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    Military reconnaissance units of the Russian Armed Forces have started to use Russian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including the Eleron and Orlan models, a Russian Defense Ministry's Land Force spokesman said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Maj. Kirill Kiselev said that the Russian Land Force reconnaissance units had begun to receive Ratnik uniform kits, Fara-VR portable battlefield surveillance radars and GAZ Tigr light armored vehicles, which are specially adapted for their purposes, among other advanced equipment.

    "Units to operate unmanned aerial vehicles have already been formed inside the Combined Arms Command and [these units] have adopted fleet with different operating range such as the Orlan and Eleron," Maj. Kirill Kiselev said.

    Russia is currently carrying out a $325-billion rearmament program to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military by 2020.


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