Session of the Russian Defence Ministry Board held under the leadership of the Head of Military department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu in Moscow

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On November 25, another session of the Russian Defence Ministry Board was held under the leadership of the Head of Military department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu in Moscow.

It was attended by the key personnel of the Russian Armed Forces, representatives of the state executive authorities and the Public Council at the Russian Defence Ministry.

In his opening speech, the Head of the Military department addressed to the events of the previous day, when the Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian Su-24M aircraft over the territory of Syria.

“Yesterday during the combat task performance on elimination of terrorist groupings on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic our comrades were killed,” said the Minister of Defence.

Participants of the session observed a minute of silence in memory of the Russian servicemen killed in Syria.

Minister of Defence stated that the Russian and Syrian Task Force have successfully accomplished operation on rescuing the navigator of the downed Su-24 bomber.

“The operation was successful. The navigator was returned to the Russian base. He is in good health. I would like to thank all the Russian guys who had worked all the night with great risk to their lives. At 03:40 (MSK), they finished this work,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

“I reported the successful accomplishment of the operation to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin. He asked to convey a message of thanks to the servicemen who had taken part in that operation,” told Defence Minister.

He also claimed that “according to the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, an S-400 AA missile system will be projected to the Hmeymim airbase to ensure the air defence at all directions”.

First-hand measures were taken and a number of tasks were carried out. The Moskva missile cruiser has been restationed to a new area. It has been deployed in the area near the coast of Latakia and is ready to destroy any aerial target, which presents a threat to our aviation. Moreover, all further maneuvers of the Russian attack aviation will be carried out exclusively while escorted by fighter aircraft.

The Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu stated that Russia terminated all military cooperation with Turkey.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has scheduled the discussion of modernization and enhancement the Aerospace Forces as the first point on today’s agenda of the Defence Ministry Board.

The Defence Minister has noted that “successful actions of the Russian aviation group in Syria have been achieved due to the high level of professionalism of flight crews in employing combat weaponry”.

The next point on the agenda covered the planned activities of the Southern MD up to year 2020.

This year more than 1000 new and modernized pieces of weaponry have been delivered to the District, allowing for the equipment of newly formed units and re-equipment of already existing units.

More than 1500 exercises, conferences and trainings have been held since the beginning of the year.

The Board also discussed the implementation of the 2015 Defence Ministry Activity Plan; the 2016 plan was also approved during the meeting of the Board.

Talking about the measures of enhancing the quality of weapons and hardware employed by troops, the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu emphasized that “the reliability of hardware supply increases with the amount of supplies and the intensity of its use each year.”

According to the Defence Minister, most importantly it has to do with aircraft (Mi-28N, Ka-52 and Mi-8AMTSh helicopters and Su-30SM and Su-34 airplanes), X-102 air-based cruise missiles, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Iskander-M operational-tactical missile systems and spacecraft.

The Defence Minister stated that it was important to note the decline in the number of reclamations, and that in the first half of 2015 their number decreased by 16% compared to the first half of 2014. He emphasized that it was important to preserve this positive trend.

The Defence Minister also introduced issues concerning developing the organization of inspections held in the Russian Armed Forces.

The Head of the military department stressed that the real capabilities of the troops could have been checked only by holding control inspections and it was necessary to raise the effectiveness of such activities.

Sergei Shoigu said that the Military Strategic Research Center of the General Staff Military Academy of the Russian Armed Forces had developed proposals concerning establishing a system of troops’ inspection, assessment of readiness to perform assigned tasks and activity regularization of control bodies.

Developed proposals were also discussed during the Board session.

The Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu ordered not to stop at the reached results.

Source: Ministry of Defense of  the Russian Federation

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