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Managing Decline: The Malaise in Russia’s Defence Industry


The failure of the recent Bulava missile test points to a deeper lassitude within Putin’s Russia: that of a managerial culture ill-suited to cutting-edge, technological development

The Russian navy has been forced to halt the sea trials of its new Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) after the latest test launch of their main weapon – the Bulava missile – failed. On 6 September, the submarine-launched ballistic missile was successfully fired but then exploded mid-air during the second minute of flight. The first of the new class of submarines, the Yuriy Dolgorukiy, was accepted into service with the Russian Northern Fleet in January, and

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Dr Igor Sutyagin

Senior Research Fellow, Russian Studies

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