Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu holds teleconference with leadership of Armed Forces
Today the National Centre for State Defence Control in Moscow hosted another teleconference of Defence Ministry chaired by the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.
In preparation for the next series of meetings in Sochi under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the Minister of Defenсe dwelt on some indicators of the development of the Armed Forces.
First of all, Sergei Shoigu touched upon such a issues as the rearmament of the army and navy.
He stressed that over 1.5 trillion rubles were allocated for the implementation of this task this year, more than 70% of these funds were allocated for serial purchases of modern weapons and equipment.
Currently, the Russian Armed Forces has already received more than 2,300 new samples of weapons and military equipment.
The head of the military department noted that according to the main samples, the planned indicators of procurement and modernization were completed by 47 percent. Compared with last year, the rate of supply of weapons increased by 6.7 percent.
By the end of the year, part of modern weapons in the troops will be about 68 percent.
The Minister of Defence emphasized that in fulfilling the state defence order, much attention is paid to the implementation of import substitution programs.
The Minister of Defence also raised the topic of the development of the auxiliary fleet, which remains relevant in connection with the intensive updating of the naval personnel.
In this direction, said Sergei Shoigu, active work is ongoing.
In October, the Navy will receive four vessels of the auxiliary fleet (floating crane SPK-54150, raid tugboat RB-283 and two target ships).
The state defence order for the next year and the planning period until 2022 additionally includes the construction of three dredging vessels and five medium tankers.
In total, under the state armament program until 2027, the fleet will receive 176 naval and raid vessels of the auxiliary fleet.
Turing to issues on agenda, Defence Minister proposed to discuss two topics.
The first concerned updating the park of military transport aviation.
As Sergei Shoigu emphasized, the combat readiness of the Armed Forces directly depends on solution of this task.
He said that today the completion of the prototype IL-76MD-90A is being completed to full compliance with the tactical and technical specifications. In October, it's trials will continue.
In May 2020, it is planned to complete factory flight tests of a promising refueling aircraft.
As for the light military transport aircraft Il-112V, which will replace the An-26, now its prototype is undergoing comprehensive revision, including with the aim of reducing weight. Flight tests will resume in the first quarter of next year.
The second issue on the agenda was related to the activities of the military department to eliminate the effects of environment damage in the Arctic zone.
The Minister of Defence recalled that the decision to involve the Armed Forces in this task was taken by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief in 2014.
In accordance with the roadmap, work was carried out on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, the islands of Kotelny and Wrangel, in the area of the Aly-kel airfield.
They cleared over 113,000 square kilometers of contaminated territory.
At the teleconference, further steps were outlined to improve the environmental situation in the Arctic.