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Russian Aerospace Forces strengthened by over 1,000 warplanes & helicopters

Russian Aerospace Forces strengthened by over 1,000 warplanes & helicopters
Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) have received more than 1,000 planes and helicopters since 2012 are now 74 percent fitted with state-of-the-art hardware, the deputy commander said.

“New types of aircraft, such as Su-34, Su-35S and Su-30SM, as well as Ka-52 combat helicopters, were supplied to four aviation regiments and two aviation squadrons,” Lieutenant-General Sergei Dronov, VKS deputy chief, told the Russian military’s official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star).

Strategic bombers, like Tu-160 and Tu-95MS, are being upgraded and delivered to long-range aviation units across Russia every year, he added.

The deputy commander pointed out that "the serviceability level of the aviation hardware “has increased twofold over the past six years,” while the share of modern planes and helicopters in the fleet currently exceeds 74 percent.

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