The Russian land forces will receive over 2,500 new main weapon systems in 2018, army chief Colonel General Oleg Salyukov said at a press conference on 1 October. This will increase the share of modern armaments in service with the land forces to 54%, he added.
He reported that the service is being re-armed with new air-defence and artillery systems, as well as armour. “S-300V4, Buk-M3, and Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile [SAM] systems and Verba new generation man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) are being procured for air-defence units. Rocket artillery troops will receive Tornado-S multiple rocket launchers [MRLs] with increased range, accuracy, and effectiveness [compared with previously delivered MRLs].
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