What did Syria give us? We had moments when designers and specialists from 76 enterprises and design bureaus were at the Khmeimim base. We built a workshop there on purpose, we worked out more than 300 types of weapons. We encountered a very large number of unpleasant surprises there. There was a weapon that was put into service and passed state tests, but in essence it is not a weapon. This includes communications, electronic warfare, reconnaissance, and strike systems. We just removed almost a dozen and a half from service and stopped producing. And I must say the words of gratitude to our science, which very quickly got involved in this and brought everything that we have in service to the highest level. And today our army is well trained, well equipped, it is one of the best armies in the world.
Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoigu is a Russian politician and General of the Army who has served as Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Defense of the CIS since 2012