According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Government has put a lot of effort into ensuring the sustainability of the nation’s defence industry. Advance payments for the procurement of electronic components have been increased to 100 percent; and contracts for the state defence order (SDO) can now be concluded with a single supplier at estimated prices not exceeding the SDO, without the need to register them with the Federal Antimonopoly Service.
Despite the unprecedented sanctions that led to a reduction in the supply of materials and increasing costs, fulfilling the state defence order continues to be an absolute priority for the Russian defence industry, Yury Borisov added. Last year, at least 98 percent of its requirements were met, and this year, the progress towards some of the target indicators is already ahead of schedule.
The Deputy Prime Minister also informed the President that the initial data for the next State Armaments Programme (SAP) has been prepared, while the programme itself will be drawn up by mid-2023 and will be submitted to the President for approval. The new SAP will focus on creating qualitatively new types of weapons, including non-conventional ones, such as directed-energy weapons, kinetic weapons, and artificial intelligence-enabled control systems and robotic systems.
Yury Borisov added that the Government is now systematically working to accelerate the pace and volume of import substitution with appropriate support for crucial industries.