“By the end of the state rearmament program in 2021 the share of modern weaponry in the Armed Forces will be within the range of 70-100%,” Gerasimov said at a meeting with Foreign Military Attaches in Moscow last week.
Gerasimov said that Russian military had received 38 intercontinental ballistic missiles, over 250 aircraft, some 280 armored vehicles and over 5,000 wheeled vehicles in 2014.
The Army Chief added that four air defense regiments had been rearmed with advanced air defense systems and two missile brigades had been armed with Iskander-M ballistic missiles.
According to Gerasimov, the Russian Navy commissioned the Yasen-class Severodvinsk nuclear attack submarine, the Varshavyanka-class Novorossiysk diesel-electric submarine, two Buyan-class corvettes, as well as three amphibious assault boats and a patrol boat.
Furthermore, the Russian Navy commissioned the Yasen-class Severodvinsk nuclear attack submarine, the Varshavyanka-class Novorossiysk diesel-electric submarine, two Buyan-class corvettes, as well as three amphibious assault boats and a patrol Russia is currently implementing an ambitious 20 trillion ruble (about $368 billion at the current exchange rate) rearmament program, planned to be finished by 2020.
The program is part of the large-scale 2008 military reform, which also envisions a significant downsizing of the armed forces, a reduction of the number of conscripts and an increase in the number of professional soldiers.boat.
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry announced that the Russian Air Force will receive more than 150 aircraft and helicopters in 2015, as part of a state defense order.
“In accordance with the state defense order for 2015 it is planned to deliver over 150 helicopters and airplanes to the Air Forces,” a Ministry spokesperson for the Russian Air Force, Col. Igor Klimov, said.
According to Klimov the delivery will include Sukhoi Su-34 bombers, multipurpose Su-30SM and Su-35S fighter jets, Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced trainers/light fighters and transport Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 planes.
The helicopters deliveries will include Kamov Ka-52 9 (photo) and Mil Mi-28N attack helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh assault-transport helicopters, Mi-combat helicopters and Ka-226 utility choppers.
The Air Force will also get cutting-edge radar stations, such as Nebo-M and Sopka.
Klimov added that the Russian Air Force will take part in a number of military exercises in 2015.