Procurement Programmes Continue As Planned

Last week, the Russian president Vladimir Putin had a working meeting, via videoconference, with Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. According to the Defence minister. Russia's procurement programmes continue as planned.

The meeting revolved around MoD's work and the implementation of plans over the last few months. Shoigu said that the armed forces have received the planned quantity of military hardware over this period.

"In the first quarter [...] of the year, we have received more than 750 basic models of the latest weapons and military equipment." Furthermore, "these includes: 58 airplanes and helicopters, over 40 armoured vehicles, over 500 multi-purpose vehicles, and 75 sets of UAVs," he said.

According to Shoigu, more than 97% of enterprises in the military-industrial complex are operating today. Of the 990 operating enterprises, 896 enterprises have over 90% of the personnel, both engineering and technical, working on site.

"This is naturally producing results. The results are that we have managed to stabilise all areas where we had some concern about a possible failure in fulfilling the state defence order." This was a clear confirmation that the Ministry's procurement programmes continue as planned.

"“The production capacities of the enterprises of the military-industrial complex are occupied by 72%," added Shoigu.

Additionally, the Minister said that testing and transfer of new equipment were proceeding as planned. Accordingly, MoD will receive all equipment-submarines and surface ships- on schedule. "The nuclear triad is maintained at a level adequate to guarantee strategic deterrence," he commented.

"Overall, the coronavirus situation has not significantly affected the activities of the Armed Forces," said Shoigu. Therefore, MoD will realise the goals set for 2020.

More significantly, Shoigu confirmed that the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020 will take place in August. The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation organises ARMY forum. Confirmed date is 23-29 August, 2020

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