Russia’s Armed Forces received 58 planes and 34 helicopters in the second quarter of 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
During this period, Russian servicemen also received a brigade set of the Iskander-M (NATO reporting name: SS-26 Stone) tactical ballistic missile system and a regiment set of the S-400 (SA-21 Growler) air defense missile system, he added.
“Over the past three months, the Armed Forces received a brigade set of the Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile system, a regiment set of the S-400 air defense missile system, the Project 11356 frigate Admiral Essen and a Soyuz 2-1b medium launch vehicle,” Shoigu said.
According to him, the Armed Forces were also supplied with 15 unmanned aerial vehicles, eight radars, 58 planes and 34 helicopters.
Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Armament Department Anatoly Gulyayev said that Russia’s Aerospace Force had received four new planes, 23 helicopters and 15 unmanned aerial vehicles in the second quarter of 2016.
“Air and air defense units of Russia’s Aerospace Force received an S-400 air defense missile system, four new and 54 repaired and upgraded planes, 23 new and 11 repaired helicopters, 15 unmanned aerial vehicles and more than 8,000 air-launched weapons,” Gulyayev said.
According to him, four new Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback) planes arrived at the airbase from Novosibirsk on June 4.
“Russian defense contractors are delivering Mil Mi-8AMTSh [Hip] helicopters ahead of schedule. Seven Ilyushin Il-76MD [Candid] planes have been repaired and upgraded and will arrive for military units in the imminent future,” Gulyayev added.