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Amid the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the countries of Northern Europe, including the Baltic States, are putting serious effort into bolstering defence programs and activating procurement of new weapons and combat equipment – quickly increasing their military spending and expanding their military infrastructure, capacity and readiness – and NATO commitments.
In a move intended to bring Russia to the level of modern armies of the West, its military is ready to begin the next stage of massive reforms of its national armed forces to ensure their active development within the next decade, according to recent statements made by Russian military commanders and local defence analysts.
Despite the pandemic, many European NATO members are considering raising their combat potential as one way to stimulate economies that were negatively affected by efforts to control and mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
With 2020 budget projections in place, Japan is steadily increasing its national defence spending and building aircraft carriers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a priority for the development of the domestic land and airborne forces in the newly approved state armament program.
Russia is finishing a large-scale expansion of its fleet of combat helicopters and planning a further focus on selective supplies, according to the Russian Defence Ministry and leading combat aviation experts.
After an intense 8-year period of modernization and recapitalization, the Russian government is set to cut its naval investment to 2,6 trillion rubles ($54B CAD).
At the heart of a planned strengthening of Russia’s Western military grouping is the revival of the 1st Tank Army.
After two decades of military cuts and reductions, Germany has decided that a rebound in defence spending is in order.
The Russian Ministry of Defence plans to significantly accelerate R&D activities.
Amid the existing Russian threat, Ukraine continues active militarization and strengthening of its national army on a massive scale.
Russia plans to focus on implementing the existing State Armaments Program for the period of 2011-2020, which was approved in 2011. The State Armaments Program involves massive purchases of combat equipment.