Category: Military & Defense

Three Russian troops killed in Syria in late February – Defense Ministry

Three Russian troops killed in Syria in late February – Defense Ministry

MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. Three Russian military servicemen were killed in Syria during a shootout with terrorists in late February, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Monday. According to the ministry, at the end of February, three Russian military servicemen who were returning by car after delivering humanitarian aid to an inhabited community in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province were caught in a militant ambush. “After a shootout the Russian military servicemen went missing,” the Defense Ministry said. Work to search for and trace the whereabouts of the Russian trops continued round the clock along with the Syrian security forces, the ministry added. “After special…

Read More »
Russia’s Southern Military District to receive first batch of Su-57 aircraft in 2020

Russia’s Southern Military District to receive first batch of Su-57 aircraft in 2020

ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Southern Military District will receive the first batch of the Sukhoi Su-57 aircraft in 2020, Commander of the Fourth Air and Air Defense Force Major General Nikolai Gostev said on Monday. According to him, 30 new aircraft and helicopters will be delivered in 2019. The Russian Defense Ministry and the Sukhoi company signed a contract on the delivery of the first two Sukhoi Su-57 aircraft at the International Military and Technical Forum on August 22, 2018. Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said then that the military would receive the first Su-57 out of the planned 15 aircraft in 2019. The…

Read More »
Russian Interior Ministry warns cyber crimes skyrocketing

Russian Interior Ministry warns cyber crimes skyrocketing

© Sergei Konkov/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Cyber crime in Russia has skyrocketed 16-fold over the past few years, Russia’s Minister of Internal Affairs Alexander Kolokoltsev stated at a Ministry’s Social Council meeting on Monday. “In the last few years Internet crime has seen a 16-fold surge. This number is huge, despite the fact that crime in general is subsiding, felonies included. It’s precisely here, where we can concentrate and unite our efforts,” he said. The top official also stressed that over the last year the number of crimes committed using modern telecommunication technology surged by 92%. “This demonstrates that we have failed to explain to…

Read More »
More than 1,500 paratroopers take part in massive drills in Crimea

More than 1,500 paratroopers take part in massive drills in Crimea

© Vladimir Smirnov/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Units from Russia’s Airborne Troops are participating in an extensive military drill in Crimea. The exercise features more than 1,500 paratroopers, more than 300 military cargo aircraft and army helicopters, as well as the Black Sea Fleet’s large amphibious landing craft, the Russian Defense Ministry press service reported. “Today a large-scale tactical military exercise has kicked off in Crimea. The 7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division’s air assault and artillery regiments will conduct an air drop and live fire under the command of Guard Component Commander Colonel Andrei Sukhovetskiy,” the ministry said. The press service also clarified that over…

Read More »
Russia’s renowned aerobatics team arrives in Malaysia to take part in LIMA-2019 show

Russia’s renowned aerobatics team arrives in Malaysia to take part in LIMA-2019 show

Russian Knights aerobatics team © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS LANGKAWI /Malaysia/, March 24. /TASS/. Russia’s world-famous Russian Knights aerobatics team arrived in Malaysia on Saturday evening to take part in the LIMA-2019 international exhibition of the maritime and aerospace industries, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “The Russian Knights will take part in the international exhibition’s opening,” the ministry said. “During the exhibition, four Russian Knights crews flying Su-30SM aircraft will demonstrate aerobatic stunts. Their program also includes solo flying and flying in pairs. The crews will demonstrate their most spectacular stunts and maneuvers,” it said. The Russian pilots had to make four stops on their journey to Malaysia.…

Read More »
Russia’s Su-27 jets twice scrambled to intercept US B-52H bomber over Baltic Sea

Russia’s Su-27 jets twice scrambled to intercept US B-52H bomber over Baltic Sea

© Sergey Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Force has twice scrambled the on-duty Su-27 fighter jets over the past 24 hours to intercept US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers operating in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, Russia’s National Defense Control Center said on Saturday. “Two US aircraft had been detected by the Russian airspace monitoring system at a considerable distance from the state border of the Russian Federation and then were taken to escort,” the statement says. During the flight, the Su-27 crews prevented the foreign strategic bombers from infringing Russia’s airspace, the statement added. According to the Russian National Defense…

Read More »
Russian defense firm to deliver 6 heavily upgraded Il-76 military transport planes in 2019

Russian defense firm to deliver 6 heavily upgraded Il-76 military transport planes in 2019

MOSCOW, March 22. /TASS/. The Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP enterprise (part of the transport aviation division within the United Aircraft Corporation) plans to deliver six Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A heavily upgraded military transport planes to Russia’s Defense Ministry in 2019, the Ilyushin Aircraft Company reported on its Instagram page on Friday. “Under the 2019 production program, the Ulyanovsk-based aircraft-making enterprise plans to manufacture and deliver six Il-76MD-90A aircraft,” the statement says. The statement also confirms that the first Il-76MD-90A plane with the factory No. 0109 from the pre-production batch will be handed over to Russia’s military in the coming days. “Currently, the new transport plane is being accepted by…

Read More »
Russian Defense Ministry to get first Il-76MD-90A transport plane next week

Russian Defense Ministry to get first Il-76MD-90A transport plane next week

MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry will get the first serial Il-76MD-90A military transport plane next week, Russian aircraft manufacturer and design bureau Ilyushin said on Thursday. “The first serial plane is fully ready. It is expected to be handed over next week,” a company source told reporters. The company confirmed that no Il-76MD-90A planes have been handed over to the Russian Armed Forces since 2014. Prior to that, the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces received two such aircraft as a pre-production delivery. A defense industry source told TASS that the use of those aircraft helped the makers to improve…

Read More »
Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy over 100 Il-76MD-90A planes before 2030

Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy over 100 Il-76MD-90A planes before 2030

ULYANOVSK, March 21./TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy more than 100 Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft before 2030, as well as tankers developed on their basis, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told journalists on Thursday. “This is the main aircraft in Defense Ministry’s plans. Potentially, the Defense Ministry plans to buy more than 100 aircraft, and this number grows if we add flying tankers produced on the basis of this plane,” the deputy prime minister said. In other media

Read More »
Kalashnikov’s revenue up 280% in 2018

Kalashnikov’s revenue up 280% in 2018

© Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS IZHEVSK, March 21. /TASS/. The Kalashnikov concern last year garnered a 17-billion-ruble revenue ($267 million) showing a 280% growth against 2017 as follows from statistics published on the concern’s website on Thursday. The concern’s reported net profit is 175 million rubles ($2.7 million). The concern says the financial parameters reflect growing production on internal government and military-technical cooperation contracts for providing the 200th series automatic rifles and AK12, robots, drones and other cutting-edge technologies. The Kalashnikov group of companies incorporates the Kalashnikov Concern proper, Izhevsk Mechanical Plant, Rybinsk Shipyards, Nobel Brothers Shipyards, Mytishchi Machine-Building Plant, designer and producer of drones ZALA AERO, research…

Read More »
Su-27 jets did not chase away B-52 over Baltic Sea — US Air Force

Su-27 jets did not chase away B-52 over Baltic Sea — US Air Force

Sukhoi-27 jet © Marina Lystseva/TASS WASHINGTON, March 21. /TASS/. Russia’s Sukhoi-27 jets did not chase the US B-52 bomber away from the Russian border over the Baltic Sea and the plane managed to complete its mission, US Air Force in Europe and Africa spokeswoman Renae Pittman told TASS on Thursday. Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry said two Sukhoi-27 fighters on March 20 made a B-52 bomber turn away from the Russian border over the Baltic Sea. The bomber had been spotted far way over international waters and put under observation. Pittman said the US bomber was conducting routine operations in international airspace exercising…

Read More »
Russian defense ministry invites NATO leadership to Moscow security conference

Russian defense ministry invites NATO leadership to Moscow security conference

MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has invited the leadership of NATO, as well as the defense chiefs of the countries forming part of the alliance, to participate in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security, set to be held on April 23-25, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin informed on Thursday. “This year, we have asked the defense chiefs of 124 countries, including NATO and EU member countries, as well as the military and political leadership of NATO, to participate in the conference,” Fomin said. “I would like to note that our goal is not to give the floor only to those…

Read More »
Russian combat engineers get government awards for mine clearance in Laos

Russian combat engineers get government awards for mine clearance in Laos

MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Combat engineers from Russia’s International Mine Action Center have received government awards for clearing Laos of unexploded US ordnance and air bombs left from the period of the war in Vietnam. The ceremony of giving government awards was held at the Center’s headquarters, the Defense Ministry of Russia reported on Thursday. “Today, the combat engineers of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces were honored at the permanent base after the completion of the tasks for the humanitarian mine clearance on the territory of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos,” the ministry said. Some servicemen of the International…

Read More »
Frigate Admiral Essen conducts drills in the Mediterranean

Frigate Admiral Essen conducts drills in the Mediterranean

© Russian Defense Ministry Press Office/TASS SEVASTOPOL, March 21. /TASS/. The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Essen has practiced counter-measures to repel a massive missile attack by a hypothetical enemy in an exercise in the Mediterranean, the fleet’s press-service told the media on Thursday. “The air defense crews of the Black Sea frigate The Admiral Essen practiced measures to protect a base facility from a massive missile and air strike of a hypothetical enemy in the Mediterranean. The virtual targets were identified and classified and successfully eliminated as a result of simulated electronic launches,” the statement says. The Admiral Essen is a second blue…

Read More »
Two Sukhoi jets chase US B-52 bomber away from Russian border

Two Sukhoi jets chase US B-52 bomber away from Russian border

B-52 bomber © AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Two Russian jets Sukhoi-27 have forced a US B-52 bomber to move away from the Russian border, the Defense Ministry told the media on Thursday. The B-52 was flying over international waters of the Baltic Sea. Russia’s air space control means identified it far away from the border and put it under observation. Two Sukhoi-27 jets of the air defense force were ordered to identify and escort the aircraft. After the strategic bomber B-52H changed course to move away from the Russian state border the jets returned to base, the Defense Ministry’s statement says. The Defense…

Read More »
Two jets force US’ B-52 bomber to move away from Russian border

Two jets force US’ B-52 bomber to move away from Russian border

B-52 bomber © AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Two Russian jets Sukhoi-27 have forced a US B-52 bomber to move away from the Russian border, the Defense Ministry told the media on Thursday. The B-52 was flying over international waters of the Baltic Sea. Russia’s air space control means identified it far away from the border and put it under observation. Two Sukhoi-27 jets of the air defense force were ordered to identify and escort the aircraft. After the strategic bomber B-52H changed course to move away from the Russian state border the jets returned to base, the Defense Ministry’s statement says. The Defense…

Read More »
Moscow Conference on International Security to focus on situation in the Middle East

Moscow Conference on International Security to focus on situation in the Middle East

MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Participants in the Moscow Conference on International Security scheduled for April 23-25 will focus on the situation in the Middle East, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. “The sides will discuss the situation in the Middle East with an emphasis on stabilizing the situation in Syria. Special sectional sessions will be devoted to issues of peacekeeping, expanding military cooperation, regional security in Asia, Africa and Latin America,” the defense ministry said. “The Moscow conference became an annual forum that brings together representatives of defense ministries, international organizations and non-governmental experts in search for solutions to the most pressing issues of…

Read More »
Mechanized infantry thwart “enemy” offensive at drills in Russia’s Far East

Mechanized infantry thwart “enemy” offensive at drills in Russia’s Far East

© Valery Matytsin/TASS MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. /TASS/. Over 1,600 servicemen from the mechanized infantry unit of the Russian Eastern Military District have thwarted an “enemy” offensive at drills in the Far Eastern Khabarovsk Region, head of the district’s press service Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said on Thursday. “Servicemen from the mechanized infantry unit of the Eastern Military Distict have thwarted an offensive by superior enemy forces and launched a counter-offensive at the Bikinsky training range in the Khabarovsk Region,” Gordeyev said. “Over 1,600 servicemen are taking part in the drills, along with around 300 units of weapons and military equipment,” he added. Servicemen used T-72B and…

Read More »
First flight of new Il-112V aircraft to take place in the next few weeks

First flight of new Il-112V aircraft to take place in the next few weeks

© Armen Gasparyan/TASS MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. The first flight of new Russian military transport aircraft Il-112V will take place at the end of March or start of April, a source in the defense-industrial complex told TASS on Thursday. “It is planned that the first flight of Il-112V will take place soon, at the end of March or beginning of April. Everything is ready for this,” the source said adding that “all issues with engines have been resolved.” Another source in the defense industry told TASS that preparations are underway “almost 24/7, with no days off” at the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association. “Specialists are checking the…

Read More »
Russian Baltic Fleet corvettes repel notional enemy’s air attack in naval drills

Russian Baltic Fleet corvettes repel notional enemy’s air attack in naval drills

KALININGRAD, March 20. /TASS/. A naval strike force comprising the Baltic Fleet’s corvettes Soobrazitelny and Steregushchiy has held live-fire artillery drills at practice ranges in the Baltic Sea and repelled a notional enemy’s air attack, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. “During the drills, an artillery battle was conducted with the notional enemy’s surface ships and a live-fire exercise were held using all types of shipborne artillery systems against a special target,” the press office said in a statement. In order to practice repelling an air attack in a training dogfight, Sukhoi Su-24M frontline bombers were employed to simulate a notional enemy’s aviation and…

Read More »
USC to build two more frigates of project 22350 for Russian Navy

USC to build two more frigates of project 22350 for Russian Navy

KUBINKA, March 20. /TASS/. The Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyard, an affiliate of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) will build two more frigates of project 22350 and push ahead with building a series of corvettes for the Navy, USC President Alexei Rakhmanov told a business conference at the theme park Patriot near Moscow. “A decision has been made to build two more frigates at the Northern Shipyard and to continue to build a series of corvettes,” Rakhmanov said, adding the project 22350 frigates were identical to The Admiral Gorshkov. “The Admiral Gorshkov frigate was handed over to the Navy in July 2018. Another ship of the same…

Read More »
Shipbuilders to deliver 2nd improved Yasen-class submarine to Russian Navy in 2020

Shipbuilders to deliver 2nd improved Yasen-class submarine to Russian Navy in 2020

© Alexander Ryumin/TASS KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, March 20. /TASS/. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will deliver the second nuclear-powered submarine of the modernized Project 885M (Yasen-M) to the Navy in 2020 and the work is proceeding in accordance with the schedule, USC President Alexei Rakhmanov said on Wednesday. “All further work is proceeding according to schedule. Series are produced better than lead ships,” Rakhmanov said at a research and business conference in the Patriot Park, responding to a question about whether the first serial-produced submarine of the modernized Project 885M would be delivered to the Navy in 2020. The lead warship of the modernized Yasen-M Project,…

Read More »
Russian frigate Admiral Kasatonov to be handed over to Russian Navy in December

Russian frigate Admiral Kasatonov to be handed over to Russian Navy in December

KUBINKA /MOSCOW REGION/, March 20. /TASS/. The second (first-serial produced) Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov is expected to be transferred over to the Russian Navy in December 2019, Severnaya Verf Shipyard CEO Igor Ponomarev told TASS on Wednesday. “The frigate Admiral Kasatonov will enter the second round of performance trials in late March-early April and will be transferred over to the Navy December this year,” he said. According to Ponomarev, the Saint Petersburg-based shipbuilder, Severnaya Verf, also plans to transfer the corvette Gremyashchy and the logistics support vessel Vsevolod Bobrov in December. The frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov is the second (the first serial-produced) Project 22350…

Read More »
Bilateral nuclear disarmament has exhausted itself, says Lavrov

Bilateral nuclear disarmament has exhausted itself, says Lavrov

GENEVA, March 20. /TASS/. The process of nuclear weapons reduction on the bilateral Russian-US basis has exhausted itself and should be made multilateral, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Disarmament Conference on Wednesday. “As the INF Treaty crisis has shown, nuclear disarmament progress on the bilateral Russian-US basis has exhausted itself. Time is ripe to give serious thought to how to make the nuclear weapons control process multilateral and acceptable for all countries involved,” he said. Lavrov sees the basis of a multilateral process in the principle of integral and indivisible security. “It makes no sense to consider nuclear disarmament separately from the entire…

Read More »
Russian shipbuilders to deliver 2-3 subs a year from 2020

Russian shipbuilders to deliver 2-3 subs a year from 2020

© Piotr Kovalev/TASS KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, March 20. /TASS/. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will be delivering two-three nuclear-powered submarines a year to the Russian Navy starting from 2020, which exceeds the pace of Soviet shipbuilding, USC President Alexei Rakhmanov said on Wednesday. “The order book of the Severnoye Machine-Building Enterprise is already larger than the volume of orders that existed during the Soviet period. Beginning with the next year, we will be delivering two-three submarines a year,” the USC chief said at a research and business conference in the Patriot Park. The head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation specified that the shipbuilders would be delivering…

Read More »
Russian Navy to accept latest Tsirkon hypersonic missile for service in 2023 — source

Russian Navy to accept latest Tsirkon hypersonic missile for service in 2023 — source

© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. The Russian Navy expects to accept the latest Tsirkon hypersonic missile for service and deploy it on warships and submarines from 2023, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. “The state trials of the Tsirkon conducted from the basic sea carriers are planned to be completed in 2022 and from 2023 the missile will be accepted for service and put on combat duty,” the source said. The Russian Navy expects to arm all the new and modernized surface ships and nuclear-powered submarines, including Project 22350 and Project 22350M frigates, the heavy…

Read More »
Russian strategic Akula-class subs can be rearmed to carry Kalibr cruise missiles — expert

Russian strategic Akula-class subs can be rearmed to carry Kalibr cruise missiles — expert

MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. The world’s largest Project 941 ‘Akula’ strategic nuclear-powered submarines can be rearmed to carry at least 200 Kalibr cruise missiles each, former First Deputy Chief of the Russian Navy’s Main Staff Vice-Admiral Oleg Burtsev told TASS on Wednesday. Today two Akula-class submarines, the Arkhangelsk and the Severstal, both of which carried ballistic missiles, have been withdrawn from the Navy’s structure and are staying in the dock of the Zvyozdochka Ship Repair Center in Severodvinsk slated for their subsequent disposal. However, instead of their disposal, the Akula-class subs can be re-equipped to carry Kalibr, Oniks and Tsirkon missiles, the vice-admiral said. “The…

Read More »
Post-Soviet bloc to eliminate terror bases in Operation Mercenary

Post-Soviet bloc to eliminate terror bases in Operation Mercenary

CSTO military exercises © Nozim Kalandarov/TASS MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. The member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) plan to carry out Operation Mercenary, a counter-terrorist operation aimed at neutralizing terrorist resource bases on the territory of the CSTO member states, CSTO Acting Secretary General Valery Semerikov told TASS in an interview on Wednesday. “The plan of comprehensive operational-preventive activities code-named Operation Mercenary to shut down channels for recruitment and entry/departure for citizens from CSTO countries for participation in the activity of international terrorist organizations was prepared and coordinated. The resource bases of terrorists in the CSTO’s responsibility zone will be also neutralized,” he…

Read More »