Category: Military & Defense

Russian shipbuilders to improve Ivan Gren-class amphibious assault ships

Russian shipbuilders to improve Ivan Gren-class amphibious assault ships

© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will improve Ivan Gren-class amphibious assault ships, taking into account the Navy’s remarks, USC Head Alexei Rakhmanov said on Tuesday. “As we make arrangements for the production of the next two amphibious assault ships, we will take into account all the drawbacks expressed by the fleet,” the corporation chief said. The project of amphibious assault ships will be improved from the viewpoint of their maneuverability, their readiness for sea transits, the crew habitability and the ergonomics of building the ship, he added. The Ivan Gren is the first amphibious assault ship designed and built…

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Russia’s Kazan submarine to fire hypersonic missile first time in 2020

Russia’s Kazan submarine to fire hypersonic missile first time in 2020

Russia’s multirole nuclear-powered submarine The Kazan © Alexandr Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Russia’s multirole nuclear-powered submarine The Kazan (project 885M) will launch a hypersonic missile Tsirkon for the first time in 2020, a source in the defense-industrial complex has told TASS. “The multirole nuclear-powered submarine The Kazan (project 885M) will start test-launching the missile Tsirkon from surface and submerged positions in 2020,” the source said. The Kazan will enter service at the end of 2019 upon completion of government certification tests, he added. So far the hypersonic missile was fired only with a ground launcher. A source told TASS the Tsirkon would be launched from…

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INF Treaty collapse may trigger arms race in several regions, Moscow warns

INF Treaty collapse may trigger arms race in several regions, Moscow warns

MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty’s collapse may spark a multilateral arms race simultaneously in several regions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday on occasion of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the March 20 Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. “If the United States maintains its current position on the INF Treaty, then on August 2 it will cease to exit. It’s obvious that the treaty’s collapse will have very negative repercussions for international security and stability. A multilateral arms race may start simultaneously in several regions and the system of control over weapons will be subject…

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Gunners and motor riflemen destroy notional armored vehicles in Russia’s south

Gunners and motor riflemen destroy notional armored vehicles in Russia’s south

MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Servicemen from the Southern Military District destroyed the “enemy’s armored vehicles with guided missiles from the Shturm-S antitank missile systems in the Rostov Region, the district’s press service reported on Tuesday. “The anti-tank units of the artillery regiment of the combined arms-army of the Southern Military District, which is stationed in the Rostov Region, destroyed the armored vehicles of the hypothetical enemy with guided missiles from the Shturm-S anti-tank missile systems during tactical drills for motor-rifle units,” according to the report that was spread by the press service. Ataka guided missiles hit targets located at a distance of up to three…

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Joint Russian-Tajik tactical drills kick off near Dushanbe

Joint Russian-Tajik tactical drills kick off near Dushanbe

© Nozim Kalandarov/TASS MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. /TASS/. Joint tactical drills of the 201st Russian military base and Tajikistan’s armed forces have kicked off at the mountain training range Lyaur near Dushanbe, the press service of the Russian Central Military District said on Tuesday. “Russian servicemen marched to the designated area of the Lyaur training range, where units of the 201st military base are taking part in joint tactical drills together with Tajikistan’s servicemen. The participants in the maneuvers will practice tactical cooperation, repelling enemy attacks, blocking and destroying enemies. Grad multiple rocket launcher systems will be used the drills,” the press service said. The drills…

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Joint Russian-Tajikistani tactical drills start near Dushanbe

Joint Russian-Tajikistani tactical drills start near Dushanbe

© Nozim Kalandarov/TASS MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. /TASS/. Joint tactical drills of the 201st Russian military base and Tajikistan’s armed forces have kicked off at the mountain training range Lyaur near Dushanbe, the press service of the Russian Central Military District said on Tuesday. “Russian servicemen marched to the designated area of the Lyaur training range, where units of the 201st military base are taking part in joint tactical drills together with Tajikistan’s servicemen. The participants in the maneuvers will practice tactical cooperation, repelling enemy attacks, blocking and destroying enemies. Grad multiple rocket launcher systems will be used the drills,” the press service said. The drills…

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Tu-22M3 deployed in Crimea to offset NATO missile defense systems in Romania — senator

Tu-22M3 deployed in Crimea to offset NATO missile defense systems in Romania — senator

MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. Russia has deployed squadrons of Tu-22M3 bombers in Crimea in response to the deployment of NATO’s anti-missile shield in Romania in 2015, the head of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security, Viktor Bondarev, told journalists on Monday. “The deployment of American missile defense systems in Romania came as a major challenge, in response to which the Russian Defense Ministry made the decision to deploy long-range missile-carrying bombers Tupolev Tu-22M23 at the Gvardeyskoye airbase. This move has drastically changed the balance of forces in the region,” Bondarev explained. The senator also noted that at the time when Crimea was…

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Russian military envoy invited to ‘Northern Wind’ drills in Sweden

Russian military envoy invited to ‘Northern Wind’ drills in Sweden

STOCKHOLM, March 18. /TASS/. Russia’s military attache has been invited to the ‘Northern Wind 2019’ drills that have kicked off in the northeastern part of Sweden, the Swedish Army’s press office told TASS on Monday. The military drills started near the towns of Kiruna and Boden in the region of Norrbotten. “These drills are not so large for us to invite foreign observers in compliance with the Vienna Convention,” the press office noted. “Nevertheless, we have invited foreign military attaches, including from Russia, to attend the Northern Wind,” the press office added. Bilateral relations and military cooperation between Russia and Sweden were frozen in 2014.…

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Russian Black Sea Fleet’s modern weaponry to reach 70% by 2020

Russian Black Sea Fleet’s modern weaponry to reach 70% by 2020

SEVASTOPOL, March 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is set to get 13 various ships and vessels in 2019, which will boost the share of its modern weaponry to 70% by the end of the year, Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said on Monday. “As part of renewing the ships’ structure alone, we expect to get 13 combat ships, boats and vessels [in 2019]. We continue receiving small missile ships with the most advanced Kalibr missile systems as their basic armament and continue receiving patrol ships. This year, we will get the most advanced sea-going minesweeper… Based on all the components, (warships, aircraft and the…

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Black Sea Fleet capable of ensuring southern Russia’s security, says commander

Black Sea Fleet capable of ensuring southern Russia’s security, says commander

SEVASTOPOL, March 18. /TASS/. The Black Sea Fleet is capable of guaranteeing the security of Crimea and Russia’s neighboring regions, the fleet’s commander, Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev, said on Monday at a ceremony timed for the fifth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia. “Russia’s history has confirmed more than once: without a strong army there can be no strong state. The Black Sea Fleet has been and will be the safeguard of security in Crimea and the region in general. The fleet’s condition arouses no doubt over its ability to address such issues,” Moiseyev said. He pointed out that the ground troops and the naval forces…

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Upgraded Borei, Yasen sub to become backbone of Northern Fleet in 15-20 years

Upgraded Borei, Yasen sub to become backbone of Northern Fleet in 15-20 years

© Alexandr Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. Upgraded submarines of the Borei and Yasen projects will form the backbone of the Northern Fleet in 15-20 years to come, the Northern Fleet’s commander, Nikolai Yevmenov, told the media on Monday. “As new ships replace those withdrawn from service upon the expiration of the natural life cycle unification will occur in the natural way and there will remain two or three projects of strategic and multirole submarines. In 15-20 years to come the upgraded submarines of the Borei and Yasen projects will constitute the backbone of the Northern Fleet,” Yevmenov said. “We expect that in the long term,…

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Black Sea Fleet to get 13 ships, including some armed with Kalibr missiles

Black Sea Fleet to get 13 ships, including some armed with Kalibr missiles

© Vitaly Nevar/TASS ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet will get 13 new ships, some of them armed with cruise missiles Kalibr, the commander of the Southern Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov told the media on Monday. “The patrol ship The Dmitry Rogachyov, high speed amphibious boat of a new project and sea-going tug The Sergei Balk are in the government certification phase. Thirteen combat and supply ships are expected, including small missile carrying ships of different projects, some of them armed with Kalibr missiles,” Dvornikov said without mentioning any dates. The Black Sea Fleet’s upgrade began in 2014, the year of Crimea’s and…

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Russia’s Defense Ministry to create concept for National Defense Management Center

Russia’s Defense Ministry to create concept for National Defense Management Center

MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry will create a new development concept for the National Defense Management Center before the end of the year, the Center’s head Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said. According to him, a conference summing up the center’s five-year activities will take place in 2019 in three stages, the last of which is scheduled to take place in late September. “Based on the conference’s outcome, a draft concept for the National Defense Management Center’s future development will be created,” Mizintsev said. He pointed out that the Center had become an important element of the Russian Armed Forces management, accomplishing a number…

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Russian Aerospace Force receives over 1,000 aircraft, helicopters since 2012

Russian Aerospace Force receives over 1,000 aircraft, helicopters since 2012

MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Force has received over 1,000 new and upgraded aircraft and helicopters since 2012, Aerospace Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General Sergei Dronov said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda (or Red Star) newspaper. According to him, the level of technical operability of military aircraft nearly doubled in the past six years. “As for rearmament, more than 1,000 new and upgraded aircraft have been delivered,” the general pointed out. Dronov elaborated that the Aerospace Force had received new aircraft such as the Sukhoi Su-34, SU-35S and Su-30SM, as well as the Kamov Ka-52 combat helicopters. In addition, the Tupolev Tu-160…

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Russia develops new frigates capable of carrying nearly 50 cruise missiles – source

Russia develops new frigates capable of carrying nearly 50 cruise missiles – source

Kalibr cruise missile © Department of Press Service and Information of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/TASS MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. The Northern design bureau has started developing the construction documentation for modernized frigates of Project 22350M capable of carrying up to 48 Kalibr cruise missiles, a source in the defense and production sector told TASS on Sunday. “The Northern design bureau has completed designing frigates of Project 22350M and is now developing working design documentation for these vessels in line with the customer’s tactical and technical order,” the source said. The frigates will have a displacement of up to 7,000 tonnes. The vessels…

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US bomber flies over Baltic Sea 150 km from Russia’s border – Defense Ministry

US bomber flies over Baltic Sea 150 km from Russia’s border – Defense Ministry

US B-52 bomber © AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. A US B-52 bomber, which flew over the Baltic Sea on Friday, did not approach Russia’s border closer than 150 kilometers, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Friday. “On March 15, 2019, a US Air Force B-52 aircraft with the transponder switched on performed a flight over international waters of the Baltic Sea parallel to Russia’s territorial waters. The plane did not approach Russia’s border closer than 150 kilometers and turned around immediately after Russian air defense systems on combat duty tracked it,” the ministry said. The Russian military regularly spots NATO member-countries’ aircraft over…

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Russia destroys most ruthless organization in history in operation in Syria — commander

Russia destroys most ruthless organization in history in operation in Syria — commander

YEKATERINBURG, March 15. /TASS/. During the counterterrorism operation in Syria, the Russian military has destroyed the most ruthless system in the history of human civilization – the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia), Russian Central Military District Commander Alexander Lapin stated, who was repeatedly stationed in Syria. “While doing our duty far away from Russia, we have destroyed the most hateful machine in the history of civilization. We all have studied medieval history, the history of fascism, what they did in concentration camps, the torture and the atrocities they came up with,” he said. “I would said that the IS may even be scarier.”…

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IS getting stronger in northern Afghanistan posing threat to SCO states, FSB official says

IS getting stronger in northern Afghanistan posing threat to SCO states, FSB official says

TASHKENT, March 15. /TASS/. The Islamic State (IS) international terror group (outlawed in Russia) is growing stronger in northern Afghanistan, and this is a major threat to the regional security of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member-countries, Sergei Smirnov, Chairman of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) Council and First Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), told reporters. “Terror groups have intensified their subversive and terrorist activities and consolidated their positions in Afghanistan’s northern districts [bordering SCO countries]. Armed incidents on the border have become more frequent. Taking into account its losses in Syria and Iraq, ISIL (former name of the IS -…

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Russia will not hold MAKS air show this year

Russia will not hold MAKS air show this year

MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. Russia will not stage the traditional MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon this year. The relevant decree was posted on the official web portal of legal information. According to the document, the IMDS-2019 International Maritime Defense Show to be staged in St. Petersburg in July took stand of MAKS in the list of international defense exhibitions to be held in Russia in 2019. In other media

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Regimental set of S-400 air defense systems enters duty in Russia’s west

Regimental set of S-400 air defense systems enters duty in Russia’s west

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS KALININGRAD, March 15. /TASS/. A new regimental set of the air defense system S-400 Triumf has entered combat duty in the Kaliningrad Region, the Baltic Fleet’s press-service told TASS on Friday. “In the Kaliningrad region the crews of new generation air defense systems S-400 have entered combat duty to protect the air borders of the country’s westernmost region,” the press-service said. The Baltic Fleet received a batch of S-400s in the beginning of March. The systems arrived at their permanent location in the Kaliningrad Region from the Kapustin Yar test site in the Astrakhan Region after successful test launches. The S-400 Triumf systems are…

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Second group of Chinese servicemen starts training to learn to operate S-400 systems

Second group of Chinese servicemen starts training to learn to operate S-400 systems

S-400 surface-to-air missile system © Sergei Malgavko/TASS MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. About 100 servicemen of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who will serve in China’s second regiment of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems have started their training in Russia to learn to operate these weapons, a source in military and diplomatic circles told TASS on Friday. “About 100 PLA servicemen who will serve on vehicles of the second S-400 regiment set have started their training at one of training centers of the Russian Defense Ministry,” the source said. The training will be completed in late May, he specified. Russia is due to hand over…

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Russian Aerospace Force destroys terrorist weapons depot in Syria’s Idlib

Russian Aerospace Force destroys terrorist weapons depot in Syria’s Idlib

© Vadim Grishankin/Russian Defense Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The Russian Aerospace Force has destroyed a weapons depot belonging to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror group (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, outlawed in Russia) in the Syrian province of Idlib, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. A pinpoint airstrike was carried out on March 13 in coordination with Turkey. The airstrike “targeted a weapons depot belonging to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) terror group in the city of Idlib,” the ministry said. “According to information confirmed through several channels, militants earlier brought a large number of combat…

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Five advanced drones arrive for Russia’s military base in Tajikistan

Five advanced drones arrive for Russia’s military base in Tajikistan

YEKATERINBURG, March 13. /TASS/. Servicemen of Russia’s 201st military base in Tajikistan have received advanced Eleron drones to form a battalion of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the press office of the Central Military District said in a statement circulated on Wednesday. “Five newest Eleron systems have arrived for the Russian military base in Tajikistan to form a battalion of unmanned aerial vehicles,” the statement says. In accordance with the combat training plans, the crews are learning to operate the new hardware and get information with the help of UAV models already in service. The new unit is designated to boost the military base’s capabilities for…

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Two Tu-22M3 bombers conduct patrol mission over Black Sea international waters

Two Tu-22M3 bombers conduct patrol mission over Black Sea international waters

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Two Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers have performed a flight over international waters in the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday. “Two Tu-22M3 long-range bombers performed a scheduled flight in the airspace over international waters in the Black Sea,” the ministry said. It added that the planes covered about 4,500 kilometers spending more than five hours in the air. The Defense Ministry noted that Russia’s long-range aviation regularly performed flights over international waters in the Arctic, North Atlantic, the Black and Caspian Seas and the Pacific Ocean. All flights are performed in strict compliance with international rules for the use…

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Post-Soviet bloc’s integrated air defense system to get cutting-edge upgrade

Post-Soviet bloc’s integrated air defense system to get cutting-edge upgrade

Chief of Russia’s General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. The chiefs of staff of the armed forces from the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have agreed on further developing the CIS integrated air defense system, proceeding from modern tasks, Chief of Russia’s General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov said on Thursday. “As part of the joint work, the conceptual fundamentals of developing military cooperation through 2025 have been approved and the ways of adapting the integrated air defense system to dealing with the tasks of aerospace defense have been agreed and also joint measures for…

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Russian Aerospace Force destroys terrorist weapons depot in Syria’s Idlib

Russian Aerospace Force destroys terrorist weapons depot in Syria’s Idlib

© Vadim Grishankin/Russian Defense Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The Russian Aerospace Force has destroyed a weapons depot belonging to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror group (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, outlawed in Russia) in the Syrian province of Idlib, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. A pinpoint airstrike was carried out on March 13 in coordination with Turkey. The airstrike “targeted a weapons depot belonging to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) terror group in the city of Idlib,” the ministry said. “According to information confirmed through several channels, militants earlier brought a large number of combat…

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Russia demonstrates night vision goggles that outshine US analogues

Russia demonstrates night vision goggles that outshine US analogues

© Nikolai Novichkov/TASS MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The newest Russian night vision goggles for the crews of attack and military transport helicopters that outshine US analogues by their operational characteristics were on display at the exhibition of Russia’s Syria operation artifacts organized by the Defense Ministry in the State Duma on Wednesday. As the ministry’s representative at the exhibition explained to TASS, the helmet-mounted goggles of the GEO-ONV1 type are currently used by the crews of Mi and Ka helicopters, including in Syria. “The Russian engineers have managed to boost the characteristics of electro-optical converters and create third-generation devices that are not inferior to and surpass…

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Five advanced drones arrive for Russia’s military base in Tajikistan

Five advanced drones arrive for Russia’s military base in Tajikistan

YEKATERINBURG, March 13. /TASS/. Servicemen of Russia’s 201st military base in Tajikistan have received advanced Eleron drones to form a battalion of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the press office of the Central Military District said in a statement circulated on Wednesday. “Five newest Eleron systems have arrived for the Russian military base in Tajikistan to form a battalion of unmanned aerial vehicles,” the statement says. In accordance with the combat training plans, the crews are learning to operate the new hardware and get information with the help of UAV models already in service. The new unit is designated to boost the military base’s capabilities for…

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Russia’s Northern Fleet to get new submarines

Russia’s Northern Fleet to get new submarines

© Lev Fedoseev/TASS MURMANSK, March 13. /TASS/. The Russian Northern Fleet will get some new underwater cruisers, logistics vessels and military hardware this year, Fleet Commander Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov said on Wednesday. “In 2019, we are expecting the arrival of new logistics vessels and submarines,” Yevmenov said. Specifically, the Northern Fleet is expecting the arrival of several logistics vessels, including the tanker Academic Pashin. The tanker is completing its trials in the Baltic Sea and will soon make a passage to join the Northern Fleet, the admiral said. The Northern Fleet’s submarine force will soon get new warships of the modernized Borei and Yasen class that…

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Northern Fleet made 34 geographic discoveries in the Arctic in recent years

Northern Fleet made 34 geographic discoveries in the Arctic in recent years

© Lev Fedoseev/TASS MURMANSK, March 13. /TASS/. The Northern Fleet’s experts made 34 geographic discoveries in the Arctic as part of scientific activity in recent years, Northern Fleet’s commander Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov told journalists on Wednesday. “The Northern Fleet’s hydrographic vessels Gorizont, Vizir and Senezh made 34 geographic discoveries during research voyages to the Arctic,” the commander said. The fleet said earlier that the Northern Fleet renewed its scientific-research activity in the Arctic in 2014. Since then, the Northern Fleet’s naval surveyors discovered and described one strait, 12 islands, 14 capes and six bays, and one expedition discovered the disappearance of an island. In 2018, the…

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