The Kremlin has shrugged off its reputation as a Cold War foe with investment in a frightening array of next generation fighter jets, tanks and radar systems.
Here we detail some of the advanced technology Moscow hopes will give it the upper hand in the war on ISIS.
Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth air superiority fighter
The T-50 is a prototype fifth-generation fighter jet under development for the Russia Air Force.
PAK DA strategic bomber
Russia’s latest stealth bomber is not expected to enter service until 2025 at the earliest.
Little is known about this secretive project to modernise Moscow’s fleet of long-range bombers, but it is thought the jet will have a stealthy, subsonic flying-wing.
Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar
It works by spreading signals out across a band of frequencies, making it difficult to detect over background noise.
T-14 Armata Main Battle Tanks
Fitted with a 125mm cannon and a machine gun as a secondary armament, this tank can travel at more than 50mph.
Most alarming for Western powers will be its high degree of automation.
In fact, in the coming year’s Russia is said to be looking at making the vehicle fully autonomous and remote controlled, meaning it can be deployed on the battlefield with little or no risk to human life.
Yassen Attack Submarines
The 450ft-long, 8,000 tonne sub can travel at more than 30mph in ‘silent mode’, or more than 40mph at max speed.
At an estimated cost of more than £1billion, the vessel will be armed with supersonic cruise missiles.
Much of the equipment is automated, meaning the subs need a crew of around 90, compared with more than 130 on modern American vessels.
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