Belarus sees a qualitatively new stage in the development of its defense complex, said Chairman of the State Defense Industries Committee Sergei Gurulev who accompanied Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during a visit to OAO 558 Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi on 2 April
According to Sergei Gurulev, the main point of the new stage is the provision of the Belarusian army with sophisticated armament and foreign supplies.
“We do not need the army of the mid 20th century any longer. Our country needs a modern army, and it should be based on special-operations and air assault forces as well as air defense,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
According to Sergei Gurulev, there is strong confidence in implementing the plans of the ongoing five-year period in the defense industries sector. He also informed on further development plans in the sector, development of new armament and military hardware, export volumes. According to the Chairman of the State Defense Industries Committee, there is a need to develop and produce new products which should be in demand in the Armed Forces. “Moreover, defense organizations should develop proactively,” he said. According to Sergei Gurulev, a conclusion was made after the consideration of the development concept for the sector through 2025 that the old basis, without new equipment, will be unable to bring progress and any positive results.