Medvedev: by 2030, the defense industry must produce at least half of civilian products

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SOCHI, February 27. /TASS/. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that by 2030, the military-industrial complex of the country must produce at least half of civilian products.

“It is planned that the share of products for civil and dual-use in the total (manufacturing in the defense industry) shall not be less than 30%, and by 2030 – at least half”, – said the head of the Cabinet of Ministers during the round table devoted to the diversification of the defense industry, Russian investment forum. The Prime Minister said that in 2016, this share was about 16-17%.

According to Medvedev, is also important the quality of civilian products manufactured by the MIC. “This volume is 16-17% of high-tech products is still a big question, it’s just civilian products”, – he stated.

Medvedev recalled the conversion conducted in the early 1990-ies. “Share “citizen” in DIC was 57%, 1991, may not be significant, because this is the Soviet legacy, but a few years later (the share of civilian products in the defense industry) – 80%”, – said the Prime Minister.

“I don’t know if we should aspire to those figures, moreover, we all know why these numbers at some point emerged: because there was an absolute fall in the defense industry, and this was the price to increase the civilian component, we will definitely not” – said Medvedev. According to him, “in this sense, the experience of conversion is not good for us”. The Prime Minister is confident that at this stage “to address the key issues of the development of the industry”.

The defense industry, according to the Prime Minister, it is necessary to translate into modern business management model with a reasonable level of profitability.

“The translation of the military-industrial complex in the modern business management model, which implies a reasonable level of profitability. We understand that this area is special, but however the products need to sell, and high-tech markets tightly Packed competitors,” – said Medvedev.