Category: Military & Defense

Northern Fleet carries out more than 30 long voyages in 2018

Northern Fleet carries out more than 30 long voyages in 2018

MURMANSK, March 13. /TASS/. The Northern Fleet’s crews carried out more than 30 voyages in the far maritime zone in 2018, commander of the Northern Fleet Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov told journalists on Wednesday. “Last year the crews of surface ships, nuclear submarines and support vessels carried out more than 30 long voyages,” Yevmenov noted. The Northern Fleet’s sailors demonstrated St. Andrew’s flag not just in the seas of the Arctic Ocean, but of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans as well, he said. The unique location of the fleet’s bases made it possible to carry out such a high number of voyages. “Our ships and submarines…

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Russian Knights aerobatics team practices launch of air-to-air missiles

Russian Knights aerobatics team practices launch of air-to-air missiles

Su-35SM © Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Members of Russia’s famed aerobatics team, Russian Knights, have practiced hitting aerial targets with air-to-air missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. “Air crews of the Russian Knights aerobatics team of Russia’s Aerospace Forces practiced live firing of air-to-air missiles, destroying aerial targets at the Ladoga training facility,” the ministry said. The launches took place in daytime and at night at altitudes of eight kilometers and more. The crews were not informed about the location of targets beforehand, and had to search and intercept them on their own. In total, over ten air crews took part in…

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South Korea aims to cooperate with Russia on cybersecurity, says ambassador

South Korea aims to cooperate with Russia on cybersecurity, says ambassador

MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Seoul plans to expand contacts in the sphere of cybersecurity at the international level, which includes Russia, South Korean Ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun stated on Tuesday. “Our [South Korean] government shares the opinion of the international community about the need to increase efforts in reaction to cyber threats, and in this regard, it has expanded its efforts at bilateral and unilateral levels in order to strengthen international cooperation in this area,” he said. “The government of the Republic of Korea aims to resume close cooperation with other countries, including the Russian side, and is ready to cooperate in this area.”…

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Russian Navy to get seven new warships this year

Russian Navy to get seven new warships this year

© Alexei Lipnitsky/TASS SEVERODVINSK /Arkhangelsk Region/, March 12. /TASS/. Shipbuilders are planning to hand over seven new warships, including four submarines, and seven repaired vessels to the Russian Navy in 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. “In 2019, the shipbuilding program of enterprises integrated into the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) stipulates the construction of seven combat ships, including three nuclear-powered submarines and one diesel-electric sub, and the completion of the repairs of seven warships and vessels,” the defense chief said at a meeting with shipbuilders in Severodvinsk. “The completion of the construction and the delivery of the nuclear-powered underwater cruisers Knyaz Vladimir and Kazan…

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Russia’s blue-water frigate Admiral Gorshkov enters Mediterranean

Russia’s blue-water frigate Admiral Gorshkov enters Mediterranean

Russian Northern Fleet frigate Admiral Gorshkov © Peter Kovalev/TASS Murmansk, March 12. /TASS/. Russian Northern Fleet frigate Admiral Gorshkov and its convoy passed through Gibraltar and crossed into the Mediterranean Sea as part of its long-range operational cruise, the Northern Fleet press service told TASS on Tuesday. “A squadron of ships and logistics vessels of the Northern Fleet including the frigate Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics support ship Elbrus, the salvage tug Nikolay Chiker and the medium-sized sea tanker Kama passed through the Strait of Gibraltar last night and entered the Mediterranean Sea,” the press service announced. In the coming days, the squadron…

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Units armed with new S-400 missile systems enter combat duty in Russia’s west

Units armed with new S-400 missile systems enter combat duty in Russia’s west

ST. PETERSBURG, March 12. /TASS/. The combat units of the new S-400 missile system of the Western Military District’s air defense missile regiment entered combat duty in the Leningrad Region, the Western Military District’s press service told journalists on Tuesday. “The units of the advanced S-400 missile systems entered combat duty for the air defense of military, administrative and civil facilities,” the report says. The units reportedly received the new systems from representatives for the manufacturing facility at the Kapustin Yar Range in the Astrakhan Region. After the live firing the units marched more than 2,000 km in the Leningrad Region. The Western Military District’s…

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Russian Ground Forces’ commander arrives in New Delhi for working visit

Russian Ground Forces’ commander arrives in New Delhi for working visit

MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Russian military delegation led by Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces, Army General Oleg Salyukov has arrived in New Delhi for a working visit to discuss bilateral drills Indra-2019, the Defense Ministry’s information and mass communications department told reporters on Tuesday. “During the visit talks are expected to be held with the leadership of India’s Ground Forces on the issues of fostering bilateral cooperation, holding joint force Russian-Indian Indra drills on India’s territory in 2019 and educating Indian military in universities of the Ground Forces and participation in the International Army Games,” the department said. The Russian delegation will visit an armored…

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Zircon missile to be test-launched from Admiral Gorshkov frigate at end of 2019 — source

Zircon missile to be test-launched from Admiral Gorshkov frigate at end of 2019 — source

  MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Russian hypersonic missile Zircon will be launched from a military ship for thie first time at the end of 2019, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex told TASS on Tuesday. “Trials of launching a missile from a naval vessel are planned to start at the end of the year. The Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate, also known as Project 22350, from the Northern Fleet will be used,” the source said adding that earlier trials included launching Zircon missiles from land. TASS does not have an official confirmation of this information. In other media

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Russian inspectors to visit military facility in France

Russian inspectors to visit military facility in France

MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Russian inspectors will visit a military facility in France on Tuesday in the framework of the Vienna document, head of the Russian National center on decreasing the nuclear threat Sergey Ryzhkov told reporters. “In accordance with the 2011 Vienna document on implementing confidence and security building measures, a group of Russian inspectors plans to visit a military facility on the territory of France to assess information,” Ryzhkov said adding that the inspection will last for only one day. Ryzhkov noted that Russian inspectors will be briefed by French commanders on the facility’s personnel, weapons and equipment. He added that such visits…

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Putin signs state policy framework on chemical and biological security

Putin signs state policy framework on chemical and biological security

MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree outlining the foundations of Russia’s state policy aimed at ensuring chemical and biological security for the period before and after 2025. The document has been published on an official website containing legal information. The document points out that the state policy on chemical and biological security “is part of the state management system regarding Russia’s national security.” It includes measures in the legal, biological, sanitary, administrative, military, financial, communication and information fields, aimed at protecting the country’s people and environment from the negative impact of dangerous chemical and biological factors, creating and developing…

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Russian army to receive medium-range attack drones in 2019

Russian army to receive medium-range attack drones in 2019

© Valeriy Matytsin/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces will commission medium-range attack drones for the first time in 2019, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated on Monday during a session of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee. He noted that since 2012, 38 military units have been formed in the Russian army, equipped with over 2,000 military drones. “Starting this year, we will be receiving medium-range attack and surveillance systems,” the minister said. Shoigu stressed that a breakthrough in drone aviation has provided new opportunities for reconnaissance and attack operations. “Thanks to drone laser illuminators, we have managed to…

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Nearly 400,000 contractors serve in Russian army

Nearly 400,000 contractors serve in Russian army

MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Nearly 400,000 contractors currently serve in the Russian Armed Forces, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated on Monday during a session of the Russian State Duma’s (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee. “Since 2012, the number of contractors has nearly doubled, currently reaching 394,000 people,” the minister said. According to him, in every regiment and brigade, two battalions are formed by contractors, while one is formed by recruits, who are not involved in combat missions. “Currently, there are 136 tactical battalion groups in the armed forces formed by contractors, ready to carry out any mission put forward to them,” the minister…

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Nearly 400 thousand contractors serve in Russian army

Nearly 400 thousand contractors serve in Russian army

MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Nearly 400,000 contractors currently serve in the Russian Armed Forces, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated on Monday during a session of the Russian State Duma’s (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee. “Since 2012, the number of contractors has nearly doubled, currently reaching 394,000 people,” the minister said. According to him, in every regiment and brigade, two battalions are formed by contractors, while one is formed by recruits, who are not involved in combat missions. “Currently, there are 136 tactical battalion groups in the armed forces formed by contractors, ready to carry out any mission put forward to them,” the minister…

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Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Ratnik combat gear © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Ground Forces and the Navy’s coastal brigades are practically fully equipped with the Ratnik combat gear, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee on Monday. “Almost all Ground Forces units, as well as the Navy’s motorized rifle brigades and marine brigades – 35 units in total – have been provided with the Ratnik-2 modern combat gear,” Shoigu said. The serial deliveries of the second generation “soldier of the future” Ratnik gear to the Russian Armed Forces began in 2017. It includes modern…

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Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get fully outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get fully outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Ratnik combat gear © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Ground Forces and the Navy’s coastal brigades are practically fully equipped with the Ratnik combat gear, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee on Monday. “Almost all Ground Forces units, as well as the Navy’s motorized rifle brigades and marine brigades – 35 units in total – have been provided with the Ratnik-2 modern combat gear,” Shoigu said. The serial deliveries of the second generation “soldier of the future” Ratnik gear to the Russian Armed Forces began in 2017. It includes modern…

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MP calls for restricting foreign warships in Russia’s territorial waters

MP calls for restricting foreign warships in Russia’s territorial waters

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov has called for the presence of Russian border guards aboard foreign warships and vessels passing through Russia’s territorial waters. He recalled at a briefing for military attaches on Monday that the Russian government had announced new rules for the passage of foreign warships and vessels along the Northern Sea Route, which stipulate a notification procedure for such passage and the mandatory presence of Russian navigation pilots aboard them. “Commenting on this government decision, let me say that the Kerch Strait incident, which occurred last year,…

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Russian Armed Forces receive over 200 intercontinental ballistic missiles since 2012

Russian Armed Forces receive over 200 intercontinental ballistic missiles since 2012

© Sergei Bobylev/Russian Defense Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Armed Forces have received over 200 intercontinental ballistic missiles, both land-based and submarine-launched, since 2012, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee on Monday. He pointed out that in accordance with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Decrees of May 2012, the Defense Ministry had developed a plan of activities to 2020. “As a result, in the past six years, the Armed Forces received 109 Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles and 108 submarine-launched ballistic missiles,” Shoigu said. According to the minister, the Russian Armed…

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Russia beefs up its force grouping in Crimea, defense chief says

Russia beefs up its force grouping in Crimea, defense chief says

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu © Vyacheslav Prokofiev/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia’s force grouping in Crimea has been increased and ensures protection of the peninsula’s territory, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told a meeting of the State Duma’s Defense Committee on Monday. “The force grouping in Crimea has been reinforced, this ensures protection of the peninsula’s territory and Russia’s interests in the Black Sea,” Shoigu said. The defense minister recalled that an operations command had been set up in the far maritime zone, which ensures control of warships performing tasks in the Mediterranean Sea. “Now all military units are permanent readiness units,” he stressed. In…

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Russian Defense Ministry refutes reports about strikes on Idlib de-escalation zone

Russian Defense Ministry refutes reports about strikes on Idlib de-escalation zone

Russian Defense Ministry © Stoyan Vasev/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Forces did not carry out any strikes against targets in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday. According to the ministry, reports in Russian media outlets on surgical airstrikes against targets in Syria’s Idlib Governorate are untrue. “Russia’s Aerospace Forces carried out no strikes against targets in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” the ministry stressed. The Kommersant daily reported on Monday that on March 9 Russian aircraft stationed at Hmeymim airbase (Latakia Governorate) carried out surgical strikes against militant targets in Syria’s Idlib Governorate. According to the newspaper’s sources, the strikes…

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US, Norway to carry out observation flight over Russia

US, Norway to carry out observation flight over Russia

© Vladimir Smirnov/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. A joint US-Norwegian mission will carry out an observation flight over Russia under the Treaty on Open Skies this week, while Russian experts will accomplish a similar mission over the territory of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Acting Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Ruslan Shishin has told reporters. “The joint US-Norwegian mission will carry out an observation flight over Russia’s territory aboard a OC-135B US observation aircraft from Khabarovsk (Novy) Airport on March 11-16,” he said. For its part, Russia plans to carry out an observation flight over Benelux aboard an An-30B observation…

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Most nations want to acquire technologies for producing defense products — Rostec

Most nations want to acquire technologies for producing defense products — Rostec

WASHINGTON, March 9. /TASS/. Most countries want to acquire technologies instead of just buying defense products, director for international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s Rostec defense and technology company Viktor Kladov told Defense News in an interview published on Friday. “The biggest challenge [when it comes to international sales] is a rapidly changing world. Most nations don’t want to just buy, they want to acquire technologies,” Kladov said. “So in India, they have Made in India. In Indonesia, they want to produce locally. In the United Arab Emirates here, [the country] want to jointly design an aircraft, a helicopter,” he added. “So we are…

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Process of S-400 delivery to Turkey goes smoothly — Rostec

Process of S-400 delivery to Turkey goes smoothly — Rostec

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS WASHINGTON, March 9. /TASS/. The process of delivering Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey goes very smoothly, director for international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s Rostec defense and technology company Viktor Kladov told Defense News in an interview published on Friday. “This is a system that the Turkish government wants, and we want to give it. And so far it is going very smoothly,” Kladov said. “We are cooperating with partners and potential partners, regardless of who likes it and who doesn’t like it,” he added. “It’s business. It’s just business ties,” he stressed. “A Russian journalist asked me: ‘If the…

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Turkish warships leave Novorossiysk naval base after joint drills with Russian Navy

Turkish warships leave Novorossiysk naval base after joint drills with Russian Navy

The minesweeper Akcay © Yuriy Bereznyuk/TASS MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. The Russian Black Sea Fleet held joint drills with the Turkish Navy whose naval group completed its business call at the port of Novorossiysk, the Fleet’s press office reported on Friday. “During the drills, the patrol ship Vasily Bykov, the sea-going minesweeper Valentin Pikul of the Novorossiysk naval base held joint Russian-Turkish drills with the foreign corvette Burgazada and the minesweeper Akcay,” the press office said in a statement. The warships’ crews also practiced interaction and maneuvering in the Black Sea and the escort of a group of ships in the zone of a possible mine…

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Russian cruise missile frigate to start first long-distance voyage in the Atlantic

Russian cruise missile frigate to start first long-distance voyage in the Atlantic

Admiral Gorshkov missile frigate © Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS MURMANSK, March 7. /TASS/. The Russian Northern Fleet’s missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov will enter the Atlantic Ocean on Friday after passing through the English Channel, Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga told journalists on Thursday. “Today, a group of the Northern Fleet’s ship and support vessels comprising the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics vessel Elbrus and the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker has passed through the narrowest part of the English Channel, the Strait of Dover. Tomorrow, the naval group will complete its transit of the English Channel and will…

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Russian cruise missile frigate to start first long-distance voyage in Atlantics on March 8

Russian cruise missile frigate to start first long-distance voyage in Atlantics on March 8

Admiral Gorshkov missile frigate © Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS MURMANSK, March 7. /TASS/. The Russian Northern Fleet’s missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov will enter the Atlantic Ocean on Friday after passing through the English Channel, Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga told journalists on Thursday. “Today, a group of the Northern Fleet’s ship and support vessels comprising the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics vessel Elbrus and the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker has passed through the narrowest part of the English Channel, the Strait of Dover. Tomorrow, the naval group will complete its transit of the English Channel and will…

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Toilet-equipped tank: Russian engineers install latrines on state-of-the-art Armatas

Toilet-equipped tank: Russian engineers install latrines on state-of-the-art Armatas

MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. Russian defense designers have solved the dilemma concerning the absence of conveniences in tanks. The Armata heavy armored vehicles have been equipped with lavatories, Director for Quality and Information Technologies at the Urals Design Bureau of Transport Machine-Building Ilya Baranov told TASS on Thursday. The continuous stay inside an armored vehicle is a specific feature that tank crews cope with, he noted. “A major hassle for them is that they cannot relieve their natural functions. That is, water and field rations are available in the tank, but all the other conveniences are, unfortunately, absent. Only the Armata vehicles solved this dilemma,”…

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Platforma-O heavy tractors for Topol and Yars ICBM systems enter service in Russia

Platforma-O heavy tractors for Topol and Yars ICBM systems enter service in Russia

A Topol-M ICBM © Mikhail Dzhaparidze/TASS MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. Platforma-O, a family of domestically produced highly-mobile heavy tractor trucks to replace Belarusian-made ones, has entered service with the Russian armed forces, a defense industry source told TASS on Thursday. “Upon the state commission’s recommendation, based on the successful completion of state trials, the Platforma-O family of highly-mobile modular chassis and tractors has entered service with the Russian armed forces,” the source said. The newest Platforma-O family of heavy wheeled tractors was designed by JSC Kamaz and produced by JSC Remdizel Plant for various heavy weaponry, including the Topol-M and Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles. As part…

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Royal Navy destroyer keeps eye on Russian naval task group off UK coast

Royal Navy destroyer keeps eye on Russian naval task group off UK coast

The Admiral Gorshkov © Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry’s press service/TASS LONDON, March 7. /TASS/. A UK Navy destroyer, HMS Defender, was called upon to escort a Russian naval task group led by the Admiral Gorshkov frigate off the United Kingdom’s coast, the Royal Navy’s press service said on Wednesday. “Portsmouth-based Defender is monitoring the Russian task group and keeping track of their activity in areas of national interest,” the Royal Navy said in a statement. The Royal Navy quoted the Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, as saying that London and its allies would continue its work “to shadow Russian ships passing through international waters…

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Russian Su-27 fighter jet shadows US reconnaissance aircraft — defense ministry

Russian Su-27 fighter jet shadows US reconnaissance aircraft — defense ministry

A Su-27 fighter jet © Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. Russia’s Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted a US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft above the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Thursday. The US aircraft was detected while flying above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, approaching Russia’s borders. “In order to intercept the target, a Su-27 fighter jet of the on-duty air defense forces was scrambled,” the ministry said. The Russian fighter jet approached the US aircraft at a safe distance and “unidentified it as an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.” Russian fighter jets regularly perform missions above the Baltic Sea to escort…

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Turkey ready to consider future purchases of S-500 missile systems from Russia — president

Turkey ready to consider future purchases of S-500 missile systems from Russia — president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ©  AP Photo/Ali Unal ANKARA, March 7. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that his country was ready to consider the issue of purchasing S-500 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia in future. In an interview with 24 TV, the Turkish leader also said that the contract with Moscow to purchase S-400 missile systems was “a done deal.” “The S-400 issue is a done deal, and we will not reject it under any circumstances. We have come to an agreement with Russia, and there will possibly be a joint production. Maybe we will consider S-500 options after the…

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