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Are the Russian armed forces using simulation effectively?

15th April 2022 - 12:00 GMT | by Sam Cranny-Evans in London

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The Arterra desktop artillery simulator is used by soldiers from the Western Military District to train on the Tornado-G MLRS. (Photo: Russian MoD)

While the Russian military has increased its use of simulation technology for training over the past decade, questions remain as to how effective it really is in replicating combat conditions and preparing troops for battle.

Since 2012 at least, Russia has been introducing new simulators into its armed forces as part of their training cycles. Russian MoD reports from that year refer to driving simulators for the Yars road-mobile ICBM, noting that the Strategic Missile Forces could not train on the actual equipment as it was required to be constantly ready.

By 2016 simulators had been expanded to include the Iskander short-range ballistic missile system and throughout the Russian armed forces. Simulators are used for high-priority systems such as the S-300 air defence complex; new simulators for the Su-34 bomber were introduced in 2021, and later

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