Last week Rossiyskaya gazeta’s Sergey Ptichkin reviewed Dmitriy Rogozin’s comments on the formation of the next state armaments program, GPV 2016-2025. Rogozin is Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission (VPK) attached to the RF Government.
Rogozin indicated the next GPV will be very different from the current one, according to Ptichkin.
Rogozin said fulfillment of GPV 2016-2025 will be tracked with a new automated system GAS-GOZ, or the State Automated System of the State Defense Order (or perhaps State Automated Defense Order System?). It’s supposed to allow for “quickly reacting to the smallest failures” in the GOZ.
The Future Research Fund (FPI or ФПИ, the emerging Russian DARPA) will effectively develop the most promising military and civilian technologies in 2016-2025.
Systems now in RDT&E are supposed to be in serial production. There may be some weapons based on “new physical principles.”
The PAK DA, a new strategic bomber, should be developed and produced during this GPV. The fifth generation fighter, PAK FA, will be in production.
There will be new missiles, from operational-tactical to strategic, hypersonic ones too.
It’s “not excluded” that aviation-carrying formations (aircraft carriers) will appear in the Navy.
Rogozin said the “active inclusion of the Military-Industrial Commission in developing the future GPV” is a first, and will allow for avoiding “many problems and collisions” along the way.
Rogozin criticized the “former Defense Ministry leadership” for refusing to accept the BTR-90, not ordering the BMD-4, not taking delivery of assembled BMP-3s, and not testing Obyekt 195 (a future tank) after GPV 2011-2020 was already finalized. Instead, rushed orders for developing and producing the wheeled Bumerang, light tracked Kurganets-25, and heavy tracked Armata ensued.
These armored vehicles are supposed to enter the force in a year or two, but this seems unlikely. They will probably become part of GPV 2016-2025.
Rogozin promised the next GPV will be the most balanced, most well-calculated, most innovative, and, at the same time, most realistic.
It’s very early to talk about the next GPV. Traditionally, this is a sign things aren’t going well in the GOZ or the current GPV. The overlap in consecutive GPVs makes it difficult (perhaps impossible) for anyone — citizens, lawmakers, bureaucrats, military men, and, defense industrialists — to understand exactly what’s been procured (or not) under each GPV. This state of confusion probably serves the interests of some of the same groups. Rogozin makes it sound as if defense industry, rather than the military, will drive the train this time around.