MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved five new general designers of the most complex types of weapons, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.
"The president of the Russian Federation has approved five general designers in line with the list of works submitted to him," Rogozin told journalists. "We will conduct this work in a confidential manner as the talk is about the most promising areas of weapons and military hardware development."
According to the deputy premier, the president was informed of the decision by the military industrial sector board on candidacies of general designers who will deal with developments in 20 areas of complex weapons systems creation.
The designers will in fact have to become system integrators and will have to "organize diversified research teams working on different spheres in different groups," he said.
Putin signed the decree on general designers of armaments in January 2015. In line with the document, there will be no more than 20 of them, and their status and responsibility will grow.
He explained then that general designers will lead work to create strategically important armament systems and correspondingly will obtain wide powers on resources provision of projects.
They will in particular analyze technologies and tendencies in leading foreign states to ensure military-technical advantage to domestic analogues. They will also have to conduct designer supervision of the developed specimens of weapons, watch the quality of products and control operating expenses.