Russian Industry Should Be Ready for War, Putin Tells Military (Russian TV News)

" ... the ability of the economy to rapidly increase defense production ... is one of the most important pillars in ensuring the strategic safety of the country"  - V. Putin

Fri, Nov 24, 2017
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This is how a country which feels threatened behaves.

This is a very revealing Russian TV news report. Full transcript follows below. Just from the manner of the announcer, one can see he thinks this is very significant. It is the first story at the top of the hour.

The Russians are prepared to build extra capacity into many of their biggest civilian industrial companies, which serves no commercial purpose, but would allow them to rapidly increase military production if necessary - that would be mostly auto and aviation manufacturing, but also medicine and food supplies.

The goal is to upgrade manufacturing facilities and create a reserve of material and technical resources, a kind of inviolable reserve.

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Putin is taking no chances with a plainly aggressive and hostile NATO, and US military establishment pushing war on several continents.


Transcript

Anchor:

Vesti live, we’re on the air. All large strategic companies in Russia regardless of their form of incorporation should be ready to increase their defense production output at anytime if required.

This was stated today by Putin in Sochi where he held a third executive meeting with representatives of the Defense Ministry and the military industry. The results of the maneuvers "Zapad-2017" that took place in late September were discussed.

Dmitriy Petrov elaborates on the discussion's conclusions:

Correspondent:

The president dedicated the third day of the meetings on the defense agenda to a discussion of the results of the strategic joint maneuvers "West-2017". They took place in September on the territory of several regions, and today the respective governors, as well as heads of some ministries, joined the discussion.

Nine test ranges were used in Russia and Belarus. The concept of the maneuvers is in case of an extremist invasion of Kaliningrad and Belarus. The aggressor encounters organized resistance.

The Russian military successfully tested the armored fighting vehicle "Terminator" and the tank T90S1. 20 ships of the Baltic Fleet created a blockade of the territory from the sea. Units and squads from regional troops were redeployed to the place of invasion to isolate the enemy.

Civilian services had an important role to play here.

Putin:

"A number of essential tasks were successfully met in the course of the maneuvers.

First, the mobilization capacity and the ability to fulfill the army's needs on the local level were checked.

The military reserve — regular citizens — were summoned to military training. The scenario of transferring to the military transport vehicles, as well as equipment from civil manufacturers was practiced, and also the technical covering of transport routes."

Correspondent:

Certain soft spots were revealed, such as the supply of provisions and medicaments, and a rapid increase of defense production in case of military escalation.

These weaknesses should be eliminated, according to the president.

Putin

"They should be carefully studied and additional measures to increase the mobilization capacity should be taken.

I'd like to point out that the ability of the economy to rapidly increase the defense production output when necessary is one of the most important pillars in ensuring the strategic safety of the country.

Any strategic and large company should be ready to do that regardless of the form of incorporation."

The goal is to upgrade manufacturing facilities and create a reserve of material and technical resources, a kind of inviolable reserve.

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