4 April 2011, 19:33

Medvedev talks military modernization near Moscow

Medvedev talks military modernization near Moscow

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev visited regiment 45 of the country’s Airborne Infantry Forces located near Moscow on Monday. For the first time since 1945, he decorated the unit with the Order of Kutuzov established during WW2 to award officers for skillful evasions of enemy attacks and successful counter attacks.

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev visited regiment 45 of the country’s Airborne Infantry Forces located near Moscow on Monday. For the first time since 1945, he decorated the unit with the Order of Kutuzov established during WW2 to award officers for skillful evasions of enemy attacks and successful counter attacks. The whole unit  being decorated is an exceptional event and it occurred today.

Russia’s Airborne Infantry Forces are elite troops showing the best skills, fraternity and patriotism, Medvedev said, addressing the officers:

"Medvedev noted  the unit’s loyalty to the long-standing traditions of the Air Forces. The unit carried out complex operations in the North Caucasus, protecting South Ossetians against Georgian aggressors. You’ ve been brave and courageous in all situations, the president said and praised the unit for  mastering cutting-edge weaponry and  military tactics."

The president also spoke about brand-new arms that are the cornerstone of the modernization of the Russian Army. The government will allocate 20 trln rubles (at least 650 bn dollars) to this end to overhaul the military-industrial complex by 2020. The project envisages 70 percent of Russian troops’ arsenals comprise modern weapons and hardware, Medvedev said.

Missiles are the country’s priority, says the editor-in-chief of specialist Air Forces magazine Sayid Aminov:

"Modernizing the military-industrial complex is a priority for Russia’s industry, defense and the Armed Forces. Missile troops are the cornerstone of Russia’s defense capability. All missiles, not only strategic ones like the Bulava or theater ones like the Iskander, matter."

This year Russia’s Ministry of Defense plans to purchase 36 ballistic missiles, 20 airborne cruise missiles, 5 spacecraft, 35 jets, 109 choppers and 21 air defense systems, and the country is also testing a 5th generation fighter jet .

A quarter of the state subsidies will go to modernizing Russia’s Navy to acquire 8 Borei –class  nuclear submarines, which carry Bulava missiles . The Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear submarine will enter the fleet already this year  together with fellow sub  Alexander Nevsky.

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