MOSCOW, November 24 (RIA Novosti)
Over 1 trillion rubles ($30 billion) will be spent on the provision of arms and military equipment to the Russian Armed Forces next year, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Thursday.
That is 17% up on the previous year, he said.
A total of 4 trillion rubles will be earmarked for these purposes over the next three years, Ivanov said.
Some 60% of the funding under government defense contracts will be spent on the procurement of advanced weaponry.
Such funding levels are quite significant, Ivanov said, adding that “it is inappropriate” to suggest that funding for defense and security programs is “insufficient.”
It is of paramount importance now to ensure that these funds are put “to good use,” Ivanov said.
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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.