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1st Edition

Russia’s Military Modernisation: An Assessment

ISBN 9780367698119
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

This new IISS Strategic Dossier examines the recent development of Moscow’s armed forces and military capabilities. It analyses the aspirations underpinning Russia’s military reform programme and its successes as well as its failures. The book also provides insights into Russia’s operational use of its armed forces, including in the intervention in Syria, the goals and results of recent state armament programmes, and the trajectory of future developments. This full-colour volume includes more than 50 graphics, maps and charts and over 70 images, and contains chapters on:

  • Russia's armed forces since the end of the Cold War
  • Strategic forces
  • Ground forces
  • Naval forces
  • Aerospace forces
  • Russia’s approach to military decision-making and joint operations
  • Economics and industry

At a time when Russia’s relations with many of its neighbours are increasingly strained, and amid renewed concern about the risk of an armed clash, this dossier is essential reading for understanding the state,capabilities and future of Russia’s armed forces.

Table of Contents


    1. Russia’s armed forces since the end of the Cold War

    2. Strategic Forces

    3. Ground Forces

    4. Naval Forces

    5. Aerospace Forces 

    6. Russia's approach to military decision-making and joint operations

    7. Defence budgets, defence industry and the State Defence Order


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    The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. It is renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue. Its mission is to promote the adoption of sound policies to further global peace and security and maintain civilised international relations.