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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