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Defense Ministry reports on Russian army's 2016 picks

May 24, 11:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s nuclear triad is 60% furnished with modern armaments

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MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces received 40 precision weapon carriers and 180 long-range cruise missiles in 2016, which helped increase their non-nuclear long-range capabilities by a third, Russia’s Defense Minister Army General Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday.

"In the past year alone, units and formations received 40 precision weapon carriers and 180 long-range cruise missiles. This helped increase the Armed Forces’ capabilities for striking enemy targets by a third," Shoigu said in the upper house of Russia’s parliament.

Russia’s long-range ground-based, sea-and airborne non-nuclear containment weapons are arriving for troops at an accelerated pace, he said.

As a whole, Russia’s nuclear triad is 60% furnished with modern armaments, the defense minister said. 

S-400 missile systems 

Thirteen air defense regiments in the Russian Armed Forces have been armed with the most advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems: 

"The number of air defense missile regiments armed with the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems has been brought up to 13," Shoigu has noted.

For the first time in Russia’s newest history, a continuous radar field of the missile attack warning system has been created along the country’s perimeter to cover all the strategic aerospace directions and all types of ballistic missile flight trajectories, the defense minister said.

"The share of modern types of armament in the Aerospace Force has reached 66%," the defense minister said.

Yars systems for Russia's strategic nuclear forces 

About 20 missile regiments in the Russian ground-based strategic nuclear forces will be rearmed with Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems:

"By 2021, the ground-based strategic nuclear forces will have 17 missile regiments rearmed with Yars systems. Advanced strategic missile systems being developed now will start arriving for the troops," Shoigu said.

These measures, along with the delivery of nuclear-powered submarines to the Navy, will help bring the share of modern weaponry in the strategic nuclear forces to 72%, which will enable Russia to maintain its nuclear containment potential at the required level, the defense minister said.

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