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Today in Moscow, under the leadership of the head of the military department, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, a regular meeting of the Collegium of the Russian Defense Ministry was held.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Minister of Defense said that the plans for the combat training of the Armed Forces for 2021 have been fully implemented. “Since December last year, more than four and a half thousand tactical exercises have been held, including interspecific and bilateral,” said Sergei Shoigu, analyzing the implementation of the training plan for the Armed Forces in 2021 in terms of combat training.

Speaking about the results of the Russian-Belarusian strategic exercise Zapad-2021, held in September, the minister noted that “in accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the experience gained and new, more effective methods of using troops are being successfully used in combat training.”

Sergei Shoigu also said that in April, as part of a control check at 101 training grounds and 520 facilities of the training and material base, more than 5,000 basic training activities were carried out, including more than 800 bilateral exercises.

He noted that the Russian team deservedly took first place at the International Army Games.

Then the minister touched upon the topic of improving the educational and material base. “The equipping of 89 educational facilities at 56 training grounds is nearing completion, over one thousand two hundred units of training ground equipment have been delivered to the troops,” Sergei Shoigu said. According to him, from October 1, final and control checks have begun in the formations, formations and military units.

Further, the head of the military department said that building up the combat capabilities of the Ground Forces is one of the priority areas for the development of the Armed Forces.

“Since 2019, in accordance with the plan of activities of the Ground Forces, more than 350 events have been carried out. That is, it turns out – one event every three days. One motorized rifle division, four brigades, as well as 27 military units of the army and divisional sets of troops have been formed, ”Sergei Shoigu said in his speech.

He also noted that the number of contract soldiers in the Ground Forces has increased by more than three thousand.

“The number of contract servicemen has increased from 144 thousand to more than 147 thousand. This makes it possible to staff all positions of junior commanders and specialists with professional personnel, ”the minister said.

“In the interests of the Ground Forces,” he said, “samples of military equipment have been created that surpass the best foreign counterparts in their capabilities. These are the upgraded T-80BVM and T-90M Proryv-3 tanks, the upgraded BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle with the Berezhok fighting compartment, and the Typhoon-K protected vehicle.

According to the minister, since 2019, more than four and a half thousand units of new and modernized weapons and military equipment (AME) have been delivered to the Ground Forces. This made it possible to bring the level of modernity at the beginning of this year to 55.5%. By the end of the year, this figure should exceed 58%.

The minister also stressed that taking into account the planned deliveries of weapons and military equipment, proactive training of personnel is being carried out. Over the past period, more than seven thousand junior specialists have been trained.

According to the head of the military department, the formation of a new motorized rifle regiment and an anti-aircraft missile regiment of a mobile reserve in the Eastern Military District (VVO) is a reaction to threats to Russia’s security.

“As for the Eastern Military District. In order to adequately respond to existing and potential challenges, 35 organizational measures are envisaged this year. The main ones are the formation of a motorized rifle regiment of the 127th division and an anti-aircraft missile regiment of a mobile reserve, ”Shoigu said.

According to him, by the end of the year, the district will receive 1606 units of weapons and military equipment. “Thus, the share of modern designs will increase to 56%,” the minister added.

He recalled that on July 1, the fourth of the series “Rezky” corvette of project 20380 for the Pacific Fleet was launched.

Speaking about the introduction of modern armed conflicts, advanced methods of organizing and conducting classes, trainings and exercises, the minister noted that this made it possible to increase the effectiveness of operational and combat training measures by nine percent compared to last year.

“For the first time in the modern history of the Russian Armed Forces, an operational exercise was conducted with a grouping of forces of the Pacific Fleet in the far sea zone,” Shoigu said.

“In the aviation formations and military units of the district,” he said, “the main efforts are focused on the development of modern multifunctional aviation complexes. The average flight time of young pilots of the operational-tactical aviation has doubled, and that of the transport and army – more than 1.5 times. “

Further, the Minister of Defense said that the servicemen of the Eastern Military District (VVO) are regularly involved in eliminating the consequences of natural and man-made emergencies, this year they were doing this in Yakutia, the Jewish Autonomous and Amur regions.

Since August 3, they put out fires in Yakutia. Also in the summer, the personnel of the Eastern Military District took part in eliminating the consequences of floods in the Jewish Autonomous and Amur regions.

The minister said that during the elimination of the consequences of floods, pontoon units have equipped and maintain three crossings. Over two thousand units of civilian equipment have been provided with a pass.

According to him, the military personnel of the district are actively involved in the reconstruction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline.

He also noted the work of the VVO according to the plan of joint activities with the Russian Geographical Society.

“An expedition was conducted to the crash sites of five American planes during the Second World War. The survey of 15 airfields of the Alaska-Siberia air route and the Eastern Bastion-Kuril Ridge expedition to the Kuril Islands have been completed, ”Sergei Shoigu said at the end of his speech at a meeting of the Collegium of the Ministry of Defense.

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