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Shoigu details Russian rearmament

13 March 2019

The proportion of modern equipment in service with the Russian military has reached 61.5%, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Duma defence committee on 11 March.

“Since 2012, the armed forces have received 109 Yars intercontinental-ballistic missiles [ICBMs], 108 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, three Project 955 Dolgorukiy-class SSBNs [nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines] and seven other underwater combatants, 57 space vehicles, 17 Bastion and Bal mobile coastal defence missile systems [MCDMSs], 3,712 tanks and armoured fighting vehicles, more than 1,000 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and 161 naval vessels,” said Shoigu.

He reported that 12 missile regiments have been rearmed with Yars ICBMs, 10 missile brigades with Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems, 13 aviation regiments with MiG-31BM, Su-35S, Su-30SM, and Su-34 combat aircraft, three army aviation brigades and six helicopter regiments with Mi-28N and Ka-52 combat helicopters, 20 surface-to-air missile (SAM) regiments with S-400 Triumf SAM systems, 23 batteries with Pantsir-S self-propelled anti-aircraft gun-missile systems, and 17 batteries with Bal and Bastion MCDMSs.

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