Ground Forces of the Russian Federation (Russian Army):

Ground Forces of the Russian Federation are the land forces of the Russian Armed Forces and the largest component of Russian Armed Forces. They are responsible for the homeland security of the Russian Federation. They have also participated in many rescue missions, counter-terrorist operations, counter-insurgency operations and reconnaissance missions.

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A Russian Army Soldier during an exercise in the Forest

The Russian Ground Forces were founded on 1st October 1992 along with other separate military branches like Air Force, Navy and others. All these branches are part of the Russian Armed Forces.

Russian Ground Forces is the fifth largest standing army in the world with a total of 350,000 active military personnel which also include para-military and airborne troops. Frunzenskaya Embankment in Moscow is the headquarters of the Russian Ground Forces.

Russian Army Soldiers during the Victory Day Parade

President of the Russian Federation is the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces. When it comes to equipment, Russian Ground Forces has a massive arsenal.

They have 2,562 active Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and more than 12,500 reserve battle tanks. But the Reserve tanks mostly belong to the Soviet era. Russian Ground Forces also have 3,300 active Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) and 16,500 reserve IFVs.

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A Russian Army T-72 Tank during an exercise

Russian Ground Forces own a total of 7,900 Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) in which 2,900 are active and more than 5,000 are reserve. Russian Ground Forces also have 1,781 Towed Artillery Units, 1,350 Rocket Artillery units and 1,530 SAM (Surface to Air Missiles) systems.

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Scud or R-11 Tactical Ballistic Missile used by the Russian Army

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