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Russian Military-Industrial Commission To View Fifth Generation Air-Defense System

The S-400 missile system.

Russia economics ministry revises GDP forecast to 6.8%
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Feb 27 - Russia's gross domestic product grew by an estimated 6.8% year-on-year in 2006, Russia's Economic Development and Trade Ministry said Monday. This is a respectable indicator which is 0.7 % higher than anticipated. Earlier Russia's national statistics body said the country's GDP grew by an estimated 6.7%, year-on-year, to 26.621 trillion rubles ($1.002 trillion). "We have not seen such strong investment growth in the past," the minister said, attributing the high rates to consumer spending and investment inflow.
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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Feb 26, 2007
The Military-Industrial Commission, which answers directly to the Russian president, will meet Tuesday to consider prospects for a fifth-generation air-defense system, a senior Russian government official said Monday. "It will be a field session, which will be held at the Almaz Science and Production Association," said First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, who oversees the defense related sectors.

Ivanov said new S-400 missile systems were adopted for service in late 2006 and will be placed on alert duty later this year.

"It is a unique system that has no parallels [in the world]," he said.

He said priority should now be given to the development of fifth-generation air-defense systems, combining elements of air-, missile-, and space defense.

earlier related report
Russia must develop aerospace defense forces - Air Force commander
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Feb 27 - Russia must build aerospace defense forces capable of staving off commensurate threats, the Air Force commander said Monday. The Military-Industrial Commission, which answers directly to the Russian president, will meet Tuesday to consider prospects for a fifth-generation air-defense system and building aerospace defenses in the country.

"The meeting, hosted by First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, will be held at the Almaz Science and Production Association, and the participants will discuss the prospects of developing weapons systems that would become part of the future aerospace defense forces," Army General Vladimir Mikhailov said.

Former defense minister Sergei Ivanov, who oversees defense-related sectors, earlier said new S-400 Triumf ground-to-air missile systems were adopted for service in late 2006 and will be placed on alert duty later this year.

"It is a unique system that has no parallels [in the world]," he said.

He said priority should now be given to the development of fifth-generation air-defense systems, combining elements of air, missile and space defenses.

Source: RIA Novosti

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