Elite Russian Ground Troops to be Equipped with Modernized Weaponry in 2019

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MOSCOW, Russia – In 2019, Russia’s Ground Troops will receive new units from the S-300V4 anti-aircraft missile system and Buk-M3 and Tor-M2 systems, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The information was released by an official representative of the Mass Information and Communication Department of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

“In 2019, the units of the Army’s Anti-aircraft Defense Forces will receive five missile systems and anti-aircraft missile assemblies. As part of the fulfillment of the state defense order, manufacturing companies will transfer to the Russian Ministry of Defense a set of S-300V4 and Buk-M3 and Tor-M2 split sets,” the statement said.

He said that the planned annual reinforcement of troop combat power and the implementation of retrofitting with sets of modern anti-aircraft missile systems will in 2020 increase the combat capabilities of anti-aircraft defense forces by more than 1.3 times.

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The S-300V4 anti-aircraft missile system is a modern highly mobile anti-aircraft defense system with a high missile defense capability. It is intended to protect military installations and troop groups against impacts of ballistic and aerodynamic air strikes.

Noting that the Buk is an anti-aircraft defense system that was developed by the former Soviet Union, the Buk-M3 is capable of intercepting practically all types of cruise missiles and aerodynamic targets, allowing firing in movement, which makes it a system very effective.

This comes as in 2019 Russia’s Long-range Aviation will also receive four Tu-95MS modernized missile carriers, according to the Ministry of Defense. In 2018, aviation incorporated six Tu-95MS and Tu-160 aircraft.

“The ongoing modernization will allow us to keep in service as well as increase the term of use of these long-haul planes up to 45 or 50 years,” according to Long Range Aviation Commander Lieutenant General Sergei Kobylash.

The modernized Tu-95MS will feature a new avionics. In addition, on-board radio systems will be replaced by a system with an integrated control and information medium.

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