Valeriy Ivanov on VKO, S-500, S-400

General-Lieutenant Valeriy Ivanov

The Space Troops have seemed pretty confident about getting control of VKO up to this point, but now a senior Air Forces officer has taken his turn to suggest the VVS may have a leg up.

On Friday, Commander of the Operational-Strategic Command of Aerospace Defense (OSK VKO), General-Lieutenant Valeriy Ivanov described for journalists how his command provides air defense for 140 key facilities in Russia’s capital and central industrial regions. 

At a conference in Mozhaysk to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the first Nazi air attack on Moscow, Ivanov said 800 OSK VKO personnel secure Moscow’s airspace on a daily basis, and he claimed his command covers two-thirds of Russian Federation territory, according to RIA Novosti

The OSK VKO Commander also said he expects to receive the S-500, new radars, and fighter aircraft by 2015.  Several news outlets repeated an early 2011 Interfaks report saying that ten S-500 battalions will be acquired under GPV-2020. 

Regarding President Medvedev’s late 2010 order to set up a unified VKO command by December 1, 2011, Ivanov told ITAR-TASS that VKO has already been established and is being improved:

“The VKO system is now being integrated, developed, and modernized.  We are now taking, uniting Space Troops and our OSK VKO.” 

But, according to ITAR-TASS, Ivanov had to admit there’s no clarity yet on the new form of VKO, and “our state’s political leadership will make the final decision on this.”

Krasnaya zvezda also provided a somewhat less categorical-sounding Ivanov quote:

“The Aerospace Defense system which we’re creating is now being integrated and developed.  Currently, the process of amalgamating Space Troops and the Operational-Strategic Command is going on.”

Komsomolskaya pravda relayed this Interfaks quote about the fate of aviation:

“Aviation carrying out air defense missions will be immediately subordinated to the VKO commander.  The one who directs the battle will also command [aviation].”

RIA Novosti also reported General-Lieutenant Ivanov saying the second S-400 regiment (at Dmitrov) will be on duty by July 31.  He said a third regiment will appear at Zvenigorod by the end of this year.

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3 responses to “Valeriy Ivanov on VKO, S-500, S-400

  1. Proud Indonesian

    The future of the world requires the Russian superpower parity with the evil Corporatist Plutocracy of the USA. Only when the unrestrained ambitions of the corrupt American military-congressional-industrial complex are checkmated via superior Russian arms & strategy can all peace-loving peoples of all nations be confident of a future worthy for their children.
    Rakyat Russia Raya! Merdeka! Pahlawan Sang Putin dan Sang Medvedev jaya! Ganyang Neo Kolonial- Neo Liberalismus Imperialisme!

    • Interesting, but not likely. The American yahdah yahdah complex you cite might have checkmated itself. Russian civilization is on a steeper downward vector than its American counterpart. And it almost completely, but not quite entirely, lacks America’s capacity for self-correction. We’ll probably all be speaking Chinese first anyway. How’s that fit your dialectic?

  2. Pingback: Third S-400 Regiment for Moscow Oblast | Russian Defense Policy

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