Alexey Patrikeyev, General Director of Shvabe Holding which joins together dozens of Russian enterprises of the optical industry, told RIA Novosti about the developments for national security demonstrated by his company at Army-2017, the world's leading exhibition of weapons and military equipment:
- Aleksei Pavlovich, last year the Army Technical Forum was very efficient for Shvabe:- over one hundred samples of equipment were presented, dozens of talks were held, mostly with foreign partners. What did you focus on in the holding's exposition this year?
- The exposition clearly demonstrates the main areas of activity in development and production of special-purpose products, which the enterprises of the holding are concentrated on today. These are the latest electro-optical and laser systems for aircrafts and helicopters, armored vehicles, surface and underwater means of the Navy. Key developments include sights for anti-aircraft installations, a multi-channel gunner system, and thermal imaging sights for anti-tank missile systems. Moreover, among the exhibits we demonstrate a life-like model of ‘Aurora’ spacecraft for the Earth remote sounding and a number of sights, observation instruments, laser range finders.
- Traditionally, a significant place at the exhibition is given to aviation equipment. What does the Holding offer in this segment?
- To-day, a significant share of the holding products is made by aviation optics. Our systems are installed on modern combat aircrafts: the fifth-generation fighter T-50, 4 ++ generation fighters SU-35 and MiG-35, as well as SU-30, SU-27 and MiG-29. At the exhibition ’Army-2017’ the advanced versions of ‘smart’ optical surveillance systems for civilian aircrafts are presented. Such devices are primarily involved in solving various purpose tasks in military aviation, for example, in Mi-35M and Mi-8/17 helicopters. The products provide for a stable high quality image under reduced visibility, and allow to escort the object issuing coordinates in the expanded configuration. Shvabe optical systems are in a steady demand not only in Russia, but also abroad.
- What practical tasks does the Holding face within the framework of ‘Army-2017’?
- We are focused on the development of existing relations with our partners. In particular, we have already conducted a number of negotiations, which may have a positive impact on export expansion in the future. At the same time, we expect to make a serious progress in scientific and technical cooperation, which may result in creation of completely new products and technologies in the future.
- To what extent are the enterprises of the holding making a part of the military-industrial complex involved in production of high-tech civilian products? What are your plans with respect to implementation of defense conversion program?
- The pace of the civilian segment development is ahead of the planned indicators. In 2016, the civilian product range expanded: - more than 130 new civilian products were manufactured at the Shvabe production sites. This year, the strategy of holding development has been approved; according to it, by 2025 approximately 81% of our income will be formed by civil products. The main niches in the market, which we are aiming at, are medical and industrial equipment, optoelectronic systems. Moreover, the changes will affect other niches: lighting, security systems and optical materials.
- What is the map of Shvabe export deliveries?
- Over the past two years, Shvabe presence abroad has considerably expanded. The Holding has entered new markets in Southeast Asia and Europe, Latin America, as well as Central, North, South and West Africa. Currently, the products are exported to 95 countries. We supply the entire range of our products to the most of these countries. The civilian segment of the foreign market is mainly formed by medical, sighting, observation and geodetic equipment, energy-efficient lighting equipment.
In accordance with defense conversion program, today our challenge is to meet the demand for civilian products not only on the domestic market, but also abroad. In this regard, a significant part of the holding development strategy is allocated to strategic marketing and centralization of supplies, the volumes of which are to be increased by 30% on average.