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Troops in Russia’s Central Military District receive new weapon systems

August 14, 2018, 11:42 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG

Over 350 pieces of military and special hardware have arrived under the defense procurement plan for the military units

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TOS-1 Solntsepyok heavy flamethrower

TOS-1 Solntsepyok heavy flamethrower

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YEKATERINBURG, August 14. /TASS/. Troops of Russia’s Central Military District have received over 350 weapon systems since the beginning of this year, District Commander Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin said on Tuesday.

"Over 350 pieces of military and special hardware have arrived under the defense procurement plan for military units of the Central Military District since the beginning of 2018, including about 149 items in July," the commander said.

"The latest deliveries to the military district’s units include Mi-24P helicopters, BMP-2M armored personnel carriers, the newest Garmon communications stations and Borisoglebsk electronic warfare systems, TOS-1 Solntsepyok heavy flamethrowers and Su-34 bombers. Also, more than 100 items of modern special and automobile vehicles were delivered for the separate railway mechanization battalion set up in July in the Republic of Udmurtia," the general said.

According to the commander, there are plans to raise the level of the military district’s provision with modern armament and hardware to no less than 54% in 2018 and increase this figure to 70% by 2020.

Russia’s Central Military District is stationed on the territory of three integrated federal districts and 29 Russian regions. Structurally, the Central Military District also includes some overseas facilities: the 201st military base in Tajikistan, the Kant air base in Kyrgyzstan and units on the territory of Kazakhstan.

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