Russian weapons chief promises ‘no-contact warfare’ by 2020

83027 Russian weapons chief promises ‘no contact warfare’ by 2020

Speaking at a Friday session of the enlarged collegium of thestate military tender commission, the military industry chief saidthat by 2020, Russia’s military will be equipped with weaponsallowing for “no-contact warfare.”“We should arrange it in such way that the military forceschange onto no-contact warfare, so that they catch the enemy beforethe enemy catches us and eliminate them even before they thinkabout total destruction of our military,” Rogozinannounced.The deputy PM told the weapons specialists in attendance that itwas important to analyze the outcome of the events of 2008, whenthe Russian Army and peacekeepers had to conduct a militaryoperation to repel a Georgian attack on South Ossetia.“We should arrange everything in such a way that in futurewhen we conduct such operations, against which we are not insured,our military servicemen, soldiers and officers, do not die,”Rogozin said.According to official reports, 74 Russian militaryservicemembers were killed in the five-day operation in SouthOssetia and Georgia. Another 19 were listed as missing inaction.Rogozin also warned of harsh punishments for corruption in thedefense industry. He said that the state had allocated“enormous” money to the state weapons program, sums thatwere already attracting “all sorts of vultures”. “Thesecrimes should be punished in the harshest possible way as theft inthe sphere of national defense is, in essence, high treason,”he said.To guard against embezzlement, Rogozin suggested that militaryindustry officials should conduct unannounced inspections of thespending of government funds.In late 2012, the Russian Defense Ministry announced thatmilitary spending in 2013 would be over 1.3 trillion rubles ($43billion), a rise of 50 percent from 2012. All contracts withmilitary producers must be signed before April 15 of this year.In December 2012, the Russian parliament passed an amendedversion of the state law on military orders, which allows for theadjustment of prices for long-term projects and details thepenalties for when suppliers fail to fulfill their contracts.

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Russian weapons chief promises ‘no-contact warfare’ by 2020

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