Category: Military & Defense

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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Batch of legendary vintage Soviet tanks T-34 returns to Russia from Laos

Batch of legendary vintage Soviet tanks T-34 returns to Russia from Laos

T-34 tank © AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Thirty vintage Soviet tanks T-34-85 have returned to Russia from Laos, where they have been in active service since 1987, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press-service has said. All vehicles are in working order. “The tanks have traveled more than 4,500 kilometers by sea to Vladivostok. From there they will be delivered by train to Naro-Fominsk, near Moscow,” the news release runs. The tanks’ return to Russia, just as their handover to Laos three decades ago, is part of military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Vientian. The combat vehicles have repeatedly confirmed their reputation of the best medium…

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Russia’s latest anti-tank missile system to enter state trials

Russia’s latest anti-tank missile system to enter state trials

© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Russia’s latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated for the Airborne Force will undergo state trials this year, the Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. “In 2019, the latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated as armament for artillery and paratroops’ units will undergo state trials before it is accepted for service in the Airborne Force. The self-propelled anti-tank missile system based on the chassis of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle that is landed by the parachute method will possess unique capabilities by the range and the accuracy of its fire,” the ministry said. Paratroopers will fire the new precision weapon from…

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New Kalibr-M cruise missile with range of over 4,500 km in development in Russia – source

New Kalibr-M cruise missile with range of over 4,500 km in development in Russia – source

© A snapshot of the video/Management of the press service and information of the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation/TASS MOSCOW, January 8. /TASS/. New Kalibr-M cruise missile with a range of over 4,500 km is currently under development in Russia for the Russian Navy, a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS on Tuesday. “The newest high-precision ship-based Kalibr-M cruise missile with a maximum firing range of more than 4,500 km is being developed for the Russian Navy. The creation of the rocket is at the stage of scientific research and financed by the Ministry of Defense,” the source told TASS. The source clarified that…

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US Navy warship makes port call in Romania as part of Black Sea mission

US Navy warship makes port call in Romania as part of Black Sea mission

© AP Photo/David Longstreath BUCHAREST, January 8. /TASS/. A US Navy’s Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, USS Fort McHenry, made a call at the Romanian port of Constanta on January 7, the Romanian Navy headquarters said. The vessel will stay in the port until January 10. After the visit is over, Fort McHenry will hold joint sea maneuvers with Romania’s Regele Ferdinand frigate in Romania’s territorial waters and international waters of the Black Sea. Russian frigate Pytlivy of the Black Sea Fleet observes the US warship’s operations in the Black Sea. A US Navy spokesperson told TASS on Monday that the warship has been dispatched in…

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Nine new hydrographic vessels to be built for Russian Navy by 2021

Nine new hydrographic vessels to be built for Russian Navy by 2021

© Vladimir Smirnov/TASS MOSCOW, January 2. /TASS/. Two small Project 19910 vessels, two large Project 23040G hydrographic boats, two newest large Project 19920 hydrographic boats and three large Project 23370G large hydrographic boats will be built for the Russian Navy before 2021, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Wednesday. “The construction of two small Project 19910 hydrographic vessels is currently underway,” the ministry said, adding that they would become part of the Russian Navy in 2019 and 2020 respectively. In addition, the Nizhegorodsky Teplokhod shipyard is working on two large Project 23040G hydrographic boats. The shipyard earlier completed the construction of two similar vessels…

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Russian army to be reequipped with Iskander-M missile systems in 2019 – Defense Ministry

Russian army to be reequipped with Iskander-M missile systems in 2019 – Defense Ministry

Iskander-M mobile short-range ballistic missile launcher © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. The missile troops of the Russian Ground Forces will be fully reequipped with the Iskander-M missile systems in 2019, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. “In 2019, the process of reequipping the missile troops of the Russian Ground Forces with the Iskander-M missile systems will be completed. In accordance with the state defense order, the manufacturer will hand a unit of the Iskander-M systems over to the Western Military District,” the statement reads. The Iskander-M ballistic missile systems are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to…

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State trials of Russia’s Armata tank to begin in 2019

State trials of Russia’s Armata tank to begin in 2019

Russia’s T-14 tank based on the Armata © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Russia’s T-14 tank based on the Armata platform will undergo state trials in the Defense Ministry’s scientific and research institutions next year, the ministry’s press service said on Monday. “The T-14 tank, which has been created on the universal Armata platform and developed for the Ground Forces, is completing the manufacturer’s trials. The fighting vehicle in 2019 will start undergoing state trials in the Russian Defense Ministry’s scientific and research institutions,” the ministry said. The T-14 is the world’s only post-war third-generation tank. Armata is Russia’s development, which has no counterparts in…

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Hashim Thaci signs legislative package on creating Kosovo army

Hashim Thaci signs legislative package on creating Kosovo army

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci © AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu BELGRADE, December 28. /TASS/. President of the unrecognized republic of Kosovo Hashim Thaci has written on Facebook that he had signed a package of three laws envisaging the creation of a full-fledged army in the self-proclaimed republic. “I inform [you] with the highest responsibility for the state and with pride that today I signed the laws, which will finalize the creation of the Kosovo army. We created our army ten years after the declaration of independence and twenty years after the liberation. That all was only possible thanks to the sacrifice of many generations, which have always been…

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Thailand shows interest in Russian helicopters

Thailand shows interest in Russian helicopters

BANGKOK, December 27. /TASS/. Thailand has shown interest in Russia’s helicopters Ansat, Mi171A2 and Ka-32, the CEO of the holding company Helicopters of Russia (an affiliate of Rostec), Andrei Boginsky, told TASS on Thursday. “As far as Thailand is concerned, the helicopters Ansat and Mi-171A2 have aroused great interest. Thailand’s police are interested in purchasing Ansats. Also, there has been interest in the search and rescue configuration of Mi-171A2,” said Boginsky, who is in Thailand on a visit. “Also, we have been holding talks on selling Ka-32 helicopters to that country. This helicopter is in great demand. Our Thai counterparts have seen them in action…

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Russian plant develops stealth cruise missile target simulator

Russian plant develops stealth cruise missile target simulator

Kupol plant in Izhevsk © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The electrical mechanical plant Kupol in Izhevsk (an affiliate of the Almaz-Antey concern) has developed a missile target simulating stealth cruise missiles, the plant’s director for military-technical cooperation and state defense order, Igor Ivanov, told TASS. “It is a real simulator of a cruise missile, which allows for training crews for all air defense systems of Russia’s ground forces,” Ivanov said. The target can fly in all modes and withstand any G-force effects a real cruise missile is subject to. Its normal flight altitude is 100 meters, which is enough for the target’s parachute to…

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Russia to start flight tests of Sarmat heavy ICBM in spring

Russia to start flight tests of Sarmat heavy ICBM in spring

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The flight development tests of Russia’s most advanced RS-28 Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) are expected to start from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north Russia in the second quarter of 2019, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Thursday. “The Sarmat’s flight development tests are planned to be launched from the second quarter of next year,” the source said. During the tests from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and from the base of the Uzhur missile division stationed in the Krasnoyarsk Region in East Siberia, “several experimental prototypes are planned to be launched. The year 2020 is the declared…

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Over 2,500 servicemen take part in anti-terrorist drills in Russia’s Far East

Over 2,500 servicemen take part in anti-terrorist drills in Russia’s Far East

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS/archive VLADIVOSTOK, December 27. /TASS/. Over 2,500 servicemen took part in the large-scale anti-terrorist exercise in Russia’s Far East, the press service of the Eastern Military District said on Thursday. “Comprehensive checks of anti-terrorist units were held in formations and units of the Eastern Military District stationed in Buryatia; Zabaikalsy, Khabarovsky, Primorsky regions; as well as Amur, Sakhalin regions and Jewish Autonomous Region ahead of New Year celebrations. Over 2,500 servicement participated in the drills, and around 300 units of equipment were used,” the press service said. During the drills, servicemen practiced promptly reacting to received signals and delivering equipment to the established areas.…

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Russian defense ministry’s delegation focuses on naval cooperation at talks in Iran

MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. A delegation of the Russian Defense Ministry led by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff Igor Osipov focused on naval cooperation at talks with Iranian counterparts, the ministry’s spokesperson told reporters on Wednesday. The Russian delegation arrived in Iran on December 24 to attend the second meeting of the Russian-Iranian working group implementing the intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation, the ministry said. “The talks touched upon a wide range of aspcets of Russia’s military cooperation with Iran, including interaction between different forces. Particular attention was drawn to navy cooperation,” says the defense ministry’s statement obtained by TASS. Apart from that,…

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Russian authorities to take additional measures to develop new weapon systems, says Putin

Russian authorities to take additional measures to develop new weapon systems, says Putin

MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The Russian authorities will take additional measures to develop new weapons systems for the national army and navy, President Vladimir Putin said at the National Center for Defense Management. Earlier on Wednesday, the President arrived to the center to watch the test launch of the Avangard hypersonic missile. “As for this topic in general, I know how the work is organized. Later we will talk with the general designer again, talk with other colleagues. We will take additional measures to unconditionally provide results in all similar issues the General Staff and the Defense Ministry consider promising for the equipment of the…

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Russia tests Avangard hypersonic system on Putin’s orders

Russia tests Avangard hypersonic system on Putin’s orders

© Russian Defense Ministry press service/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has carried out tests of the hypersonic system Avangard to successfully verify all of its technical parameters, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with government members on Wednesday. “On my instructions the industrial enterprises and the Defense Ministry have prepared for and carried out the final test of this system,” Putin said. “The test was completely successful: all technical parameters were verified.” Russia’s hypersonic missile system will enter service in the Armed Forces next year, Vladimir Putin told the government on Wednesday, stressing that this is a new type of strategic…

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Russia’s ex-air force commander comments on pace of research into new strategic bomber

Russia’s ex-air force commander comments on pace of research into new strategic bomber

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The pace of research into Russia’s new strategic bomber is very high and it may be authorized for service in 2025-2028, the former commander of Russia’s Aerospace Force, chairman of the Federation Council’s defense and security committee Viktor Bondarev told TASS in an interview. He said that Russia’s future long-range bomber (PAK DA) would herald a new step in creating planes of this class and incorporate all the very best features of today’s Tupolev-22M3, Tupolev-160 and Tupolev-90MS. “PAK DA is scheduled to go operational in 2025-2028. In a word, it is not a near-term possibility, but progress in research…

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Expert reviews strategic systems US brings close to Russia’s borders

Expert reviews strategic systems US brings close to Russia’s borders

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer © Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via AP MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The United States is building up the number of carriers of cruise missiles – destroyers, cruisers and submarines – near Russia’s borders, the editor-in-chief of the military magazine Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland), Viktor Murakhovsky, said in the wake of a recent statement by the Russian Navy’s Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolyov. “The US Navy’s systems are armed with the sole type of missile – sea-based non-nuclear cruise missile Tomahawk,” Murakhovsky said, adding that the United States possessed the world’s largest arsenal of cruise missiles deployed on naval…

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Highly mobile amphibious vehicles to be designed for Russia’s naval infantry

MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. New fighting vehicles for the Russian naval infantry will be designed and enter service “in midterm perspective,” Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Korolev said in an interview to the Krasnaya Zvezda daily on Wednesday. “In the midterm perspective, we plan to create and introduce into service a family of combat vehicles for the naval infantry of the Russian Navy, designed to deliver naval infantry units to battle locations, destroy (strike) the adversary’s armored objects and personnel, render fire support to assault forces during all stages of their combat operations,” the official said. He said the new vehicles will operate “in any…

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US boosts number of its high-precision weapons near Russian borders — Navy commander

US boosts number of its high-precision weapons near Russian borders — Navy commander

Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Korolev © Mikhail Klimentyev/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The United States has been increasing the number of its strategic non-nuclear high-precision systems in sea waters surrounding Russia, Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Korolev said in an interview to the Krasnaya Zvezda daily on Wednesday. According to Korolev, the Russian Navy would keep its presence in international waters in 2019 against the background of “sharp increase in the intensity of operative and combat preparations by US and NATO near the borders of the Russian Federation, the deployment of sea-based missile shield elements, non-nuclear systems of high-precision weaponry and military infrastructure in sea…

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Russians’ opinion of armed forces significantly improved in past 5 years — pollster

MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The opinion that Russians have about their country’s armed forces has significantly improved in the past five years, All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) Director General Valery Fyodorov has told the Vesti FM radio. According to the official, about 5-7 years ago, Russian citizens did not quite rely on the country’s armed forces, but they also felt no immediate external military threat. “Everything changed drastically in the past five years,” the VCIOM head said. “On the one hand, the military threat to the country has sharply increased. Now everyone understands that we are living in an unsafe world and, therefore, the…

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Russian missile frigate heading home after Mediterranean mission

Russian missile frigate heading home after Mediterranean mission

Admiral Essen frigate © Vitaly Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. The Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Essen has accomplished missions as part of Russia’s permanent Mediterranean taskforce and has set off for its home base in Sevastopol, the Fleet’s press office reported on Tuesday. “The warship has started to pass through the Black Sea’s Dardanelles and Bosporus straits, heading for the Black Sea Fleet’s permanent naval base – the city of Sevastopol,” the press office said. The frigate Admiral Essen performed missions as part of Russia’s permanent Mediterranean taskforce from August 2018. In 2018, the frigate spent about 300 days at sea. During its stay as…

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Russia starts underwater trials of nuclear-capable strategic drone — source

Russia starts underwater trials of nuclear-capable strategic drone — source

© Russia’s Defense Ministry press service/TASS MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russia has launched the underwater trials of the Poseidon nuclear-capable strategic drone whose development was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his state-of-the-nation address to both houses of the Russian parliament, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Tuesday. “In the sea area protected from a potential enemy’s reconnaissance means, the underwater trials of the nuclear propulsion unit of the Poseidon drone are underway,” the source said. The reactor is installed in the hull of the operating drone but the tests are being held as part of experimental design work rather than…

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Top diplomat: Turkey plans to enter Syria’s areas east of Euphrates as soon as possible

ANKARA, December 25. /TASS/. Ankara plans to enter Syria’s areas east of the Euphrates River as soon as possible, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. “If Turkey says that it will enter Syria, it will be so. We will coordinate the troop withdrawal with the United States. We plan to enter areas east of the Euphrates River as soon as possible,” he said, as cited by the TRT TV channel. According to Cavusoglu, Turkey “is working to make sure there is no vacuum after the United States pulls out of Syria, which terrorist groups will be eager to fill.” Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim…

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