Belarus, Russia to Develop New Air Defense System
Belarusian Deputy Defense Minister Major General Igor Lotenkov said Belarus and Russia have started joint development of a new short-range air defense system, which is to replace the outdated Strela-10M systems currently in service with the Russian and the Belarusian armed forces.
“The work is being carried out in the framework of the [Russia-Belarus] Union State. The project involves the development of a short-range air defense system,” Lotenkov said. The Strela-10M system was developed in early 1970’s and does not meet current air defense requirements.
The Belarusian Defense Ministry signed a contract with Russian Helicopters forum on the supply of 12 Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopters during the Army-2015 in June. Today Belarus is expecting the delivery of the first six military transport helicopters.
"As to the implementation of the contract on the supply of Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters, signed at the Army-2015 forum, we are planning to finalize the first stage – the delivery of six helicopters – by the end of 2016," Lotenkov said.