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Audit Chamber finds overpricing cases in ammunition scrapping contracts of Oboronservis

July 24, 2013, 8:30 UTC+3
The prices of this structure for ammunition scrapping exceeded by 50% the price parameters of the state contracts, which were concluded on open tender results
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MOSCOW, July 24 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Audit Chamber has found the cases of considerably overstated prices on the state contracts for ammunition scrapping. The results of an inquiry, which the Audit Chamber conducted at the request of First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Industry Vladimir Gutenev, exposed these violations.

According to the report of the Russian Audit Chamber, a comparative analysis of the price parameters of the works, which were set in the state defence order in 2011 and put up for open tenders and set under the state contract with the open joint stock company Oboronservis, showed that in several positions for ammunition scrapping the prices of this structure exceed by 50% the price parameters of the state contracts, which were concluded on the results of open tenders.

“For instance, on the state contract of the Defence Ministry in 2011 with the Volga proving ground the cost of works for the scrapping of one cartridge of 5.45-9mm in diameter has made 0.47 roubles, on the state contract with Oboronservis it was already 0.71 roubles that is an excess of 51.8%. The excessive costs for the disposal of a batch of cartridges to firearms in the number of 86,543.566 pieces under the contract with Oboronservis has made 21.1 million roubles due to a margin in the price. According to all positions of specification for the scrapping of ammunition the sum of excessive prices makes 30.3 million roubles,” Gutenev said.

“The results of the fulfilment of the measures under the federal target program for industrial scrapping of weapons and military hardware showed a large lag behind the actual rate of disposal of weapons and military hardware from the target figures set in the program. The tasks for scrapping for the first two years were fulfilled only at 8.5%, including at 6.7% for ammunition, at 4.6% for missiles and at six percent for cartridges of firearms. No aircraft was disposed from 599 airplanes and helicopters intended for disposal in 2011-2012,” Gutenev cited the report of the Audit Chamber.

The report of the Audit Chamber was submitted in the military industrial committee under the Russian government, the Defence Ministry, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin. Upon the results of the inquiry an information letter was also made to the Russian president.

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