USC: Russian Navy is not involved in the arms race

Vice-President of the United shipbuilding Corporation Igor Ponomarev

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SAINT PETERSBURG, June 30. /TASS/. The planned upgrade of warships, but not participate in the arms race is one of the priority tasks for the Russian Navy and industry. Such opinion in conversation with journalists was expressed by the Vice-President of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) on military shipbuilding Igor Ponomarev.

“I don’t think there is a kind of arms race. There is a normal shift of the ships of the Soviet Union, which have served their terms of service. We will replace retired vehicles with new classes, new principles of weapons and new weapons,” he said.

According to Ponomarev, the Russian shipbuilders have debugged the procedure of transmitting the lead ships of new projects.

“Almost all of the major ships this year are completing the work is the most difficult period, when worked out new weapons. I think this year we will complete the trial of the new frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”, and it will be adopted in the Navy,” – said Vice-President of the Corporation.

He noted that the Russian projects of new ships and vessels, presented at the International naval salon, aroused particular interest among several dozen foreign delegations.

Earlier, the Russian defense Minister, army General Sergey Shoigu said at the final Collegium of the Russian defense Ministry, in 2016, the Russian Navy has received 24 ships and support vessels and two submarines.