Category: Military & Defense

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

Nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir to fire with Bulava in fall of 2019 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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US to spend at least 5 years developing missiles similar to Sarmat, Kinzhal, says expert

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The US would need at least 5 years to develop military equipment similar to Russia’s Sarmat and Kinzhal ballistic missile, as well as the Avangard system, head of the Center of Political and Military Research of the Lomonosov Moscow State University’s School of World Politics Yevgeny Buzhinsky stated. “Sarmat, Avangard and Kinzhal are the type of equipment that no one else has yet. And according to public and semi-public data, the Americans would need at least 5-7 years to catch up with us, even though their programs receive much more generous funding. And they began much earlier than we did,” Buzhinsky…

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Reconnaissance and attack drones to arrive for Russian Army from 2019

Reconnaissance and attack drones to arrive for Russian Army from 2019

© Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Industry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Reconnaissance and attack drones will start arriving for the Russian Army from 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s year-end board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. “Work is nearing completion to create medium-range reconnaissance and attack drones. From next year, they are expected to start arriving for the troops,” the defense chief said. Under the defense procurement plan, the Russian Army annually gets over 300 short-range aircraft, the defense minister said. “Their number has exceeded 2,100 drones in the Armed Forces.” Russia is developing several types of attack drones. These…

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Russian Navy to get 12 warships and two subs in 2019

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Navy will take the delivery of 12 warships and combat boats, two submarines and four Bal and Bastion coastal defense systems in 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s year-end board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. “A total of 12 warships and combat boats, two submarines and 12 support vessels will enter service with the Navy. Four Bal and Bastion coastal defense systems will be delivered to the troops. As a whole, the task is to raise the share of modern weaponry in the Navy to 64%,” the defense chief said. The Bastion mobile…

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Russia completes rearming air defense forces in Crimea with S-400 missile systems

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russia has completed rearming air defense forces in Crimea with the advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems, Commander of the Southern Military District Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov said at the Defense Ministry’s year-end board meeting on Tuesday. “This year, we have completed rearming air defense units stationed in Crimea with the S-400 Triumf systems. Today they are on combat duty, reliably protecting the airspace over the entire Crimean Peninsula,” the general said. For the purposes of neutralizing possible threats, the troops of the Southern Military District continued accomplishing their combat duty tasks to provide for air defense of Russia’s southern frontiers and…

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Russia to set up air defense infrastructure in Arctic Ocean in 2019

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry will finish establishing the infrastructure for setting up air defense systems on the Wrangel Island (Arctic Ocean, Chukchi Sea), Sredniy Island (Arctic Ocean, the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago), and Cape Schmidt (Chukchi Sea) in 2019, Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s annual board meeting, where President Vladimir Putin was present. “In 2019, we will finish establishing the infrastructure for placing the infrastructure of air defense radar units and air control centers on the Sredniy Island, the Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt,” Shoigu said. He added that within the program of establishing the Arctic infrastructure,…

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Over 30 Yars, Avangard ICBMs to assume combat duty in Russia next year

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Strategic Missile Force will make operational 31 Yars and Avangard intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) next year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at the ministry’s year-end enlarged board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. “The Defense Ministry is set to accomplish several priority tasks in 2019,” Shoigu said. “With regard to the strategic nuclear forces, 31 launchers with the Yars and Avangard ICBMs will assume combat duty in the Strategic Missile Force,” the defense chief said. As Strategic Missile Force Commander Sergei Karakayev said in an interview with the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda on December 17, the first Avangard…

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Russian strategic Tu-160 bomber test-fires 12 missiles

Russian strategic Tu-160 bomber test-fires 12 missiles

© Russian Defence Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The strategic Tu-160 missile-carrying bomber test-fired 12 Kh-101 missiles at the Pemboi practice range in November, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s year-end board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. “In November, the strategic Tu-160 missile-carrying bomber that underwent modernization successfully test-fired 12 Kh-101 airborne cruise missiles at the Pemboi range located beyond the Polar Circle,” the defense minister said. The bomber made the salvo launch of missiles on the instruction of the Russian president, Shoigu said. The Russian Armed Forces are building up their strike potential to counter the…

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Russia to hold strategic nuclear forces’ drills in 2019

MOSCOW, December 18./TASS/. The Russian strategic nuclear forces will hold the military exercise dubbed Grom (Thunder) next year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the annual board meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry with the participation of President Vladimir Putin. Focusing on the ministry’s plans for the next year, Shoigu said it plans to prepare and hold 18,500 different war games and drill trainings, including the command-and-staff exercise Center2019 and the Thunder exercise of the strategic nuclear forces. Summing up the results of the year, the minister said the task set last year to bring the share of cutting edge weaponry in the strategic nuclear forces…

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Russian Army to get two brigades of S-300 air defense missile systems in 2019

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Army will get two brigades of S-300V4 and Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile systems next year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s enlarged board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. “There are plans to deliver 719 modern armored vehicles, one brigade set of Iskander-M missile systems, two brigades of S-300V4 and Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile complexes,” the minister said. According to Russia’s defense chief, 11 large units and military formations will be set up in the country’s ground forces in 2019. The share of modern weaponry will reach 50.8%. In 2018, the task of raising the level of…

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Russian Aerospace Force to get over 140 advanced aircraft next year

Russian Aerospace Force to get over 140 advanced aircraft next year

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Aerospace Force will get 143 new aircraft, two regiments of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems and the first S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air complex next year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at the ministry’s year-end enlarged board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin. “There are plans to deliver 143 new and upgraded aircraft, two regiment sets of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems, one S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air complex and seven battalion sets of Pantsyr air defense missile/gun systems to the Aerospace Force, naval aviation and the Navy’s air defense forces,” Shoigu said. According to the minister, the share…

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Putin orders use of new weapons during war games

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces must practice firing new weapons systems and drill nonstandard combat situations at military exercises, President Vladimir Putin told an annual board meeting of the Defense Ministry. “Drills, and long sea voyages must take into account nonstandard situations, up-to-date forms and methods of warfare as well as practice using new kinds of weapons and hardware,” the president said. The president mentioned enhancing combat training among the priorities for the Russian Armed Forces, stressing that the military “must be constantly, year by year raising its standards,” and function as needed. Putin stressed that success of a certain battle or…

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Putin: Russia may create ground-based weapon systems if US quits INF Treaty

Putin: Russia may create ground-based weapon systems if US quits INF Treaty

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. It won’t take much effort for Russia to create the appropriate ground-based weapon systems, if the US quits the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an enlarged board meeting of the Defense Ministry on Tuesday. As the Russian leader said, “largely speaking, Russia has everything” “And if there occurs what they are trying to frighten us with, we will have to respond accordingly. And, as you understand, if we have airborne and sea-based systems, it won’t take much effort for us to carry out R&D and place such systems on the ground, if necessary,” the Russian…

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Putin hails rapid development of military education system in Russia

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The military education system in Russia has been rapidly developing, President Vladimir Putin said at the Russian Defense Ministry’s annual board meeting, summing up the year’s achievements. According to him, more than 12,000 professionally trained officers have been assigned to the ground forces and the navy. “The selection of contracted soldiers has also improved: two-thirds of more than 60,000 people admitted to the armed forces this year have either college degrees or professional training,” Putin added. In other media

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Putin: Russia’s advanced weapons will make those accustomed to militarist rhetoric think

Putin: Russia’s advanced weapons will make those accustomed to militarist rhetoric think

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russia’s advanced weapons, which will ensure the country’ security for decades to come, will force those who got accustomed to militarist rhetoric to think, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Defense Ministry’s expanded board meeting on Tuesday. “A serious breakthrough has been made in developing advanced and unparalleled weapons, about which I said in the address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 this year,” Putin said. “I hope our newest systems will make think those who got accustomed to militarist and aggressive rhetoric.” The Russian leader noted that serial production of Avangard hypersonic missile systems has been launched,…

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Putin: US pullout from INF Treaty may ruin arms control system

Putin: US pullout from INF Treaty may ruin arms control system

© Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS Host Photo Agency MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The US pullout from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty may ruin the entire system of arms control and mass destruction weapons non-proliferation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an enlarged board meeting of the Defense Ministry on Tuesday. “The US statement on withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty causes serious concern. This step may have very negative consequences and will noticeably weaken regional and global security,” Putin noted. “In a perspective, this may actually mean the degradation and even the ruin of the entire architecture of arms control and mass destruction weapons non-proliferation,” the…

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Russia’s military branches, armed services developed in balanced way in 2018, says Putin

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. All of Russia’s military branches and armed services developed in 2018 in a balanced and planned way and the country’s nuclear triad became stronger, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. “All of Russia’s military branches and armed services have been developing in a balanced way and have been supplied with up-to-date weapons and military hardware in line with the plans and the new state armaments program,” Putin said at an enlarged board meeting of the Defense Ministry. “The nuclear triad, which plays a key role in the maintenance of the global parity, obviously became stronger,” the president added. In other…

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How post-war Soviet counter-intelligence worked to usher in the USSR’s missile arsenal

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Military intelligence played a significant role in creating missile weapons in the USSR, Head of the Military Counter-Intelligence Department at Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Colonel-General Nikolai Yuryev told TASS on the eve of the centenary of domestic military counter-intelligence. In April 1945, military counter-intelligence officers noticed that US and UK intelligence agencies were displaying enhanced interest in the Third Reich’s ‘super-weapon.’ It became known that the Americans had found a large group of German scientists working on the missile program and were preparing to send them to the United States,” Yuryev said. Among them was Doctor Helmut Grottrup, a key…

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Russia’s Defense Ministry refutes media reports on GRU chief’s death in Lebanon

Russia’s Defense Ministry refutes media reports on GRU chief’s death in Lebanon

Igor Sergun © Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry refuted media reports about the death of Director of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service Igor Sergun in January 2016 in Lebanon, calling this “conspiracy nonsense.” “The rumors, disseminated at the suggestion of the US Justice Department, that Col. Gen. Igor Dmitrievich Sergun died on January 3, 2016 while in Lebanon are conspiracy nonsense. Igor Dmitrievich was in Russia in January 2016,” the ministry said. Sergun died on January 3, 2016 at the age of 58. The Defense Ministry earlier reported that the general died at the FSB health resort Mosckvich near Moscow after a…

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Ten intelligence agencies ramp up efforts aimed at Russian military, says FSB

Ten intelligence agencies ramp up efforts aimed at Russian military, says FSB

© Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Intelligence agencies from at least ten countries have been showing high interest in Russia’s Armed Forces, Head of the Military Counterintelligence Department at the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Colonel General Nikolai Yuryev said in an interview with TASS ahead of the military counterintelligence agency’s centennial anniversary. “Russia’s Armed Forces still are a matter of interest for foreign intelligence agencies,” he noted. “This is proven by the fact that military counterintelligence officers exposed dozens of intelligence agents from the US, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia and Poland [in the past five years – TASS],” Yuryev…

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Russia’s top brass: Military police service successfully established in Syria

Russia’s top brass: Military police service successfully established in Syria

© Marina Lysceva/TASS HMEIMIM, December 18. /TASS/. A military police service has been successfully established in Syria, Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Military Police Directorate Lieutenant General Vladimir Ivanovsky told reporters. “According to military commanders, locals and observers, a military police service has been successfully established, tasked with carrying out humanitarian missions and peacekeeping operations,” he said after a ceremony held at Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria, when Russian military police officers received awards before departing for home. The general added that Russian military police officers had built a positive image among Syrian civilians, while the military police service had taken a final…

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Latest artillery system for Russia’s Airborne Force to enter final trials in 2019

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. The advanced Lotos artillery system and the Zavet-D fire control vehicle will undergo trials in 2019, after which they will be accepted for service in Russia’s Airborne Force, the Defense Ministry reported on Monday. “In 2019, the 2S42 Lotos 120mm self-propelled artillery gun and the Zavet-D artillery fire control vehicle will enter final state trials before they are accepted as the armament of the Airborne Force,” the ministry said in a statement. As the Defense Ministry noted, the promising Lotos gun will replace the Nona 120mm system in the artillery units of the Airborne Force when it is accepted for service.…

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Russian Navy gets lead cruise missile corvette

KALININGRAD, December 17. /TASS/. The Project 22800 lead missile corvette Mytishchi armed with Kalibr cruise missiles was accepted for service in the Russian Navy. The flag-raising ceremony aboard the warship was held in the Baltic Fleet’s main naval base of Baltiysk where it will operate, the Fleet’s press office told TASS on Monday. “The Project 22800 newest small missile ship Mytishchi has been delivered to the Navy. The solemn ceremony of raising the St. Andrew’s flag for the first time was held aboard the warship built for the Baltic Fleet at the Pella Shipyard,” the press office said. By order of Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir…

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Russia’s Borei subs doubly quiet than US Virginia class

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Russia’s Borei strategic missile submarines are doubly quiet than the US Virginia class, Director of the Kurchatov Institute R&D Center Alexander Blagov said at a roundtable discussion on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the country’s nuclear submarine fleet. “Enormous work was done to lower the noise level of submarines and reduce physical fields. The noise level of the Borei strategic underwater missile-carrying cruiser is five times lower than that of the third-generation Shchuka-B multipurpose nuclear-powered sub and two times lower than the US Virginia class,” Blagov said. Project 955 and 955A (Borei and Borei-A) submarines have been developed by…

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Russia to begin flight tests of Sarmat ICBM in nearest perspective

Russia completes building infrastructure for Sarmat ICBMs

© Russia’s Defense Ministry press-service/TASS MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. The infrastructure for deploying Russia’s most advanced Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) has been fully prepared, Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov said in an interview published in the business daily Kommersant. “Over the past few years, we have created modern infrastructure for deploying Yars complexes and the infrastructure for the Sarmat missile system has already been prepared. The most complex facilities have been put into operation and radar stations are already on combat duty in their high operational readiness,” the newspaper quoted the deputy defense minister as saying. Russia has also reconstructed 19 airfields for the Aerospace…

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Sea trials for corvette Gromky wrap up in Russia

© Yury Smitiuk/TASS VLADIVOSTOK, December 17. /TASS/. The sea part of the state testing for Project 20380 corvette Gromky, built for the Pacific Fleet, has ended in the Primorsky Region, the Department for Information Support of the Eastern Military District Press Service for the Pacific Fleet reported. “During the state testing, the ship’s crew and representatives for the plant trial crew carried out the maneuver and speed testing of the corvette in cooperation with members of the state admission board, as well as checked the operation of all sets, systems and bends, navigation and radio technical means and the ship’s arms,” the report says. Up to…

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More than 1,000 servicemen take part in Russian-Abkhaz drills

ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 17. /TASS/. Joint actions in the mountains and in the Black Sea area were trained during Russian-Abkhaz drills. More than 1,000 servicemen from the two countries and more than 200 pieces of military and special equipment were involved in the exercise, the press service of the Southern Military District reported. “The personnel of the Russian military base and servicemen of the Abkhaz Ministry of Defense carried out integrated tactical drills to train cooperation when repelling ‘enemy’ attacks,” the press service said in the report. Throughout the week, the motorized infantry performed the tasks to defend mountain-woody and coastal areas at the Tsabal and…

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Russia to begin flight tests of Sarmat ICBM in nearest perspective

Official reveals which army’s division will be one of the first to get Sarmat ICBMs

© Russia’s Defense MInistry press service/TASS MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. The rearmament of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF) with the most advanced Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will begin with the Uzhur-based strategic missile force division in 2021, RSMF Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. “We plan to start the rearmament with this missile complex starting in 2021 in the Uzhur-based missile force division, which currently has in operation its predecessor – the Voyevoda missile complex,” Karakayev said. Russia is developing the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile system to replace its most powerful Voyevoda ICBM. In 2018, the Sarmat successfully passed…

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US to look for new ways of neutralizing Russian strategic nuclear forces

US to look for new ways of neutralizing Russian strategic nuclear forces

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. The United States continues looking for new ways of neutralizing the potential of the Russian Strategic Missile forces, Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. “We may assert that in the approximate perspective the United States will not only carry on with its attempts to neutralize the possibilities of the Strategic Missile Forces of Russia, but will continue the search and implementation of additional ways to reach this task,” Karakayev said. He also said that the nuclear potentials of Russia and the United States were reduced by over three times since the signing of the Strategic…

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