MINSK, 17 May (BelTA) – The domestic defense industry has been adapted to operation amid sanctions, BelTA learned from Chairman of the State Authority for Military Industry of Belarus Dmitry Pantus during the 11th international arms and defense technology expo MILEX 2023.
Dmitry Pantus said: “The defense industries of Belarus and Russia have been under sanctions all the time. These sanctions grew stronger year after year and peaked in 2022. There was a lot of blocking and things became rather complicated at some point. But now the defense industry has adapted itself to the situation. Approaches and algorithms have definitely changed. Most importantly we have learned how to procure the necessary parts and components.”
The official remarked that they are working with Russia on an import substitution program. “We clearly understand that there will be no good results if key parts and electronic components are not replaced with domestic ones,” he added.
According to Dmitry Pantus, Belarus and Russia have made up their minds on how they should interact. “We've come up with joint R&D projects. A number of research projects are in progress,” he noted.