Today’s meeting on implementing GPV-2020 (the third thus far) was devoted to nuclear forces and aerospace defense. However, President Vladimir Putin had little specific to say, at least in his published remarks.
He obligatorily noted how VVKO and especially SYaS bear “special responsibility” for Russia’s security, territorial integrity, and global and regional parity and stability.
VKO, the president said, must not only be in permanent combat readiness to defend military and state command and control facilities against a potential enemy’s attack, but also “provide clear and effective coordination with other services and troop branches.”
In other words, lots of air and aerospace defense assets don’t belong to VVKO, and their job is to integrate them into a network.
On the nuclear side, Putin said Russia isn’t looking for an arms race but rather to ensure “the reliability and effectiveness of our nuclear potential.”
To reequip SYaS and VKO, the Supreme Glavk indicated Russia intends to allocate a “significant part” of the total resources for GPV-2020, but, again, nothing more specific. By 2020, SYaS is supposed to have 75-80 percent modern weapons systems, and VVKO not less than 70 percent.
And that’s all we learn about the meeting. Or almost all.
Kremlin.ru provided a participant list that’s a bit interesting. Many officials and industry leaders you’d expect attended. But some were noticeably absent — missile designers from MIT, missile builders from Votkinsk, and the RVSN Commander. Surprisingly, the general director of the Makeyev design bureau was present.