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Russia’s Arsenal of High-Precision Cruise Missiles Increased Thirty-Fold in 8 Years: Defense Minister

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Russia's Arsenal of High-Precision Cruise Missiles Increased Thirty-Fold in 8 Years: Defense Minister

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The number of high-precision cruise missiles in the Armed Forces of Russia since 2012 has increased by more than thirty-fold, and the number of their carriers has gone up more than twelve-fold, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu said.

“We are equipping land, air and sea-based high-precision long-range weapons with accelerated pace. The number of its carriers has increased by more than 12 times since 2012, and the number of high-precision cruise missiles has gone up by 30. The time for preparing flight missions is reduced from a month and a half to three hours,” – the minister said at an operational mobilization gathering with the leadership of the Armed Forces.

Shoigu said that modern military equipment, created on the basis of digital technologies and with elements of artificial intelligence, have started being delivered to the troops, and weapons systems based on new physical principles were already on combat duty.

He said that in 2019 the Armed Forces received more than 6.5 thousand units of new and modernized weapons.

In total, by the end of 2020, in accordance with the May decrees of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the share of modernization in the troops will be 70%.

In November 2018, the official newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry, Krasnaya Zvezda, reported that units were created in the Russian Armed Forces that are responsible for the use of high-precision long-range weapons.

“The Armed Forces have formed command and control units that plan the use of high-precision long-range weapons and prepare flight missions for cruise missiles of all types of basing. As a result, full-fledged groups of high-precision weapons are created that can use missiles for targets at ranges up to 4 thousand km,” the outlet outlined.

According to the outletthe basis of these groups in strategically important areas – the Baltic, Barents, Black and Mediterranean Seas – are ships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles.

Furthermore, in recent years a breakthrough has been made in equipping the Russian Armed Forces of the with high-precision long-range weapons, they are being deployed on land, sea and air-based carriers.

Back then, Krasnaya Zvezda repeated the exact same information that Shoigu said now, that carriers had increased twelve-fold and the number of cruise missiles had increased thirty-fold.

Russia's Arsenal of High-Precision Cruise Missiles Increased Thirty-Fold in 8 Years: Defense Minister

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