Russia plans to carry out large-scale military maneuvers every five years, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Pervy TV.
According to the minister, the new state weapons program is expected to last for 10 years, but it is necessary to carry out maneuvers that show combat readiness more frequently.
“We need intermediate points of reference … because by channeling such a large amount of money into Army and Navy rearmament, we need to know where we are headed and if everything goes well,” he said.
Shoigu also said that since 2013, some 140 military sites have been modernized so that the military can test new weapons.
Between September 11 and 17 in the Russian Far East, the Vostok 2018 military maneuvers are held, the largest in modern history in Russia, led by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Military training is the largest in the last 37 years, involving nearly 300,000 military personnel, tens of thousands of armored vehicles, helicopters, airplanes and drones. In addition, the training is attended by military personnel from China and Mongolia.
Under the Vostok maneuvers, the Russian military has trained with “invisible” missiles whose characteristics outweigh the foreign counterparts, the 76th Air Defense Commander, Colonel Sergei Tikhonov, told Zvezda.
The launching of missiles took place in the polygon of Telemba. The maneuver scenario included a “conventional mass attack” during which the military had to knock down training projectiles. Among them were copies of cruise missiles, projectiles imitating ballistic warheads and imitation missiles with stealth technologies, which represented the greatest difficulty for the military.
“In the maneuvers, special targets were used to imitate missiles with very low radar visibility, that is to say, with ‘invisible’ technologies. These imitation missiles are superior to all existing foreign missile analogues, ” said the colonel.
Despite the difficult conditions, the Russian military managed to repel all ‘enemy’ missiles, according to Tikhonov.