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The Russian army has been purchasing weapons from indigenous manufacture. The Russian defense industry has supplied the Armed Forces with an Iskander-M missile system brigade set and 60 Kalibr cruise missiles alongside 17 planes and helicopters in May-June this year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said recently.
The list includes 11 jets and six helicopters, nine radar systems, Steregushchy-class Sovershennyy corvette, two inshore patrol vessels, as well as a heavy offshore platform for a Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.
“Over this period, defense industry enterprises have supplied more than 600 new and 300 repaired weapons, military and special equipment,” Shoigu said.
“As for today, the state defense order for modern weapons has been implemented by 34.2 percent, while [state order] for repairs — by 42.2 percent, and it indicates a satisfactory rate of production of defense industry enterprises,” Shoigu said, according to sputnkinews.com.
The share of advanced weapons in service with the Russian Armed Forces has grown over six months to reach nearly 60 percent, Borisov said.
“Taking into account the armament and military equipment supplied since the start of the year, the troops’ level of equipment with modern, advanced models in the first half of the year increased by more than 0.5 percent and now stands at 58.8 percent.”
Moreover, the Russian Aerospace Forces received in the second quarter of 2017 over 70 new and repaired planes and helicopters, Borisov said.
One of the most effective and widely known Russian cruise missiles, Kalibr, was first used in combat by the Russian Caspian Flotilla against Daesh targets in Syria in November 2015.
Kalibr missiles have been repeatedly fired from Russia’s Buyan-M-class ships and Varshavyanka-class submarines against Daesh targets in Syria. Since the Kalibr missile has an operational range of up to 2,500 km, the launches were carried out from the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
The Iskander is a mobile ballistic missile system designed to destroy a wide variety of ground targets at a range of up to 500 kilometers (over 300 miles).