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On November 28, 2021, the Main Armaments Directorate of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation celebrates the 92nd anniversary of its foundation. On this day, the post of chief of armaments of the Workers ‘and Peasants’ Red Army was established and his apparatus was created – the Arms Service of the Red Army.

The chief of armaments of the Red Army was entrusted with the responsibility for the development of the armament system, long-term material and financial plans for equipping troops with models of weapons and military equipment both in peacetime and in wartime.

The functions of the chief of armaments of the Red Army and his apparatus were associated with the development of new types of weapons, putting them into production, monitoring the execution of orders by enterprises, participation in the production and technological preparation of the industry for the implementation of mobilization tasks in wartime, etc.

Over the entire period of its activity, the apparatus of the chief of armaments has been repeatedly reorganized into various structures, services and command and control bodies. As a rule, organizational and staff changes coincided with the next stages of reforming our state and its Armed Forces. However, despite all the transformations, the general direction of the activities of this most important military command body responsible for the technical re-equipment of the Armed Forces has always remained unchanged.

Currently, the nature of wars and armed conflicts has significantly changed, which have become high-tech, dynamic, requiring fundamentally new approaches to both their conduct and military-technical support.

In a difficult military-political situation, aggravation of threats to the country’s security, the Russian Federation purposefully and consistently implements a policy of containing and preventing military conflicts, takes measures to improve the military organization, forms and methods of using the Armed Forces, and re-equip troops and forces.

Equipping the Armed Forces with modern weapons and military equipment is a priority task implemented in order to ensure national defense, state and public security of the Russian Federation.

These tasks have been transformed into the State Armament Program for 2018–2027, the main goal of which is the comprehensive development of the Russian Federation’s weapons system based on complete deliveries of modern domestic weapons and special equipment.

Currently, the Main Directorate of Armaments of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation under the leadership of Lieutenant General Anatoly Vasilyevich Gulyaev, Honored Military Specialist, Candidate of Technical Sciences, laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation named after Marshal of the Soviet Union G.K. Zhukov, is one of the key central bodies of military command on the development of a system of conceptual views and practical measures implemented for the purpose of military-technical support of the national security of the state, the development of the armament system of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the military-industrial complex.

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