The Russian defense industry may not survive the consequences of new US sanctions, says the American edition of Breaking Defense.
The publication argues that Washington’s possible imposition of financial restrictions on Moscow “would be fatal for the Russian defense research and development sector, which is in dire need of investment to develop some of its latest programs, such as the single-engine Su-75 fighter.”
Another difficulty that, according to the publication, Russian military-industrial companies may face will be the restriction of access to Western components and technological equipment. “The ability to deal with equipment wear and tear is becoming more of a challenge every month,” Breaking Defense describes.
In January, US Democratic congressmen presented a draft of new sanctions against Russia. The authors proposed to ban transactions with Russia’s primary and secondary public debt, to impose restrictions on the Russian banking sector and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The imposition of sanctions personally against Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top officials of the country is also being considered.
In July, Rostec presented the Su-75 at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-21. According to Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov, a single-engine tactical fighter will cost between $25 million and $30 million. As the head of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar noted, the aircraft shown on the showroom is a model that will fly in 2023.