SEVERODVINSK, Archangelsk region, February 2 (Itar-Tass) — Very shortly, the Russian shipbuilding industry may get over to the manufacturing of new ‘smart’ defense technologies, including the ones utilizing the modular principles, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters here Thursday.
He recalled that the shipbuilding yards are expected to hand over eight nuclear submarines to the Navy before 2020.
“And before the end of 2012, the defense shipyards’ production capability will make it possible to complete the construction of six submarines and one aircraft carrying ship,” he said.
Rogozin believes the shipbuilding industry has everything that is necessary for manufacturing ‘smart’ defense products.
“The smart defense industry is the one that creates new samples of armaments along with extending the service life of the samples that were created back in the Soviet era,” he said.
“I mean, first and foremost, modular ships based on new principles and catamarans,” Rogozin said.
Along with this, he underlined the plans for revising the program of utilization of third-generation submarines, which will undergo modernization and will get an extension of service life by seven years.
Rogozin said he plans holding conferences on these issues at the Pacific Fleet in June and at the Baltic Fleet next fall. These conferences, according to him, will help establish smoothly working cooperatives ties between the Navy and the shipbuilding industry.
Russian Navy has five major territorial divisions – the Black Sea, Baltic, North, and Pacific Fleets, and the Caspian Flotilla.