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MOSCOW, December 7 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Defence Ministry will buy only those weapons and systems that meet modern requirements and standards, chief of the Russian Army General Staff, General of the Army Nikolai Makarov said on Wednesday, December 7.
Makarov said rearmament of the army with modern weapons was among the military reform tasks.
“Weaponry that meets modern standards and requirements will be purchased in full,” he said at a meeting with military attaches accredited in Moscow.
The general stressed that R&D will be conducted within 2-3 years for weapons that fail to meet modern requirements, after which the ministry would consider the expediency of buying them.
Speaking of the situation in the Russian defence industry, Makarov said a federal target programme for the modernisation of this sector has been commenced.
The general admitted that the Defence Ministry has taken interest in foreign-made weapons lately. “We want to buy such weapons together with technologies and parallel creation of joint ventures for their production in Russia. We are actively cooperating with a number of European countries in this respect,” Makarov said.