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August 23, 2015

Belarus and Russia to develop new short-range air defence system

Belarus and Russia are set to jointly develop a new short-range air defence system, Belarusian Deputy Defence Minister major general Igor Lotenkov has said.

By Samseer M

Belarus and Russia are set to jointly develop a new short-range air defence system, Belarusian Deputy Defence Minister major general Igor Lotenkov has said.

The new system is aimed at replacing the existing Strela-10M systems, which is currently in service with the Russian and Belarusian armed forces, Sputnik International reported.

Lotenkov was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying: "The work is being carried out in the framework of the (Russia-Belarus) Union State.

"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 finalise the first stage, the delivery of six helicopters, by the end of 2016."

"The project involves the development of a short-range air defence system."

Developed in early 1970’s, the Strela-10M system is not meeting current air defence requirements of both the countries, Lotenkov added.

Belarus is expected to take the delivery of six Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopters from Russia by the end of next year.

In June, the Belarusian Defence Ministry signed a contract with Russian Helicopters to deliver 12 Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters.

Lotenkov was quoted as saying: "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 finalise the first stage, the delivery of six helicopters, by the end of 2016."

In 2009, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus signed an agreement for the military technical cooperation.

The new helicopter contract is being performed in accordance with the agreement and the new helicopters will feature the same configuration similar to the ones operated by Russian Armed Forces.

In another development, Belarus recently ordered an additional four ultra-modern Yak-130 Jets from Russia. With these new deliveries, the country’s fleet of Yak-130 jet will expand to eight.

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