Russian Weaponry Inferior and Expensive, Says GF Chief

16 March 2011 (Last Updated March 16th, 2011 18:30)

The Russian Army's most advanced weaponry is below Nato and Chinese standards and are overpriced, Russian ground forces (GF) chief Colonel General Alexander Postnikov said. "The weapon models that are manufactured by our industry, including armour, artillery, small arms and light weapons,

The Russian Army's most advanced weaponry is below Nato and Chinese standards and are overpriced, Russian ground forces (GF) chief Colonel General Alexander Postnikov said.

"The weapon models that are manufactured by our industry, including armour, artillery, small arms and light weapons, fail to meet the standards that exist in Nato and even China," he added.

Russia's most advanced tank, the T-90, a modification of the Soviet-era T-72 tank, costs over $4m per unit, according to RIA Novosti.

Postnikov also added, "It would be easier for us to buy three Leopards [Germany's main battle tanks] with this money."