Over a hundred new aircraft and helicopters next year, Russia’s Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Sunday.

MOSCOW Sputnik) — Russian Aerospace Forces plan to receive more than a hundred new aircraft and helicopters in 2018, Bondarev.

“We will receive no less than this year. More than a hundred new machines, plus modernization and overhaul of the combatant (aircraft). We are being updated very well,” Bondarev told reporters at the 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017.

Speaking about the new state program of armaments for 2018-2025, which is now being developed in the country, Bondarev stressed that “aviation was favored.”

“Everybody understands perfectly well that the world is on the way to developing the aerospace component, where there are new technologies, developments, progress. Ultimately, this also affects the development of the national economy and industry,” the commander concluded.

The International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 in the city of Zhukovsky in the Moscow region kicked off on Tuesday and ends its work on Sunday.