Category Archives: Russian Defence

S-500 system to be supplied to Armed Forces after 2015

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Modern missile system S-500 will be supplied to the Armed Forces in 2016 already, Chief of the Russian Air Defence Major General Victor Gumenny said in an interview with the Echo of Moscow radio station on Saturday.

He said the advanced systems may solve the tasks of air-space defence and may fight hypersonic weapons.

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Vladimir Putin signed the law on establishment of National Research Center

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President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed the law on establishment of National Research Center “Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky”, which will be responsible for development of aviation science and technologies.

Besides research activities the center will also be responsible for personnel training. The institute will be established in the form of Federal State Unitary Enterprise (FSUE); government of Russia will act as its founder. Among major funding sources are: federal budget, income from implementing projects and exercising intellectual property rights, said in the law.

The Institute will comprise five leading research and development centers: Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after professor N.E. Zhukovsky, Baranov Central Institute of Aviation Motor Development, State Research Institute of Aviation Systems, Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute named after S.A. Chaplygin and State-owned scientific aircraft systems testing site.

Russia to conduct joint naval exercises with Japan, India

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Russia’s Eastern Military District (EMD) plans to conduct international naval exercises with India and Japan in 2015, EMD representative Alexander Gordeev told journalists Friday.

“These are joint Russian-Indian naval exercises Indra-2015 and joint Russian-Japanese naval exercises SAREX-2015. The areas where the drills will be conducted, participants, goals and objectives will be agreed and approved by EMD representatives and naval forces of the participating countries next year at several conferences,” Gordeev said.

In July, Russia and India conducted naval exercise Indra-2014 in the Sea of Japan.

In October, joint Russian-Japanese SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) drills took place in Russia’s Far East.

West interested in Russian armaments despite sanctions

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The world political situation has complicated Russia’s cooperation with the European Union in the defense sphere, but even in this adverse context many western companies are eager to expand cooperation with Russia, a representative of the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport has told TASS.

“We are prepared for further mutually beneficial work along these lines, the more so since this interest is mutual. Many European companies wish to go ahead with cooperation and to expand it,” the source said.

According to the official’s forecast, demand for Russian defense industry products will keep growing in defiance of the Western restrictions.

Russian arms producers concluded $7.5 billion worth of export contracts in 2014

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Russian arms manufacturers in 2014 have concluded 7.5 billion dollars worth of export contracts, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation.

“This year Russia’s arms producers have signed new export contracts totalling 7.5 billion dollars in value. As a result the overall contracts portfolio remains firmly at the 50-billion-dollar mark,” Putin said.

Putin also called for for stepping up contacts with the customary and new buyers of Russian armaments and for offering new cooperation formats, including flexible settlement schemes and loans.

France to hand over first Mistral helicopter carrier on Nov 14

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France may hand over the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia on November 14, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said. He announced that Moscow had received an invitation to take delivery at France’s Saint-Nazaire shipyards.

“Rosoboronexport [Russia’s state owned arms exporter] has received an invitation to arrive in Saint-Nazaire on November 14, where 360 Russian sailors and 60 specialist trainers are already,” Rogozin said.

On that day, Vladivostok – the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carrier ships – should be handed over to Russia. The Deputy PM also assumed the second carrier, the Sevastopol, would also be in dock.

“We act from the fact that France must protect its own reputation as a reliable partner, including on issues of military cooperation,” he said. France has always stressed that for them this would be “the litmus test of their national pride and sovereignty,” the Deputy PM added.

European arms manufacturers interested in close cooperation with Russia

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Europe’s weapons manufacturers are interested in closely cooperating with Russia, including in the naval defense sphere, a senior Rosoboronexport official said on Monday ahead of the opening of the Euronaval 2014 international exhibition in Paris.

Deputy Director General Sergey Ladygin, who leads the delegation from Russia’s main weapons exporter Rosoboronexport, said meetings with both traditional and potential partners from Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East are due to be held.

Special focus will be made on “discussing further cooperation with the leading European manufacturers, including the projects in the interests of the third countries,” the official said.

“Many European arms producers are interested in closer cooperation with Russia, including in naval defense. In current situation, such cooperation is of course hampered by political agenda, however we remain open for our partners and are set for a mutually beneficial dialogue,” he said.

Russia ready to talk all disarmament issues, including missile defense

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Russia is ready to discuss all disarmament issues, including missile defense, strategic non-nuclear weapons, placing weapons in the outer space, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a public lecture on Russian foreign policy affairs in the Russian capital on Monday.

“Our American partners have been proposing insistently already for several years, and [US Secretary of State] John Kerry confirmed this at the meeting in Paris, to resume talks on disarmament and to agree on further steps to cut strategic offensive weapons. I explained to my partner that we are ready to consider issues of security, disarmament and strategic stability only in interrelations,” he said.

Russia to create cybersecurity units

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Sopka teams, tasked to detect and prevent cyberattacks, have been created within the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), the ministry’s Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Col. Igor Yegorov told journalists Thursday.

“The SMF is adopting digital technologies in weapon and troop control and is expanding the use of electronic document management. Due to that, the staff of the SMF are taking preventive measures in upgrading cybersecurity: the process of creating teams responsible for sustainable combat troop control amid cyberwarfare is underway,” Yegorov said.

According to the spokesman, the cyberspecialists will be tasked with detecting and reducing the vulnerability of information systems, when necessary.

Russian and Azerbaijani defense ministers signed plan on cooperation for 2015

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Azerbaijani counterpart Zakir Gasanov signed a plan on cooperation for 2015 on Monday.

“At present, we’re carrying out a program of developing cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Azerbaijan Republic in the military and military-technical fields for 2013-2016,” Shoigu said.

During the talks, the ministers discussed prospects for expanding cooperation in training personnel.

“At present, fifty-seven Azerbaijani servicemen are studying at the Russian Defense Ministry’s schools on a non-repayable basis,” Shoigu said.

“Education and training of personnel is a very serious moment due to the supplies of military hardware for the Azerbaijani army within military-technical cooperation,” he said.