Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that Russia occupies a leading position in the world in terms of providing the army with modern equipment and weapons, although it occupies only the ninth place in terms of the military budget.
Shoigu said, during an expanded meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry, with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, today, Tuesday, that “the rate of supplying the army and navy in Russia with modern weapons is 71.2%, and accordingly our armed forces occupies today a leading position in the world in terms of the rate of supplying them with modern weapons, while We are ninth in terms of defense spending.”
The share of modern weapons in the nuclear arsenal reached the highest level in history
The Russian Defense Minister pointed out that the share of modern weapons in the Russian nuclear arsenal (Trinity) reached 89.1%, which is the highest level in history.
He added that the Russian ground forces received more than 2.4 thousand pieces of military equipment this year. He also noted that an air regiment of MiG-31K fighters had been created, equipped with “Kinzal” hypersonic missiles.
The Russian Defense Minister confirmed that the Russian Armed Forces carried out all the tasks set for the year 2021. He pointed out that the United States is increasing its military presence on the border with Russia.
The minister also talked about future plans to arm the Russian Navy, and said that Russian companies will build 34 ships and submarines for the Navy by 2030.
He pointed out that the number of contract military personnel in the Russian army will increase in 2022 by about 15,000 people, and that nearly 3,000 new buildings are scheduled to be inaugurated in conjunction with providing the Russian army with new types of weapons and military equipment.
20 ICBMs on alert in 2022
The Russian Defense Minister stated that more than 20 intercontinental ballistic missile launchers such as the Sarmat and Avangard will be put on alert by the Strategic Missile Forces in 2022.
“The priority tasks for 2022 in terms of armament are to put 21 intercontinental ballistic missile launchers “Yars”, “Avangard” and “Sarmat” on alert in the Strategic Missile Forces, the minister said.
He added that the strategic nuclear forces of aviation will be provided with two strategic missile carriers of the “Tu-160M” type, and the aerospace forces will be provided with five groups of the “S-400” missile system.
He pointed out that the exercises of the Strategic Command Center “Vostok” and “Raad” will be held in 2022. The Russian minister also stressed during a conversation that Western countries’ attempts to isolate Russia from the international scene had failed.
It is planned that Russia’s spending on national defense will reach 3.51 trillion rubles in 2022, and in 2023 and 2024 this figure will reach 3.55 and 3.81 trillion rubles, respectively.
Source: RIA Novosti + TASS
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