The Russian Defence Industrial Base – A Critical Assessment


  1. Stocker, M.
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Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
After a decade of strong economic growth, the Russian government has embarked on a series of defence modernization programmes centered on the procurement of new and modernized equipment for all branches of the armed forces. Linked to these ambitious spending goals is a reform programme for investing in the modernization of the domestic defence industrial base which had been neglected during Russia’s post-Soviet decade. This study employs a methodological approach known as SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) to provide a snapshot of current industrial base competitiveness as well as a framework to evaluate the impact of various endogenous and exogenous forces which affect the industrial environment. The study also provides an analysis of key defence industries and sectors, specifically the aerospace, shipbuilding, and information communications technology industries. The project is the second of a two-phase analysis of the Russian defence economy initiated by the Defence Economics Team of the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2012-057 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2012
Number of Pages
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