Young specialists may not be sufficiently qualified to tackle certain business tasks within an acceptable timeframe
University design bureaus could probably be engaged in the development of civilian products for companies such as ours. However, there is again a clear limit as far as this is concerned. We are not tackling textbook problems; we are tackling specific business-related tasks. Our experience with Gazprom is one such example. They give us very clear deadlines to deliver the products in question to them. And if it transpired that for whatever reason, our team of young specialists were insufficiently qualified to meet these deadlines, we would look pretty silly in front of our customer, to put it mildly — Artem Shatrakov, Director of Civil Products Development Department, Almaz-Antey.
Could such a youth design bureau work in isolation, so to speak, from the actual production side of things? In my opinion, no. That’s because marketing, development, and production are invariably very closely interconnected in the civilian products sector. You can’t just develop a product which you’re then unable to sell to anyone. <...> Any company that understands this has marketing resources. At Almaz-Antey we have an incredibly strong team of marketing specialists who in fact determine some of the technical specifications in relation to a civilian product. And of course, a designer – a constructor – cannot work in some sort of a vacuum. From the outset, they need to immediately design the product with an eye to the specific production capabilities of the place where this item will be produced — Artem Shatrakov, Director of Civil Products Development Department, Almaz-Antey.
In terms of youth design bureaus, my first suggestion would be that for all their potential, a little flexibility is required. It’s one thing to have them at universities and educational institutions. <...> However, they are unlikely to immediately win large or important contracts. That said, I think that they will be offered the chance to practice on promising developments and, let’s say, riskier orders — Alexander Zazhigalkin, Deputy Director, Centre for Innovative Development, Branch of Russian Railways.