Russia’s fifth-generation weapons unlikely to reach series production

30 August 2018

During the week following Russia’s annual Army 2018 defence show, held near Moscow on 21–26 August, news emerged that none of the fifth-generation conventional weapons that have been the centrepiece of the nation’s military modernisation effort will be taken into series production.

Echo Moskvy radio, one of the only Russian media outlets remaining that retains any degree of independence, broadcast an interview on 28 August with long-time military commentator Aleksandr Golts, who discussed in detail this development and what Russian officials have stated about these programmes recently.

“The history is rather dark,” said Golts. “There are two people. One of them is Yuri Borisov, who was the deputy minister of defence for procurement for five years.

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