According to Rogozin, within the framework of existing projects to diversify the defense industry, most enterprises do not create new production facilities. For the most part, they simply “load up” the existing capacities with the release of civilian products, which are similar to military ones.
“However, the possibilities for such diversification are extremely limited. As a rule, many enterprises are guided by the principle: "We can do it, so we will do it, and then we will try to sell it", - RIA Novosti quotes Rogozin as saying.
According to him, as a result of this "diversification" resources are spent on the production of products that no one needs.
Some types of civilian products are sold to the state by Russian defense plants as the only supplier. But under such conditions, sales are usually small. As a result, civilian goods do not correct the economic difficulties existing in the defense industry. Despite attempts to diversify production, they cannot get out of the financial hole.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to reduce the state defense order in 2018. He warned that the decrease in order volumes will begin in 2020. Under the new conditions, the enterprises of the military-industrial complex will have to retrain for the production of civilian products, gradually increasing their share in the total volume of production. According to the plans of the Russian government, by 2025 the volume of civilian products manufactured at defense plants should increase from 17 to 30%, and by 2030 - up to 50% of the total production.