DATELINE: MOSCOW Nov 26Seven operative commands will be formed in the Russian Air Force by December 1, 2009, Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelenin said in Moscow on Thursday.
“Once the reform is over, the Air Force will be made up of seven operative commands comprising air bases and aerospace brigades,” he said. “All the military units will meet permanent alert criteria and have an equal number of servicemen during peace and war times.”
The Air Force will include the first, second, third and fourth operative commands based in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk and Rostov-on-Don, as well as the Far Eastern command of strategic and cargo aviation, and the strategic command protecting the airspace of Moscow and the central industrial region.
There will be 33 air bases and 13 aerospace brigades, Zelenin said.
Zelin had a lot to say yesterday. He is also very unhappy with what’s going on surrounding the development of the S-500 and he commented on S-400 procurement too.
Russian Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin has criticized the way the development of the S-500 state-of-the-art air defense system is proceeding.
“I am unhappy with the way the S-500 development is proceeding. The potential that the Almaz-Antei air defense concern possesses should be double or even tripled,” Zelin told journalists on Thursday.
S-500 is a long-range and high-altitude air defense system which has missile defense elements.
The Russian Air Force plans to acquire five battalions of S-400 ‘Triumph’ rocket air defense systems in 2010 in addition to two S-400 battalions already deployed in the Moscow region, Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin told journalists in Moscow on Thursday. “We have two S-400 battalions on combat duty in the Moscow region.We should get another five S-400 battalions in 2010, but everything will depend on the industry’s resources,” Zelin said.