Category: Military & Defense

Putin points to growing number of cyber attacks on Russia

Putin points to growing number of cyber attacks on Russia

MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. The number of cyber attacks on Russia has been growing, President Vladimir Putin said at a board meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB). “It is important to ensure the safety of national information resources and quickly thwart cyber attacks on government agencies, state corporations, mobile operators and big companies, as well as to ensure the unhindered operation of confidential communication lines,” he said. According to Putin, “the number of coordinated cyber attacks consisting of a series of actions has grown in the past three years. “In 2014 and 2015, a little more than 1,500 attacks of this kind were recorded…

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Russian special-purpose sub to be first carrier of Poseidon strategic underwater drone

Russian special-purpose sub to be first carrier of Poseidon strategic underwater drone

MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. The Project 09852 special-purpose submarine Belgorod that will be floated out in the second quarter of this year will be the first carrier of Poseidon nuclear-capable underwater drones, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. “The Project 09852 special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod will become the first carrier of Poseidons. It will be launched from the Sevmash slipway and floated out in the second quarter,” the source said, adding that the submarine’s further construction afloat will be completed and its dockside trials will be carried out throughout 2019. The Belgorod is expected to assume combat duty in 2020.…

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Russian cruise missile frigate, group of Northern Feet ships enter English Channel

Russian cruise missile frigate, group of Northern Feet ships enter English Channel

MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. The Russian missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics support vessel Elbrus, the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker and the sea tanker Kama are passing through the English Channel, the press service of the Russian Northern Fleet reports. The Admiral Gorshkov set off on February 26 for its first voyage to lead a group of the Russian Northern Fleet’s ships in distant waters. The ships have already covered more than 1,600 nautical miles. This is the first voyage for the frigate Admiral Gorshkov. Before that, it made only inter-fleet and inter-base transits. The frigate is the naval group’s flagship, from which command…

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Russia begins research into new intelligence satellites

Russia begins research into new intelligence satellites

© Ivan Zhuravlev/TASS MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. Russia must create advanced military space satellites and certain research and development in this field is already in progress, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday. “Our task is to create modern satellites capable of providing still more accurate intelligence and map data. With this in mind we are conducting certain research and development. Progress in the work is on the agenda today,” Shoigu said during a distance conference at the Defense Ministry on Tuesday. He recalled that in his message to the Federal Assembly Russian President Vladimir Putin said that cardinal changes in the field of communication, navigation…

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Russian missile frigate returns to Sevastopol after Mediterranean mission

Russian missile frigate returns to Sevastopol after Mediterranean mission

SEVASTOPOL, March 5. /TASS/. The Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Makarov has arrived at the home base in Sevastopol after accomplishing missions in the Mediterranean Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Tuesday. The missile frigate had operated as part of Russia’s Mediterranean taskforce since November last year. “An official ceremony was held in Sevastopol under the direction of Black Sea Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexei Moiseyev to welcome the ship’s return from its missions in distant waters. Frigate Commander Captain 2nd Rank Grigory Breyev reported to the fleet’s commander that the tasks assigned in the distant sea zone had been fulfilled successfully,” the press office…

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Russian Navy to get two nuclear subs, one diesel sub by year-end

Russian Navy to get two nuclear subs, one diesel sub by year-end

MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. The Russian Navy this year will get two nuclear submarines and a diesel one by the end of this year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said during a distance conference on Tuesday. The surface fleet will be complemented by the frigate The Admiral Kasatonov, corvette The Gremyashchy, amphibious assault ship The Pyotr Morgunov, small missile ships The Merkuri and The Ingushetia, patrol ship The Dmitry Rogachyov, five combat boats, minesweeper The Vladimir Yemelyanov and twenty logistic ships. Eleven ships will undergo repairs at shipyards. In other media

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Russia to train 100 Chinese servicemen for second regiment of S-400 — source

Russia to train 100 Chinese servicemen for second regiment of S-400 — source

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. About 100 Chinese military servicemen will undergo a course of instruction in Russia in March-June in the operation of the air defense system S-400 Triumf. They will be trained to operate the second regimental set of this system, to be handed over to China in the second half of the year, a military-diplomatic source told TASS. “About 100 military servicemen from the People’s Liberation Army of China will undergo instruction at a Russian training center in the operation and combat uses of the second regimental set of the S-400 system, to be provided to China in the second half…

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China urges US to return to compliance with INF, iron out differences with Russia

China urges US to return to compliance with INF, iron out differences with Russia

BEIJING, March 5. /TASS/. The United States needs to return to compliance with its commitments under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and resolve disagreements with Russia to ensure universal stability and security, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said on Tuesday. “China strongly opposes the United States’ withdrawal from that treaty. We believe that Russia and the US should resolve disagreements as soon as possible and return to [compliance with] the accord,” he told reporters at a press briefing. According to the diplomat, Moscow’s and Washington’s decision to quit the deal will have an adverse effect on global security. INF issue The INF Treaty,…

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Russian, US top military brass hash over missile defense, INF, New START

Russian, US top military brass hash over missile defense, INF, New START

MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. Russian Chief of the General Staff, Deputy Defense Minister Army General Valery Gerasimov and US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford have discussed missile defense issues, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. “The parties exchanged views on developments in Syria. The focus was on the need to continue interaction aimed at preventing incidents,” the statement reads. Gerasimov and Dunford also discussed strategic stability and regional security issues, including missile defense, the INF Treaty and the New START. US Joint Staff Spokesperson…

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New regiment set of S-400 air defense missile systems arrives for Russia’s Baltic Fleet

New regiment set of S-400 air defense missile systems arrives for Russia’s Baltic Fleet

© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS KALININGRAD, March 4. /TASS/. A new regiment set of Russia’s most advanced S-400 long-range surface-to air missile systems has arrived for the Baltic Fleet under the defense procurement plan, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “The new S-400 Triumf air defense missile system has arrived at its permanent base in the Kaliningrad Region from the Kapustin Yar practice range in the Astrakhan Region after its initial live-fire tests were conducted successfully,” the press office said. The S-400 regiment set will be fully deployed to protect the airspace of Russia’s westernmost region by the end of next week, the press office said.  The…

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Russia ready to consider Qatar’s requests for weapons delivery

Russia ready to consider Qatar’s requests for weapons delivery

DOHA, March 4. /TASS/. Moscow is ready to consider Doha’s requests for weapons delivery, if such requests appear, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on Monday during a joint press conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. “Our military-technical cooperation with Qatar is regulated in a bilateral manner, 18 months ago we signed an intergovernmental agreement on military-technical cooperation,” the minister noted. “Today, we reaffirmed the need to follow this agreement.” “When our Qatari partners send us requests for delivery of Russian military products, we will consider them,” Lavrov said. Earlier on Monday, Al-Thani stated that Doha is holding negotiations with Moscow on…

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Russian Defense Ministry confirms meeting of Russian, US chiefs of general staff in Vienna

Russian Defense Ministry confirms meeting of Russian, US chiefs of general staff in Vienna

© Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford will meet in Vienna on Monday. “Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and First Deputy Defense Minister Army General Valery Gerasimov and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford will meet in Vienna (Austria) today,” the ministry told journalists. The Russian side did not disclose the agenda, but on Sunday Joint Staff Spokesperson Patrick Ryder reported that there are plans to discuss the deconfliction between the forces…

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US, South Korea to hold combined exercise on March 4-12 to replace Key Resolve drills

US, South Korea to hold combined exercise on March 4-12 to replace Key Resolve drills

US-South Korean joint drills Key Resolve/Foal Eagle © EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. /TASS/. The United States and South Korea will hold the new “Dong Maeng” (“Alliance”) combined military exercise on March 4-12 to replace the discontinued Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and the South Korean-US Combined Forces Command. “Dong Maeng, which means alliance in English, has been modified from the previously held spring exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle and will focus on strategic, operational and tactical aspects of general military operations on the Korean Peninsula,” they said in a…

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US creating pretexts for militarization of space — Russian General Staff

US creating pretexts for militarization of space — Russian General Staff

Russia’s First Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov © Alexei Yereshko/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. The United States is creating pretexts for militarizing space, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and First Deputy Defense Minister Army General Valery Gerasimov told a conference on military strategy on Saturday. Gerasimov said Washington continues its course on expanding military presence in close proximity to Russian borders and on destroying the system of treaty relations on issues of arms reduction, which has a negative effect on strategic stability. “In 2002 the US unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic…

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US Department of Defense confirms decision to discontinue joint drills with South Korea

US Department of Defense confirms decision to discontinue joint drills with South Korea

© EPA-EFE/Olivier Douliery/POOL WASHINGTON, March 3. /TASS/. The United States and South Korea have decided to conclude the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills, the press service of the US Department of Defense said in a statement issued on Saturday. “Following close coordination, both sides decided to conclude the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle series of exercises,” the press service said. The decision was made by South Korea’s Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan during their telephone conversation on Saturday. In their telephone conversation, Jeong and Shanahan “assessed the outcomes of the Summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim…

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US, South Korea decide to end joint Key Resolve, Foal Eagle military drills — Yonhap

US, South Korea decide to end joint Key Resolve, Foal Eagle military drills — Yonhap

US-South Korean joint military exercise “Key Resolve/Foal Eagle” © EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. /TASS/. The United States and South Korea have decided to end their Key Resolve and Foal Eagle combined exercises “to back diplomacy for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday citing Seoul’s defense ministry. Yonhap said that the decision was made by South Korea’s Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan during their telephone conversation on Saturday. “The minister and secretary made clear that the alliance’s decision regarding the adjustment of the exercise and drills reflects both countries’ expectation to back diplomatic…

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Russian defense minister holds telephone talks with Indian counterpart, says ministry

Russian defense minister holds telephone talks with Indian counterpart, says ministry

MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has held telephone talks with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman, during which he particularly expressed condolences on the terrorist attack in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (attack triggered another wave of armed clashes between India and Pakistan – TASS), the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Shoigu offered condolences “on the death of Indian servicemen as a result of the terrorist attack on February 14 in the Pulwama district,” the ministry said. “During the telephone conversation, defense ministers of the two countries noted the importance to step up cooperation in combating terrorist…

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Over 3,500 servicemen start drills at 30 training ranges in Russia’s south

Over 3,500 servicemen start drills at 30 training ranges in Russia’s south

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 2. /TASS/. Over 3,500 servicemen from units of the Southern Military District have started field drills at 30 training ranges, the district’s press service said on Saturday. “Over 3,500 servicemen from air defense units have started tactical drills at 30 training ranges,” the press service said. Training ranges used in the drills are located in Russia’s Rostov, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Crimea, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia and Adygeya regions. More than 750 units of military equipment are used in the drills, including Pantsir-S1 and Tunguska missile systems, Shilka weapon systems, Triumpf S-400, Tor-M, Buk-M3, Osa and Strela-10M missile systems. In…

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Russian defense firm develops more powerful 5.45mm rounds for Kalashnikov assault rifles

Russian defense firm develops more powerful 5.45mm rounds for Kalashnikov assault rifles

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Russia’s TsNIITochMash (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has developed more powerful 5.45mm rounds and their version with the increased density of fire during its work on the next-generation Ratnik soldier gear, TsNIITochMash General Designer for the Ratnik Outift Igor Nekrasov said on Friday. As was reported earlier, Russia’s Defense Ministry was considering giving up 5.45mm rounds used in Kalashnikov AK-74, AK-12 assault rifles and other small arms as they had the insufficient piercing power at medium and increased fire ranges. “As part of the Ratnik experimental design work, the 7N39 and 7N40 rounds have been developed: one with the…

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India’s MiG-21 upgraded by Russia equal to Pakistan’s F-16, says analyst

India’s MiG-21 upgraded by Russia equal to Pakistan’s F-16, says analyst

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. India’s MiG-21 fighter upgraded by Russia possesses combat capabilities identical to those of the F-16 of Pakistan’s Air Force, the editor-in-chief of National Defense magazine, Igor Korotchenko, said about recent clashes involving these planes. An air fight between the planes of the two types occurred on the Indian-Pakistani border on February 28. At least one MiG-21 was shot down. The pilot ejected himself and was taken prisoner by Pakistan. According to the Indian Air Force, in the same clash another MiG-21 shot down Pakistan’s F-16 of US manufacture. Pakistan has not confirmed the loss of the plane so far. “The MiG-21,…

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NATO’s mandate allows cyber capabilities use only in operations, missions, official says

NATO’s mandate allows cyber capabilities use only in operations, missions, official says

BRUSSELS, March 1. /TASS/. The North Atlantic Alliance can only use cyber capabilities in its operations and missions, a NATO official told TASS, commenting on US media reports about a cyber attack US Cyber Command had allegedly carried out against the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency on November 6, 2018. “NATO’s mandate is defensive, and we act in line with international law. We have policies that allow the Alliance to draw on Allies’ national cyber capabilities, but only in its operations and missions, in line with its defensive mandate and subject to political control,” the official said, adding that questions on national activities should be…

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Russia to complete field trials of paratroopers’ latest artillery system in 2019

Russia to complete field trials of paratroopers’ latest artillery system in 2019

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. The field trials of the latest Lotos self-propelled artillery system for the Airborne Force are expected to be completed in 2019, Deputy CEO of the TsNIITochMash defense contractor (the weapon’s developer) Mikhail Levshunov said on Friday. The new artillery system is currently at the stage of its assembly and preparation for field trials, the deputy chief executive said. TsNIITochMash CEO Albert Bakov told Izvestia daily on Thursday that the Lotos self-propelled gun would enter state trials in 2019. The Lotos self-propelled artillery gun for Russia’s Airborne Force will be close to the latest Koalitsiya-SV howitzer by its capabilities, Levshunov said. “The…

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Udav pistol’s guaranteed service life up to 10,000 rounds, says designer

Udav pistol’s guaranteed service life up to 10,000 rounds, says designer

Udav handgun chief designer, Ivan Kozlov © Nikita Osetrov/TsNIITochMash Press Service MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Thorough testing has confirmed that the service life of Russia’s newest handgun Udav comes to 10,000 rounds, the weapon’s chief designer, Ivan Kozlov, has told the media. “To make the standard Udavs for the army we are using special materials to a lesser degree, while focusing more on the processing methods. This makes it possible to achieve better performance characteristics. The “normal workhorse’s” confirmed service life is 10,000 rounds (that is 9×21 mm cartridges, or the 7N29 and the 7N28 to be exact) Kozlov said.            …

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Guaranteed endurance of Udav handgun is 10,000 shots — designer

Guaranteed endurance of Udav handgun is 10,000 shots — designer

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. The confirmed endurance of Russia’s newest handgun Udav is 10,000 shots, the weapon’s chief designer, Ivan Kozlov, has told the media. “To make the standard Udavs for the army we use special materials to a smaller extent, while the role of materials processing is far greater. This helps achieve higher parameters. The “normal workhorse’s” confirmed endurance is 10,000 rounds (9×21 mm cartridges 7N29 or 7N28) Kozlov said. The actual endurance of Udav handguns confirmed during government certification tests was 14,000-20,000 fired rounds, depending on the weapon’s configuration and testing conditions. The designer said the Defense Ministry posed very harsh requirements for…

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Udav pistol may be redesigned for 9×19 mm Parabellum cartridge

Udav pistol may be redesigned for 9×19 mm Parabellum cartridge

Udav handgun © TsNIITochMash Press Service MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Russia’s firearms designer TsNIITochMash (an affiliate of Rostec) is considering the possibility of reworking the handgun Udav for the 9×19 cartridge Parabellum, the weapon’s chief designer Ivan Kozlov told the media. “We’ve been experimenting [with the 9×19 mm cartridge] and conducting research into whether it is possible to make the handgun a multi-caliber one,” Kozlov said. Originally Udav was designed for the 9×21 mm cartridge. Firstly, because its bullet is capable of piercing any current body armor. Secondly, the widest variety of ammunition of this caliber is manufactured and available in Russia. “Whereas in the 9×19…

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Russia to develop new sniper rifle for troops in 4 years

Russia to develop new sniper rifle for troops in 4 years

© Valeriy Matytsin/TASS MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. A new sniper system being developed in Russia under the experimental design work codenamed Ugolyok will be ready in four years, Chief Designer for the Ratnik Soldier Gear at the TsNIITochMash defense contractor Oleg Nekrasov said on Friday. The new rifle will be chambered for Russian rounds, although it will have NATO calibers: .308 Winchester (7.62×51 mm) and the more powerful .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6×70 mm). “The Institute [TsNIITochMash] is carrying out work on new sniper systems under a technical assignment from the Defense Ministry,” the chief designer said. “It will be necessary to develop new rifles, new sights…

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Russia’s latest S-500, S-350 systems to enter service soon

Russia’s latest S-500, S-350 systems to enter service soon

© Vitaly Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. The advanced S-500 surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile systems and S-350 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems will enter service with the Russian armed forces soon, the commandant of the Zhukov Air-Space Academy, Lieutenant General Vladimir Lyaporov, said in an interview published by the Krasnaya Zvezda daily on Friday. In 2019, the first group of officers will complete a training course to use S-500, a long-range system that will form the backbone of Russia’s integrated air defense and missile defense system. “I would like to note that in 2019, the first group of officers will complete the academy’s course to use the S-500…

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Russia’s newest S-500, S-350 systems to enter service in the near future

Russia’s newest S-500, S-350 systems to enter service in the near future

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. The advanced S-500 surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile systems and S-350 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems will enter service with the Russian armed forces soon, the commandant of the Zhukov Air-Space Academy, Lieutenant General Vladimir Lyaporov, said in an interview published by the Krasnaya Zvezda daily on Friday. In 2019, the first group of officers will complete a training course to use S-500, a long-range system that will form the backbone of Russia’s integrated air defense and missile defense system. “I would like to note that in 2019, the first group of officers will complete the academy’s course to use the S-500 systems. The…

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Russian defense contractor to develop civilian version of new sniper rifle

Russian defense contractor to develop civilian version of new sniper rifle

© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s TsNIITochMash defense contractor will develop self-loading hunting rifles for .308 and .338 Lapua Magnum rounds on the basis of the Ugolyok sniper rifle being developed for the Russian Army, TsNIITochMash CEO Albert Bakov told Izvestia daily on Thursday. “This relates to the work on developing high-level self-loading hunting rifles on the basis of two sniper systems we are now developing. Both calibers – .308 and .338 are now in demand,” Bakov said, replying to a question about the defense contractor’s plans for the development of hunting guns. Today, there is tight competition on the Russian hunting market among…

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Advanced artillery system for Russian paratroopers to enter state trials in 2019

Advanced artillery system for Russian paratroopers to enter state trials in 2019

Russia’s self-propelled artillery gun © Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. The state trials of the latest Lotos self-propelled artillery gun for Russia’s Airborne Force will enter state trials in 2019, CEO of the TsNIITochMash defense contractor Albert Bakov told Izvestia daily on Thursday. TsNIITochMash is the developer of the Lotos artillery system. “The Lotos self-propelled artillery gun is one of the parts of this work. In 2019, we are planning to start state trials,” the chief executive said. TsNIITochMash engineers have developed a special protection system for the Lotos gun to shield it from precision weapons, he said. The Lotos artillery system will also feature…

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