Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

S-300 Air Defense Systems Deployed at Snap Alert Drills

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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.

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Astronauts Confirmed for ISS Expedition

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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

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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

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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

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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.