The Russian troops have received over 700 latest and upgraded weapon systems since the beginning of this year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the Ministry’s conference call last week, TASS news agency reported.
“The rearming of the Army and the Navy continues. Since the beginning of the year, 776 basic types of the latest and upgraded hardware have arrived for the troops,” the Minister added.
In particular, the improved Project 955A (Borei-A) strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine Knyaz Vladimir and two support vessels entered service with the Russian Navy, Shoigu noted.
Also, the Russian troops received 58 new aircraft and helicopters, over 140 combat armored vehicles and 510 multi-purpose vehicles, the Defense Minister said.
Shoigu added that the Russian troops will hold over 15,500 military exercises during the summer training period, paying special attention to the preparations for the Kavkaz-2020 (Caucasus-2020) strategic command and staff drills.
“During the summer training period, over 15,500 various combat training measures are planned. Special attention will be paid to the preparations for the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command and staff exercise,” the Defense Minister said.
The draft campaign is currently proceeding without any disruptions, he stressed
In particular, over 33,000 conscripts with negative coronavirus tests have been sent to the troops since May 20. When they arrive at military units, they are placed in special barracks for two-week quarantine, Shoigu said.
“More than two million medical face masks, over 230,000 test systems and also non-contact thermometers have been delivered to military commissariats,” the Defense Minister said, adding that barrier control and planned disinfection measures were in place at conscription offices.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry is planning to complete construction of two more multifunctional medical centers to treat coronavirus patients in Pskov and Velikiye Luki by September 15, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin Tuesday.
“Under your order given last week, we began working in Pskov. Two hospitals will be constructed there, one in Pskov for 200 beds and one in Velikiye Luki for 100 beds. We are currently laying down foundation. We hope to finish the construction of these hospitals as well by September 15 considering the large scale of works,” he noted.