ERR in Moscow: Military modernization running into complications ({{commentsTotal}})

Russia is attempting to modernize its military but the mission has become more complicated than first thought, ERR's man in Moscow, Neeme Raud, reports.

One problem facing the military is the passive reserve force. “Currently the reserve force is not functioning as it should as resources are lacking and there are not enough experts to train reservists.”

Another problem is military hardware which is out of date. State procurements for modern weapons have hit bumps and sanctions against Russia have also played a role, Raud said.

“Companies, which would have taken delivery of parts from Ukraine are unable to do so due to sanctions,” Viktor Litovkin, a former Russian officer and current TASS military analyst, said, adding that some part have been substituted, but large parts, such as engines, need industry behind it, and developing engine-building capability takes time.

Looking at steps taken by Kremlin recently on strengthening the military it seems Russia is preparing for war, Raud said.

“Russia is preparing to become a stronger, more powerful nation, free and independent. There is no plan to attack anyone. But if someone is mad enough to attack Russia, then I think Russia will not be held back,” Litovkin said.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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