Crimea’s military is fully-self sufficient – Head of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces


November 6 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Rusvesna – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The Head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, speaking at the Defense Ministry board meeting, announced the creation of a self-sufficient military in the Crimea, as well as notifying of the capabilities of the Russian nuclear forces and the state of the army.

According to Gerasimov, the military forces of the Crimea include the navy base, an air defense division, and an army corps. The Air Force received 226 new and modernized combat aircraft and helicopters.

“The Black Sea fleet has been replenished with six submarines, frigates “Admiral Grigorovich”,”Admiral Essen”, which are armed with cruise Caliber missiles, as well as three divisions of coastal missile systems “Bal”and” Bastion “, said the Chief of Staff.

He noted that during this time the Caspian flotilla was reinforced by the missile launching ship “Dagestan” and three smaller ships equipped with Calibers.

“The general-purpose forces are capable of successfully solving tasks in any possible or projected armed conflicts,” he said.

Gerasimov stressed that “today’s strategic nuclear forces are capable of guaranteeing conclusive irreparable damage to any aggressor, including those possessing anti-missile weapons.”

According to Gerasimov, over the past five years, Russia has improved its missile warning system and ensured the overlapping of airspace surveillance areas.

“One of our priority tasks was the improvement of the missile attack warning system. Starting from 2012, modern high-capacity radar stations of the Voronezh type are being put into operation, and the existing stations Darial, Dnipro and Volga are being modernized.

Gerasimov similarly spoke about the new weapons of the Russian army. Over the past five years, more than three hundred new military equipment units have been put into service. The navy received more than 150 ships, 60 of them for combat. Thirteen battalions of missile systems “Bal” and “Bastion”, which are capable of hitting both sea and land targets.

Naval aviation received more than 60 aircraft and helicopters, and the combat capabilities of naval strategic nuclear forces grew by 25%.

As for aviation, it has received 185 aircraft and helicopters in five years.

The number of aircraft that can ustilise cruise missiles has grown 11-fold, the share of strategic missile carriers has reached 75.7%, which is 53% more than in 2012.

The Tu-160M and Tu-95MS missile carriers have also been modernized, they received new radio-electronic equipment and more powerful engines.

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