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    Russia's Central Military District (MD) will receive more than 1,200 pieces of military and special equipment in 2016, Commander of the Central MD Col. Gen. Vladimir Zarudnitsky said Saturday.

    YEKATERINBURG (Sputnik) — Zarudnitsky added that among the pieces of equipment expected to be delivered were Iskander-M tactical missile systems, Zoopark-1M and Aistenok mobile radar systems as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, such as Forpost, Eleron and Orlan.

    Russia is planning to modernize up to 70 percent of its military hardware by 2020. Total modernization program cost is estimated to reach about 20 trillion rubles (some $266 billion at the current exchange rates).

    "More than 1,200 pieces of advanced and modernized pieces of hardware, military and special equipment will enter service with the district forces in 2016 in accordance with the state arms procurement program," Zarudnitsky told reporters.



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