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DATELINE: MOSCOW Sept 4
Before upgrading any weapons the cost of the upgrade and its results should be clearly understood, Russian Deputy Defense Minister for armaments Vladimir Popovkin said.
“We are going into upgrading as into a dark forest,” Popovkin said at hearings organized by the Public Chamber together with the Union of Russian Machine-Building on Friday.
Asked about the prospects of financing the repairs and upgrade of the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov, Popovkin said that the price of the work exceeds $1 billion.
“We will have to provide a billion now and when we start the upgrade we will have to spend one and a half billion more. A new [ship] costs two and a half billion but it will also have double the service life,” he added.
Therefore before making such decisions “everything must be properly calculated,” he said.
Unofficial sources say that the repairs and upgrade of the cruiser were supposed to end at Sevmashpredpriyatiye in 2011 but even now it is clear that the deadline will be shifted.