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Putin: Russia to encourage defense industry enterprises

May 12, 2016, 14:36 UTC+3

Russian president Vladimir Putin says the state will further encourage enterprises of the military-industrial complex, develop production and engineering capacity

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SOCHI, May 12. /TASS/. Russia will stimulate enterprises of the military-industrial complex, develop capacity and increase cooperation level, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting on developing the sector on Thursday.

"The state will further encourage enterprises of the military-industrial complex, develop production and engineering capacity," Putin said, adding that conditions for developing other production areas linked to the defense industry should be also created.

The president said new jobs will be created at the enterprises of the military-industrial complex and salaries will grow.

"We will continue endeavoring to keep jobs and increase the level of salaries and wages at defense technology companies," the president said.

Putin stressed that the 2015 state defense order is 97% fulfilled and called to look into the reasons of failure to implement the remaining 3%.

Enterprises of the Russian defense industry complex conscientiously fulfilled obligations under the 2015 state defense order - it was 97% executed, the president said.

"The defense industry enterprises have in general conscientiously fulfilled their obligations, most of the weapons and equipment were delivered in full and on time," Putin said.

According to the president, some 4,000 samples of armaments and military equipment were delivered to the troops in 2015. He also said that the Russian army in general is now 47.2% supplied with modern weapons samples. The army received, among other things, 97 planes, 81 helicopters, 152 air defense missile systems and 291 radar stations.

The president said that new weapons and equipment are actively used, they undergo trials during combat readiness inspections of units and formations at exercises, drills, in paramilitary competitions and often in combat operations.

"I must say that the performance is good, in general," Putin said.

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