Crimean grouping of Air Force and Air Defense will receive Su-30SM in 2015


Airbase in Belbek (Crimea) will receive the new multi-role fighters Su-30cmin 2015, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, a source in the Crimea.

In late November 2014 Belbek airbase were transferred to 14 Su-27SM and Su-30. Machines took over guard duty airspace Crimea. Fighters are 4+ generation.
“Over the next year, Su-27SM Belbek airbase will be replaced with Su-30cm. This is one squadron” a spokesman said.


Military unit with powerful flamethrowers formed in Ingushetia


In the Sunzha district of Ingushetia, a solemn ceremony of the war banner of a new sample of the newly formed military unit of radiation, chemical and biological protection (NBC), inform the headquarters of the Southern Military District (JUVO).
“For the first time as part of a combined arms army JUVO formed military unit capable of performing all tasks RCB protection without additional manpower and resources,” – noted in the press-service of the district, received by the “Interfax-AVN” on Wednesday.
In a military unit has already received about 200 units of weapons and military equipment. These include, in particular, heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “sun”, upgraded jet infantry flame throwers increased range and power PDM-A “Bumblebee-M”, the press service.

Russian crews for Mistral helicopter carriers returned home

The Smolny training ship with Russian crews of helicopter carriers Mistral have arrived back to the Russian town of Kronshtadt in the Gulf of Finland, a source in Russian Defense Ministry told TASS. “The ship with crews who passed training has moored in Kronshtadt,” the source said.
The ship left the French port of Saint Nazaire on December 18. The vessel was carrying more than 400 Russian naval sailors of two crews of helicopter carriers Mistral, the Vladivostok and the Sevastopol, initially designed for Russia.
Russia has concluded a contract with France to build Mistral in the summer of 2011. The first helicopter carrier was planned to be handed over to the Russian navy in autumn, but France delayed the delivery, citing current tension over events in Ukraine. The second helicopter carrier was set afloat in November.

Main events of 2014 in field of defense

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Launch of the “Angara” space rocket complex flight tests became an important event for the Russian Defense Ministry and, in particular, for the development of Russian Aerospace Defense troops in 2014.

The first step towards the introduction of the first item produced by the Russian space industry, the 20-year project “Angara”, was a success. Within six months, Russia has managed to carry out two test launches of the first items of light and heavy versions of the newest Russian rocket carrier produced at the Khrunichev Center.

On December 1, the National Defense Control Center took up duty. Its first shifts started on March 28, and within a year a special complex was built, and on December 1 it began its full-scale work. It became a “think tank” of the army and will effectively deter aggression against the state.

According to President Vladimir Putin, possibilities of the new complex should improve the quality of the Armed Forces control, and the Centre is to play a key role in the defense and security of the country, it will contribute to solving serious challenges the Army faces.

The beginning of winter was marked not only by the launch of the army “think tank”, but also by the beginning of the formation of a new Russian Arctic Command named “Sever”. This unit is necessary to protect the national interests of Russia in the Arctic, the development of which over the past two years have attracted special attention in all spheres – from the economic to the military one.

The Strategic Missile Forces return to a three-service grouping containing mine, mobile and railway complexes. This means that in the foreseeable future, the Strategic Missile Forces will have a new “rocket train” – the Battle railway missile system. It will in all respects be superior to its Soviet predecessor, which had to be abandoned by 2005 because of the requirements of the START treaty. According to forecasts, the new “Barguzin” complex will serve until 2040. Today the industry is preparing to test a sample of the product and is collecting the design documentation.

A very important event was the approval of a new version of the military doctrine by President Vladimir Putin at the end of the year.

Rogozin: Russian MIC to prepare a timetable of measures on import substitution during holidays

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During the New Year holidays, the Board of the Russian Military-Industrial Commission will continue to work on a common list of measures to replace military goods previously supplied by the Western states, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

“During the New Year holidays the Russian MIC Board will continue to work on the analysis and consolidation to a single schedule of all activities of the defense industry aimed at replacing production earlier released and delivered from the Western countries and that came under restrictions. This is military and dual-use equipment, including a number of machines and types of space electronic-component complexes”, – Rogozin said.

The Deputy Prime Minister also noted that the necessary funds for import substitution are planned in the 2015-2017 budget.

Russia achieves 95% of state defence order in 2014


Russia fulfilled 95% of the state defence order in 2014 although the loss of Ukraine as a supplier of spare parts and components during the year hampered production efforts, the Russian Ministry of Defence has reported.

Russian deputy minister of defence Yuri Borisov said in a statement carried by the TASS state information service on 29 December that “the state defence order is almost never filled 100%” as “minor disruptions always occur”.

The state defence order – the Gosudarstvennyi Oboronnyi Zakaz, or GOZ – is placed each year to ensure the incremental fulfilment of the over-arching state armaments programme (Gosudarstvennyi Programme Vooruzheniya, or GPV), which is currently running from 2011 until 2020.

Anti-aircraft missile regiment of the Central Military District recognized as the best in the Russian Armed Forces


Anti-aircraft missile regiment Samara air defense division of the Central Military District is recognized as the best in the Armed Forces of Russia in all tactical exercises with combat shooting, which took place at the training centers of the Air Force in the current year.

Commander in Chief of the Air Force awarded a distinctive pennant regimental commander. Martial calculations antiaircraft missile systems S-300PS struck ballistic targets simulating enemy air attacks, with an average score of 5.0 – one hundred percent hit. Several targets “musket-B” were destroyed in the extreme possibilities at a height of 12 to 16 km. Scientists of the past at the site Telemba (Republic of Buryatia).

Construction of submarines for the Navy of Algeria to start in 2015


In 2015, the Admiralty Shipyards (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) will begin construction of the next series of submarines of Project 636 “Varshavyanka”, this time for the Navy of Algeria, according to Interfax-AVN, citing a source in the shipbuilding industry.

“It is planned to build two diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 for the Navy of Algeria,” – said the official. According to him, their transfer to the customer will be held until 2018. Currently Admiralty Shipyards perform contracts for the construction of six diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 for the Russian Black Sea Fleet and six submarines of the same project for the Navy in Vietnam. Earlier it was reported that the contract for the construction of two diesel-electric submarines for the Navy of Algeria was signed in the past year. Its cost is estimated at more than $ 1.2 billion.

Russian naval destroyer leaves English Channel


The Russian Navy’s Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer, has left the English Channel and entered the North Sea, a Northern Fleet spokesperson said Tuesday.

“This is the 260th day of the naval destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov’s long journey. The vessel spent most of this time fulfilling tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, while deployed in the Russian Navy task force. The Northern Fleet’s naval destroyer has entered 11 ports in 5 Mediterranean countries,” Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga told journalists.

Russian government allocated 60 billion rubles of state guarantees for defense industry

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The Russian government has allocated 60.2 billion rubles of state guarantees for 21 companies in the defense-industrial complex; the corresponding document was published on the website of the Cabinet.

The 2014 budget provides for the granting of state guarantees for such loans in the amount of 496.9 billion rubles. Thus, the unallocated balance is 53 million rubles.

For example, the state guarantees will be given to the Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Radio Engineering and the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering, the “Ural” Automobile Plant and the “Arsenal” machine-building plant, the United Aircraft Corporation, the main system design bureau of the “Almaz-Antey” Concern, the “Progress” space-missile center, “Severnaya Verf” shipyard and “Sozvezdie” concern.