понедельник, 3 июня 2013 г.

Russia's Defense Industry: A Well-Known Stranger

The past and present of Russia's defense industry will be the key topic of Kommersant's latest Business Guide supplement, out on May 30, 2013.

The country's military industry is on the rise now, with the state pumping serious money into arms procurement and production facility upgrades. The legal base for placement and realization of state defense order has been laid down, and relations among players in the industry are becoming more constructive and reasonable. Thanks to all this, the military complex, enormous in Soviet times and shrunk dramatically afterwards, is now finally getting back on its feet.

Sure enough, the industry is still facing plenty of challenges: understaffing, outdated equipment at production and research facilities, and the nearly-depleted legacy of technologies and know-hows inherited from the USSR. However, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister in charge of defense industry, thinks it is time to get down to work, as united efforts by authorities, industrialists, expert community, and the public will help rejuvenate the country's defense industry and take it to an entirely new level.

An article in the Business Guide covering the conference 'Key development issues of defense industry of the Russian Federation' tells the story of Russia's defense industry from the very beginning. BG recollects what the military commission looked like when it all started and what it looks like now.

Peculiarities and plans for the future of Russia's response to DARPA, the Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry, are covered in an interview with the Foundation's Director General Andrey Grigoryev.
In another article in the latest Business Guide, its authors ask why innovative defense industry centers, whose civilian products are on par with those of foreign competitors, are forced to sell them at lower prices than international competitors.

A special insert in the supplement is dedicated to a milestone event in the industry – Russia Arms EXPO 2013 (RAE 2013), the IX International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment, and Ammunition. It is taking place this September in Nizhniy Tagil, and preparations are in full swing now to demonstrate the latest achievements of Russia's military industry. RAE-2013 is expected to promote Russian-made military equipment, armaments, and ammunition in the domestic and international markets and boost business ties among military equipment manufacturers and customers all over the world.

Oleg Sienko, Director General of Uralvagonzavod, the General Coordinator of Russia Arms EXPO, tells more about things to be seen at RAE-2013 and key goals of the exhibition. He says that the unique Nizhniy Tagil test range, 52 km long an 7 km wide, unequalled in the world in terms of size and capabilities, will gather the top players in the industry to discuss and evaluate the latest examples of military hardware. The venue's unique properties will help fully showcase combat capabilities of armored vehicles and other units, combining a rich business agenda with a colorful show program. There is even more to come, though. According to Oleg Sienko, work is already in progress to further improve the venue's infrastructure: test tracks and pavilions are being rebuilt, new obstacle courses are being set up, and telecom infrastructure being upgraded. The result: a richer business agenda of the exhibition, and even more spectacular shows for experts and common visitors of RAE-2013.

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