YEREVAN — President Serzh Sarkisian held consultations at the Ministry of Defense on Friday. Present at the consultations held at the administrative complex of the Ministry were the Prime Minister, Ministers of Defense and Finance, other officials, as well as the senior staff of the Ministry and commanding officers of the RA Armed Forces. The participants of the consultations summarized the results of the Defense Strategic Review process carried out in 2014-2015. In the framework of the agenda, discussed were plans for the development of the Armed Forces in 2016-2020, as well as the state program on the Development of arms and military equipment.

At the meeting presented were possible modes and means to conduct warfare, the commanding structure of the Armed Forces and main areas of its development, and the works aimed at the continuous augmentation of the Armed Forces with modern weaponry and defense technology. Reference was made to the results of the implementation of the previous 2011-2015 state program, for the Development of arms and military equipment, and it was noted that the plan was carried out in its entirety.

The President of Armenia underscored that along with the process of equipping the Armenian army with supermodern technologies, it is necessary to pay due attention to a continuous improvement of the professional skills for their proper use. President Sarkisian issued instructions related to the implementation of the results of the Defense Strategic Review, setting deadlines and procedure for reporting on the execution of the main guiding documents.

The leadership of the Ministry of Defense assured the President of Armenia that the execution of the development plan and arms program, as well as the adoption in the Armed Forces of new approaches and principles will allow to significantly increase the combat readiness of the Army, provide for the advancement in line with the modern standards, and will allow to continue to ensure the infallible defense of Armenia and Artsakh.

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