Vladimir Putin is not a man to back down from provocation, especially a direct, lethal provocation like the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 aircraft by Turkey. Such an attack raises the possibility of a direct military confrontation, and makes you wonder just what Russia could do if you rattled its cage. How dangerous are they?
Russia’s defense complex may be just a shadow of the old Soviet Union, with defense spending only about 12 percent of the USA’s. As such, many in the West tend to see Russian hardware as second-rate—stuck with 1970’s electronics, crude manufacturing standards, and no money to improve matters. If the Russians make anything good, the thinking goes, they must have copied it from the West. The poor performance of the Russian-equipped Iraqi army in 2003 (and Russian-supplied Arab forces against the Israelis) reinforces the idea of inferior Russian military tech.
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Source Credits: David Hambling in Esquire. The above photo is by DevianArt