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Over 15,000 new weapon systems arrive for Russian troops — defense chief

Sergey Shoigu noted that "By the end of the year, modern weaponry will make up 71.9%"

MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. The Russian troops have received over 15,000 new and upgraded weapons this year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday.

"In the first eight months of this year, over 15,500 new and upgraded armaments, military and special hardware have been delivered to the armed forces," the defense chief said at the ministry’s conference call.

"By the end of the year, modern weaponry will make up 71.9%," he said.

Russia’s top brass ramping up advanced aircraft’s share in procurement purchases

The Russian Defense Ministry is consistently increasing the share of advanced strategic, military transport and operational-tactical aviation aircraft in the total purchases of military hardware, Shoigu said.

"The second issue on the agenda [of the conference call] relates to the fulfillment of the priority state defense procurement plans for 2021 and for the planned period of 2022-2023. This involves creating aircraft of strategic, military transport and operational-tactical aviation that will become the mainstay of the [Russia] Aerospace Force in the immediate future. We are consistently increasing their share in aircraft purchases," Russia’s defense chief said.

In 2020, the Russian Defense Ministry introduced a lending scheme to finance state contracts for the priority delivery of these armaments, Shoigu added.

"Thanks to this, we have managed both to accelerate the arming of military units with advanced hardware and cut its cost," the defense chief noted.

The government contracts concluded for many years provide for the stable operation of defense enterprises and help them increase wages for the workforce and carry out various social projects, he added.