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Russia wants only advanced weaponry

Russia wants only advanced weaponry
Russian fighter jets fly during the Victory Day military parade in Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2009. Today Russia celebrates the 64th anniversary of the World War Two victory over Nazi Germany. UPI/Anatoli Zhdanov | License Photo

MOSCOW, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Russia's Defense Ministry says it will only purchase advanced and highly effective weaponry in the future.

Ground forces will start receiving several advanced weapons systems in 2011, including modernized S-300V4 air defense missiles, RIA Novosti reported Monday.

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Details on the S-300V4 system are classified, but it might be based on the SA-23 Gladiator mobile air defense system, the report said.

"Starting in 2011, the ground forces will receive modernized S-300V4 and Buk-M2 medium-range air defense systems, Tor-M2 short-range air defense systems and portable air defense systems," the defense ministry said.

More sophisticated weaponry is needed to meet the challenges of modern warfare, the ministry said.

Ground forces will continue to receive Iskander-M tactical ballistic missiles, multiple-launch rocket systems, self-propelled guns, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and anti-tank missile systems.

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