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NOVOSIBIRSK, July 28 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Defence Ministry and the Moscow Power Engineering Institute have come to agreement on the price of intercontinental ballistic missiles within the framework of the 2011 state defence order, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Thursday.
A contract should be signed until the end of the week, Serdyukov said.
“We’ve come to agreement on the price. All documents, which the institute can submit, have been presented. As I know we’ve reached agreement on the price if no other changes happen,” the defence minister said. “It seems to me the contract is in a high degree of readiness. I believe that it should be signed till the end of the week,” Serdyukov noted. “There is one disputable problem – the price. But we came to agreement on the price,” he said.
The Moscow Power Engineering Institute is the main coordinator of cooperation among defence enterprises that design and produce intercontinental ballistic missiles for Strategic Missile Troops and the Navy – Topol-M, Yars and Bulava.
According to Serdyukov, “I’m confident that the ministry will sign all remaining contracts under the framework of the 2011 state defence order within two weeks.”
Serdyukov said he did not doubt that the amount of 750.4 billion roubles would be spent in full. “No doubt we will use them in full. Moreover, at least 69 percent [of contracts] have been even prepaid,” he said.
The minister said recently he had told President Dmitry Medvedev that contacts for the sum of 107 billion roubles had not been signed yet. “Now this sum has been reduced up to 85 billion roubles. I believe that we will sign all contracts next week,” the defence minister said.
He also said Thursday’s meeting on the state defence order had focused on different issues.
“The chairman of the government instructed us to cardinally change the signing of contracts [within the 2012 state defence order] that we should end in November,” Serdyukov said.