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Russia deploys cruise missiles in all strategic directions

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Russia has deployed long-range sea- and air-launched cruise missiles in all strategic directions, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces said.

"Specific attention is being paid to precision weapons to increase effectiveness," First Deputy Defence Minister Army General Valery Gerasimov told a conference in the Military Academy of the General Headquarters on 24 March. "The upgraded command structure, the creation of special information units, and the introduction of hardware and software decreased the preparation time for long-range precision weapons for combat engagement [by] 1.5 times."

"Work is under way to create an automated joint reconnaissance-strike system.

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