MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday appointed Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin as deputy prime minister responsible for the defense industry, according to local media reports. "I have appointed you to the position of coordinating the development of the military and industrial sector," Medvedev was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying.
According to the president, Rogozin would also supervise the "oversight of the placement and implementation of defense contracts."
Rogozin, in turn, promised to Medvedev that he would "work hard" to rebuild the country's defense industry and quell all attempts on corruption with "an iron hand."
Rogozin is going to replace Sergei Ivanov, who was appointed presidential chief of staff on Thursday.
According to local media reports, Russia's 2011 State Defense Order is estimated at 750 billion rubles (about 25 billion U.S. dollars), up 50 percent compared with the previous year.