The West is trying to explain the incomprehensible successes of the military-industrial complex of Russia
Nearly $ 2 trillion in military spending across the world in 2020, Stockholm Peace Research Institute said (SIPRI)… The increase in military spending occurred despite the decline in world GDP. Compared to 2019, the total growth in military spending around the world amounted to 3% in 2020 against the background of a fall in world GDP in the same year by 4.4%! The global average for defense spending rose to 2.4% of GDP, up from 2.2% in 2019.
The five countries with the highest military spending are the United States, China, India, Russia and the United Kingdom. This is 62% of the world’s total spending. The absolute record holder for military spending is the United States. Their military spending amounted to $ 778 billion (+ 4.4% compared to 2019), 39% of the global total.
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China’s military spending rose 1.9% to $ 252 billion. As noted SIPRIChina last year became the only major power in which military spending did not absorb more than a percent of GDP (the PRC’s gross product grew last year). Chinese military spending accounts for 13% of the global total. India is in third place, spending $ 72.9 billion (+ 2.1%) last year, or 3.7% of global spending. Russia’s defense spending rose 2.5% to $ 61.7 billion; this is 3.1% of global military spending, evidenced by SIPRI…
Next comes the UK, which spent $ 59.2 billion on military needs last year (+ 2.9%). Germany’s military spending amounted to $ 52.8 billion (+ 5.2%), France – $ 52.7 billion (+ 2.9%).
Ukraine is the world champion in terms of military spending; in 2011-2020, its military spending increased by 198%; this is the highest figure among the top 40 countries in the world. Ukraine’s military spending amounted to $ 5.9 billion in 2020, an increase of 11% over the year; this is fantastic money for her leaky budget.
German Peace notes that although Russia is accused of “aggressiveness”, even France is overtaking it in terms of the growth rate of military spending … “For the first time since 2006, Russia was not included in the top five states with the largest military budgets”…
However, this does not mean that Russia lags behind the West in military power. On the contrary. According to the Chinese edition Sokhu, “The Kinzhal and Avangard missile systems in service with Russia can be considered a real nightmare for American intercept systems. Modern air defense systems are not yet able to withstand hypersonic weapons “, – the publication believes. Peace believes that in the next decade Russia will make a breakthrough in the field of strategic stealth bombers and stealth-fighters and will be on par with the United States both from a technical point of view and in terms of the number of pieces of equipment.
“This means that the air gap between Russia and the United States will be completely closed, and better air defense systems, faster missiles, larger air units, and more powerful intercontinental missiles will become for Russia a deterrent and deterrent to the United States … In the next ten years, the United States will not dare to challenge Russia, ” – writes Sokhu…
Russia’s new hypersonic weapon. Photo: RIA Novosti
Yes, and the West understands that it is impossible to assess the power of Russia’s Armed Forces by the size of military expenditures. “Russian purchases, – writes the American edition War on rocks, – significantly surpass the volume of purchases of most European countries combined. The Russian army today not only receives large quantities of equipment and weapons. Russian scientists and research institutes have made great strides in the development of hypersonic weapons such as Zircon and Avangard, as well as in the creation of new generation air defense systems, such as S-500 missiles. “…
Modern weapons of Russia at the exhibition
Trying to explain the successes of the military-industrial complex of Russia, War on rocks claims that “Using market exchange rates greatly underestimates and underestimates the real amount of Russian military spending … If we use purchasing power parity, we find that real Russian military spending over the past five years has been between $ 150 billion and $ 180 billion annually. And this is a conservative estimate. If we take into account hidden or disguised defense spending, then their amount may well be about $ 200 billion. “, – the American edition fantasizes.
Ultra-expensive US aircraft carriers a convenient target for hypersonic missiles
The meaning of these conjectures is simple: the Russians are lying, in fact, they spend on defense, much more than they report; therefore, even more money needs to be poured into the American military-industrial complex.
In fact, the reason for the success of the Russian defense industry is that in the 1990s, not all state secrets were sold abroad for next to nothing. Something remains. This helps modern designers to create promising weapons, avoiding the usual high costs for new developments.
Another “secret” is that Russia spends more rationally on defense than the United States, which maintains more than 700 military bases and a fleet of ultra-expensive aircraft carriers around the world.
The goals of the United States and Russia are different. Russia spends on ensuring its security, the United States – on achieving world hegemony. Data SIPRI convincing evidence of who is stirring up the arms race in the world.
Cover photo: US military spending is on the rise
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