Russian Defense Ministry to increase Airborne Forces combat capabilities and reaction forces 32901163

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Russian Defense Ministry to increase Airborne Forces combat capabilities and reaction forces
The Russian Defense Ministry will increase the personnel and materiel strength of its Airborne Force and increase its combat capabilities as part of developing rapid reaction forces, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the session of the Defense Ministry Board.
     
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"A solution to the problem is the further development of the Airborne Force though sharpening its combat edge in the first place," Shoigu said.

According to him, the capabilities of the paratroopers will increase, inter alia, by means of equipping them with the latest weaponry and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare gear. Their personnel and materiel strength has been planned for a boost as part of the development of rapid reaction forces.

"Considering the need for optimizing the military spending, we shall today discuss proposal for urgent measures to beef up the combat capabilities of the Airborne Force and develop rapid reaction forces," the defense minister added.

Airborne Force Commander Vladimir Shamanov had previously voiced a plan of forming a rapid reaction force based on his command.
     
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