The country’s military has disclosed its spending plans – for the first time in five years. RT has carefully examined the main expense items.
The biggest part of the funds will be allocated for buying new arms: spending on military equipment is to grow from 65 to 70 percent – from 380 billion rubles in 2010 to 980 billion rubles in 2013.
First and foremost, the ministry is planning to spend this money on RS-24 and Bulava strategic rockets, Su-34 bombers, Su-35 fighters, submarines, corvettes and frigates for the Black Sea fleet, and control systems for army.
Partially, the money on new arms will be generated by shifting priorities: as spending on equipment grows, military research expenses will drop from 22 to 16 percent.
Officials say that such a radical redistribution of funds was already drafted back in 2006 as an attempt to get rid of fruitless and sometimes corrupted projects. Instead, the money will be spent on further development of such novelties as Bulava intercontinental nuclear missiles, Angara-A5 and Rus rockets, brand new satellites, T-50 fighters, atomic submarines, aircraft carriers and others.
However, as in total more money from the state budget will be allocated for military sphere, research expenses are still to be increased despite the cuts – from 107 billion rubles in 2010 to 186 billion in 2013.
Overall, military expenses will grow from 1.2 trillion rubles in 2010 to 2.1 trillion in 2013. Such a significant increase is connected with a shift to the new state arms program as well as a change in the composition of officers’ salaries.
This is the first time in five years that the ministry shed some light on its expenses. Until 2005, the figures were included in the state budget but then they disappeared without explanation. Political analysts agree that finally revealing the figures is a big step toward transparency.
“It is the demand of modern society,” independent military analyst Sergey Lebedev told RT. “Society needs an explanation. And the government is ready to explain to people on what the money is spent.”