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Russia to acquire 60 air defence systems in 2012


A file photo of S-400 Triumf SAM system

MOSCOW (BNS): Russia plans to equip its Air Force with 60 new air defence systems next year, a news report said.

The new acquisitions will include S-400 long-range air defence missile systems, Nebo-U radars and Pantsir-S1 short range missile/gun systems, according to a Ria Novosti report.

Air Force will receive up to 10 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers, about 10 Su-25SM Frogfoot attack fighters, and an unspecified number of Su-35S Flanker-E multirole fighters - Russia's advanced Generation 4++ fighter, it said.

The acquisitions will also include over 20 attack helicopters, such as the Mi-28N Night Hunter and the Ka-52 Alligator, as well as 'highly modernized' Mi-35 Hind helicopters, about 30 Mi-8 transport and five Mi-26T heavy lift helicopters.


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