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Russia's Aerospace forces will focus on NATO

Monday, August 17, 2015

Subject

Russian Aerospace Forces.

Significance

The newest branch of Russia's military, the Aerospace Forces (VKS), became operational this month. The VKS merges the air force (VVS) with the Russian Aerospace Defence Force (VKO). Russia's air force, its air and missile defence units and space forces are thus now nominally under a unified command led by former Air Force head Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev.

Impacts

  • Rivalry with the navy and army may grow as VKS grows in power.
  • The reorganisation's impact depends on sustained funding of high-tech weapons and further progress in reforms.
  • Large-scale exercises involving VKS will increase as Moscow showcases its new force to send a message to NATO.

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