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Crazy buildup: 1000 new fighter aircraft

Russia has in the past six years has increased its military significantly.

It said Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defence minister, in a speech to the defence committee in Russia's parliament in the capital city of Moscow.

Shoigu has been minister in the six years, and in the period of Russia's armed forces turned into a mobile force that can use its power in areas far away.

He says that the military in the period from 2012 to 2018, among other things, has received over 1000 new warplanes and helicopter gunships.

There is delivered 3700 tanks.

Besides, the army has scored 109 land-based, intercontinental missiles.

The Russian submarines have scored 108 long-range missiles, and ten brigades, which can fire short-range Iskander missiles.

There are more new hardware on the way to the military, namely drones.

- From this year we will get attack and surveillance systems with mellemdistancerækkevidde, the minister says, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

He adds that, thanks to the laser technique in the drones are managed for the military to do artillerisystemet "Krasnopol" more effectively.

Now the system's range is extended, and there will be a maximum spent two projectiles or grenades per target.

the defense minister says that the war in Syria, where Russia intervened on president Bashar al-Assad's side in 2015, has been a place where one can see Russia's military strength unfold.

It also has given the military the opportunity to test new weapons in combat, and this also applies to missiles, launched both from sea and from land.

Shoigu says that Russia has a million men under arms. Of them are nearly 400,000 professionals.

It is a big change compared to earlier times, where almost the entire military consisted of conscripts.

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