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KIROV, February 20. /TASS/. Russia is moving along the way of developing new-generation armaments and military hardware for air and space defense, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday.
The vice premier made this statement at the ceremony of opening the Kirov Machine-Building Enterprise, part of Almaz-Antey antiaircraft missile system manufacturer.
‘In fact, we’re actively moving along the way of creating a completely new generation of armaments and military hardware for air and space defense, which will help make our facilities fully secure from a potential enemy’s sudden missile attack," the vice-premier said.
"Our country has large air space and we have the largest territory in the world and now we’re doing everything to reliably protect its frontiers," Rogozin said.
In the epoch of space-based and aerial armaments, the winner is the one who has supremacy in this sphere, the Russian vice-premier said.
Russia has restored its ground-based system, which enables it to see all aggressive targets approaching its territory, be it cruise missiles, supersonic missiles, aircraft or other targets, the vice premier said.
Next on the line is a space-based missile attack warning system, he added.
"The actual struggle today is to get closer in the waiting line and receive the desired [antiaircraft missile] system, for example, the S-300 complex," the vice premier said.
"But what will be manufactured at the Kirov new enterprise is already a step forward as this involves new systems and something that will have great significance for our country’s defense capability and, I’m confident, huge export potential," Rogozin said.
"That is why, this enterprise’s significance goes beyond the framework of the country’s defense capability alone," the vice premier said.
"As a whole, this is a big thing done for Russia today during the most difficult period for it - the period of the principled struggle with the sanctions policy [of the West]," the vice premier said.