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Russia military to form 26 new brigades by 2020

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 09:01

Moscow: Russia will form 26 additional brigades by 2020 without increasing the number of personnel in the Armed forces, Col Gen Vladimir Chirkin, commander of ground forces, said Monday.

In line with the current military reform, the Russian armed forces have been reduced to one million personnel. At present, there are about 100 brigades.

"We will add 10 reconnaissance, 14 army aviation and two air defence brigades by 2020," Chirkin said.

He added, however, that the overall number of personnel in the forces will not change.

"We have reached a million, and no further changes will be made," the general said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 09:01
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