Nothing stated in the article has ANYTHING to do with budget. Anyone with half a fucking brain would be able to point this out.
The drop in Russian state revenues has affected Russian military modernization to some extent, though the Russian government has made an effort to insulate the military from budget cuts. Although the 2015 military budget was cut by five percent mid-year, the total allocation was still 25 percent higher than the previous year’s budget. This allowed the military to continue its modernization process, conduct operations in Syria, and fulfill its training and exercise programs.
With oil prices remaining low, the military is facing a more difficult financial picture in 2016. In November, the Finance Ministry announced that the total 2016 defense budget would be largely the same as in 2015. However, last month, an additional five percent cut was announced, which will result in the first annual net decline in Russian defense spending since Vladimir Putin became president in 2000.
I am starting to think you are purposely posting rehashes from what you or others have posted in the past, but this one sure sounds familiar already. But let me break this one apart: http://russia-insider.com/en/putin-vows-defense-cut-wont-affect-procurement/ri13332
Since it has already been stated with:
The downside of this is that spending cuts will disproportionally affect personnel costs perhaps slowing down Russia's drive to attain more professional soldiers and rely less on conscripts serving short, 1-year terms.
As a result of the deteriorating financial outlook, the fulfillment of the 2011-2020 State Armament Program is now in question. The Russian military continues to develop new designs and receive new hardware but has been forced to reduce the quantities purchased of some items and to defer some big ticket items. For example, completion of the Yasen and Borei nuclear submarine construction programs has been pushed back from 2020 to no earlier than 2023 for the Yasen class and 2021 for the Borei class. Whereas Uralvagonzavod has previously announced that it will provide 2300 Armata T-14 main battle tanks to the Russian army by 2020, experts believe that only 200-300 will actually be procured over the next five years, with 2300 remaining a goal for 2030. Completion of the Barguzin railroad-based ICBM system was initially delayed by a over a year and then canceled due to financial problems. Finally, orders of the T-50 fifth generation fighter aircraft were reduced in 2015 from 55 to 12 because of the country’s deteriorating financial situation.
Once again, whoever quotes this idiot as worthy of anything, should be fired from whatever job they have especially if it is a so called think tank. Let me explain:
The T-50 is being ordered by 12+0 due to the fact that these are training units for actual use. Anyone will know that a unit is derived of 12 aircrafts, hence why Russia purchases in 12's. Notice that no additional orders mentioned? it is all because it is for training and seeing serial production. As for when items are pushed back isn't anything to do with finances. The projects are already financed. When it is pushed back during its production is due to the fact that there are issues with either production or suppliers:
Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told the meeting that arms plants have missed delivery schedules on 15 warplanes, eight navy ships and 240 armored vehicles among other weapons systems.
Borisov said that some of the delays were linked to subcontractors going out of business and missing technology.
He claimed that the Western ban on the sales of weapons and arms technologies to Russia and Ukraine's decision to halt military industrial cooperation with Russia "had no significant impact" on Russian arms production.
Longer term projects have also faced delays, with procurement of a new long range strategic bomber being postponed in favor of modernization of existing bombers. Plans for building large naval ships have been particularly affected. Construction of a new 14 thousand ton nuclear-powered destroyer, once intended to start in 2016, appears to no longer be under discussion, while plans for large amphibious assault ships, meant to replace the Mistral project that was canceled due to Western sanctions, remain amorphous and may have been quietly put on the back burner.
What? It was no more than a month and half ago (http://kret.com/en/news/10258/) we heard more about Russia's helicopter carrier. As well, Liner hasn't even been decided yet. And neither of these are a case regarding funds. This is like cherry picking issues that derived from a supplier issue or production issues, and instantly state "oh, it is because of lack of funds!" Who hires these retards? None of this is reference to finances at all.
This article was posted on this forums already, over a month ago, with almost exactly same details. It was on an Indian website though and I recall bitching about it. The article is all a bunch of "hunches" with absolutely no proof what-so-ever to back up the claims. And even someone that can take even a few minutes to do some research will know that his comments regarding the ships, T-50, and such are all pretty much pure non-sense.
Such articles simply turn this forums into a laughing joke, especially when it is repeated.