Russian Air Force to Get Over 150 Planes, Copters in 2015: Defense Ministry

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Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson for the Russian Air Force said that the Russian Air Force will receive more than 150 aircraft and helicopters next year.

MOSCOW, December 1 (Sputnik) – The Russian Air Force will receive more than 150 aircraft and helicopters next year, as part of a state defense order, the Defense Ministry has announced.

"In accordance with the state defense order for 2015 it is planned to deliver over 150 helicopters and airplanes to the [air] forces," a ministry spokesperson for the Russian Air Force, Col. Igor Klimov, said.

According to Klimov the delivery will include Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) bombers, multipurpose Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) and Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets, Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) advanced trainers/light fighters and transport Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 (NATO reporting name: Candid-B) planes.

The helicopters deliveries will include Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) and Mil Mi-28N (NATO reporting name: Havoc) attack helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh (NATO reporting name: Hip) assault-transport helicopters, Mi-35 (NATO reporting name: Hind-E) combat helicopters and Ka-226 (NATO reporting name: Hoodlum) utility choppers.

The Air Force will also get cutting-edge radar stations, such as Nebo-M and Sopka.

Klimov added that the Russian Air Force will take part in a number of military exercises in 2015.

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