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A couple of months ago, Obama explained to the press that one reason he thought (somewhat rashly, it now appears) sanctions would be effective against Russia, was because "Russia doesn't actually make anything". Guess he didn't get the memo.
The S-300 is a long range surface-to-air missile system, which was first produced the company Almaz-Antey ni 1979. The S-300 was designed to defend against aerial strikes; it has the ability to target up to six aircrafts simultaneously with twelve missiles per target, making the system a force to be reckoned with for all enemy planes within a radius of 300 km.
The Kalashnikov is probably the most famous Russian-made weapon, a weapon that all fighters love. Soviet military engineer Mikhail Kalashnikov designed his signature automatic rifle in 1947, hence the name Avtomat Kalashnikova, or AK-47. Its successor rifles, of which there are an estimated 90 million various modifications including the AK-74 and AKM, are used in more than 100 countries.
Above: Mikhail Kalashnikov posing with his signature rifle.
The KA-52 “Alligator” attack helicopter is designed to destroy enemy ground troops, including infantry and armored vehicles. The KA-52 is a new-generation two-seat variant of the older KA-50, the famous “Black Shark”. Although “the Alligator” is a light helicopter occasionally used for scout missions, it has armor that is second to none.
Above: KA-52 "Alligator" at 2014 Air Show in Moscow, Russia
The Pantsir-S1 is a short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system which was designed in 1994 in Tula, Russia. Although the Pantsir-S1’s combat range is only 20 km, it can fire missiles to an altitude of 15 km and target all types of aircraft, helicopters, drones, cruise missiles, and air-to-ground precision-guided weapons.
Above: Pantsir-S1 in action during military drills near Astrakhan, Russia
Soviet Akula-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines were first deployed in 1980. Akula-class subs are the largest submarines ever built; they are up to 175 meters in length and 23 meters wide, and are capable of accommodating a crew for many months once submerged. Armed with a formidable nuclear missile armament and capable of hitting targets as far as 8,300 km, “Sharks” can launch their long-range nuclear missiles while submerged or moored at the docks. Their ultra-quiet engines allowed them to move through NATO waters undetected.
Above: Akula-class submarine is ready to submerge underwater.
The Mi-8 is a Soviet-designed medium helicopter used mainly in passenger and cargo transportation. Due to their efficiency and loading capacity of 3, 000 kg (6, 600 lbs), the Mi-8 is one of the world’s most commonly produced helicopters; 12, 000 are used in more than 50 countries. The Mi-8 is a true workhorse that performs reliably under any circumstances.
Above: Widely known for its easy maintenance and reliability, the Mi-8 is used all over the world.
The Topol-M is a terrifying intercontinental ballistic missile, weighing 47 tons and reaching 22 meters in length, which can hit targets with a nuclear warhead within a range of 11,000 km. According to Russia, this ICBM is designed to be immune to any current or planned US missile defense system.
Above: The Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile before the Victory Day military parade on May 9, 2014.
The Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27 is a true nightmare for US-made fourth-generation F-15 fighter jets. The super-maneuverable dual-engine fighter aircraft can reach a top speed up to 1, 400 km per hour at a maximum altitude of 18, 500 meters. The Su-27’s self-navigating air-to-air missiles and 30 mm cannon helped the plane win the Best Military Aircraft of the 20th Century award, according to Flight International magazine.
Above: The Su-27 flying at the 2014 Air Show in Moscow.
The RPG-7, a small, shoulder-launched, anti-tank, rocket-propelled grenade launcher (RPG-7) was designed by the Soviet Union to be used against enemy armored vehicles, including tanks. It’s rugged and has a simple design. When combined with its relatively low cost and effectiveness, these make the RPG-7 a weapon that is used and feared around the world.
Above: Russian soldiers testing the RPG-7 during military drills.
Railway Missile System was a train that carried nuclear ballistic missiles. On the outside, the system resembled a regular passenger or cargo train. In 2005, the trains, carrying nuclear warheads, were withdrawn from the combat duty. However, in 2013 it was informed that Russia was planning to revive its railroad-based missile system to counter the NATO's aggressive expansion in Eastern Europe.
Above: Russia plans to revive its rail-mounted missile system.
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