Laid the first raid minesweeper for Kazakhstan’s Navy

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JSC “Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard” on Thursday laid the head raid minesweeper of the 10750E project for the Naval Forces of Kazakhstan.
The transfer of the minesweeper to the Navy of Kazakhstan is scheduled for Q3 2015. It will be the first ship built for the Navy of Kazakhstan outside the state.
This year, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation received an application for another minesweeper of the 10750E project for Kazakhstan, the contract has not been signed yet.
The ship is 32.5 m long, 6.9 m wide, the crew is 14 people, maximum speed equals 12 knots, range – 650 miles, self-sufficiency is five days.


The world’s largest Russian tank plant starts production in Jelgava

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On the territory of the former sugar factory in Jelgava next year there will start its work a subsidiary of Russia’s largest producer of tanks “Uralvagonzavod» – «UVZ Baltija».
However, at a factory in Jelgava it is planned to produce up to 2,000 freight wagons, platforms and tankers of various kinds instead.

The arms embargo in the Russian Federation does not apply to contracts signed into before August 1

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The European Union imposed an arms embargo and a ban on the supply to Russia of dual purpose equipment – civilian and military, but they do not apply to the contracts signed before August 1, 2014, stated the decree of the EU Council, published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
As for the arms embargo, the Decree prohibits “the sale and supply in Russia, as well as the transfer and export to this country, directly or indirectly, of arms and related equipment of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment and spare parts.”

Large-scale aviation exercises held in Buryatia and Transbaikalia

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About 30 aircraft and 20 helicopters of the army, assault and fighter aviation of the Eastern Military District are involved in large-scale exercises at specialized landfills in Buryatia and Transbaikalia, the press office of the district reported.
Pilots carry out joint bombings and assault launches, including those with the use of guided missile weapons. The exercise involves the Su-30SMs and the Su-25s as well as the Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters.
During the exercises, the Su-30SM crews carry out aerial reconnaissance and destruction of aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles of the imaginary enemy. Fighter pilots improve their skills in hitting strategic ground targets.

Special Forces to be introduced in Airborne Brigade by year’s end

1Separate Special Forces of the Airborne Brigade will be established on the basis of the 45th Guards Regiment, based in Moscow.
This was said by the commander of the Airborne Division, Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov.
“Today, according to the plan of military construction, approved by the President, we are completing the comprehensive measures to reform this part and by December 1, it will be 45 separate brigade of special purpose with a new set of tools, equipment and weapons. It will certainly allow Airborne Brigade Command and General Staff to acquire specialized tool of special intelligence,” he said.

Black Sea Fleet’s proficiency increased fivefold in 2014


The combat proficiency of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla has increased fivefold since the beginning of the year, the press service of the Southern Military District said Thursday.
“Since the beginning of the year the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla have held 12 exercises. Last year the same period of time saw nine such exercises. The combat training rate has increased five times. The number of battle exercises, including missile and gun firing, has increased and been carried out together with air and ground forces,” the press service said.
The number of military exercises increased 1.5 times, which included 15 missile firing exercises, about 180 gun practices, and more than 15 shelling exercises.

Russian Aerospace Defense Force to hold air defense drills at Ashuluk range


The Russian Aerospace Defense Force will hold military drills in the Astrakhan Region in south Russia in August, using modern air defense systems, the Force’s spokesman, Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said on Thursday.
“Overall, the tactical drills with combat firing at the Ashuluk range will involve about 800 personnel of the Aerospace Defense Force and over 200 pieces of combat and special hardware, such as S-300 Favorit, S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S1 air defense systems,” the spokesman said.

10 ships to join Russia’s Caspian Fleet


10 new ships will join Russia’s Caspian Fleet this year. The Grachonok anti-sabotage motorboat joined in February. The Grad Sviyazhsk and Uglich small missile ships were successfully tested, RIA Dagestan reports.
The Veliky Ustyug small missile ship has arrived for tests in Makhachkala. It will join the fleet in December. Testing of the SBS-45 tugboat and the VTR-79 crane ship has been accomplished and they will join the fleet on August 1.
Rescue ships RVK-933, RVK-946 and RVK-1045 will enter the Caspian Sea for testing.

The INF Treaty discriminates the interests of Russia’s security

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The Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) signed in Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s times does not account for new threats and challenges for the security of the Russian Federation and should be revised, says the director of the Center for Public Policy Research Vladimir Evseev.
“I think we should seriously consider the possibility and necessity of Russia’s withdrawal from the Soviet-American INF Treaty. This is due primarily to the fact that the Treaty is not equal and in modern conditions has seriously jeopardized the security interests of Russia”, – said Vladimir Evseev, commenting on the statements by U.S. officials that the Russian Federation violates the provisions of the INF Treaty.

Southern Military District artillerists are getting ready to shoot from the “Shturm-S”

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The artillerists from the Russian military base of the Southern Military District, stationed in the Republic of Abkhazia, in August will make a combined march to the landfill Molkino in Krasnodar Territory. During the field march the unit will hold special tactical exercises with live firing from the “Shturm-S” anti-tank missile systems, the press service of the district reported.
The servicemen will work out techniques and methods of combating tanks and other armored vehicles of the simulated enemy in various types of conflicts. It is planned to launch about 100 missiles from the “Shturm-S” antitank missile systems at targets simulating military equipment, at ranges up to 3000 m.