Russian Air Force presence in Arctic to grow in 2014

The Russian Air Force will participate in Vostok, Indra, Slavic Commonwealth, Selenga and some other exercises in 2014, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service and information department spokesman for the Air Force Col. Igor Klimov told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

The Russian Air Force will participate in Vostok, Indra, Slavic Commonwealth, Selenga and some other exercises in 2014, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service and information department spokesman for the Air Force Col. Igor Klimov told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

"The activities in the new training year 2014 will focus on beefing up the Air Force's presence in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation," the officer said.

The procurement and adoption of brand new and modernized weaponry and hardware will go on in 2014, he said.

"Consistent with the state defense order 2014, the force will soon be supplied with Sukhoi Su-30SM, Su-30M2, Su-34 and Su-35S, Yakovlev Yak-130 and Antonov An-148 planes. The Army Aviation expects the delivery of Kamov Ka-52, Mil Mi-28N, Mi-8AMTSh (MTV-5-1), Mi-35M and Mi-26, as well as Kamov Ka-226 and Ansat-U helicopters in 2014," Klimov said.

In addition, the Air Force will get Nebo-M radar systems, Podlyot low-altitude radar stations, S-400 air defense missile systems and Pantsir-S air defense missile and artillery systems, he noted.

"The experience acquired in the Aviadarts competitions in 2013 will make it possible to organize a similar event on a higher level in 2014," he said.

"Combat cohesion of forces, military units and components of the Air Force will be promoted further in the transition from the "air base - air group" structure to the "division - regiment" structure," Klimov said.

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