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."