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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Klebanov Lays Out 10-Year Arms Plan

A new-generation fighter jet, combat helicopter, tank and armored personnel carrier, along with submarines and surface ships, are included in Russia's 10-year military modernization plan, Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said Thursday.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed off on the plan, which envisages the development of new weapons by 2010, Interfax reported.

Klebanov said some of these weapons will enter service by 2010, but the bulk are slated to become operational in the following years. He would not give any numbers or costs.

The Kommersant daily said Thursday that the program entails spending of 2.1 trillion rubles ($70 billion), half of which is expected to come from weapons sales abroad. Annual spending could be revised depending on the budget indicators and nonbudgetary resources.

Kommersant said the program was a compromise between the government and the military, which had initially asked for 7.5 trillion rubles.

The newspaper voiced doubts whether the program could be implemented, saying that the government could barely afford annual spending of about 100 billion rubles on new weapons.

The government spent 62 billion rubles on new weapons last year and allocated 79 billion rubles for the purpose this year, Kommersant said.

Klebanov and other officials have previously said that before the new-generation weapons come into service, the military will concentrate its scarce resources on modernizing existing Soviet-era armaments.

The cash-strapped military has received few new weapons since the 1991 Soviet collapse and has had trouble maintaining its existing arsenals.