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Russia Outlines Six-Year Aerospace Defense Modernization Plan

F35Russia’s defense ministry plans to restructure the military’s aerospace defense forces organization VKO and develop new weapons against airborne threats by 2020 under a $55 billion modernization program, Defense News reported Sunday.

Jaroslaw Adamowski writes that Maj. Gen. Sergei Yagolnikov, a Russian military spokesperson, says thge reorganized unit will have four subsidivisions that will support air and space defense, intelligence gathering and missile early warning, C2 and logistics operations.

Yagolnikov added that the defense ministry has 100 aerospace-focused technology research and development projects, according to Adamowski’s article.

Adamowski writes the ministry awarded a contract to two local contractors in November 2013 to develop anti-jamming technology for the Glonass satellite navigation system.

Russia also seeks to build space launch vehicles and advanced rocket systems as well as modernize its Plesetsk space center by 2020, according to the report.

Defense News reports that Russia also plans to use the International Space Station for its unilateral space programs.

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