Russia managed to maintain its sovereignty largely thanks to the nuclear project. Mikhail Kovalchuk, President of the Kurchatov Institute Research Center, spoke about this on Friday, August 28, in an interview with the Zvezda TV channel.
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“We have preserved the country and its sovereignty thanks to nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles. But we must understand that this “umbrella” can not protect us for very long, “said Kovalchuk. He noted that atomic project number two – the second atomic space project in terms of scale – is a transition to a new technological class, to a nature-like technosphere.
The National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” was at the origin of the atomic project. Almost everything that is now in nuclear technology was invented there.
“This nuclear weapon is the basis for creating it, this is nuclear power, the first nuclear power plant in Obninsk, the first nuclear submarine in 1958, this is the first nuclear icebreaker in 1959, these are space installations. And today it is nuclear medicine, isotopes, mega-installations that allow you to penetrate deep into matter on the one hand and, on the other hand, create new matter and the basis for nuclear medicine, ”he said.
According to Kovalchuk, at present the Roscosmos corporation actually reproduces what was created within the walls of the institute.
Earlier on the same day, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev said that Russia would sign contracts for the supply of weapons abroad for hundreds of millions of dollars within the framework of the Army-2020 forum.