The Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu
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The operation in Syria has exposed weaknesses in Russian military equipment, the recognized head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu. Back in the spring about “certain problems” and “shortcomings”, said Russian President Vladimir Putin
Speaking in a unified day of acceptance of military products, defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that in the application of military equipment in Syria “revealed a number of design and manufacturing flaws,” according to the Agency TASS. The Minister promised to consider what measures are being taken or already taken “to improve the reliability of military equipment.”
Previously, on 6 October, Sergei Shoigu, summing up the year the operations in Syria, said that many domestic samples of armaments in the desert “has shown its reliability and efficiency“.
In the spring, may 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with military leaders and the leadership of the UIC discussed the results of the action of Air and space forces (VKS) and the Navy (Navy) of Russia during the operations in Syria. Putin said that videoconferencing and Navy “best” have shown the effectiveness and high quality of Russian weapons.
While Putin also admittedthat “the operation in Syria has revealed certain problems, shortcomings.” He then set the task to conduct a “rigorous investigation” to adjust the future direction of development and improvement of military equipment.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on the following day did not explain on what the problem Putin said, noting that we are talking about the information of official character. “Naturally, we are talking primarily about the functioning of the equipment, certain technical means”, — he added.
During the year the operations in Syria by Air and space forces of Russia made about 13 thousand sorties, with a total value of about 50 billion rubles a year in Syria was launched 56 rockets of type “Gauge” at a cost of 2.8 billion rubles., During the military campaign Russia lost a su-24 bomber, shot down Turkish air force and Mi-8 helicopters, Mi-28N and Mi-35. The damage amounted to 3.34 billion rubles personnel cost 2.1 billion rubles payments to the families of those killed during operation is 60 million rubles.
The Syrian army with the help of Russian troops during the year, almost completely cleared the province of Latakia, the ancient city of Palmyra, near Damascus, and managed to block the rebel forces and terrorists in Aleppo.