The armed forces have ceased buying new Russian-produced armored vehicles and have given military contractors five years to develop new models, General Staff head Nikolai Makarov said Tuesday.
"We have a complicated situation with the Ground Forces. We have stopped purchases of armored vehicles," Makarov said, according to RIA-Novosti.
In November, Makarov told the Public Chamber that the Russian-produced T-90 tank is significantly inferior to the Israeli-made Merkava, Vedomosti reported.
On Tuesday, Vedomosti reported that the government might cut military costs by 700 billion rubles ($23.3 billion) annually and divert the money to health care and education.