Russia Puts Troops in Western Region on Alert in Drill

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President Vladimir Putin ordered an urgent drill to test the combat readiness of his armed forces across western Russia on Wednesday. Russia said the exercises were not linked to events in Ukraine.

949978844Putin has ordered several such surprise drills in different Russian regions since he returned to the presidency in 2012, saying the military must be kept on its toes, but the crisis in the neighboring nation gave them added geopolitical resonance.

“In accordance with an order from the president of the Russian Federation, forces of the Western Military District were put on alert at 14.00 today,” the Interfax news agency quoted Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying.

antonov_anatoliy_270214Shoigu said the training drills were not linked to events in Ukraine, and Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov said they had been previously planned. He said they would involve about 150,000 military personnel.

The western district encompasses most of western Russia and borders Ukraine, which lies between NATO nations and Russia.

Forces must “be ready to bomb unfamiliar testing grounds” as part of the drill, Shoigu told a Defence Ministry meeting.

602Shoigu said the drill would be conducted in two stages, ending on March 3, and also involved the command centers of Russia’s Air and Space Defence forces, paratroops and long-range aviation as well as some troops in central Russia.

In the two-day first stage, military units would be brought to “the highest degree of combat readiness” and would be deployed to testing areas on land and sea, Interfax quoted Shoigu as saying.

The second stage would include tactical exercises and involve warships from the Northern and Baltic Fleets, he said, and some warplanes would move to combat airfields.

155084201Descriptions of the exercises did not mention the Black Sea Fleet, which is based in Sevastopol in Crimea. Tension over Ukraine’s turmoil is high because of the fleet’s presence and the region’s large ethnic Russian population.

In separate comments, Shoigu said Russia was “carefully watching what is happening in Crimea” and was taking unspecified measures to ensure the security of the facilities and arsenals of the Black Sea Fleet, state-run RIA reported.

Shoigu said the drill would also test the counter-terrorism measures in place at military units.

Rostec Provides Russian Army with Competitive Weapons

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National security of the country depends on the degree of development of the defence industry complex. The structure of Rostec includes 13 holdings, 8 of which in the military -industrial complex. Enterprises of the State Corporation provide Russian army with modern and competitive weapons.

Only last year, organizations of Rostec signed over 9,000 contracts for defense procurement. State Corporation completed about 99 % of the volume of contractual obligations. Today Rostec arms almost all kinds of troops of the Russian army.

istrebitel_PAK_FARussian specialists have developed a 5th generation plane – PAK FA (T-50), who beats not only all aircraft of the Russian army, but their foreign counterparts.

Fifth generation fighter aircraft invisible to enemy radar, can reach speeds over 2500 km/h and has an artificial intelligence. Defense Ministry has already ordered 60 aircrafts, and the first combat vehicles are expected to go to the army in 2016.

5131-sSu-35S is not practically inferior in its capabilities to the 5th generation aircrafts. Scientific Research Institute of Instrument named after V.V. Tikhomirov (NIIP) has developed a powerful RCS “Irbis” especially for it, and today it is the most powerful RCS in the world. It allows aircraft to detect air combat objects at record distances – up to 400 km, – to accompany up to 30 targets simultaneously, and firing – up to eight objects.

One of the most striking examples of successful work is a holding company “Russian Helicopters”, included in Rostec. The program of re-equipment of army by new machines is carried out in full.

boevoi_vertolet_Ka_52Russian developments in this area are among the most popular and competitive in the world market. Great example – military helicopter Ka-52, the so-called “Alligator”.

Modern helicopters are capable of performing as complex combat assignments, as tasks related to the transportation of goods, construction activity and evacuation of the wounded. To perform these operations helicopters have the latest equipment, which is engaged in the production of enterprises of Concern “Radio-Electronic Technologies” (KRET) included in Rostec.

krasuxa-2_bdFor example, a new car “Krasukha -4”, created by the KRET experts – is a formidable weapon in the struggle with almost any enemy air targets. However, it wins not by powerful rockets, rapid- guns or anti-aircraft heavy machine guns. “Krasukha” literally making planes and missiles of the enemy blind and deaf. To date, the troops have already received 10 such complexes.

Enterprise Rostec manufactures products not only for the Air Force, but also for the Air defense of the country. Modern air defense system is able to make Russian sky unavailable for air operations of any potential enemy.

One of the most powerful air defense complexes is ZRPK “Pantsir”, providing protection of strategically important objects. During the Olympics, this anti-aircraft gun system produced by Tula KBP protects sky over Sochi. Without the permission of our military air traffic controllers, no one can come close to Olympic venues closer than 20 km and 15 km altitude.

99NPO High Precision Weapons defense holding, which produces ZRPK “Pantsir-S-1”, creates also other products, that have no analogues in the world – missile systems “Khrizantema-S”, “Iskander-M”, the two-field amphibious gun, missile complex “Cornet- E”, anti-tank missiles “Vikhr” and other weapons.

_orujie_kkThe main event of the past year became the creation of Concern “Kalashnikov”. Today it is the largest Russian developer and manufacturer of automatic and sniper combat arms, guided artillery shells, as well as a wide range of civilian products: shotguns, sporting rifles, machines and tools.

Rostec provides a country with a strong position in the global arms market: over the last few years, Russia takes the second place in the world in terms of military exports.

The main volume of weapons and military equipment of Russian production, including production of Rostec, exports by a single state mediator – Rosoboronexport, which is part of the corporation. Also part of military products, as well as maintenance services and upgrades are provided directly by organizations that have received authorization.

Ratnik Equipment to Enter Service in Summer 2014

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Prospective equipment of “future soldier” named “Ratnik” will pass into service in Russia in the summer of 2014. Earlier it was reported that government tests of new equipment are scheduled to complete this spring.

delete15-12Initially, the new uniforms were planned to adopt before the end of 2013, however, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, it did not happen because of the necessity of “tuning” of small arms, part of the “Ratnik”. According to General Director of TSNIITOCHMASH Dmitry Semizorov, state tests of the “Ratnik” began in October last year and should be completed in May 2014.

State defense order for 2014 schedules to buy tens of thousands of sets of new combat equipment. They arrive in the divisions of Land and Airborne Forces, and Marine Corps of the Russian Navy. The first “Ratnik” will go to some units of the Western Military District. Over the next five years, armed forces receive the completely new outfit.

912622562At the suburban landfill Alabino military intelligence unit brigade started intensive exploitation of sets during combat training.

The basis of sets are body armor and helmets, combat overalls, headset system with active hearing protection, eye protection, protection kit of knee and elbow joints, grenade launcher, machine guns, sniper rifles, ammunition, combat knife, as well as intelligence devices, day-night sighting system, compact binoculars, uniform optical and thermal sights, etc.

file66tn6ddgtud1f8ck230p_800_480In total, the set includes 59 elements of equipment for arrow, scout, driver and other military specialties. More than half of them are designed from scratch, others are upgraded. All elements are divided into protection, destruction, life support, power supply, as well as reconnaissance, control and communication.

In addition, the kits include universal shelter equipment, multifunction knife, lighting lamp, clock, winter and summer bilateral camouflage kits, standalone heat source, raid backpack, personal water filter, small infantry shovel, respiratory protection, means of radiation, chemical control, special treatment and first aid, filter clothes.

495_29244In the course of testing and refinement the constructors achieved a total weight loss up to 24 kg that allows the military to be mobile on the battlefield. The level of protection, ergonomics, improved precision and accuracy of fire are elevated, detection range of the enemy at night and in bad weather are increased.

The purpose of the equipment “Ratnik” – improving the effective implementation military combat missions while reducing the loss of personnel. Its adoption for service is scheduled for this summer.

New Angara Rocket to Replace Proton

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A full-scale mock-up of Russia’s first large post-Soviet rocket has been rolled out to a launch pad at the Plesetsk space center.

The mock-up of the Angara named, built by the Khrunichev aerospace research and production center, will be used to test ground support systems ahead of the maiden launch of the vehicle scheduled for later this year.

ANGARADevelopment of the Angara rocket began in 1995. The maiden launch, originally scheduled for 2008, has slipped several times and is now slated for mid-2014. The first Angara was shipped to Plesetsk, in the northwestern Arkhangelsk Region, in May 2013, the Russian space agency said.

It is expected that Angara will launch both government and commercial satellites either as a single rocket or in several configurations of booster stages clustered together for heavier payloads.

The modular launcher will be able to cover a wide range of payload classes now served by rockets built by a number of Russian manufacturers, including the Proton, the country’s largest booster.

The engine developed for the Angara will function at kerosene and liquid oxygen, which is deemed by an order of magnitude more environmentally friendly than the toxic hydrazine used in the Proton.

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The environmental impact of that rocket has soured relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, which leases the Baikonur space center to Russia for $115 million per year.

Russia is building a launch complex for the Angara at the country’s new Vostochny space center in the Far East to reduce dependence on Kazakhstan for space launches.

The Angara will complement the country’s venerable Soyuz manned rocket, currently the only vehicle in the world capable of launching astronauts to the International Space Station.

Oleg-Ostapenko-vozglavit-Roskosmos-ostapenkoLast month, Oleg Ostapenko, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said that a decision would be made in the near future about building a new super-heavy rocket that would be, in its expanded form, the largest in world history.

As for the Proton rocket, it is in active use. It will lift off a Turkish satellite early Saturday in the first launch of Russia’s largest rocket this year, the Russian space agency told RIA Novosti.

The launch from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan will be the sixth since a three-month suspension.

proton_mThe Turksat-4A, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric of Japan, arrived at Baikonur by plane last month and was rolled out atop a Proton-M earlier this week.

The five-metric-ton telecommunications satellite will be stationed in a geosynchronous orbit through successive burns of the Russian Briz-M upper stage.

Kazakh media reported earlier this week that a bilateral working group in Moscow would finalize recommendations on the frequency of launches of the Proton. A Kazakh space official said last week that there would be 10 launches of the Proton this year, down from a planned manifest of 14, without explaining the decrease.

Russia to Present New Helicopters at Singapore Airshow 2014

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Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (subsidiary of “Oboronprom”, part of the State Corporation Rostec) presented a range of military helicopters in the International Exhibition of military and civil aviation Singapore Airshow 2014. Together with the “Rosoboronexport” the holding held a conference “Russian military helicopters MI-8/17, Mi-35M and Ka-52 “Alligator” – a new technological development”, which was attended by military helicopters operators of Asia-Pacific region.

134014“Today the holding produces a wide range of military helicopters, which are worldwide renowned for their reliability, efficiency and high combat “vitality”, said General Director of the holding “Helicopters of Russia” Alexander Mikheyev. “Singapore Airshow 2014 has become a platform where we held the first conference on the war machines for foreign customers and our partners and presented the latest developments in this field.”

0_a1ba5_fe9ef55c_origMulti-purpose attack helicopter Mi -35M is based on the legendary Mi-24 with the most modern aviation technology and the best developments in the helicopter industry. Modernization allowed to reduce its weight, improve maneuverability characteristics, reduce acoustic visibility and reduce maintenance costs. Mi-35M is equipped with the latest technology and is able to perform tasks around the clock in any weather conditions. On-board machine provides a highly accurate navigation, piloting at low altitudes, perform takeoffs and landings from unprepared sites. Mi-35M is designed to destroy armored vehicles, fire support of ground troops, landings, casualty evacuation, transport of goods. Helicopter comes into the Air Force of Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and Azerbaijan.

Ка-52The conference also presented attack helicopter of a new generation Ka-52 “Alligator”. The world public saw it for the first time in the summer of 2013 at Le Bourget, where it successfully completed the demonstration program. Ka-52 “Alligator” is designed to destroy tanks, armored and unarmored combat equipment, manpower and helicopters at the forefront and tactical depth, in bad weather and at any time. The helicopter can provide exploration of targets, their distribution for interacting helicopters and command centers of the Army. The helicopter is able to provide fire support to troops, produce patrolling, escorting military convoys and combat support to the combat turn. Cabin crew is fully armored, helicopter equipped with signature reduction devices, electronic protection system and means of active resistance. In case of emergency, pilots can eject. Ka-52 “Alligator” is the only helicopter in the world, with a system bailout crew.

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The supply of military Russian-made helicopters grows annually. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the holding “Helicopters of Russia” in 2012 sold military equipment to 3.52 billion dollars, up from 35th to 25th place in the ranking of the one hundred largest defense companies in the world. A year earlier, the result of the holding was 2.74 billion dollars. In the world ranking of defense industry companies for the year 2012 prepared by the authoritative American edition Defense News, the holding “Russian Helicopters” revenue growth in the segment of military helicopters by 32%, and rose from 39th position (in 2011) on the 24th. The military Russian helicopters are supplied to the international market by the contracts of “Rosoboronexport”.

Russia to Implant Newest Su and Yak Jets in 2014

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Russia’s air force will receive 21 Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter jets in 2014, the Irkut aircraft maker reported.

c77f5bce“We have delivered 16 Su-30SM planes so far. An additional 21 aircraft will be supplied this year,” Irkut Corporation president Oleg Demchenko said at the Singapore Air Show.

Irkut and the Defense Ministry have signed three separate contracts on the delivery of 65 Su-30SM fighters by 2016.

Deputy Air Force commander Col. Sergei Kobylash said last year that the aircraft would be delivered as fully equipped squadrons.

Sukhoi_Su-30SM,_Russia_-_Air_Force_JP7671112The Su-30SM is the latest development of the twin-seat Su-30 jet fighter family, a derivative of the long-serving single-seat Sukhoi Su-27, one of the air force’s most important warplanes.

The new aircraft has better radar and communications capabilities, an improved friend-or-foe system, a new ejection seat and new weapons. It also has thrust-vectoring engine nozzles, providing super-maneuverability at low airspeeds.

In the meantime, the Russian Air Force received 12 advanced Su-35S multirole fighters to be deployed with an air regiment based in Russia’s Far East.

The Defense Ministry ordered 48 of the aircraft in 2009, of which 34 have been delivered so far. The final deliveries of the remaining 14 are due in 2015.

All the Su-35S aircraft will be based at the Dzemgi airbase in the Khabarovsk Region, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Su-35S Flanker-E is a heavily upgraded derivative of the Su-27 multirole fighter. It has been touted as “4++ generation using fifth-generation technology.”

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The aircraft, powered by two 117S turbofans with thrust-vectoring, features high maneuverability and the capability to engage several air targets simultaneously.

As for Russia’s third aerobatics team, it will comprise 12 Yak-130 combat trainer jets, the Irkut aircraft maker said.

According to Irkut president Oleg Demchenko, the company in December signed a contract with the Defense Ministry on the delivery of 12 Yak-130 aircraft to form a new aerobatics team.

Yakovlev_Yak-130“We will supply five planes in 2014, and the remaining seven – in 2015,” Demchenko said at the Singapore Air Show where the Yak-130 is taking part in the demonstration flights program.

He confirmed that the group is being formed at the Borisoglebsk training center in central Russia.

“Our testing pilot, Oleg Kononenko, has been training [the Yak-130] instructors at this center for six months,” Demchenko said.

The Yak-130 Mitten jet trainer/light attack aircraft is a subsonic two-seat aircraft developed by the Yakovlev design bureau. The first Yak-130s entered service with the Russian Air Force in 2009.

Russia currently has two aerobatic teams – Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) with a fleet of four Sukhoi Su-27P and two Sukhoi Su-27UB Flanker fighter aircraft, and Strizhi (Swifts) who fly six MiG-29 Fulcrum fourth-generation fighter jets.

Rosoboronexport to Discuss Industrial Cooperation with India at Defexpo-2014

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The Rosoboronexport company is offering a wide range of products to all three wings of the Indian armed forces at the defence exhibition, which begins on February 6 in New Delhi.

Rosoboronexport is looking to expand cooperation with India and is focusing on joint production and development with the country, the Russian company said on Wednesday. “Expanding joint development and production efforts on weaponry and military equipment will be among the key topics during talks between Rosoboronexport and Indian partners,” at the Defexpo India 2014, Rosoboronexport said in a press note.

goncharenko“This is India’s biggest arms exhibition and therefore Russia will be presented here on a large scale,” Ivan Goncharenko, First Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport said. “Clearly, we’re planning to promote at Defexpo India a large number of army and naval equipment, air defence systems and aircraft models. Moreover, in almost all cases the upcoming talks are directly related to setting up joint ventures, establishing licensed production, and transfer of technology.”

--Rosoboronexport said it would hold talks with Indian partners on current and future projects, including upgrading of previously delivered equipment, including the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, T-72 and the T-90S tanks. The company added that it expects to discuss the success of the tender to supply self-propelled artillery systems. “Among its contenders is the Russian upgraded Msta-S 155mm self-propelled howitzer, which is undergoing trials in India. The howitzer’s chassis has a high level of commonality for components and units with the chassis of the T-90S MBT, whose licensed production has already been mastered at India’s Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi,” the company said in the statement.

2-t90s-tankThe Russian company said it expects India to be interested in the T-90S MBT, T-90S-based engineer vehicles, BMPT-72 tank support combat vehicle, Sprut SD self-propelled anti-tank gun, tactical automated command and control system among other offerings.

The ongoing work on setting up a Russian-Indian joint venture to manufacture rocket projectiles for the Smerch multiple launch rocket system may be considered a promising new area for mutually beneficial cooperation on army weapons, Rosoboronexport said.

After-sales service of the INS Vikramaditya will be among the naval issues to be discussed at the expo, the Russian company said, adding that it was ready to continue consultations to promote the Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine within the upcoming tender for design and construction of the Project 75I submarines for the Indian Navy, as well as to supply an additional series of Project 11356 frigates.

be200-infographic2“Russian patrol and landing craft, ship weapon systems, Bal-E coastal missile system, and a variety of radar and sonar coastal zone surveillance systems have also good prospects in the Indian market,” Rosoboronexport said. “The Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft offers a number of advantages over the competitors within the upcoming Indian Navy’s tender to purchase amphibians for reconnaissance and search and rescue operations and transport service between the island territories.”

For the Indian Air Force, the Russian exporter is offering the Ka-226T light utility helicopter, which is a strong contender in the Indian tender to supply 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters.

New Anti-aircraft System Pantsir-SM will be Unveiled Soon

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The construction and delivery of surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system (ZRPK) Pantsir-S1 is continuing. To date, the armed forces have received dozens of such complexes; in addition, a number of new air defense systems will be delivered in the near future. At the same time, the Tula Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), which created ZRPK Pantsir-S1, is working on the project of modernization of the complex. Not so long ago, some news on the new project Pantsir-SM were published. It is this system in the future to complement the existing facilities in the army and in the future may have to replace them.

In mid-December last year, representatives of the Ministry of Defence told about the current plans for a new air defense system. According to current plans, the new ZRPK Pantsir-SM will begin to enter the army next year. As follows from the December military declarations, the prototype of a new anti-aircraft complex is ready and was shown to representatives of the Defense Ministry. Therefore, in mid-December on the basis of the Tula KBP the trainings took place, which was attended by more than 90 Air Force officers and representatives of the defense industry and the Ministry of Defence. According to press reports, the participants for the first time saw a modernized air defense system.

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714d198aJanuary 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by defense representatives visited Tula Instrument Design Bureau and “Scheglovski val” plant where ZRPK Pantsir-S1 is constructed. Delegation observed various developments in the field of armaments and military equipment in the form of ready-made models as well as promotional materials. The animation clip demonstrating some anti-aircraft system attracted the greatest interest. A number of features shown in the video art make us to suggest that the president and the leadership of the Ministry of Defence saw the promising system Pantsir-SM.

Currently fighting machine Pantsir-S1 can simultaneously fire up to 4 targets. In a modified version, this figure could double. At the same time, both machines as part of an anti-aircraft complex will direct the missiles autonomously.

99Earlier there were reported on the extensive modernization of Pantsir-S1 missile, which will significantly improve its performance. As a result of this modernization the maximum range of hitting the target could reach 40 kilometers. Besides the obvious tactical consequences, it can lead to a change in class. Currently, Pantsir-S1 refers to anti-aircraft short-range system, and increase of the missiles range will transfer it into a class of short-range air defense system.

In the near future, the first demonstration of a new anti-aircraft complex Pantsir-SM will be held. It will allow to check the assumptions and to learn the basic features of the new system. In addition, the demonstration of the complex will answer a number of important issues related to the new development. These are the exact characteristics of the renewed missile, the presence of guns, the composition of electronic equipment, etc. The exact date of the first demonstration of Pantsir-SM has not yet made in public.