SAMI Analyses Measures to Develop and Produce Military and Special Hardware under the New Edition of the SAMI and Defence Industry Development Programme until 2020
In early September, SAMI held a board discussion, presided over by Roman Golovchenko. It involved chiefs of central office departments and heads of SAMI organisations with their deputies for economy and chief engineers.
The key topic on the agenda was the execution of the measures to develop and produce military and special hardware, which are being taken under the new edition of the SAMI and Defence Industry Development Programme until 2020.
The head of the Arms Development Department, Andrei Reginya, summed up interim results of the programme’s implementation and dwelled on the situation in the development and mass production of military equipment in the most critical fields. He also presented a detailed analysis of the problems and proposed possible ways to resolve them.
The results of 2018 and first half of the current year, according to the speaker, indicate that most of the work on the projects, implemented within the programme, will be completed by 2020. The activities of SAMI, which acts as the state customer for the most important arms development projects, have produced tangible results. Speaking of development and mass production of new systems, the greatest benefit was gained by the companies that conduct R&D in close cooperation with the customers and potential users of their products. These are VOLATAVTO JSC, AGAT – Control Systems JSC, KB Radar JSC and Display Design Office JSC.
The session set out the priorities in the programme’s implementation during the fourth quarter of the current year and for 2020. They are to complete R&D on the Uragan multiple launch rocket system upgrade; continue the development of a light versatile rocket launcher with a multi-purpose tandem warhead; adapt airborne weapons in service with the Belarusian Armed Forces for strike unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and develop indigenous small-size munitions; complete R&D of the Vostok-3D and Rodnik radars; take part in the elaboration of the concept of the Armed Forces C4ISR; and others.
The Deputy State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council, Mikhail Puzikov, emphasised the importance of implementing the arms projects that are being supervised by the head of state. He also proposed to concentrate efforts on developing missiles, training drone operators and making a national strike unmanned aircraft system.
SAMI Minister Roman Golovchenko stressed that the heads of defence companies and organisations must carry out the current programme with high quality and to a full extent, as well as create basic conditions for drawing up the main planning documents for the near future: the National Concept of Military-Technical Policy and the Strategy of SAMI and Defence Industry Development until 2030.
He also mentioned the need to align SAMI and defence industry plans with development programmes of the Belarusian Armed Forces.
The experience of the past years has shown that no plans can be implemented without close collaboration between arms manufactures and the customer, which is the Defence Ministry or another uniformed department. Roman Golovchenko is convinced that consistency and proactivity are required to make this happen.
The SAMI minister announced a number of events, which will be held this autumn and involve potential customers. At these events, defence companies will be able to present their potential and the advanced weapons they develop.
Roman Golovchenko awarded SAMI’s central office employees and company heads commemorative medals marking 75 years since Belarus’s liberation from Nazi occupiers. This reward is an acknowledgement of their persistent arms development efforts.