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Russia ground troops receive more than 250 modernized tanks in 2013

December 11, 2013, 12:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW

T-72B3 tanks are equipped with the latest generation of communication devices, advanced fire control system and a digital ballistic computer

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MOSCOW, December 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Ground Troops have received more than 250 modernized tanks T-72B3 in 2013, spokesman of the country’s Ground Troops Major Kirill Kiselev told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“The tanks were put into service of multi-service and tank formations in Western and Eastern Military Districts,” he said. “Some part of new military hardware has already been introduced into service and the crews are assigned to it. Before the end of the year about 20 armored vehicles are planned to deliver in the troops,” the spokesman said. “Before putting the tanks T-72B3 into service the command staff of the tank formations passed advanced training for a new type of military hardware at the Omsk affiliate of the Military Academy of Logistics,” Kiselev added.

The latest generation of communication devices, advanced fire control system, a digital ballistic computer, which enables to cut sharply the time of calculations and make them more efficient, are mounted on the tank T-72B3. The thermal sight provides for reliable operation of the targeting devices in any weather regardless the time of day.

More than 600 units of weapons and military hardware were purchased for the Ground Troops this year, Kiselev. The self-propelled howitzers Msta-SM, the tactical missile system Iskander, the tactical air defence missile system TOR-M2U, the self-propelled anti-tank missile system Khrizantema-SM and different communications vehicles - satellite stations, reconnaissance systems, control and communications systems, control centres and radios are among them.

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