GarryB wrote:I think it is sensible to reduce spending in most areas when there is the sort of disruption like this pandemic... when the economy recovers and is back up and running normally they can boost spending in the areas they cut to further boost those areas to compensate.
In reality what it means that for a couple of years a few programmes that were going to be fully funded will be partially funded so a few things will take a bit longer to get done.
As long as those things are not critical it should not be a serious problem.
Getting things back into production and up and running again should be the focus in the long term but minimising the damage and preventing too much damage should also be a focus.
Problem is that 2020 is the last year of current long term acquisition program: lot of production batches are nearing completion, so no sense to stop them now with all components already acquired and needing only to be assembled.
Same with the programs that are near to be started: most of them, like Su-57, Tu-160m2, Armata, Kurganets, Boomerang and so on would mark an astounding advancement in operative capabilities of Russian armed forces, having (and this time for real, not just as a catchphrase for better selling) no analogues in the world.
Maybe the most radical solution would be to retire the older equipment in a single block, leaving just the ones needed for keep crews with a minimum of training and kept the new produced ones in storage for a pair of years (also there except for the ones needed for a minimum of training) and introduce them in service all together.