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Russian Navy facing ‘irreversible collapse’

Posted by Kris Roman on July 13, 2009

The Russian Navy is currently on the verge of ‘irreversible collapse’, according to a recent analysis published by the authoritative Moscow-based weekly – the Independent Military Review .

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Russia’s Su-30 fighter to become world’s most exported jet

Posted by Kris Roman on July 13, 2009

su-30-1India announced its plans to double the purchase of Russia’s Su-30MKI fighter jets. If the plans become real, Russia will set a new record selling the largest quality of fourth-generation aircraft to a foreign customer. The deal will considerably improve the reputation of Russia’s renowned jet, although it does have significant competitors from the fifth generation.

India may considerably enlarge its fleet of Russian-made Su-30MKI by 2015 – to 230 planes, news agencies reported with reference to India’s Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony. The official said that India had purchased 98 of such fighter jets from Russia since 1996.

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Western countries make ridiculous statements about Russia’s military drills in Caucasus

Posted by Kris Roman on June 30, 2009

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Pravda.Ru

The West is concerned about Russia’s military drills Kavkaz-2009 (Caucasus-2009) which started on June 29. The drills will end on July 6 and will embrace almost the entire territory of Russia’s south – from the Arkhangelsk region to Chechnya and Ingushetia republics. Many Western and Georgian experts say that the drills may trigger another war, like it happened in August of 2008.

The Washington Post wrote that Russia was conducting a similar military exercise last year. The completion of the event coincided with the beginning of the military actions. The newspaper is particularly concerned that the end of the drills coincides with Obama’s visit to Moscow.

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Russian navy goes straight to the bottom?

Posted by Kris Roman on June 26, 2009

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Sergey Balmasov
Pravda.Ru

Russia may start purchasing foreign warships abroad.

“We do not exclude a possibility to purchase foreign vessels from other countries,” Vladimir Vysotsky, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, stated June 24 at the opening of the International Naval Salon in St. Petersburg.

Russia has been either purchasing foreign warships or building the ones of its own with the participation of foreign specialists for a very long time. It happened during the Northern War of 1700-1721 against Sweden, when Dutch specialists built many of Russian vessels. It also happened so during the 19th and the 20th centuries, when Russia was forced to buy ships from other countries due to the nation’s lag in the technological development. Russia’s legendary cruiser Varyag, for instance, was built in the United States.

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Russia launches first nuclear submarine since USSR’s collapse

Posted by Kris Roman on June 23, 2009

dolgorukiRussia’s strategic nuclear-powered Yury Dolgoruki submarine has finally been launched. It is the first submarine, which Russia made after the collapse of the USSR. Russian shipbuilders can be both proud and ashamed of the new cruiser: the works on the submarine began 16 years ago.

The construction of the nuclear cruiser was very slow due to the lack of finance. When the submarine was finally assembled, it turned out that the Bulava rocket was not ready for it. Officials of Russia’s Defense Ministry say that the new rocket would be passed into service in 2009 or in 2010.

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Sky above Moscow proves to be absolutely defenseless

Posted by Kris Roman on June 20, 2009

kremlin-6Sergey Balmasov

Pravda.Ru

The sky above Moscow is defended weakly. Military experts say that the Russian capital is vulnerable against an air attack or a missile strike. Russia’s latest S-400 missile system will not be capable of improving the situation. The new upgraded missiles for the complex have not been designed yet.

The subject of Moscow’s air defense surfaced again at a news conference on June 16. Anatoly Kornukov, the former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, and Leonid Ivashov, the former chief of Russia’s Military Staff, believe that Moscow’s air defense system is outdated and therefore incapable of executing its goals. Mr. Ivashov

believes that Russia needs to either make huge investments in the development of its air defense system or move the capital to the east of the country.

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Sunken S-2 Soviet Sub Found in Baltic Sea

Posted by Kris Roman on June 11, 2009

After a decadelong search, a team of Baltic Sea divers has discovered the wreckage of a Soviet submarine that sank with dozens of sailors aboard during World War II, one of the divers said.

They found the S-2 submarine near the Aland Islands between Sweden and Finland in February but only announced it this week because they wanted to confirm the identity of the vessel, team member Marten Zetterstrom said.

He said all 50 crew members died when the vessel exploded in 1940, probably after hitting a mine. He declined to give the exact location.

“My feelings were mixed. There it was, this war machine that was built to take ships down. I was happy, sad, depressed and elated all at once,” Zetterstrom said.

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Russian soldier: Legendary bravery and courage

Posted by Kris Roman on April 28, 2009

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Dmitry Medvedev visited the Ryazan Airborne Troops Military Academy

Posted by Kris Roman on April 22, 2009

The academy head, Colonel Vladimir Lugovoy, briefed the President on the training process arrangements. Dmitry Medvedev, accompanied by Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, watched parachute jumps and special simulator training. Mr Medvedev also watched demonstrations of hand-to-hand combat. 

A demonstration of new generation small arms was organised for the President.

Mr Medvedev laid a wreath at the obelisk to the academy’s graduates who lost their lives defending their fatherland or in local armed conflicts.

The academy’s history dates back to 1918, when infantry training courses were first organised in Ryazan for Red Army officers. In November 1996, the academy was named in honour of Vasily Margelov, who commanded the Soviet Union’s paratroops for almost 25 years. The academy counts 45 Heroes of the Soviet Union and 69 Heroes of the Russian Federation among its graduates.

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Russia says combat alert for 58th Army unchanged

Posted by Kris Roman on April 11, 2009

 

58th-armyReports that Russia’s 58th Army has been put on a higher combat alert are untrue, a Defense Ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

The 58th Army saw action in Russia’s military operation in South Ossetia, when troops were deployed in the region, following Georgia’s attack on its former republic in August last year.

“An increase in combat readiness was not introduced earlier and does not exist at the present time,” the spokesperson said, adding that Army units were undergoing routine training following winter drills.

The head of the press service for the North Caucasus Military District confirmed that troops from the 58th Army were preparing for training exercises, and stressed that security levels had not changed.

“At the current moment troops are involved in setting up a combat readiness plan. April sees the end of the winter training stage and planned controlled exercises at the conclusion of a period of instruction,” Andrei Bobrun said.

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Preparing for military parade in Moscow (9 May)

Posted by Kris Roman on March 21, 2009

Preparing for military parade in Moscow . © RIA Novosti, Mikhail Fomichev. 

A convoy of Topol-M strategic missile systems during their first drill for a military parade. Preparing for military parade in Moscow . © RIA Novosti, Mikhail Fomichev.

Equipment that will roll across Red Square will include Topol-M mobile missile systems, S-300 Favorit, Buk, Tunguska and Tor air defense missile systems, T-90 tanks, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, Sprut self-propelled guns, Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, and others.

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Russia Beefs Up Black Sea Fleet

Posted by Kris Roman on March 9, 2009

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Russia is strengthening its forces in the south of the country, including its powerful Black Sea Fleet, Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Popovkin announced Thursday.

 

Relations between Russia, the United States and NATO were tense for several months following the Russian invasion and occupation of one-third of the former Soviet republic of Georgia in the Caucasus last August.

Tensions have eased since President Barack Obama won the U.S. election on Nov. 4, but the powerful Russian Black Sea Fleet continues to closely monitor NATO warships and Western cargo ships bringing aid to Georgia.

According to a RIA Novosti report Thursday, Popovkin stated that the Russian Defense Ministry had carefully studied “the outcome of the South Ossetian conflict” and had concluded that it needs to boost military and naval forces in the region. Russia is also locked in a series of disputes with neighboring Ukraine, the most populous of the former Soviet republics, apart from Russia.

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Russia to update its entire nuclear arsenal and introduce intellectual arms by 2020

Posted by Kris Roman on March 4, 2009

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Pravda.ru

Russia’s Vice Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov, who administers defense industry issues, stated that the new state-run arms program from 2011 to 2020 stipulated a complete re-equipment of Russia’s strategic forces.

“The whole of Russia’s satellite fleet will be replaced with more modern spacecraft. The single information space of the action scene will be created. Of course, Russia will switch to absolutely new, intellectual arms and defense technologies,” the minister said in an interview with The Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Such a large defense order, the minister said, would also give a chance to many other branches of the Russian economy to survive during the time of the crisis. The defense industry employs over 1.5 million people, the official said. “The state defense order is the most effective anti-crisis measure,” he added.

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Navy back in Syria

Posted by Kris Roman on February 27, 2009

 

Russian warships have returned to the naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus, used by the Soviet Union since the late sixties, after more than a decade of absence.

In August 2008, Syrian president Bashar Assad, during his visit to Russia, pointed out that his country is open for talks with Russia about reactivating the use of the naval base in Tartus.

It was in 1967 that the Soviet Navy started using this Syrian port as one of its main Mediterranean stations.

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Russia to update its entire nuclear arsenal and introduce intellectual arms by 2020

Posted by Kris Roman on February 26, 2009

nuclear-11Russia’s Vice Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov, who administers defense industry issues, stated that the new state-run arms program from 2011 to 2020 stipulated a complete re-equipment of Russia’s strategic forces.

 

“The whole of Russia’s satellite fleet will be replaced with more modern spacecraft. The single information space of the action scene will be created. Of course, Russia will switch to absolutely new, intellectual arms and defense technologies,” the minister said in an interview with The Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Such a large defense order, the minister said, would also give a chance to many other branches of the Russian economy to survive during the time of the crisis. The defense industry employs over 1.5 million people, the official said. “The state defense order is the most effective anti-crisis measure,” he added.

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USSR’s huge K-7 ‘flying wing’ aircraft was only one step away from global triumph

Posted by Kris Roman on February 13, 2009

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The aircraft construction industry of the USSR was working on an amazing project during the years preceding World War Two. Konstantin Kalinin, an outstanding aircraft designer of those times, was leading the project to build a gigantic flying machine, which was known as the K-7 heavy experimental aircraft.Kalinin’s design bureau was working on the plane at the end of the 1930s. K-7 became the embodiment of revolutionary ideas of that time. For example, for the first time in history the plane was outfitted with a control wheel booster. This option was widely used in the aircraft-building industry afterwards. Kalinin also decided to use chrome molybdenum steel pipes for the carcass of the liner, which was also a novelty in the Soviet Union .

The first tests of the aircraft began in 1933, but the government ordered to scrap them soon afterwards. Kalinin’s opponents convinced the Soviet leadership that there was no sense in spending too much money on the flying giant. Kalinin’s ideas, which were never materialized in K-7, were later used in the development of heavy aircraft.

K-7 was originally designed as a three-engine passenger plane to transport 22 passengers and luggage. The design bureau subsequently rejected the idea and the project began to develop as the construction of a transcontinental aircraft. Kalinin wanted to make the plane look like a huge wing, which would be the perfect aircraft, as he thought. Therefore, the constructor was working on the project on all-in-one-wing principle.

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Russian Military Composition

Posted by Kris Roman on February 12, 2009

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Crisis stalls military reform – generals rejoice

Posted by Kris Roman on February 11, 2009

Alexandre Antonov, Russia Today

http://www.russiatoday.com

The controversial reform of the Russian armed forces announced by the defence minister last October faces a major change of schedule. The ministry lacks funding for the planned rapid military transformation.

The reform – which is meant to radically change the face of the Russian Army, Navy and Air Force – was scheduled to be finished by 2012, but recently President Medvedev said the deadline for the downsizing of the military is 2016. The Defence Ministry later said they were not going to change their plans, but insiders hint that the ministry is already behind the schedule and doesn’t have enough money to carry out all the changes they want, and with the global credit crisis gaining momentum this is unlikely to change.

All military experts agree that a radical reform of the Russian armed forces is long overdue. Indeed, all defence ministers in post-soviet Russia had plans on how to make the relic of the Cold War into a modern organisation capable of dealing with modern threats. The Russian military is suffering from a number of problems, including aging hardware, lack of prestige of the career in the service, and corruption to name a few, but for whatever reasons the reforms were never implemented in full scale. 

A change we can believe in… Serdyukov’s way

In October 2008, the current Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced his plan for a military transformation. The reform can be called the most ambitious one in decades, and one of the most controversial as well. Many senior officers heavily criticised it, and media reported of a ‘mutiny’ against it by top brass, which the ministry strongly denied.

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Russian Ramps Up Iskander-M Engine Production

Posted by Kris Roman on February 11, 2009

iskander-raketRussia’s Omsk engine design and production bureau has begun a large-scale production of engines for the Iskander-M short-range tactical missile system, RIA Novosti reported Friday.

“The company has received a large Defense Ministry order to manufacture engines for Iskander-M systems. The first batch must be supplied by the end of February,” Valery Kovalchuk, Omsk bureau deputy general director, told the news agency.

According to the report, Kovalchuk stated that the Omsk bureau was fully prepared to manufacture the Iskander. He said it already had lined up all necessary design, testing and production personnel and equipment necessary to start full-cycle production of the engines. The Omsk bureau would work at full capacity on producing Iskander-M engines for the next five years, he said.

The RIA Novosti report noted that the Iskander-M short-range, mobile tactical missile (NATO designation SS-26 Stone) is propelled by two solid-propellant single-stage 9M723K1 guided missiles, giving it a “quasi-ballistic” capability. This ability to maneuver, combined with the Iskander-M’s very low trajectory, relatively fast speed and rapid acceleration thanks to its solid fuel propellant, makes the missile very difficult to intercept after it is launched.

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Deadline Set On Russian Military Reform

Posted by Kris Roman on February 9, 2009

russia-gen-nikolai-makarov-bgRussia’s hard-charging chief of the general staff pledged Monday to complete the long-delayed and fiercely opposed restructuring of the Russian armed forces over the next four years.

“We are planning to complete a reform of the military within the next three or four years. The established time frame has not been revised,” four-star army Gen. Nikolai Makarov announced, RIA Novosti reported.

Makarov promised that when the reform was completed, the Russian armed forces would emerge from their shake-up streamlined, far faster-reacting and with modern 21st-century weaponry.

RIA Novosti noted that the ambitious reform program — long pushed by former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and by former Defense Minister and current First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov — would transform the longstanding four-level command and control structure of the Russian army to a three-stage one. Currently the system’s four levels are military district, army, division and regiment. Under the new system there will be only three levels: military district, operational command and brigade.

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Twenty Su-25 Frogfoots on the Way

Posted by Kris Roman on February 1, 2009

 

su-25-frogfootThe Russian Air Force will receive around 20 modernized Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft and new MiG-29SMT Fulcrum fighters in 2009. Su-25 aircraft has been in service with the Russian Air Force for over 25 years. The Su-25 Frogfoot is a single-seat, twin-engine combat aircraft developed by the Sukhoi to provide close air support for ground troops.

 

“About 10 modernized Su-25 attack aircraft and over 10 MiG-29SMT fighters will be delivered to the Air Force in 2009,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

In 1999, Russia began to upgrade part of its aging Su-25 fleet. The Air Force received the first 6 modernized Su-25SM planes in December 2006. Russia will keep a modernized version of its Su-25 attack aircraft in service with the Air Force until 2020.

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From port to port: Kremlin’s naval bases abroad

Posted by Kris Roman on January 16, 2009

schipThe Navy Headquarters announced on Friday the list of countries where Russia will have naval bases in several years time.

However, the Deputy Chief of Russia’s Armed Forces Staff, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, considers that it’s too early to name concrete locations.

“The political decision on this matter has been made. Bases will settle down on Sokorta Island (Yemen), in Tartus (Syria) and Tripoli (Libya). Now it’s very difficult to say when these bases will appear in these countries, but in several years time it undoubtedly will happen. From both the economic and the technical military point of view, there is no other way to solve the problem of our Navy’s regular presence in distant sea areas for the protection of Russia’s national interests”, the representative of the Russian Navy Headquarters told ITAR-TASS.

The General Armed Forces Staff completely supported the Navy Headquarters’ offer about the necessity to develop the fleet infrastructure outside the Russian maritime belt. 

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Russian nuclear-powered warship calls at Cape Town

Posted by Kris Roman on January 12, 2009

 

kruiser-pjotr-veliki1The Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruiser has sailed into the port of Cape Town, a Russian Navy spokesman said on Monday.

Six Russian warships, led by the Northern Fleet’s Pyotr Veliky, will participate in a joint naval exercise with the Indian navy this month.

“The ship received special permission from the Pretoria authorities to make the call,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said, adding that the visit would last through January 14.

He said that the ship was to have docked in port on January 9 to replenish supplies, but South Africa’s nuclear energy administration refused to grant permission.

A naval task force led by the cruiser recently participated in joint exercises with the Venezuelan Navy in the Caribbean.

The Pyotr Veliky will join up with warships from the Pacific Fleet for the INDRA-2009 exercise. The Admiral Vinogradov, an Udaloy class destroyer, a salvage tug and two fuel tankers are already in the Indian Ocean, having left Russia’s Far East a month ago.

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Female cadets at the Peter the Great Strategic Missile Forces Academy

Posted by Kris Roman on January 8, 2009

Female cadets will complete a five-year course in the field of computer software and mathematical modeling.

 

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Russian paratrooper girls

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Russia Orders 70 Nuclear Missiles by 2011: Report

Posted by Kris Roman on December 23, 2008

 

The Russian military will commission more than 70 strategic nuclear missiles in the next three years, Interfax news agency quoted the deputy head of the military-industrial committee as saying Monday.

“More than 70 strategic missiles will be bought and delivered to troops in the next three years, more than 30 short-range Iskander missiles and a large number of booster rockets and aircraft,” said Vladislav Putilin, whose department is in charge of weapons industries.

He added that the military will also acquire 48 combat jets, six spy drones, more than 60 military helicopters, 14 navy vessels and nearly 300 tanks.

The arms-procurement order for 2009-2011 will cost nearly four trillion rubles (100 billion euros, $140 billion), he said.

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Voevoda’s second youth

Posted by Kris Roman on December 22, 2008

 

RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik

http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20081222/119122883.html

rs-20Much like other components of the Russian strategic nuclear potential, the RS-20B and RS-20V missiles require modernization.

To extend the service life of aging missiles, they are repaired and undergo technical upgrades. If subsequent tests are a success, their operational life is prolonged. Modernizing the strategic nuclear potential is one of the main challenges that the Russian Armed Forces will tackle over the next 10 to 15 years. (Image Gallery)

RS-20B and RS-20V, also known as 15A-18B and 15A-18M, along with R-36M UTTH and R-036M2, are the priority candidates for modernization for a whole number of reasons, from the technological excellence that allowed them to stay operational much longer than was expected, to combat potential. These missiles can carry 10 750-kiloton nuclear warheads, and fully deserve their menacing nicknames – Voevoda (army commander) in Russia, and SS-18 Satan in NATO.

At present, Russian Strategic Missile Force has 75 R-36M UTTH/R-36M2, which are capable of carrying a total of 750 warheads. If their service life is extended up to 30 years, they can be in the service until the middle of the next decade, while the newer R-36M2s may be in operation until the end of the 2010s.

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A military doctrine for every occasion

Posted by Kris Roman on December 17, 2008

 

RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik

http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20081217/118900951.html

appel-in-kazerneIn 2009, Russia’s armed forces will get a new military doctrine meeting present-day realities as defined by national security and foreign policy interests.

A military doctrine is a set of principles defining the objectives of military planning, preparations for war, and the ways and means of warfare. These principles depend on the political system, form of government, economic and technological development, and the perception of its authors on what to anticipate from an expected war.

The last Soviet doctrine was adopted in 1987 and was defensive in nature. It dropped the term “potential enemy” and confirmed its earlier commitment not to be the first to launch hostilities or use nuclear weapons.

Soon after the adoption of this doctrine, the Soviet Union collapsed. Russia, which succeeded it, faced the need to redefine its place in the world and produce a new military doctrine.

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Red stars on Russian combat planes turn multicolor

Posted by Kris Roman on December 5, 2008

After more than 90 years, the Russian stars will no longer be all red. They’ll be red, white and blue.

The Kremlin-controlled lower house of parliament voted 389-2 Friday to replace Soviet-era red stars on military aircraft with ones bearing the three colors of the Russian national flag. The five-pointed red stars have adorned the planes since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

The State Duma made the move even though the red star was officially restored as a military symbol and brought back to the military’s parade banners in 2002. The stars had remained on the planes all along, however.

But not all things Soviet have been abandoned. During Vladimir Putin’s presidency, Russia also restored the old Soviet national anthem — albeit with new lyrics.

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Sticking An Iskander Missile Into The ABM Shield Part Two

Posted by Kris Roman on November 20, 2008

The deployment of Iskander short-range quasi-ballistic missiles and electronic countermeasures in the Kaliningrad region of Russia looks certain to produce a response from the United States.

Washington’s first step will be to hand over Patriot PAC-3 ground-to-air anti-ballistic missile interceptor systems to Poland. An agreement to pass a Patriot battery — 12 launchers — with an ammunition load of 96 missiles to the Wojsko Polskie, or Polish army, already has been achieved.

However, Patriots do not guarantee the safety of Ground-based Mid-course Interceptor missile launchers, and to make them more secure the United States might reinforce Poland’s air force with modern strike aircraft able to destroy Russia’s Iskanders before they launch their missiles. U.S. Air Force units and formations are likely to be deployed in Poland directly.

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New generation Russian nuclear attack sub ready in 2010: report

Posted by Kris Roman on November 19, 2008

submarine-spix-bgThe first of a new class of multipurpose Russian nuclear attack submarines currently in construction will be operational by 2010, a Russian news agency reported Wednesday.

The Severodvinsk “will be operational in 2010,” Ria Novosti said citing naval official Nicolas Kalisstratov.

Named after the White Sea port which houses the main Russian nuclear submarine base, the Severodvinsk is 119 metres long (390 feet) and can navigate at a depth of 600 metres.

It “will be able to perform every mission that could be asked of it by the state: attacking different targets when underwater, on the surface or (by) land,” according to a naval admiral also quoted.

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Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator Scout-Attack Helicopters

Posted by Kris Roman on November 6, 2008

 

When “Russia Commits to Multi-Year Buy of 67 Mi-28 Attack Helicopters” was published in July 2006, it appeared that the Mil design bureau’s product (NATO code: Havoc) had eclipsed Kamov’s more radical Ka-50 (NATO code: Hokum) as Russia’s future attack helicopter. A critical loss in Turkey’s attack helicopter competition, and conflicting promises concerning the Kamov machine’s future in Russia, left the platform’s very future in doubt. Russia’s 2005 defense budget, for instance, was supposed to include 12 Ka-50 helicopters – until that funding was cut.air_ka-50_black_shark_lg

At present, a handful of coaxial, single-seat Ka-50’s have been delivered to the Army Aviation Training and Conversion Unit at Torzhok. Some even saw action in Chechnya, where their high cruising speed (300 km/h), protection, and ability to carry either armaments or fuel tanks gained them respect as scout/ attack/ command helicopters. Many countries would consider that an odd combination, but it works quite well with Russian doctrines that emphasize durable combat punch for scouts, and central on-scene direction of aviation elements.

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Russian nuclear missile cruiser visits French base

Posted by Kris Roman on November 5, 2008

A Russian heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser called on Wednesday at a French naval base for the first time in the history of bilateral relations, an aide to the Russian Navy commander said. 

Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said the Pyotr Veliky had dropped anchor off Toulon on Wednesday morning, adding that the visit would last through November 8.

He earlier said that the Russian Navy commander, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, would meet with the French Navy chief of staff.

The Pyotr Veliky is the lead ship in a task force from the Russia’s Northern Fleet that also includes the large ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko.

After port calls and training at sea in the Mediterranean, the Northern Fleet warships will head for the Caribbean to hold exercises in November with Venezuela’s navy.

Another Northern Fleet task force, led by the missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, will conduct joint exercises with Black Sea Fleet warships in the Mediterranean in December.

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Russia to deploy Iskander missiles near Polish border – Medvedev

Posted by Kris Roman on November 5, 2008

 

iskander-raketRussia will deploy short-range Iskander missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad next to Poland in response to U.S. missile plans for Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

“An Iskander missile system will be deployed in the Kaliningrad Region to neutralize if necessary the anti-ballistic missile system in Europe,” Medvedev said in his first state of the nation address to parliament.

Moscow has repeatedly expressed its opposition to Washington’s plans to place 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and an accompanying radar in the Czech Republic, saying they threaten Russia’s national security.

The United States claims the new bases are needed to counter missile attacks by “rogue states” such as Iran.

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Russian warships to hold drills in Indian Ocean

Posted by Kris Roman on November 1, 2008

 

Russian warships from the Pacific and Northern Fleets will conduct exercises in the Indian Ocean later this year, a Navy spokesman said on Saturday.

A group of Northern Fleet warships, led by the missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), will go to the Indian Ocean after joint drills with the Venezuelan Navy in the Caribbean.

“Pacific and Northern Fleet warships will meet up and jointly perform a series of combat training missions in the Indian Ocean,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.

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Russian military to receive up to 30 Alligator helicopters by 2012

Posted by Kris Roman on October 29, 2008

 

alligator-helicopterThe Russian Armed Forces will receive up to 30 new Kamov Ka-52 Alligator helicopters by 2012, the head of the Progress aircraft maker said on Wednesday.

“The company plans to deliver up to 30 Ka-52 helicopters by 2012,” Yury Denisenko told reporters after a demonstration of the helicopter in Arsenyev, in Russia’s Far East.

Ka-52 chief designer Sergei Mikheyev said the helicopter would meet strong demand on the world arms market, and that India and several Southeast Asian countries had already shown an interest.

He also said a new, ship-born Ka-52 modification would be developed soon.

The multi-role all-weather combat Ka-52 Alligator (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) helicopter is a twin-seat derivative of the attack Ka-50. It can be used for a wide range of combat missions.

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Russia’s new nuclear attack submarine starts sea trials

Posted by Kris Roman on October 27, 2008

 

rus-submarine The Amur shipyard in Russia’s Far East said on Monday it had started sea trials of a newly built nuclear-powered attack submarine, which according to media reports may be leased to India.

The construction of the Akula II class Nerpa nuclear attack submarine started in 1991 but has been suspended for over a decade due to lack of funding. Akula II class vessels are considered the quietest and deadliest of Russian nuclear-powered attack submarines.

“The submarine, built under a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry, has been moved from the shipyard in Komsomolsk-on-Amur to a maintenance facility in the Primorye Territory and fitted with all necessary equipment. At present it is undergoing sea trials,” a spokesman for the shipyard told RIA Novosti.

Indian media have reported on various occasions that the construction of the submarine was partially financed by the Indian government. India has reportedly paid $650 million for a 10-year lease of the 12,000-ton submarine.

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Ex-Soviet states hold joint air defense drills

Posted by Kris Roman on October 23, 2008

 

Members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) successfully conducted on Thursday a joint command-and-staff air defense exercise as part of the integrated air defense network.

Combat-duty units of the CIS integrated air defense network, which are stationed in Kazakhstan, central Russia and Siberia, Belarus, Ukraine, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan took part in the exercise. The CIS is an alliance of former Soviet republics.

“All the tasks, including testing combat interoperability of CIS air defense units, have been accomplished successfully,” Russia’s Air Force Commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said.

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Russia’s Pacific Fleet completes anti-submarine drills

Posted by Kris Roman on October 23, 2008

 

Surface ships and submarines from Russia’s Pacific Fleet have completed a three-day anti-submarine exercise, the fleet’s press service said on Thursday.

The exercises, involving the missile cruiser Varyag and four ASW ships, were conducted Monday through Wednesday under the command of Rear Adm. Sergei Avakyants.

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Russia test launches RS-18 ICBM from Baikonur

Posted by Kris Roman on October 22, 2008

 

rs-18-icbmRussia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) have successfully launched an RS-18 (SS-19 Stiletto) intercontinental ballistic missile from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the SMF said on Wednesday.

As a result of the successful launch at 13.10 Moscow time (09:10 GMT) on Wednesday, the Stiletto ICBMs, which have so far been operational for 29 years, will remain on combat duty beyond 2010.

“The launch confirmed the decision to extend the service life of one of our most reliable missile complexes,” the SMF said in a statement.

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Russian Northern Fleet ships arrive in Turkey

Posted by Kris Roman on October 22, 2008

A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet has arrived in Turkey, an aide to the navy commander said Wednesday.

The task force includes the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) and the large ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko.

“The working call of the Northern Fleet task force to Turkey will contribute to further development of naval relations between the two states in the interest of strengthening stability and mutual confidence at sea,” Capt. 1st rank Igor Dygalo said.

The visit will last until Sunday.

The naval task force comprising also support ships left a naval base in northern Russia on September 22.

After port calls and training at sea in the Mediterranean, the Northern Fleet warships will head for the Caribbean to hold exercises in November with Venezuela’s navy.

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Russia’s new-generation RS-24 ICBM to enter service in 2009

Posted by Kris Roman on October 22, 2008

 

rs-24-icbmA new-generation RS-24 multiple-warhead missile system will enter service with Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) in 2009, the force commander said on Wednesday.

“We have carried out a series of successful ground and flight tests of the RS-24 missile. The new ICBM system will be put in service in 2009,” Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said.

He said the new system would “strengthen Russia’s nuclear deterrence,” including its capability to penetrate missile defense shields, and will serve to counter elements of a U.S. missile defense system deployed in Central Europe.

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Ex-Soviet states to test integrated air defense this week

Posted by Kris Roman on October 20, 2008

 

rus-a-50-awacMore than 50 combat aircraft will participate in a joint command-and-staff air defense exercise conducted by members of the Commonwealth of Independent States on Thursday, a Russian Air Force spokesman said on Monday.

“The exercise will involve over 50 fighters, bombers and helicopters. A particular feature of the exercise is the deployment of Russia’s A-50 Mainstay AWACS aircraft,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

Combat-duty units of the CIS integrated air defense network, which are stationed in Kazakhstan, Siberia, central Russia, Belarus and Armenia will take part in the exercise.

The CIS, a loose alliance of former Soviet states, comprises Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Ukraine is a founding and participating country but technically not a member state. Turkmenistan holds associate status, while Georgia recently withdrew over the South Ossetia conflict.

The integrated air defense network was set up by 10 CIS member countries on February 10, 1995.

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Two soldiers killed in S.Russia militant attack

Posted by Kris Roman on October 18, 2008

At least two Russian servicemen were killed on Saturday when a military convoy in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia came under militant fire, the local interior ministry said.

At around 10:00 a.m. Moscow time (06:00 GMT), “Unidentified assailants attacked a military convoy in Ingushetia with automatic firearms and grenade launchers. As a result of the attack, two troops died and two were hospitalized,” a spokesman for the ministry told RIA Novosti.

A police source said: “We do not have precise information on the number of attackers, but we believe there were between six and 15. After the shooting, they fled, and shots were fired at them. Some of the attackers may have been injured.”

Additional police and servicemen have been brought to the area to hunt down the attackers, he said.

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Russia trains to fight NATO

Posted by Kris Roman on October 14, 2008

tu-160-blackjack-front-bgThe Stability-2008 strategic maneuvers of the Russian armed forces are gaining momentum. On Monday, Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H and Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers began training flights with full combat payloads and the live firing of cruise missiles at practice targets.

The Stability-2008 strategic exercise, which began Sept. 21 in Russian and Belarusian territory and at sea, is the largest since the Soviet era. Within the next month the armed forces will be practicing a wide variety of tasks, including containing armed conflicts and strategic deterrence. In total, the drill will feature tens of thousands of servicemen, thousands of vehicles, air and naval forces, space troops and strategic nuclear forces.

The exercise is remarkable not only for its scale but also its character. The Russian and Belarusian armed forces practice operations both in simulated local conflict and in full-scale warfare, involving aggressive fighting for air superiority, missile defense, naval warfare and strategic strikes.

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Outside View: Russia’s Caribbean fleet

Posted by Kris Roman on October 13, 2008

A Russian navy squadron set off for Venezuela on Sept. 22 in a deployment of Russian military power to the Western Hemisphere unprecedented since the Cold War.

During the Cold War, Latin America became an ideological battleground between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The Kremlin recently has moved to intensify contacts with Venezuela, Cuba and other Latin American nations amid strained relations with Washington after last month’s conflict between Russia and Georgia.

The squadron comprising the Russian Northern Fleet’s Pyotr Veliky — Peter the Great — battle cruiser and the antisubmarine warfare ship Adm. Chabanenko will participate in exercises off the Venezuelan coast.

In the past, the world’s major powers would demonstrate their naval capabilities in various regions, hinting ominously that they could disrupt enemy lines of communication in case of conflict.

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Russia`s nuclear deterrent in good shape: Medvedev

Posted by Kris Roman on October 13, 2008

 

Russia has successfully test-fired four long-range nuclear-capable missiles over the weekend in an unprecedented show of force that has not been seen since the Cold War era.

On Sunday, two nuclear submarines deployed in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan, and the Barents Sea, northeast of Norway, simultaneously test-fired Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM), which hit targets at the opposite extreme of the country.

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BMD Focus: Sineva launch success

Posted by Kris Roman on October 13, 2008

Russia this weekend carried out another successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test that heralded its growing global strategic power.

The test showed the “defense in depth” options that the long-troubled Soviet undersea nuclear navy is developing.

Russian Prime Minister and former President Vladimir Putin bet big on developing the long-troubled Bulava SBLM. The Bulava has failed in eight of its last 16 tests, although its most recent test results have been a lot better. But Saturday’s test was notable for its success in test-firing a different strategic nuclear-capable missile that employs a now-unfashionable but far from obsolete technicality.

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Outside View: Russia flexes Med sea power

Posted by Kris Roman on October 13, 2008

A squadron comprising the nuclear-powered battle cruiser Peter the Great, the anti-submarine warfare — ASW — ship Admiral Chabanenko and two supply ships from the Russian navy’s Northern Fleet recently entered the Mediterranean Sea.

The squadron was joined there by the Russian Baltic Fleet’s escort ship Neustrashimy (“Intrepid”) and the Black Sea Fleet tanker Ivan Bubnov.

For the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has reinstated a scaled-down version of the famous Fifth Squadron comprising warships from the three “western” fleets” that had sailed the Mediterranean in the Soviet Union’s heyday.

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Russia fires missiles, Medvedev says strategic defences ‘in order’

Posted by Kris Roman on October 13, 2008

medvedev-rs-12m-topol-ballistic-missile-icbm-plesetsk-afp-bgRussia fired three long-range missiles Sunday and pronounced its nuclear deterrent strong in an extraordinary show of force experts said had not been seen anywhere since the days of the Cold War.

Two of the missiles were fired from nuclear submarines in the Asian and European extremes of the sprawling country while a third was watched by President Dmitry Medvedev on land in northwest Russia, news agencies reported.

It was the second Russian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test in as many days and the latest in a series of high-profile military exercises of conventional land, sea and air forces as well as strategic nuclear units.

“This shows that our deterrent is in order,” Medvedev was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying after Sunday’s missile launches.

“We will of course be introducing new types of forces and means into the military,” he added, without elaborating.

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Outside View: Blackjack flies again

Posted by Kris Roman on October 12, 2008

Russia’s Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan bombers are back from Venezuela. The overseas visit by the most powerful strike aircraft of Russia has created a new surge of interest in these planes, which make up the core of Russian strategic aviation.

The supersonic missile-carrying Tu-160 bomber — NATO designation Blackjack — was developed in the early 1970s, when it became clear that subsonic 3M and Tupolev Tu-95 bombers, which did not yet carry long-range cruise missiles, were unable to penetrate the air defenses of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in a conflict. The maiden flight of the new plane took place at the end of 1981.

From the outset, the Tupolev Tu-160 was designed as a missile-carrying bomber, which, with its high-altitude performance, would be less vulnerable when breaking through NATO’s air defenses. Its serial production began in 1984, and in 1987 the first units joined the Russian air force. By 1991 the Soviet Union had 19 Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers in service, which belonged to the 184th Heavy Bomber Regiment at Priluki, Ukraine.

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Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev observes Barents Sea drills

Posted by Kris Roman on October 11, 2008

 

medvedev-observes-barents-sea-drills-2008Russian President Dmitry Medvedev joined the Northern Fleet on Saturday to observe military exercises in the Barents Sea including a full-range test of the Sineva ballistic missile.

Medvedev announced that the missile had traveled a record 11,547 km (7,170 miles), declaring it a serious part of the arsenal for some time to come.

“It seems to me that practically all tasks that were set, were successfully carried out,” the president said, noting that data on the test would have to be analyzed.

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Russian submarine conducts full-range test of Sineva ICBM

Posted by Kris Roman on October 11, 2008

 

onderzeebootA Russian submarine has for the first time test launched the Sineva ballistic missile to its maximum range, an aide to the Russian navy commander said Saturday.

Captain 1st rank Igor Dygalo said the missile was launched Saturday from the Barents Sea to an equatorial part of the Pacific Ocean.

“For the first time in Navy history, the launch was not to the Kura test range in Kamchatka [Russian Far East], but to the area of an equatorial part of the Pacific,” Dygalo said, adding that the launch was made to check the preparedness of naval strategic nuclear forces.

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Russia plans to boost military spending

Posted by Kris Roman on October 9, 2008

Funds for salaries, streamlining armed forces

Martin Sieff
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

Russia, flush with wealth from its record-level oil and gas exports, is planning to further boost its defense spending by almost 50 percent over the next three years, a senior legislator in Moscow said last week.

“According to a draft federal budget for 2009-2011, expenditure on national defense will increase in 2009 by 25.7 percent from 1.02 trillion rubles ($40 billion) to 1.28 trillion rubles ($51.3 billion) and would account for 14 percent of total budget spending,” said Viktor Zavarzin, chairman of the Defense Committee in Russia’s lower house of Parliament, according to RIA Novosti.

By 2011, Russia’s total defense budget would expand by a total of 45.6 percent compared with current levels, he concluded.

Mr. Zavarzin said much of the money would go toward increasing the pay and boosting the standard of living of serving troops.

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Russian nuclear submarine makes 30-day trip under Arctic ice

Posted by Kris Roman on September 30, 2008

 

A Russian Delta-III class ballistic missile submarine has successfully sailed from a naval base in northern Russia to the Pacific Ocean under the Arctic ice floe, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.

“The Ryazan strategic nuclear submarine arrived at a naval base on the Kamchatka Peninsula after a more than 30-day underwater trip,” Capt. 1st rank Igor Dygalo said.

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Russian warship visits naval base near Kyoto

Posted by Kris Roman on September 30, 2008

 

rus-war-shipA Russian warship from the Pacific Fleet has made a port call at the Maizuru naval base in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.

Maizuru hosts a key district headquarters for Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.

“Today, the Admiral Panteleyev large ASW ship accompanied by a rescue tugboat arrived at the Maizuru port on an unofficial visit,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo told RIA Novosti.

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Russia plans to raise defense expenditure by 50% in 3 years

Posted by Kris Roman on September 30, 2008

 

Russia is planning to increase its spending on defense by 50% in the next three years, a senior MP said Tuesday.

Russia’s defense budget is believed to be less than a tenth of the United States’, but the country’s military expenditure has been steadily growing in the past few years.

“According to a draft federal budget for 2009-2011, expenditure on national defense will increase in 2009 by 25.7% from 1.02 trillion rubles ($40 billion) to 1.28 trillion rubles ($51.3 billion) and would account for 14% of total budget spending,” said Viktor Zavarzin, chairman of the Defense Committee in Russia’s lower house of parliament.

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Russia starts production of nuclear subs with cruise missiles

Posted by Kris Roman on September 27, 2008

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President Dmitry Mevedev said Russia is going to starts serial production of nuclear submarines carrying cruise missiles.

The statement came after the president’s visit to Russian army’s full-scale land military exercises near the city of Orenburg not far from the border with Kazakhstan. 

Cruise missiles are guided missiles that carry an explosive payload and use a lifting wing and a propulsion system to allow sustained flight. Such missiles can be described as flying bombs.

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Russian Navy deploys ships to Venezuela

Posted by Kris Roman on September 26, 2008

 

By Ilya Kramnik

A Russian Navy squadron set off for Venezuela Monday in a deployment of Russian military power to the Western Hemisphere unprecedented since the Cold War.

During the Cold War, Latin America became an ideological battleground between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The Kremlin has recently moved to intensify contacts with Venezuela, Cuba and other Latin American nations amid strained relations with Washington after last month’s conflict between Russia and Georgia.

The squadron comprising the Russian Northern Fleet’s Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) battle cruiser and the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ship Admiral Chabanenko will participate in exercises off the Venezuelan coast.

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Russian Bombers back from Venezuela

Posted by Kris Roman on September 26, 2008

Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers flew from Caracas to RussiaThursday morning and landed at Engels air base in Saratov Region,Interfax information agency reports. They had refueled in flight near Great Britain, Gen. Maj. Alexander Blazhenko told journalists. “Mission accomplished,” he said. He added that the bombers’ presence in Venezuela was not connected to events in South Ossetia. “We had been preparing for the mission for a long time,” he said. “It was just unclear what country we would go to. Finally, Venezuela proposed a partnership.” 

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