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  1. SajeevJino

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    Bulava missile dangerous for Russia: Experts

    Russian experts have questioned how wise it was to adopt the troubled Bulava intercontinental missile for service, suggesting it would cause more security problems than it would solve.

    According to the Kommersant daily, first deputy defence minister Alexander Sukhorukov said a presidential decree putting the missile into operation has been drafted and was ready to be signed.

    However, military analyst Viktor Baranets said it was a "reckless" and "dangerous" move since the missile was underdeveloped.

    "In its current form, the missile could be even more dangerous for the (Russian) navy than for an enemy navy," he said.

    President Dmitry Medvedev said in December that flight tests for the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) were completed and it will now be adopted for service with the navy.

    Russia successfully test-launched two Bulava missiles in December.

    Only 11 of 18 or 19 test launches of the troubled Bulava have been officially declared successful.

    However, an analyst has suggested that in reality the number of failures was considerably higher.

    Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer said that of the Bulava's first 12 test launches, only one was entirely successful.

    Despite several previous failures officially blamed on manufacturing faults, the Russian military has insisted that there was no alternative to the Bulava.

    The Bulava SLBM, developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, carries up to 10 warheads and has a range of over 8,000 km. The missile is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear submarines.
     
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    Russian Army to Get Boomerangs in 2013

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    MOSCOW, February 21 (RIA Novosti)


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    The Russian Army will take delivery of the first Boomerang armored personnel carriers in 2013, Ground Forces chief Col Gen Alexander Postnikov said on Tuesday.

    Large-scale deliveries will start in 2015, eventually replacing the BTR-82A and BTR-80 APCs currently in service, he added.

    Postnikov did not provide any details about the new model but, according to some media reports, it will be an amphibious vehicle.

    Dmitry Galkin, general director of the Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya [Military-Industrial Company], said the new vehicle “will be nothing like any of the modern APCs.”

    “We call it ‘a combat wheeled vehicle’ because it will be used as a platform for an APC, infantry fighting vehicle, tank, or self-propelled gun,” he said.

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    Sources - Russian Army to Get Boomerangs in 2013 | Defense | RIA Novosti

    Russian Army to Get Boomerangs in 2013 ~ Star Defense
     
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    Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020

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    MOSCOW, February 21 (RIA Novosti)


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    The deliveries of new close air support aircraft to the Russian Air Force will start by 2020, Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said.

    “The Air Force units will start receiving this aircraft by 2020,” Drik said on Monday. “It will gradually replace highly-reliable Su-25SM Frogfoot attack planes.”

    According to Drik, the new aircraft will meet the demands of modern warfare and feature elements of “stealth” technology, the whole range of tactical weaponry, modern radar and navigation equipment.

    Meanwhile, Russia will continue to upgrade its outdated Su-25 attack aircraft to Su-25SM version, which has a significantly better survivability and combat effectiveness.

    The Russian Air Force currently has over 30 Su-25SM planes in service and plans to modernize about 80 Su-25s by 2020, Drik said.
     
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    Russia to Launch 100 Military Satellites in Next Decade

    Russia is planning to launch at least 100 military satellites in the next 10 years to boost its reconnaissance and missile detection capabilities, head of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin said on Wednesday.



    “The new 100 satellites will provide us with better quality intelligence, faster and more reliable communications,” Popovkin said in an interview with Vesti 24 television.



    “This will also enable us to detect the launches and track not only ballistic, but also cruise missiles, theater and tactical missiles,” Popovkin said.



    The expansion of the military satellite cluster will also boost global positioning and mapping capabilities of the Russian military, which is necessary to guide advanced high-precision weapons being developed in Russia.



    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the deployment of high-precision weaponry will be part of Russia’s response to the U.S.-based European missile shield.



    Moscow continues its staunch opposition to the planned deployment of U.S. missile defense systems near its borders, claiming they would be a security threat. NATO and the United States insist that the shield would defend NATO members against missiles from North Korea and Iran and would not be directed at Russia
     
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    Russia to Rebuild Military Airfields near NATO Borders
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    The Russian Defense Ministry will modernize two airfields in its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, Commander of the Baltic Fleet Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday.



    “We are planning to increase the length of the runway to 3,500 meters at the airfield in Chkalovsk so that it would be able to receive any kind of aircraft, including Boeings and Airbuses,” Chirkov said.



    The reconstruction will take about two years.



    The Defense Ministry is also planning to rebuild an abandoned Soviet-era airfield for hydroplanes on the Baltic Spit.



    The admiral said the Baltic Fleet will have at least four amphibious aircraft for reconnaissance and search-and-rescue missions by March 2013.



    The importance of the Kaliningrad exclave, surrounded by NATO members Lithuania and Poland, to Russia’s national security has grown considerably in the past few years as Moscow searches for ways to counter the European missile shield.



    Russia has recently activated a long-range radar in the region and is planning to deploy S-400 Triumf air defense systems and Iskander (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems there in the near future.
     
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    Russia to Revamp Ballistic Missile Arsenal by 2020
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    The share of new weaponry in the arsenal of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will reach 97% by 2020, SMF Commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said.

    The current share is about 30%, which includes Topol-M and RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
    “We hope that this share will increase to 60 percent by 2016 and reach 97 percent by 2020,” Karakayev said on Tuesday during a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
    At present, three strategic missile divisions are being rearmed with new missiles, two of them will have this process completed in 2012, the general said.
    The Tatishchevo Missile Division near Saratov in southwestern Russia put a sixth regiment of Topol-M silo-based missile systems on combat duty on Tuesday.

    The Topol-M missile, with a range of about 7,000 miles (11,000 km), is said to be immune to any current and planned U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense. It is capable of making evasive maneuvers to avoid a kill using terminal phase interceptors, and carries targeting countermeasures and decoys.
    It is also shielded against radiation, electromagnetic pulse, nuclear blasts, and is designed to survive a hit from any form of laser technology.
    In 2020, the SMF are likely to be equipped with over 170 Topol-Ms (mobile and silo-based), as well as 30 SS-19 and 108 RS-24 missile defense systems in nine divisions
     
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    Russian Military Plans to Buy Foreign Helicopters – Media
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    The Russian Defense Ministry is planning to buy at least 45 light multipurpose helicopters from a foreign manufacturer, Vedomosti daily said on Wednesday.

    The paper cited a defense industry source as saying that a contract worth over 6 billion rubles ($201 mln) for the purchase of fifteen AS350 and thirty AS355 Ecureil helicopters made by Eurocopter is in the works.

    The Defense Ministry may order a total of 100 helicopters of this type mainly for training purposes.

    A joint venture with Eurocopter could be set up for the assembly of AS350/355 in Russia, the source said.

    The purchase of light helicopters abroad shows the urgent need for light helicopters by the Russian military, as domestic Ansats and Ka-226s are just entering the market while the Mi-34 is still under testing.

    The Eurocopter AS350 is a single-engined light helicopter while the AS355 is a twin-engine variant. Both versions have been produced since the mid-1970s and sales remain strong

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    'Indo-Russian fighter jet better than Chinese, US aircraft'
    New Delhi, Tue Feb 21 2012

    The Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) is superior than the similar Chinese and American rival fighter jets which include the J 20 Black Eagle and the F-22 Raptor, a top Russian military commander has claimed.

    India and Russia are jointly developing the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA FGFA for their respective air forces and have plans of producing over 400 of these highly-advanced fighter jets.

    Commander of the Russian Air Force Colonel General Alexander Zelin told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that his country's government has decided to give top priority to the development of the joint venture aircraft.

    "While comparing Russia's T-50 PAK FA with the US F-22 Raptor and China's Chengdu J-20 Black Eagle, one concludes that the T-50 is superior to its foreign analogues in terms of its maximum speed in afterburner and standard modes, maximum range and thrust-to-weight ratio," he said.

    The Russian Air Force Commander said that despite the comparable dimensions and weight of the Chinese J20 Black Eagle and the F-22 raptor, "the T-50 has much shorter take-off and landing runs. Moreover, its on-board equipment has better specifications than its foreign equivalents."

    India signed a preliminary design contract with Russia recently for the aircraft and is planning to induct around 250 of them starting from 2017.

    Commenting on the flight tests schedule of the FGFA, Zelin said, "Tests are now taking place as planned in line with specific decisions.Over 100 flights have been performed and all the specifications obtained during the tests confirm T-50 project requirements."

    "The tests involve three fixed-wing aircraft, and three more aircraft will arrive in the near future. All in all, the tests will involve 14 aircraft," he added.

    Source:-'Indo-Russian fighter jet better than Chinese, US aircraft' - Indian Express
     
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    Russia to Field First Arctic Brigade in 2015

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    The first motorized rifle arctic brigade will be deployed in 2015, Russian Ground Forces Chief Col Gen Alexander Postnikov said on Tuesday.

    Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said in July 2011 that two arctic brigades would be established in “Murmansk or Arkhangelsk or some other place.”
    President Dmitry Medvedev has called for “extra measures” to protect Russian interests and reinforce its borders in the Arctic.
    Russia is to deploy a combined-arms force to protect its political and economic interests in the Arctic by 2020, including military, border and coastal guard units to guarantee Russia's military security in diverse military and political circumstances.
     
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    Russian Army to Get Boomerangs in 2013

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    The Russian Army will take delivery of the first Boomerang armored personnel carriers in 2013, Ground Forces chief Col Gen Alexander Postnikov said on Tuesday.

    Large-scale deliveries will start in 2015, eventually replacing the BTR-82A and BTR-80 APCs currently in service, he added.

    Postnikov did not provide any details about the new model but, according to some media reports, it will be an amphibious vehicle.

    Dmitry Galkin, general director of the Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya [Military-Industrial Company], said the new vehicle “will be nothing like any of the modern APCs.”

    “We call it ‘a combat wheeled vehicle’ because it will be used as a platform for an APC, infantry fighting vehicle, tank, or self-propelled gun,” he said.
     
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    Mistral Warships for Russia to Get Russian Weaponry

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    The Mistral class amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy will be equipped with Russian-made weaponry, Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said on Thursday.

    “The main armaments installed on the ships will be Russian-made,” Vysotsky said.

    The admiral said that the Mistrals for the Russian Navy will be better armed than their French counterparts for staving off airborne and submarine threats.

    The Mistral class ships in service with the French Navy are armed with two Simbad launchers for Mistral missiles and four 12.7 mm M2-HB Browning machine guns. They are considered under-equipped for self-defense.

    Vysotsky also mentioned that the Russian Mistrals could be armed with missiles equipped with “special Russian-designed warheads,” although he did not specify the nature of these warheads.

    He stressed that Mistral warships will operate as part of naval task forces and significantly enhance their combat potential.

    Russia and France signed a $1.2-billion contract on two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology, in June 2011. Two more ships are expected to be 80% built in Russia, 20% in France.

    The first Mistral class warship is expected to be put in service with the Russian Navy in three years.

    A Mistral-class ship is capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, 70 armored vehicles, and 450 troops.

    The Russian military has said it plans to use Mistral ships in its Northern and Pacific fleets.


    SOURCE:-Mistral Warships for Russia to Get Russian Weaponry | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russia warns against 'catastrophic' attack on Iran

    Russia on Wednesday warned a strike against Iran could have "catastrophic" consequences and urged nations not to draw early conclusions from this week's failed mission by UN nuclear experts.

    "The scenario of military action against Iran would be catastrophic for the region and possibly the whole system of international relations," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told a news conference.

    His comments came after a five-strong delegation from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) left empty-handed following two days of talks focusing on suspected military aspects of the country's nuclear programme.

    Chief nuclear inspector Herman Nackaerts said the team "could not get access" during the visit to Iran's military site in Parchin where suspected nuclear warhead design experiments were conducted.

    Russia has longstanding commercial and military ties with Iran and has condemned recent unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over its suspected pursuit of nuclear arms.

    Gatilov urged nations to wait for the IAEA's official report before deciding to condemn Iran for failing to cooperate with the agency.

    "I would not make any profound conclusions from the IAEA mission that dialogue failed and we reached a dead end," said Gatilov.

    "We are not dramatising the situation."

    A spokesman for the foreign ministry separately said that inspectors had visited Parchin on at least one previous occasion and had not yet fully explained why they needed to visit the site again.

    The United States and its chief regional ally Israel have never ruled out a military strike against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme but Russia has always insisted the standoff can only be solved through diplomacy.

    Russia said it was particularly concerned that a strike against Iran could be launched from an air base the United States leases in Central Asia's ex-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan.

    The US base at Manas is currently used as a key coalition hub for operations in nearby Afghanistan.

    "It cannot be excluded that this site could be used in a potential conflict with Iran," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters. "We hope that such an apocalyptic scenario will not be realised."

    "The statements from Washington which do not rule out a military solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis have caused serious worries in the Central Asian region," he said.

    Iran not seeking atomic weapon: supreme leader
    Tehran (AFP) Feb 22, 2012 - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted on Wednesday that his country is not seeking an atomic weapon, following an unsuccessful visit to Tehran by UN nuclear watchdog officials.

    "We are not after an atomic weapon. We want to break the supremacy (of the world powers) that relies on nuclear weapons. God willing, the nation will reach this goal," he told a meeting with Iranian nuclear scientists, according to an official government statement.

    "Despite what the enemy (the West) says, nuclear energy is directly linked to our national interests," Khamenei said, urging the scientists to "continue the important and substantial" nuclear work.

    Khamenei's reiteration of Iran's longheld stance came after a five-strong delegation from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency left Tehran empty-handed following two days of talks focused on suspected military aspects of Iran's nuclear programme.

    The UN nuclear inspector heading the team, Herman Nackaerts, said on his return to Vienna the Iranians had not permitted the team to visit a military site in Parchin where apparently non-peaceful activities had been detected.

    He also said "we could not formalise the way forward," signaling that the delegation left with no further talks scheduled.

    The IAEA delegation was to submit its report, "then we will have to see what are the next steps," Nackaerts said.

    Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, was quoted by the Iranian news agency ISNA as saying Tuesday that the talks had been intensive and covered "cooperation and mutual understanding" between the two sides.

    "These negotiations will continue in the future," Soltanieh said

    Russia warns against 'catastrophic' attack on Iran
     
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    Sukhoi to Remain Top Combat Aircraft Seller Until 2015

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    Russia’s Sukhoi aircraft maker will remain among the top three exporters of fighter jets until at least 2015, the Moscow based Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said on Friday.

    “Sukhoi will export 109 fighters in the next three years, while U.S. Lockheed Martin exports110 aircraft, and China’s Chengdu -112 aircraft,” CAWAT head Igor Korotchenko said.

    The total amount of Sukhoi fighter contracts with foreign customers until 2015 is estimated at $5.45 billion.

    Su-family fighters constitute the bulk of Russia's arms exports. India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Algeria and Venezuela are among key buyers of Su-family fighters.

    Korotchenko said Sukhoi sold 171 fighter jets in the past three years

    Sukhoi to Remain Top Combat Aircraft Seller Until 2015 | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russia Stands by Nuclear Weapons

    Russia will not give up its nuclear weapons until it develops conventional weapons with comparable effect, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

    He admitted that Russia’s foreign partners “are ahead of us in some respects, especially precision-guided weapons.â€￾

    Modern conventional warheads feature yields, accuracy and delivery time that “make them comparable in their effects to weapons of mass destruction,â€￾ Putin said.

    “We will only abandon nuclear weapons when we have such systems, and not a day earlier,â€￾ he said.

    “No one should have any illusions about that.â€￾

    Russia Stands by Nuclear Weapons | World | RIA Novosti
     
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    No Unilateral Disarmament for Russia - Putin

    Russia will not take any unilateral steps on nuclear disarmament, because any moves toward disarmament need to be general and comprehensive, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

    All nuclear powers should be involved in the disarmament process, he said.

    “We cannot disarm endlessly while some nuclear powers are arming themselves,” Putin said.

    “No way.”

    Moscow counts on effective cooperation with Washington in restraining the nuclear arms race, he said.



    “We won’t allow a [new] arms race,” Putin said.

    He also said Russia will not give up its nuclear weapons until it develops conventional weapons with comparable effect.

    He admitted that Russia’s foreign partners “are ahead of us in some respects, especially precision-guided weapons.”

    Modern conventional warheads feature yields, accuracy and delivery time that “make them comparable in their effects to weapons of mass destruction,” Putin said.

    “We will only abandon nuclear weapons when we have such systems, and not a day earlier,” he said.

    “No one should have any illusions about that.”

    No Unilateral Disarmament for Russia - Putin | World | RIA Novosti
     

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