When the Russian Defense Minister takes stock of his action

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigou presented, during a speech to the Defense Committee of the lower chamber of the Duma, a assessment of the changes undertaken and effective in the Russian armies since 2012, that is to say at the time of taking office. And this record is positive to say the least, not to say flattering.

Thus, while in 2012, the Russian combat forces were limited to 16 brigades, themselves often partially staffed, it now has 136 battalions out of 200 made up of contracted soldiers, i.e. more than 65 brigades and regiments. During the same period, the armies will have perceived more than 1000 planes and helicopters, more than 3700 armored vehicles, 161 surface vessels, 7 attack submarines and 3 submarines launching devices, more than 210 intercontinental ballistic missiles , and 57 satellites and space vehicles.

20 anti-aircraft defense regiments were equipped with the S-400 system, while 23 divisions received their allocations of Pantsir S1 system, 17 divisions their allocations of Bal and Bastion costal anti-ship missiles, and 10 artillery brigades received their allocations. Iskander systems.

Ammunition stocks, particularly precision munitions, have been greatly increased, and more than 2000 drones have been delivered to units. 

A significant effort was made to increase the reliability of the systems, and the malfunctions of new systems were divided by 2,7 in 6 years. 

Finally, the image of the Russian armed forces in Russian public opinion has significantly improved, going from 31 to 24% unfavorable opinions over the same period.

Finally, the minister returned to the Syrian campaign, during which no less than 316 new systems were tested, and the lessons of which still continue to be put into practice in a vast equipment modernization program. It should be noted that the 2019 GPV -2027, the equivalent of the French military programming law, provides for an increase in allocations to the equipment budgets of Russian forces by 25%. We must therefore expect that the effort made during past years will be maintained, even if new systems like the Su-57, T-14 Army, 22530M frigates and Iassen submarines, cost much more than the systems acquired and modernized so far.

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