New Russian Army weaponry 'inferior' to NATO's, overpriced !

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  1. bhramos

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    The most advanced weapon systems manufactured for Russia's ground forces are below NATO and even Chinese standards and are expensive, GF chief Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov said on Tuesday.
    "The weapon models that are manufactured by our industry, including armor, artillery and small arms and light weapons, fail to meet the standards that exist in NATO and even China," he said at a session of the Defense and Security Committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament.
    He said that Russia's most advanced tank, the T-90, is in fact a modification of the Soviet-era T-72 tank [entered production in 1971] but costs 118 million rubles (over $4 million) per unit.
    "It would be easier for us to buy three Leopards [Germany's main battle tanks] with this money," Postnikov said.

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20110315/163016351.html

    are we Indians putting more money on these impotent tanks!!!
     
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    civfanatic Retired Moderator

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    Political statements, nothing more.

    This is called "lobbying".
     
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    i feel that he wanted to get money for a new tank R&D [may be T-95] or any other Tank!!!!
     
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    To say "New Russian Army weaponry 'inferior' to NATO's, overpriced !" is a blanket statement that includes probably all weaponry, while to specifically compare Leopard with T-90 is merely one example citation. I'd like more reasoning to believe in these claims.
     
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    Russia to start licensed production of foreign military equipment

    Russia will launch in July the licensed production of thermal imagers developed by a French firm as part of efforts to gain access to advanced foreign technologies, a Russian daily said on Friday.
    A plant in the city of Vologda in central Russia will assemble the Thales-developed Catherine FC thermal imaging cameras for T-90 tanks in service with the Russian army.
    "It is not a simple knock down assembly. We use Russian-made components to assemble the control system. After 2012 we will start using Russian optics and mechanics on these devices," the Gazeta newspaper quoted the plant's general director Alexander Korshunov as saying.
    Localized production will allow Russia to reduce production and maintenance costs by at least 5-10% and manufacture thermal imagers for civilian purposes in the future.
    Thermal imagers could be used for monitoring the efficiency of thermal insulation and detection of heat leaks, among other applications.
    Russia might only be able to export thermal imagers produced at its plant with the permission of the French authorities. The list of potential customers will exclude so-called rogue states such as Iran.
    According to experts, Russia is lagging 20-30 years behind the West in many areas of technological progress and is attempting to close the gap by purchasing production licenses abroad.
    Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer contends that the development of Russia's defense industry in the next few years will be based solely on licensed production of foreign military equipment.
    "We are so far behind the West that it is cheaper to buy technology [abroad] than to invent our own," Felgenhauer said.
    Russia is holding talks on the licensed production of the Italian Beretta handguns, Israeli spy drones and French Mistral helicopter carriers.
    Felgenhauer said the turn to licensed production was a logical and necessary move, as Russia had always developed its industry by borrowing technologies from the West.
    "The Soviet Union bought tool-making equipment and whole assembly lines in the United States in the 1930s, Peter the Great brought technologies from Holland. Even the Kremlin, as we know, was built by Italians," the expert said.

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20100521/159099501.html
     
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    what the hell ,then why r we spending billions of dollars to buy this crap.
     

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