The Russian defense sector is ready to supply armaments for the Defense Ministry's operations in the Arctic, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
"The Arctic is one of the systemic threats we have been analyzing. For instance, the Future Research Fund has listed a possible growth of tensions and the struggle for Arctic resources amongst the threats the Fund takes into consideration," he said after a conference dedicated to the Fund's activity, which was chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The defense sector is already building military hardware with characteristics sufficient for operations under extreme Arctic conditions, he emphasized.
A system of the kind, the "northern" modification of the Pantsir-S1 air defense missile and artillery system, was demonstrated to the chief of state who familiarized himself with the products of the Instrument Design Bureau on Monday, Rogozin continued.
"On the whole, we assume that we are prepared to supply the armed forces with everything they need for operating in these aggressive northern latitudes, including air defense systems," Rogozin concluded.
The Tula-based instrument-building design bureau, KBP, plans to test the Pantsir-S1 combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system beyond the Polar Circle, KBP's first deputy managing director, Nikolai Khokhlov, told. Read more>>>