franco Wed Dec 21, 2022 10:29 pm
At the collegium of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation taking place in Moscow, an open report was heard by the head of the department, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu , in which, among other things, he disclosed information about upcoming changes in the structure of the Russian armed forces, the beginning of which was announced for 2023.
Taking into account the next expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance, which has launched the procedure for admitting new countries to its membership, and, as a result, entailing the growth of threats to the security of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to approve a plan to increase the size of the RF Armed Forces, as well as to organize new formations and formations on threatened directions.
In the western direction, it is planned to form two new operational-strategic formations - the Moscow and Leningrad military districts. Considering that Finland will soon become a NATO member country, a decision has been made in Karelia to deploy a new army corps.
To assist in the implementation of the tasks of the special military operation, it is planned to form two new motorized rifle divisions with a location in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. It also became known that the Donetsk Combined Arms Command School will be opened in Donetsk to train officers.
As a reinforcement of the airborne troops, it was decided to form two new airborne assault divisions. Taking into account the previously voiced doubts about the ability of light airborne divisions to conduct combined arms combat, the proposal to form airborne assault formations armed with heavy military equipment, including tanks, is considered the most justified.
Marine brigades, which have proven themselves in the course of fulfilling the tasks of a special military operation in Ukraine, are proposed to be deployed in divisions. In Soviet times, in the system of the Navy, units of the marine corps were represented by separate regiments and brigades, while there was only one division - as part of the Pacific Fleet. Given that the same Pacific Fleet currently has two brigades, we can say that now two divisions will be restored here - the 55th in Vladivostok, and it is obvious that the Kamchatka Marine Brigade, formerly called the 22nd motorized rifle division named after V. And Chapaeva is ready to find her historical number.
It was also announced that seven motorized rifle brigades in the Central, Western, Southern and Eastern military districts, as well as in the Northern Fleet, would be reorganized into seven motorized rifle divisions.
Each existing military district will have one artillery division, four in total. In the Soviet period, such divisions included in their composition regiments: towed howitzer, self-propelled howitzer, rocket-artillery, anti-tank, artillery reconnaissance. It is also stated that in each such division one artillery brigade of high power will be formed. Such formations are armed with the most powerful artillery systems - 203-mm cannons 2S7M "Malka" and 240-mm self-propelled mortars 2S4 "Tyulpan". It is known that in the course of a special military operation in Ukraine, these systems have proven themselves in the best possible way.
Each combined-arms and tank army will receive an army aviation brigade, which will have at least 80 combat and transport helicopters. To do this, it is planned to form six new army aviation brigades in addition to the existing ones.
As part of the aerospace forces, three directorates of aviation divisions will be formed. In addition, a fighter aviation regiment and eight bomber regiments will be organized, which, obviously, will be part of the new aviation formations.
The forces that will be deployed in the threatened areas are planned to be provided with personnel. It is also planned to seriously expand the number of the RF Armed Forces - up to one and a half million people, including contract servicemen up to 695 thousand people. It is also planned to increase the age of conscription to 30 years.