27 Dec 2019 10:17

Report on reasons for slow deployment of Russian military satellite network to be prepared by Jan 20 - Deputy PM Borisov

MOSCOW. Dec 27 (Interfax) - An ad hoc commission has been set up after Russian President Vladimir Putin's meetings on defense issues to establish reasons for slow deployment of the Russian military satellite network, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said in an interview with the television channel Rossiya 24 (VGTRK).

"There has been an order to set up the commission, and it is already at work. The report on reasons for the failures seen in these projects will be prepared for the president no later than by January 20. Every problem will be identified, solutions will be found, and the so-called catchup schedules will be prepared to pick up the pace and to prevent such failures from happening in the future," Borisov said.

Space defense projects were one of the issues discussed during meetings on defense issues held by Putin in Sochi in December, he said.

"It was a very severe and serious conversation," Borisov said.

Putin held a series of meetings on defense issues, including those related to space projects, in Sochi in early December. The president said on December 4 that Russia had deployed a high-speed communication complex on a geostationary orbit but did not mention which agency was operating it.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in May 2019 that two modernized Meridian-M military satellites would be deployed, and the creation of the Blagovest military communication network comprising four spacecraft would be completed this year.

"The availability of satellite communication will broaden inside and outside Russia, including in the Arctic zone, as a result," Shoigu said.