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Medvedev demands more domestic telecoms equipment for Russian army

RIA Novosti

16:06 01/10/2010 GORKI (Moscow region), October 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Friday for domestic production of telecommunications equipment for the security forces to be stepped up.

"Currently, we buy this kind of equipment from nearly 40 foreign firms," Medvedev said at a Security Council meeting.

"Sometimes we can't dispense with it [foreign technology] ... but we should make the best use of our capabilities in the area of [telecoms] equipment and software," he said.

All analog telecommunications within the country's Armed Forces should be replaced by digital technologies, Medvedev said.

National security can only be ensured with the help of up-to-date telecommunications, he added.

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