Russian defense sector to halt Ukrainian imports by 2017

The Russian defense sector will move away from using Ukrainian component parts by 2017, the Defense Ministry said.

The Russian defense sector will move away from using Ukrainian component parts by 2017, the Defense Ministry said.

"We will be practically independent from Ukrainian [imports] by 2017," Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told Interfax, answering a question about progress in the substitution of imports from Ukrainian plants.

"Substitution of about 186 types of product imported from Ukrainian manufacturers in 2014-2016 is planned," he said.

"The process is on schedule. We cut our dependence on Ukrainian suppliers approximately 10-15 percent in 2014, and will reduce it by another 30-40 percent in 2015," Borisov said.

The most challenging product is engines produced by Mykolaiv Zorya-Mashproekt for Russian warships of several projects, among them frigates under construction at national shipyards.

It was reported earlier that Zorya-Mashproekt put a stop to the delivery of ship engines to Russia although it had received upfront payments.

"[Russian enterprises] will be able to make such goods only by the end of 2017, and we will replace them with Russian products in 2018," the deputy minister said.

Rybinsk NPO Saturn and St. Petersburg Zarya, amongst others, are developing substitutes for the ship engines, he added.

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