The Cold War may be over but with Vadimir Putin's sharp criticism of US militaristic approach last week (SN reported) that seems far from true. Mr. Putin said Russia is partnering with India to build futuristic fighter planes.
Since Putin came to power and with the rising cost of petroleum Russia's defense budget has steadily risen it will increase by 23 percent this year to a high of 32.4 billion.
According to Mr. Putin, Russia has nothing to fear from the US because of a new Topol-M ballistic missile which can penetrate the United States missile defense shield currently being tested. The US still holds solid leads in the design of top end weapons.