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First comprehensive program for drones manufacturing created in Russia — official

May 18, 2015, 12:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"This is the first program that comprehensively and systemically plans for the development of the drones manufacturing industry in Russia" UIMC Deputy CEO said
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MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. The first-ever program for developing the unmanned aircraft industry has been developed in Russia for the coordination of the corresponding activities under the 2016-2025 state program for armaments, a senior official of the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC is an affiliate of Rostec), which took part in the work on the document, has told TASS.

"This is the first program that comprehensively and systemically plans for the development of the drones manufacturing industry in Russia. For the first time ever it reconciles the requirements of military and law enforcement agencies for drones, the state program for armaments and the industrial measures crucial to implementing the federal agencies’ plans," UIMC Deputy CEO, Sergey Skokov is quoted by the corporation’s press-service as saying.

Skokov said the program was authored jointly by experts representing the federal bodies of executive power, research organizations and arms manufacturers, with the Vega concern playing the key role.

"The program is now undergoing coordination with the Industry and Trade Ministry. When agreed with the federal bodies of executive power concerned and approved, it will be used in forming and implementing state program for armaments and for the development of the industrial-development complex," the corporation’s official said.

According to earlier reports, the 2016-2025 state program for armaments is to be adopted in December. The current 20-trillion-rouble ($0.4 trillion) program is extended over a period of 2011-2020. Eighty percent of the funds will be spent on the acquisition of high-tech armaments. Strategic nuclear forces, space means and also communication and reconnaissance equipment are the current program’s highest priorities. The Defence Ministry said the next program will put the emphasis on smart weapons.

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