Daily Archives: May 17, 2013
A group of warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet entered the Mediterranean waters for the first time in decades. The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Channel and entered the Mediterranean. The vessels are now en route to Cyprus and are scheduled to make a port call in Limassol.
The group, including the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the amphibious warfare ships Peresvet and Admiral Nevelskoi, the tanker Pechenga and the salvage/rescue tug Fotiy Krylov left the port of Vladivostok on March 19 to join Russia’s Mediterranean task force.
The task force currently includes the large anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, the frigate Yaroslav Mudry, the salvage/rescue tugs Altai and SB-921 and the tanker Lena from the Northern and Baltic Fleets, as well as the Ropucha-II Class landing ship Azov from the Black Sea Fleet.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March a permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean was needed to defend Russia’s interests in the region.
Russia’s Uralvagonzavod plant is prepared to provide Peru with a full-scale specimen of its T-90S, a main battle tank currently on show at a defense expo in Lima.
Russia’s modified T-90S is currently on display at the SITDEF Peru 2013 defense exposition. The Peruvian military expressed an interest in the tank while visiting Russia last year. Alexei Maslov, a manufacturer representative and former Armed Forces general said that Russia has good chances of selling the tanks to Peru, which is expected to purchase between 120 and 170 machines of that class.
The modified T-90S is fitted with an increased power multi-fuel 1,130-h.p. diesel engine with gas turbine injection, which allows the vehicle to attain a top speed of over 60 km/h on the road and up to 45 km/h on rough terrain.
Russia’s newest Baltic Fleet warship, the Project 20380 Boiky corvette, was handed over to the Navy.
The 20380 class, designed by the Almaz naval design bureau and built at St. Petersburg’s Severnaya Verf shipyard, is optimized for antisubmarine and surface warfare and support for land operations. The class incorporates stealth technology, which has considerably reduced its radar and infrared signatures. The 20380 class can be equipped with Kh-35 anti-ship missiles and 3M-54 Klub cruise missiles, Kashtan anti-aircraft gun/missile systems, a main 100-mm gun and two 30-mm close-range air defense guns, as well as torpedo tubes.
The Boiky underwent a series of final tests at the beginning of this month, after completing sea trials.
Russia will deliver 12 Mil Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters to the Afghanistan by the end of 2013.
The helicopters were options in a $367.5 million deal Rosoboronexport signed with the Pentagon in May 2011 for delivery of 21 Mi-17V5s.
The deal could be worth up to $900 million including spares and servicing. The Pentagon has already started paying for the option deal as well as delivering US equipment to be installed on Russian helicopters specifically for Afghan missions.
Russia and the US may soon start new negotiations on the purchase of additional Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan despite opposition from some US lawmakers.
The Afghanistan armed forces want Russian-made helicopters in preference to others, because of their low prices, durability and simplicity.