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Russian Aerospace Defense Forces mark second anniversary of their foundation

December 01, 2013, 6:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 01, 6:07 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces will mark the second anniversary of their foundation on Sunday, Colonel Dmitry Zenin, a spokesperson for the press service and information department of the Russian Defense Ministry for the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, told Itar-Tass.

“The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces were formed by presidential decree in 2011 to protect Russia’s air and space security,” Colonel Zenin went on to say. The Aerospace Defense Forces were formed on the basis of military units of the Russian Space Troops.

“The military units of the Aerospace Defense Forces are located in the entire territory of Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka as well as in the territories of several CIS countries,” Zenin clarified.

More than 3,000 servicemen and civil personnel go on combat duty daily in the military units of the Aerospace Defense Forces.

The Aerospace Defense Forces have a broad range of tasks such as to provide authentic information on detection of ballistic missile launches and warn about missile attacks; if necessary, they can hit the warheads of ballistic missiles of a probable enemy; defend vital industrial and economic centers and other facilities from enemy aerospace attacks in hitting areas; monitor space objects and reveal space threats to Russia and fend off such threats if necessary as well as other tasks.

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