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Number of Russian Infantry Fighting Vehicles in Indonesian Army is Growing

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During the ceremony an official representative of Rosoboronexport transferred to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense 37 BMP-3F vehicles, which will join 17 of the same model that are already used by Indonesian forces, RIA Novosti reported.

The first batch of Russian infantry fighting vehicles was given to Jakarta as part of a billion-dollar loan to Indonesia by the Russian state, signed September 6, 2007, during a visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Indonesian capital. The infantry fighting vehicles ordered by Indonesia arrived at its main naval base in the Javanese city of Surabaya in November 2010.

A new contract to buy 37 more Russian BMP-3 vehicles, worth $114 million, was signed in early May 2013.

Kalashnikov Concern Exports Rifles to US and Canada

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The Russian Kalashnikov Concern has signed an agreement with the United States and Canada on exports of up to 200,000 units of Kalashnikov rifles per year.

The agreement was signed with the Russian Weapons Company (RWC) in the framework of the Shot Show 2014 exhibition which has been held in Las Vegas.

The agreement envisages that “RWC” has an exclusive right to deliver sporting and hunting rifles of “Izhmash” and “Baikal” brands, produced by the enterprises of the Kalashnikov concern, for five years.

Spokeswoman for the Kalashnikov Concern Yelena Filatova specified that the volume of exports are to make up from 80,000 to 200,000 units per year. The “RWC” is to carry out all the operations to promote the Kalashnikov products on the market and ensure their maintenance and guarantee servicing, she told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

Russia to Supply More Military Hardware to Afghanistan

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Russia will continue to supply versatile Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force. It will also build a facility to service these helicopters on Afghan soil.

Russian Lower House Speaker Sergey Naryshkin spoke about this at the end of a visit to Kabul Tuesday.

His hosting counterpart Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said his country will need further Russian help in strengthening its army and the police force ahead of the scheduled pullout of NATO in a year from now. He said Afghanistan may face new challenges then, including armed interference from abroad.

Iraq Expects Russian Weapons Delivery Next Month

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The second consignment of Russian weapons and military equipment, to be delivered to Iraq under the deal signed in 2012, will arrive later than previously announced, a senior Iraqi lawmaker said on Sunday.

Last year, Iraq signed a $4.3 billion deal with Moscow to buy Russian weapons and military equipment, including around 40 Mi-35 and Mi-28NE attack helicopters. Iraq took collection of the first four Mi-35 helicopter gunships this fall.

Iraqi officials said in November that the second shipment is expected by the end of the year.

“The second batch of Russian weapons will arrive in Iraq in January,” said Muhammed al-Aqili, a deputy head of the ruling faction in the Iraqi parliament.

He did not specify what types of arms and equipment were due to arrive.

Russia to Begin Arms Shipments to Kyrgyzstan

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Russia will begin arms shipments to Kyrgyzstan in the near future as part of a $1 billion deal signed last year to modernize the Central Asian country’s military, Kyrgyzstan’s president said at a news conference Monday.

“After reaching a historic agreement with Russia to reorganize our armed forces, all of the paperwork has been completed and we will soon receive deliveries of artillery pieces, tanks, shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles and other military equipment,” Almazbek Atambayev said.

He said the newly modernized army will be ready to defend the country by 2017.

First Division of Iskander-M Missiles Delivered to Russian Southern Military District

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The first division of the tactical missile systems Iskander-M of the military brigade of the Russian Southern Military District was delivered to the district.

Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin, Commander of the Troops of the Southern Military District Aleksander Galkin, officials from the Krasnodar territorial authorities, servicemen and veterans were attending a ceremony to welcome a train with the military hardware.

“Today this is already the second missile formation, which we had received from the military production industry for the Ground Troops,” Bakhin said. In his words, two other divisions Iskander-M from the missile brigade of the military district will be delivered to their base within a few months.

Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces Adopting New Security Equipment

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Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) are commissioning new military facilities’ security and protection equipment, RVSN Commander, Colonel General Sergei Karakayev told reporters on the occasion of RVSN Day marked in the Russian Armed Forces.

“By the end of next year we will complete re-equipment of six RVSN facilities with new types of automated security systems,” he said. “Further, our re-equipment work will be continued at a quicker pace.”

Karakayev stressed that “in the conditions of existing terrorist threats, one of the most important tasks fulfilled by the RVSN is the prevention of nuclear terrorism attempts.” “In this connection, one of the main spheres of activity of the RVSN for the past several years remains the improvement of security and protection of facilities against acts of terrorism,” the commander added. According to him, “the activities held by the command of the RVSN units in co-operation with the RF Federal Security Service (FSB) and Interior Ministry bodies, administrations of districts and settlements, have ensured the prevention of illegal actions against our facilities.”

Russia to Deploy 3 New S-400 Air Defense Regiments in 2014

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Three new regiments equipped with S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems will be put in service with the Russian armed forces next year, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

“Two S-400 regiments were presented to the Russian military this year. Another three [regiments] should be put in service in 2014,” Putin said at a meeting on the development of Russia’s aerospace defenses.

Russia currently has a total of five S-400 regiments, with two regiments deployed around Moscow and the remaining units deployed near the port city of Nakhodka in the far eastern Primorye Territory, as well as in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad and in the Southern Military District.

The sixth regiment will join the two S-400 regiments based near Moscow by the end of 2013, according to the Defense Ministry.

United Aircraft to Start Full-Scale R&D Work on New Strategic Bomber

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Russia will begin the full-scale R&D work on its future strategic bomber in 2014, a senior aircraft-manufacturing industry official said Thursday.

The project, known as PAK-DA — an acronym meaning future long-range aircraft — has been in the works for several years but was given the formal go-ahead by the Russian leadership last year.

“A decision was made this year to expedite the development of the PAK-DA aircraft,” Mikhail Pogosyan, head of United Aircraft Corporation, said at a meeting on the future of the Russian air force chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

“We finished coordinating the project with the Defense Ministry in September and at present we are getting ready to start full-scale work on research and development of these aircraft next year,” Pogosyan said.

Putin Calls to Synchronize Construction of Submarines with Their Arming with Weapons

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called to synchronize the construction of submarines of the Russian Navy with their arming with weaponry. Putin has made a statement at a meeting devoted to the development of the Russian Navy, “The weapons should be delivered synchronous with the commissioning of submarines carrying these weapons,” the president noted.

The president also noted that the deadlines of building new submarines as well as the prices on them should be observed. He also noted the importance of development of the coastal infrastructure. “Our Armed Forces, including strategic nuclear deterrence forces should be well-balanced, therefore, we will give proper attention to the Navy in general, its strategic part, in particular,” Putin noted.