Ex-Russian president explains how ‘trophy’ weapons are used

Russia examined Western-supplied arms seized in Ukraine and discovered some ‘useful things’, Dmitry Medvedev says

Russian arms makers have rigorously studied Western weapons captured through the preventing in Ukraine and used this expertise for the good thing about the nation’s army, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has stated.

“Our country’s defense industry is working in such a manner that no large-scale supply of Western weapons to our enemies will be able to assure [Kiev] the advantage on the contact line,” Medvedev, who’s now the deputy chair of the Security Council, identified in an article printed within the Natsyonalnaya Oborona (National Defense) journal on Saturday.

During the battle in Ukraine, Russia managed to not solely develop the manufacturing of army {hardware}, but additionally introduce new applied sciences and enhance them, whereas remaining “on the march,” he identified.

“By the way, we’ve also studied enemy weapons, which were captured in the form of trophies and dismantled piece by piece in our military design bureaus,” the official, who can also be President Vladimir Putin’s First Deputy within the Military-Industrial Commission, stated.

“We’ve learned a lot of useful things for ourselves and turned the enemy’s experience to our own advantage,” Medvedev wrote.

He stated that he had visited many manufacturing services of the military-industrial advanced over the previous yr and noticed them “working consistently, without failures” and totally dealing with the state order, which has elevated multifold amid the battle.

Russia’s opponents have been “surprised” that Moscow managed to tug this off in such a short while body, he additionally identified.

Russia’s Defense Ministry stated final month that the nation’s air protection programs, together with Pantsyr-S1, had been upgraded with particular software program, making them more practical in intercepting missiles fired by US-supplied HIMARS a number of rocket launchers. Military consultants advised that this system was developed after the examine of downed HIMARS ammunition.

According to Medvedev, the US has to this point equipped greater than 40 HIMARS launchers to Ukraine. Moscow has been saying that almost all of them have already been destroyed, whereas Kiev denies this.

Russia has lengthy condemned the availability of Western arms to Ukraine, arguing that this solely prolongs the preventing with out altering its end result. According to Moscow, such deliveries, in addition to intelligence sharing and coaching offered to Ukrainian troops, have de facto already made the US and its allies events to the battle.

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