The gap between the funding of space programs in Russia and the United States is gradually decreasing every year, head of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) Anatoly Perminov said on Thursday.
“[The gap] is not growing but decreasing. About two or three years ago NASA’s budget was 17-18 times that of the Roscosmos. Now, to my knowledge, it is seven-eight times. Of course, theirs is higher,” he said on Ekho Moskvy radio station’s twitter.
Roscosmos is looking at a 2011 operating budget of some $3.8 billion.
The Trijicon ACOG and I are intimately familiar. I was issued a Trijicon ACOG for five years while I served as a United States Marine. The Trijicon ACOG quickly became one of my absolute favorite pieces of gear. In my five years of experience with the optic, I took it around the world, to Afghanistan, Africa, Spain, Romania, not to mention yearly qualifications and countless field training exercises.
The Trijicon ACOG’s main claim to fame is its battery-free illuminated reticle. The optic absorbs light from the area around it and charges the reticle. At night, the reticle may dim some, but the reserved power from the day provides it with sufficient power for the entire night. The ACOG is also completely waterproof, which for the amphibious Marines, is a major advantage. The ACOG can submerse to a 100 meters, which is an extreme distance for a rifle scope..
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The question remains, what are Russian soldiers using nowadays and why they can`t issue quality optics for their army like USA does.