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    Russian Ground Forces to Get 244 Latest Communication Systems Before 2017

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    By the end of 2016, the Russian Ground Forces will receive 244 modern communication systems, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Land Forces Gen. Maj. Alexander Galgash said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to him, this would bring up the percentage of cutting-edge communications technology in the Land Forces to 45 percent, which is scheduled to go further up to 70 percent by 2020.

    "In 2016, in accordance with the state defense order, 244 latest communication systems are planned for delivery to the Signal Communication Troops," Galgash told Life Zvuk radio broadcaster.

    Russia is currently implementing a large-scale rearmament program, announced in 2010, to modernize 70 percent of its military hardware by 2020. The total modernization program is estimated to cost about 20 trillion rubles (some $310 billion at current exchange rates).

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