Kadyrov proposed to place an air defense base in the mountains of Chechnya

In the south of Russia, air defense systems are in demand more than ever, Kadyrov believes. He also said that the four new Akhmat battalions of Chechnya, the formation of which the authorities announced at the end of June, are fully equipped

Ramzan Kadyrov

Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov proposed to place an air defense base in the Shali region of the republic , he wrote about this in his Telegram channel.

“In modern conditions, Russia needs new strategic military solutions. <…> First of all, I believe that in the mountains of the Chechen Republic, on the southern borders of Russia, air defense systems are in demand more than ever, — he wrote. According to Kadyrov, Russia needs to take “preemptive tactical measures.”

Kadyrov also said that four Akhmat battalions were fully manned in the republic. He announced their formation at the end of June, stating that they would include “an impressive number of personnel”— “exclusively Chechen guys.” In the special forces regiment “Akhmat-North” entered the fighters who participated in the hostilities in Syria and Ukraine, he said.

The 42nd Evpatoria Red Banner Guards Motorized Rifle Division of the Southern Military District (SMD) is stationed in Chechnya. The division is armed with self-propelled howitzers self-propelled guns “Msta-S”, tanks T-72B3, BTR-82A, as well as electronic warfare and satellite communications.

In January, Izvestia citing sources in the Ministry of Defense, they reported that a brigade of Buk-M3 anti-aircraft missile systems was deployed in the Southern Military District. The formation became part of the 8th Guards Combined Arms Army, its divisions are deployed in the Volgograd and Rostov regions, and the headquarters is located in Novocherkassk. A month earlier, the newspaper wrote about plans to deploy new S-300PM-2 air defense systems in southern Russia and Crimea, which were supposed to replace the old S-300PS systems.

At the end of June, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the military of Russia and Belarus urgently need to take measures to increase the combat readiness of the regional grouping of troops and the unified air defense system (Air Defense). The issue became more relevant in the “conditions of unprecedented pressure from the West, an undeclared war.” Shortly before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Moscow and Minsk held joint exercises.

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Ramzan Kadyrov

politician, head of Chechnya, former president of the Chechen Republic

October 5, 1976

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