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Vladimir Putin’s government has just funded a multi-billion dollar Russian equivalent to DARPA, the United States’ defence Advanced Research Projects Agency. For years, Russian innovation has been confined to their private sector. After seeing the success of the nimble and experimental DARPA, President Putin asked the Russian parliament to fund their own agency.
Besides inventing the internet, DARPA pioneered the tech behind drone warfare, GPS, missile development, and automatic target recognition.
DARPA focuses on short-term projects with small teams, allowing it to operate on the bleeding edge of technological advancement while conventional research and development operations have to remain more conservative with research funds.
According to Russia Today, the new agency will initially focus on hypersonic technologies and automated systems.
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