18:59 May. 12, 2016
Eastern Ukraine and Syria become a testing ground for Kremlin's military capabilities
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country actively uses its modernized military equipment and weaponry in combat conditions.
"You know what I mean," Putin reportedly told a meeting dedicated to the work of the Russian defence industry enterprises, according to the UNIAN correspondent in Moscow.
"New weapons and equipment are actively used, they undergo trials during combat readiness inspections of units, exercises, drills, in paramilitary competitions, and often in combat operations," Putin said.
"I must say that the performance is generally good," Russia's president added.
Putin stressed that the 2015 state defence order was 97% fulfilled and called to look into the reasons for failure to implement the remaining 3%.
"The defence industry enterprises have in general conscientiously fulfilled their obligations, most of the weapons and equipment were delivered in full and on time," he said.
The Russian army received, among other, 96 planes, 81 helicopters, 152 air defense missile systems and 291 radar stations, etc.
Russia's military muscle was demonstrated recently during the Victory Day parade in Moscow. With the NATO-Russia relations hit the lowest level since the Cold War, the Kremlin is spending billions on modernizing its military arsenal and retraining the fighting force it inherited from the Soviet Union.
But, according to the experts, what makes Russia such a menacing military power is not its weaponry - but a willingness to deploy it internationally. Russia's five-day war with Georgia in 2008, the ongoing militarization of Crimea, the military actions in Donbas, and the recent air strikes in Syria are a good example of that.