Foreign Customers Queue up for S-300 Defense Systems

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

24th February, 2016


Foreign customers are lining up for the Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-300, said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Saturday .

“In fact, today there is a struggle for a place in the queue for getting this cherished S-300 system”, — he said during the grand opening of the “Kirov machine-building enterprise”, belonging to VKO “Almaz-Antey”.

According to him, the opening of this plan “is a step forward, this new system will be of great importance for the defense of our country and has huge export potential”.

According to him, Russia is moving towards the creation of a new generation of weapons and military equipment for air defense, which allows them to “fully protect our facilities from a sudden missile attack of a potential enemy”

The Vice Prime Minister stressed that in the era of air and space weapons the winner is simply whoever has the superiority in this field.

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Russia, he said, have already rebuilt ground systems, which allows us to see all of the aggressive targets approaching our territory — whether it be cruise missiles, supersonic missiles, airplanes, or other targets.

Next in turn – a missile defense alarm system against attacks from space based locations.

The new plant is the flagship of the defence industry of Russia

The decision to build the KMP was taken in 2010. At that time in the recent history of Russia, the experience of the creation of machine-building enterprises of a similar profile has been practically absent: the last such plant was built in the 80’s of the last century. Construction work was launched in 2012, and three years later the installation and commissioning of equipment was completed.

The KMP organized is a full cycle of manufacture of other products in the range of “Almaz-Antey”. Investments in the construction of new enterprises exceeded 20 billion rubles, of which more than 13 billion are “Almaz-Antey’s” own funds, and more than 6 billion from the budget.

The project envisages the possibility of changing the product range — the new plant will be able to develop new products and start their serial production without any additional technical upgrades.

The level of computerization of the new enterprise has no equivalent in Russia. This allows quick and precise  production and purchasing planning to track costs and so on. The productivity of the KMP should be higher than other major companies, by 3-3.5 times.

The total number of personnel at the plant after reaching the production capacity will exceed 1,800 people. The basis of a special training center at the plant will train workers in all necessary fields practically on the job. In 2015 almost all workers of the enterprise underwent the appropriate training.

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