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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:53 pm

    Russia to Upgrade, Scale Down Gunpowder Production

    16:10 11/03/2012
    MOSCOW, March 11 (RIA Novosti)

    Russia will overhaul its gunpowder manufacturing plants and start manufacturing superior gunpowder by 2016, but overall production will decline sharply, the Izvestia daily reported quoting a source in the Industry and Trade Ministry.



    As a result of the modernization program, some of the plants will close and the total number of plants will shrink.



    One reason is that some manufacturing facilities are located in residential areas.



    Meanwhile, new gunpowder formulas and production technologies are being developed.

    Executives at Russia’s two largest gunpowder plants - one in Tambov and the other in Kazan - have declined to comment on the modernization plans.

    According to Izvestia, by 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry will reduce gunpowder procurement to 20,000-30,000 tons a year from the current 100,000-150,000 tons.


    Hopefully the new more efficient propellent will greatly improve small arms performance with more consistent ammo, and cleaner burning ammo.

    Hopefully also safety will be improved with propellent makers moved away from residential areas.

    One thing I would be interested in is finding out how well the new propellent stores, because reducing production capacity by the amount they are talking about will have a serious impact on production capacity in Russia.

    Of course the private sector could take over a little as export of small arms ammo for sporting purposes and other purposes should be a fairly solid business as the ammo tends to be cheaper than western ammo... with new cleaner burning higher energy more consistent propelents should lead to high muzzle velocities without increasing pressure too much, less residue so the weapons are are easier to clean after use, and a consistent burn of powder is a key to accuracy. Once you get your tightest groups on the paper, you can then shift the sights to centre the group on the bullseye and get good accuracy too.

    Modern scopes like the new thermal scopes the VDV will be getting have built in laser rangefinders and Glonass receivers and ballistic computers.

    Which brings us to a new point...

    If they are planning a changeover in 2016 then that tells us they plan to pretty much replace all their current weapons in 2016.

    If you think about it, new propellent will mean more efficient use of barrels, so the powder is used more efficiently and the pressure is scaled to the barrel length to accelerate the projectiles to as high a velocity as is possible in a specific barrel length.

    The new ammo will mean all existing iron sights and ballistic computers, and optical sights will need to be adjusted for the new performance of the new ammo.

    In many cases it might just be cheaper to replace the whole weapon... and introduce new calibres and get rid of old calibres...

    In the future they should be using less ammo, with emphasis on accuracy in rifle fire and of course the use of simulations where no ammo or fuel is used at all will also greatly effect wear and tear on equipment.
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    Putin Supporting the Russian MIC

    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:16 am


    All Defense Industry Plants Must Stay Afloat - Putin

    Defense industry enterprises that are not part of the new rearmament program should not be neglected, Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

    The program for the development of the Russian defense industry, prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, does not envision the modernization of industrial plants, which have not been given defense orders under the state arms procurement program until 2020.

    “Make sure that these plants are not neglected and left without defense orders or modernization plans,” Putin said at a meeting with government officials on the implementation of tasks set out in his program published during the recent presidential election campaign.

    “We cannot do this to the workers at these plants,” he said.

    Putin asked Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, and officials from with the Economic Development Ministry and the Health Ministry to help with the management of such plants, to resolve any social problems that may arise, supply the enterprises with alternative orders and retrain their personnel.

    “We cannot just abandon them,” Putin said.

    Putin has made social issues and the improvement of living conditions of the Russian citizens, especially the working class, a priority of his election campaign.

    If you read the comments section of the above article:

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120322/172332987.html

    A Canadian chap suggests that Canada and Australia pulling out of the F-35 program could be an opportunity to sell Mig-35s.

    I think he is being a bit optimistic in regard to Australia, but I think if MIG made a public statement that they were going to develop a 5th gen light fighter and were prepared to cooperate with foreign countries like Italy and Greece and Germany and France and Brazil and Canada and even Australia if they are interested to make a truly international program to make a new modern fighter aircraft it would be interesting to see the US back track on some things regarding the F-35... I think the UK will suddenly be allowed access to the software to integrate their own weapons and systems and the whole F-35 program will become much more flexible.

    Even if it fails then the Russian investment will not be enormous and the experience will be useful. If it succeeds then Russia gets a new light fighter on the cheap and it will certainly hurt the F-35 program too.

    Of course this thread is largely about the goals of Putin here not to retain old companies that keep making Soviet era stuff, but retooling, retraining and refocusing such companies to get them producing and their workers keep working.
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  Kysusha on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:31 am

    Gary,


    "A Canadian chap suggests that Canada and Australia pulling out of the F-35 program could be an opportunity to sell Mig-35s."

    Yanks would never allow this to happen; politically it would be a no-goer!! But there is also teh questoin of overall compatability with their other assests. I'd suggest they wouldn't work [IFF]
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:31 am

    Nothing makes something more desirable than being told you can't have it.

    At one time Canadian aerospace technology was right up there with the Avro Arrow... the right marketing campaign from Russia pointing out that Canadas neighbour it its south seems to have a lot of control over decisions made in Canada and their past record for making decisions for Canada have not always worked out the best for Canada... what did Canada gain by going to Vietnam and now Afghanistan... is Canada really safer because of this?

    I certainly agree that buying Russian kit is not a high probability, and importantly these are for political reasons rather than practical reasons.

    Countries with large borders to patrol with relatively small populations like Australia and Canada and Russia actually have a bit in common and I would expect if they each sat down and formulated their own wants and needs together they could come up with an excellent aircraft... but I realise that is not likely in the current political climate.

    Perhaps the US needs to start one or two more pointless and wasteful wars and Canada and Australia might realise they haven't hitched their wagon to the gravy train, they have hitched it to the SS Titanic.

    Regarding IFF the Russians would never share their own IFF codes with anyone and they would have no reason to. The Canadians already have an air defence network and will have their own code system they can install themselves to ensure any new aircraft they introduce are compatible.


    The US alternative will be Super Hornets or the more expensive option would be the F-15E or a variant.

    The Russians could sweeten the pot by offering Australia and Canada the chance to develop a light 5th gen fighter with Mig.

    If it fails then it cost the Russian military nothing, if it succeeds then a Russian light 5th gen fighter is developed on the cheap and probably available in numbers to replace conventional fighters faster.

    I agree that while it makes economic and military sense it will never happen with the current politics.

    Seems to me that the best way for Russia to break into markets is with weapons.

    South Korea didn't really have much to do with Russia till it got some T-80s to pay off debt for the South Korean electronic components they were buying. Now it is SAMs in joint development. Who knows where it might lead.

    NATO countries seem to be reducing the size of their armoured forces, so if high tech European companies want to get involved in state of the art armoured vehicles then currently Russia is the biggest game in town...
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  Kysusha on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:55 am

    Mate, I can’t get our stupid Defence to look at Russian ammunition so how the hell do you think we could swing a deal for planes??

    The ANZAC boats was another instance where Russian gear was a better, cheaper option – did we go with it??

    What about the stupid Steyr weapons system - again we went for an orphan system.

    UniMog purchase – can’t fit other than Michelin tyres on them or there is no guarantee. Most of the fleet is sitting in workshops either waiting repair or parts – ‘cause they are “too hi-tech” for the need.

    Do I need to remind you about the Scorpion debacle as well?

    No mate, our Defence Force has never had a history of sensible decisions and we are too heavily influenced by OZ and the Yanks. Look at the latest decision to close Linton and concentrate in Ohakea – what bloody stupidity. They had a world class facility [in the ‘70’s] at Waioru that they let run down and have now sold off most of the housing etc; which is where the Army should be located.

    Best thing we ever could have done – while the Yanks gave us the cold shoulder, was to invite either Russia or China to open a base here – perhaps share Waioru. If our politicians had the balls to do that - the Yanks would have been screaming to get back on-side. Now they just want us so that we can go to Afghanistan and allow them to pull out. - Withdrawal with Honour; heard that before too.
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:19 am

    Yeah, it is pretty frustrating, but it is changing slowly.

    I remember in NZ Guns magazine the 7.62 x 39mm round being described as being largely pointless in New Zealand and that you were much better off with a 30-30.

    Well an abundance of SKS rifles and the low price of the Russian ammo... $14-16 bucks for 20 rounds when you buy one packet at a time compared to $30+ for NATO calibres... it is not hard to see the economic benefits of converting an old 303 at about 50 bucks for 20 rounds.

    I think most people these days blame the Americans for the state of the world economy and so opinions might start to change.

    A major disaster in the Asia Pacific region in 5 years time and the Russians bowl up with a Mistral class carrier to help and I think opinions will change even more.

    I still think NZ should ditch the over priced Hercs and replace them with a dozen new build Il-476s which would actually have a strategic flight range with a payload and we could probably get all 12 for less than the cost of one C-17. Apart from the A-400M... is that program still going?, we really don't have much choice and our stupid government will take late model Hercs, which admitted to have improved performance, but also greatly increased prices.

    It would be cheaper to move up a plane size, except the only American plane in that slot is the ridiculously expensive C-17... half a billion for one plane... we could buy submarines that that sort of money...

    But no, stupid NZ government will stick with American which means a plane that could actually make it to Australia with a payload and is cheap enough to buy and operate in numbers, and would be a welcome contribution to foreign joint operations is not to be considered because it is not American.

    Even if we had a Labour party in power I don't think they would make the sensible choice.

    They don't even have the brains to pretend to consider it even as an outside chance to get a better deal on the over priced western aircraft they were always going to buy... just look at our new helos... quite capable, but gold plated.
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:21 am

    The obvious irony is that we are huge producers of Dairy products and I am sure the Russians would be interested to learn how we do it.

    For Australia and New Zealand we both have large areas and small populations to watch over, which we have in common with Canada and Russia...
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  Kysusha on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:45 am

    Bartering for defence gear makes far more sense than the deal we cut for Lada's. Besides, if we bartered, we'd get away from the Joo Central banking system.

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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  gloriousfatherland on Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:52 pm

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    I think he is being a bit optimistic in regard to Australia, but I think if MIG made a public statement that they were going to develop a 5th gen light fighter and were prepared to cooperate with foreign countries like Italy and Greece and Germany and France and Brazil and Canada and even Australia if they are interested to make a truly international program to make a new modern fighter aircraft it would be interesting to see the US back track on some things regarding the F-35... I think the UK will suddenly be allowed access to the software to integrate their own weapons and systems and the whole F-35 program will become much more flexible..

    THey could always purchase the software from China Laughing
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  Kysusha on Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:00 am

    Well, yes: I suppose, as the Yank systems are all made in China now. We could even ask if we could “borrow” one of their drones! Iran kept theirs, but we’d return our one.

    Yes, the arrogance of the Yanks is outstanding – “the best in the world”. The only country to have a “world Series” of a game that is only played in Merika!

    We hear all about their greatest aircraft, weapons of war etc and how all other nation’s gear is put down; the only reason Cowboy Regan started “Star Wars Programme” was because they were so far behind the USSR in “space warfare” that they had to come up with some sort of defence to stop the USSR taking out all their satellites and “blinding” them.

    Now they have found out that by trying to exploit Chinese “cheap labour” and out-sourcing their IT work and IC boards, they have compromised their own security in that the Chinese now have codes and the capability to neutralise or turn their own systems.

    Nothing like arrogance - ya all need keep sayin it ya hear – “We are the greatest”. Say it often enough and the self delusion is permanent.
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:16 am

    Now they have found out that by trying to exploit Chinese “cheap labour” and out-sourcing their IT work and IC boards, they have compromised their own security in that the Chinese now have codes and the capability to neutralise or turn their own systems.

    It is worse than that. The investment going into China from the west is what is causing its growth in economic power, and I don't think the west is ready for the growth in political power that will come with that.

    Even worse the western governments have lost control and western companies who don't care about ideology, they just care about dollars see much larger profits from investing in the Chinese than in the US economy.

    All those trillions of dollars given to US companies that couldn't fail weren't invested back into the US economy, they were invested into the Chinese economy because the return is higher.

    These banks saved by US taxpayers don't give a censored about the US taxpayer, their investors just want the biggest return as quickly as they can get it... and China offers faster returns...

    As you read in the first post of this thread evil nasty Putin who has trillions of dollars stashed away supposedly is trying to make sure that even companies that made old obsolete crap that the Russian military doesn't want now will get funding and help to change to something that does make money and to retool and retrain their work force so they can do it. Why doesn't do what the US does and hand lots of cash to the banks and trust they will do the right thing by US workers.

    US moral and perfect, Russia immoral and corrupt.

    Hang on... in reality it seems to be the other way around doesn't it?

    I mean market forces in the west doesn't lead to justice and prosperity for all, it leads to criminal banking institutions getting rewarded for their own corrupt practices and the average taxpayer footing the bill.

    But don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.

    Speaking of which I watched a US movie the other day called "Real Steel".

    Very simply it is about a down on his luck ex boxer human played by Wolverine who has a kid he abandoned arrive for a visit. The core of the story is that robots are used for boxing, but being an american movie I am sure you can already guess the plot. Kid finds robot in junkyard and liberates him and trains him to box. Gets fight in local match and beats local bully. Gets seen by big league guy and is sent to the major leagues and guess what... we see two fights in the major league... a fight against a two headed CHINESE robot, and the most powerful robot in the competition is controlled by a Japanese guy with a Russian girlfriend.
    Something goes wrong with the controls of the goodguys robot and he has to put it in manual and stand outside the ring and get his robot to copy his moves.

    Needless to say all the major morals are there... ex-boxers fight better than robot-geeks, a robot will go down when you punch it in the head hard enough even though its anatomy has nothing at all to do that that of a humans. The little robot from the junkyard can beat a custom designed professional (just like American teenagers and fly F-16s and defeat ME countries on their own), children can win professional races/competitions against grownups... the kid in this movie even looks like Anakin Skywalker, but the obvious is that the Japanese are the best in robots and the Japanese and Russians and Chinese are our competition/enemy.

    Just another cog in the propaganda machine reinforcing who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  Kysusha on Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:00 am

    Moral here is “Don’t watch movies”!! Hollywood is Joo run and bankster controlled. It is all about subliminally conditioning. The ancient Greeks knew that about theatre. Modern man can’t understand that about Hollywood!

    I couldn’t tell you the last movie I watched.
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    Izhmash Weapons manufacturing company officially bankrupt

    Post  Mr.Kalishnikov47 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:43 am

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2012/04/23/the-faces-of-izhmash/

    While I'm saddened to see the producer of the most iconic weapon in history facing such hard times, I can't help but think that this will possibly help the Russian arms industry to come up with some new and unique designs, as well as catch up with the times.

    Post your thoughts.
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  TheArmenian on Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:30 am

    "Bankruptcy" for Izhmash means that the "company" shares are being "redistributed" by the various "sharholders" that happen to be government "institutions".

    This must be the n-th time Izhmash is going bankrupt.


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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:46 am

    I believe the actual numbers are last year $6 million dollar loss and this year so far 25-35 million dollar profit.

    I believe the problem was previous mismanagement that has been corrected and the factory will go from strength to strength with new export products and likely sales for the AK-12 family.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:21 am

    From the Izhmash website (the Russian section of the news translated by Google).

    OFFICIAL COMMENTS ON BANKRUPTCY IZHMASH
    JSC "Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant"

    April 6, 2012 Arbitration Court of Udmurtia has recognized, "Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant" bankrupt, and opened for business in bankruptcy. The court appointed bankruptcy trustee member of the company non-profit partnership "Moscow professional self-regulating organization of arbitration managers' Artem Kuznetsov.

    The decision on the recognition of a bankrupt company was expected to guide him the plant was ready. At the beginning of 2011, when under the control of the State Corporation "Russian Technologies" to the management team "Izhmash" came a new crisis management team headed by Maxim Kuzyukom, it was decided to conduct business through the improvement of the reorganization of the management and implementation of bankruptcy procedures, including in order to comply balance the interests of the debtor and its creditors.

    To the company was able to preserve the scientific and industrial potential, was created by NPO "Izhmash" (100% subsidiary of GC "Technologies"), which combined the main production areas, previously carried out by disparate groups of businesses "Izhmash". It is important to ensure that the commitments by the state defense order in the field of military-technical cooperation. Receiving the majority of employees in the newly created company has actually been completed, as well as translation of basic obligations under the executables earlier contracts. All the necessary licenses to manufacture and sell products for civil and military purposes and has already received. The factory will continue to fully and thus more effectively than ever before, to produce the full range of products, which is famous for Izhmash, including Kalashnikov assault rifles, Dragunov sniper rifles, sporting shotguns "Saiga", "Tiger," "The Bear" "Moose," sporting rifles "Biathlon" precision artillery shells, machine tools and tools.

    As a result of reorganization of the formation of a new structure of the effective management of the enterprise, many new areas of production led by professional managers, they are now completely revising existing processes and adopting modern methods of production management.

    According to forecasts, the implementation of these measures will allow the NGO "Izhmash" in 2012 to enter the profit of 32 million, compared with 6.4 million net loss last year. In 2012 the amount of planned revenues 5333 million rubles, including 3756 million rubles - at the expense of military production and 1568 million rubles - at the expense of products for civilian use. According to forecasts, sales will increase by 15-20% compared to last year.

    Note the bits highlighted in bold is highlighted by me.

    source page: http://www.izhmash.ru/rus/news/100412.shtml

    translated page: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.izhmash.ru%2Frus%2Fnews%2F100412.shtml&sl=&tl=en
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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:36 am

    Going to post this here as I think this thread is the most relevant to the topic.

    The topic being:

    During the Eurosatory 2012 exhibition (11-15 June 2012, Paris, France) the Joint Stock Company Rosoboronexport and French Thales Optronics company concluded a licence agreement for the manufacture of the Catherine XP new generation thermal imagers at the Vologda optical-mechanical plant. The two companies also signed a contract for repairs in Russia of thermal imagers made by Thales Optronics.

    The Catherine FC thermal imager was already being produced in Russia for Russian domestic armoured vehicles and vehicles for export since 2008.

    This new agreement is for the Catherine XP thermal imager, which has a higher resolution and target detection range than the Catherine FC. The Catherine XP is also smaller and lighter and uses less power than the FC model.

    Note this is fairly significant because the Catherine XP is a QWIP based thermal imager.


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    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:38 pm

    Russia to Launch Defense Research Agency by Yearend

    Russia’s advanced military research agency may become operational as early as the end of 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

    The Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry will be similar in its purpose to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the United States.

    The new body is expected to boost the development of advanced weaponry and help streamline the arms procurement process in Russia.

    “I think that we will wrap up all legal procedures by the end of this year and the foundation will start operating,” Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s defense industry, said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta to be published on Wednesday.

    “The agency will provide support for both fundamental research and high-risk projects,” Rogozin said.

    He expressed hope that by bringing the fundamental and applied research closer together and implementing the results of this research in concrete weapons development projects, the new agency will help Russia achieve technological breakthroughs in key defense areas as early as in three years.

    “We have so many breakthrough projects gathering dust that if we implement only a small part of them we will see a revolutionary leap in Russia’s development,” Rogozin said.

    The new agency, which would initially employ 100-150 experts, will be funded under the state arms procurement program until 2020.

    Russia’s Vedomosti business daily speculated in July that up to 4.7 trillion rubles ($145 billion), or almost a fifth of the rearmament program’s budget, could be spent for “unidentified” purposes, including “secret weapons development.”

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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:35 am

    Wouldn't that be a fascinating place to work...

    I wonder if I should send my CV or just turn up... Smile


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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  Austin on Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:14 pm

    Interview with Dmitry Rogozin

    http://www.rg.ru/2012/09/26/rogozin.html
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    Post  Viktor on Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:32 pm

    Well this is interesting.

    In few years time Russian MIC will increase defense output almost two times and continue growing on unprecedented rate.

    Considering types of weapons in development it means new and more lethal weapons will be introduced to Russian military and abroad

    at faster rate with each passing year.

    Rogozin predicts a significant increase in industrial production of the Russian defense industry


    TSAMTO, October 2. The industrial output of enterprises of the Russian defense industry in 2015 will increase by 1.8 times compared with 2011. On this, as the "RIA Novosti", said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in the forum "Russia Calling".

    According to him, "in view of the projected trends, the volume of industrial production in total defense increase in 2015 (relative to 2011) by 1.8 times in 2020 (relative to 2015) is 1.5 times , in 2025 (relative to 2020) by 1.3 times in 2030 (relative to 2025) by more than 1.2 times, "- said the agency.

    Overall, by 2030, defense production, compared with 2011 will quadruple.

    Rogozin said that as of now, "about 45% of the industrial output of the Russian defense industry - is the military equipment that is made for domestic use, about 22% - is defense products, which is sent in the military-technical cooperation on export and 33% of production of defense products are purely civilian "- transfers" RIA Novosti ".

    According to the Deputy Prime Minister, in the future, "the Russian defense industry should reach 50 per cent of civilian products", - said the agency.

    http://vpk.name/news/76378_drogozin_prognoziruet_sushestvennoe_uvelichenie_obemov_promyishlennogo_proizvodstva_rossiiskogo_opk.html

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    Re: Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

    Post  GarryB on Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:21 am

    As technology is mastered then things will improve.

    A lot of old factories are completely re-equipped with all new design and production technology and tooling, so it is a question of training up workers to use them effectively.


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    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:15 pm

    Putin Signs 'DARPA' Future Research Fund Bill



    Russia will go ahead with setting up a defense research agency analogous to America's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, after President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill on the new body on Tuesday.

    The law on the establishment of the Future Research Fund, published on the government's legislative website was approved by the Federation Council on October 10 and by the Duma on September 28.

    The fund's main purpose will be to sponsor high-risk scientific research and development for defense-related studies which could lead to breakthroughs in defense technology for Russia. Rights to all intellectual property and scientific developments produced by the fund will remain state property.

    The fund will replace the military-technical commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and will be subject to the Defense Ministry and Russian government. It will be run by a supervisory board, management and a general director. It is not known if Rogozin, who was the driver behind creation of the agency, will be its director.

    Around 100 staff will work in the agency initially, managing around 150 projects.

    America's DARPA was set up in 1958 as a direct response to the USSR's progress in rocket science and the launch of the Sputnik satellite. It is currently involved in developing robots for the Pentagon, and has previously contributed to development of the internet.

    http://en.ria.ru/mlitary_news/20121017/176692006.html
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    Post  Sujoy on Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:07 pm

    I hope the most salient aspect of this new agency is to support the growth of private entrepreneurs in Russia who have tremendous talent . The Skolkovo Initiative can serve as a cornerstone . Given the fact that a good number of Germans , French , Italians among others Europeans are arriving in Russia in search of work they can also be given an opportunity.
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    Post  Mr.Kalishnikov47 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:18 am

    Mikhail Kalashnikov Asks Putin To Save Izhmash

    MOSCOW — Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian who designed the AK-47 assault rifle, called on President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 30 to halt the decline at the legendary factory where he invented the weapon.

    Kalashnikov, 92, and 16 colleagues said in an open letter addressed to Putin that production had fallen to a record low at the Izmash motor and weaponry factory in Izhevsk, the main city in the central Russian region of Udmurtia.

    “Respected Vladimir Vladimirmovich, we are forced to turn to you because of the catastrophic situation at what was once a manufacturing giant,” the letter said. “It is bitter and shameful to see how something built by more than one generation is being destroyed. Today the level of production is lower than ever.”

    “In the name of the veterans who have spent most of their lives working at Izmash, we ask you to save our factory,” it said.

    Read the rest of the article here: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121030/DEFREG01/310300007/Russia-8217-s-Kalashnikov-Asks-Putin-Save-Famed-Factory?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

    From the Firearm blog:

    It is hard to sympathise with either Izhmash or Mikhail Kalashnikov. Mikhail Kalashnikov's last open letter addressed to Putin was in 2008. In that letter he accused foreigners of spreading rumours about the collapse of Izhmash in order to undermine the power of Russia.

    For most of the past decade there has been almost no innovation from Izhmash. Instead of innovating they used the Russian courts and diplomats to suppress competitors. In 1997 they obtained a patent for the 50 year old AK-47 design. Izhmash used this ridiculous patent to sue and take ownership of their Russian rival Molot.

    Rest here: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2012/10/31/mikhail-kalashnikov-asks-putin-to-save-izhmash/

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