Military Capabilities

Russian Ground Forces to receive over 2,500 weapon systems in 2019

02 October 2019

Russia's Ground Forces are set to receive more than 2,500 brand new weapon systems in 2019, increasing their proportion of modern hardware to 60%, the service's commander-in-chief, General Oleg Salyukov, told the newspaper Red Star on 30 September.

The general said that T-72B3M and T-90M main battle tanks, BMP-3 and upgraded BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, and BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers are being procured for the Ground Forces' tank and motor rifle units, while Strelets command-and-control (C2) systems and Taifun-K protected vehicles are being acquired for reconnaissance units. Anti-tank detachments are receiving Khrizantema-SP self-propelled anti-tank guided missile systems.

Gen Salyukov paid specific attention to the development of the Ground Forces' air defence (AD) component.

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