Borisov said Russia is working to develop weapons based on new physical principles. These, he said, are primarily laser and broadband electromagnetic devices that will replace conventional weapons in the next decade. As he said, more powerful laser systems have been developed than the Peresvet complex to allow thermal destruction of targets, and a weapon that has cremated a drone from a distance of five kilometers in five seconds has been tested.
The deputy prime minister later told the Pervij Kanal TV channel that a laser destroying targets five kilometers away had also begun to be delivered to the troops. “While blinding Peresvet, the new generation of laser weapons is already leading to the physical destruction of the object, that is, its thermal destruction, so it doesn’t have to be spent on expensive missiles like Pancir and Tor. These systems are capable of up to five kilometers. to shoot the different types of drones, they are already on their way. They are already starting to arrive in the army, the first specimens are already in use, “he said.
At the forum, Borisov said Russia was beginning to commission the S-500 complexes, which would practically combine the functions of air defense and missile defense. As he said, the Sz-500, as well as the Tor, Buk, Sz-300, Sz-350 and Sz-400 ground-to-air missile systems, are among the “most sought-after products” and in terms of technical characteristics, Russia is the undisputed leader in the world market for these types of weapons. Jan Novikov, CEO of Russia’s Almaz-Antej military air and space defense group, told Nacionalnaja Oborona (National Defense) magazine at the end of April that mass production of the 600-kilometer-long Sz-500 Prometheque had begun.
Borisov, referring to data from 2017-2021 on Wednesday, said Russia’s share of the global arms market is about 20 percent. He said the Russian military industry’s multi-year order package is worth about $ 50 billion and the country exports arms worth $ 14-15 billion a year. His main customers included India, China, Egypt and Algeria. “I believe that after exports of hydrocarbons, food and wheat, this is probably the third component of our export earnings,” he said.
Borisov said 26 percent of Russian defense industry output goes to foreign markets. Within the sector, aircraft manufacturing accounts for 33 percent, the radio electronics complex for 28 percent, shipbuilding for 16 percent, and conventional armaments for 15.5 percent. According to him, the new Russian missile launchers already have the characteristics of precision weapons, the projectiles of which are capable of aiming at targets separately.
The deputy prime minister said the U.S. has the largest share of the global arms market at 39 percent. Referring to statistics from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), he said Russia is in fifth place in terms of armaments spending, with $ 66 billion. The United States spends $ 801 billion and NATO countries together spend more than $ 1.2 trillion on this.
Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – Tudomány by sg.hu.
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