05 August 2015 News

Air Force and space command ‘merger’ creates Aerospace Forces in Russia

A new branch of Russian armed forces was announced this week by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The new Russian Aerospace Forces brings together the country’s Air Force and Aerospace Defence Forces under unified command.

This ‘merger’ is seen as part of an on-going effort to modernise and overhaul the Russian armed forces.

Shoigu is quoted as saying that the merger is the “optimal option” for streamlining Russia’s air and space defence.

In the wake of the Ukraine crisis, sanctions, and worsening relations in the West, the Russian defence budget has meanwhile been growing.

Popular articles

Popular articles

An artistic interpretation of orbital tracks for satellites in a mega constellation by artist Zoe Squires (see p108). Special Reports

Mega-challenges for mega-constellations

Launch of India’s PSLV-C37 carrying a record number of 104 satellites. Astronautics

India confirms commercial launch intent

Space Security

Future space applications and their regulatory needs