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    MOSCOW, 24 January, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent/. -All targets set in the program for development and reform of the Belarussian Armed Forces in 2003 have been successfully achieved, Belarussian Defense Minister Leonid Maltsev said at a board session of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences where he reported on advanced methods of military command and control.

    "We would not have been able to implement such radical reforms so quickly without personal involvement of Belarussian President in the process. All the targets set for development and reform of our armed forces in 2003 have been successfully met in full volume," the Minister said.

    According to him, Belarus is currently setting up well-protected command centres for automated control and management of its armed forces, with top priority given to introduction of advanced communications systems.

    "We have started construction of a digital communications network embracing both strategic and operational troops control components of the Belarussian Armed Forces," the Minister said.

    He also pointed out that Belarus is developing its own portable digital radio transceivers as well as setting up a network of encoding stations with access to the Atlas-Belarus national encoding system in order to enhance troops command and control efficiency.

    Leonid Maltsev stressed that Belarus gave priority to setting up stationary and mobile troops command and control centres as these facilities have acquired immense relevance in the context of increased mobility of modern warfare.

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