Russia Scuttles Its Grand Maritime Dreams

Jun 23, 2017 | 16:57 GMT
The ill-fated Kursk submarine (L) sits in port in the winter of 2000.
Russia may be tempering most of its navy dreams, but there is one key exception: nuclear submarines.
(-/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's military modernization efforts are entering a critical stage. The state armaments program (GPV), covering 2018-2025, is due to be finalized in September. The plan will determine not only the country's weaponry capabilities well into the 2030s, but also the strategic direction of the Russian military at large. Early indications point toward a significant downgrade in Russia's maritime ambitions as Moscow amps up its focus on continental power....

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