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On December 30 the Government of Russia is to discuss the draft 2005 state defense order at its last session this year
The draft 2005 state defense order, which contains many secret provisions, will be discussed behind closed doors, a Cabinet source told RIA Novosti here today. In his words, the Government has always opted for such tactics, while discussing the state defense order. All other issues will be discussed openly, RIA Novosti's interlocutor added. The draft state defense order has already been discussed beforehand at a recent session of the commission for military-technical issues under the supervision of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. Previously, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov talked to correspondents, saying he was positive that the new state arms-procurement program for the 2005 period will be okayed during the Government's final session this year. For his own part, Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref told reporters last week that some provisions of the 2005 program will be revised, stipulating additional appropriations. Gref made this revelation last week, after visiting the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia's Arkhangelsk region. Among other things, this will concern the development of the Strategic Missile Forces and the Plesetsk space center itself, Gref went on to say. The Defense Ministry eventually gets several times more money than it requests, Gref noted. As I see it, we will manage to coordinate this issue, finding a way out of this situation and obtaining ample interaction opportunities, the Minister added. Indeed, present-day appropriations are something inadequate; and we will revise such appropriations for the 2005 period, Gref went on to say. Defense Ministry officials believe that additional funds can be used to buy three more mobile versions of the Topol-M ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) complex. Additional appropriations can be spent on the purchase of three mobile Topol-M ICBM complexes, due to be procured next year, a Defense Ministry source informed RIA Novosti. The Strategic Missile Forces would receive a Topol-M battalion comprising three launchers over the 2006 period, in case we obtain additional monies, the agency's interlocutor added. That battalion would become part and parcel of the Teikovskaya ICBM division, which is deployed in the Vladimir region (Central Russia). Plans are in place to provide the Russian Armed Forces with four silo-based Topol-M ICBM complexes, 11 revamped Sukhoi Su-27SM fighters, 80 BTR-90 armored personnel carriers (APCs), two nuclear-powered submarines (an Mk 955 Borei-class submarine and one Mk 941 Dmitry Donskoi-class submarine), two Iskander shorter-range missile complexes, 30 T-90 main battle tanks, as well as about 3,000 motor vehicles, throughout the entire 2005 period
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