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Russian Army Receives Iskander Missile System, Kalibr Cruise Missiles

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the photo bankIskander-M missile system during a military machine demonstration at the Alabino training ground
Iskander-M missile system during a military machine demonstration at the Alabino training ground - Sputnik International
The Russian defense industry has supplied the Russian Armed Forces with an Iskander-M missile system brigade set and 60 Kalibr cruise missiles alongside 17 planes and helicopters in May-June this year, Russian Defense Ninister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The list includes 11 jets and six helicopters, nine radar systems, Steregushchy-class Sovershennyy corvette, two inshore patrol vessels, as well as a heavy offshore platform for a Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.

"Over this period, defense industry enterprises have supplied more than 600 new and 300 repaired weapons, military and special equipment," Shoigu said on single military production acceptance day.

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"As for today, the state defense order for modern weapons has been implemented by 34.2 percent, while [state order] for repairs — by 42.2 percent, and it indicates a satisfactory rate of production of defense industry enterprises," Shoigu said.

The minister noted that in general, the defense industry enterprises had been faithfully fulfilling their obligations.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said the Russian Navy has received 42 torpedoes, three submarines, a counter sabotage boat and two naval fighters in the second quarter of 2017. The deputy defense minister also indicated that the ground forces have received new equipment, in particular, 35 new and 155 repaired tanks, as well as armored combat vehicles.

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Russian ground forces now have at their disposal 500 new and 273 repaired vehicles, 10 self-propelled howitzers and nearly 9,000 items of ammunition for various purposes, according to Borisov.

The share of advanced weapons in service with the Russian Armed Forces has grown over six months to reach nearly 60 percent, Borisov said during the event.

"Taking into account the armament and military equipment supplied since the start of the year, the troops' level of equipment with modern, advanced models in the first half of the year increased by more than 0.5 percent and now stands at 58.8 percent."

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Moreover, the Russian Aerospace Forces received in the second quarter of 2017 over 70 new and repaired planes and helicopters, Borisov said.

One of the most effective and widely known Russian cruise missiles, Kalibr, was first used in combat by the Russian Caspian Flotilla against Daesh targets in Syria in November 2015.

Kalibr missiles have been repeatedly fired from Russia’s Buyan-M-class ships and Varshavyanka-class submarines against Daesh targets in Syria. Since the Kalibr missile has an operational range of up to 2,500 km, the launches were carried out from the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Iskander is a mobile ballistic missile system designed to destroy a wide variety of ground targets at a range of up to 500 kilometers (over 300 miles).

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