A new branch of the armed forces will be established in Russia soon. It will comprise the air forces and the aerospace defense forces, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to a high-ranking representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
"The decision on establishing the new branch of the armed forces has been taken at the highest level and the work focused on establishment of the new structure, comprising the air forces and the aerospace defense forces, is in progress", - the source said.
A source close to the ministry added that the Commander-in-Chief of the aerospace forces has not been appointed yet. "Issues connected with division of new structure will be discussed this month at a meeting dedicated to further development of the armed forces", - he said.
According to the source, most likely, both the air forces and the aerospace defense forces will keep their current structure. "It is expected that the new Commander-in-Chief will have deputies responsible for the air forces, the aerospace defense forces and the air defense forces respectively. There also will be some more branches: anti-aircraft missile troops, radio-technical troops, etc.", - the source added.
He said that the structure of the new branch of the armed forces has not been defined yet and at present it is under consideration. However, it is quite possible that the aerospace forces will comprise missile forces and artillery, including, Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems, able to engage euro anti-ballistic missile systems more efficiently as compared to attack and bomber aircraft". "The concept and approach are being developed; the corresponding research work is in progress", - the source noted.
According to him, it is expected that the decision on establishing the new branch of the armed forces will be finalized in 2015.