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Russia prioritises land forces spending

26th June 2017 - 14:00 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St. Petersburg

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Russia is prioritising the development of domestic land and airborne forces as part of its state armament programme, which will cover the period 2018-2025 and involve major acquisitions of new weapons and combat equipment for the army.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the total cost of the new armament programme will be set at the level of 17 trillion rubles ($294 billion), of which 4.25 trillion rubles ($69.2 billion) will be directly allocated for land forces.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said that the proportion of ‘modern weapons’ in the land forces inventory will grow to 42% while for the

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