The level of modern weapons and equipment in the Russian Armed Forces has reached a 58.8%, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov’ reported during the Military Acceptance Day held on July 26.
According to the deputy minister, the Russian Ground Forces received nearly 200 armored vehicles in Q2, which included 35 new and 155 repaired tanks and armored combat vehicles. The deliveries also included a brigade set of SS-26 Iskander-M short range ballistic missiles, four new artillery reconnaissance vehicles, 10 self-powered howitzers, and 38 new communication systems along with 68 repaired ones. The ground forces also took on 500 new and 273 repaired vehicles, along with 9,000 various munitions.
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The Russian Navy, which took on the new project 20380 Sovershenyy corvette as well as 60 SS-N-27 Kalibr cruise missiles, 42 torpedoes, three repaired submarines, a large anti-saboteur boat and two Su-30SM fighters.
The Russian Aerospace Forces (known as VKS) took on 9 new and 11 modernized fixed-wing aircraft, and six new and 11 refurbished helicopters. Borisov also mentioned the delivery of 9 new and 10 modernized radar stations, a combat vehicle of Pantsir-S air-defense system and four refurbished surface-to-air missile systems. Also included were four Vitebsk electronic warfare systems.
“On May 25 and June 23, 2017, Soyuz-2.1b and Soyuz-2.1v [spacecraft, respectively] were launched into orbit from the Plesetsk cosmodrome,” Borisov stated. “The spacecraft Kosmos, Tundra, and a special-purpose craft have been delivered to the orbit”. The deputy minister added that he considered all launches to have been successful.
In conclusion he remarked: “Taking into account armaments and military equipment delivered this year so far, the level of modern and new equipment in the troops in the first half of the year increased by more than 0.5%, and currently shows 58.8%.”
By Evgeniya Kolyada
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