Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the directors of the country’s leading defense industry enterprises today to discuss possible options for substituting components currently imported from Ukraine and appropriate adjustments to state defense procurement.
During a meeting with government members in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside of Moscow, on Wednesday, Putin asked Industry Minister Denis Manturov to meet him once again on Thursday along with the directors of major enterprises of the Russian defense industry.
Additional resources may be required, should a need arise to look for substitutions for components that are imported from Ukraine today, the president said.
“I think that in this case we will have to make certain adjustments to state defense procurement and our plans for defense and industry development. I am asking for the relevant proposals,” the president said.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, for his part, said on his Twitter page on Wednesday that “possible and necessary measures of import substitution for dual- and military-purpose products” would be discussed at the meeting with the president.
Vladimir Putin argued that a potential halt to imports of defense industry products from Ukraine would benefit Russia as it would give a boost to the Russian military industry.
“At my meeting with the government yesterday, we discussed ways of overcoming the difficulties that may arise in the case of non-delivery of individual types of Ukrainian defense industry complex products from Ukraine,” Putin said at a conference in Moscow.
“We need to understand how serious this threat is and, if it does emerge, how quickly and at which enterprises we [will be able to] launch the manufacturing of such products, and how much it will cost us,” he said.
“I have no doubt that we will cope, it’s just a matter of how long it will take and how much it will cost,” the president said.
“Let me say immediately that, if this does happen, it will force us to revise our state defense contracts, but I’m sure that they are all tactical matters and that, most likely, it will eventually benefit Russian industry and the Russian economy. We will be investing in the development of our own industry,” he said.
For example, Russia’s nuclear, missile industries are completely domestic.
Russia is not purchasing foreign electronics equipment for its nuclear missile shield as all the necessary electronics are being developed and manufactured within the country, the chief of Russia’s state-owned electronics holding company told journalists Wednesday.
“Our first-priority task was to ensure the manufacture of the electronic component base for critical zones within Russia’s defense sector. And the nuclear missile shield is now one of these critical zones,” said Andrei Zverev, the CEO of Roselektronika.
The CEO added that the task had already been completed.
“One-hundred percent of electronic equipment for these purposes [nuclear and missile industries] is being manufactured in Russia,” he stressed.
Zverev specified that the bulk of the world’s electronic component industry is in Southeast Asia, with about 70 percent of global electronics production coming from Taiwan alone.