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Lawmaker: Supplies from Ukraine no longer affect Russia’s armament procurement program

September 09, 2015, 13:50 UTC+3 NIZHNY TAGIL
Sanctions have galvanized Russian defense industry, urging it to recall its own developments and updated production technologies, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Industry says
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NIZHNY TAGIL /Sverdlovsk Region/, September 9. /TASS/. The supplies of components from Ukrainian enterprises no longer affect the implementation of the Russian armament procurement program, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Industry Vladimir Gutenyov said on Wednesday.

He reminded that previously Russia had received aviation products and components alone from more than 50 Ukrainian companies. Last year, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko banned cooperation with Russian defense enterprises.

"The Ukraine factor does not play any longer any role in implementation of the national armament procurement programs. The import substitution drive gains momentum and we face quite a few successful examples. The sanctions have galvanized our defense industry, urging it to recall its own developments and updated production technologies," Gutenyov said at a plenary discussion during the tenth Russia Arms Expo international exhibition.

As an example, he mentioned the products of Saturn Research and Production Association and the implementation of the strategic nuclear forces modernization program that excludes participation of Ukrainian suppliers, as well as the introduction of the latest Moskva-1 electronic warfare systems which had used a significant quantity of imported components until recently.

"The new strategic missile systems like Topol-M, Yars, and the sea-based Bulava are made using the wholly domestic component packages. And now we look forward to the Sarmat [strategic missile system]," the deputy added.

"The project to create the newest Russian S-400 air defense missile system does not involve the Dnepropetrovsk Machine-Building Plant, which at one point actively participated in the creation of the S-300 model," Gutenyov said.

According to him, the import substitution program will clear 826 types of weapons and military hardware as well as their components by 2025.

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