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    Russia’s Aerospace Forces, Naval Aviation to Get 160 Aircraft in 2017 Colonel

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    Russia’s Aerospace Forces and naval aviation will receive about 160 planes and helicopters, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev announced on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia’s Aerospace Forces and naval aviation will have their air fleets boosted this year by a total of 160 planes and helicopters, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev announced on Sunday.

    "The Aerospace Forces are expected to receive around 140 planes and helicopters this year, making up a total of 160 items of new equipment if you count in those reserved for the Naval Aviation," the chief of the Aerospace Forces told reporters.

    Col. Gen. Bondarev said forces in his charge had overhauled most of their air fleet, with new equipment amounting to some 55 percent of the total.

    "We are moving ahead with procurement plans," the commander said. "The factories have reached their projected production capacities, there are no problems with equipment deliveries."

    Col. Gen. Bondarev’s deputy Lt. Gen. Pavel Kurachenko said last December the Aerospace Forces could count on getting more than 900 new aircraft by 2020.

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    fleet, air force, naval aviation, Russian Aerospace Forces, Pavel Kurachenko, Viktor Bondarev, Russia
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