Russian Aerospace Forces (RAF) aircraft flew 6000 more hours in 2018 than the previous year with individual pilots flying average of 100 hours each.
In 2019 the RAF will receive more than 100 aircraft. Thus, the part of modern weapons and equipment of the Air Force will be increased to 65%, a Russian MoD statement said without giving the break-up of the aircraft involved. An increase in the number of exercises besides combat operations in Syria may have contributed to the increase in flying hours.
Su-35S and Su-30SM multi-role fighters, Su-34 bombers that first entered the Central Military District air regiment in Ural, Ka-52 attack helicopters, Mi-8 transport combat helicopters of various modifications , Yak-130 combat training aircraft, etc were delivered to the the RAF in 2018.
In 2019, one of the main tasks to be accomplished by the Air force of the Aerospace forces will be: preparation and participation of crews in Tsentr 2019 strategic exercise, conduction of the all-army and international stages of the Aviadarts 2019 contest, crews' training for the combat use firing at land and air targets, air-to-air refuelling (AAR), conduction of tactical training, command post exercises, participation in Army 2019 International Military and Technical Forum, international aircraft showrooms and exhibitions, and other events, the MoD Statement said.
Russia has amended the law, ‘on the state defense order which will now classify weapons, military equipment and ammunition procurement including the ones that are bought for the National Guard or the Interior Ministry. According to the new rule, procurement to create, supply, service, repair or dispose of weapons and military equipment will not be included in the plans and timetables stipulated by the legislation concerning the contract system of procurements for state needs,
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The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has test fired a hypersonic intercontinental strategic missile Avangard that can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads. Russias hypersonic missile system will enter service in the Armed Forces next year, Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying by
The United States has increased deployment of non-nuclear high-precision military weapons in the sea waters neighboring Russia. “The Russian Navy would keep its presence in international waters in 2019 against the backdrop of sharp increase in the intensity of operative and combat preparations by US and NATO near the borders of the Russian Federation, the deployment of sea-based missile shield elements, non-nuclear systems of high-precision weaponry and military infrastructure in sea waters adjacent to the Russian territory,” Krasnaya Zvezda quoted Russian Navy Commander Adm
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