Category: Military & Defense

Avangard hypersonic missile systems to enter combat duty in Dombarovsky division in 2019

Avangard hypersonic missile systems to enter combat duty in Dombarovsky division in 2019

Avangard hypersonic missile systems © Press Service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. First Avangard hypersonic missile systems will enter combat duty in 2019 at the Dombarovsky missile division based in the Orenburg Region in the south Urals, Strategic Missile Force Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. “First complexes are planned to be put on combat duty at the missile regiment of the Dombarosky division starting next year,” Karakayev said. The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle. According to open sources, the ‘breakthrough’ weapon was…

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Russia to begin flight tests of Sarmat ICBM in nearest perspective

Russia to begin flight tests of Sarmat ICBM in nearest perspective

Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile © Press Service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/TASS MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Flight tests of the most advanced Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will begin in “the nearest perspective,” Strategic Missile Force Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. According to Karakayev, the necessary infrastructure for the flight tests of Sarmat ICBM is being constructed at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north Russia. “Flight tests of the complex will start in the nearest perspective and its success will provide for the serial production of its components,” he said. The rearmament of the Russian Strategic…

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Russian-Indian exercises, Indra Navy-2018, end in Bay of Bengal

Russian-Indian exercises, Indra Navy-2018, end in Bay of Bengal

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS VLADIVOSTOK, December 16. /TASS/. Russian-Indian exercises, Indra Navy 2018, ended on Sunday in the Bay of Bengal near the Indian port of Visakhapatnam, the Pacific Fleet information department of Russia’s Eastern Military District reported. “Today, the Russian-Indian Indra Navy-2018 exercise was completed near the Indian port of Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal. It was aimed at practicing naval cooperation between sailors of the two states in protecting navigation and other economic activities at sea,” the press service said in a statement. “During the exercise, sailors of Russia’s Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet improved their practical skills of joint tactical maneuvers,…

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Russian Navy to get new guided missile corvette on December 17

MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The Mytishchi, the first guided missile corvette of Project 22800 Karakurt, has completed state trials and will be handed over to the Russian Navy on December 17, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service has said. “The newest Project-22800 missile corvette, The Mytishchi, has completed state trials in the waters of the Baltic Sea and will be handed over to the Navy on December 17,” a ministry spokesperson said. The trials included missile launches and tests of the vessel’s safety and security systems, engine and electronics. The Mytishchi also demonstrated good seaworthiness and maneuverability in blue water and climatic conditions of northern…

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Pentagon chief avoids dialogue on INF Treaty with Russian defense minister – ministry

Pentagon chief avoids dialogue on INF Treaty with Russian defense minister – ministry

Pentagon Chief James Mattis © Nikolay Lazarenko/TASS MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu suggested discussing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) issue with Pentagon chief James Mattis but the Pentagon failed to give even a formal response, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Saturday. According to him, several days ago, two messages were conveyed to Mattis through a defense attache for the US embassy. The first one concerned the situation in Syria. “In the second message, the Russian defense minister suggested discussing the differences in the two countries’ positions on compliance conditions of the Intermediate-Range…

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Two Russian Tu-160 bombers end 10-hour flight over Norwegian, Barents seas

Tu-160 bombers return to home airfield in Russia after visit to Venezuela

© Russian Defence Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Tu-160 strategic bombers have returned to their home airfield in Russia after a their visit to Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry’s department of information and communications said on Saturday. “Long-range aircraft flew in the airspace over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Norwegian and Barents Seas,” the defense ministry said. “Tu-160 strategic bombers flew over 12,000 kilometers and refueled in the air,” the ministry added. “During their visit to Venezuela, the pilots of long-range aircraft performed a routine flight in the airspace over the Caribbean Sea, receiving practical experience of fulfilling the flight task near the equator…

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Russia to take part in ASEAN navy drills in 2019 — defense ministry

Russia to take part in ASEAN navy drills in 2019 — defense ministry

© Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Russia will take part in 2019 navy drills organized by Singapore and South Korea in the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Fomin said on Friday at a briefing for foreign attaches. Fomin noted that the Russian Defense Ministry continues cooperating with Asia Pacific countries in the ADMM-Plus format (meeting between defense ministers of ASEAN member countries and dialogue partners). “In March 2019 we will send a group of Russian specialists (20 people) to participate in the exercise of the expert working group on military…

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Communication channels between Russian, EU military established to coordinate activities

Communication channels between Russian, EU military established to coordinate activities

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin © Alexei Yereshko/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Direct communication channels have been established between Russian military and defense ministries of the UK, France, Finland and Sweden to prevent dangerous military activity and decrease the likelihood of incidents in the Baltic Sea region, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Col. Alexander Fomin said on Friday at the meeting with military attaches. “With the aims of preventing dangerous military activities and decreasing the likelihood of incidents in the Baltic Sea region, direct communication channels over telephone were organized between Russia’s National Defense Management Center and defense ministries of the UK,…

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Russian Defense Ministry signs cooperation agreements with nine countries in 2018

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry signed bilateral agreements on military cooperation with nine countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region in 2018, Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Colonel General Alexander Fomin, said at a meeting with defense attaches on Friday, summing up the results of the ministry’s international activities this year. “In 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry signed bilateral agreements on military cooperation with nine countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, while 27 such agreements have been signed over the past three years,” he said. Thus, an international legal framework, which opens up new opportunities for cooperation between the Russian Defense Ministry…

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Over 100 defense chiefs invited to 2019 Moscow security conference

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has sent invitations to the Moscow Conference on International Security to defense chiefs in 101 countries and heads of eight international organizations, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said on Friday. “The next, eighth conference will be held next year. Invitations have been sent to defense chiefs in 101 countries and heads of eight international organizations,” he said at a meeting with defense attaches, summing up the results of the ministry’s performance in 2018. According to Fomin, the Russian Defense Ministry plans to increase both dialogue platforms and the range of discussed issues at the…

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US pullout from INF Treaty to unleash arms race, says Russian defense official

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The US pullout from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty will affect international security and unleash an arms race, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin said on Friday. “We are keeping a close eye on the situation in the wake of the US intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This intention, if it is carried through, will produce a negative effect on international security and strategic stability and, of course, will unleash an arms race,” Fomin said at a meeting with military attaches, summing up the results of the ministry’s international activity over the year. Russia strictly…

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Russia’s top brass praises post-Soviet security bloc’s drills

Russia’s top brass praises post-Soviet security bloc’s drills

© Donat Sorokin/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The joint drills of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) show that its collective forces are capable of repelling external aggression and ensuring the allied states’ military security, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin said on Friday. “The results of our drills show that the collective forces set up by the CSTO are capable of effectively countering external aggression and ensuring the member states’ military security,” the Russian general said at a briefing for foreign attaches, summing up the results of the ministry’s international activity this year. The CSTO’s basic efforts are aimed at developing the bloc’s collective…

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Lukashenko chides ‘unneeded’ Russian airbase plan in Belarus as ‘ill-conceived PR move’

Lukashenko chides ‘unneeded’ Russian airbase plan in Belarus as ‘ill-conceived PR move’

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko © Yekaterina Shtukina/Russian Government Press Office/TASS MINSK, December 14. /TASS/. The issue of accommodating a Russian airbase on the territory of Belarus is not on the agenda, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with media outlets from Russia on Friday. “No one needs this base. (No need to) build some base at an old airfield. I ask [Russian President Vladimir] Putin a question: aircraft from Russia will have a flight time of 3-4 minutes. Why is it necessary to bring the airfield to the front line, if a war begins? One missile would be enough to finish off the runway,”…

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Russia’s top brass dismisses US ambassador’s comment on Tu-160 bombers as ‘amateurish’

Russia’s top brass dismisses US ambassador’s comment on Tu-160 bombers as ‘amateurish’

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The statement by US Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker who called the Russian strategic missile-carrying bombers ‘museum exhibits’ is amateurish, Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Friday. According to the general, “the Defense Ministry of Russia is not surprised by the amateurish statements by representatives of the US State Department on the Tu-160 strategic missile-carrying aircraft amid the silence of the Pentagon’s professional experts.” “Since the time of their creation, the Russian Tu-160 strategic missile-carrying bombers have had even no comparable analogues in the United States or in any other NATO member state by the speed they develop, the…

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Russia to manufacture next-generation armored vehicle prototype in spring

Russia to manufacture next-generation armored vehicle prototype in spring

Tigr armored vehicle © Piotr Kovalev/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The first prototype of Russia’s Tigr-2 next-generation armored vehicle being developed by Military Industrial Company will be ready in March-April 2019 after some adjustments ordered by the Defense Ministry, a source in the ministry told TASS on Friday. “Some requirements for the vehicle have changed and the developer has had to make some adjustments in the design. This has had its effect on the timeframe but not very much. In April, perhaps, in March next year,” the source said, without specifying the requirements. TASS has no official confirmation of this information. Military and Industrial Company earlier…

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S-400 battalion to assume combat duty to protect Russia’s western borders

S-400 battalion to assume combat duty to protect Russia’s western borders

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. A battalion of S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems will go on combat duty in the Leningrad Region on December 20 to protect Russia’s western frontiers, a source in the Military District told TASS on Friday. “Pursuant to the plan, a battalion of the surface-to-air missile regiment of the Western Military District’s large air defense unit armed with S-400 Triumf systems (located in the town of Luga in the Leningrad Region) will assume combat duty on December 20 to protect Russia’s western borders,” the source said. As the Western Military District’s press office reported earlier, the battalion assumed experimental combat…

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Russian strategic bombers ordered to return from Venezuela to home bases

Russian strategic bombers ordered to return from Venezuela to home bases

Tu-160 strategic bomber © Russian Defence Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Crews of Russia’s Tu-160 strategic bombers, who earlier completed a flight to Venezuela above the Atlantic Ocean, were ordered to return to their home bases, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Friday. “Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin has set forward a task to organize preparations for returning back to home bases and to perform this task in line with the approved decision,” a spokesperson said. On December 10 and 12, Russian Long-Range Aviation Commander Sergei Kobylash reported to Surovikin via a video linkup that…

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Aerospace Forces detect over 980 airborne objects near Russian borders this year

Aerospace Forces detect over 980 airborne objects near Russian borders this year

© ITAR-TASS / Igor Zhuravlev MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Servicemen of Russia’s Aerospace Forces have detected and tracked over 980,000 foreign airborne objects near the Russian borders this year, said Maj. Gen. Andrei Koban, the commander of the Radio-Technical Troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces. “In 2018, on-duty combat units of the Radio-Technical Troops detected and tracked over 980,000 foreign airborne objects. This includes about 3,000 foreign warplanes, with over 1,000 of them being reconnaissance planes,” the general said. He added that the troops detect and track over 5,000 airborne objects daily, and about a half of them are foreign aircraft. According to Koban, on-duty units…

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Russian-US counterterrorism talks held in Vienna

MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov and US Under-Secretary of State John Sullivan held counterterrorism talks in Vienna on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed. “[The sides] have held talks, during which they discussed the principles and basic goals of activating bilateral cooperation on countering the terrorist threat. They also exchanged opinions on current issues and promising directions of further counterterrorism cooperation of both countries,” the Russian ministry stated. The sides also agreed to maintain permanent contact in the sphere of counterterrorism. In other media

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Production of Kalashnikov guns to be launched in India in 2019

NEW DELHI, December 13. /TASS/. It is planned to begin mass production of Kalashnikov submachine guns in India in 2019, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said on Thursday after a meeting of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military technical cooperation. “We discussed a draft program of for military technical cooperation till the year 2030, the organization of production of Ka-226T helicopters in India,” he said. “We also considered in detail steps to launch the production of Kalashnikov submachine guns in India in 2019.” “Close attention was focused on the quality of post-sale servicing,” he went on to say. “An agreement was signed on the…

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Russia develops 1st interceptor attack drone

MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The first small strike drone Carnivora capable of intercepting other drones and using high explosive bombs has been created in Russia and is undergoing flight trials, the Micran Research and Production Company (the drone’s developer) told TASS on Thursday. “This is a small-class strike drone that can take off from unprepared sites and hover for 10-15 hours, as well as respond to threats, for example, mortar fire pockets. This is the first copy of this drone,” Micran said. The drone has been dubbed Carnivora (from the Latin carnivores), the company said. The drone prototype is currently undergoing factory trials. In other…

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Russia, India reach ‘unprecedented’ level in military technology transfer

NEW DELHI /India/, December 13. /TASS/. The level of cooperation between India and Russia in military technology transfer is ‘unprecedented’ and Moscow is ready to develop military and technical cooperation with Delhi on a long-term basis, Russia’s Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday. “The intensity and the depth of military and technical cooperation speak about the unprecedented level of trust between our countries,” Shoigu said at a meeting with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman. The Russian defense minister said he was confident that “no other state cooperates with India in the sphere of the transfer of armament and military hardware production technologies…

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Foreign customers eye Russia’s new ‘super gun’

Foreign customers eye Russia’s new ‘super gun’

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The Russian ShAK-12 assault rifle evokes great interest of foreign customers, the Instrument Design Bureau (part of High Precision Systems Group within the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) told TASS on Thursday. The Instrument Design Bureau is the developer of the new assault rifle. “Foreign customers are displaying great interest in the assault rifle. Actually all are displaying interest in it also because the situation in the world is very complex. No one skips the ShAK at all international exhibitions but there are no existing export contracts on the assault rifle so far,” the Central Design and Research Bureau of…

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Indian and Russian warships embark on sea phase of Indra Navy-2018 drills

Indian and Russian warships embark on sea phase of Indra Navy-2018 drills

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The sea phase of the bilateral Russian-Indian maritime exercise Indra Navy-2018, which involves Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships, starts in the Bay of Bengal today near the Indian port of Visakhapatnam, the Pacific Fleet press service reported on Thursday. “The Pacific Fleet’s flagship, the Order of Nakhimov Guards missile cruiser Varyag; the large-antisubmarine ship Admiral Panteleyev; and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma left Visakhapatnam, where they arrived on December 9, and set off for the area of the exercise,” the fleet said. The Indian Navy was represented by the Ranvir guided missile destroyer, the Kadmatt, Kuthar and Khanjar corvettes and the…

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Vietnam may drop purchase of new batch of Israeli air defense missile systems – source

Vietnam may drop purchase of new batch of Israeli air defense missile systems – source

SPYDER short-range air defense missile systems © AP Photo/Joseph Nair MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Vietnam may give up further purchases of Israeli SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) short-range air defense missile systems due to flaws found in these weapons, a source close to Vietnam’s Defense Ministry told TASS.  “The Defense Ministry of Vietnam is against purchasing a new batch of Israeli SPYDER short-range systems. Specifically, in the estimate of military specialists, these systems operate poorly in tropical conditions and regularly break down,” the source said.  The SPYDER weapons are also incompatible with the earlier supplied Russian surface-to-air missile systems, “which lowers the efficiency of Vietnam’s united…

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Russia’s strategic bombers Tu-160 fly for 10 hours over Caribbean Sea — defense ministry

Russia’s strategic bombers Tu-160 fly for 10 hours over Caribbean Sea — defense ministry

Tu-160 strategic bombers © Russian Defence Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Russian strategic bombers Tu-160 flew over the Caribbean Sea for about ten hours, and were accompanied by Venezuelan fighter jets at certain times, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Wednesday. “During the international visit of the Aerospace Defense Forces’ delegation to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, pilots of strategic bombers Tu-160 conducted a flight in the airspace over the Caribbean Sea. The flight lasted for about 10 hours,” the press service said. “In certain parts of the route, the flight of Russian bombers was conducted together with Su-30 and…

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Top Russian, NATO generals discuss European security

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Chief of Russia’s General Staff , General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, have discussed European and global security issues at a meeting in Baku, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. “The two military commanders exchanged views on the European and global security situation. General of the Army Valery Gerasimov noted NATO’s increasing military presence close to Russia’s borders, which is not conducive to easing tensions,” the ministry stressed. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, “the parties briefed each other on major operational training activities planned in 2019.” “[They] reaffirmed interest…

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Russian Defense Ministry: 80% of this year’s autumn recruits fit for military service

Russian Defense Ministry: 80% of this year’s autumn recruits fit for military service

© Donat Sorokin/TASS MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Eight out of every ten young men enlisting in the Russian Armed Forces in the autumn of 2018 have been found medically fit for military service, which is more than the 2017 autumn conscription campaign, Russian General Staff’s Main Organization and Mobilization Directorate Lieutenant General Yevgeny Burdinsky said at a briefing at a Moscow conscription office on Wednesday. “The medical fitness rate is 79%, which exceeds the rate recorded during the 2017 autumn conscription campaign (78.6%),” he said. “A stable upward trend in medical fitness for military service is being sustained thanks to the implementation of measures in accordance…

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Russia’s Pacific Fleet to get corvettes and submarines armed with cruise missiles

Russia’s Pacific Fleet to get corvettes and submarines armed with cruise missiles

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Russia’s Pacific Fleet will soon get six diesel-electric submarines, eight corvettes and also a destroyer, nuclear-powered subs and small missile ships armed with cruise missiles, Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Sergei Avakyants said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda on Wednesday. “Until the end of 2018, we are planning to accept the Project 20380 corvette Gromky for service. This is the second corvette of this Project specially built for the Pacific Fleet under the rearmament program,” the admiral said. The warship is currently at the final stage of shipbuilders’ sea and state trials. The naval flag…

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Russian, Venezuelan pilots conduct training for joint flights

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The crews of Russia’s Aerospace Forces and Venezuela’s Air Force conducted joint training to perform flights at Maiquetia Airport in the Bolivarian Republic, the Russian Defense Ministry’s information and mass communications department said on Wednesday. “In order to exchange the experience of preparing the aircraft personnel, the crews of the two countries examined the area of carrying out flights near Maiquetia Airport, and studied the issues of cooperation with the flights’ commander and the terminology of radio communication,” the statement said. On December 10, two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers, an Antonov An-124 military transport plane and an Ilyushin Il-62 long-range aircraft…

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