Russia intends to construct three new factories for manufacturing equipment that could eliminate ballistic missile and other airborne threats, Bloomberg reported on Saturday (see GSN, Jan. 25).
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Interfax the nation also intends to establish a new agency that would focus on uncovering national security dangers to Russia and its technology (Ilya Khrennikov, Bloomberg, Jan. 28).
"I held a meeting on Friday at the Almaz-Antei Co., which discussed prospects for various [research and development] works," ITAR-Tass quoted Rogozin as saying during a gathering of the Academy of Military Sciences. "We shall build new factories; we intend to build three new factories only for air-space defense" (ITAR-Tass I, Jan. 28).
Moscow has said it is seriously concerned about U.S. plans to over the next eight years deploy increasingly advanced missile interceptors around Europe. While Washington insists the antimissile systems are aimed at deterring a ballistic missile attack from the Middle East, the Kremlin suspects the interceptors would secretly be aimed against its long-range strategic assets.
Russia has warned a new arms race could open up with its former Cold War antagonist if an accord cannot be reached on NATO's plans to establish a missile shield in Europe.
The Russian government intends to begin providing S-400 Triumph air-defense units to Kazakhstan and Belarus no sooner than 2015, a defense insider told ITAR-Tass.
“Once serial production of these systems begin, we will have to rearm up to 30 air defense regiments with S-400 systems and supply about 10 S-500 squadrons to the space defense troops by 2020 under the governmental armament program,” the anonymous source said. “As we meet the needs of the space defense troops, we will be able to start supplying S-400 systems to Belarus and Kazakhstan after 2015."