Russia will not get involved in arms race, but has to eliminate shortfalls — Putin

It is necessary to eliminate the lagging behind that developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the Armed Forces and defense-industrial complexes were underfinanced, the Russian leader says

SOCHI, November 11. /TASS/. Russia has no intention of being involved in the arms race, but its defense industries will have to do away with the lagging behind that developed over the previous decades, President Vladimir Putin told a conference devoted to the development of the armed forces on Wednesday.

“We are not going to join some arms race,” Putin said. “Nor have we any intention to catch up with or overtake somebody. We are to just eliminate the lagging behind that developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the Armed Forces and defense-industrial complexes were chronically underfinanced.”

Putin recalled that the theme of today’s meeting, a third in the current series of conferences on the development of the armed forces was progress in the implementation of the state defense contract. He said that measures would be identified to determine the effectiveness of interaction by the Defense Ministry and arms manufacturers.

The national state defense order fulfilment is going as scheduled and new weapons are intensively used, Russian President added.

“The state defense order fulfilment indicators for the first three quarters of the year suggest that defence industry enterprises and the Defence Ministry are meeting the schedule,” Putin said. “In 2015, the troops received by a quarter more new and upgraded samples of weapons than in 2014. It is important that the supplied modern weapons are intensively used.”

Putin said that the state defense order financing is going as planned under the state armaments program until 2020. “This is not some kind of above-plan urgent work. It’s planned work. We had made up these plans 10 years ago,” the president said.

According to him, the improvement of the efficiency and quality of combat training has been confirmed by military manoeuvres and drills, including surprise inspections. “I hope this will continue,” he said.

“[Import substitution in the defense technology sector] exactly is the high-technology development of individual branches of our industry and, in my opinion, should also positively influence on nondefense segments,” Putin said.

Such trends also exist in other countries, the head of state said. “We should ensure that we have the same ones,” he added.

“It is important to continue import substitution of foreign assemblies and components used in manufacturing of weapons and materiel,” the president said. “Now we have to substitute more and more sophisticated assemblies, parts and packages,” he added.

Putin Instructs Gov’t to Sign Agreement With Armenia on Joint Air Defense

Rocket launch by the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system during an exercise (air defense conference) of the Air Defense soldiers. Ashuluk firing ground, Astrakhan region


Russia and Armenia will establish a unified air-defense system in the Caucasus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to sign an agreement with Armenia on the creation of a joint regional missile defense system in the Caucasus, according to the decree published Wednesday.“Accept the proposal by the government of the Russian Federation on signing an agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia on creating a Joint Regional System of Anti-Air Defense in the Caucasus region of collective security,” the document reads.

Putin instructed the Russian Defense Ministry to sign the agreement with Armenia on behalf of the Russian Federation.

According to the Council of CIS Defense Ministers, creating joint missile defense systems in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia regions is a key objective for the Commonwealth of Independent States.



Russian Defense Manufacturers More Independent From Foreign Suppliers

Workers of the JSC Uralvagonzavod assemble tanks on the production floor


Russian defense manufacturers are becoming more independent from foreign suppliers as the country’s import substitution plans are being implemented, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

MOSCOW.   Import substitution became relevant for Russia as the West imposed several rounds of sanctions against Moscow, targeting Russia’s banking, energy and defense sectors.

In August, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

“An import substitution plan is being implemented in the defense sector. Russian manufacturers are becoming more independent from the supply of imported components,” Putin said, opening a session of Russia’s Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States.

Meanwhile, Russia’s cooperation with foreign states in the military-technical field is on the rise, Putin said.

“Russia continues to increase cooperation with foreign states in the military-technical field. The portfolio of our companies’ orders exceeds $50 billion. We are fulfilling our obligations to foreign partners consistently, on time and with the required quality.”

The president added that the export plan for 2015 was 70 percent fulfilled by October 1. “It is fundamentally important to continue refilling the order book in the military-technical sphere, to expand cooperation, especially in the areas of joint production of military equipment and training of foreign specialists to maintain and repair this equipment.””Recently, competitiveness on the global market of weapons and military equipment has notably intensified, despite this sphere being competitive as it is. And our defense industry manufacturers are on the receiving end,” Putin said.

The Russian president said that national weapons makers “faced unscrupulous competitive practices of Western companies this year.”

Armenia to Receive $200Mln Loan From Russia to Modernize Armed Forces

Armenia soldiers at the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.


Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the loan would allow the country to upgrade the arsenal of its armed forces.

  Armenia will receive a $200-million loan from Russia to modernize its armed forces, President Serzh Sargsyan said on Monday.

“An agreement on $200-million loan on favorable conditions has been signed. It will allow us to upgrade the arsenal of the Armenian armed forces,” Sargsyan said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin Prepares Surprise for China During Beijing Victory Parade

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, August 23, 2015


When the Chinese soldiers took part in the Victory Parade of 2015 on May 9 in Russia, they sang a popular Russian war song “Katyusha.” Now the Russian military is due to take part in the celebrations in Beijing. Will they perform something in Chinese? Chinese website Duowei News deliberated this matter.

According to the Ambassador of Russia in China, Andrey Denisov, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War and the victory of China over Japanese aggression is a special event for Asia and the world.

Russian soldiers will for the first time parade at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square just the way Chinese armed forces marched through the Red Square in Moscow in May. For Russia, these reciprocal gestures are held in high regard.It is known that the Russian President Vladimir Putin will not only take part in the festivities, but will also hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Denisov said.

But the question on whether the Russian military will perform some Chinese song, the ambassador left unanswered, in order to keep the Chinese spectators of the parade to keep assuming till the event.

Denisov hinted that Putin is preparing a surprise for China, “so we will look forward to that,” he concluded.

Vladimir Putin will visit MAKS-2015 airshow



Vladimir Putin will visit MAKS-2015 international airshow. It will be his eighth visit to MAKS since 1999. Sources view the President’s visit to MAKS as a sign of political support for the rocket-and-space and aircraft industries affected by the sanctions, Kommersant reports.

Several sources close to the organizers of the show confirmed that Putin is going to visit MAKS-2015. According to one of them, at present the protocol team is waiting for approval of the exact date of the President’s visit: two dates are being considered – August 25th and 26th (in other words, the question is whether the President will open the airshow or visit it the next day). Vladimir Putin will visit MAKS airshow for the eighth time – since 1999 he has been visiting it regardless of his position. Only in 2013 Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited MAKS instead of the President.

This year MAKS will be held during the period from August 25th to August 30th. The space industry is going to present a number of new products. According to Rocket and Space Corporation Energia CEO Vladimir Solntsev, his company will present a mockup of a next-generation manned transport aircraft (for the first time ever it will be fitted with a ceramic thermal protection, which will be used on real spacecraft) at MAKS-2015 airshow. The head of NPO Lavochkin, Sergey Lemeshevskiy, told Kommersant that full-scale mockups of Luna-Glob (Luna-25) spacecraft and Fregat-SB upper stage will be presented at the show, as well as a model of Spektr-R radio telescope, mockups of astrophysics observatories Spektr-UF and Spektr-RG, and a small spacecraft intended for carrying out fundamental space research (payload No. 2). Russian Space Systems Company will present solutions in the area of instruments, while Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center — in the area of rocket engineering.

Moscow believes problem of Mistral ships fully settled, says Kremlin

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August 6 – Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Francois Hollande of France have taken a joint decision to sever the agreement on construction and supplies to the Russian Navy of two amphibious helicopter carriers of the Mistral class that was signed in June 2011, the Kremlin press service said.
“Moscow believes that the problem of the Mistral ships has been fully settled,” it said in a report.
“The President of the Russian Federation and the President of the French Republic have taken a joint decision to sever the contract for construction and supplies of two amphibious helicopter carriers of the Mistral class signed in June 2011,” the press service said.
“In the course of expert negotiations that were held in the friendly key typical of Russian-French relations, the sides managed to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on reimbursement of the monies the Russian government had paid under the contract, as well as on a return of the equipment and materiel supplied by Russian manufacturers,” the report said.
“France has remitted the above-said monies and it will reacquire the right of ownership over the ships and will be able to dispose of them after the return of equipment,” the press service said.
The Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed Putin and Hollande had attained agreement on the Mistrals.
“Yes,” he said when a reporter asked him if the two Presidents had indeed come to terms of the problem of the helicopter carriers.
Russia and France signed a contract for construction of two Mistral ships for the Russian Navy in June 2011. The first ship that was christened The Vladivostok was made waterborne in October 2013 and its handover to the Russian Navy was scheduled for November 2014 but Paris took an eleventh-hour decision to suspend the transition of the helicopter carriers under the pretext of the situation in Ukraine.
The second ship of the Mistral class, The Sevastopol, was to be turned over to Russia in the first half of 2015.
On July 25, a source in the Russian defence manufacturing sector told that the Russian authorities had begun to gather a group of specialists who would go to France to dismantle equipment installed on the Mistrals.
“We’ve received a task to do this and we’re gathering a group of experts now who’ll go to France to dismantle the telecommunications and control equipment supplied by Russian manufacturers and installed on the Mistral (The Vladisvostok),” the source said.