Monthly Archives: May 2013

Russia Ready to Help Modernize Finnish Army


Russia is ready to expand military contacts with Finland and to help the country modernize its armed forces, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a two-day visit to Finland.

“This is the first contact at the defense ministerial level. I hope we will expand contacts at the level of chiefs of staff and commanders of military districts,” Shoigu said at a joint news conference with Haglund in Helsinki. “Our military experts will hold a series of meetings on this issue in the near future,” he said.

The Finnish military needs modernizing, and will buy new equipment for its air force in the next 10 years.

During the Soviet era, Finland bought much of its military equipment from the USSR, including MiG-21 fighters, Mi-8 helicopters and air-to-air missiles. After the break-up of the Soviet Union it switched to western suppliers.


Russia and Norway to Hold Barents Sea Drills Soon


Russian and Norwegian naval forces will conduct a joint exercise in the Barents Sea on June 4-7, Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said. The Barents exercise is conducted every year in accordance with a 1995 Russian-Norwegian intergovernmental agreement. This year’s exercise, which has a rotating command system, will be under Russian control.

Russia’s Northern Fleet will contribute the tugboat SB-523, an Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft and an Mi-8 Hip helicopter to the Barents-2013 exercise.

The two nations’ search and rescue services will test their interoperability in evacuation of crews and aircraft in distress at sea, and cleanup of oil spills.

Syria Gets First Russian S-300 Missiles


Syria has received a shipment of Russia’s long-range S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, President Bashar al-Assad said. The president said other shipments of the anti-aircraft missiles will be delivered soon.

His comments came a couple of days after Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that sending long-range S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria constitutes “a stability factor” and prevents foreign forces from interfering in the country. He said the shipment was being carried out according to a contract signed between Syria and Russia five years ago.

The president said his government would take part in an international conference on Syria slated for June.

Syria has been locked in a civil war since demonstrations broke out against the Assad regime in March 2011. According to UN estimates, some 80,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Vehicles from KAMAZ-LEASING for Agriculture


KAMAZ-LEASING Group leased its new client – LLC MC Russian Dairy Company (Rusmolco) – 12 units of vehicles: six dump trucks with crane manipulators 637435 on KAMAZ-65117-62 chassis and six trailers NEFAZ-8560-82-02.

The lease agreement was concluded according to the program for corporate clients for 42 months. Under the transaction, the vehicles are to be delivered by the official dealer of OJSC KAMAZ – OOO RBA-PENZA.

The leased vehicles are designed for transportation of bulk agricultural cargoes. The vehicles on KAMAZ-65117-62 chassis with tipper superstructures can dump cargoes from both sides. In addition, all chassis are equipped with Fassi F110 A.0.22 cranes with a boom reach of 8-10 meters. The NEFAZ-8560-82-02 trailer with a 15 cbm dumping platform can dump cargoes from two sides, like the vehicle.

According to the experts of KAMAZ-LEASING Group, LLC MC Rusmolco highly appreciates advantages of leasing as it helps quickly renew vehicle fleets and increase effectiveness in business.

Russian MiG-31 Interceptors Go on 24-Hour Duty in Snap Alert Drill


MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors are going on round-the-clock duty in northern Russia as part of a snap combat readiness check of the nation’s aerospace defense capabilities.

The fighters, in conjunction with A-50 airborne warning and control system aircraft, are performing continuous missions to protect the airspace, including from cruise missile strikes.

The three-day exercise, in which the fighters will fend off aerospace attacks, is part of a series of random checks of the Russian armed forces that began in February. It involves Air Force units from the Western Military District, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said during a teleconference, adding that the upcoming maneuver had been ordered by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

A total of 8,700 personnel, 185 warplanes and 240 armored vehicles are participating in the checks. The checks include missile launches at the Ashuluk test range in Astrakhan.

S-300 Air Defense Systems Deployed at Snap Alert Drills


Four regiments of S-300 air defense systems have been deployed at the Ashuluk firing range in southern Russia. The regiments were airlifted by military transport planes to designated drop zones where they will carry out a variety of missions simulating the defense of the Russian airspace from massive attacks by “enemy” missiles and aircraft.

The missions will be carried out in conditions of heavy electronic warfare to test the capabilities of the air defense units to the highest limit. A total of 8,700 personnel, 185 warplanes and 240 armored vehicles are involved in the three-day exercise.

The surprise alert exercise, ordered by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, is part of a series of random checks of the Russian armed forces that began in February. The Defense Ministry said in February that random inspections will now be conducted on a regular basis to insure constant combat readiness of the armed forces.

Astronauts Confirmed for ISS Expedition


Russian officials confirmed which astronauts would blast off for the International Space Station on May 29 aboard the Soyuz TMA-09M. The launch is scheduled for 12:31 Moscow time.

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, and astronauts Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are expected to be the main crew. Russia’s Mikhail Tyurin, NASA’s Richard Mastracchio and Japan’s Koichi Wakata are prepared to serve as backups.

This will be flight engineer Nyberg’s first flight aboard a Soyuz, though she flew to the ISS on the shuttle Discovery in 2008.

The Soyuz is scheduled to dock at the ISS at 6:16 Moscow time (2:16 GMT), after about six hours in flight. Until March, it had taken two days for crews to go from Earth to the space station.

KAMAZ is For Integrated Safety & Security


OJSC KAMAZ is taking an active part in the 5th Integrated Safety & Security Exhibition which is being held at All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow.

The leader of the Russian truck industry has long been developing promising and reliable vehicles and special-purpose equipment for the Russian Armed Forces and the RF Ministry of Emergency Situations. More than 350 samples of armament and military equipment are mounted on KAMAZ chassis. By the Russian Government’s decision, OJSC KAMAZ is one of strategically important enterprises which ensure Russia’s national security.

EMERCOM has over 3.5 thousand units of special-purpose equipment based on KAMAZ chassis, but it actually needs about 5 thousand units. It gives hope that EMERCOM will remain one of KAMAZ’s most active customers for the next years. KAMAZ presents the visitors of the 2013 Integrated Safety & Security Exhibition a unique product which experts consider to be excellent.

Russia to Buy New Army Vehicles


The Russian Defense Ministry is to purchase a range of new vehicles, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced during a visit to a military test center.

“We have decided to start the serial purchase of a range of vehicles … we need the most mobile and modern vehicles for transporting our forces and supplies to areas of military activity,” Shoigu said at a Defense Ministry test center in the Moscow Region, where he watched a display of Russian-made military vehicles and equipment. He did not specify which vehicles would be purchased, in what numbers, or when.

The demonstration featured the Typhoon-U and Typhoon-K six-wheel transporters, Bulava and Bulat vehicles, Volk 1 (VPK-3927) and Volk 2 multirole wheeled vehicles, and the Rys and Tigr-M armored jeeps, as well as Vityaz twin-compartment tracked vehicles for harsh climatic conditions.

Russia to Deploy New Arctic Warships


The coast guard division of Russia’s Federal Security Service will deploy four new warships to protect the nation’s Arctic zone by 2020. Eleven border protection facilities are to be built in the Arctic, while automated surveillance systems are to be deployed in the area as part of the Russian Federation State Border Protection programme for 2012-2020.

Russia has officially set a goal of deploying a combined-arms force by 2020 to protect its political and economic interests in the Arctic, including military, border, and coast guard units.