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Russia refining combat use of Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic missile

December 05, 2018, 14:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian aviation units and formations have received over 140 modern aircraft this year

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces are refining the combat use of the Kinzhal air-launched precision hypersonic weapon, Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said at a briefing for foreign military attaches on Wednesday.

"The combat use of the Kinzhal air-launched precision hypersonic missile system is being refined," Gerasimov pointed out.

Russia is also carrying out measures in other areas to raise the combat potential of its Armed Forces, the general stressed.

Specifically, the Russian aviation units and formations have received over 140 modern aircraft this year, Gerasimov said.

"Efforts continue to rearm air defense missile regiments with modern S-400 surface-to-air missile systems that feature increased capabilities for intercepting air targets. At present, already over 20 air defense regiments armed with these missile systems are on combat duty," the general said.

The development of Russia’s general-purpose forces is also a priority area, Gerasimov said.

"This year, the units and formations of the land troops and the Airborne Force have received over three thousand new and modernized weapon systems," the general said, noting that special attention was paid to increasing the combat units’ strike potential, maneuverability and autonomous operation.

This is being achieved by way of rearming units and formations with modern armor, precision missile and air defense missile complexes, as well as with electronic warfare and control systems, he stressed.

"Besides, the efforts to improve electronic warfare means, troops’ and weapons’ command and control systems are a priority area in developing general-purpose forces," the general said. "Over this year, we have achieved considerable results in these areas."

Russia is also improving its Navy, Gerasimov pointed out.

"The Navy has accepted the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov and the large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren for service. By the end of the year, 13 more warships and combat vessels are expected to arrive for the Navy. Efforts continue to deliver Bal and Bastion coastal defense systems armed with Uran and Oniks anti-ship missiles," Gerasimov said.

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