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Russia is testing a guided long-range air defence missile system
The Kremlin’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu said tests are already underway for the missiles which are expected to be used by new navy ships.
Air defence missile and artillery systems are also being tested alongside the long-range missile.
Mr Shoigu warned the new projects will allow Moscow to create weapons with “unique combat capabilities”.
The defence ministry hopes that these weapons will be delivered to the armed forces soon
Defence minister Sergei Shoigu
Speaking on Rossiya-24 television news channel he said: "We will see what progress has been achieved in testing a future air defence guided missile of a long range.
"The defence ministry hopes that these weapons will be delivered to the armed forces soon.”
Earlier this week, Mr Shoigu said the Russian Navy would get two advanced new frigates armed with cruise missiles and a new type of air defence missile system by the end of 2020.
The test comes as Russia urgently expands its military to include more long-range ships to improve its ability to move troops and hardware to distant locations such as Syria.
The construction push follows the Kremlin's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, which used large military landing ships to bring in armoured vehicles, and its 2015 intervention in Syria, and underscores Moscow's expanded geopolitical ambitions.
Defence minister Sergei Shoigu said tests are underway for the new missile system
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Mr Shoigu said the tests will allow Moscow to create weapons with “unique combat capabilities”.
Russia opened a shipping route from the Black Sea to the Syrian port of Tartus, which is serviced by military and civilian vessels and used to keep Russian forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad supplied with food, fuel, ammunition and weapons.
But it is thought the Kremlin’s military support vessels struggled to cope forcing Moscow to buy up Turkish cargo ships to help meet the shortfall and to press an Arctic ice-breaker into action.
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Mr Shoigu said on Tuesday Russia will build more than 60 new long-range cargo ships.
Defence ministry officials say Russia's naval auxiliary fleet has just under 500 ships. Only around a fifth of those are modern with many of the rest dating back to the Soviet era.
The Russian fleet is currently spread between its Northern, Baltic, Pacific and Black Sea fleets as well as its Caspian Flotilla.
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