Russia has significantly reduced its dependency on foreign remote sensing satellites.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia has significantly reduced its dependency on foreign remote sensing satellites, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday.”A significant reduction has been noted in the use of foreign Earth remote sensing satellites, which is linked to the provision of similar data by Russian space devices,” the agency said in a statement.
The United Geographically-Distributed Information System (UGDIS) has also been completed, according to the press release. The system will ensure the distribution Russian satellite data to all those who require access. An Arctic remote sensing center will also be opened in Russia’s northern port of Murmansk jointly with the emergency services ministry, Roscosmos said.
Russia’s space agency has been undergoing a modernization program throughout 2015. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree dissolving the Roscosmos agency in concurrent to the creation of the Roscosmos state corporation. The reform, due to take effect from January 1, is set to consolidate all of Russia’s space industry enterprises
Russia plans more than $15bn arms exports in 2016
“The plan for 2015 has been completed with the production of military equipment delivered with a total of $15.2 billion and deliveries are continuing,” the official from the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.
“Next year’s main goal is to retain the second place [after the United States] in exporting weapons in the world,” he added.
In October, the head of Russia’s state weapons exporter Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin said the country managed to diversify its network.
Before 2000, India and China accounted for 80 percent of Russia’s arms exports. Over the last 15 years, Russian arms and military equipment has attracted new customers, such as Algeria, Venezuela and Vietnam, according to the company head.
About 42 percent of military equipment is delivered to the Asia-Pacific region. The Middle East and North Africa account for 36 percent, with around 9 percent each is delivered to Latin America and CIS countries. Other markets account for 4 percent of exports, Isaikin said.
Russia is the world’s second biggest seller of arms behind the US. China is number three, moving ahead of Germany this year, boosting its arms exports by 143 percent.