Category: Military & Defense

Russia’s T-72 tanks take part in military parade in Laos

Russia’s T-72 tanks take part in military parade in Laos

MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Russia’s T-72 tanks and BRDM-2M amphibious armored patrol cars were featured in a parade on occasion of the 70th anniversary since the founding of the Lao People’s Armed Forces, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters. “The military parade on occasion of the 70th anniversary since the founding of the Lao People’s Armed Forces featured the Russian military equipment, which was put into service in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Among the represented items were T-72 modernized tanks and BRDM-2 M armored vehicles,” the statement said. Russia is supplying military equipment to Laos in accordance with the agreements reached during the visit…

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Russian Navy tracks movements of USS Donald Cook in Black Sea

Russian Navy tracks movements of USS Donald Cook in Black Sea

© EPA/VALDA KALNINA MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is monitoring movements of the US guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook, which had entered the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Control Center said on Saturday. “Forces of the Black Sea Fleet have begun tracking the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook immediately after she made a transit into the Black Sea,” the center said. According to the center, “the Black Sea Fleet guard ship Pytlivy began tracking the movements of the US naval ship immediately.” Besides, the US ship will be monitored with the help of the fleet’s electronic and technical means. USS…

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All Su-34 flights suspended in Russia following accident in Far East — source

All Su-34 flights suspended in Russia following accident in Far East — source

© Russian Defense Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Flights of the Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers have been suspended throughout Russia following an accident in the Far East, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS on Monday. “Flights of the Su-34 bombers have been suspended throughout the country,” he said. Earlier reports said that two Su-34 fighter-bombers had collided in mid-air over the Strait of Tatary in Russia’s Khabarovsk Region. The two aircraft disappeared from radar and are believed to have collided. In other media

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Russia to supply seven Mi-35, three Mi-17 helicopters to Serbia

Russia to supply seven Mi-35, three Mi-17 helicopters to Serbia

Mi-35 helicopter © Sergei Bobylev/TASS BELGRADE, January 18. /TASS/. Russia will supply seven Mi-35 and three Mi-17 helicopters to Serbia, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in his address to the nation following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade. “Serbia is satisfied with its military-technical cooperation with Russia. We have agreed to purchase seven Mi-35 and three Mi-17 helicopters,” he said. In other media

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Russian Aerospace Forces to get four MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters this year

Russian Aerospace Forces to get four MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters this year

© Ladislav Karpov/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian Aerospace Forces will receive four MiG-35 4++ generation multirole jet fighters later this year, a source in the aviation industry told TASS on Friday. “According to the contract signed in August 2018, two MiG-35UB [combat trainer version] were manufactured and delivered last year. Four MiG-35S [serial version] will be handed over to the Aerospace Forces in 2019,” the source said. TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication. The start of flight trials and the international presentation of the aircraft took place in Janauary 2017. The manufacturer’s trials were completed in…

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Contract for 14 MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters to be signed in 2020 — source

Contract for 14 MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters to be signed in 2020 — source

© Sergei Bobylyov/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian Aerospace Forces will sign a contract for the delivery of another batch of MiG-35 4++ generation multirole jet fighters in 2020, a source in Russia’s aviation industry told TASS. “In 2020, a new contract to supply another batch of 14 MiG-35 fighter jets, presumably within three years, is expected to be signed,” the source said. TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication. Earlier, an aviation industry source told TASS that under a contract signed in August 2018, two MiG-35UB combat trainer jets were manufactured and delivered last year. Four MiG-35S…

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More than 5,000 Russian servicemen take part in Central Military District drills

More than 5,000 Russian servicemen take part in Central Military District drills

YEKATERINBURG, January 17. /TASS/. More than 5,000 servicemen of the joint strategic command of the Central Military District are taking part in a massive exercise which was launched on Thursday, the district’s press service said in a report. “More than 5,000 servicemen are training the different levels of the army’s activation. Officers of the joint strategic command are training to provide comprehensive support, cooperation and command over the assigned troops. More than 15 field mobile command posts were set up at the district’s ranges at which the automated systems of command over the military district’s troops and digital communication means are being tried out,” the…

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Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser to enter trials in 2020 after heavy upgrade

Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser to enter trials in 2020 after heavy upgrade

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. The Project 11442M heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov undergoing repairs and heavy upgrade at the Sevmash Shipyard will enter trials in 2020, the Shipyard’s press office reported on Thursday. “The repair of the Project 11442M cruiser continues in the flooded basin. The repair, modernization and coating of the hull structures are over. Painting and insulating works on the external casing and the marking work have been launched. The warship is planned to enter trials in 2020,” the Sevmash press office said. Sevmash also said it was building two series of the Project 955A Borei-A and Project 885M Yasen-M nuclear-powered submarines.…

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Serbian president lauds military-technical cooperation with Russia

Serbian president lauds military-technical cooperation with Russia

BELGRADE, January 17. /TASS/. Serbia is content with military and technical cooperation with Russia, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said before the start of narrow format talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. “Serbia is content with military and technical cooperation with Russia. Thank you for your contribution and the desire to help our country,” Vucic said, noting that Serbia no longer experienced problems with the repayment of debts. “Serbia is a reliable partner of the Russian Federation,” the Serbian leader said. The Russian leader has pointed to the active development of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Serbia. “This is full-fledged mutual work with a two-way…

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Russia suggests measures to raise US grievances concerning INF Treaty

Russia suggests measures to raise US grievances concerning INF Treaty

GENEVA, January 15. /TASS/. Moscow has offered to take a series of measures to raise Washington’s grievances concerning the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in return for steps in relation to unmanned aerial vehicles, target missiles and the Mk-41 launching systems, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday, following Russian-US consultations on the INF Treaty in Geneva. “We took advantage of today’s consultations to suggest a series of specific measures aimed at ensuring transparency in connection with the 9M729 missile that in our view would make it possible to raise any US grievances concerning the missile’s inconsistency with the Treaty,” he…

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US presence near Russian borders will continue to grow, says Russian security chief

US presence near Russian borders will continue to grow, says Russian security chief

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. The US presence near Russian borders will continue to grow, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated, adding that this would destabilize the situation in the world. “In general, our analysis shows that the American presence near our borders will grow,” Patrushev said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta. In his opinion, “such steps can only be estimated negatively.” “The growth of military presence is a military threat to our state, a clear element of destabilization of the situation in the world, which creates a policy of mistrust instead of a policy of partnership,” the Russian security chief stressed. He reminded…

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Russia not going to enter any arms race, says  security chief

Russia not going to enter any arms race, says security chief

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russia provides sufficient financing for its defense but there can be no talk about any arms race with other countries, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper on Tuesday. “The financing is sufficient and there is no talk about any additional funds,” he stressed. “Moreover, the basic peak of the financing of promising weapon systems is over.” “At the same time, there can be no talk about any arms race,” the head of Russia’s Security Council said. The Pentagon’s budget exceeds by 15 times the spending of Russia’s Defense Ministry, Patrushev said. “Our…

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Submersible drone to undergo tests on the Yenisei in 2019

Submersible drone to undergo tests on the Yenisei in 2019

© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS KRASNOYARSK, January 15. /TASS/. Scientists at the Siberian State University of Sciences and Technologies will test in the open water their robot-drone, Director of the University’s Institute for Space Research and High Technologies Alexander Kuznetsov told TASS. Work on the underwater robot continues under the University’s project “Geo-information systems. The Yenisei – the Arctic.” The new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) will be used to probe the Yenisei’s bed. The UUV will be used also to study sunken vessels, which remain in the river. Earlier, the scientists have completed testing the drone in a pool. “This year, we shall have tests on the Yenisei,”…

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Frigate Admiral Gorshkov to carry out first long voyage this year

Frigate Admiral Gorshkov to carry out first long voyage this year

© Piotr Kovalev/TASS MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. The lead frigate of Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov will make its first long voyage this year, according to a statement released by the Northern Fleet’s press service on Monday. “This year the ship is facing important combat training tasks. The frigate will make its first long voyage. Before this event, the crew will have to undergo a combat training course at the home base and at sea,” the fleet said. The press service specified that since the moment it joined the Northern Fleet on September 8, 2018, the ship has carried out a number of live firing exercises in…

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Russia’s Baltic Fleet to embark on over ten long-distance missions in 2019

Russia’s Baltic Fleet to embark on over ten long-distance missions in 2019

Stoiky corvette © Vitaliy Nevar/TASS KALININGRAD, January 12. /TASS/. Warships of the Russian Baltic Fleet are due to make more than ten long-distance voyages in the World Ocean in 2019, Baltic Fleet Commander Admiral Aleksandr Nosatov told reporters on Saturday. “In 2019, over ten combat missions are scheduled for the fleet’s ships,” the admiral said adding that they would take place in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and the Atlantic along with other remote areas of the World Ocean. “Ships and groups of ships will accomplish missions not only in the zone of the Baltic Fleet’s responsibility but also in the zone of responsibility of third…

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Russian Navy to put over 30 Poseidon strategic underwater drones on combat duty – source

Russian Navy to put over 30 Poseidon strategic underwater drones on combat duty – source

The Poseidon nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed unmanned underwater vehicle © Press and Information Office of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation/TASS MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. The Russian Navy plans to place more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Saturday. “Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet. Each of the submarines will carry a maximum of eight drones and, therefore, the total number of Poseidons on combat duty may reach 32 vehicles,” the source said. The special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine…

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First Russian female crew to take part in Tank Biathlon competition this year

First Russian female crew to take part in Tank Biathlon competition this year

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. The first female crew will be formed in the tank regiment of the Western Military District’s all-arms army in the Belgorod Region to take part in the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games this year, the District’s press office told TASS on Friday. “Female service members will undergo training to take part in the qualification rounds of the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games this year. The first female tank crew will be formed on the basis of the tank regiment of the Western Military District’s all-arms army. It will consist of three women who will take…

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Russian paratroopers to take part in several international drills this year

Russian paratroopers to take part in several international drills this year

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russian paratroopers will take part in several international drills both in Russia and abroad this year, the Defense Ministry announced on Friday. “In 2019, about 2,000 servicemen of the Airborne Force will take part in joint international drills on the territory of the Russian Federation and outside it. The paratroopers are planning to demonstrate their professionalism in the course of combat training measures, the ArMY-2019 International Army Games, within the framework of planned international military cooperation measures and several joint drills, such as the Interaction-2019 exercise of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) Rapid Reaction Force, the Slavic Brotherhood-2019 and Defenders…

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Russia, US working on meeting on INF Treaty, diplomat confirms

Russia, US working on meeting on INF Treaty, diplomat confirms

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Work is in progress on holding a Russian-US meeting on the issues related to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)Treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing on Friday. “As for the INF Treaty, work is in progress on possible contacts with the US on that score. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. [Sergei] Ryabkov said on December 9 that Moscow would like to resume a substantive arms control dialogue with the US in the near future,” Zakharova noted. The INF Treaty was signed between the Soviet Union and the…

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Russian hi-tech firm developing non-lethal stun weapons for drones and robots

Russian hi-tech firm developing non-lethal stun weapons for drones and robots

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec is developing non-lethal weapons that will be mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robots, the Rostec press office told TASS on Friday. Work is currently underway to improve the systems of these weapons’ delivery, Rostec said. “Work is ongoing to develop special non-lethal systems mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles and mobile robotic complexes,” the hi-tech corporation said. A whole group of Rostec enterprises is involved in developing such non-lethal weapons. The Research Institute of Applied Chemistry is playing the leading role in this effort. The new systems will be capable of producing kinetic…

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Russia’s 5th-generation fighter jet gets advanced stealth coating

Russia’s 5th-generation fighter jet gets advanced stealth coating

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. A new composite material with enhanced radar wave absorbing properties was used to make the cockpit canopy of the most advanced Sukhoi Su-57 multirole fighter jet and the Tupolev Tu-160 strategic missile-carrying bomber, Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec told TASS on Friday. The innovative glass coating has been developed by specialists of the Obninsk-based Technologiya R&D Enterprise (part of RT Chemcomposite Group within Rostec). “It doubles radar wave absorption and reduces the aircraft cockpit’s radar signature by 30% Currently, the coating is applied to the canopy of T-50 (Su-57 aircraft since August 2017), Su-30, Su-34, Su-35, MiG-29K and Tu-160 planes,” Rostec…

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Issue on Russia-US consultations on INF Treaty being worked out, says Moscow

Issue on Russia-US consultations on INF Treaty being worked out, says Moscow

MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. The issue on holding Russian-US consultations on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is being considered, the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS on Thursday. “The issue of holding consultations is being worked out,” the ministry said, commenting on a possible date and venue of the meeting. On Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Moscow was ready for consultations with Washington at the level of the military and diplomats on this issue. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was signed between the former Soviet Union and the United States on December 8, 1987 and entered into force on June 1,…

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China successfully completes trials of S-400s, says source

China successfully completes trials of S-400s, says source

© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. China has carried out a second successful test firing of the S-400 Triumf missile system purchased from Russia, wrapping up its trials, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Thursday. “The second test firing of the S-400 was carried out in December last year at a Chinese firing ground. The 48N6E missile fired by the system’s launcher hit an aerodynamic target [simulating an aircraft] flying at a speed of more than 600 meters per second,” the source said. The target was struck at a maximum range of around 250 km, the source added. “The S-400 trial program in China has…

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Russia deorbits decommissioned military satellite

Russia deorbits decommissioned military satellite

© Ruslan Shamukov/TASS MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. The Russian Kosmos-2430 military satellite excluded from the orbital grouping in 2012 was deorbited in the morning of January 5, after which it burnt up over the Atlantic Ocean, Russia’s Aerospace Force Command reported on Thursday. “The Russian Kosmos-2430 military satellite was deorbited in a planned manner at 09:48 Moscow time on January 5. The satellite fully burnt up in the dense layers of the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of about 100 km. The on-duty teams of the Russian Aerospace Force’s Space Troops controlled the satellite’s deorbiting at all the trajectory sections,” the Command said…

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Russia’s large anti-submarine ship arrives in Sevastopol after six-month voyage

Russia’s large anti-submarine ship arrives in Sevastopol after six-month voyage

SEVASTOPOL, January 10. /TASS/. The Severomorsk large anti-submarine ship of Russia’s Northern Fleet arrived in Sevastopol on Thursday, having completed a six-month voyage, a TASS correspondent reported. The ship, which entered the Sevastopol Bay at around 09:15 Moscow time, was welcomed by sailors of the Black Sea Fleet and a military band. The crew was greeted by Black Sea Fleet Commander Alexander Moiseyev and Northern Fleet Deputy Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov. The ship is expected to stay in Sevastopol for about a month. During that time it will be under the Black Sea Fleet’s operational control. The ship’s voyage began last July. From September…

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Missile defense systems destroy ‘enemy’ targets at drills in Russia’s south

Missile defense systems destroy ‘enemy’ targets at drills in Russia’s south

ROSTOV-ON-DON, January 10. /TASS/. Missile defense systems Buk-M2 and S-300PS have repelled a massive airstrike by an “enemy” during military drills in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Region, the press service of the Southern Military District said on Thursday. “During the drills, all targets were located in time. They were then followed and destroyed by strikes upon entering the farther boundary of the systems’ range,” the press service said. The “enemy” was represented by Sy-30SM fighter jets, Su-25SM jets and Mi-8AMTSh helicopters, as they entered the airspace from different directions and at different altitudes. Missile defense systems Buk-M2 and S-300PS have carried out over 10 imitation launches…

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Russian Navy plans to buy bathyscaphes for special operations — source

Russian Navy plans to buy bathyscaphes for special operations — source

© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS/Archive MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The Russian Navy plans to procure six transparent bathyscaphes for special underwater operations, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. According to the source, the manned deep-water vehicle will be developed by the Malakhit Design Bureau by an order from the Russia’s gas company Gazprom and is intended in the base case for inspection and troubleshooting of bottom pipelines. “However, the Main Department of Deep-Water Studies of the Russian Defense Ministry showed interest in the vehicle and will consider the bathyscaphes as a tool for special underwater operations,” the source said. It is assumed that “the vehicle will…

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Russian cutting-edge frigate completes shipbuilders’ sea trials

Russian cutting-edge frigate completes shipbuilders’ sea trials

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The second Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov built at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia has successfully completed shipbuilders’ sea trials, Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said on Wednesday. “The newest Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov built for the Russian Navy at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard (St. Petersburg) has successfully completed the first stage of shipbuilders’ sea trials at practice ranges of the Baltic Sea and has returned to St. Petersburg,” Dygalo said. During the trials, the shipbuilders checked some of the frigate’s life support, propulsion and damage control systems and the autonomous operation of radio-technical equipment,…

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Russian naval ships to hold missile firing drills in Mediterranean

Russian naval ships to hold missile firing drills in Mediterranean

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The Russian Navy will hold missile firing drills off Syria’s coast in the Mediterranean Sea in January, according to a NOtice To AirMen (NOTAM) circulated on Wednesday. “The Russian naval drills (the practical missile firing exercise) will be held on January 9-10, January 16-17, January 23-24 and January 30-31,” the notice says. The missile firing drills are planned off Syria’s coast in the Mediterranean Sea, NOTAM specifies. In early September 2018, the Russian Navy held large-scale drills in the Mediterranean Sea, which practiced the newest tactical techniques and methods of the operation of naval groups and aviation. The drills involved 26…

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