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Putin points out Russian weapons' top performance in Syria helped boost exports

April 25, 16:33 UTC+3

The president says interest towards Russia’s weapons has been growing around the world

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Russian Pantsyr-S1 air defense weapon system and the S-400 long-range air defense missile systems deployed at Hmeymim air base in Syria

Russian Pantsyr-S1 air defense weapon system and the S-400 long-range air defense missile systems deployed at Hmeymim air base in Syria

© Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

RYBINSK, April 24. /TASS/. Russia’s weapons export contracts have been growing largely on the effective use of military hardware in the anti-terrorist operation in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the military-industrial commission on Tuesday.

Interest towards Russia’s weapons has been growing around the world, which is seen in the volume of contracts, he stated.

"This is largely a result of the more effective use of our weapons in real combat conditions, including the anti-terrorist operation in Syria," Putin said. "This opportunity for gaining a firmer foothold on the world market of armaments should not to be missed."

"As for the production of various kinds of weapons, our defense companies are almost completely loaded with orders from the Defense Ministry so they have been facing difficulties in fulfilling orders related to military cooperation with other countries," Putin aid. "I would like additional measures to be taken to ensure general-purpose weapons export," he added.

According to Putin, if today Russia rejects foreign orders, it may lose prospective partners, as well as its place on the market.

The Russian president also said that the government needed to coordinate the work of the Defense Ministry, the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation and defense companies, so that they could fulfill defense procurement orders on time.

Army requires new types of armaments and reconnaissance

The modern army requires new types of armaments and reconnaissance systems, putin said. 

He suggested discussing on Tuesday a number of major issues, including those that concern the creation of new armaments and military hardware, "first of all for general purpose forces, and for reconnaissance and information support systems".

"Recent events have once again demonstrated that these armaments are much-in-demand in the modern army," Putin said.

He also asked representatives of the military-industrial complex to report how they comply with the requirements set by the Defense Ministry to these and other new generation armaments, what tasks have been set to design bureaus and defense enterprises, and "what will be the time framework for their implementation and how much this will cost the budget".

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