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  • Russian Agent & 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military & Intelligence...

    10/04/2012 12:13:15 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2012/russian-agent-and-10-other-members-of-procurement-network-for-russian-military-and-intelligence-operating-in-the-u.s.-and-russia-indicted-in-new-york Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia Indicted in New York Defendants Also Include Texas- and Russia-Based Corporations; 165 Persons and Companies ‘Designated’ by Commerce Department U.S. Attorney’s Office October 03, 2012 BROOKLYN, NY—An indictment was unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging 11 members of a Russian military procurement network operating in the United States and Russia, as well as a Texas-based export company and a Russia-based procurement firm, with illegally...
  • Russian military buys S-400 missiles

    03/20/2012 9:39:58 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/20/2012 | UPI
    The Russian Defense Ministry and Moscow's Avangard armaments plant have signed a 3-year contract for S-400 missiles. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdiukov and Moscow Machine-Building Plant Avangard Chief Executive Officer Gennadi Kozhin signed the agreement. The anti-aircraft missiles will be supplied to Russian army anti-aircraft missile batteries. The S-400 "Triumph" anti-aircraft system became operational in 2007 as a successor system to the Soviet-era S-300. Avangard will be the sole supplier of missiles for the S-400 system but the value of the contract wasn't disclosed, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on its Web site, The types of missiles to be provided...
  • Croatia looking to give military jets facelift

    02/04/2011 9:42:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Croatian Times ^ | 2/5/2011 | Croatian Times
    The Croatian Ministry of Defence has invited representatives from Russian fighter aircraft manufacturers to evaluate whether any of Croatia's fighter planes could be modernized. Representatives of the Russian company MiG and Rosoboronexport agency will be coming to Croatia to evaluate the condition of several 20-year-old planes that they manufactured. Croatia is looking to either modernize its current stock or buy some new or used planes. Eight planes should be modernized according to the Ministry of Defense's plan, costing the state some 20 million dollars. Considering that these planes are more than 30 years old, only the manufacturer can decide whether...
  • New control systems for Russian Strategic Missile Forces

    02/03/2011 9:51:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    BNS via Brahmand.com ^ | 1/27/2010 | BNS via Brahmand.com
    Russia is introducing a fourth generation automated control systems for its Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) with triple-redundant communication links, a media report said. Izvestia newspaper quoting SMF Commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said, the new automated control systems are based on digital alert transmission systems. "The RSVN is currently introducing fourth generation automated control systems. Each system will have guaranteed triple communications redundancy," he was quoted as saying. The strategic nuclear launch systems are ageing hence the importance of command and control links, he added. The Strategic Missile Forces reportedly have a total of 538 ICBMs, including 306 SS-25 Sickle...
  • Russia to develop new heavy ICBM by 2020

    12/20/2010 9:24:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/20/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's state arms procurement program through 2020 provides for the development of a new heavy ballistic missile, a leading missile designer said on Monday. The final decision should be made in 2012-13 by the expert community, not solely the Defense Ministry, said Yury Solomonov of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), the developer of the troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile. "This matter is beyond the Defense Ministry's competence. It is a matter of state importance," he said. "Heavy ICBM" refers to a class of missiles with a heavy throw weight between five and nine metric tons and a length...
  • New Russian Uniforms Get Troops Sick

    12/17/2010 12:21:23 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Military.com ^ | 12/15/2010 | AFP
    Russia's sharp new military uniforms, created by a top fashion designer, have landed hundreds in hospital after proving too thin to withstand the ferocious winter cold, a state daily said Wednesday. Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported that between 60 and 250 servicemen have been laid up with everything from flu to pneumonia as Arctic chills sweep through the country's northern reaches. "They literally felt naked outside," the paper quoted the mother of one soldier as saying. "Many of them ended up in hospital. Ours developed pneumonia," she said of her son. The government daily said defense officials have admitted not receiving complaints...
  • Russian Military To Receive 1,300 Types Of Weaponry By 2020

    12/16/2010 10:21:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/13/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian Armed Forces will receive over 1,300 types of weaponry in line with a draft arms procurement program until 2020, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday. "We will need to set up new or expand the existing production lines to manufacture 220 of the new types of weaponry," Putin told a meeting on the program, which is expected to be adopted by the yearend. More than 20 trillion rubles ($640.7 billion) will be earmarked for weapons procurement, three times more than is allocated in the existing 2007-2015 program, he added. The new program stipulates the upgrade of up...
  • Russia's arms exports: Farewell to arms, hello to profits

    11/03/2010 8:38:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/3/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport accounts for 85% of the country's arms sales worldwide, with the remainder coming from several companies authorized to deal in arms on the global market. Rosoboronexport was established November 4, 2000 by presidential decree, replacing its predecessors, Rosvooruzheniye and the Promexport company. In the past ten years, Russian arms exports have soared, growing from $3.7 billion in 2000 to $5.8 billion in 2004 and from $7.5 billion in 2007 to an estimated $10 billion this year. With contracts totaling $34 billion, Russia is the second-largest exporter of arms and military equipment after the United States,...
  • Russian military test-fires 3 ballistic missiles

    10/28/2010 9:14:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | 10/28/2010 | AP via Google News
    Russia's military on Thursday successfully test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles in one day during training of its strategic forces. The Defense Ministry said the Bryansk nuclear submarine of the navy's Northern Fleet on Thursday launched a Sineva missile from the Barents Sea at a range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Another nuclear sub, the Georgy Pobedonosets of the Pacific Fleet, test fired an RSM-50 from the Sea of Okhotsk at a testing range in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region. Both types of missiles have a range of about 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles), according to Russian media reports. The military also fired a...
  • Russians Admit Their Stuff Sucks

    10/07/2010 10:24:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    The Stratregy Page ^ | 10/7/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The recent Russian decision to buy four Mistral amphibious assault ships from France is just the beginning. According to the Russian Defense Minister, Russia will seek more Western weapons and military equipment. Russia is planning to spend over $600 billion in the next decade to replace aging Cold War gear. The Defense Ministry insists that the Mistral deal is but the first of many. Russia already has a deal with Israel, to build a factory in Russia to build Israeli UAVs under license. This arrangement may be aborted because the Israelis apparently expect Russia to stop selling advanced weapons to...
  • Vostok 2010 and the Very Curious Hypothetical Opponent

    07/18/2010 12:06:39 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 7/12/2010 | Jacob W. Kipp
    Recently, Roger McDermott, a regular contributor to this publication, offered an excellent overview of the operational-strategic exercise being conducted in Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East by the Russian armed forces (EDM, July 6). McDermott correctly pointed to the role of the exercise in testing concepts associated with the “new look” reforms and called attention to the exercise’s testing the speed of deployment of brigades, their combat readiness, and capacity to engage in combined-arms combat in an air/land battle, and their logistical support to sustain combat actions. He also noted that while the scenario dealt with a wide range...
  • Russia picks up French combat optics

    07/15/2010 2:15:19 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | 6/28/2010 | UPI
    Russia's main arms exporter has signed a string of deals with a leading French defense firm for provision of night-vision devices on combat vehicles. The contract was signed between Russia's Rosoboronexport and France's Thales company and concerns night-vision devices for Russia's T-90 tanks that will be manufactured under a licensed agreement at an optical-mechanical plant in Vologda, Russian media reported. "Under the contract, Russia has the right to assemble thermal imaging systems for armored vehicles under license in Vologda, with the subsequent maintenance," said Igor Sevastyanov, head of the Russian defense company, according to RIA Novosti.
  • Russia reorganises Soviet-era military structure

    07/15/2010 12:22:39 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 7/15/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a radical restructuring of the country’s armed forces command system with an aim to reform the Soviet-era military behemoth into a ‘lean but mean’ force capable of fighting the modern network centric warfare. The decree signed by Medvedev also aims to reform the logistic support system of the armed forces. “Under the Presidential decree existing six military districts will be reorganised into four united strategic commands (USC) and an integrated logistic support system,” Chief of the General Staff, Army General Nikolai Makarov announced Wednesday. Under the reformed command structure The Moscow and Leningrad military...
  • Russia holding exercises off Japan’s coast

    07/14/2010 2:55:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Japan Security Watch ^ | 7/14/2010 | Kyle Mizokami
    One of the problems of living at the gateway to Asia is that anyone who lives in Asia, well, has to go through the gate. Such is Japan’s problem lately, with China and now Russia holding exercises and transiting ships near its borders. Anyone who lives in a large apartment building directly above the garage can probably sympathize. Russia conducted a military drill last weekend on Etorofu, one of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, despite a request by Tokyo not to do so. A press officer in the military’s Far East district said Saturday-Sunday drill was “the...
  • Russia to deliver 21 transport helicopters to Afghanistan

    07/12/2010 5:01:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/12/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia will supply Afghanistan with 21 Mi-17 Hip military transport helicopters, an Afghan television channel reported on Monday. According to Tolo television, the contract is worth $300 million and was concluded with the approval of the ? command in Afghanistan. Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin told RIA Novosti on Monday that NATO had yet to agree on the exact delivery date of some time in July, although the alliance has voiced the need for Russian transport helicopters a long time ago.
  • Russian Helicopters Develops A Range Of New-Generation Unmanned Rotorcraft

    07/06/2010 10:50:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defense Talk ^ | 7/2/2010 | Russian Helicopters JSC
    At the 4th International Forum and Exhibition Unmanned Multipurpose Vehicle Systems - UVS-TECH 2010, held as part of Engineering Technologies 2010 that opens today in Zhukovsky,Russian Helicopters rotorcraft-manufacturing holding company showcases two perspective unmanned helicopters, Korshun and Ka-135. These models are designed under Russian Helicopters program on developing a broad spectrum of vertical take-off and landing UAVs within three categories: long range (over 400 km), medium range (up to 400 km) and close range (up to 100 km). Korshun medium-range unmanned helicopter weighs 500 kg and enjoys the range of 300 km, payload of 150 kg and maximum speed of...
  • Russian Military Set To Continue Bulava Missile Tests

    07/05/2010 10:43:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    RIA Novosti via Space Daily ^ | 7/5/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Daily
    A state investigation commission has recommended the continuation of tests on the troubled Bulava ballistic missile following a probe into the most recent test failure, a first deputy defense minister said on Wednesday. Only 5 of the 12 Bulava launches have been officially reported as successful and late last month the commission sent the government the results of its investigation into the latest failure: a launch from the Dmitry Donskoy cruiser in the White Sea in early December 2009. "The state commission, which had been set up to investigate the failed launches of the Bulava, completed its work in June...
  • Russia to hold talks with France on purchasing artillery navigation system

    07/01/2010 2:27:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 3+ views
    Defense Professionals/RIA Novosti ^ | Defense Professionals/RIA Novosti
    As RIA Novosti reports, the Russian Defense Ministry will hold talks during an international engineering forum near Moscow with France's Sagem Defense Securite on the possible purchase of a Sigma 30 inertial navigation system. The Engineering Technologies International Forum 2010 will be held from June 30 through July 4 in the town of Zhukovsky, 40 kilometers southeast of Moscow. Earlier this month, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin invited the French-based Sagem company (SAFRAN group), a European leader in defense and consumer electronics, for talks in Moscow. Popovkin said Russia is interested in purchasing the Sigma 30 artillery navigation and...
  • Fire breaks out at Russian missile maker

    06/30/2010 10:42:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Space Daily.com ^ | 6/30/2010 | AFP via Space Daily.com
    A major fire broke out Wednesday in Moscow at a building belonging to Russian missile manufacturer Almaz, the maker of air defence weapons including the S-300 missile system, officials said. The fire at the company's design bureau had spread over an area measuring 800 square metres (8,500 square feet) and dozens of firefighters had been sent to the scene, a spokesman for the Emergency Ministry, Yevgeny Bobylev said. State television pictures showed a huge cloud of grey smoke rising into the sky from the area affected in the north of Moscow. Its cause was not immediately clear
  • Half of Moscow Region Kubinka military airfield to go under hammer

    06/29/2010 8:28:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 6/20/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian Defense Ministry will auction part of the Moscow Region Kubinka military aerodrome in July for 212 million rubles ($8.6 million), a statement published on the ministry's website said. A runway divides the aerodrome into two parts. One side contains an aircraft display center and the other side is being cleared ahead of the auction, a source from the defense ministry told Kommersant business daily. The source said the decision was made around a year ago and that the runway will still be used by both private investors and servInvestment group Nafta Moskva, which owns Russia's luxurious Rublyovka real...
  • France Hands Over Night Vision And Comms Technology To Russia

    06/24/2010 3:16:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    RIA Novosti via Space War ^ | 6/24/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space War
    Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Tuesday it had signed several contracts with the French defense firm Thales on the transfer of technology and delivery of communications equipment for Russian armored vehicles. "The first contract involves transfer of technologies to Russia, which now will have the right to produce officially licensed thermal imagers at Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant," said Igor Sevastyanov, Rosoboronexport deputy director general. "The second contract provisionally allows Russia to bring in communications equipment for integration into Russian armored vehicles for testing," Sevastyanov said. He added that the communications equipment would be mounted on T-90 tanks and...
  • Converted Russian ICBM Takes German Satellite Into Orbit

    06/23/2010 10:02:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    RIA Novosti via Space Daily ^ | 6/22/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Daily
    A converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile took Germany's TanDEM-X satellite into orbit on Monday, a military spokesman said. The RS-20B carrier rocket lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 6:14 Moscow time [2:14 GMT]. This is the 16th launch of an international satellite under the Dnepr program involving Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, which converts RS-20 ICBMs (classified by NATO as the SS-18 Satan) into carrier rockets to put satellites into low Earth orbit. Around 50 satellites have been put into orbit so far. "The RS-20B rocket took the TanDEM-X satellite into orbit," Col. Vadim Koval said....
  • Russian military to buy 50 fifth-generation fighters after 2016

    06/20/2010 9:10:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/18/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's Defense Ministry will order at least 50 fifth-generation fighters from 2016, a senior official said on Thursday. "At the first stage, there will be dozens of planes, more than 50," said Vladimir Popovkin, deputy defense minister for arms procurement. He was on hand as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin observed the test flight of a prototype fighter and later talked to the pilot, Sergei Bogdan, who said it was the fighter's 16th test flight and more would follow shortly. Popovkin said that based on the outcome of initial tests, the Defense Ministry would purchase the first six to 10...
  • Russia marketing fifth-generation attack copters in Mideast

    06/18/2010 8:59:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 539+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 6/19/2010 | GepStrategy Direct
    Russia's Mil Design Bureau has briefed military delegations from Arab and other states on an advanced helicopter expected to begin production by 2015. They said the helicopter would feature capabilities for stealth and the downing of fighter-jets. "We are working on the concept of the fifth-generation combat helicopter," Mil chief executive officer Andrei Shibitov said. At a briefing on May 13, Shibitov said Mil would produce the first fifth-generation helicopter in the world. He said the company would spend $1 billion on the project, with additional funds provided by the Russian Defense Ministry. Industry analysts said any new helicopter must...
  • Russia downplays Chinese J-15 fighter capabilities

    06/04/2010 11:01:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 739+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 06/04/2010 | RIA Novosti
    China's J-15 carrier-based fighter will not be able to compete with Russia's Su-33 fighter on global markets because it is inferior to the Russian aircraft, a Russian military analyst said on Friday. China since 2001 has been developing the J-15 naval fighter, which is believed to be a clone of Russia's Su-33 Falcon-D. China bought an Su-33 prototype earlier from Ukraine, and used it to develop the new aircraft. The J-15 is expected to be stationed initially onboard the Chinese Varyag aircraft carrier currently being fitted in the port of Dalian. China bought the unfinished Admiral Kuznetsov class aircraft carrier...
  • The Russian Nuclear Button

    05/28/2010 9:42:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 729+ views
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | 5/27/2010 | David E. Hoffman
    <p>In the event of a nuclear missile attack on Russia, three hard-shell briefcases filled with electronics are set to alert their holders simultaneously. Inside each is a portable terminal, linked to the command and control network for Russia's strategic nuclear forces. One of them accompanies the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, wherever he goes. It is known as the Cheget, and allows the president to monitor a missile crisis, make decisions, and transmit those decisions to the military. It's similar to the nuclear "football" that accompanies the American president.</p>
  • Russian military says troops not on high alert in response to Korean crisis

    05/26/2010 2:33:51 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 303+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/26/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Troops in the Russian Far East have not been put on high alert following the brewing crisis between North and South Korea, several military officials said on Wednesday. "We have not received any orders from Moscow to put the Pacific Fleet on high alert due to the conflict between the two Koreas. The fleet is currently carrying out scheduled exercises at sea and on land," a Pacific Fleet spokesman said on Wednesday. The official said the arrival of Russia's most powerful warships in the Pacific had been planned long ago as part of the biennial Vostok strategic exercises and was...
  • Russia arms sales to Syria 'don't help peace': Israel

    05/18/2010 4:26:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 186+ views
    France 24 ^ | 5/18/2010 | AFP via France 24
    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday criticised Russia for supplying arms to Syria, saying the move did not help efforts to bring peace to the region. "The sale of these weapons does not contribute to building an atmosphere of peace," Lieberman told Israel's public radio in what was an unusually muted statement from the outspoken minister. Lieberman's remarks came just days after a top Russian military official said Moscow was supplying Syria with MiG-29 fighter jets, Pantsir short-range air defence systems and armoured vehicles. He also insisted the regime of Bashar al-Assad was not interested in peace, and described...
  • Something Odd Is Happening Outside Moscow

    05/16/2010 11:54:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 1,491+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/14/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Three years after the first foreign customer (Syria) received the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft systems, the Russian Air Force is getting some. The Russian Air Force recently received the S1E version, with an improved radar (36 kilometer range) and missile (more reliable). Curiously, the air force is using their first ten Pantsir-S1s to guard S-300 anti-aircraft missile bases located around Moscow. There was no explanation from the Russians as to why they felt a mobile, low level anti-aircraft system was needed to guard a larger, high altitude one. Perhaps additional protection against cruise missiles. The Russians aren't saying. These ten vehicles were...
  • Former air force chief: Russia's air defenses weak

    05/13/2010 4:45:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 338+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | 5/13/2010 | AP via Google News
    Russia is lagging 25 to 30 years behind the United States in developing prospective air defense weapons because of a meltdown of its defense industries, a former Russian air force chief said Thursday. Retired Gen. Anatoly Kornukov said Russia has only a reduced capability to protect itself from an enemy attack — a statement that contrasted sharply with the government's claim that the nation's military are getting stronger following a post-Soviet decline. The Defense Ministry has boasted about developing new S-400 air defense missile systems and proudly displayed some of them in Sunday's massive Victory Day parade on Red Square....
  • NATO code compromise

    05/13/2010 4:30:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 433+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/13/2010 | Bill Gertz
    The recent crash of a Polish military transport that killed most of Warsaw's senior civilian and military leaders was not only a human catastrophe for a key U.S. ally. NATO sources said that, in addition to the loss of nearly 100 pro-U.S. Polish leaders, the crash provided Moscow with a windfall of secrets. The crash killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski in western Russia on April 10 and decapitated Poland's military, killing two service chiefs, key military aides and several national security officials, many of whom were carrying computers and pocket memory sticks that contained sensitive NATO data. Perhaps the most...
  • Russia Upgrades Air Defenses

    05/11/2010 4:50:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 489+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/11/2010 | Maxim Pyadushkin
    The Russian air force took delivery of the first Pantsyr-S short-range air-defense systems in March. The Pantsyrs will gradually replace the old Tunguska antiaircraft weapons. The first 10 systems were released from KBP Instrument Design Bureau’s assembly site in Tula and transported to Alabino, near Moscow, and will be part of the Victory Day parade in Red Square on May 9. What’s unusual is that the first Pantsyr systems are being deployed to protect high-end surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) against aircraft, missiles and bombs. The Pantsyr battery will be deployed to the 606th air-defense regiment in Elektrostal, near Moscow, says Lt....
  • Results of Bulava probe due May 20 - Russian Navy

    05/08/2010 2:43:32 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 223+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/7/2010 | RIA Novosti
    A special investigation commission will announce on May 20 the official results of a probe into the latest failure of Russia's ill-fated Bulava ballistic missile, the Navy commander said on Friday. The latest launch of the missile, which Russia hopes will be a key element of its nuclear forces, from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea ended in failure in early December 2009. Only five of 12 Bulava launches have been officially reported as being successful. "The conclusions of the commission will be announced on May 20," Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said. He added that the Russian military...
  • A Game-Changing Weapon

    05/06/2010 5:22:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 910+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-6-10 | Ryan Mauro
    A Game-Changing Weapon Ryan MauroThe Russian company Concern Morinformsystem-Agat is marketing a deadly new weapon, one that can allow a rogue state to overcome the technological superiority of Western militaries. The system can even be used to carry out devastating attacks on the U.S. homeland with little means of defense.The system, as seen in its promotional video, allows a weak nation to strike the land and sea targets of a superior force by placing cruise missiles into any type of 40 foot container. The video uses a ship, truck and train as examples of potential launching platforms. This means that...
  • Polyus-Russian ASAT Weapon

    05/01/2010 12:13:43 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 348+ views
    Astronautix ^ | unknown | Ed Grondine
    The Polyus military testbed was put together on a crash basis as an answer to America's Star Wars program. It was built around a surplus TKS manned spacecraft and was meant to test prototype ASAT and Star Wars defense systems. It failed to reach orbit, but it had succeeded, it would have been the core module of a new Mir-2 space station. Its mere presence could have decisively changed the shape of the Cold War in its final months. In 1985, it became clear that the Energia launch vehicle would be ready for launch before the Buran space shuttle that...
  • Moscow Military District clears all obsolete weapons

    05/01/2010 10:58:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 470+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 05/02/2010 | Brahmand.com
    All obsolete weaponry in Moscow Military District has been removed as part of Russia's transition to a ‘new-look’ Armed Forces, according to the district commander. Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov told Ekho Moskvy radio that all old weapons and military equipment was discarded and the bases under his command now had only modern military equipment. "In the course of the transition to a new look, we got rid of all the old equipment at bases and in factories," Ria Novosti quoted him as saying. "The materiel was kept at the bases of the military (district) and declared ready for operational use."...
  • Russian Defense Industry Falls Behind

    04/29/2010 8:13:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 396+ views
    RIA Novosti via Space War ^ | 4/29/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space War
    Russian weapons are falling behind rival products, experts told the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily on Wednesday. Russian Academy of Science members Vladimir Fortov and Igor Kalyaev said that a reduction in research funds was making it hard for Russian weapons to stay competitive and for the defense industry to produce breakthroughs. However, last month Russian President Dmitry Medvedev approved a long-term policy for the development of the national defense industry. He stressed that development and production of modern electronic systems would be a priority for the industry in the next three to four years. But while the Russian government has...
  • Bulava Missile Designer Blames Industry For Test Failures

    04/20/2010 10:28:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 432+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 4/21/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Yury Solomonov, the designer of the troubled Bulava ballistic missile, said that the poor state of the Russian defense industry was the main cause of the weapon's failed test launches. Solomonov resigned from his post as general director of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT) in July 2009 after a series of unsuccessful Bulava tests, but retained his post as general designer of the missile. "I can say in earnest that none of the design solutions have been changed as a result of the tests. The problems occur in the links of the design-technology-production chain," Solomonov said in an...
  • New fighter on airfield near Moscow for tests

    04/09/2010 3:29:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 36 replies · 1,017+ views
    Voice Of Russia ^ | 4/8/2010 | Voice Of Russia
    Russia’s Sukhoi aircraft makers have brought their latest fifth-generation jet to an airfield near Zhukovski southeast of Moscow for further tests. The maiden flight was on the 29th of January and lasted 47 minutes. The plane is a computerized fighter bomber boasting cutting-edge radar and fly-by-wire systems and remarkable stealth capabilities. The latter are the result of composite materials in the design. Together with upgraded fourth-generation jets, such fighters will form the backbone of this country’s Air Force in the coming years
  • Russia Compares Its Military Strength With Western Airspace Violations

    04/06/2010 8:19:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 510+ views
    Military Technology ^ | 4/06/2010 | Military Technology
    In the most recent reported incident, two Tu160 Blackjack bombers, capable of travelling at 2,220kmph and carrying up to almost 40,000kg of ordnance including either cruise or short-range nuclear missiles, infiltrated British airspace over Northern Scotland on March 10. In this case, the Tu160s were intercepted by two RAF Tornado F3 fighters and, after a four hour stand-off, the Russian long-range bombers eventually left the borders of UK airspace and the RAF planes returned to base. The incident over Stornaway was far from an isolated case. Defense analysts have been recording a steady increase in airspace violations by Russian military...
  • Russia plans complete military-space defence capabilities by 2015

    04/03/2010 10:40:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 583+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 4/03/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Russia will have complete array of military-space defence capabilities by 2015, according to a leading missile manufacturer. "By 2015, we will have Morfei short-range air-defense complexes, Vityaz, Favorit and S-500 medium-range systems, and something else," said Igor Ashurbeili, general director of the Almaz-Antei concern's design bureau. Russian news agency Ria Novosti quoting him said, the 2015 deadline was linked to the fact that by that time S-300 PS antiaircraft complexes, the first in the S-300 series, would have been taken out of service. Antei is currently developing six new types of air-defense/missile defense systems, of which Ashurbeili has only named...
  • Report: Russian bombers found in Scotland

    03/25/2010 9:19:48 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 985+ views
    UPI ^ | March 25, 2010
    STORNOWAY, Scotland, March 25 (UPI) -- The Ministry of Defense said two Russian Blackjack bombers were found in the skies above Scotland and were escorted out of British airspace. The ministry confirmed the March 10 incident involved a pair of Royal Air Force Tornado F3 fighter jets, which were used to shadow the Russian bombers until they departed British airspace, The Times of London said Thursday. Wing Commander Mark Gorringe applauded the response capabilities of the military in regards to the incident.
  • Russia conducts strategic bombers efficiency drill

    03/20/2010 8:47:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 616+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/20/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Russia has carried out a series of efficiency drills for Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers, an Air Force spokesman has said. Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the flights were conducted in poor weather conditions over the Arctic from air bases in Engels in the Volga region and Ryazan located in central Russia. "During three-day exercises, Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers and Il-78 aerial tankers practiced various types of flight drills, including in-flight refueling," Ria Novosti quoted him as saying. Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-President Vladimir Putin,...
  • Russian Military Reform In Times Of Crisis

    03/15/2010 12:10:56 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 429+ views
    RIA Novosti via Space War ^ | 3/11/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space War
    On March 5, 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attended an expanded meeting of the Ministry of Defense in Moscow. The focus of this meeting was the ongoing military reform. The Russian war machine has not undergone such extensive restructuring in the past 150 years. New tables of organization were introduced in the army in early 2009. The four-tier troop-control system consisting of military districts, armies, divisions and regiments was replaced with a three-tier system consisting of tactical commands, brigades and battalions. The reforms have established new army brigades while disbanding a large number of reserve units to be called up...
  • Russia's SMF begins large-scale military drills

    03/11/2010 7:09:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 155+ views
    Bramamd.com ^ | 3/11/2010 | Bramand.com
    Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) has begun its annual training programme with more than 2,000 servicemen taking part in large-scale command-and-staff exercises. "The SMF are conducting command-and-staff drills on March 10-12 in line with the annual training program," military spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said. The SMF will practice operations control in scenarios involving conventional and nuclear warfare under guidelines outlined by Russia's new military doctrine, said a report by Ria Novosti. "A total of more than 2,000 servicemen and 150 theater- and tactical-level command-and-control centers take part in the drills," Koval said. Russia is hopeful of completing the modernization of...
  • The Mystery In The Forest

    03/07/2010 10:42:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 172+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/07/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The army insists that the 200 T-72 and T-80 tanks found in the woods next to a railroad station in the Urals last week, was part of a normal movement of military equipment, and the vehicles were under guard. But a week ago, people living in village of Elanskaya (outside the city of Yekaterinburg) noted the vehicles, unguarded, and unlocked, but without ammo or ignition keys. Local kids began crawling in and out of the tanks. Videos of all this began showing up on local, then national, web news programs. The government controlled national media tried to ignore it at...
  • With new fighter in hand, Putin wants modern bombers

    03/01/2010 10:53:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 597+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/1/2010 | Reuters
    Once it has completed work on its own fifth-generation fighter, Russia must proceed with designing a brand-new nuclear-capable strategic bomber, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday. "Certainly, we should not confine ourselves to developing just one new model. After the fifth-generation fighter jet, we must think and get down to work on a next-generation, long-range aviation complex -- our new strategic missile carrier," Putin told a cabinet meeting on Russia's military-industrial complex. After the demise of the Soviet Union, Russia inherited a fleet of the still formidable but fast-aging Tupolev Tu-95MS turbo-prop strategic bombers and missile platforms codenamed "Bears"...
  • Russia Tries To Catch Up To India

    03/01/2010 9:25:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 499+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/28/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Russia is buying the largest number of new tanks this year, 300 T-90s, than it has in nearly two decades. During the Cold War, the Russian Army often received over a thousand new tanks a year. But when the Cold War ended in 1991, so did the large procurement budgets for the Russian military. Meanwhile, the biggest user of the T-90 is India, which has been buying them for $3.2 million each. This is about a third less that a new M-1, with similar capabilities, would cost. The most recent M-1 model costs twice that. Four years ago, India adopted...
  • 200 Russian tanks found abandoned in forest

    02/28/2010 7:50:56 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 62 replies · 3,077+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/28/2010 | Andrew Osborn in Moscow
    Russian army is embroiled in an embarrassing scandal after 200 of its tanks were found abandoned near a forest in central Russia, unguarded and unlocked. A news website near the city of Yekaterinburg posted a video of the forgotten tanks showing passers-by clambering inside the vehicles and playing with empty ammunition belts. The only items that seemed to be missing were live rounds and the keys to the tanks' ignitions. "There are tanks all over the forest, abandoned," an unnamed reporter on the video says. "If you need one, come and get it." Locals in a nearby village said the...
  • Russia’s Military Doctrine: New Dangers Appear

    02/23/2010 12:09:59 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 406+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 1/22/2010 | By: Jacob W. Kipp
    In the immediate aftermath of President Dmitry Medvedev signing the new Russian military doctrine most attention focused on the fact that a first preemptive nuclear strike was not mentioned in the document and on the attention given to NATO as the chief source of “danger” to the security of the Russian Federation. Comments by NATO’s leadership that the doctrine was not a realistic portrayal of NATO were reported by the press, but there was no strong criticism of that aspect of the doctrine. Instead, Russian authors drew attention to the gap between Russia's conventional military capabilities vis-a-vis NATO and its...