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Russian defence chief announces improvements in Russian armed forces

14 November 2017

The build-up and development of the Russian armed forces over the past five years has been aimed primarily at increasing the combat capabilities of the army and navy, the Russian chief of defence staff and first deputy defence minister has said. Army General Valery Gerasimov told an open meeting of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) leadership on 7 November that the focus was on re-equipping troops with modern weapons and systems.

He reported the production of Iskander-M tactical ballistic missiles, submarines, and warships with high-precision Kalibr sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCM). Long-range aircraft are being upgraded for the new Kh-101 air-launched cruise missile, he added.

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