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Tooled Up: State-of-the-Art Weapons of the Russian Military

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In 2016, the Russian Armed Forces will be augmented by a wide assortment of cutting edge military hardware and equipment.

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The new weaponry will include ballistic missile launching systems, armored vehicles, combat aircraft and even new warships, Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces will be bolstered by new RS-24 Yars mobile thermonuclear weapon intercontinental ballistic missile systems. Along with the launcher itself, a Yars complex includes a mobile command and control unit and specialized escort vehicles outfitted for providing camouflage and electronic countermeasures capable of rendering the entire regiment invisible to enemy radars.

Russian ground forces will be supplied with new Tornado-S 300mm multiple rocket launchers, a brigade of Buk-M3 anti-aircraft missile systems and two brigades of Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile systems. Iskander missiles are virtually impossible to intercept due to their unpredictable trajectory, and are capable of delivering several types of 500kg warheads (cluster munition, penetration, fuel-air explosive and HE fragmentation), as well as tactical nuclear ordnance, at a distance of up to 500 kilometers.

The airborne assault troops are going to be provided with about 250 new armored vehicles, including BTR-MD Rakushka and BMD-4 infantry fighting vehicles.

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces are scheduled to receive over 140 new warplanes and helicopters, such as Sukhoi Su-35 supermaneuverable multirole fighter and Mi-8AMTSh-V Terminator assault transport helicopter designed for Arctic warfare as well as for operating in other harsh climatic conditions. Three air defense regiments will also be outfitted with new S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems.

Finally, the Russian Navy will receive two new Kilo-class submarines, dubbed 'black holes' due to their impressive stealth capabilities, and several new frigates outfitted with formidable anti-aircraft arrays and capable of carrying Kalibr-class cruise missiles.

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