The plan for boosting the Russian Armed Forces until 2033 should focus on AI and weapons based on ‘new physical principles’, President Vladimir Putin revealed.
“As we can see, the world is facing serious threats and challenges. There are many uncertainty factors. Technology is developing rapidly, including military technology, while competition and rivalry are growing stronger and morphing into new forms. There are old smouldering conflicts in various regions of the planet, and new ones keep appearing. The leading countries are actively developing their offensive weapons. I would like to add that the so-called ‘nuclear club’ is receiving new members, as you well know. We are also seriously concerned about the NATO infrastructure approaching our borders, as well as the attempts to militarise outer space.
A significant blow to the weapons control system was the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty under a far-fetched pretext. The threat of proliferation of such missiles in various parts of the world has aggravated tension even more.
In these conditions, it is important to make adequate and accurate forecasts, analyse the possible changes in the global situation, and to use the forecasts and conclusions to develop our military potential,” Putin said during a meeting of the Federation Security Council discussing prospects for the development of the Armed Forces and other troops, military units and agencies engaged in defence for the period until 2030.
“I would like to single out the successful implementation of the State Armament Programme, which made it possible to begin major technical re-equipment of the military. The share of advanced weapons in the Army and the Navy’s equipment accounts for over 68 percent today, and some of the equipment is years ahead of its foreign analogues.“
The Russian leader said that the tally of the newest weapons and hardware in the possession of the country’s Armed Forces and Navy is currently over 68 percent. This number must be increased to at least 70 percent and maintained at that level.
“First, it is essential to ensure a balanced development of all components of the defence industry, primarily through competent and rational use of budget allocations, and material and technical resources. They are not too big – if you compare with how much other leading countries allocate for these purposes.
Second. We must improve the management system in the defence industry. This system should be modern, reliable, multi-functional, and it should use advanced information and analytical systems, communications and intelligence. In order to address defence and security issues effectively, a clear interaction procedure should be established between law enforcement agencies and authorities at all levels.
Third. In the coming years, the share of modern weapons and equipment in the Russian Army and Navy and other services must increase; it should reach 70 percent and continue to be maintained at that level.”
Putin ephasized that Russia’s “main objective for the new period is to improve the quality of weapons and equipment and increase their output. I am referring to modern and advanced high-precision weapons and means of aerospace defence, as well as the broad use of artificial intelligence in creating military products. In particular, we must expand the product line of reconnaissance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles, laser and hypersonic systems and weapons based on new principles of physics, as well as robotic systems capable of performing a variety of tasks on the battlefield.”
On November 23, Russia’s state-run news agency reported citing a military industry source that the Russian miltiary is planning to establish groups of multifunctional robots capable of solving combat missions by 2025.
According to the source, it is planned that a group of five robts will be controlled by a single operator, “who refuels them, turns them on routine, and they went to work.”