Communication regarding the Russian defense industry is often made up of repetitions and subtle updates, allowing information to be recycled and given volume. This was the case at the Army 2020 exhibition, during which the Russian authorities officially announced that the new Su-57 combat aircraft and the T-14 Armata combat tank were both now offered for export to customers of the Russian defense industry, even if discussions have already begun with certain partners concerning these two materials. On the other hand, whether it is the new armored vehicle or the 5th generation stealth aircraft, Moscow has clearly specified that priority was given to deliveries to the Russian armed forces, and that export deliveries could only take place 'beyond the currently defined load plan.
This statement, which may seem superfluous, is however not insignificant. Indeed, it makes it possible to clearly demonstrate the confidence of both the authorities and the Russian armies in the operational potential of this new equipment, to the point that they both remain “uncompromising” in respecting the defined delivery schedules . It is also a question of sending a message to manufacturers regarding the prioritization of deliveries, without however preventing them from taking export orders, which are much more profitable than state orders. This finally reassures the Russian military, who, in fact, are in all likelihood awaiting the entry into service of this new equipment, not only to benefit from their extended operational potential, but to define and experiment with the tactics and doctrines that these new materials authorize.
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