Russian Long Range Aviation and Conventional Strategic Strike

Russian Long Range Aviation and Conventional Strategic Strike

March 2015
Russia’s Long Range Aviation Command (LRA) has assumed an increasingly prominent role in recent years, commencing with the resumption of regular bomber patrols in August 2007, and particularly through the course of 2014/2015, as Russia’s resurgence has adopted a distinctly more muscular tone amid deteriorating relations with the West. Russia’s interest in developing conventional long-range strike systems is a facet of its on-going military reform efforts whereby it is seeking to enhance the effectiveness of the Russian Armed Forces, especially in terms of its ability to conduct extensive, precise strikes against an adversary’s critical strategic economic and military objectives. Dr James Bosbotinis analyses the developments within the context of a wider interest in developing a conventional strategic deterrent...


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