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MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the performance of Russia's defense manufacturing sector last year and in the first quarter of 2015, saying the factories are supplying the Armed Forces with new types of weaponry and equipment at a fair pace.
On Friday, Putin visited the National Center for Control over National Defense where he held a Unified Day of Defense Products Commissioning.
"A new system, under which the process of commissioning of the new technologies accepted by the Armed Forces takes twelve months has proved its workability," he said. "Supplies get to the army and navy depots regularly and at a fair pace and this helps the troops familiarize themselves (with the details of new technologies TASS) and to organize the necessary training for the officers and men."
"This sets the scene for well-paced work on the part of defense manufacturers, who demonstrate good rates and fine quality of work," he said. "The pace of operations is fair. Also, they meet the deadlines."
"Last year, we had satisfactory results, too, as everything was commissioned on time and all the equipment was supplied in the required amounts," Putin said. "Along with it, some questions certainly arise in practice."
Still he expressed hope all the emerging problems be settled timely.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russian factories manufactured 170 jets in 2014, including 42 civilian jets. The rest was military aircraft.
Also, Russian defense plants produced 289 helicopters, including thirty civilian ones, 87 ships and auxiliary seacraft, of which fifty ships were civilian, as well as five submarines, inclusive of the two that were exported to Vietnam.
A total of eighty space vehicles and probes were launched into orbit in 52 launches from the Russian territory and from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. In addition to them, Russia carried out dozens of launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
"Add to this artillery guns, submachine guns and munitions and you’ll get everything the Armed Forces need critically now," Rogozin said.
The plans for the defence manufacturing industry for next year make emphasis on the expanded production of missiles and related technologies, a well-informed source in the industry told TASS earlier.
Specifically, the manufacturers have been told to step up production of missiles for the air defence and antimissile defence forces three-fold. The order is called upon to broaden the capability of the new branch of the Armed Forces currently under creation - the Aerospace Force.