Russia plans to test about 160 weapons at Kapustin Yar in 2016 - defense ministry

The number of tests at the Kapustin Yar test and training range in Astrakhan region will double from 2016; the range of test themes will also broaden significantly over the next two years under the state re-armament program, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The number of tests at the Kapustin Yar test and training range in Astrakhan region will double from 2016; the range of test themes will also broaden significantly over the next two years under the state re-armament program, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"In 2016 we are planning to test around 160 models of weapon, which is twice as many as this year. By then, full modernization of the test and training measuring complex will have been completed to make it fully automatic," the defense ministry's spokesman Col. Igor Yegorov told Interfax.

The tests will be conducted not only for the defense ministry, but other Russian ministries and government departments as well.

"Among priority scientific tests of the test and training range in 2015 are to improve protection of defense facilities and models of weapons, military and special hardware from reconnaissance and precision weapon aiming systems, as well as to study the problems concerning the development of systems for testing promising models of weapon, military and special hardware," the spokesman said.

The intensity of testing activity at the site has been steadily rising over the past four years, he said.

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