Russian Defense Ministry Announced Its Plan of Armed Forces Development for 2015
The first goal is to develop the Strategic nuclear forces (SNF), which are the critical factor of nuclear deterrence. Russian Defense Ministry has in its plans to put into SNF service 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles, continue to modernize strategic aircraft and put Ballistic missile submarines "Vladimir Monomakh" and "Alexander Nevsky" on combat duty.
This year the creation of a new type of the Armed Forces – Air-Space Forces (ASF) – will be finalized. Their deployment will allow to use aircraft systems, means of missile and space and defense under united control.
In addition, this year the creation of military infrastructure and deployment of the Arctic units, in particular at the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Boiler Islands, Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt, will be completed. At the same time forces in the Crimea and the Kaliningrad region will be manned up.
Russian Armed Forces will be equipped with new modern weapons and military equipment. By the end of 2015 it is planned to increase the percentage of modern types of weapons up to 30 percent. The main attention will be paid to the forces of nuclear deterrence, strengthening of aerospace defense and new equipment of communication systems, intelligence, control and electronic warfare will be fielded. It is also planned to increase the use of drones and robotic strike systems. Military-transport aviation will receive the new models of weapons.
It is also planned to man the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation up to 95 percent.
The Russian Defense Ministry also plans to conduct a strategic command-staff exercise "Center-2015". During the drills security issues concerning Central Asia, a region vitally important for Russia, and issues of cooperation with Russia's Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) allies will be worked out. A joint exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus "Union Shield 2015" are scheduled for this year.
In order to improve and maintain combat readiness of Armed Forces Russian Defense Ministry will continue to conduct snap drills and simulated combat missions.
In 2015 142 military community areas are planned to be built and equipped. Each cantonment with a population of more than 1500 inhabitants will have a sports complex with a swimming pool, cultural, entertainment center and other social facilities. The facilities in sanatoria and health resorts for military personnel, veterans of military service and for their family members.
Military parades, ceremonial organization and commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War are an important part of the Russian Defense Ministry 2015 plan.
The main event of the anniversary celebrations will be a military parade in Moscow's Red Square on May 9, 2015. The members of the Armed Forces and other ministries and departments, weapons and military equipment are to take part in the parade.
To sum up, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation plans to achieve the overall support of the Russian armed forces, increase their combat readiness as well as the improvement of social conditions for servicemen and their families in 2015. The celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War is also of a paramount importance for the Russian Defense Ministry.