Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Russian Armed Forces to Receive 1,500 Combat Aircraft and about 200 Air Defense Systems by 2020

A new state arms procurement program for 2011-2020 will be adopted by the Russian government and signed by the president this fall, a deputy prime minister said."The deadline is the third quarter of this year," Sergei Ivanov told reporters in Moscow.The draft program stipulates the upgrade of up to 11% of military equipment annually and will allow Russia to increase the share of modern weaponry to 70% by 2020. According to the draft program, the Russian Armed Forces should receive, in particular, more than 1,500 combat aircraft and about 200 air defense systems by 2020.The Russian military is expected to receive 27 combat jets, over 50 helicopters and five battalions of S-400 air defense systems in 2010 under the current arms procurement program......................................Read More

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