Russia Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 2 

Overview

The Russian military was in a state of dismay after the fall of the Soviet Union. However under the leadership of Vladimir Putin it has rapidly reformed into a powerhouse once again. 

Capital: Moscow

Population: 144.5 million

Defence Budget: 69.2 billion

Total Personnel: 3,012,000

land forces

Land warfare is where Russia excels. This is due to its enormous size. Russia needs a huge amount of tanks in order to keep its borders secure all the way from Siberia to Kaliningrad. Upgraded T-90s, T-80s and T-72s have been the tanks of choice for quite some time now. However soon Russia plans to introduce the T-14 for deployment across the European border. The T-14 is a leap above the T-90, which was an evolution of previous Russian tanks. Russia also has some of the best SAMs and MLRSs in the world. Overall Russia's land forces are a massive deterrent.  

Tanks: 12,950

AFV: 27,050

MLRS: 3,860

SPG: 6,083

Air force

Although outclassed by the US ever since the downfall and collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is keen on modernising its air force by upgrading its older fleet and also with the introduction of new aircraft such as the SU 57. Russia has a huge amount of fighters and attack aircraft. Upcoming projects include the MiG-41 interceptor and PAK DA stealth bomber. There is no doubt that these projects are being watched carefully by the USA, as their completion would propel the Russian Air Force into the next generation. For the first time in a long time America could find that it does not have the technological gap it is used to. 

Fighters: 875

Attack: 742

Armed UAVs: 1

Attack Helicopters: 531

Helicopters: 1,522

Other: 494

Navy

The Russian Navy lacks aircraft carriers, only fielding the ragged Admiral Kuznetsov. However this is because Russia doesn't need the same force projection capabilities as the US. The Russian navy instead chooses to rely on guided missile destroyers and various submarines which pack an assortment of long range missiles. 

Total Vessels: 603

Carriers and LHDs: 1

Destroyers: 16

Frigates: 10

Corvettes: 79

Submarines: 62

Strong points

  • Technology - for the most part 

  • Numbers

  • Experience

  • Has the best anti-air capabilities

  • Tactics

  • Defence Industry

  • Tank warfare

  • Missile capabilities

weak points

  • Is lacking in many areas in comparison with the USA

  • Hasn't invested enough in drones

  • Still heavily relies on dumb bombs - which holds back advancements in precision air-to-ground munitions

Statistics

Manpower

3,012,000

Tanks

12,950

AFV

27,050

MLRS

3,860

SPG

6,083

Fighters

873

Attack 

742

UCAV

1

Attack helis

531

Helicopters

1,522

Other

494

Total vessels

603

Carriers & LHDs 

1

Destroyers

16

Frigates

10

Corvettes

79

Submarines

62