Russian Defense Manufacturers More Independent From Foreign Suppliers

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Russian defense manufacturers are becoming more independent from foreign suppliers as the country's import substitution plans are being implemented, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Import substitution became relevant for Russia as the West imposed several rounds of sanctions against Moscow, targeting Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors.

In August, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

"An import substitution plan is being implemented in the defense sector. Russian manufacturers are becoming more independent from the supply of imported components," Putin said, opening a session of Russia's Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States.

Meanwhile, Russia's cooperation with foreign states in the military-technical field is on the rise, Putin said.

"Russia continues to increase cooperation with foreign states in the military-technical field. The portfolio of our companies' orders exceeds $50 billion. We are fulfilling our obligations to foreign partners consistently, on time and with the required quality."

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The president added that the export plan for 2015 was 70 percent fulfilled by October 1. "It is fundamentally important to continue refilling the order book in the military-technical sphere, to expand cooperation, especially in the areas of joint production of military equipment and training of foreign specialists to maintain and repair this equipment."

"Recently, competitiveness on the global market of weapons and military equipment has notably intensified, despite this sphere being competitive as it is. And our defense industry manufacturers are on the receiving end," Putin said.

The Russian president said that national weapons makers "faced unscrupulous competitive practices of Western companies this year."

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