Category: Military & Defense

Possible purchase on US Patriot systems not to impact Ankara’s S-400 deal with Moscow

ANKARA, December 24. /TASS/. Ankara’s possible purchase of US-made Patriot missile systems will not impact its deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile systems, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference on Monday. “The deal on S-400 is closed. The first systems will be supplied in October 2019. The offer on Patriot will change nothing because we don’t consider them as alternatives to one another. We can have both systems,” he said. A source in the Turkish foreign ministry told TASS earlier that Turkey would use S-400 systems separately from NATO’s systems “and in a manner that will help preserve sensitive information concerning…

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Russian army gets 1,500 weapon titles, 80,000 pieces of equipment 2018

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The Russian army in 2018 received more than 1,500 weapon titles and more than 80,000 pieces of military equipment, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. “All in all we received more than 1,500 weapon titles and more than 80,000 pieces of military equipment. This is a tremendous amount. We’ve achieved a level of modern military equipment of 61.5%. A rate as high is not observed in any other army of the world,” Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s Public Council. “The task that was originally set in drafting and implementing the state program for armaments for 2010-2020…

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Russia’s military infrastructure in Arctic is unrivaled, says minister

Russia’s military infrastructure in Arctic is unrivaled, says minister

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Russia’s infrastructure in the Arctic is most advanced and unrivaled in the whole world, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s Public Council in Moscow on Monday. “We are pushing ahead with step-by-step work on the Arctic islands. Airdromes are being restored and the most advanced infrastructures created. I can say with certainty that no other country in the world has the type of modern infrastructures Russia has,” Shoigu said. He recalled that military infrastructures were being created on Franz Josef Land, Alexandra Land, Kotelny Island, Sredny Island, Wrangel Island, Cape Schmidt and New…

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Russian Defense Ministry delegation arrives in Iran

MOSCOW, December 24./TASS/. A delegation from the Russian Defense Ministry has arrived in Iran for a session of the bilateral group for military cooperation, the ministry press service said on Monday. “On December 24, a delegation of the Russian Defense Ministry led by the deputy chief of the Russian Army General Staff, Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov, arrived in the Islamic Republic of Iran to take part in a second session of the Russian-Iranian working group for the implementation of a bilateral agreement on military cooperation,” the ministry said. The agreement was signed in January 2015. It was inked by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Iranian…

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Russian forces fire anti-ship missiles during Crimea drills

Russian forces fire anti-ship missiles during Crimea drills

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS SEVASTOPOL, December 24. /TASS/. Battalions of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Bal anti-ship missile systems held drills on the Crimean Peninsula, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “Battalions of the Black Sea Fleet’s Bal anti-ship missile systems have completed their planned exercises in Crimea. The crews of the firing batteries performed measures to change the combat order and the location in the positioning areas of the Crimean Peninsula after completing the drills for detecting surface targets,” the press office said in a statement. The drills were aimed at practicing measures to detect surface targets, provide target acquisition and prepare the systems for…

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More than 150 anti-aircraft gunners return to Russia from Syria

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Anti-aircraft gunners of the Central Military District have returned to Novosibirsk after performing tasks to protect Russia’s facilities in Syria, the district’s press service told TASS on Monday. “More than 150 servicemen of the air defense missile regiment of the Central Military District have returned home after successfully performing tasks to protect Russian facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic. They were taken to Novosibirsk by an Il-76 plane of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Force. The servicemen performed tasks to protect important facilities of the Russian army’s group during three months,” the press service reported. The servicemen were…

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Russian Pacific Fleet ships conclude visit to Sri Lanka

VLADIVOSTOK, December 24. /TASS/. A group of ships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet has concluded its visit to Sri Lanka, the Fleet’s press service said in a statement. “Today, a group of ships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet, consisting of the Varyag missile cruiser, the Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine destroyer and the Boris Butoma large sea tanker, has concluded its visit to the Colombo naval base in Sri Lanka where it arrived on December 20,” the statement reads. The agenda of the visit included meetings with Sri Lanka’s navy commanders. In addition, Russian sailors participated in sporting events alongside Sri Lankan navy servicemen. The Pacific Fleet ships embarked…

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Russian de-miners in Laos clear over 40 hectares of mines

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Members of the Russian Armed Forces’ International Anti-Mine Center’s team deployed to Laos have cleared more than 40 hectares of mines, Russia’s Krasnaya Zvezda (or Red Star) newspaper reported on Monday. The Russian mine clearance team is deployed to the Khamkeut District of the Bolikhamsai Province, where a branch of the International Anti-Mine Center was established earlier. Team members mostly deal with the cluster munitions the US Air Force used in 1969-1974, the newspaper wrote. Russian de-miners use the MBI-P2 magnetometers, which help detect large metal items at a depth of up to six meters, as well as the improved OVR-2-02…

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Russia’s tenth serial-produced IL-76MD-90A military transport plane completes test flight

Russia’s tenth serial-produced IL-76MD-90A military transport plane completes test flight

IL-76MD © Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. The tenth serial-produced Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A, a heavy upgrade of the IL-76 military transport plane, has completed its test flight, a source with the defense industry told TASS on Saturday. “The tenth serial-produced IL-76MD-90A has completed its first flight in Ulyanovsk,” he said adding the “aircraft will be soon handed over to a flight test center”. Earlier, a video footage showing the takeoff of a plane similar to IL-76 from a snow-covered airfield was streamed on messengers. IL-76MD-90A is an upgraded IL-76 (Candid by NATO classification). A new navigational complex, automatic controls and communications increase flight safety and airdrop…

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Over 3,000 servicemen practice liquidating aftermath of nuclear attack in Russia’s south

Over 3,000 servicemen practice liquidating aftermath of nuclear attack in Russia’s south

© ITAR-TASS/Donat Sorokin ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 22. /TASS/. Servicemen from the 49th general army have participated in large-scale military drills to practice deactivation of contaminated objects after a massive nuclear attack, the press service of Russia’s Southern Military District said on Saturday. “On the territory of the Stavropol and Kuban regions, over 3,000 servicemen took part in drills on conducting radiation, chemical and bacteriological reconnaisance; as well as on deactivating contamination from nuclear weapons of terrain, weapons and military equipment,” the press service said. Over 300 units of special equipment were used in the drills, including cutting-edge mobile laboratories for radiation and chemical express analysis. In other…

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Maritime traffic temporarily restricted near Feodosia due to frigate’s combat training

Maritime traffic temporarily restricted near Feodosia due to frigate’s combat training

Admiral Grigorovich frigate © Alexander Karpushkin/TASS SIMFEROPOL, December 21. /TASS/. The maritime traffic near Crimea’s Feodosia has been temporarily restricted due to the Admiral Grigorovich frigate’s combat training activities, the press service of Russia’s Southern Military District told TASS on Friday. “The Admiral Grigorovich frigate is performing routine combat training activities. Maritime traffic in the area was restricted,” the press service said adding that maritime traffic was restricted near Crimea’s port of Feodosia. The press service did not elaborate on when the restrictions will be lifted. The Admiral Grigorovich frigate is capable of delivering strikes at ships and submarines, as well as aircraft. The frigate is…

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Russia makes over 10 test launches of Tsirkon seaborne hypersonic missile

MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Russia has made over ten test launches of the Tsirkon seaborne hypersonic missile against naval targets at a distance of over several hundred kilometers since the beginning of its trials, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Friday. The missile’s trials began about four years ago and are continuing now from the coastal stand, the source said. “Overall, more than ten test launches have been performed against targets at sea at a distance of several hundred kilometers,” the source said. The hypersonic missile “repeatedly destroyed designated naval targets at the hypersonic speed,” the source added, declining to give the…

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Russian cutting-edge frigate starts sea trials

Russian cutting-edge frigate starts sea trials

Admiral Kasatonov frigate © Ruslan Shamukov/TASS ST. PETERSBURG, December 21. /TASS/. The second Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov built at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia has entered sea trials, the Shipyard’s press office told TASS on Friday. “The frigate Admiral Kasatonov has taken to the sea for trials. They will last until the New Year,” the press office said. During the trials, the shipbuilders will check the warship’s systems: from the propulsion unit to electrical equipment and the navigation, damage control and crew rescue system. The frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov is the second (the first serial-produced) Project 22350 warship. The Project…

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Russia’s defense ministry to sign long-term contract for modernized Tor-family systems

IZHEVSK, December 21. /TASS/. Russia’s defense ministry plans to sign in 2019 a long-term contract for Tor multiple missile launcher systems with the Izhevsk-based Kupol Electromechanical Plant, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivorucho said on Friday. “Next year, we plan to sign a big long-term contract (till 2027) for new Tor-family systems, including their Arctic modifications,” he said, adding that work is continued to modernize these systems, including based on the experience of their combat use in Syria. It was reported in November that the Russian defense ministry had already received the first batch of 12 Tor-M2DT systems. Tor-M2DT is an Arctic modification of Tor-M2. It…

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Upgraded Tu-160M2 strategic bombers to arrive for Russia’s Aerospace Force soon

MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. The upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bombers will start arriving for Russia’s long-range aviation soon, Long-Range Air Force Commander Lieutenant-General Sergei Kobylash said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper published on Friday. “The long-range Air Force will soon get modernized Tu-160M2 aircraft with the improved characteristics… The ongoing modernization will allow keeping these aircraft operational and extending their service life to 45-50 years,” he said. All the modernization works are proceeding in accordance with the approved plan and schedule, the general said. In the process of its upgrade, the bomber will get a principally new avionics suite and the onboard…

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Polish president expects decision on US military base to be made in spring

Polish president expects decision on US military base to be made in spring

Polish President Andrzej Duda © AP Photo/Alik Keplicz WARSAW, December 21. /TASS/. Decisions concerning the establishment of a US military base in Poland will be made in the spring of 2019, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Friday. “The expansion of the presence of allies in Poland, including the US, will definitely make our country and the entire region stronger,” he said in an interview with the Wirtualna Polska portal. “I make no secret of the fact that we want it,” the Polish president noted, adding that decisions on the matter might be made next spring. “Our relations with the United States are very good at…

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Kremlin: no private military companies exist in Russia

Kremlin: no private military companies exist in Russia

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. No private military companies (PMCs) exist in Russia by law, there are only private security firms, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. The Kremlin spokesman thus explained why Russian President Vladimir Putin made a reference to private security and not private military activity at his annual year-end news conference on December 20, when responding to a question about the activities of PMCs. “No private military companies exist in our country by law. Everyone is talking about some private military company, something called Wagner, but the point is that there is no provision in our…

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Turkey assures US S-400 systems will do no harm to deal on F-35 fighters

Turkey assures US S-400 systems will do no harm to deal on F-35 fighters

S-400 air defense missile system © Sergei Malgavko/TASS ANKARA, December 21. /TASS/. Turkey will take necessary measures to use the S-400 air defense missile systems that Ankara is purchasing from Russia without harming the F-35 fifth generation fighters the country buys from the United States, a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry told TASS on Friday. “During out talks with the United States, we assured that the S-400 systems will be used separately from NATO’s systems, and in a manner that will help preserve sensitive information concerning the F-35 aircraft. We will take all necessary measures in that regard,” the source said when asked to comment…

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Pentagon chief tenders resignation over disagreements with Trump

Pentagon chief tenders resignation over disagreements with Trump

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis © AP Photo/Eraldo Peres WASHINGTON, December 21. /TASS/. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis tendered his resignation over disagreements with US President Donald Trump, according to his resignation letter dated December 20. “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours , I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed [by the US Senate],” reads the letter, widely published by the…

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Putin warned US of dangerous consequences from arms control system breakdown, says expert

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the United States to understand that the breakdown of the global arms control system is fraught with very dangerous consequences, a Russian expert said on Thursday after Putin’s traditional annual news conference. “The president sent the US a signal that its deliberate actions to dismantle what has remained from the arms control system without offering something to replace it and without a serious Russian-US dialogue on issues of strategic stability are fraught with very dangerous consequences. Putin warned that the Russian-US arms race may have a quite material nature,” Dmitry Suslov, an expert of the Valdai…

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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet elaborates plan to respond to crises after Kerch Strait incident

ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 20. /TASS/. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has drafted a plan of action to respond to crises following the November incident involving Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait, the press service of Russia’s Southern Military District said on Thursday. “A plan of the Black Sea Fleet’s action to respond to crisis situation has been elaborated to protect and defend the state border within the Republic of Crimea. It was agreed with the Russian Federal Security Service’s border directorate for the Republic of Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory,” the press service quoted Timur Ryazanov, acting chief of the territorial directorate of the district’s headquarters, as…

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Russia launches production of upgraded Tu-160 strategic bombers

Russia launches production of upgraded Tu-160 strategic bombers

Tu-160 strategic bomber © Marina Lystseva/TASS KAZAN, December 20. /TASS/. The Kazan-based Gorbunov Aircraft Enterprise in the Volga area has launched the manufacture of the upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Thursday. “Now the manufacture of the first such planes has begun,” the defense official told journalists during his visit to the enterprise. “No doubt, the serial production will start in the immediate future. We will wait until the debut flight, the fulfillment of experimental design work and after that a decision will be made on serial deliveries,” the deputy defense minister said. The Tu-160 is the biggest plane…

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Russia’s upgraded T-80BV tank to feature capability of firing depleted uranium shells

Russia’s upgraded T-80BV tank to feature capability of firing depleted uranium shells

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Russia’s T-80BV main battle tank has been upgraded to feature the capability of firing depleted uranium shells, the Defense Ministry said in the bulletin ‘The Russian Army in Comparison’ published on Thursday. The bulletin notes that the T-80BVM (the letter M stands for ‘modernized’) features “the improved weapons stabilizer and the loading mechanism for the 3BM59 Svinets-1 and 3BM60 Svinets-2 munitions.” Open sources suggest that the Svinets-1 armor-piercing fin-stabilized sub-caliber projectile has the core made of tungsten carbide while the Svinets-2 features the uranium alloy core. According to various data, the Svinets-1 is capable of piercing 700-740 mm of the homogeneous…

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Russia not seeking arms race, but a balance of power — Putin

Russia not seeking arms race, but a balance of power — Putin

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Moscow is not interested in an arms race and only seeks to maintain the balance of power, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual news conference on Thursday. “Generally, this is simply an element of containing and evening parities in the strategic balance. This is what it is. This means keeping parity and nothing more than that,” the Russian leader said, speaking about the newest breakthrough missile defense systems developed by Russia. “We do not seek advantages but we keep the balance and ensure our security,” the president stressed. As the Russian leader stressed, “in actual fact, today we…

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Pacific Fleet’s ships led by guided-missile cruiser Varyag enter port of Colombo

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. A group of the Pacific Fleet’s ships, including the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, large antisubmarine ship Admiral Panteleyev and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma, entered the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka on a business visit, the fleet’s press service told journalists on Thursday. “Today a number of the Pacific Fleet’s combat ships, including the Order of Nakhimov guard guided-missile cruiser Varyag, large antisubmarine ship Admiral Panteleyev and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma, entered the port of Colombo (Sri Lanka) under the long voyage plan,” the report says. The Russian sailors met with representatives for the Russian embassy and the…

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Putin endorses Union State’s draft military doctrine

MOCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered to approve the draft military doctrine of the Union State submitted by the Russian government. The appropriate document was posted on the official legal information website on Wednesday. “It is expedient to endorse the Military Doctrine of the Union State by a decree of the Union State’s Supreme State Council,” the decree reads. The Belarusian Council of Ministers earlier endorsed the draft military doctrine of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and decreed to submit the document for consideration by the Council of Ministers of the Union State. The Union State’s military doctrine is…

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Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser enters Barents Sea for combat training missions

MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The Russian Northern Fleet’s flagship heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky has entered the Barents Sea for accomplishing combat training missions, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. This is the warship’s first sortie in the new combat training period, the press office said. “The cruiser’s crew will practice some elements of the surface ship’s readiness at sea and carry out an attack against a submarine with the firing of anti-ship missiles,” the Northern Fleet’s press office said. “The cruiser’s crew will perform the combat exercise with the practical weapon, striking the target whose role will be played by one of…

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Russia’s heavy strike drone to make debut flight in spring

MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy strike drone being developed by the Sukhoi Aircraft Company will make its debut flight in the spring of 2019, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said in an interview with the Zvezda TV Channel on Wednesday. “Next year, the Okhotnik will enter trials. The work on this project is a priority and it is proceeding at a good level. In the spring, we are expecting the first flight of this drone. This is a serious task for us,” the defense official said. According to open sources, the Okhotnik features stealth technology and the flying wing design (it…

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S-400 combat teams stationed in Crimea hold air defense drills

S-400 combat teams stationed in Crimea hold air defense drills

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS SEVASTOPOL, December 19. /TASS/. The combat teams of a battalion of S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems stationed in Crimea redeployed launchers, practiced detecting targets and destroyed a notional enemy’s air attack weapons in drills, the Black Sea Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. “The combat units of S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems from a large unit of the Southern Military District’s Air Force and Air Defense Army that are stationed in Crimea held air defense drills,” the press office said in a statement. The troops practiced displacing launchers and radar stations and then moved to new positioning areas. After deploying the launchers, the…

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Nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir to fire with Bulava in fall of 2019 during tests – source

Nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir to fire with Bulava during tests — source

© TASS MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The Russian Project 955A, Borei-II class ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir will carry out preparatory fire with a Bulava ballistic missile in the autumn of 2019, a source in the industrial complex told TASS. “The leading Project 955A vessel Knyaz Vladimir will carry out preparatory fire with a Bulava on the Kura Range in Kamchatka at state testing in the fall of 2019, the source said. He did not specify whethet the launch will be single-shot or ripple. The source added that the official tests of the submarine will start in the summer of 2019. After their completion the Knyaz…

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