14 aviation brigades and helicopter regiments will join the Russian air forces in the near term. It was stated by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Viktor Bondarev, at Pogonov firing range located in Voronezh Region, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
According to him, each of ten combined-arms armies of the Russian armed forces will have its own helicopter regiment. Moreover, each of four military districts will have its own aviation brigade. "A total of 14 brigades and regiments", - Bondarev explained.
Helicopter regiments will operate Ka-52, Mi-28N, Mi-8MTV-5, Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-26 helicopters. According to Bondarev, each regiment will operate 66 helicopters, each brigade - 84-88 vehicles.
Bondarev added that the brigades and regiments are being established in order to develop the armed forces: combined-arms armies and troops deployed in the territory of a military district need air support.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces stated that the brigades of army aviation may also be involved in other operations if necessary.