Category: Military & Defense

Russian frigates hold anti-submarine warfare drills in Mediterranean

Russian frigates hold anti-submarine warfare drills in Mediterranean

© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS SEVASTOPOL, November 16. /TASS/. The crews of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigates Admiral Makarov and Admiral Essen held drills jointly with deck-based rotorcraft in the Mediterranean Sea to practice searching for a notional enemy’s submarines, the Fleet’s press office reported on Friday. The crews of the Russian frigates are accomplishing their assignments as part of the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean task force. “Drills were held to practice searching for and tracking a submarine, searching for, rescuing and providing medical assistance to persons in distress at sea,” the press office said in a statement. The drills involved Kamov Ka-27PL and Ka-27PS helicopters that…

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Moscow ready to supply any weapons to allied Belarus, says Russian ambassador

Moscow ready to supply any weapons to allied Belarus, says Russian ambassador

MINSK, November 16. /TASS/. Russia, as Belarus’ ally, is ready to supply any types of weapons to that country, Russian Ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich said on Friday. “Any necessary assistance will be rendered in a format and in quantity that will correspond to the situation,” he said, adding that Russia is committed to its obligations within the allied relations. These obligations “will be unconditionally implemented if Belarus needs it, since Russia never separates itself “from Belarus in the defense sphere,” he stressed. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in early November that Minsk may need new weapons, including missile weapons, in case NATO built up…

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Bahrain International Air Show 2018: Spectacular aerobatics soaring sky-high

Bahrain International Air Show 2018: Spectacular aerobatics soaring sky-high

The Bahrain International Airshow claims to have become the Middle East’s most influential and prestigious aviation event and one of the largest exhibition venues. This year, 33 military delegations from 19 countries and 20 civilian ones from 35 countries participated in the aviation event. Cruise through TASS photo production to have a look at the exhibition’s best aircraft on display. In other media

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Russian bombers destroy ‘enemy’ convoy during drills near Volga River

Russian bombers destroy ‘enemy’ convoy during drills near Volga River

ROSTOV-ON-DON, November 16. /TASS/. The crews of tactical bombers Su-24M have destroyed an “enemy” military convoy near the Volga River during tactical flight training, head of the Southern Military District Vadim Astafyev said on Friday. “Ten crews of the Su-24 bombers of the aviation regiment stationed in the Volgograd Region have successfully performed training tasks and destroyed a group of ground targets that imitated enemy armored vehicles,” Astafyev said. Besides, the crews trained to maneuver skirting “enemy” fighters at an altitude of 200 to 1,000 meters. The crews carried out 20 missions and about 100 launches of unguided airborne missiles and bombs during the exercise.…

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Russian servicemen depart for India to take part in joint military drills

Russian servicemen depart for India to take part in joint military drills

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The majority of Russian servicemen, who are to take part in a Russian-Indian exercise, Indra-2018, left Russia’s Far East on Friday, the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press service said. Two Il-76 military transport planes with 250 servicemen on board took off from the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Earlier, a group of Russian military officers arrived in India to assist in preparing the drills. The Indra-2018 exercise will take place on November 18-28 and involve about 500 Russian and Indian servicemen. The Indian side will provide the Russian servicemen with combat hardware to drill practical actions. The troopers will drill joint…

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Numbers of US military in Europe suggest Washington’s bid to control EU — diplomat

Numbers of US military in Europe suggest Washington’s bid to control EU — diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The numbers of US military and arms deployed in Europe are indicative of Washington’s bid to control the European Union despite statements from European politicians who say Europe wants to have its own common army to be more independent, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday. “What do you think, who in the country that is only building up its presence in Europe will like to see Europe begin to make statements that Europe, the European Unions are not vassals [of the US],” the diplomat said. “These amounts of…

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Kalashnikov gunmaker developing hypersonic target missile for testing air defense systems

Kalashnikov gunmaker developing hypersonic target missile for testing air defense systems

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The Molniya Research and Production Association (part of the Kalashnikov Group) is developing a new hypersonic target missile dubbed Gvozdika (Carnation) designed for testing advanced air defense systems, Molniya CEO Olga Sokolova said in an interview with Kalashnikov Media on Thursday. “Now we are working on a new target missile Gvozdika, which we are developing on order from the Defense Ministry. We immersed ourselves deeply in this area when we worked on the Strizh and the Armavir [target missiles],” Sokolova said. According to the chief executive, an idea emerged to develop a new project that would meet modern realities. “A target…

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Northern Fleet to get first Arctic air defense systems Tor on November 22 — source

Northern Fleet to get first Arctic air defense systems Tor on November 22 — source

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The first Artic air defense systems Tor will be delivered to the Northern Fleet next week, a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS. “The first battalion of Arctic air defense systems Tor-M2DT will be handed over to the Northern Fleet on November 22,” the source said. Earlier, the chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ field air defense system, Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov, said that the Tor systems were to be handed over to the Northern Fleet in a ceremony on the premises of the 726th air defense training center in Yeisk, the Krasnodar Region, in November. Tor-M2DT is the Arctic configuration…

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Caspian Flotilla to be reinforced with aircraft, ships and marines

Caspian Flotilla to be reinforced with aircraft, ships and marines

© Defense Ministry’s Press Service/TASS ROSTOV-ON-DON, November 15. /TASS/. The Caspian Flotilla will receive new ships, aircraft and a naval infantry regiment in a new naval base in Dagestan, said commander of the Caspian Flotilla Rear Admiral Sergei Pinchuk. “The Caspian Flotilla’s base in Dagestan will be reinforced with a naval infantry regiment, as well as new aircraft equipment and ships, including two missile boats and two small air-cushioned landing ships,” the press service of the Southern Military District quoted Pinchuk as saying. The rear admiral reiterated that the construction of the flotilla’s main naval base in the military town of Kaspiysk and the reconstruction of…

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Corvette Gromky conducts live firing for the first time during sea trials

Corvette Gromky conducts live firing for the first time during sea trials

© Yury Smitiuk/TASS MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The advanced corvette Gromky has first conducted live firing in the Sea of Japan during sea trials, spokesman for the Pacific Fleet Captain 2nd rank Nikolai Voskresensky reported on Thursday. “The advanced corvette Gromky, that has to join the Pacific Fleet soon, has conducted live firing for the first time during sea trials. The structural testing of ship weapons was carried out with live firing in the Sea of Japan. An A-190 100-mm multipurpose shipborne automatic gun mount and AK-630 six-barreled automatic gun mounts were tested in various modes,” Voskresensky said. Supply ships supported the ship’s operation at sea…

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Fighter jets destroy ‘enemy’ echelon at air drills in Russia’s Far East

Fighter jets destroy ‘enemy’ echelon at air drills in Russia’s Far East

© Yury Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian Eastern Military District’s bombers have destroyed an ‘enemy’ echelon during air drills in the Far Eastern Khabarovsk Region, the district’s press service head Col. Alexander Gordeyev said on Thursday. “In the framework of fulfilling tactical tasks, pilots of Su-34 fighter jets and Su-24M attack aircraft fired air to surface missiles at targets representing a railway train with armored vehicles of an ‘enemy’,” Gordeyev said. Moreover, pilots successfully struck targets representing reinforced concrete structures, such as bridges, bunkers, communications. Pilots also practiced air navigation, pair and group flights, escaping ‘enemy’ fire. The air drills were held at a…

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Moscow lauds Cuba’s support against illegitimate sanctions, says Russian defense chief

Moscow lauds Cuba’s support against illegitimate sanctions, says Russian defense chief

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Moscow greatly appreciates allied cooperation with Cuba internationally as well as the republic’s stance on sanction pressure, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Leopoldo Cintra Frias. “(We) highly appreciate close cooperation between Russia and Cuba on the international arena. We are unanimous about key issues on the global agenda. Also, the Cuban side understands us when it comes to illegal and unscrupulous sanction pressure,” he pointed out. Shoigu added that mutual support is particularly important under circumstances, when “cetain states make shameless attempts to change international law using their own standards.” “When a policy…

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Russia to start trials of large amphibious assault ship next year

Russia to start trials of large amphibious assault ship next year

Pyotr Morgunov large amphibious assault ship © Vitaly Nevar/TASS KALININGRAD, November 14. /TASS/. The large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov under construction at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad on order from Russia’s Defense Ministry will start trials no later than March 2019, Shipyard CEO Eduard Yefimov said on Wednesday. “The Pyotr Morgunov is in a high degree of its readiness. The ship is expected to accommodate the crew in January, enter trials no later than February-March and begin shipbuilders’ sea trials in June,” the chief executive was quoted by the Shipyard’s newspaper Vperyod as saying. The large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov was floated out at…

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Russian, Cuban defense ministries to develop practical cooperation

Russian, Cuban defense ministries to develop practical cooperation

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Russia and Cuba intend to develop practical cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu held negotiations with Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba Corps General Leopoldo Frias in Moscow on November 14. “The mutual intention to develop dialogue and practical cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries was confirmed,” the Defense Ministry said. According to the Defense Ministry, the sides discussed current issues on the bilateral agenda in the military and military-technical spheres. “The ministers’ meeting was held for the development…

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Russian naval ships return from long voyage across the Atlantic

Russian naval ships return from long voyage across the Atlantic

Stoiky corvette © Vitaliy Nevar/TASS KALININGRAD, November 14. /TASS/. A group of the Baltic Fleet ships – the corvettes Stoiky and Soobrazitelny – have ended a long voyage to the Atlantic Ocean, having covered more than 3,000 nautical miles and returned to a base in Baltiysk on Tuesday, the fleet’s press service reported. “The ships’ crews spent more than 20 days at sea The ships returned from the voyage in good repair and ready to fulfil the designated tasks after replenishment,” the report says. The main task of the voyage was the provision of naval presence and the demonstration of St. Andrew’s flag in different areas…

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UK diplomats, Northern Fleet honor fallen WW2 aviators

UK diplomats, Northern Fleet honor fallen WW2 aviators

MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. The Northern Fleet crew and diplomats from the United Kingdom have paid homage to fighter pilots killed during the Second World War. The commemorations took place at the military memorial cemetery of the Northern Fleet’s main base on Tuesday, its press service reported. “Today the wreath-and flower-laying ceremony at the tombs of Russian, English and Canadian airmen, who died on the Kola Peninsula defending the Soviet polar region from the Nazis during World War 2, took place at the military memorial cemetery of the Northern Fleet’s main base in the city of Severomorsk. Northern Fleet commanders and the diplomatic delegation led…

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Heavy flamethrowers unit assumes combat duty in northwest Russia

Heavy flamethrowers unit assumes combat duty in northwest Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, November 13. /TASS/. A company armed with TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Scorching Sun) heavy flamethrower systems has been set up within the radiation, chemical and biological defense regiment of the combined arms army in the Western Military District, the District’s press office reported on Tuesday. The heavy flamethrowers company is based in the Leningrad Region in northwest Russia, the press office said. Before the company was set up, drills were held at a proving range in the Leningrad Region, using Solntsepyok heavy flamethrowers and RPO-A rocket-propelled infantry flamethrowers to practice strikes against enemy engineering fortifications. Now it has been officially announced that a new unit…

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Weapons and equipment of Russian chemical defense troops

Weapons and equipment of Russian chemical defense troops

The day of Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical, and Biological Defense is a memorable date for Russian Armed Forces which is celebrated on November 13. Russian Chemical Defense Troops are tasked with assessing radiological and chemical environment, protecting units against chemical contamination, reducing the visibility of troops and facilities as well as conducting attacks by using flame-incendiary means. Weapons and equipment of Russian chemical troops – in this photo gallery by TASS. In other media

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Russia’s sole aircraft carrier gets no serious damage after floating dock incident

Russia’s sole aircraft carrier gets no serious damage after floating dock incident

© Andrei Luzik/Russian Navy Northern Fleet Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. Russia’s aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov has got no serious damage after a crane fell onto its deck when the warship was exiting the floating dock at the 82nd Ship Repair Factory, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Tuesday. “Upon the warship’s arrival at the place of its repairs at the 35th Ship Repair Factory (a branch of the Zvyozdochka Ship Repair Center), a special commission started evaluating the damage. A preliminary inspection has found that the Admiral Kuznetsov did not get any substantial damage,” Krivoruchko said at a conference call led by First…

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Pilots destroy ‘enemy’ submarines in military exercise off Kamchatka’s coast

Pilots destroy ‘enemy’ submarines in military exercise off Kamchatka’s coast

Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine warfare aircraft © Peter Kovalev/TASS MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. /TASS/. Anti-submarine pilots have located and destroyed a submarine of an ‘enemy’ off Russian Far Eastern Kamchatka’s coast, official spokesman of the Russian Pacific Fleet Captain 2nd Rank Nikolay Voskresensky said on Tuesday. “In accordance with the military exercise plan, two Il-38 aircraft were send to the area where a submarine was allegedly located to perform tasks on anti-submarine combat. They set up radio buoys in the area,” Voskresensky said. To complicate the tasks for pilots, the submarine was instructed to attempt to flee if located. However, when one buoy located it, the Il-38…

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Russian guided missile cruiser enters Atlantic after Mediterranean mission

Russian guided missile cruiser enters Atlantic after Mediterranean mission

MURMANSK, November 12. /TASS/. A group of the Russian Northern Fleet’s warships and support vessels led by the guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has entered the Atlantic Ocean through the Strait of Gibraltar after accomplishing its Mediterranean mission, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “The group of the Northern Fleet’s warships and support vessels started its passage through the Strait of Gibraltar after completing its business call at the Spanish port of Ceuta on the Moroccan coast of Africa in the Mediterranean Sea that lasted three days,” the press office reported. The missile cruiser is making its passage across the Atlantic Ocean together with…

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Russian Baltic Fleet warships destroy notional enemy’s submarine in drills

Russian Baltic Fleet warships destroy notional enemy’s submarine in drills

KALININGRAD, November 12. /TASS/. The small anti-submarine warfare ships Zelenodolsk and Urengoi from the Leningrad naval base of Russia’s Baltic Fleet have held drills to search for and destroy a simulated enemy’s submarines in the Baltic Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. The diesel-electric submarine Dmitrov simulated an enemy in the drills. It was tasked to launch a torpedo attack and notionally destroy a naval group. “During the drills, the small anti-submarine warfare ships Zelenodolsk and Urengoi carried out measures in the designated area of the Baltic Sea to search for submarines and practice anti-submarine maneuvering and submarine tracking. A major episode of…

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Russian modern weaponry enjoys strong demand among Arab countries

Russian modern weaponry enjoys strong demand among Arab countries

MOSCOW, November 12. /TASS/. The market of Arab and Middle East countries accounts for a considerable share of the order book of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec), the Rosoboronexport press office quoted its CEO Alexander Mikheyev as saying on Monday. At the fifth Bahrain International Air Show 2018 (BIAS), Rosoboronexport will feature Russia’s most advanced weapon systems, including the S-400 long-range air defense missile complex, the Pantsyr medium-range surface-to-air missile/gun system, Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare systems and the newest Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A military transport planes. “The weapons labelled ‘made in Russia’ enjoy enhanced demand…

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Belarusian observers to attend NATO drills in Poland

Belarusian observers to attend NATO drills in Poland

MINSK, November 9. /TASS/. Belarus military observers will attend the NATO Anaconda 2018 drills held in Poland, the Belarusian Defense Ministry informed on Friday. “On November 12-16, at the invitation of the Polish side, two representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces will observe the international military drills of NATO states “Anaconda 2018″ held on the territory of Poland,” the ministry noted. In other media

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Russia’s Su-57 fighter jet outshines US F-22 and F-35 planes, says designer

Russia’s Su-57 fighter jet outshines US F-22 and F-35 planes, says designer

MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia’s cutting-edge Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet incorporates the functions of the US F-22 and F-35 fighter planes but outperforms them, Chief Designer – Director of the Sukhoi Design Bureau Mikhail Strelets said in a live broadcast of the Zvezda TV Channel on Friday. The fighter jet is capable of effectively accomplishing missions to destroy both air and ground targets as compared to the US aircraft that are focused only on specific tasks, the Sukhoi chief designer said. “The F-22 was initially developed as an aircraft to gain air superiority. But eventually the Americans realized that it was essentially wrong to…

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Operation to free IS hostages shows high level of  Russian-Syrian militaries cooperation

Operation to free IS hostages shows high level of Russian-Syrian militaries cooperation

DAMASCUS, November 9. /TASS/. A successful operation to free 19 hostages seized by militants has shown a high level of cooperation between the Russian and Syrian militaries in the fight against international terrorism, head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko told reporters. On November 8, Syrian forces carried out a special operation under the guidance of Russian military officers from the Center for Reconciliation to free 19 civilian hostages seized by the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) in the Suwayda province more than three months ago. “The command of the Russian troops in…

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Russian, Syrian troops free 19 IS captives — Defense Ministry

Russian, Syrian troops free 19 IS captives — Defense Ministry

MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Syrian troops supported by Russian military officers have freed 19 Islamic State hostages, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “On November 8, 2018, Syrian forces carried out a carefully planned special operation under the guidance of Russian military officers from the Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria, rescuing 19 civilian hostages seized by the ISIL [the former name of the Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia – TASS] more than three months ago,” the statement reads. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian and Syrian troops freed 15 Druze children and four…

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