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10 February 2023, 18:37

Pantus: Belarus, Russia step up cooperation in defense industry

Dmitry Pantus
Dmitry Pantus

MINSK, 10 February (BelTA) - Chairman of the State Authority for Military Industry Dmitry Pantus reported on the status of cooperation between Belarus and Russia in the defense industry as he presided over the collegium meeting of the State Authority for Military Industry, BelTA has has learned.

"Amid the unprecedented sanctions pressure, we have built our work with our main partner - Russia. In 2022 we had some turning points, and we began to work even more closely. Last year, we approved a military-technical cooperation program until 2025. We had a regular meeting of the commission on military-technical issues. Today the Russian side is well aware and understands the potential that Belarus has," Dmitry Pantus said.

Belarus and Russia have started working on joint R&D. "We are doing a lot of work with Russia on import substitution. In 2020, we approved an import substitution program for the State Authority for Military Industry. For example, in 2022, we replaced the imports of parts, services and works in the amount of $43.5 million. In 2023, we aim for $62-64 million in import substitution. These are the parts and components that we have developed and are already using in our hardware," Dmitry Pantus emphasized.

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