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    Russia's Land, Airborne Forces Get Major Budget Boost for Cutting-Edge Weapons

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    Russia's latest State Armaments Program plans to give the land and airborne forces extra funds to spend on state-of-the-art weaponry.

    Russia's program of military financing is set to give Land and Airborne Forces a budget boost to pay for a series of equipment upgrades, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Thursday.

    The Russian Ministry of Defense is currently drawing up its State Armaments Program for 2018-2025 and is looking to beef up the Land and Airborne Forces, which are slated to receive up to one quarter of the allotted funds.

    A military source told Kommersant that the money will be spent on improving anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense, buying more T-90 and T-14 Armata tanks, the Kurganets-25 tracked modular platform and the Boomerang wheeled armored personnel carrier.

    The State Armaments Program is worked out every five years, and the previous plan was drawn up for the period 2011-2020. The plan foresaw investment of around 20 trillion rubles ($351 billion) over that time period, 2.6 trillion ($46 billion) of which went to ground forces and paratroopers, 4.5 trillion ($79 billion) to the air force and 4.7 trillion ($83 billion) to the navy, RIA Novosti reports.

    A Bumerang (Boomerang) wheeled armored personnel carrier during the rehearsal of the Victory Day Parade in the Moscow Region
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    A Bumerang (Boomerang) wheeled armored personnel carrier during the rehearsal of the Victory Day Parade in the Moscow Region
    That allowed the army to improve its defenses with T-90 tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, BMD-4M assault rifles, the Ratnik military equipment for service personnel and other modern equipment. However, the latest budget will give land forces the funds to invest in more cutting-edge technology.

    Kurganets-25 armored personnel carriers with medium-category caterpillar chassis at the military parade to mark the 71st anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, May 9, 2016
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    Kurganets-25 armored personnel carriers with medium-category caterpillar chassis at the military parade to mark the 71st anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, May 9, 2016
    In February, deputy defense minister Yuri Borisov said that by 2020, Russia is aiming for new equipment to make up at least 70 percent of the total at the armed forces' disposal.

    Earlier this week it was reported that the first T-14 tanks, a third-generation tank based on the Armata platform, have been slated to enter service in 2020. The tank is currently undergoing military testing and boasts a revolutionary uninhabited turret, a 125 mm 2A66 smoothbore gun, dual-layered Malachit explosive reactive armor and the latest radar and telecommunications equipment. 

    T-14 Armata tank of the Central Military District's Moscow Garrison during a rehearsal for the military parade to mark the 71st anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, at Alabino training field in the Moscow Region
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    T-14 Armata tank of the Central Military District's Moscow Garrison during a rehearsal for the military parade to mark the 71st anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, at Alabino training field in the Moscow Region
    "The T-14, on the base of the Armata platform, is quite promising. Last year, the Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the supply of 100 tanks, so we can already talk about mass production," editor-in-chief of the Russian magazine "Armaments Export" Andrey Frolov told RIA Novosti.

    Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Russian magazine "Arsenal of the Fatherland," predicted that anti-aircraft will constitute a major part of the upgrade project.

    "Taking into account the current threats, I believe that the 2025 State Armaments Program will significantly strengthen the air defense systems of the ground forces. Above all, this concerns supplies of the air defense systems Buk-M3, Tor-M2 and S-300V4."

    BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, A Tor-M2 air defense systems based on the chassis of the DT-30 all-terrain tracked vehicle and a Pantsir-SA air defense systems based on the chassis of the DT-30 all-terrain tracked vehicle during the military parade in Moscow marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
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    BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, A Tor-M2 air defense systems based on the chassis of the DT-30 all-terrain tracked vehicle and a Pantsir-SA air defense systems based on the chassis of the DT-30 all-terrain tracked vehicle during the military parade in Moscow marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

    Russia's airborne forces are set to decommission many BMD-1 amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicles, BMD-2 infantry fighting vehicles and the 2S9 Nona-S self-propelled mortar system. By way of replacement, they will receive the BMD-4 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle, the BTR-MD Rakushka armored personnel carrier and the S25 Sprut-SD  self-propelled tank destroyer.

    A soldier in 'Ratnik' modern military garment
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    A soldier in 'Ratnik' modern military garment
    The military also hopes to kit out all land forces servicemen with the state-of-the-art Ratnik infantry combat system by 2020. The Ratnik gear is comprised of more than 40 components, including firearms, body armor, an optical array, communication and navigation devices, as well as life support and power supply systems. The armed forces are also developing the Ratnik-3 personal combat uniform, which will feature an array of unique integrated biomechanical tools, including exoskeletal elements.

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    military upgrades, upgrade, budget, Sprut-SDM1, 2S9 Nona-S, BMD-4M, Armata T-14 tank, BTR-82A, Ratnik, BTR-MD Rakushka, tanks, Russian Land Force, military, Russian Airborne Forces, Defense Ministry, Russia
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