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Meeting on fulfilling state defence order

May 12, 2016, Sochi

Vladimir Putin continued a series of meetings on military matters, focusing this time on issues related to fulfilling the state defence order.

Following the meeting, Mr Putin inspected models of military vehicles – off-road vehicles manufactured by Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ) and adapted for the Russian Armed Forces’ use.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,

Today, we continue our work and will discuss matters concerning the fulfilment of the 2015 state defence order.

Let me say right at the outset that overall, the defence industry companies carried out their contractual obligations diligently. Most arms and equipment orders were delivered in full and on time.

Overall in 2015 the armed forces received around 4,000 items of arms and military hardware, including 96 planes, 81 helicopters, 152 air defence systems, and 291 radar stations. The 2015 state defence order-fulfilment rate was 97 percent and the overall share of modern arms and equipment models at the armed forces’ disposal went up to 47.2 percent.

The new arms and equipment are being put to active use and getting regular testing and use in inspections of units’ combat readiness, training exercises, military competitions, and, in some cases, in actual combat conditions. You all know the circumstances I refer to. Overall, the results are good.

The state authorities will continue to encourage and support defence industry companies to develop their production and technology capabilities. We also need to put in place the conditions for developing production sectors closely related to the defence industry. We will continue making every effort to protect jobs and raise wages in the defence sector companies.

At the same time, I regret to have to say that some contracts have had delays and in some cases have not even been able to be carried out as planned. I ask the heads of the integrated holdings and defence industry companies to pay particular attention in their reports today to the causes behind the failure to carry out defence order contractual obligations in 2015. We also need to examine the specific circumstances in the state defence order situation this year. We must analyse the causes for the disruptions and problems and propose measures to make sure that this sort of situation does not arise again.

Let’s start work.


May 12, 2016, Sochi