The Russian regime announced that it will strengthen its air defenses to counter Finland’s accession to NATO

A Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system during a military test. Russia multiplied the number of these anti-aircraft artillery systems by five after its invasion of Ukraine (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File) (Maxim Shemetov/)

Russia plan review their air defense forces after gaining new experience in the war of Ukraine and will also strengthen your air defenses to counteract the adhesion of Finland to the military alliance of the NATOas stated by a commander of the Russian aerospace forces.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 last year in what it calls “a special military operation,” the fighting has turned into a bloody artillery war with extensive use of drones and missilestesting the air defenses of both Russia and Ukraine.

In an interview published Monday in the daily Red Starthe lieutenant general Andrey Demindeputy commander-in-chief of the aerospace forces, stated that Russia would strengthen his defenses after Finlandwhich shares a 1,300-kilometre border with Russia, joined the NATO.

“Under these conditions, the air defense forces are working on the protection of the state border in the northwest of the country in accordance with the increased threat levelDemin said.

Last week, the Kremlin qualified Finland’s entry into the Atlantic alliance of “assault” to the security and national interests of Russia. At the same time, he announced that he would strengthen the “military potential” on the western and northwestern borders of the country.

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In general terms, Demin stated that the air defense forces had faced a series of challenges before the ukrainian attacks and defended the need for reform the air defense forces.

Russia, he said, had added more than 50 mobile radar stations and early warning aircraft And control A-50 who patrolled 24 hours a day, while they had been reinforced missile installations and anti-aircraft in the regions close to Ukraine.

In the Ukrainian regions under Russian control, there have been created air defense units to defend key facilities, Demin said, while Russia has ramped up production of the anti-drone system RLK-MC.

“In the areas close to the special military operation, the number of units equipped with security systems doubled. medium anti-aircraft missiles and long-range (S-400, S-300PM2 and S-350) and is multiplied by five the number of artillery systems anti-aircraft Pantsir-SDemin stated..

The reforms “are undoubtedly planned and will be carried outDemin stated. “The goal of the upcoming changes is the development of the armed forces, aimed at improving the air defense system of the Russian Federation.”

Russian S-400 missile air defense systems are seen during a training exercise at a military base in the Kaliningrad region, Russia, August 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar/File)
Russian S-400 missile air defense systems are seen during a training exercise at a military base in the Kaliningrad region, Russia, on August 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar/file) (VITALY NEVAR/)

The soldier specified to the newspaper, which belongs to the Ministry of Defense, that from the Russian border areas –belgorod, Briansk and kursk– up to the maximum range of enemy air attack means, anti-aircraft defense systems “they are placed under joint command”.

In the last year, he acknowledged, Russian air defense units “they spent a thousand times more anti-aircraft guided missiles than during the combat readiness exercises in 2021″.

“This directly affects the level of preparation of the specialists and the coordination of the Russian anti-air defense combat units,” he added.

Since the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine, Ukrainian forces have repeatedly attacked military installations on Russian territorysometimes managing to penetrate several hundred kilometers.

(With information from Reuters and EFE)

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