ARMS RACE: Russian Army Has 30 Times More Cruise Missiles Than 6 Years Ago


The number of cruise missiles available to the Russian army has increased 30-fold in the past six years, the Russian Armed Forces newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda reported.

In addition, the number of terrestrial, marine and airborne carriers has grown more than 12 times, the newspaper said .

The increase is due above all to the delivery of Iskander-M tactical-operational missile systems, as well as ships and submarines equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles.

The media also reported that the country is completing the development of drones capable of reaching any destination in continental Europe, whether they take off from the Kaliningrad region (westernmost part of Russia) or fly to Canada if they leave the autonomous district of Chukotka, Far East of the country.

“We are finishing the development of innovative systems capable of performing tasks at a distance of up to three thousand kilometers,” the article said.

According to information, Russia has created in the last six years almost 40 military units specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles, which received more than 1,800 drones capable of reconnaissance operations at distances of up to 500 kilometers.

This massive increase also comes as Moscow and Beijing agreed on new arms deliveries by Russia, the head of the Russian delegation in China, Viktor Kladov, said.

As a representative of the Rostec company, which is part of the Russian arms exporting company (Rosoboronexport), Kladov said that the two countries actively cooperate in all technical-military spheres, ie land, air and sea.

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In addition to the already signed contracts for the sale of S-400 air defense systems and Su-35 fighters, Beijing and Moscow have many other projects, Kladov said.

“I did not want to talk about details, but I can say that we recently signed three more [arms sales] deals with the Chinese side,” he said.

Between November 6 and 11, the Chinese city of Zhuhai runs the airshow China Airshow 2018, attended by the Russian delegation.

The supply contract for 24 Su-35 fighters was signed in 2015 and is due to be completed in 2019. In the same year, Moscow and Beijing agreed to sell S-400 systems, delivery is expected to be completed by 2020. Kladov has assured that Russia will export within the agreed deadlines.

In addition, Moscow will deliver to Myanmar six Su-30SM fighters under the contract signed this year, as well as six Yak-130 training aircraft.

In total, Rosoboronexport will export in 2019 weapons valued at 13.4 billion dollars.

Thus, despite strong competition in the market and sanctions against Russia, arms sales next year will not be lower than in 2018, concluded the representative of the Russian state.

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