Russian Defense Ministry has reported on the almost complete retooling of military units stationed in the south of the country. The total cost of the militarization of the region over the past 10 years, usually significantly outpaced economic investments in the North Caucasus. But over the past two years, the pace of modernization of military units and were probably the most highest in the entire post-Soviet history.
As said in the days of group information support of the Southern Military Area (SOUTH), "as a result of intense supply of arms and military equipment (AME) Park neighborhood of renewed fighting vehicles of more than 70%. For 2010-2011 troops SOUTH received more than 7,000 units of new weapons and military equipment. "
Meanwhile, according to official data, the Ministry of Defense, in general, the armed forces' share of modern weapons in the existing park is about 20% of the strategic nuclear forces and does not exceed 10% of the general-purpose forces. " State applets arms for 2011-2020 it is planned that in only 10 years, new weapons and military equipment in the army and navy will be 70%. But in the Southern military environment this level of new weapons is already available. SOUTH-sized areas — the smallest in Russia. But the density of troops — the most intense. Now he has become and the most advanced equipment in terms of new types of weapons. As can be seen from the disk imaging SOUTH, "the current day completely rearmed in the T-90A tanks, infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3 and BTR-82A motorized connections in North Ossetia and the Volgograd region, and tank battalions in Dagestan and Abkhazia. New recovery vehicles (ARV ARV-L and-R) have access to a unit of marines Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla. " As you know, specifically, these compounds are responsible for military security in the Caspian and Black Sea strategic regions, which are near the principal points of extraction and transportation of oil, also under construction at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Not disregarded and units stationed in other regions, including hot spots south of Russia. Sources in SOUTH report that in "these days are on the discharge station trains arrived with tanks T-72 BM with upgraded missile-gun armament for armored divisions stationed in the Stavropol region and in the Chechen Republic." No huge secret that the Stavropol region in Budennovsk motorized infantry brigade deployed, and in Chechnya on the basis of unchanged brigades stationed just three. Up to the time nedavneshnego number of armored units in connection with the performance of the contract on ordinary Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) in their was limited. Now, it seems, when our motherland in July 2007 imposed a moratorium on the observance of the CFE Treaty, upgraded T-72 will enter the land links JUVO in huge numbers, increasing their fire and striking power.
Lieutenant-General Yuri Netkachev, who at one time commanded the army in the North Caucasus, told "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" that "the supply of new types of weapons and military equipment specifically to the south of the Russian Federation is fully justified." Does not consider it excessive militarization and equipping the Army tank battalions. "The militants are trying to start a real war in the region. That's why you need to make war with them in a modern way, "- says the expert. Although Netkachev concerned over the event that against this background the Federal Center obviously pays less attention to the socio-economic development of the Caucasian republics.