China’s Defense Ministry: contacts with Russia to contribute to the protection of the world

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Cooperation in the naval sphere is an important component of bilateral relations between China and Russia, and it helps to maintain peace in the region, the Ministry of Defense of China, commenting recently promulgated new maritime doctrine of Russia, said.

The new version of this doctrine provides for a sufficient presence of Russia in the Mediterranean Sea, the decline of national security threats in the Arctic, the consolidation of the leading position of the Russian Federation in the development of the region. In addition, the document calls for close cooperation of the Russian Navy with China and India.

The Ministry also noted that “cooperation in the naval field shall contribute to the protection of peace and stability in the region and around the world.”

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DN: Russian defense firms broke all records, despite pressure from the West

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Russia’s defense firms’ revenues hit new highs in 2014 according to the Defense News Top 100 ranking, indicating that the West’s sanctions have had no effect on one of Russia’s key industries.

Seven of Russia’s biggest defense companies feature in the latest Defense News Top 100 ranking, reaching new highs despite widely discussed Western sanctions policies against Russia.

Predictably, the list is topped by American corporations Lockheed Martin and Boeing, as well as the British multinational BAE Systems.

Seven Russian arms manufacturers entered ranking of the world best

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The publication Defense News published the latest version of its top 100 largest defense companies in the world. The list includes seven Russian companies.

Rating was conducted in terms of revenues generated from the sale of military goods and the provision of related services. Topping the list is the American corporation Lockheed Martin the second place at Boeing the third – at BAE Systems.

Russian companies presented by concern EKR “Almaz-Antey” (11th place rising from 2014 to the 1 position) with revenues of $ 8.3 billion the United Aircraft Corporation (14th place in the previous rating was included separately in the holding “Sukhoi “SPC” Irkut “and RAC” MiG “) from 6.2 billion corporation” Russian Helicopters “(23 th up 2 positions) to $ 3.9 billion the United Engine Corporation (26th place an increase of 8 products) from 3.3 billion Corporation “Tactical Missiles” (31 th place is not included in the rating 2014) to $ 2.8 billion NPK “Uralvagonzavod” (52 th place not included in the rating 2014) to $ 1.5 billion holding RTI (69th up 11 places) with 947 million dollars.

Сrews of MiG-31 and Ka-27 began training at Kamchatka

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Military exercises involving Mikoyan MiG-31 (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) interceptors and Kamov Ka-27 (Helix) helicopters have started at the Yelizovo airbase in the Far Eastern Kamchatka Territory, Russia’s Eastern Military District spokesman, Captain 1st Rank Roman Martov said on Wednesday.

“The exercises aim to improve the skills of the crews of fighter and helicopter aviation for conducting reconnaissance, searching for air targets, surface ships and submarines,” the spokesman said.

During the training flights, the pilots will practise various assignments as part of fighters’ pairs and wings using helicopter radar equipment and airborne armaments. The crews will also drill parachute and landing operations, the spokesman said.

Russia to resume production of combat WIG vehicles after 2020

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Russia will resume production of WIG vehicles as shock combat systems with cruise missiles after 2020, senior spokesperson of the Russian Navy command told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The WIG is a high-speed vehicle, something between a heavy aircraft and a light boat. The unit flies within the limits of an aerodynamic screen at an altitude of up to several meters from the surface of water or ground.

Earlier Russia developed two models of WIG vehicles for the armed forces – the military transport “Orlenok” and the combat “Lun” with cruise missiles.

Commander: Airborne troops plan to get 80 latest BMD-4Ms and “Rakushka” armored vehicles by year’s end

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Airborne troops are planning to get 50 new BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and 30 “Rakushka” armored personnel carriers, Airborne troops Commander Vladimir Shamanov said on July 29.

He noted that over the last three years the Airborne troops “have seriously changed”. “Three airborne brigades returned to the composition of the troops. Five intelligence battalions were formed on the basis of divisional intelligence companies, two companies of unmanned aerial vehicles were formed,” – reminded the commander.

“Admiral Ushakov” destroyer held shootings during exercises in Barents Sea

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The crew of the “Admiral Ushakov” Northern Fleet destroyer held artillery firings at shore targets in the Barents Sea, Acting Chief of the Northern Fleet press service, Captain 2nd Rank Andrei Luzik said on Wednesday.

“The ship went to the sea ranges throughout the day. The crew fulfilled the task of maneuvering while holding artillery fire at the shoreline visible target. The target positions on the coast were successfully hit,” – a spokesperson said.

New system for radio telegraphists of Russian Armed Forces to appear in 2016

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The main supplier of communication systems for the Russian army, the “United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation”, will create new generation workstations for military radio telegraphists by the end of 2016, a representative of the corporation told RIA Novosti.

“The upgraded system will be based on the modernized “Morse” code sensor, modern digital technologies will for the first time be used in the work of telegraphists. The new wireless operator workstation, designed for the audio telegraphic exchange of information in a shortwave range, will surpass the existing domestic counterparts in terms of its features and technical characteristics. The works on upgrading the telegraphist operator workstation will be completed at the end of 2016,”- said the representative of the UIMC.