The President congratulated ministry and agency personnel, scientists and designers, and current and retired defence industry workers on the anniversary, saying, in particular, in his telegram:
“The defence industry has produced big achievements and developed advanced new types of arms that can reliably guarantee Russia’s national security and defence capability. The industry is constantly modernising its production base, introducing the latest technology, and making major scientific advances. The military technology cooperation system can take pride in the capable professionals working for it.
There is greater foreign demand for and greater confidence in Russian military equipment today. The number of buyers is increasing every year. Russia’s arms exporters are distinguished by their responsible attitude and strict respect for international laws and obligations. This has made it possible not only to maintain solid ties with longstanding partners, but also to win over new markets.
It is no exaggeration today to say that military technology cooperation is one of Russian foreign policy’s most important instruments. It objectively helps Russia to strengthen its international positions and build up its power and influence in the world.
I am sure that you will continue to look after and develop the professional traditions you have built up, and to work for our great homeland’s good.”