Russia is investing in the development of a variety of hypersonic delivery systems. These can travel to targets at five or more times the speed of sound, elude defences by evasive manoeuvring, and deliver munitions with great precision.
NATO’s air defence capability has declined over the past decades, a period during which the Allies have usually been able to operate assuming air superiority. Russia’s air power, by contrast, has grown in size and sophistication.
As a follow-up to the Riga Dialogue 2016 conference, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) published a collection of essays – “Riga Dialogue Afterthoughts 2016: Building Bridges for Euro-Atlantic Security” (eds. Andris Spruds and Diana Potjomkina).