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  1. brain_dead

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    Russian Military News

    Russia could make aerial drones without Israeli help claims company

    Russia does not need Israeli assistance to make progress in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including military drones, the head of a Russian UAV production company said on Thursday.

    A senior Israeli defense source quoted in Flight International said earlier that Israel may tear up much of the unprecedented military cooperation deal it signed with Russia at the start of this month due to anger over Moscow's decision to supply Yakhont naval missiles to Syria.

    "In the next two or three years, there will be a breakthrough in the Russian UAV market regardless of the Israeli position on this issue," Vladimir Verba, the director general of the Vega company.

    Verba said his company had developed a comprehensive UAV development program until 2025, which had been approved by the majority of its customers, including the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Interior Ministry.

    He also said Vega had been developing strike and reconnaissance drones for the Russian military in cooperation with Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

    The Russian military stressed the need to provide the Armed Forces with advanced reconnaissance systems in the wake of a brief military conflict with Georgia in August 2008, when the effectiveness of Russian military operations was severely hampered by the lack of reliable intelligence.

    According to various estimates, the Russian military needs up to 100 UAVs and at least 10 guidance and control systems to ensure effective battlefield reconnaissance.

    The Russian Defense Ministry has previously expressed dissatisfaction with locally manufactured UAVs, and decided to buy them from Israel.

    According to the ministry, some 50 Russian military servicemen are undergoing training in the use of Israeli-built UAVs and that a total of twelve have been bought.

    Russia has reportedly signed two UAV contracts with Israel. Under the first contract, signed in April 2009, Israel delivered two Bird Eye 400 systems (worth $4 million), eight I View MK150 tactical UAVs ($37 million) and two Searcher Mk II multi-mission UAVs ($12 million).

    The second contract was for the purchase of 36 UAVs, worth a total of $100 million, to be delivered later this year.

    Russia and Israel have also been negotiating the establishment of a joint $300-million venture to produce UAVs.
    Russia could make aerial drones without Israeli help claims company | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russia to cut army contract servicemen over shortage of funds

    Russia's Defense Ministry will be forced to further cut the number of contract servicemen due to a lack of funds, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Thursday.

    "We do not have the resources to maintain as many contract servicemen as we would like," he said.

    The number of conscripts drafted into service will be increased, he added.

    Vasily Smirnov, deputy chief of the General Staff, said in late July that the Russian army would recruit over 100,000 contract servicemen, down from the originally planned number of 210,000.
     
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    Israel threatens to scrap UAV deal with Russia over Syria arms sale


    Israel may tear up much of the unprecedented military cooperation deal it signed with Moscow at the start of this month due to anger over Moscow's rigid stance on supplying naval missiles to Israel's enemy Syria.

    "We will have to reconsider all proposed deals with Russia. Moscow did not show the necessary understanding of our requests," a senior Israeli defense source quoted on aviation business magazine Flight International's website said on Thursday.

    Earlier this week, Moscow confirmed it would supply P-800 Yakhont supersonic naval cruise missiles to Syria, despite vociferous Israeli objections to the deal which was signed in 2007.

    The first victim of the fallout could be Russia and Israel's planned $300 million deal to set up an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) manufacturing facility in Russia.

    Russia has spent around $50 million on Israeli-built UAVs this year to train operators and develop tactics for using modern systems.

    It has also expressed interest in buying more Israeli UAV systems, including the IAI Heron.

    The Russian forces have previously expressed dissatisfaction with locally manufactured UAVs.
     
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    Russia, Kyrgyzstan settle disputes on unified military base

    Russia and Kyrgyzstan have settled all disputes surrounding the creation of the United Russian Military Base in Kyrgyzstan, deputy chief of the General Staff Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov said on Thursday.

    "All the controversies have been settled during talks. The agreement will certainly be signed," Gerasimov said, adding that he signing of the final memorandum is scheduled for Friday.

    The United Military Base will unite four Russian military facilities already deployed in Kyrgyzstan, including an airbase in the city of Kant, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the capital of Bishkek, a naval communication center, a torpedo testing ground and a seismic station.

    The deal was shelved in April after former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who had been discussing the issue with Russia, was overthrown in a coup in April.

    Gerasimov did not say whether Kyrgyzstan would raise the rent for the Russian military facilities, which currently stands at $4.5 million a year.

    The United States also has a military base in Kyrgyzstan, which it uses as a transit base for sending troops to Afghanistan.
    Russia, Kyrgyzstan settle disputes on unified military base | World | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russia to create own DARPA for military innovation

    Russia plans to create an agency for developing innovative military technology similar to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a Russian business daily Vedemosti said on Thursday.

    The project is part of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's drive to diversify the Russia economy by reducing its dependence on oil and gas exports.

    The president's modernization committee met on Wednesday at an aviation equipment factory near Moscow to discuss innovation in the military sector.

    Currently, increased military spending is only going into upgrading old systems, developed in the Soviet era, Medvedev said. Russia needs to start producing its own hi-tech systems, he added.

    The DARPA (originally ARPA) was created in 1958 in response to the launch of the Soviet Union's first artificial Earth satellite. It has funded the development of a number of influential projects, including the ARPANet, the predecessor to the Internet. The project's budget for the 2011 fiscal year is $ 3.1 billion.

    Presidential Aide Arkady Dvorkovich said the project could be created in collaboration with the Skolkovo fund, an innovation center planned to be built near Moscow.

    "The Russian DARPA should expand the range of military-technology design beyond the existing Soviet structures by developing universities and small private companies," said Andrey Zubkov, vice president of investment group Rostok.

    Medvedev has made developing hi-tech sectors and encouraging research the focal point of his economic agenda.
    Russia to create own DARPA for military innovation | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Russia delivers three Mi-35M helicopters to Indonesia

    Russia has delivered three Mi-35M Hind assault helicopters to Indonesia, a military source said on Thursday.

    Russia signed an agreement with Indonesia in September 2007 to provide a $1 billion credit line to the Southeast Asian country for Russian weapons purchases. Indonesia planned to buy ten Mi-17 transport helicopters, five Mi-35Ms, six Sukhoi fighters and two Kilo-class submarines financed by the credit.

    Jakarta became one of Russia's major arms customers in 1999 when the United States tightened an embargo on arms sales to the country over alleged human rights violations.

    Washington has since lifted the ban, but Indonesia, the world's most populous Islamic country, continues to turn to Russia for its military hardware imports.

    Moscow has already delivered three Su-27SKM fighters to Indonesia as the final part of an August 2007 $300 million deal for six of the Sukhoi fighters.

    The agreement followed a 2003 deal on the purchase of four fighter jets by Indonesia from Russia.

    The planes will take part in a military parade dedicated to Indonesian Armed Forces Day on October 5.

    The Mi-35M is an export version of the Mi-24 Hind that was used extensively in Afghanistan. The Mi-24/35 can be used for transportation, assault and medical evacuation tasks.

    Russia has also delivered Mi-35Ms helicopters to Venezuela and Brazil.
     
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    Russian president begins official visit to China

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived on Sunday to the city of Dalian, beginning his official visit to China.

    He laid a wreath to the monument of Soviet soldiers, killed during the liberation of northeast China. He also visited a cemetery where Russian soldiers, who died in the 1904-1905 was between Russia and Japan, are buried.

    The Russian leader, who heads a delegation of prominent Russian businessmen, will discuss cooperation with the region's leaders.

    Medvedev will also visit the Dalian Institute of Foreign Languages later in the day.

    During a three-day visit, the Russian president will meet with Chinese leader Hu Jintao and other top officials in Beijing and attend the 2010 Expo in Shanghai.

    Medvedev and Jintao will also attend a ceremony to launch the Chinese section of the Russian East Siberia - Pacific oil pipeline, stretching from the town of Skovorodino in the Amur region to the city of Daqing in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.
     
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    Ahem!! Russia Military News
     
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    Russia to spend tens of trillions on defense

    In the next ten years, Russia will spend up to 22.5 trillion rubles on armaments. It was planned that the state program will not exceed 13 trillion rubles. However, the Defense Ministry considered that these funds are insufficient. The new program is designed to bring the share of new technology, adopted in the RF, to 70-80%. Now the number is approximately 10%.

    "Total state expenditures on the state armament program will be approximately 22.0-22.5 trillion rubles," Ivanov told journalists following the meeting of the commission on the modernization.

    He noted that the main parameters of the state program of armaments for 10 years have been already approved. According to Ivanov, 19 trillion rubles will go to the Ministry of Defense. Approximately 2.5-3 trillion rubles will be allocated for other law enforcement agencies, RIA Novosti reports.

    It was planned that the state program of armaments for 2011-2020 will amount to no more than 13 trillion rubles. However, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, these funds could only pay for the development of strategic nuclear forces, air defense and air force. In mid-July of 2010, First Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Vladimir Popovkin announced an increase in the funding of the state program to 20 trillion rubles. According to Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, "it is minimally sufficient amount" needed to equip the armed forces of the new weapons and military equipment.

    The new program is designed to bring the share of new technology, adopted in the RF, to 70-80%. Now the number is approximately 10%. According to Ivanov, one in five rubles will be spent on research and development. He noted that out of a total 22 trillion rubles, at least 20% will be spent on research and development, and primarily applied to create those types of armaments that are needed, in particular, by the Defense Ministry, Internal Troops, or FSB for the next 10 years.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev talked earlier about the need to change the ratio between the cost of ongoing maintenance of the army and weapons in favor of the latter.

    So far we know that state program involves the purchase of ten promising fighters T-50 from 2013 to 2015, and after 2016 - 60 more of such units. In addition, the program will resume production of military transport aircraft An-124 Ruslan, but they will also purchase Il-112 Il-476, Il-76M and the AN-70. By 2015, the Russian Air Force will receive about 400 new and upgraded military transport and assault helicopters, including Mi-28, Ka-52 and Mi-8. For the ground forces, the Army plans to procure modernized military equipment.

    Medvedev, speaking at a meeting of the committee, recalled that in recent years budgetary allocation of the defense industry have been constantly growing. In 2009, the industry was given 175 billion rubles to fight the crisis.

    Nevertheless, "defense is not yet ready to respond to the growing increase of orders or to finance an adequate increase in production of high-tech products," stated Dmitry Medvedev.

    "We would like the money invested to finally be able to stimulate innovation in one of the key sectors of Russian economy, to produce the corresponding cumulative effect," he said.

    And yet so far everything goes the other way around, as in case with the most necessary weapon of our time - drones. The Ministry of Defense has spent 5 billion rubles developing and testing unmanned aircrafts. But the project ended in failure. "Last year we tested drones, we gathered all we had in the country, developed a testing program. Not a single drone passed the test, 5 billion rubles were wasted," Popovkin admitted in April.

    In November of 2009, Russian Air Force Commander Alexander Zelin said candidly about Russian drones: "Taking them to the arms is just a crime." According to him, Russian drones have satisfied the requirements of the Air Force neither in terms of speed nor elevation, neither in free flight, nor in terms of the resolution ability of the tracking equipment.

    For this reason, Russia is forced to buy drones abroad. In particular, in June of 2009, Russia purchased from Israel 12 drones worth $53 million. Later, negotiations began about purchasing another party of drones for $100 million. But what is 12 drones for the country when, for example, the U.S. Army alone used more than 700 drones of various modifications in Iraq?

    41766.jpegHowever, last week the media issued reports that further tests for Russian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) all yielded the same results. According to the results of the tests, it was stated that the domestic producers of complexes with UAVs are well advanced in the work of improving their designs. Many interesting developments have been revealed, which, with appropriate refinement, may be adopted accordingly.

    Russia has problems not with the drones only. Negotiations to buy the French helicopter Mistral are underway as Russia does not have these technologies. The purchase price would be between 400 million to 500 million Euros.

    Meanwhile, as previously noted by Popovkin, Russia would never buy imported components for strategic weapons. The list of items "banned" for sale includes the strategic nuclear forces and strategic defensive forces, Iskander, and precision weapons. Despite the difficulties encountered, Russia is still working on its own military equipment, while in some cases, the Ministry of Defense recognizes the modernization of existing models of weapons would be more appropriate than the development of new.
    By the end of the year the modernization of the T-90 is to be completed. Work is underway to increase combat power, to equip night vision devices, the imposition of the crew compartment from the cockpit of the tank and improve the armor. A modernized strategic bomber Tu-160 may soon be replaced by the development of promising new set of long-range aircraft. However, it is not known for how many more trillions of budget money the Defense Ministry will have to apologize.

    Russia to spend tens of trillions on defense - English pravda.ru
     
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    Russian Air Force modernizes its Tu-160 bomber aircraft
    Moscow, Russia - They are going to be in charge till the arrive of a strategic 5Th generation bomber

    (WAPA) - Vladimir Drik, Col. and spokesman of Russian Defence Ministry, announced yesterday that more than ten of the 16 strategic heavy bombers Tu-160M aircraft are going to be modernized until 2020 (NATO codename BlackJack). "Tu-160M are already in improvement -specified Drik- and there are also plans to rise to 30 the number of these aircraft in Russian Air Force".

    The bombers, modernized, are going to remain in service till Russian industry will finish the development of its new 5th generation strategic bomber. The Tu-160Ms are going to be equipped with new weapons, and new avionics and electronic systems will double its combat capabilities.

    Tu-160M is a Russian heavy strategic supersonic bomber, four-engined and variable geometry wings developed by Soviet Union. Conceived to take a nuclear strike, is also today the heaviest combat airplane ever built. It started its service in 1987.

    Russia is also modernizing (until 2020 too) about 30 double-engined jet bombers Tu-22M3 Backfire-C, taking them to new M3-M version.

    [video=youtube_share;DVqilOx6lNQ]http://youtu.be/DVqilOx6lNQ[/video]

    Source:-Avionews - Agenzia stampa del settore aeronautico, elicotteristico, aerospaziale e della difesa
     
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    Re: Russia to spend tens of trillions on defense

    Tu-160 is my favorite bomber ,It can also carry missile

    I wonder It could carry bhramos missile
     
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    do we really need bomber
    if yes then why we r going for multirole n omnirole planes
     
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    This question is complex

    Tu-160 is more different than a ordinary strategic bomber.
    It is faster, long range ,can launch missiles

    It is useful during invasion or destroying a whole area(port,harbor). we don't need to send many planes for keep the skies clear and dropping bomb.
    For example, In kargil war when mirage 2000 bombs, Two Mirage squadrons flew a total of 515 sorties, and in 240 strike missions dropped 55,000 kg (120,000 lb) of ordnance while mig 29 and mig 21 escort them for air cover. If we have a strategic bomber we can use it for bombing and other multirole fighter, air superiority fighters for air cover.
    More over Tu-160 can launch missiles.
    About our country's defense structure we never go for offense.

    but we have a large border. our Navy already have tupolev bombers,using it for patrol. why can't they go for Tu-160
    On 10 June 2010, two Tu-160 bombers carried out a record-breaking 23-hour patrol with a planned flight range of 18,000 kilometers. The bombers flew along the Russian borders and over neutral waters in the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.
     
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    Russian Navy to boost its combat capabilities
    Feb 7, 2012

    The government will finalize a detailed 30-year plan of strengthening Russia’s naval forces by June 2012, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.

    Modernization of the Russian Navy is already getting underway as the keel-laying ceremony to build the Gremyashchiycorvette took place at the Northern Shipyard in St.Petersburg on February 1, 2012. In the next ten years, at least 100 warships, including 35 corvettes and 14 frigates, will enter service in Russia. The country’s fleet of naval surface ships is yet to be developed, experts say, singling out the Pyotr Velikiy missile cruise ship, a pair of large anti-submarine ships and fifteen patrol vessels. The rest badly need repair, Viktor Litovkin, a Moscow-based defense expert, says. To send a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic or the Mediterranean Sea, Russia has to form such a flotilla enlisting vessels from several fleets, he explains.

    "Joint flotillas of Britons, Americans and the French as a rule include between 10 and 15 warships which are a formidable force," Litovkin says. "In Russia, such flotillas typically bring together two Russian warships, support ships plus several warships from other fleets – a practice that should be stopped as soon as possible if we are to expand our military clout on the world’s high seas. We should build more naval surface ships which are designed to support coastal operations and cover the deployment of strategic nuclear submarines. Needless to say, two naval surface ships will unlikely contribute to the successful implementation of these missions," Litovkin adds.

    Right now, he says, the Russian Navy needs various types of warships, such as strategic nuclear submarines, multi-purpose nuclear submarines and diesel-electric submarines. Also on the agenda is the construction of more naval surface nuclear cruisers, aircraft carriers, frigates and corvettes.

    "These warships are needed to protect our economic interests along our coasts, combat piracy and to demonstrate our flag on the world’s oceans," Litovkin says, expressing hope that Russia will successfully develop its naval forces.

    To this end, at least 20 Gremyashchiy-class corvettes should be built in Russia – something that can be successfully completed by Russian shipyards, says Konstantin Sivkov, of the Academy of Geo-Political Problems in Moscow.

    "Any Russian shipyard is capable of building warships," Sivkov says. "The main problem is their development and design, as well as the early implementation of state defense contracts by these shipyards," Sivkov concludes.

    About 4,7 trillion rubles are due to be allocated for the modernization of the Russian Navy between 2012 and 2020 which experts say will help Russia to meet all modern-day threats and challenges.

    SOURCE:-Russian Navy to boost its combat capabilities : Voice of Russia
     
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    Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Subs – CinC Vysotsky
    09/02/2012
    MOSCOW, February 9


    The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    The design of the diesel-electric Lada class was completed at the end of the 1990s, but none of the planned boats have entered service, although the lead ship in the class, the Saint Petersburg, is undergoing trials with the Baltic Fleet, Vysotsky said.

    “The Russian Navy does not need the Lada in its current form,” he said.

    Vysotsky also said the first the non-nuclear Russian submarine with anaerobic propulsion may begin trials in 2014.

    Currently all of Russia’s submarines are either nuclear or diesel-electric powered.

    “It is entirely possible we will receive a test version of an air-independent power plant in the next few years. On boats of the Lada class, two of which are already laid down. Trials may begin in 2014. That is absolutely realistic,” he said.

    In addition, all of Russia’s active strategic submarines will be armed with Liner ballistic missiles, an advanced version of the Sineva missile, Vysotsky said.

    “For now only those on combat patrol in the Pacific Ocean are equipped with them. But in future all our active strategic submarines - Delfin and Kalmar (Delta III and Delta IV) - will be armed with these missiles,” he said.

    Construction of a new aircraft carrier will begin before 2020, Vysotsky said.

    “Actual construction of the ship will begin before 2020 and will be completed after 2020. The design of the new carrier complex will be determined in the course of two years, by 2014,” he said.

    The Admiral Kuznetsov is currently the Russian Navy’s only active aircraft carrier.

    Vysotsky confirmed that the Bulava ballistic missile and the strategic nuclear submarine Yury Dolgoruky would enter service simultaneously this year.

    Source:-Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Subs
     

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