Program Delays Don’t Just Affect Roscosmos

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A couple of weeks ago, Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov lost his job after two high-profile launch failures and various programmatic delays. One of the more serious charges leveled against Perminov was that the space agency hadfallen behind badly on the production of spacecraft, failing to meet schedules last year.

Well, it looks Roscosmos’ shortcomings are part of a much broader set of problems affecting the entire Russian defense industry.  On Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev chaired a meeting with the leaders of the Russian defense sector – including new Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin — in which he sharply criticized them for delays in implementing key programs that are part of a broad effort to modernize and improve the nation’s defenses.