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Russian electronic warfare equipment surpasses Western analogues — commander

April 15, 9:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the Russian Electronic Warfare Forces commander, a special electronic warfare testing site is to be created in Russia by 2018
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MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Russian electronic warfare equipment surpasses Western analogues by a number of characteristics, including range, Russian Electronic Warfare Forces commander Maj. Gen. Yury Lastochkin said Friday.

Lastochkin said that in general, the main tendencies of development of domestic electronic warfare (EW) equipment and similar equipment by leading foreign states coincide, which predetermines the closeness of their technical and tactical characteristics.

"Nevertheless, among key advantages of domestic electronic warfare equipment compared to foreign analogues can be named its greater range, which is achieved thanks to the use of more powerful transmitters and more efficient antenna systems," he said.

Share of state-of-the-art electronic warfare equipment in troops at 46%

According to the commander, the share of state-of-the-art equipment in electronic warfare troops totals 46%.

Lastochkin told journalists that in line with the plans to equip electronic warfare (EW) units in accordance with the state defense order, some 300 main specimens of hardware and more than 1,000 small-size items of equipment have been supplied to the troops.

"The activities made it possible to re-equip 45% of electronic warfare military units with modern systems, such as Murmansk-BN, Krasukha, Borisoglebsk-2 etc.," he said.

"In this way, by the start of 2016, the overall share of modern specimens of equipment totaled 46%," Lastochkin said.

Electronic warfare troops at Russian military drills

The official also pointed out that electronic warfare troops would be involved in various maneuvers of the Russian Armed Forces to complicate the situation during the drills.

Lastochkin told journalists that over 200 special tactical drills and command post exercises are scheduled for 2016 with electronic warfare (EW) formations and military units as part of combat training events.

He said a special electronic warfare testing site is to be created in Russia by 2018.

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