"In 2017, the Ministry of Defense will have to deal with a number of priorities. First of all, to continue strengthening combat capabilities of the armed forces, to take measures to strengthen the military grouping in the West, South-West, and Arctic strategic directions," Shoigu said at a meeting of the expanded board of the Ministry of Defense Thursday.
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"Due to the state defense order, the growth in the supply of new weapons and military equipment amounted to 5%. As a result, equipping the units of permanent readiness of the armed forces with modern samples [of weaponry] amounts to 58.3%," Shoigu said, adding that the level of serviceability of military equipment in 2016 has also increased, reaching 94%.
Besides, four anti-aircraft missile regiments of the Russian aerospace forces will be equipped with the S-400 systems in 2017, he said.