In 2017, Russian Ministry of Defense launched a closed internet communication segment ensuring secure exchange of classified information between regions, Russian Interfax news agency reports, citing the head of the National Defense Control Center (NDCC) of Russia, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev.
"In 2017, communication using the resources of a private network has been implemented between the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. For the first time, rapid electronic data interchange for classified state information at the regional and interregional levels has been ensured," Mizintsev reported.
Mizintsev said that the process of establishing an automated interdepartmental secure network for information exchange started in 2015.
According to Mizintsev, during the Caucasus 2016 military exercise, an exchange of information with the territorial defense headquarters of the Russian regions was established as a pilot project using the private data transmission network.
"It enables the substantial reduction of the time of information flow in comparison with the traditional methods of information exchange as well as the ability to transfer information in different electronic formats," Mizintsev stated.