My point was that not only that the reduction in Russia's warheads and delivery systems mostly occurred after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the victors boot was on her neck so to speak, but that development let alone deployment of new strategic weapons was effectively all but stillborn for quite a long time. In addition, the fact that many of the systems that were left over were at best only nominally operational and/or in the hands of successor states other than Russia certainly didn't help her strategic outlook.What part of the argument exactly are you disagreeing with?
That warhead numbers went down at all, or that the reductions were attributable to arms control?
If the latter, see my above post - fiscal pressures from the collapse were plainly not so severe as to preclude retaining a lot of expensive delivery systems, or the development of new ones. By maintaining a higher number of warheads per delivery vehicle, Russia could have kept a substantially larger arsenal quite easily.
If the former, well, if we assume for argument's sake that warhead numbers didn't go down in the first place, what relevance does the collapse of the USSR have at all?
I seem to recall that Topol-M only nominally entered service in 2000 and didn't really begin to enter service until 2006, despite three regiments having been stood up to operate the silo based version in the intervening period? (I think the mobile version also finally began to enter service in 2006.) Some pre-production examples were also reportedly operated on a test basis by a couple of existing missile regiments in the late '90s, though that was widely believed to be pretty much a bluff (along with badly needed PR for domestic purposes), due to the design not being perfected until the early 2000s.Topol-M went from drawing board to initial deployment before Putin came in, and much of the development work for the systems tested and mass produced on his watch necessarily happened before 2000, too.
Nice! Paint it green and you have a deal!No need:
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And I'm sure, if need be, Oshkosh, John Deere, or even Caterpillar would be up to the task.