When UAVs were introduced... someone had to take on the risk.
And it paid off...
No it didn't. There were dozens of UAV designs in the Soviet Union and later in Russia and apart from a few Reis models from Tupolev, and Pchelka models from Yakovlev the vast majority got lots of looks and smiles, but no money for development or production from the military.
It was only after 8 8 8 and the Georgians use of UAVs that the Russian military realised their potential and actually took them seriously.
You need to be innovative to stay ahead of competition, and innovation without taking risks is impossible.
You can minimize the risks, but there will be still some risk of unsuccessfull project.
And you can p!$$ away all the funds allocated to you on risky programs that might succeed or might not, but at the end of the day you need to apply risk assessment to every risk to determine whether it is worth proceeding or not.
Large anti-material rifle like M107 can be operated by a single person with ammunition of several shots.
Single shot weapons are useless against helos unless they are landed, hovering or landing or taking off. It is no accident that air defence cannon fire much more powerful ammo at much higher rates of automatic fire.
A single shot rifle might get a hit within 1km or less if you are lucky and in no way could ever replace proper MANPADs in the air defence role.
Anti Material heavy calibre rifles are not generally used as anti helo weapons except in desperation.
They are far more commonly used against ground targets, for which they are much more useful.
Igla launcher is more accurate towards moving air targets, but how many igla missiles would single soldier be able to carry? 1 or 2?
There are only two occasions when a soldier will operate alone, and that is when his name is John Rambo and he is the main character in a movie, and when he is the main character in a computer game in a first person shootemup.
If the job is to defeat a radar station or disable a scud missile then a team of men will be sent to do the job.
Simply anti material rifles do have their place you don't need a crew to operate them, although american doctrine is that allmost allways you are acompanied by a spotter.
A US sniper with an M21 or M24 will operate with a spotter, why would a sniper with a Barret operate alone?
The only soldier that ever does an operation on their own is a suicide bomber.
Young Russians don't want to work in manufacturing. They want to work in nice and clean offices.
Modern factories are clean modern environments with robotic machine tools and automation.
A shortage will drive up wages which will create more interest from unemployed office workers...
So what Russians are missing are people willing to work as workers. And this is where in my opinion they should look into countries of old Soviet Union, where many people are living deep below poverty and they would be more than willing to have atleast workers job with constant income and some social guarantees of a decent life.
As jobs are created in manufacturing people without jobs will start looking at alternatives... there is no need to dig for poor people from neighbouring republics or further afield. It is perfectly normal for there to be a lack of skilled labour after a period of 20 years where nothing was actually built most people with skills for building became taxi drivers and got all sorts of other jobs to pay the bills and feed the family.
They adapted away from manufacturing and now that there are jobs being created again some will adapt back to manufacturing.
School leavers will soon realise that the majority of available jobs are in manufacturing and those in schools giving advice on what courses to take will also likely realise that manufacturing is a growth area for jobs. The towns and cities based around factories will come alive again...
Also interesting...sort of a larger caliber VSS
There was a fairly long discussion about that a while back here...