MOSCOW, November 17 (Itar-Tass) — The chief of the Russian General Staff levelled criticism on some models of Russian military hardware, noting that these weapons are inferior to the most successful foreign weapons in their tactical and technical characteristics.
General Nikolai Makarov cited the following data at the hearings in the Public Chamber : the fire range of the Israeli tank Merkava MK4 makes six kilometres, whereas the fire range of the Russian tank T-90 – only 2.5 kilometres. The US rocket artillery system HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) hits the targets at a distance of 150 kilometres, and the fire range of the Russian artillery rocket system makes 70 kilometres.
The service life of Russian optical electronic reconnaissance satellites makes from three to five years, while their foreign counterparts “live” on the orbit for 15 years. “So, we should produce them more frequently, spending the money of taxpayers,” the chief of the General Staff said.
Modern military hardware should ensure a high level of defence on the battlefield, Makarov said with confidence. “We should produce military hardware, in the use of which the crew would stay alive in any case,” he underlined.