On July 3rd, Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces Colonel General Sergei Surovikin outlined what needs to happen for Russia to be superior in the air to the US, in an interview with the Russian Ministry of Defense’s outlet Zvezda.
He spoke of the growing combat potential of the airborne forces, taking into account the arrival of new weapons, military and special equipment (including UAVs), the development of a missile attack warning system, improving the organization of combat and operational training and deployment of new formations, and improving the material and technical support of the Armed Forces.
August 1st, 2020 will mark the 5th year anniversary of the formation of the Russian Aerospace Forces from the Russian Air Force.
According to him, the composition of the armaments and military equipment of the Aerospace Forces has changed significantly over the past five years.
Since 2015, in accordance with the State Defense Order for the Aerospace Force, each year it received modern aircraft, such as the latest Su-30SM, Su-34, Su-35S aircraft and upgraded MiG-31BM aircraft, Ka-52, Mi-28N, Mi- combat helicopters 35M, Mi-8AMTSH and others. As a result, more than 20 aviation regiments were re-equipped with new equipment.
More than 550 units of new types of weapons were delivered, as well as 330 units of prototype weapons were provided for testing.
High-readiness radars of the missile attack warning system in the cities of Orsk, Barnaul, Yeniseysk, the optical complex of the space control system Pritsel, the special-purpose laser complex Peresvet, and the first Container-ZM over-the-horizon radar was commissioned.
As a result, the share of modern weapons of the aerospace forces currently exceeds 70%.
Trainings are also constantly on-going, and the training systems are also being improved, as a result of experience gained from various exercises such as Army Games and others.
Over the past five years, in connection with the deployment of modern types of weapons and military equipment to combat duty, the deployment of units in new areas of combat mission, the combat capabilities of forces on duty in the East Kazakhstan region have increased by an order of magnitude.
According to Colonel General Surovikin, at present, the state of material and technical support of the Aerospace Forces as a whole satisfies the needs the formations, military units and organizations during the conduct of daily activities.
Still, however, in 2020, it is planned to supply more than 250 units of various types of equipment (aerodrome-operational, electric and gas equipment and automotive vehicles of combined arms), more than 3,000 tons of material assets to the aerospace forces from the country’s military-industrial complex.
Currently, new types of aircraft developed by industrial enterprises, such as the Mi-28NM combat helicopter, the Mi-38T airborne transport helicopter and the fifth-generation Su-57 multi-role fighter, are undergoing state tests in the Aerospace Forces.
A new radiosystem “Niobium” is being developed for the radio engineering troops using a modern component base. The technical characteristics of the radar complex will exceed the capabilities of the Nebo-M radar complex in service in the detection range of various types of aircraft, including hypersonic ones.
Over the past six years, new runways have been built at 10 airfields, including two in the Arctic region.
To date, reconstruction work is being carried out at 25 airfields, two of which – Step and Voronezh – we plan to put into operation this year.
By 2023, it is planned to complete the reconstruction and development of infrastructure at five more airdromes (Plesetsk, Savasleika, Nagurskaya, Kyzyl and Burevestnik).
In terms of space launches, As part of the development work at the Plesetsk cosmodrome, flight tests of the Angara space rocket complex are underway, which include six launches of the Angara-A5 heavy-class launch vehicle and three launches of the Angara-1.2 light-class launch vehicle.
Currently, two qualification launches of these types of launch vehicles have been completed. Until the end of this year, the next qualification launch of the Angara-A5 heavy-class launch vehicle is planned, the preparation for which is currently being organized.
In new developments, the S-500 “Prometheus” anti-aircraft missile system is being developed by the Almaz-Antey Concern VKO Joint-Stock Company as a new generation of anti-aircraft missile systems, in which the principle of separately solving the tasks of destroying ballistic and aerodynamic targets will be applied.
He also said that as the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing down, and summer rolls around, the intensity of trainings will increase.
The list of priority tasks of combat training, first of all, includes purposeful training of command and control bodies, troops and forces, the training and material base for combat training for practical exercises of troops and forces during the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus 2020” and a series of exercises on plan commanders associations.
Secondly, the improvement of the single (individual) training of military personnel during joint combat training exercises of groupings of troops and forces, including the fulfillment of combat training tasks in various conditions.
Also among the priorities is the training of crews as part of a pair, unit (squad), squadron, aviation military unit, linked to ensuring the co-ordination of combined arms units, military units and formations.
The next priority is the preparation for the young flight crew of the test exercises in accordance with the combat training courses. The focus is also on the preparation and conduct of tactical exercises with live firing (flight tactical exercises with the use of aviation weapons) with formations and military units with the development of tactical missions by type of battle together with comprehensive support units.
In order to fulfill the priority tasks in the summer period of training in the Aerospace Forces, more than 200 exercises of various levels and more than 800 training events with various categories of military personnel were planned.
In order to create an atmosphere of competition among the airborne forces during the summer period of training, all-army and international stages of the Aviadarts 2020 flight training aerial training contest and the Falconry competition for unmanned aerial vehicle training will be held.
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