The President held the first in a series of meetings on defense issues. The discussion focused on long-term guidelines for the development of the armed forces.
The Kremlin, May 25, 2021
Meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Defense and senior executives of companies in the defense industry.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, Chief of Staff – First Deputy Minister of Defense Valery Gerasimov, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko, Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of Aerospace Forces Sergei Surovikin, Commander-in-Chief of the Navy Nikolai Yevmenov, Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff – Deputy Chief of Staff Igor Kostyukov, First Deputy Chief of Main Operational Directorate of General Staff Viktor Poznikhir, Chief of 3rd Department of the main operational direction of the General Staff Andrei Sterlin. Other officials invited to the meeting included the Vice-President of the Security Council. Dmitry Medvedev, Vice Prime Minister Yury Borisov, the heads of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Military-Industrial Commission, the Federal Service for Technical Control and Exports and the Rostec Company.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Hello, dear colleagues,
Today we begin the traditional series of spring meetings on the development of our armed forces and the defense industry.
We never let our attention go to these areas. In particular, in recent years we have seriously renewed and adjusted our strategic planning documents in the field of defense and military security. This was done not only in light of current realities, but also with due regard to the nature of the threats and potential challenges.
I want to specifically point out that last year all planned events in the military and navy took place in their entirety, including combat training exercises, despite the objective problems caused by the coronavirus outbreak. . All objectives were met on time and without fail, and the combat readiness of military units and forces was maintained at a high level. This was confirmed during inspections in all military districts and in the Northern Fleet.
Command staff training standards have improved dramatically. All commanders of combined arms, air force and air defense units and over 85 percent of commanders of large units and regiments have gained battlefield experience in the Syrian Arab Republic and are now using it during maneuvers, command post drills and drills, as well as to train their unit personnel.
The army and navy are quickly upgraded with weapons and military equipment. For example, the capabilities of the nuclear triad have been seriously enhanced. The navy’s combat capabilities were expanded, also by adding ships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles.
We are completing the condition tests of the on-board Zircon hypersonic missile system.
Over 70% of the Air Force’s surface-to-air missile regiments have been re-equipped with the latest S-400 systems. We have successfully completed the tests of the S-500 system, which should be delivered to military units soon.
I would also like to note that companies in the defense industry cooperate very effectively with the Ministry of Defense on arms and equipment deliveries and on maintenance during the life of the equipment, that is that is, from development and production to maintenance and repairs.
I would like to add that the main defense company received substantial state support during the pandemic. This support has enabled them to maintain their production facilities, to keep their promising contracts and, of course, to preserve their personnel with unique skills.
At the same time, we are aware that we must keep the Russian armed forces in a state of high and permanent combat readiness due to the complex international situation, potential risks and threats to Russia’s military security, including those which are in the immediate vicinity of our borders. We will therefore continue to improve the structure and composition of the army and navy, in order to actively equip them with modern weapons, military and special equipment. We will help expand the potential of defense companies and leading engineering firms that design and manufacture advanced weapons and equipment.
I would like to draw your attention to the following high priority tasks.
First, it is necessary to specify the main areas for strengthening the country’s armed forces. I have already said, and I would like to repeat it, that all services and branches must develop in a balanced and systemic manner, and that their personnel must fully take into account the current trends that we observe in the strategies and tactics of the main military powers. .
Second, as before, we must devote the greatest attention to the modernization of our strategic nuclear forces as a key factor in ensuring the stability and security of Russia.
As you and everyone know, the Russian armed forces were the first to receive hypersonic weapons, including the unique Avangard intercontinental missile system with its glider vehicle. The Kinzhal airborne missile system has entered combat service and has already completed more than 160 patrol missions.
We need to expand Russia’s powerful potential in this area.
And, finally, the third aspect. We need to thoroughly analyze the advanced weapons systems and military equipment of the army and navy, select the main systems that will form the basis when drafting the new state armament program until 2034. As you know, this work has already started, and it must be completed in a high quality and on time.
Let’s move on to your reports.