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Putin: Financial restrictions shall not affect Army and Navy rearmament quality

March 11, 16:58 UTC+3
More than 4,000 specimens of armaments and military hardware were supplied to Russia’s Armed Forces in 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin said
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MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Individual financial restrictions should not affect the quality of Army and Navy rearmament activities in any ways, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

"As far as economic realities are concerned…yes, restrictions exist. However, these restrictions should not affect quality and deliverables of our work in any way," the President said.

"Those directly involved in financing and implementation of work understand this clearly well," Putin said. Current environment necessitates prudent use of the government finances, the head of state added. The President urged to closely monitor incentivization of contractors, improvement of quality and accuracy in meeting deadlines and undertaken commitments.

"I address the senior management of the defense technology sector and defense technology companies. We know people are working in three shifts, including at night, at some facilities, while production facilities at other sites are not utilized in full scope," Putin said. "This is a result of misaligned work and much has to be done in order to deliver within the timeline identified by the customer," he added."

Support of defense industry companies and development of their technology potential will continue, Putin added.

"The government will continue supporting defense technology sector companies in development of their production capacities and the technology potential," Putin said.

More than 4,000 specimens of armaments and military hardware were supplied to Russia’s Armed Forces in 2015, Russian President also said.

"Industrial enterprises on the whole with due diligence fulfilled commitments they undertook. Most part of military hardware was supplied in full and in time. Overall, in 2015, some 4,000 main promising specimens of armaments and military hardware defining the image of the modern Armed Forces were sent to the troops," Putin said.

"Among them were 96 aircraft, 81 helicopters, two multi-purpose submarines, 152 air defense systems, 291 radar stations, over 400 items of artillery and armored vehicles’ armament. The new specimens are already actively used. They are constantly being tested and checked for combat readiness," he said.

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