What to do?

What to do?To buy or not to buy Western weapons?

Today, everyone who is interested in the development of domestic armed forces is trying to answer this question. Someone thinks that this cannot be done in any way, someone, on the contrary, reproaches the defense industry for over-pricing, monopolism and lobbying for their interests. Answer this question is definitely impossible. The level of our industrial base is an order of magnitude behind the western countries. Therefore, in principle, we cannot compete with the West in the number of advanced technologies. But at the same time, putting an end to its own industry is simply criminal, and only the enemy can argue this way. Of course, nobody will sell advanced technology to us, therefore we are doomed to purchase outdated developments. In fact, this should not be afraid. The T-34 tank was equipped with a “Christie” suspension, which the Americans recognized as obsolete, and this made it possible to buy out this project to the Soviet Union. Later, this car became a legend of WWII and the best tank in the world at the turn of the 40-x-50-s. At the same time, the T-43 tank with a torsion suspension was created, but it did not go into production, since it showed no significant advantages over the T-34. This example shows that even outdated technology, implemented at a new level, can bring success on the battlefield. Therefore, do not be afraid of cooperation with the West. At one time, we very much benefited from this.

In 1969, the K-222 goldfish project was implemented, the submarine was built entirely of titanium. This product turned out to be extremely expensive, but work on this project made it possible to introduce into production a very large number of technological solutions for working with such material as titanium. Therefore, we won here, not so much by building this boat, as in solving certain technological processes that brought our shipbuilding to a new level. The industry cannot develop virtually, it needs to produce something, and the more projects there are for the future, the faster it will develop. The same can be noted in the debate about the construction of aircraft carriers. They may not be needed by our army as badly as the Americans, but it’s definitely certain that we lose experience by refusing to build these large-scale projects. It is such projects that lead to revolutionary breakthroughs in work, and they can give the necessary impetus for the development of our military-industrial complex.

Therefore, the state should not only place its orders on domestic capacities, but also lobby for the export of these products, despite the fact that the bulk of production has been privatized and has a private owner. Here we come to one of the main problems, which is that the owner is not interested in modernizing his production, with no guarantees that after modernization he will be provided with state. orders. And modern modernization in today's conditions is actually the re-organization of production. That entails the need to improve the skills of workers. In general, this whole complex of problems is formed into a macro task, which only the state can solve. It is not clear how this decision should take into account the interests of the owner and in what relations with him the state should carry out modernization. All this may lead to a revision of the privatization results. Today there are examples where it is impossible to establish the owner of an enterprise producing weaponfor example, nuclear submarines at the Amur shipbuilding plant, whose assets were taken offshore.

Thus, we have not just any separate problem areas, but systemic phenomena that are extremely difficult to deal with. Since they are based on the laws of the “wild” market 90-x and the interests of the owner, which in this case come into conflict with the interests of the state and society. This is a characteristic feature of the development of our society today, and it does not matter which problem we are dealing with - the military-industrial complex, science or art. In any industry we have a similar state of affairs. But to parasitize on the Soviet legacy today is becoming increasingly difficult due to the rapid development of technology.
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