5 Aug 2020 13:03

Russian Defense Ministry gets 16 aircraft, 80 drones, 5 warships in past 6 months - Shoigu

MOSCOW. Aug 5 (Interfax) - The Russian Defense Ministry has continued getting new hardware according to the schedule despite the coronavirus situation, with over 1,100 pieces of arms having been received in H1, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

"The Armed Forces received over 1100 pieces of arms and military and special equipment," Shoigu said opening the unified military goods commissioning day on Wednesday.

Among them, there are 16 aircraft of various types and purposes, 53 helicopters, including 18 Mil Mi-8MTV-5-1 helicopters, 80 unmanned aerial vehicles, and five warship, including the Knyaz Vladimir nuclear-powered submarine, the Admiral Kasatonov frigate and the Olenegorsky Gornyak large landing ship, he said.

"The Armed Forces are procuring engineering equipment, vehicles, communications equipment, and air weapons and munitions according to plan," he said.

"The state-of-the-art military-purpose goods will be broadly displayed at the Army 2020 international military-technical forum in August," Shoigu said.