@franco: great interview, thanks!
@miketheterrible: I am not sure he is meaning it that way. If you take inflation rates of RF from 2011 till today you have a huge devaluation of value in constant rubles. Considering an average inflation of 7,5%, 20 trillion of 2018 would be 12 trillion of 2011. So almost half the value. But in any case I would not take it too literally.
I am surprised by how candidly some questions were answered
Among sovereign countries there are very poor, for example, Cuba or North Korea. And among the states that do not have sovereignty, there are very rich countries like Germany or Japan
The relationship between the customer and the executor, between the Ministry of Defense and the defense industry, at the time of his appointment to the post in 2012 was to the extreme extent of a conflict. They spoke different languages. Moreover, it was the relationship of two different and hostile worlds.
Those freed up as a result of the renunciation of naval gigantomania and projections should be invested in control, reconnaissance and communication systems, drones and new armored platforms. By the way, land travelers and paratroopers will have to solve the problem with the Kiev junta or the Baltic Nazis if they rely on NATO and want to check our defense
There is, I repeat, a serious lag in Russia in the field of unmanned aircraft. In fact, here we are lagging behind the US for about 25 years, while at the stage of creating long-range medium-altitude unmanned aircraft class Predator.
Seriously roasting Il and shipbuilding industry:
The big question is whether the structure, which is supposed to entrust the restoration of the production of the An-124, is able to do this. Let's look at the success of the Ilyushinsky firm over the past ten years. The contract for the supply of 38 military transport aircraft to China is broken. The delivery of two Il-76MFs to Jordan was made with a significant delay from the schedule. The Il-214 / MTA project is a failure. The program to restore the production of IL-76 came out of all possible schedules and estimates. The only aircraft in the test operation shows very low operational reliability. There are very strong concerns about the success of developing the IL-112V. If the company has not been able to restore its IL-76 production for ten years, what are the chances for the success of the recovery of the more complex and foreign AN-124, for which there is also no engine?
...But the construction of the main classes of surface ships is in constant crisis. And this I'm talking about ships of relatively small displacement - a class of corvette-frigate. It's terrible to think about what means will be required and how long it will take to build the "monster-shaped" destroyers "Leader" or the giant aircraft carrier "Storm".
A tendency to promote technologies convenient for power projection getting clearer by the day:
The military operation confirmed other obvious shortcomings. First of all in the field of reconnaissance and target designation. For example, the lack of long-range unmanned aircraft. It is necessary to quickly adopt long-range unmanned vehicles and the duration of the flight, including reconnaissance and strike operations, improve the capabilities of aerial and space reconnaissance, and saturate Russia's high-precision guided weapons.
Navy should not expect their big dreams to come true short term:
In the new LG, it seems that excessive lean towards spending on the Navy has been eliminated, and the construction of the most expensive large surface ships is wisely transferred to the future. The frigates will remain the largest under construction ships.
But I liked this one the most:
But for sovereignty it is necessary to pay, sovereignty is expensive.
So to summarize we should expect:
> Frigates and submarines to the navy
> Refill with modernized planes for the air force, no PAK-DA until 2030-35. S-500 and long range missiles for S-400
> Armatas & co. to the army. New command and control systems.
> Sarmat, Avangard, Rubezh, hypersonic weapons and cruise missiles