Russia should review the work of its military-industrial complex to scale back dependence on foreign technologies, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday during a meeting on defense in the Siberian city Novosibirsk.
“Currently we are seeking practical measures but I think it would be better to first count on our own technologies and produce what is really necessary and beneficial for our defense industry,” said Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry.
He pointed out that in the wake of recent events Russia should rely only on its own resources and gradually revise previous policies of sourcing foreign systems, RIA Novosti reports.
“The situation is getting more and more complicated over the tensions in Ukraine and Crimea. Countries that have long enjoyed cooperation with Russia are now threatening us with sanctions,” Dmitry Rogozin added.
“Our new missile systems have higher speeds enabling them to pass through dangerous sites faster. Secondly, these systems have the most advanced means of countering missile defense,” he added.
“I can guarantee you that we have no more rusty missiles. If they still exist somewhere, it’s mostly likely in America,” the deputy prime minister said.
“Essentially, the US is deploying a global system,” Rogozin said. Overall, the US missile shield is a fast, high-precision weapon which can be used not only against missiles, but also other targets, including the enemy’s military and political administration assets, he added.
Deputy Prime Minister at the meeting on Friday also said that the extra land of defense plants can become a platform for the construction of houses for their employees.
“We have very many plants with large areas of land in the city. As far as is necessary to have such a large territory in an environment where new equipment is supplied – it is compact , and technology allow you to borrow a smaller area . Let’s find you a mechanism to release these areas for housing development in the interests of the employees,” said Rogozin. According to him, one of the mechanisms to attract qualified personnel in the defense industry is providing them accommodation. On also noted that housing cooperatives are created in the Siberian Federal District – in Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk and Tomsk regions. Cost per square meter there will be 30 thousand rubles.