Russia needs defence research body: NATO envoy

Last Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 13:54

Moscow: Russia`s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, has called for the creation of a defence research agency similar to DARPA, the Pentagon agency that funds military research in the US.

In an article in the Izvestia newspaper, Rogozin said Russia`s defence industry had "serious problems" even though the government has earmarked 3 trillion rubles ($97 billion) for its modernisation over the next 10 years.

"Liberal economists" of the 1990s and "irresponsible reforms" were partly to blame for this, he said.

"Russia needs a qualitative breakthrough but this calls for the creation of a modern technological basis," Rogozin said.
"It is necessary to create the Russian version of the Defence Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA)," he went on. "It would be a government body with its own budget."

IANS



First Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 13:54

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