Putin praises Russian arms industry

2016-05-12 20:02
Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to attend the presentation ceremony of the top military brass in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service, AP, RIA-Novosti)

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to attend the presentation ceremony of the top military brass in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service, AP, RIA-Novosti)

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Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has hailed Russia's arms industries for meeting most production goals for new weapons, but noted that some contracts haven't been fulfilled.

Putin, who spoke on Thursday at a meeting with military officials and defence industries' leaders in Sochi, said the military last year received 96 planes, 81 helicopters, 152 air defence systems and 291 radars among other new weapons.

Despite Russia's economic downturn, the Kremlin has pushed ahead with an ambitious arms modernisation programme amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.

Putin said that some of last year's contracts hadn't been fulfilled and urged officials to analyse the reasons behind the failures, but gave no details. He said that that the government will continue to support defence industries, work to create new jobs and raise salaries.

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