric used to create fake weapons for their main customer — the Russian army.
Established in 1993, Rusbal replicates military equipment, such as T-80 tanks, S-300 missiles or fighter jets, for an undisclosed price, but also manufactures inflatable castles and other toys for children.
"These machines are effective in deceiving the enemy, and they protect the real equipment," the Rusbal plant director, Victor Talanov, said.
"This kind of technology has existed in the army for a long time, since World War II."
Not that it'll happen, but someone in Russia might want to do an inventory of their real equipment. I suspect a whole lot of money isn't going where the public might think it is.
The Kremlin has vowed repeatedly to modernise its dilapidated military, equipped with aging and obsolete equipment.Speaking of Putie, the man buying fake tanks is calling action in Libya medieval. An interesting retort from Dmitry Medvedev.
In February Russia launched a $650 billion rearmament plan to counter the West's military dominance by adding eight nuclear submarines and hundreds of warplanes to its creaking armed forces.
Last year Russia announced plans to triple its defence spending to 19 trillion rubles ($669 billion) over the next decade.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed as “unacceptable” Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s description of Western-led attacks on Libya as a “crusade,” marking their first public foreign-policy dispute.
Putin, who spoke amid a visit to Russia by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said the UN resolution and resulting allied offensive amounts to a “medieval call for a crusade.”
“It’s unacceptable to use terms that effectively lead to a clash of civilizations like the crusades,” Medvedev said at his residence outside Moscow. “Otherwise things could end far worse than what’s happening now.”