The OS was presented on the sidelines of a Berlin electronics show to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. A thinner version of the operating system in computer tablet form is expected to go public by the end of the year at a cost of 15,000 rubles ($460) per unit.
According to developers at the ministry's Central Scientific Research Institute, their main client of the newly designed OS is the state and its top brass.
Russian officials have been rattled by the idea that data collected and stored for years in Google (News - Alert) databases could slip into the hands of the U.S. government and expose some of their most secret and sensitive communications.
"They are not afraid of Google or the U.S. government stealing things per se,” said Dmitry Mikhailov, project manager of the operating system. “They are afraid of leaks in general. There is nothing like this operating system on the market. It is hack-proof. There are people who are clamoring for this."
According to Dmitry Konovalov of the Institute of Strategic Assessment, the tablet "only makes military sense. It makes no commercial sense at all." However, Mikhailov has already confirmed that the company had plenty of pre-orders ahead of the system's release date that promised profits down the line.
Said Andrei Starikovsky, director of production unit: "The military version will be shock- and water-proof. The operating system has all the functional capabilities of an Android operating system but none of its hidden features that send users' private data to Google headquarters.”
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