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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Defense Ministry is interested in buying Russian-made Tigr (Tiger) armored vehicles, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
Different modifications of the vehicles exist, including those armed with antitank rockets that can effectively engage a superior enemy force as large as a tank company, he said.
This particular modification is being developed by the Arzamas Machine-Manufacturing Plant in conjunction with the Tula-based KB Priborostroyenia [Instrument Building] Design Bureau.
“We will show this machine at an exhibition in Nizhny Tagil. I think it will impress everyone - both our enemies and our state contracting authorities,” Rogozin said.
He said it is wrong to buy 100-percent foreign-made military arms and equipment, because such policy is detrimental to domestic manufacturers and does not involve technology transfers.
Rogozin also said the state will support private firms working under state defense contracts, adding that the relevant legislation is pending.
The SPM-2 GAZ-233036 Tigr (Tiger) is a high-mobility multipurpose military vehicle manufactured by MIC, a GAZ Group division, at the Arzamas machine-manufacturing plant.
It has a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour and can carry up to nine personnel or 1.2 tons of cargo.
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- tec123100% correct.11:23, 23/02/2013Mr. Rogozin is so correct not only there is no tech transfer but also in times of war or conflict parts will be hard to come by with the West imposing sanctions on any company that supply parts to Russia they have done it the past and will again.
About enemies yes he is also right there are many inside Russia who are only interested in making money they don't care about Russia and its people in fact they don't give a hell if the Russia civilian and military industries go under and we can see this with the leading airline operator inside Russia.
- mishkaDo you mean Aeroflot?14:30, 23/02/2013I agree with you on all your opinions.
I dont want to misunderstand you. I felt that you criticize Aeroflot to use important aircraft instead of Russian made ones. Yes it s sad but there are rational reasons forcing to avoid from products of domestic aviotion. 6 months ago I had a rtip with a Ilyushin IL96-300 which is top model of Russian plane making industry. While taxi in Sheremetyova it was felt a strong exhaust smelling in the plane. I afriaded of poisoning carbon-monoxyd and called the hostess to ask about it. I asked her if everything was O.K. and she replied dont worry sir it s not harmfull. Just this is a Russian made aircraft and you know it s possible such quality problems, you should not expect an isolation like in imported analogues. she was right and honest enough. In fact IL96 is more reliable model than all Boeing and Airbuses. The serie has almost no accident till now. bigger, heavier and stronger than most of the other models Aeroflot operates. But has a bad finishes and interior meterial and conditions. Russians can make great things but ignore small details which is effective in decisions of the last users. Russians can have achievements on difficult duties but are famous for with bad quality products just because of bad metarial and workmanship on deatils of good products.
Because of this reality consumers even in domestic market dont preffer Russian products and it leads Russian industry lack of budget for R&D activities. The question remains: Are chickens from eggs or eggs from chickens?
And also there is one more point should not to be ignored especailly after PM Medvedev's last phrase is on headline here today. He warns for a approaching serios crisis with the west over European missle shield. I am pessimistic as much as him about the wil of the west for a resolution. It must be cease to use American made Cummins engines on Tgers.
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The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.