MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The annual report of Russia’s Ministry of Defence that outlines its plans for 2019 was made today by the Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu at the annual board meeting of the ministry, chaired by President Vladimir Putin. During the session, Russia’s Minister of Defence presented various statistics related to the Army’s work in 2018 as well as the MoD’s plans for the next year, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
In 2019, Russia’s MoD is scheduled to finish the establishment of the infrastructure for placing air defense systems and air control centers on the Wrangel Island (the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea), Sredniy Island (Arctic Ocean, the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago), and Cape Schmidt (ChukchiSea). The Russian Defence Minister added that reconstruction works such as renovating the landing strip, constructing launch pads and building residential buildings for military personnel, were carried out at the Severomorsk-1 airfield, under the program of establishing the Arctic infrastructure. Similar activities continue to be conducted at the Temp airfield on the Kotelny Island, which is located between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in the Russian Arctic.
Again in 2019, the Russian Armed Forces will receive medium-range reconnaissance and attack drones, work on which is nearing completion. Annually they get more than 300 short-range aircraft in accordance with the defense procurement plan, now the number has exceeded to 2,100 drones in the Army, reports Sergey Shoigu.
The Russian Navy will put on combat duty 12 warships, combat boats, two submarines, 12 support vessels and four Bal and Bastion mobile coastal defence missile systems. The Defence Chief said: “As a whole, the task is to raise the share of modern weaponry in the Navy to 64%.”
The Russia’s Aerospace Force, naval aviation and the Navy’s air defence forces, on the other hand, will accept 143 new and advanced aircraft, two regiments of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems and the first S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air complex as well as seven battalion sets of Pantsyr air defence missile systems. The Defence Minister noted the share of modern weaponry, military and special weapons and equipment will reach 81.8% in the Aerospace Force and 65% in the Air Force.
During today’s meeting, also were stated the plans to be delivered 719 modern armored vehicles, one brigade set of Iskander-M missile systems as well as two brigades of S-300V4 and Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile complexes. 11 large units and military formations will be placed in the Russia’s Ground Forces, thus the share of modern weaponry will reach 50.8%. The MoD’s annual report says that in 2018, “the task of raising the level of modern armament in the Army was 2.3% over-fulfilled,” and within this year the armed forces had been strengthened with ten new large units, military formations and 2,200 new and upgraded weapon systems.
As a priority task was pointed out the Russian Strategic Missile Force to put into service 31 Yars and Avangard ICBMs in 2019. As it was reported earlier by the Commander of the Strategic Missile Force Sergei Karakayev, the first Avangard missile complexes armed with the hypersonic glide vehicle will enter combat duty in the Dombarovsky missile division in the Orenburg Region in the south Urals.
Speaking on the the military exercise planned to be held in 2019, Sergey Shoigu told that Russian strategic nuclear forces will hold the military exercise Grom (Thunder). Along with it and the command-and-staff exercise Center 2019, in total 18,500 different war games and military trainings will be planned and conducted by Russia’s MoD.
To sum up the results of 2018, the Defence Minister noted that the task to bring the share of advanced weapons to 82% in the strategic nuclear forces has been successfully completed and they “are maintained at the level that guarantees nuclear deterrence.”
At the annual meeting, Colonel-GeneralAlexander Dvornikov, the Commander of the Southern Military District said that this year, the rearming of the air defense units in Crimea with the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems, was completed and “today they are on combat duty, reliably protecting the airspace over the entire Crimean Peninsula.”
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Sources: TASS, RT