Russian Defense Ministry, Arms Producers Sign Contracts Worth $2bn

The Russian Ministry of Defense concluded agreements with enterprises to the tune of over 135 bln rubles ($1.98 bln), and they will be extended over the coming eight years (2018-2026), Russian media report.

During this period, the military plans to receive two Sukhoi Su-57 jet fighters, six Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-2 fighters, 132 BMD-4M combat vehicles, 58 BTR-MDM armored vehicles, 69 Typhoon (4×4) vehicles, and repair more than 1,000 Kamaz and Ural vehicles, Kommersant wrote. In turn, the fleet will receive a series of six small missile ships of the Project 22800, which will become carriers of Kalibr cruise missiles that were successfully tested in Syria.

The signing of 32 contracts was held at Patriot Park with Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko attending the event. According to him, with the timely implementation of these deals, the armed forces will receive more than 600 new units, as well as over 1,500 items of repaired weapons, military and special equipment.

The execution cycle of most contracts is limited to the period of 2018-2020. A source in the Ministry told the newspaper, this was mainly due to the practice of approving a three-year budget.

The military plans to obtain unguided missiles, as well as various satellite and tropospheric communication systems. In addition, the armed forces ordered the overhaul of the BREM-1 armored repair and evacuation vehicle (20 units), the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (67 units), BMP-2 (230 units). A part of the contracts is designed for a longer period. Thus, the supply of four MiG-35UB fighters and two combat MiG-35S fighters will continue until 2023, and this, according to Kommersant, is partly due to the loading of the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG with commercial orders.

The longest contracts were concluded with shipbuilders. The Vostochnaya Verf shipyard (Vladivostok) undertook supplying the Russian Navy with two small missile ships of the Project 22800 by 2023.

Meanwhile, their colleagues from the Amur Shipbuilding Plant have a series of four such ships with the end of the delivery date set for 2026. According to the newspaper’s military source, the decision to build them was made based on the use of Kalibr strike complexes in Syria.