Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said today Ivanov will supervise industry, telecommunications, transportation, and science, as well as the nuclear sector and the military-industrial complex.
Some observers have tipped Ivanov as a prospective candidate to succeed Vladimir Putin as president in 2008.
Ivanov was relieved of his post as defense minister and made first deputy prime minister on February 15.
Russia's advanced S-300 air-defense system (epa file photo)
BOOM TIMES: In 2005, Russia sold more than $6 billion in weapons to more than 60 countries around the world. The state arms exporter says it has $17 billion in orders in hand....(more)