Almost 140 Russian Military Ranges Upgraded In Last 5 Years - Defense Minister
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th September, 2018) KAMCHATSKY, September 16 (Sputnik) - Almost 140 military ranges in Russia have been upgraded and brought up to standard since 2013, when the first snap drills had been carried out, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview.
"During this time, we have actually brought almost 140 ranges into full compliance with the current conditions, 136, to be specific.
These are the most modern ranges, and their current usage rate actually exceeds 80 percent," Shoigu said.
There is now almost a round-the-clock control over how ranges are used, the minister noted.
"This is due to the fact that some time ago it was decided to move from a two-year compulsory service to one-year service, in order to fit in one year what used to be two years," Shoigu said.
Training has become even more difficult due to introduction of modern technology, new weapons, the minister added.