With this leading sentence, TASS’s statement, attributed to RF President Vladimir Putin, has thrown reality out the window and hopes potential buyers of Russian military exports don’t pay attention to facts or the news.
Russia’s weapons export contracts have been growing largely on the effective use of military hardware in the anti-terrorist operation in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the military-industrial commission on Tuesday.
Please, would somebody explain how “expert use” of the S-1 Pantsir air defense weapon system or the S-400 long-range air defense system is demonstrated by sitting on its butt and not firing in the midst of a pre-announced strike against Shayrat Airfield in Syria, not taking one shot? Not shooting down any of the 59 cruise missiles fired by US forces. By not even showing in a briefing how they merely tracked US cruise missiles. Tracked, being the operable word because the whole world knows Russia didn’t get off a shot.
How is “expert use” demonstrated if neither Russia nor the air-defense systems sold by Russia to Syria didn’t fire a shot, shoot down a missile, and got their collective asses kicked?
How is “expert use” demonstrated if, say, Russia’s policy decision was not to engage US cruise missiles?
How is “expert use” demonstrated if at least two SA-6 systems were flattened by US cruise missiles?
Yes, I will concede that “[i]nterest towards Russia’s weapons has been growing around the world”, in that I would be curious if they even tracked cruise missiles that they were warned about as, say, a training opportunity? Did they show a 3D track, a 2D track, did they show apogee, perigee, turn angles? Did the cruise missiles interrogate the target? What waveform was used? Could they be jammed? Were they networked? Why aren’t you sharing this information with the world, Russia? Perhaps, and of course, I’m just guessing, because you didn’t turn your systems on? How, again, does this demonstrate “expert use”?
One of your propaganda networks, Russia, has a motto of “question more”. Okay, I’m asking you, Russia. I’m questioning you. I’m also betting you’ll never answer because if the truth were known, your sales would plummet to zero. Perhaps your sales would go into the negatives because a lot of customers might want their money back.
As for you, Mr. Putin, now it has been demonstrated that not only are you a liar, but you’re a terrible salesman when it comes to selling Russian weapons.
April 25, 16:33UTC+3
The president says interest towards Russia’s weapons has been growing around the world
RYBINSK, April 24. /TASS/. Russia’s weapons export contracts have been growing largely on the effective use of military hardware in the anti-terrorist operation in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the military-industrial commission on Tuesday.
Interest towards Russia’s weapons has been growing around the world, which is seen in the volume of contracts, he stated.
“This is largely a result of the more effective use of our weapons in real combat conditions, including the anti-terrorist operation in Syria,” Putin said. “This opportunity for gaining a firmer foothold on the world market of armaments should not to be missed.”
“As for the production of various kinds of weapons, our defense companies are almost completely loaded with orders from the Defense Ministry so they have been facing difficulties in fulfilling orders related to military cooperation with other countries,” Putin aid. “I would like additional measures to be taken to ensure general-purpose weapons export,” he added.
According to Putin, if today Russia rejects foreign orders, it may lose prospective partners, as well as its place on the market.
The Russian president also said that the government needed to coordinate the work of the Defense Ministry, the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation and defense companies, so that they could fulfill defense procurement orders on time.
Army requires new types of armaments and reconnaissance
The modern army requires new types of armaments and reconnaissance systems, putin said.
He suggested discussing on Tuesday a number of major issues, including those that concern the creation of new armaments and military hardware, “first of all for general purpose forces, and for reconnaissance and information support systems”.
“Recent events have once again demonstrated that these armaments are much-in-demand in the modern army,” Putin said.
He also asked representatives of the military-industrial complex to report how they comply with the requirements set by the Defense Ministry to these and other new generation armaments, what tasks have been set to design bureaus and defense enterprises, and “what will be the time framework for their implementation and how much this will cost the budget”.