Interfax: Military-industrial complex capacity should not be used to produce pans, needs to target demands of healthcare, energy sectors – Putin

File Photo of Russian Tanks in Military Parade

TULA. Sept 8 (Interfax) – While manufacturing the hi-tech civil products, the Russian military-industrial complex should target the needs of the healthcare, energy, aircraft and ship construction, space and information technology sectors, it is unacceptable to produce frying pans on high-grade equipment, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“Our military-industrial complex certainly has the potential to meet these challenges, it possesses strong production, technical and personnel capabilities, has good research and technologies capacities and, in fact, such work is already being conducted at many of them, including in cooperation with the leading Russian universities, scientific organizations, our civilian agencies,” Putin said at the meeting on the issues of using the potential of the military-industrial complex during manufacturing of the hi-tech civil products.

“I will place a special emphasis on that during manufacturing of the hi-tech civil products one should not focus on the so-called run-of-the-mill consumer goods. The work should be conducted targeting the demands of progressive, knowledge intensive industries,” Putin said.

He said that the military-industrial complex has very high-grade equipment and “it is unacceptable to produce frying pans on it.”