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Saturday, March 24, 2018

View from space: defense Ministry grows LOTOS

Platform of the forum “Army-2018” will be formed taking into account the interests of young people, preparing for the exercises “West-2017” is in the final stage, the Ministry of defense continues to create new space systems intelligence — this, among other things, said Tuesday at a conference of the military Department of Russia head Sergei Shoigu.

Photo: Ministry Of Defence.

Summing up briefly the results of the forum “Army-2017,” the Minister said

“this year the number of participants of foreign delegations, exhibits and the volume of exhibition space in half has exceeded last year’s figures”. The actions of our soldiers and our weapons were highly appreciated by Russian and foreign specialists. The value of concluded contracts amounted to 170 billion rubles. As for the forum next year, Shoigu said that it is planned to increase the number and time of the demonstration, sites will be formed taking into account the interests of young people, and the main theme of the exposition of the Ministry of defense will manage the full life cycle of military products.

The most significant event of the training of the Armed Forces this year will be the Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises “West-2017” which will be held from 14 to 20 September. According to the Minister, preparation for teaching has entered the final phase. From may to August of the 18 exercises in all areas of strategic, moral, psychological, logistical and medical support, including 4 joint with the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus. It would enable to work out joint actions of our armed forces to ensure military security of the Union state.

In the thematic part of the meeting two issues were discussed. The first is the progress of the work on improving the serviceability of the aircraft Tu-160 and Tu-95MS. We will remind that else in June Shoigu reported that “currently, the repair of avionics, aircraft engines, other systems and units, and repair and upgrade the aircraft themselves in order to prolong their lifespan and efficiency of use”. According to him, now “there has been a positive trend in improving the health strategic bombers”.

The second question concerned the development of a space system of radio-electronic and radar sensing of new generation, Liana. The defense Ministry discussed the progress of “the manufacture of spacecraft” for this system. Another forum “Army-2017”, it was reported that the defense Ministry has signed a contract for the supply of the spacecraft “LOTOS-M”, which is created for the system “Liana”. This moon, as stated earlier, Deputy defense Minister Yuri Borisov, is designed to support the activities of the Russian Navy.


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