Launch of the “Angara” space rocket complex flight tests became an important event for the Russian Defense Ministry and, in particular, for the development of Russian Aerospace Defense troops in 2014.
The first step towards the introduction of the first item produced by the Russian space industry, the 20-year project “Angara”, was a success. Within six months, Russia has managed to carry out two test launches of the first items of light and heavy versions of the newest Russian rocket carrier produced at the Khrunichev Center.
On December 1, the National Defense Control Center took up duty. Its first shifts started on March 28, and within a year a special complex was built, and on December 1 it began its full-scale work. It became a “think tank” of the army and will effectively deter aggression against the state.
According to President Vladimir Putin, possibilities of the new complex should improve the quality of the Armed Forces control, and the Centre is to play a key role in the defense and security of the country, it will contribute to solving serious challenges the Army faces.
The beginning of winter was marked not only by the launch of the army “think tank”, but also by the beginning of the formation of a new Russian Arctic Command named “Sever”. This unit is necessary to protect the national interests of Russia in the Arctic, the development of which over the past two years have attracted special attention in all spheres – from the economic to the military one.
The Strategic Missile Forces return to a three-service grouping containing mine, mobile and railway complexes. This means that in the foreseeable future, the Strategic Missile Forces will have a new “rocket train” – the Battle railway missile system. It will in all respects be superior to its Soviet predecessor, which had to be abandoned by 2005 because of the requirements of the START treaty. According to forecasts, the new “Barguzin” complex will serve until 2040. Today the industry is preparing to test a sample of the product and is collecting the design documentation.
A very important event was the approval of a new version of the military doctrine by President Vladimir Putin at the end of the year.