Category: Military & Defense

Russian bases in Syria to be equipped with upgraded control systems — official

Russian bases in Syria to be equipped with upgraded control systems — official

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow region/, September 19. /TASS/. Russian Defense Ministry is making steps to upgrade security on Russian military bases in Syria and installation of automated control instruments is one of the technical solutions it is currently working at, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Wednesday. “President Vladimir Putin issued instructions earlier [before Monday’s incident involving the Russian reconnaissance aircraft Ilyushin-20 – TASS] to step up the protection of our bases in Hmeymim and Tartus,” he said. “For instance, Kalashnikov corporation has come up with the technical solutions in the form of automated control instruments that will be installed there to build up…

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US to approve certification of Russian Tu-214 plane on September 24

US to approve certification of Russian Tu-214 plane on September 24

WASHINGTON, September 19. /TASS/. The United States will approve the certification of the new Russian Tu-214 surveillance aircraft in order to use it within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies on September 24, a spokesperson for the US State Department told TASS. “On September 18, the United States informed all States Parties via formal treaty mechanisms that it will approve the certification of the Russian aircraft,” he noted. The state department added that the certification would officially go through on Monday, September 24. “We plan to sign the Certification Report on the margins of a plenary meeting of the Open Skies Consultative Commission…

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Putin believes it is necessary to start development of weapons of the future

Putin believes it is necessary to start development of weapons of the future

© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS THEME PARK PATRIOT /Moscow Region/, September 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the task of starting the development of new weapons that may become operational in many years’ time. “The key issue on our agenda is to form another long-term state program for armaments. The current program extending till 2027 was launched earlier this year. It incorporates the modern world trends in the development of military hardware and weapons as well as the experience of using Russian weaponry in combat in Syria,” Putin said at a meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission on Wednesday. “As a result…

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Russia signs 20 weapons contracts with African countries over two years

Russia signs 20 weapons contracts with African countries over two years

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Russia and countries in sub-Saharan Africa have signed 20 weapons contracts over the past two years, Russia’s exporter of military hardware Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday. According to Rosoboronexport’s press-service the company sees countries south of the Sahara as strategic, long-term partners. “Over the past two years alone we have signed more than 20 contracts with them. We expect the regional market of weapons and military hardware will demonstrate a stable expansion trend over several years to come,” Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev is quoted by the press-service as saying. Rosoboronoexport believes that the market of weapons and military hardware in African countries…

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Frigate Admiral Essen wraps up visit to Greece

Frigate Admiral Essen wraps up visit to Greece

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. The Black Fleet’s frigate Admiral Essen has ended its business call at the Poros island, Greece, and continued to perform its tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, the fleet’s press service told reporters on Wednesday. “The entry of the Russian ship to the Poros island was dedicated to the 190th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Greece. To mark this event, the Russian ship’s crew laid flowers at the memorial plaque at the residence of the first Greek president, Ioannis Kapodistrias,” the press service noted. During the dockage the ship’s crew took part in organized tours across the…

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Russia’s southern military district’s first peacekeeping units complete training

Russia’s southern military district’s first peacekeeping units complete training

© Viktor Drachev/TASS ROSTOV-ON-DON, September 19. /TASS/. The Southern Military District’s first peacekeeping battalions have completed a special training course, district spokesman Vadim Astafyev told reporters on Wednesday. “The servicemen underwent courses in language, international law and practical actions of peacekeepers,” he said. The peacekeeping units also took part in special drills to train actions against illegal armed groups in the security zone and search of vehicles trying to smuggle weapons, ammunitions and explosives through security cordons. In other media

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Russia’s Iskander-M missile systems deployed in Kyrgyzstan for drills

Russia’s Iskander-M missile systems deployed in Kyrgyzstan for drills

©  Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Iskander-M mobile short-range ballistic missile systems were for the first time ever redeployed from Urals to Kyrgyzstan to take part in the upcoming international counter-terrorism exercise, Issyk-Kul Antiterror-2018, the press service of Russia’s Central Military District said on Wednesday. “Iskander-M mobile short-range ballistic missile systems were for the first time ever deployed in Kyrgyzstan. During the drills, Urals missile crews will carry out a strike on a simulated base of terrorists at the Edelweiss mountain training range,” the press service said. About a thousand of Russian servicemen will take part in Issyk-Kul Antiterror-2018 exercise of the Commonwealth…

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Russian Iskander-M missile systems deployed in Kyrgystan for drills

Russian Iskander-M missile systems deployed in Kyrgystan for drills

©  Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Iskander-M mobile short-range ballistic missile systems were for the first time ever redeployed from Urals to Kyrgyzstan to take part in the upcoming international counter-terrorism exercise, Issyk-Kul Antiterror-2018, the press service of Russia’s Central Military District said on Wednesday. “Iskander-M mobile short-range ballistic missile systems were for the first time ever deployed in Kyrgyzstan. During the drills, Urals missile crews will carry out a strike on a simulated base of terrorists at the Edelweiss mountain training range,” the press service said. About a thousand of Russian servicemen will take part in Issyk-Kul Antiterror-2018 exercise of the Commonwealth…

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New security system to be established in Idlib — Russian defense chief

New security system to be established in Idlib — Russian defense chief

Idlib, Syria © EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Work on a new security system in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone began on Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a ministry board meeting. “Our Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Mr. Erdogan held talks yesterday as part of efforts to resolve the situation in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone. The talks also involved defense ministers, foreign ministers and general staff chiefs,” he said. “Following long negotiations, the parties agreed on a decision, which makes it possible for us to say that the construction of a new security system in the Idlib de-escalation zone begins…

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Defense chief vows response to Israel’s actions that caused fatal crash of Il-20 aircraft

Defense chief vows response to Israel’s actions that caused fatal crash of Il-20 aircraft

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia will respond to actions on behalf of the Israeli Air Force that led to a fatal crash of Russia’s Il-20 aircraft on Monday late night in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. “We have informed today our Israeli colleagues, and I have also informed personally the Israeli Defense Minister [Avigdor Lieberman], that such actions will not be left unanswered by us,” Shoigu said. The Russian Il-20 that was shot down by Syrian air defense systems had been conducting reconnaissance activity in the Idlib de-escalation zone before the crash, he said.  “Our reconnaissance airplane Il-20 with 15 crew…

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France partly to blame for Russian plane’s crash, says military expert

France partly to blame for Russian plane’s crash, says military expert

© REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. France is partly to blame for the crash of Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft in Syria and the death of Russian military servicemen, military expert Mikhail Khodaryonok told reporters. “The French Navy’s frigate, The Auvergne, did not make the best contribution to the air situation, creating additional difficulties for Syrian air defense teams,” he said, adding that “the French frigate was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” “By launching cruise missiles, the French Navy’s frigate only complicated the situation in that part of the Mediterranean Sea, which is already difficult. This is why the Russian Il-20 aircraft crash…

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Frigate Admiral Gorshkov takes to sea for combat training

Frigate Admiral Gorshkov takes to sea for combat training

© Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. The lead ship of project 22350, The Admiral Gorshkov, which the Russian Navy incorporated on July 28, has left the main base of the Northern Fleet (Severomorsk) for the Barents Sea for combat training, the fleet’s press-service told the media. “The ship will act jointly with aircraft. The frigate’s radio-technical weapons will be tested by planes of the mixed air regiment of the Air Force and the Northern Fleet’s air defense,” the fleet said. The crew will test the ship on the move, carry out survivability tests and communication exercises and a number of combat…

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Military spots body fragments of Ilyushin-20’s crew in Mediterranean

Military spots body fragments of Ilyushin-20’s crew in Mediterranean

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. The Russian military has spotted the place where the Ilyushin-20 plane fell into the Mediterranean, the Russian Defense Ministry told the media on Tuesday. “Taking part in the search for the crew of Russia’s Ilyushin-20 plane, which crashed off Latakia, are eight ships and boats of Russia’s Navy. By now the place of the plane’s fall into the Mediterranean has been identified. It’s 27 kilometers west of Baniyas, Latakia province,” the Defense Ministry said. Russian ships have picked up body fragments, personal belongings and the plane’s debris. In other media

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Syria downed Russia’s plane because Israeli F-16s used it as cover — Russian top brass

Syria downed Russia’s plane because Israeli F-16s used it as cover — Russian top brass

Israel’s F-16 fighter © David Silverman/Getty Images MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s military plane Ilyushin-20 was shot down by the Syrian air defense over the Mediterranean Sea, because Israel’s F-16 fighters used it as a cover, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media on Tuesday. “By using the Russian plane as a cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system,” Konashenkov said. He added that Israeli planes had been carrying out strikes in the…

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Russia’s military aircraft disappears over Mediterranean Sea

Russia’s military aircraft disappears over Mediterranean Sea

© Kirill Naumenko/CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, archive MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea, an official with Russia’s Defense Ministry told reporters on Tuesday. The plane went off the radar while F-16 fighters of the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Syrian province of Latakia, the fate of the Russian military is unknown, the official said. “On September 17, at about 11:00 pm Moscow time, the connection with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost over the Mediterranean Sea when the plane was returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, 35…

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Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea – Defense Ministry

Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea – Defense Ministry

© AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea, an official with Russia’s Defense Ministry told reporters on Tuesday. The plane went off the radar while F-16 fighters of the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Syrian province of Latakia, the fate of the Russian military is unknown, the official said. “On September 17, at about 11:00 Moscow time, the connection with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost over the Mediterranean Sea when the plane was returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, 35 kilometers from the coast of Syria,”…

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Russian defense minister rules out new military operation in Syria’s Idlib

Russian defense minister rules out new military operation in Syria’s Idlib

SOCHI, September 17. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told journalists on Monday that a new military operation in the Syrian province of Idlib was not on the agenda. The defense ministries of Russia and Turkey signed a memorandum on Monday on the stabilization of the situation in the zone of de-escalation in Syria’s Idlib. The document was signed following bilateral talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held on Monday in the Russian southern resort city of Sochi. Asked by a journalist whether it was true that no more military operations were planned to be held in Idlib,…

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Russia’s Defense Ministry handed over all data on MH17 crash to Dutch side

Russia’s Defense Ministry handed over all data on MH17 crash to Dutch side

A briefing by the Russian Defense Ministry on details of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crash © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. Russia’s defense ministry has handed over all the data it has related the MH17 crash in Ukraine to the Dutch side, Igor Konashenkov, the ministry’s spokesman, said on Monday. “All the documents have been handed over to the Dutch side… We would like the Joint Investigation Team to pay attention to these data and use them in its work,” he said. A Boeing-777 passenger plane operated by Malaysian Airlines crashed on July 17, 2014, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in the…

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More than 1,000 servicemen to take part in Russian-Mongolian drills

More than 1,000 servicemen to take part in Russian-Mongolian drills

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS ULAN-UDE, September 17. /TASS/. More than 1,000 servicemen will take part in the Russian-Mongolian military exercise “Selenga-2018,” which will be held at the Burduny Range in the Buryatia Region in October, the press service of the Eastern Military District reported on Monday. “The preparations for the Selenga-2018 international drills started in the eastern Military District. This year it will take part at the Burduny Range in the Buryatia Region in the first half of October. A total of about 1,000 servicemen are to be involved in the maneuvers. During the active phase of the exercise the military of the participating states will work…

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Large-scale military exercises to be held in Russia every five years – defense minister

Large-scale military exercises to be held in Russia every five years – defense minister

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu © Vyacheslav Prokofiev / TASS MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. Russia will organize large-scale military drills every five years, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel on Sunday. According to the minister, it was planned to organize the large-scale Vostok-2018 military exercise back in 2017. “When we submit a plan for a next year for approval of the supreme commander-in-chief, we outline everything that is to be done throughout the year. The only thing that is not included in the plan are surprise checks. Naturally, these drills were carefully planned and we want to conduct…

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Vostok-2018 drills demonstrate Russia’s peacefulness – Russian defense minister

Vostok-2018 drills demonstrate Russia’s peacefulness – Russian defense minister

MAGADAN, September 16. /TASS/. Russia demonstrates openness and invites observers and journalists to its military exercises to show its peacefulness and “tame the ardor” of its partners, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel. He stressed that Russia’s military doctrine is purely defensive and the drills in conducts vividly demonstrate that Russia is not planning to attack anyone. “[Drills] does not even have elements suggesting any offensive actions in a foreign country, which cannot be said about our Western partners when they dress in the Russian military uniform, recruit Russian-speaking players and so on. Obviously, it does no…

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Russia’s Tu-22 M bombers attack simulated enemy’s airfield during Vostok drills

Russia’s Tu-22 M bombers attack simulated enemy’s airfield during Vostok drills

© Photo from video/press service of the Russian Defense Ministry/TASS MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Crews of more than 10 long-range Tupolev Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name: Backfire) bombers of Russia’s Aerospace Force carried out strikes against the simulated enemy’s airfield facilities at an air proving ground in the Transbaikal region, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday. “Pilots of the long-range aviation hit the targets designating aviation equipment stations, aircraft at a runway, shelters of aviation equipment, warehouses and an airfield control tower of a simulated enemy,” the press service said. According to the ministry, air bombs weighing up to 500 kg were dropped during the exercises. More…

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Kalashnikov to start batch production of new Lebedev handgun in 2019

Kalashnikov to start batch production of new Lebedev handgun in 2019

Lebedev handgun (PL-14) © Mikhail Pochuev/TASS IZHEVSK, September 14. /TASS/. The Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (an affiliate of the concern Kalashnikov) will launch the batch production of the new Lebedev handgun (PL-15) in 2019, the plant’s managing director, Alexander Gvozdik, told the media on Friday. “It will meet customer requirements as a combat weapon and as a civilian firearm,” he said. The plant in Izhevsk declared the intention to start the serial production of the Lebedev handgun back in March 2018. The handgun may be in great demand from the Defense Ministry and other law enforcement agencies. The handgun’s prototype was for the first time presented at…

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Turkey to receive Russia’s S-400 defense systems in 2019 as scheduled — deputy PM

Turkey to receive Russia’s S-400 defense systems in 2019 as scheduled — deputy PM

MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Turkey has not backed out of purchasing Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile defense systems despite threats from the US, and Russia will fulfil the contract in 2019, according to schedule, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov. The US Department of State earlier reported that it might launch sanctions against any country that purchases S-400s from Russia. “I think that Almaz-Antey (which produces the S-400 systems – TASS) won’t have any problems with loading over the next ten years. Our traditional partner and, as you know, NATO member – Turkey – did not back out of this contract, despite all the threats…

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Russian helicopter gunship Ka-52 to get longer range weapons

Russian helicopter gunship Ka-52 to get longer range weapons

Ka-52 helicopter © Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Work is in progress for increasing the range of weapons installed on Russia’s helicopter gunships Ka-52 Alligator, the press-service of the holding company Helicopters of Russia has told TASS. “The Ka-52 helicopter, just like all of the holding’s products, have much room for upgrade and improvement. There are plans for increasing the range of its weapons and for unifying them with other types of attack helicopters of Russian manufacture,” the company said without elaborating what missile systems it was referring to.  Also, research is underway to equip the Ka-52 with “the newest radio-electronic…

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Up to 20 warships conducted drills in Sea of Okhotsk as part of Vostok 2018 exercise

Up to 20 warships conducted drills in Sea of Okhotsk as part of Vostok 2018 exercise

The Varyag guided-missile cruiser © Sergey Orlov/TASS MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. A strike group of the Pacific Fleet warships headed by the Varyag guided-missile cruiser has worked out cooperation with two units of small corvette anti-submarine warfare ships in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of the Vostok-2018 exercise, the Russian Defense Ministry told journalists on Friday. The ministry specified that apart from the Varyag the strike group also includes the Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev large anti-submarine ships. “The ships have jointly worked out elements of maneuvering and re-formation and air defense as a group at sea,” reads the report which TASS has at its…

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Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills

Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills

The main stage of the Vostok-2018 strategic drills was held at the Tsugol firing range in the Trans-Baikal Region. The Vostok-2018 maneuvers are the biggest in the history of the Russian army, unparalleled since 1981, when the Soviet Union held drills involving about 100,000 people. The massive Vostok-2018 exercise is running from September 11 to 17 under the command of Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu on the soil and in the waters of Russia’s Far East and in the neighboring waters of the Pacific Ocean. A total of about 300,000 servicemen are participating in them, as well as more than 1,000 planes, helicopters…

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Experience of military operations in Syria was used at Vostok-2018 drills, says commander

Experience of military operations in Syria was used at Vostok-2018 drills, says commander

TSUGOL RANGE /Trans-Baikal Region/, September 13. /TASS/. The experience of participation in the Syrian conflict was used at the Vostok-2018 drills, Eastern Military District Force Commander and former Commander of the Russian Force in Syria Colonel General Alexander Zhuravlyov told journalists on Thursday. “The generalized Syrian experience was used in the drills – from limited objective attacks by landing forces down to firing and reconnaissance rules,” the colonel general said. Speaking about the active phase of the maneuvers, which ended on Thursday, he noted that “the maximum number of servicemen – 25,000 people, about 7,000 equipment units and 250 aircraft” were involved in them. “The…

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