MOSCOW, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The share of modern weapons systems in the Russian Strategic Missile Force will rise to 72 percent by the end of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
"The Strategic Missile Forces continue as planned the transition to mobile systems. Such modern weapons systems now account for 62 percent of the total in this branch, and this figure will increase to 72 percent by the end of 2017," Putin said at a meeting on drafting a new state armament program for 2018-2025.
The percentage of modern equipments and weapons in Russia's Aerospace Forces will rise from the current 66 percent to 68 percent by the end of this year, and the figure in the Navy will rise from 47 percent to 55 percent, the president added.
Over the past two days, Putin has been discussing with senior Defense Ministry officials and defense industry representatives the new armament program, which is expected to be the main instrument for implementing Russia's military-technical policy in defence and security sector through 2025 and beyond.