Russia will continue to modernize its armed forces, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told a meeting of senior military officials on Tuesday. The Ukraine offensive has confirmed the validity of the strategy that Moscow has chosen in reforming its military, the veteran official insisted.
“Consistent implementation of the action plan by the Defense Ministry is aimed at further developing the army and the navy, providing them with advanced military equipment. In addition to that, the adoption of new forms of warfare will allow the troops to better adapt to the conditions of modern military confrontation,” Shoigu said.
The minister didn’t elaborate on what forms of warfare he was referring to. The meeting was focused on the ministry’s modernization programs and the development of military infrastructure, particularly in the Arctic region.
Shoigu reported progress in the use of orbital assets for military communication. Last month, the Russian military deployed a new advanced communication satellite of the Meridian M model to provide service in the Arctic, he said. Another satellite of this type is to be placed into orbit before the end of the year, Shoigu added.
“Communications troops are performing their duties well as part of operations outside of Russia. New organizational methods have been tested, which allow reliable control of troops in difficult geographic and interference conditions,” he said.