Results of Defence Ministry activity
in 2017

Land Forces

Aerospace Forces

Airborne Troops

The Navy

Strategic Missile Forces

Joint Control System

Capabilities of the Tactical Joint Control System have reached requirements assigned by the Russian Defence Ministry. Decrease of time spent for warfare organization has reached 20-30%, and 1.5-3 times – for combat control.

In total, tasks assigned by the State Defence Order for 2017 have been completed.

Real capabilities and readiness of troops for task performance were examined during six unannounced combat readiness inspections.

All military district, arms and services of the Russian Armed Forces as well as federal and region power bodies of the Russian Federation were involved.

Unannounced combat readiness inspections are one of the main forms for checking real conditions of the troops.

Land Forces

This year, army headquarters, 18 formations and military units have been formed in the Land Forces.

Three formations and 11 military units have received 2,055 new and modernized samples of armament.

Aerospace Forces

Military transport aviation division and special purpose aviation division have been formed in the Russian Aerospace Forces. The troops have received 191 aircraft, 143 air and missile defence systems.

Joint Space System has been put on test alert.


Airborne Troops

Separate airborne assault and repair battalions have been formed.

The Airborne troops have received 184 new armored vehicles and self-propelled guns.

The Navy

The Russian Navy has received 10 ships and combat motor boats, 13 auxiliary ships, four Bal and Bastion coast defence missile systems. Naval aviation has received 15 modern aircraft. Headquarters of the 14th Army Corps of the Northern Fleet has been deployed.

Strategic Missile Forces

Three regiments of the Strategic Missile Forces have been rearmed with Yars mobile missile systems.

In 2017, aviation strategic nuclear forces received three modernized aircraft.


Efficient Army Programme

In 2014, the Ministry of Defence launched the Efficient Army Programme.

As a result, it is not necessary to involve additional funds for unforeseen expenses arising during the FY.

For three years, the savings amounted to 129 billion rubles.

The money saved went to cover the deficit of benchmarks for CSS and public utilities.

Improvement of municipal economy of the Defence Ministry has saved 7,800,000,000 rubles.

The annual budgetary savings of the work of the recovered repair units has amounted to 2,800,000,000 rubles.

The Control, access and meal ordering system was introduced in 729 canteens, which gave an economic effect of more than one 1,600,000,000 rubles.

In total, 1,700,000 missiles and ammunition have returned into operation as repair centres and workshops being recovered.

Their purchase would cost the budget 117 billion rubles.

Some 70,000 pieces of modern closure have been bought and supplied in 2016, resulting in annual savings of 900 million rubles.

And this is not all the spheres where the Efficient Army Programme is implemented.

By the end of 2020, the economic effect of this programme will result in 337 billion rubles of savings.

Improvement of qualitative state of Armed Forces

Over the last five years, the Russian Armed Forces have received: 80 ICBMs; 102 SLBMs; three SSBN Borey; 55 spacecraft; 3, 237 tanks and other combat armored vehicles; more than 1,000 aircraft; 150 warships and vessels; six submarines and 13 costal missile systems (Bal and Bastion).

This enabled 12 missile regiments to rearm with the Yars system; 10 missile brigades – with the Iskander system; 12 air regiments – with MiG-31BM, Su-35SM, Su-34; three army aviation brigades and six helicopter regiments – with Ka-52 and Mi-28; 16 SAM regiments – with S-400 SAM system; 19 air defence battalions – with Pantsir-S; 13 battalions with Bal and Bastion systems.

In total, 35 combined arms formations, almost the whole Land Forces, have been provided with the Ratnik-2 military equipment.

The new hardware delivered to the troops has been deployed on modern infrastructure.

For the first time in the contemporary history of Russia, the complete radar field of the missile warning system has been established.

For this purpose, the new six Voronezh radar stations have been put into service. Another three active radar stations, the Daryal, Dnepr and Volga, have been upgraded.

State Programme

  • Level of equipment in the Armed Forces

  • Level of equipment in Strategic Nuclear Forces

  • Level of equipment in Land Forces

  • Level of equipment in Aerospace Forces

  • Level of equipment in the Navy

Financial Activity

In order to increase efficiency of government expenditures, the Russian Defence Ministry has introduced a unique information cash dominion system.

The defence department has successfully overcome a negative trends related to over-advancing of the industry and full payment of unexecuted contracts.

As the advances for contracts being significantly reduced, volumes of armaments and military hardware supplies increased.

The monitoring system functioning for the State Defence Order allows viewing government expenditures, the State Defence Order’s real impact on economy and assessing their efficiency.

Sixty percent of military budget is spent on high-technology products produced by defence industrial complex.

Its enterprises are located in all regions countrywide, and have a significant impact on development of the country.

Due to deductions of the defence industrial complex, federal and regional budgets are replenished with more than 480 billion rubles of tax payments.

More than 440 billion rubles are spent on salaries for employees and personnel.

Therefore, a stable defence order provides re-equipment of the Armed Forces, revenues for population (as salaries) for the state (as taxes) and business sector (as profit).

In fact, the allocations invested for the Armed Forces are government investments that ensure development of different economic sectors and regions of the country.

They guarantee the growth of sci-tech and manufacturing potential of industrial enterprises as well as of their technology level. Moreover, the number of jobs for specialists with high qualification is increasing.

The Russian Minister of Defence stressed that the financing for Armed Forces in 1990-s had been far from the today’s. The military budget was reducing every year. In 1992 it amounted to 16 % of GDP, in 2000 it reached 2.6% which didn’t meet the real needs of the Armed Forces. Military infrastructure development has been largely overlooked. Salaries were timely paid to specialists so that highly educated people were to leave the service.

Since 2012, the share of modern hardware has increased by 4 times, pace of military construction – by 15 times, number of contract servicemen increased by 2.4 times, intensity of combat training by 30%.

At the same time, military budget has been balanced. It meets real needs of the Armed Forces and will amount to 2.8% of GDP, or 46 billion dollars in 2018.

Meanwhile, in the USA it will exceed 700 billion dollars; in the UK will reach roughly 60 billion dollars, and 40 billion dollars in France and Germany.

Present-day Russian Armed Forces are modern, mobile, compact and combat-capable.

As Sergei Shoigu pointed out, Russia does not rattle the sabre, and seeks no battle with other countries.

At the same time, Russia advises no country to check its defence for strength.


Results of the five years' activity can be summed up using data of sociological researches.

Since 2012, the Russian society’s approval of the Armed Forces has been growing.

At the same time negative reassessment decreased by 4.5 times - from 31% to 7%.

Today, 64% of Russian citizens believe that military service is a good school of life for young people.

At the present time, 93% of the population’s trust the Russian Armed Forces. This is the maximum figure reached over the whole history of sociological researches.