Against the background of our well-known fiscal and economic turmoil, I would like to draw attention to strategic positive. But he is. And you can even see and touch it. At least on the example of two past exhibitions of weapons only. It - aviation MAX and land "Nizhny Tagil".
But there is a sense in these exhibitions that is difficult to understand for outside experts and even importers of our weapons. For the first time in many years, we are showing new ultra-modern equipment, which the Russian army is purchasing on a massive scale. Yes, with problems, but a fundamentally new Bulava ballistic missile was adopted. This is the basis for strategic deterrence for the coming decades. Radically new families of land equipment are being created - tanksfighting vehicles. The latest S-400 air defense systems are coming into service and the next S-500 is already in line. Since 2008, a contract was signed for the supply to the armed forces of fighters, front-line bombers, carrier-based fighters, and transport aircraft — a total of 416 new-built aircraft. Already purchased the 55 best in the world combat training aircraft Yak-130.
"In general, this great aircraft is in fact. The best combat training machine, probably, in the world. Made with enthusiasm and imagination, with Italian money, when nobody paid anything. We would not have a car ... Amazing" - says the pilot.
Well, here, in general, there is nothing to add, except that if it were not for this colossal program, we would already not have an army capable of protecting the country from any serious threat.
"Our foreign policy triumph, by the way, is directly connected with the state defense order, because a country that does not have a modern army does not triumph in foreign policy triumphs in principle." - says director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov.
It really is. And this is not only defense and security. If we can create weapon, equal and superior to the best world samples, it means that we have and will have science, technology, industry, collected bit by bit from the same heaped ruins. And most importantly - people. Creative, sorry for the expression class.
“In the same context, I consider it extremely important to raise the prestige and reputation of the creative class of our Russian defense industry,” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
This is really so. This is our real creative class - designers, engineers, workers and scientists who create completely new knowledge and skills. And not ponovataya office plot with Bolotnaya. And we can grow this class in the first place in the defense industry. And then from there build a civilian high-tech. What the Soviet Union could not do because Soviet industrialization outside the defense sector turned out to be a complete failure.
"In general, we are on the verge of a new weapons program. This is the 2016-2025 weapons program. It will be devoted entirely to innovation, the creation of robotics, the creation of weapons on new physical principles. And most importantly, technology transfer to the civilian economy. And we want upon completion of the Armament Program, a society that understands that we are taking heavy expenditures on defense and security will tell us "Thank you!" for having, in fact, implementing a state armament program, put the country on the path of a new industry alization ", - said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
But we really don’t have another way to truly modernize the country.