Despite economic stagnation and a weak ruble, Russia is continuing its rearmament programs. While in previous years the military increased its conventional arsenals, several programs revealed in 2018 demonstrate the shifting focus toward development of next-generation capabilities, including hypersonic weapons. Defense spending was reduced in 2017; that continued in 2018 with a decrease to 2.8 trillion rubles ($42 billion), 2.8% of GDP. In 2019 it will grow to 2.9 trillion rubles, according ...

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