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    Russian Forces Receive 40 Arms Carriers, 180 Long-Range Cruise Missiles in 2016

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    The Russian Armed Forces have received 40 high-precision weapons delivery systems and 180 long-range cruise missiles in 2016, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He estimated the new deliveries allowed the soldiers' ability to engage enemy targets by a third.

    "Over the past year alone, military formations received 40 high-precision weapons carries and 180 long-range cruise missiles," Shoigu said at a government hour in the upper house of parliament.

    Nearly half of the Russian Navy's surface ships will be armed with Kalibr cruise missiles, Shoigu said.

    "About half of the naval warships will be equipped with sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles," Shoigu told upper house lawmakers at the so-called government hour session.

    According to the minister, the Russian Armed Forces received over 30,000 pieces of advanced and upgraded weapons in five years.

    "In total since 2012, the troops received more than 30,000 units of new and modernized weapons and equipment, including more than 50 warships, 1,300 aircraft, 4,700 tanks and armored combat vehicles," Shoigu told upper house lawmakers.

    He compared the number to two warships, 151 aircraft and 217 tanks received in 2007-2011.

    The Russian army also receives 150-250 aircraft per year.

    "Over the years, we receive from 150 to 250 new advanced models of weapons and military equipment, particularly aircraft and helicopters," Shoigu said.

    This requires "careful attention to the personnel policy in the field of flight crew," he added.

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