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22.12.2017 (16:13)

Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin attends extended board session of Russian Ministry of Defence

The extended board session of the Russian Ministry of Defence took place in the new building of the Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Forces named after Peter the Great. In course of the session the attendees summed up the results of 2017 and assigned new tasks for the upcoming period.

Russian President, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin addressed the attendees of the board session.

He began his speech with expressing gratitude to the servicemen that had taken part in the counterterrorism operation in Syria.

He stressed that Russian servicemen operated courageously, professionally and effectively against international terrorists. The Russian military showed the increased combat potential of the Armed Forces, and significantly contributed to the eradication of most combat-capable grouping of international terrorists.  

 The Supreme Commander-in-Chief pointed out that it was important to closely follow any changes of balance in the political situation worldwide, and especially along the Russian borders as well as in key and strategic regions.

“First of all it concerns the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula with its high potential for conflict, and, of course, Europe”, elaborated the President.

Vladimir Putin added that Russia was to be among the top leaders and get absolute leading position in some spheres when it comes to establishment of new-generation armed forces with new high-tech layout.

He pointed out that it was necessary to continue work on qualitative development of Russian Armed Forces. The world is going through upheavals in economy, technologies and expertise. It is clear that such deep transformations will affect military sphere and armed forces worldwide.

 The Supreme Commander-in-Chief stressed that the tendencies are to be applied to planning and organization of the military sphere.

Russian Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu addressed the extended board session with a report.

Summing up main results of the Russian Armed Forces’ activity in 2017 and assigning tasks for 2018, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu defined several key directions. The Minister of Defence started his report from informing the session participants about situation in Syria.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief for high assessment of the military operation carried out by the Russian Armed Forces. According to him, it could not be possible without Supreme Commander-in-Chief’s personal attention to development of the Army and Navy.

Over 48,000 troops of the Russian Armed Forces have gained experience in the Syrian Arab Republic. More than 14,000 servicemen have been awarded state decorations.

As the Defence Minister stated, 80% tactical and 90% army aircraft crews carried out 100-120 combat sorties. Pilots of long-range aviation practised delivering strikes on important terrorists’ objects.

In total, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces have conducted 34,000 combat sorties.

According to the Defence Minister, for the first time, pilots of ship-based aircraft have been involved in the warfare. They carried out 420 combat sorties from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

He stressed that Kalibr and Kh-101 high-precision long range missiles hit the most important insurgents’ objects. Ships and submarines carried out 100 strikes, strategic bombers – 66 ones at the distance of 500-1,500 kilometers. Each missile has engaged the assigned target.

“Special Operation Forces eliminated heads of illegal armed formations and terrorists’ objects behind enemy’s lines. They also corrected aviation and artillery strikes using newest aiming and targeting systems”, stated Sergei Shoigu.

As the Minister of Defence said, the Special Operation Forces demonstrated high level of professionalism and complicated task performance readiness.

S-400, S-300V, and Pantsyr air defence systems jointly with fighter aircraft provided complete superiority to the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syrian sky. There have been no cases of breaching security zones of the Russian bases in Tartus and Khmeimim. 

Capabilities of the Pantsyr systems allowed to eliminate 16 unmanned aerial vehicles and 53 missiles of multiple launch missile systems.

Most samples of the Russian military hardware have been tested during the military operation in Syria. In total, 215 types of armament have been operated in Syria. In total, 702 disadvantages and deficiencies have been detected. 99% of them have been corrected.

The Russian Defence Minister expressed his gratitude to military production representatives for operational efficiency.

Sergei Shoigu provided figures and facts in order to show outstanding results of the operation.

In total, 8,000 armored vehicles and pickups with large-caliber machine guns as well as 718 plants producing weapons and munitions have been destroyed; 60,318 militants, including 819 heads of illegal armed formations and 840 former citizens of the Russian Federation have been eliminated.

Russian Aerospace Forces have deprived terrorist’s organizations of income sources from oil trafficking (not less than $3,000,000 per day).

In total, 396 sites of illegal oil production and refinery as well as 4,100 tankers have been destroyed.

The Syrian Arab Army supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces and militia have liberated 1,024 settlements and towns of Syria, including Aleppo, Palmyra, Uqayribat, Deir ez-Zor, Mayadin, and Abu Kamal.

This provided returning of 1,300,000 refugees to their homes.

Unique in its scale and complexity humanitarian operation have been conducted in Aleppo. Over four days, 28,752 people have been evacuated from the city. Humanitarian corridors as well as temporary accommodation and medical support posts have been deployed. This operation has been held for the first time.

Four de-escalation zones have been deployed for the first time to stop the warfare.

Deployment of these zones promoted reaching of ceasefire between armed opposition formations and SAA. Russia, Iran, and Turkey are the guarantors of ceasefire observation.

Due to operations held by the Russian Reconciliation Centre, 2,301 settlements and towns with population of 10,500,000 people have joined the ceasefire regime.

Syrian people regularly receive humanitarian assistance. 1,696 humanitarian actions have been held in order to provide food supplies to 700,000 people.

The Russian side provides assistance to the United Nations and International Red Cross Committee in delivering humanitarian cargos.

Russian military engineers have cleared 6,533 hectares, 1,410 km of roads, and 17,138 buildings from mines. They have also detected and eliminated 105,054 explosive devices.

Officers of the International Mine Action Centre have deployed a Mine Action Training Centre in Syria.

They have trained 740 Syrian troops. The Syrian military engineers are conducting mine action operations.

Russian military medics provided assistance to 66,582 civilians, 435 ones have been evacuated to medical establishments using aviation medical modules.

It is to be stressed that the military operation in Syria was held within the budgetary guidance of the Russian Defence Ministry by optimization of the activity and combat training plans.

Additional costs caused by increase of fired munitions and recovery of hardware were balanced by redistribution of the State Armaments Programme. Its key parameters have not been changed. 

Speaking about the Syrian operation, it is to be reminded about implementation of the Russian initiative on eliminating Syrian chemical weapons in 2013.

For the first time, leadership of the country voluntary has taken one-sided obligation and has eliminated all reserves of combat poisonous agents.

Therefore, the Russian side prevented a threat caused by strikes of American cruise missiles on Syrian territory and forced change of power as it was in Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya.

Joint efforts of Russia, United States, France, Italy, China, and Finland provided transportation and utilization of 1,300 tons of chemical weapons.

Aviation group of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Khmeimim airfield and combat service support centre of the Russian Navy in Tartus have been functioning in Syria.

Modern military and social infrastructure has been established there. These two bases allow supporting strategic stability in the region as well as suppressing possible insertion of terrorist groupings in Syria. 

In order to create conditions for political settlement of the conflict, session of the Congress of the Syrian national dialogue is being organized.

Representatives of all ethnic and confessional groups, political parties, and armed groupings in Syria were invited to take part in the session.

The Defence Minister informed the session participants about the most important results reached in 2017.

Three regiments of the Strategic Missile Forces have been rearmed with Yars mobile missile systems. 

In 2017, aviation strategic nuclear forces received three modernized aircraft.

This year, army headquarters, 18 formations and military units have been formed in the Land Forces.

Three formations and 11 military units have received 2,055 new and modernized samples of armament.

Military transport aviation division and special purpose aviation division have been formed in the Russian Aerospace Forces. The troops have received 191 aircraft, 143 air and missile defence systems.

Joint Space System has been put on test alert.

The Russian Navy has received 10 ships and combat motor boats, 13 auxiliary ships, four Bal and Bastion coast defence missile systems.

Naval aviation has received 15 modern aircraft. Headquarters of the 14th Army Corps of the Northern Fleet has been deployed.

Separate airborne assault and repair battalions have been formed.

The Airborne troops have received 184 new armored vehicles and self-propelled guns.

Armed Forces have received 199 unmanned aerial vehicles.

Capabilities of the Tactical Joint Control System have reached requirements assigned by the Russian Defence Ministry. Decrease of time spent for warfare organization has reached 20-30%, and 1.5-3 times – for combat control.

In total, tasks assigned by the State Defence Order for 2017 have been completed.

Real capabilities and readiness of troops for task performance were examined during six unannounced combat readiness inspections.

All military district, arms and services of the Russian Armed Forces as well as federal and region power bodies of the Russian Federation were involved.

Unannounced combat readiness inspections are one of the main forms for checking real conditions of the troops.

In 2017, Armed Forces held about 15,000 different training actions of the troops. This is 20% more than it was held in 2016.

Number of bilateral exercises was doubled. Interservice training was intensified in 15%.

The Zapad 2017 Russian-Belarusian exercise became the most important operational activity.

The military units confirmed their readiness for defending the Union State.

Military cooperation activity involved 90 countries.

There were 35 international exercises of different scale held in 2017.

The Combat Brotherhood, Joint Sea, and Indra exercises were the largest in their scale.

Over 800 representatives from 86 countries and eight international organizations visited the Moscow Conference on International Security.

In 2017, the Russian Defence Ministry held 44 congress and exhibition activities in the Patriot Park.

The ARMY 2017 International Military Technical Forum became the key activity.

In accordance with the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the Main Navy Parade was held in Saint Petersburg. It confirmed the status of Russia as a powerful naval country. It will be held annually. Next year, it will be held jointly with the Navy Saloon.

As the Petrozavodsk Presidential Cadet School being opened, the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief on establishment of cadet school system was accomplished in all federal districts.

The Branch of Nakhimov Naval School in Murmansk has started its functioning.

However, there is still a lot to be done.

It is planned to open two multi-functional academic buildings in the Nakhimov Naval School in St. Petersburg as well as the Specialized Physics and Mathematics School for gifted children in the Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Forces in Balashikha.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has received an opportunity to provide the full range of high-technology medical assistance in accordance with international standards, as the Multi-Field Clinic of the Kirov Military Medical Academy was established.

These figures of its work are comparable to those worldwide: more than 35,000 in-door patients a year, 19,800 surgical procedures with 16,000 of them complex and high-technology ones.

The telemedicine established on the basis of the Academy has been functioning effectively. It enables the medical personnel to monitor the status of severely ill patients in all garrisons.

More than 100 urgent and scheduled telemedicine consultations took place for the troops in Arctic this year.

In total, the          sick rate in the Russian Armed Forces has been reduced by 7%.

For the first time, the State Armaments Programme included special revenues for development of military infrastructure for new hardware in accordance with the Supreme Commander-in-Chief decision.

It allows completing construction of new infrastructure as the modern hardware reaches the troops.

In total, 3,287 buildings with a total area of 3,200,000 sq m, this is 6 % higher than last year.

The Nara new pilot system has put into service within the framework of the construction programme for 25 manufacturing-logistic centres.

It replaces 29 storage objects and optimizes expenses on its maintenance.

Therefore, the tasks of 2017 for the Russian Defence Ministry have been successfully accomplished.

Taking into account the upcoming presidential elections in 2018, it is important to summarize five-year development of the Armed Forces under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

The strength of NATO military contingent along the Russian borders in the west has tripled since 2012.

Four Battalion Task Groups, the U.S. Armored Brigade have been deployed in the Baltic region and Poland, with Headquarters Multinational Divisions in Poland and Romania.

The strength of immediate response forces has increased from 10,000 to 40,000 troops; time for rapid deployment has been decreased from 35 to 30 days.

The U.S. GMD system in Europe has been brought to initial level of operational readiness. Its elements were deployed in Japan and South Korea.

The NATO has intensified air reconnaissance along the Russian borders by 3.5 times, and naval reconnaissance - by 1.5 times.

The Russian side precludes attempts to violate Russia’s sea and air borders.

The NATO has doubled intensity of its military drills along Russia’s borders.

With only 282 exercises in 2014, the alliance held 548 drills this year. More than 30 exercises take place along the Russian west borders annually with its main scenario centred on confrontation with this country.

The Russian side closely follows every NATO exercise and takes appropriate measures.

Long-range aircraft and warships have expanded geography of routes in order to respond to new threats and maintain strategic balance.

Over the five years, strategic bombers have carried out 178 sorties for aerial patrols, and the Navy warships – 672 missions to all strategic areas in the World Ocean.

Quality status of the Russian Armed Forces has been improved.

Over the last five years, the Russian Armed Forces have received: 80 ICBMs; 102 SLBMs; three SSBN Borey; 55 spacecraft; 3, 237 tanks and other combat armored vehicles; more than 1,000 aircraft; 150 warships and vessels; six submarines and 13 costal missile systems (Bal and Bastion).

This enabled 12 missile regiments to rearm with the Yars system; 10 missile brigades – with the Iskander system; 12 air regiments – with MiG-31BM, Su-35SM, Su-34; three army aviation brigades and six helicopter regiments – with Ka-52 and Mi-28; 16 SAM regiments – with S-400 SAM system; 19 air defence battalions – with Pantsir-S; 13 battalions with Bal and Bastion systems.

In total, 35 combined arms formations, almost the whole Ground Forces, have been provided with the Ratnik-2 military equipment.

The new hardware delivered to the troops has been deployed on modern infrastructure.

For the first time in the contemporary history of Russia, the complete radar ?eld of the missile warning system has been established.

For this purpose, the new six Vorones radar stations have been put into service. Another three active radar stations, the Daryal, Dnepr and Volga, have been upgraded.

As the State Armaments Programme being implemented, availability of modern armaments in the Armed Forces reached 59.5%.

In Strategic Nuclear Forces its figure amounts to 79%, in Ground Forces - 45%, in Aerospace Forces – 73%, and 53% in the Navy.

In order to increase efficiency of government expenditures, the Russian Defence Ministry has introduced a unique information cash dominion system.

The defence department has successfully overcome a negative trends related to over-advancing of the industry and full payment of unexecuted contracts.

As the advances for contracts being significantly reduced, volumes of armaments and military hardware supplies increased.

The monitoring system functioning for the State Defence Order allows viewing government expenditures, the State Defence Order’s real impact on economy and assessing their efficiency.

There is an opinion that military expenditures are assigned for support of the Armed Forces. It is not true.

Sixty percent of military budget is spent on high-technology products produced by defence industrial complex.

Its enterprises are located in all regions countrywide, and have a significant impact on development of the country.

Due to deductions of the defence industrial complex, federal and regional budgets are replenished with more than 480 billion rubles of tax payments.

More than 440 billion rubles are spent on salaries for employees and personnel.

Therefore, a stable defence order provides re-equipment of the Armed Forces, revenues for population (as salaries) for the state (as taxes) and business sector (as profit).

In fact, the allocations invested for the Armed Forces are government investments that ensure development of different economic sectors and regions of the country.

They guarantee the growth of sci-tech and manufacturing potential of industrial enterprises as well as of their technology level. Moreover, the number of jobs for specialists with high qualification is increasing.

The Russian Ministry of Defence stressed that the financing for Armed Forces in 1990-s had been far from the today’s. The military budget was reducing every year. In 1992 it amounted to 16 % of GDP, in 2000 it reached 2.6% which didn’t meet the real needs of the Armed Forces. Military infrastructure development has been largely overlooked. Salaries were timely paid to specialists so that highly educated people were to leave the service.

Since 2012, the share of modern hardware has increased by 4 times, pace of military construction – by 15 times, number of contract servicemen increased by 2.4 times, intensity of combat training by 30%.

At the same time, military budget has been balanced. It meets real needs of the Armed Forces and will amount to 2.8% of GDP, or 46 billion dollars in 2018.

Meanwhile, in the USA it will exceed 700 billion dollars; in the UK will reach roughly 60 billion dollars, and 40 billion dollars in France and Germany.

Present-day Russian Armed Forces are modern, mobile, compact and combat-capable.

As Sergei Shoigu pointed out, Russia does not rattle the sabre, and seeks no battle with other countries. At the same time, Russia advises no country to check its defence for strength.

The newly-established National Centre for State Defence Control has fundamentally changed management principles of the defence department.

With the National Centre, Russia has reached the fifth-generation command and control system.

The Centre’s information system builds a united system for interdepartmental interaction among 158 federal and regional authorities, 1,320 state corporations and enterprises of defence industrial complex.

One of the specific features of the Centre is the round-the-clock monitoring and control over implementation process of the State Defence Order.

As a result, the number of fulfilled contracts of the State Defence Order has reached 97%. No country has managed to create such a system.

Over the last five years the regular personnel of the Armed Forces has changed significantly.

The number of conscripts has decreased by 50,000 from 290,000 to 240,000 people, and the number of contract servicemen has increased from 162,000 in 2012 to 384,000 people nowadays.

The quality of their selection has increased. Now, 70% of contract servicemen have higher or secondary education.

Today, military units and formations are staffed with professional military personnel by 95-100%, and it allows to maintain the high military combat readiness of the Russian army.

Now the Ministry of Defence has 36 military educational establishments, and provides the Armed Forces with qualified specialists.

In short terms the construction of the Kirov Military Medical Academy, the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School named after Vasily Margelov, Military Academy of Strategic Missile Forces has been completed.

The training process in military educational establishments is being developed.

A unified electronic library of military institutes has been created.

Electronic textbooks with visualizations and three-dimensional simulations of processes, phenomena and methods of combat use of weapons and military equipment are used in the training process.

Just a year of their effective application has showed a significant improvement of the quality of preparation of the military personnel and amount of acquired knowledge.

Moreover, the implementation of electronic educational sources to the troops increased the level of professional training of militaries during the whole period of army service.

Scientific companies have become a reliable source to increase military scientific capacity of the Armed Forces. After the end of the conscription service approximately one fourth of the servicemen decide to continue serving the Russian Armed Forces.

All in all, since the creation of the scientific companies 365 soldiers have become officers.

Social protection of servicemen is a priority for the state.

For the last five years, 457,000 people used their right to get the housing provision.

Among them 149,000 people have service apartments, 120,000 people got permanent flats and 107,700 people got a compensation for sublease.

In total, 79,400 people used mortgage service.

Housing subsidy, a new form of housing provision, works effectively. Since 2014, 24,100 servicemen have used it.

The use of housing subsidy allowed to solve a long-term problem of providing servicemen with flats.

Since 2016, payments to officers for the sublease have increased to the national average indicators.

Optimal price performance of constructed projects have been achieved due to mass application of typed and modern technological projects.

It allowed to gain a cost of building of one square meter of Defence Ministry’s objects, which doesn’t exceed 32,000 rubles, and it is lower than in the country on the average.

During 5 years, 10,221 buildings were built.

Construction is under way throughout the whole country, including Arctic areas and military bases, which are located abroad.

For the last five years, in the Arctic region on the Kotelny, Alexandra Land, and Wrangel Islands and Cape Schmidt 425 objects have been built with a total area of more than 700,000 square meters.

More than 1,000 troops are in it and also special armament and hardware.

During the building innovative and power-efficient and technologies were used.

In the Arctic region, three unique military objects of the Arctic Trefoil were built.

The building of self-sufficient airport on the Franz-Joseph Archipelago, which is able to work all year round, is continued.

There is no country, which had implemented such large-scale projects in the Far North.

The transfer of ownership of military property to the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and municipal authorities is finished.

In total, 1,396 military towns that had no prospects of usage, 56,000 objects of real estate, including 525 boiler houses, 40 schools, 439 kindergartens, 244 medical facilities have been transferred.

It allowed to release about 40,000 civilian personnel of the Defence Ministry, and to save 3,700,000,000 rubles for municipal services and maintenance of unused military towns.

The Ministry of Defence has fully implemented the program for transferring of 467 kindergartens to the jurisdiction of local authorities.

The Ministry of Defence expressed his hope that the local authorities would fulfill its obligations to ensure children of military personnel with places in pre-school institutions. The Ministry of Defence will take all measures to fulfill the orders of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

The Ministry of Defence set a course for a full life cycle contracts, for recovering of repair organs in military units and formations, carrying out scheduled maintenance at the enterprises of the Ministry of Defence and the defence industry.

As a result, the weapons and equipment serviceability reached 94% and maintained at this level.

The Ministry of Defence is exempted from ballast of non-relevant tasks and functions, a heavy burden lying on the shoulders of the Armed Forces.

Therefore, 110 military factories, which employ about 30 thousand people, are to be transferred to the Rostec State Corporation and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

This will develop these enterprises in the structure of the military industrial complex.

The Armed Forces completes environmental remedial action in the Arctic.

In total, 100,740 sq km of territory where cleared in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, the Alykel airfield, Kotelny and Wrangel Islands.

In total, 16,000 tons of scrap metal were collected and 10,000 tons were taken out. All 432 buildings slated for destruction were razed.

There are 13,155 sq km left to be cleared.

In 2014, the Ministry of Defence launched the Efficient Army Programme.

As a result, it is not necessary to involve additional funds for unforeseen expenses arising during the FY.

For three years, the savings amounted to 129 billion rubles.

The money saved went to cover the deficit of benchmarks for CSS and public utilities.

Improvement of municipal economy of the Defence Ministry has saved 7,800,000,000 rubles.

The annual budgetary savings of the work of the recovered repair units has amounted to 2,800,000,000 rubles.

The control, access and meal ordering system was introduced in 729 canteens, which gave an economic effect of more than one 1,600,000,000 rubles.

In total, 1,700,000 missiles and ammunition have returned into operation as repair centres and workshops being recovered.

Their purchase would cost the budget 117 billion rubles.

Some 70,000 pieces of modern closure have been bought and supplied in 2016, resulting in annual savings of 900 million rubles.

And this is not all the spheres where the Efficient Army Programme is implemented.

By the end of 2020, the economic effect of this programme will result in 337 billion rubles of savings.

Oil companies commissioned eight fuel-supply systems at airfields of the Armed Forces; five more are to enter the operation in the near future.

Special gratitude for this is to expressed to the Gazpromneft oil company.

Next year another two companies will join this project. The Rosneft will build nine complexes, and LUKOIL – three complexes.

The construction of the 580 storages is completing in order to improve and optimize the armament, missiles and ammunition storages.

This will allow placing of some hundreds of thousands tons of ammunition.

Every year, the interest of foreign countries in the International Army Games is growing.

Beginning with Tank biathlon, army competitions have grown to significant international activities to verify military training and the reliability of military hardware.

The number of participating states has reached 28. For the first time the Army Games were held on the territory of five countries - Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China and Kazakhstan. 

The Army Games gathered 150 teams to compete in 28 competitions.

Every year, the Russian military personnel show the highest results in all contests.

This fact confirms the advantages of the Russian system of combat training.

In three years, 8,000 tank and 827 air crews, more than 60,000 units of the Armed Forces have participated in the Army Games.

During preparations for the Army Games, 149 training grounds have been modernized, with 458 objects built there. Currently they are actively involved in scheduled activities of combat training.

On the initiative of the Ministry of Defenсe and with the auspieces of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Yunarmiya patriotic movement was established.

Today, more than 188,000 teenagers have joined the movement.

In a short time, it became one of the most mass youth organizations in the country.

About 16,000 teenagers took part in the Yunarmy patriotic sports events.

This work will be extended to all regions of Russia. For this purpose, educational infrastructure of military bases, Russian DOSAAF and CSKA will be engaged.

The “Artek”, ”Orlyonok” and “Okean” children's centers are planned to be involved in the events.

Results of the five years' activity can be summed up using data of sociological researches.

Since 2012, the Russian society’s approval of the Armed Forces has been growing.

At the same time negative reassessment decreased by 4.5 times - from 31% to 7%.

Today, 64% of Russian citizens believe that military service is a good school of life for young people.

At the present time, 93% of the population’s trust the Russian Armed Forces. This is the maximum figure reached over the whole history of sociological researches.

Such a high trust in Russian Armed Forces demands a great responsibility.

In 2018, the Ministry of Defenсe will have to face the following major tasks.

The share of modern armaments and hardware in the Armed Forces is to reach 61%, including 82% in the Strategic Nuclear Forces, 46% in the Ground Forces, 74% in the Aerospace Forces and 55% in the Navy.

In the Strategic Missile Forces, 11 launch vehicles with Yars ballistic missiles are to be put on alert.

Six modern strategic missile carriers are to enter combat duty.

The Project 955A main nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir, armed with the Bulava ballistic missiles, is to enter the service with the Navy.

Seven formations and military units are to be formed in the Ground Forces; 3,500 units of new weapons are to enter the service.

The Aerospace Forces and the Naval Air Force are to recieve 203 new and modernized aircraft, four Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and gun systems and ten S-400 Triumf missile systems.

It is also necessary to ensure the experienced combat duty of the Unified Space System.

The Navy is to receive 20 surface ships and combat boats, one submarine, and 14 support vessels.

The Vostok -2018 strategic exercise is to be take place.

The development of the system of the State Defense Order concerning monitoring and determining the optimal level of the cost for production of wapons and military hardware is to be ensured.

It is also planned to complete all the construction operations at 11 airfields, including Severomorsk-1, Mozdok, Baltimore, Belbek, Alykel and Chkalovsk (Kaliningrad region).

Three thousand buildings and facilities are to be put into operation.

ERA Military Innovative Technopolis is to be created.

The rates of development of the Armed Forces will be maintained in 2018.

The approaches for problematic issues are taken into account in the plans of the Ministry of Defence for 2018.

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