Russian Navy to get over 480 armament units this year: Putin

2019-12-04 03:16:00 GMT2019-12-04 11:16:00(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

MOSCOW, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Navy will receive more than 480 units of military equipment and armament this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with top defense industry managers on Tuesday.

"The list includes two submarines, 23 surface ships and support vessels, three aircraft, four coastal missile systems and more than 400 units of various missile and torpedo weapons," Putin said.

He added that Russian naval strategic nuclear forces are being re-equipped with modern Borei-class submarines with Bulava ballistic missiles.

According to Putin, the upgraded Borei-A-class submarine Prince Vladimir is undergoing final tests, with four more under construction.

Ships equipped with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles form the basis of the Navy's strategic non-nuclear forces, Putin said.

These missiles are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 1,500 kilometers, he said, adding Russia plans to more than double the number of these missiles by 2023.

Putin said that the pace of equipping the fleet with maritime zone ships is accelerating, with the construction of nine surface ships of this class currently underway.

"Once again, we will continue to develop the Navy, making it modern, ocean-going and highly efficient," Putin added.