The fate of the last state armaments program

Today’s NVO includes a reminder of the fate of procurement plans included in the last State Armaments Program (for 2006-2015) as the program has passed its halfway mark.

  • 7 Borei SSBNs: none in service to date (though two have been built), because of problems with the Bulava missile
  • 6 multi-purpose attack submarines: none built to date
  • 24 surface combat ships: 2 completed in the first 5 years
  • 116 new fighter aircraft: 22 completed
  • 156 new helicopters: 60 completed
  • 18 S-400 battalions: 4 completed
  • 5 Iskander brigades: 1 completed

I’m afraid I don’t have the time to verify the numbers right now or to break this down into specific components (types of aircraft, etc), but the general picture seems more or less correct.

The article goes on to note that in 2010, Russian defense industry received its full measure of allocated funding, while completing only 70 percent of state orders in 2010. This reinforces the point being made not just by analysts, but also by top generals: the condition of the Russian defense industry has deteriorated to the point that it is unable to keep up with demand. Most of its plants are desperately in need of modernization. Without an effort along these lines, the new State Armaments Program (for 2011-2020) is likely to fail as badly as the last.