Draft budget preserves state arms program parameters until 2020 - Defense Minister

Parameters of the state armament program for the period until 2020 were preserved in the drawing up of the 2014-2016 state budget, Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said at a ministerial conference chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Parameters of the state armament program for the period until 2020 were preserved in the drawing up of the 2014-2016 state budget, Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said at a ministerial conference chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Consistent with your directives we have carefully studied every aspect of the state armament program until 2020. Every parameter has been preserved with regard to amounts and timeframes," Shoigu told the president.

"What we have done together with the Finance Ministry and the Industries Ministry: we have synchronized the armament program with the Armed Forces' development," he said.

"We already know what to do with the infrastructure according to the schedule of deliveries of armaments and military hardware, what shall be built for supporting and servicing this hardware, how many specialists shall be trained and how many healthcare facilities and service homes shall be built," the minister said.

"This synchronization balanced our three-year budget, including the 2014 budget. We also kept in mind the plans, which were drawn up consistent with your directives, the decrees of May 7, and discussed them with our board. We also had a detailed discussion with the Finance Ministry," Shoigu told the president.

"Decisions were made in every area and they will allow our rather dynamic progress towards the goals we had set: to have more than 30 percent of new armaments by 2017 and 80 percent by 2020. We are confident we can achieve these goals thanks to the work we have organized," the minister said.

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