Russia's military-industrial complex has a mighty research potential. Some developments by Russian researchers and designers engaged in this sphere are wholly unique and run ahead of foreign by ten to 15 years, said Alexander Dondukov of the defense and security committee of the Federation Council (the upper chamber of Russian parliament).
He said that many of these developments are between 90 and 95 percent ready. They only have to be brought to the final-product stage and put up on show at such exhibitions as the Russian Expo Arms, which opened on Thursday for the first time in Nizhny Tagil in the Ural region, said the senator.
The Nizhny Tagil show "has no competitors in the world today", he is sure. It only has to be converted into a permanent fair and then it will "occupy the leading position in the world", he believes.
The Russian army is to test a new version of the Tupolev Tu-160M White Swan strategic missile carrier with the upgraded wing geometry