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ASTRAKHAN, September 9. /TASS/. The strength of the CIS Combined Air Defense (AD) System units will not be raised, Pavel Kurachenko, chief of staff/first deputy commander, Russian Air and Space Force, told journalists on Wednesday.
"There are no plans for increasing the number of troops and hardware making up the CIS Combined AD System," he said.
At present, the system comprises 19 air units, 47 air defense missile units, 19 radar units and three separate electronic warfare battalions as well, the general reminded journalists.
The CIS Combined AD System was established under an agreement for an indefinite period, signed by 10 CIS member states in Almaty on February 10, 1995. The system currently comprises eight signatory states.