Accepted paper:

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. - Key examples of post-soviet military equipment solutions in development of armed forces in central Europe after the Cold War


Piotr Krzyzanski (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Paper short abstract:

The aim of the following paper is to establish a pattern to a modernisation involving post-soviet military equipment solutions in central Europe in the Cold-War period. Research is based on carefully selected case studies and shows both: similarities and differences between particular patterns.

Paper long abstract:

The end of the Cold-War and collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in political and technological withdrawal of Moscow's influence over Central Europe. As both factors are crucial for maintaining combat capabilities of modern army, post-soviet countries in this region had to find their way through these difficult times. Especially taking into consideration massive economic costs of military equipment combined with financial turmoil of the 1990s.

The aim of the following paper is to establish a pattern to somewhat spontaneous actions involving post-soviet military equipment solutions, which were necessary to maintain and develop combat capabilities of armed forces in central Europe. Research is based on wide range of military journals, particularly from above mentioned region. Establishing of pattern was possible through comparative research on carefully selected case studies. In result it was possible to find similarities and differences between patterns related to particular types of equipment and users. This present unique flexibility of both: post-soviet armed forces and weapons, but also its limits.

panel E10
Geographies of knowledge production and legacy of postsocialist technoscience