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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Belarus, Russia Start Development of New Air Defense System

9K35 Strela-10Belarus and Russia have started joint development of a new short-range air defense system to replace the outdated Strela-10M systems currently in service with the Russian and the Belarusian armed forces, Belarusian Deputy Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Igor Lotenkov said.

“The work is being carried out in the framework of the [Russia-Belarus] Union State. The project involves the development of a short-range air defense system,” Lotenkov told RIA Novosti.

The general added that the Strela-10M system was developed in early 1970’s and does not meet current air defense requirements.

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