Paratroopers to test “Cornet” complex during exercises in Krasnodar region

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Russian paratroopers during the “Slavic brotherhood” exercise held near Novorossiysk will test the “Cornet”  antitank missile system before it enters the Airborne Forces, said spokesperson of the Russian Defense Ministry on the Airborne troops, Major Irina Kruglova.

“During the exercise, the anti-tank platoon will perform firings from the “Cornet” anti-tank missile system, which is not on duty of the airborne troops so far. At the request of the commander, when new armaments are received, we must use them on practice,” – Kruglova told reporters on Thursday.

Russian Navy: Project 11356 frigates to be able to perform tasks in Mediterranean Sea

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Escort ships (frigates) of Project 11356 will be able to effectively perform the tasks as part of a permanent group of the Naval Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, head of the shipbuilding department of the Navy, Captain First Rank Vladimir Tryapichnikov said on Wednesday.

The ceremony of launching the third production Project 11356 ship “Admiral Makarov” which is being built in the interests of the Russian Navy, took place on September 2, 2015 at the Kaliningrad shipyard “Yantar”. It is planned that the first two ships of the series – “Admiral Grigorovich” and “Admiral Essen” – will be transferred to the Navy after the completion of all stages of factory and state tests.

Tryapichnikov added that, if necessary, ships of the “admiral series” can also perform anti-piracy activities and ensure the safety of civilian shipping in remote areas of the oceans, such as the Gulf of Aden and along the coast of the Horn of Africa.

Russian Navy vessel dipped diving bell 450 meters into Atlantic

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The ocean rescue ship “Igor Belousov” of the Russian Navy dipped the first diving bell on a working depth of 450 meters in the Atlantic, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry on the Navy, Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said Thursday.

“The parameters of work during dipping the diving bell were measured with special sensors the information of which was analyzed by specialists. The dive was carried out as part of the first phase of interdepartmental tests of the GVK-450 onboard deep-diving complex”, – he said.

It is planned that after the fourth stage of factory sea trials in the Atlantic the crew will begin state testing. The “Igor Belousov” rescue ship will become part of the Navy by the end of 2015.

Defense Ministry: “Zvezda” to have orders as long as Pacific Navy exists

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The “Zvezda” shipyard located in Primorye will be provided with orders as long as the Russian Pacific Navy exists, said Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov.

“As long as the Russian Navy exists in the Pacific, the shipyard  will be provided with orders. Because this is our main platform for shipbuilding, ship repair, in particular, submarines,” – Borisov told reporters.

According to him, the Defense Ministry has set the task before the plant to create a development program until 2025. “We discussed plans for 2016-2018, a long-term strategy of the “Zvezda” plant. The leadership was tasked to develop a long-term strategy of the “Zvezda” factory in two stages – up to 2020 and 2025 in the interests of the Defense Ministry “, – Borisov noted.

India approved contract to purchase 48 Russian Mi-17-B5


Council of the Indian defense procurement approved contract for the procurement of 48 Russian Mi-17-B5 to $ 1.1 billion for the Air Force. This was reported on September 2 by the newspaper “Economic Times”.
“The contract for the supply of 48 Russian helicopters Mi-17-V5 costs 70 billion rupees ($ 1.1 billion) and is the largest of the whole package of proposals for the acquisition of military equipment and arms, which was considered and approved on the eve of the regular meeting of the Council for Defence Procurement.” a source in the defense Ministry told the publication.

Rocketeer of Eastern Military District to conduct exercises with use of real complexes “Iskander”


Rocket compound deployed in Buryatia practice in combat missile launch complex “Iskander-M”. This was announced by Head of Press Service of the Eastern Military District Alexander Gordeyev.

“Currently the connection with the units began tactical exercises with combat missile launches. The launches will take place on one of the grounds in the Astrakhan region ” – said Gordeyev.

According to him after the completion of the teaching staff with the resulting complex will travel by train to a place of permanent deployment in Buryatia. Gordeyev said that missile troops within six months were trained on “Iskander-M” at the training center in the Astrakhan region.

Manufacturer eports early delivery of S-400 Triumph regimental set to Russian army


Russia’s Almaz-Antei air defense concern has ahead of time delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry the ninth regimental set of the S-400 antiaircraft missile defence system, the company CEO Yan Novikov said on Wednesday.

“We have delivered the first this year and ninth in general regimental set of the S-400 Triumph missile system to our main customer – the Defense Ministry of Russia, ahead of time. This system was scheduled to be delivered this November,” he said.

The Almaz-Antei head said that in accordance with the customer’s requirements, the equipment was handed over to the Defense Ministry representatives at a range with test firing on air targets. The acceptance delivery tests were successful.

Russia’s prospective high-speed helicopter to go into production in 2022


Russia’s prospective high-speed helicopter that is currently being developed in the interests of the Defence Ministry will go into production in 2022 and will be able to make up to 500 kilometres per hour, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told reporters on Tuesday.

“This work is in full swing, and in 2018 the helicopter’s one-off prototype is to perform a flight. The work completion is planned for 2021, and in 2022 – a series of these helicopters will be produced. They will be able to develop a speed of up to 500 kilometres per hour,” Bondarev said.

Shoigu invited developers of weapons from China to take part in “Army-2016”

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu invited the representatives of the Chinese military industry to take part in military-technical forum “Army-2016” which will be held next year in the exhibition and congress center of the “Patriot” park located in the Moscow region.

“I invite Chinese developers of armaments to take part in the “Army-2016″ forum. I’m sure they have something to show,” – said Shoigu in Beijing during talks with Deputy Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China Fan Chanlun.

Shoigu also invited Chinese servicemen to participate in the Army Games-2016, praising their results shown in Russia this year. The Russian Defense Minister noted high professionalism of soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army of China, as well as capabilities of military equipment, which the Chinese troops used during the competition.

Bombers to apply bombs during show at RAE

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Crews of the Su-24M tactical bombers and Mi-8AMTSh “Terminator” combat transport helicopters will perform at the X International exhibition of arms, military equipment and ammunition named Russia Arms Expo-2015 set to be held in Nizhny Tagil.

“Pilots will apply bombs and unguided rockets against ground targets simulating a column of tanks. Demonstration flights with combat use are scheduled to be held daily from 9 to 12 September at the Staratel site,” – the press service of the Central Military District reported.

Aircraft from airports located in the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions will participate in demonstration flights.