Russia: February 12, 2000


Russia has increased its spending for new weapons by 50% this year, and says that the extra money will result in "a modern mobile army equipped with precision weapons." Much of the money has been spent on "night vision devices for everything that runs, moves, flies, or sails". Other key purchases include body armor for infantry, small radios for infantry squads, and all-weather targeting systems for the Su-25 bomber and Mi-24 attack helicopter.--Stephen V Cole


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