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Modern Military Hardware to Total 70% in Russian Southern District in 2016

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Tank crews of the Southern Military District preparing for the tank biathlon competition at the Prudboi range in the Volgograd Region - Sputnik International
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About 1,200 units of modern and modernized weapons and military hardware are expected to be delivered to the Russian Southern Military District forces, according to Commander of the Southern Military District Col. Gen. Alexander Galkin.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON (Sputnik) — The share of modern weapons and military hardware in the Russian Southern Military District will amount to 70 percent in 2016, Commander of the Southern Military District Col. Gen. Alexander Galkin said Monday.

According to Galkin, the share of modern hardware currently totals 60 percent.

"About 1,200 units of modern and modernized weapons and military hardware are expected to be delivered to the district's forces in 2016, which will raise the share of modern arms units up to 70 percent," Galkin said at a briefing.

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According to the commander, over 1,100 units of different military hardware were delivered to the Southern Military District forces in 2015. In particular, the Land Force received over 110 tanks and armored combat vehicles, over 150 units of artillery equipment, about 200 units of communication engineering equipment and over 550 multipurpose vehicles.

Missile troops received an Iskander-M ballistic missile system, artillery troops received several Tornado-G multiple launch rocket systems and self-propelled howitzers Msta-S. Over 60 Su-34 bombers and modern attack helicopters Mi-28N, Mi-35M and Ka-52 were delivered to aviation regiments.

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