MOSCOW, July 4 (Itar-Tass) - On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held already the second meeting on the fulfilment of the state armament program for 2012-2020. The first meeting was devoted to aircraft supplies for the army and the Navy only two weeks ago. This time the Supreme Commander-in-Chief decided to focus on the equipping of the Ground Troops and the Airborne Troops with modern weapons. He stated that about 2.6 trillion roubles are allocated for these purposes. The total cost of the state armament program through 2020 will make 20.7 trillion roubles. The president demanded to fulfil all the schedules of the supplies of weapons and military hardware fully, within deadlines and at negotiated prices.
The Russian authorities are planning to allocate over 2.6 trillion roubles for the equipping of the Ground Troops and the Airborne Troops under the state armament program through 2020, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily cited the president as saying. “Thanks to these funds we should reequip military units and provide the troops with new military hardware. By 2020 its share should reach at least 70%,” Putin set the guidelines in the state armament program. Ten brigade army air defence systems S-300V4, over 2,300 tanks, over 2,000 self-propelled artillery systems and guns and over 30,000 vehicles should be put into service of the Ground Troops. Communications and control systems, promising reconnaissance systems and individual uniforms are expected to be delivered.
“I will recall to you that under the state armament program through 2020 over 2.6 trillion roubles are planned to allocate to arm the Ground Troops and the Airborne Troops. Thanks to these funds we should reequip military units and provide the troops with new military hardware. By 2020 its share should reach at least 70%,” the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily quoted Putin as saying. He confirmed that no financial parameters and deadlines will be revised.
According to military experts, who are cited by the newspaper, firm demands of the president to support the state armament program are caused by the statements of several politicians and economists on the need, which is ripen to delay the tasks of the state armament program in 2012-2020 at least for three years, rather than intradepartmental contradictions in the Defence Ministry. The presidential demands are also dictated by the previous appeals to cut the expenditures planned before 2020 for rearmament to the tune of 20 trillion roubles. The expenditures will be redistributed in favour of the banking sector, the business encouragement system and etc. The former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who does not occupy any posts in the public service, makes such initiatives. He adheres to the consistent position to cut military expenditures. But it is already clear that the president does not accept such approach.