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Russian Marine troops being rearmed — commander

November 27, 2014, 8:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian Marines mark the 309th anniversary on November 27
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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Marines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet will receive modern equipment and weaponry to ensure stability in the southern region, the commander of the Russian Navy’s coastal troops said.

Gen. Alexander Kolpachenko told reporters that Russia's Marines are being rearmed and receive more new equipment and vehicles.

“New BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers are provided for the troops, and the Baltic Fleet has received them. The Black Sea Fleet has replaced BMP-2s with BTR-80s,” he said.

Recently it was difficult to re-equip and re-arm the Black Sea Marines, but now it is possible, and it will be carried out to ensure stability in the southern areas. There will be no unbalance, Kolpachenko said, adding that the marines and costal troops of the Black Sea receive modernized missile artillery weapons, including modern howitzers.

New Kamaz and Ural vehicles are also provided for the troops. Seventy to ninety percent of all their vehicles have already been replaced with new ones, the general said.

The troops also receive new models of firearms and equipment, including unique Korsar bullet-proof vests, he added.

New amphibious combat vehicle to be created for Russian marines by 2050

 A new amphibious combat vehicle for Russia’s Marine Infantry will be created by 2050, commander of the Coastal Defense Forces, Major-General Alexander Kolpachenko said on Thursday.

“The Russian Marine Infantry develops with other components of the Navy. The long-term development allows us to build our forces thoughtfully. For example, we’re planning to create a high mobility amphibious combat vehicle for operating in any regions and in any weather conditions, including in the Arctic area,” he said.

“The Marine Infantry is mobile, well-equipped and trained for operations in amphibious assaults. The Marine demonstrates its skills in exercises and marches to ensure Russia’s national interests in all oceanic theaters of military operations,” Kolpachenko said.

The Russian Marines mark the 309th anniversary on November 27.

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