MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. The Southern Military District will receive more than 1,700 units of newly developed and upgraded military hardware this year, the military district’s press office told journalists on Monday.
"In all, 1,700 items of the latest and upgraded weapons systems and other materiel are due this year in accordance with the Southern Military District support plan," the press office said.
To date, over 500 units of advanced and modernized hardware have been fielded with the motorized infantry, artillery, combat engineer and reconnaissance units as well as the coastal defense units of the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla, according to the press office.
In particular, the forces have been receiving T-72B3 tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Tornado-G multiple-launch rocket systems, Aistyonok and Sobolyatnik radars, Zoopark-1M radar systems, etc.
According to the press office, the active rearmament of the forces stationed in the south of Russia began in 2010. "The Southern Military District is going to drive the number of up-to-date combat hardware in the inventory of all of its armed services up to 70%, with the number to stand at 100% as far as some items of military hardware are concerned," the press office concluded.