The timing of the transfer of warships to the Russian Navy in the current year can be disrupted. Such a negative forecast on Wednesday at a meeting in the Ministry of Defense was voiced by the Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, responsible for the defense industry complex in the Russian government.
Shifts of construction and repair of ships, he said, were last year, and there were already prerequisites for the failure of delivery dates for the delivery program in 2018. Borisov called to reverse this negative trend.
The Vice-Premier said that since 2014 the state customer has been dealing almost every year with system failures of a number of shipbuilding enterprises to supply ships and ships for the Navy. "The executors of the tasks of the state defense order bear personal responsibility for the construction time, and for compliance with the approved schedule of deliveries," the official reminded.
Borisov said that the fleet in 2018 had already received 4 surface ships, one anti-sabotage boat and three supply vessels. In total this year, seafarers should receive 26 ships, four of which with rockets "Caliber".
"Such supplies, of course, will increase the shock capabilities of our naval forces," the deputy prime minister said, adding that most of the contracts that were to be signed on maritime topics in 2018 have already been concluded.
"Our task is to close all the debts of previous years, to enter unconditional and timely fulfillment of deliveries of equipment and weapons for the Navy," the deputy head of the Russian government said.
To this end, he said, loan funds will be attracted to shipbuilders on preferential terms.
Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu complained about delaying the deadlines. According to him, the enterprises belonging to the United Shipbuilding Corporation, with a backlog, fulfill their obligations to the army. In December 2017, the head of USC, Alexei Rakhmanov, said that in 2018 the Navy will be transferred with lagging two warships and one ship. In total, the state corporation plans to transfer 11 ships and vessels to the Russian Navy this year.