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Rogozin Denies Halt to Russian Tank Purchases

RIA Novosti

18:01 14/02/2012 MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Army will continue implementation of a program to purchase military hardware, including armored vehicles, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Nikolai Makarov said the Defense Ministry would stop purchasing domestic-made armored vehicles for the next five years because they are outdated.

“The chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces is not the only one who makes decisions on the purchase of arms and military hardware. The Army and the Fleet will be modernized as scheduled and in accordance with the state armament procurement budget until 2020,” Rogozin wrote in his Facebook account.

He also said that if the General Staff chief “has complaints about tanks or any other hardware he should express them in a professional atmosphere to the designers and manufacturers.”

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