Baltic “Black Berets” to Experience and Learn New Techniques


On the eve of the Day of the Marine Corps, which is celebrated in Russia on November 27, the head of Baltic Fleet Coastal Troops – Deputy Commander of the Baltic Fleet for coastal troops, Hero of Russia, Major-General Andrey Goushchin told in an interview on the technical re-equipment of the BF Marine Corps.

“In the Baltic, Marine Corps are presented by a separate brigade, commanded by Colonel Vasily Kravtsov. In the past year, instead of outdated BTR-80, the troop received modern combat vehicles BTR-82A. Armored vehicle is equipped with modern weapons complex and is seaworthy.

Currently, the military troops are actively involved in the trial of new landing crafts of the project 21820. As part of the factory and state tests, the soldiers are effectuating load and landing on the BTR-82A. The first boat “Denis Davydov” recently became a member of the Navy, two similar landing crafts “Lieutenant Rimsky-Korsakov” and “Midshipman Lermontov”, with the Marines and equipment on board are tested at marine fleet ranges.

Kolpachenko: imbalance of Black Sea Fleet marine troops armament to be eliminated

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Imbalance in the armament of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Marines will soon be eliminated due to the need to ensure stability in the southern areas, said head of the Russian Navy coastal forces Major-General Alexander Kolpachenko.

He noted that the re-armament of the Marine Corps units and connections with modern models of equipment and weapon systems is gradually increasing. The Russian Black Sea Fleet receives upgraded missile and artillery armament (the 122 SG 2S1M1self-propelled howitzer) and “KamAZ” and “Ural” vehicles.

“I can say that the vehicle park has already been renewed by 70-90%. The Marines receive modern samples of small arms, means of combat equipment, including “Corsar-MP” floating body armor having no analogues in the world. This work will continue,” – Kolpachenko added.

In 2015 academic year paratroopers plan to triple number of jumps with delayed opening of main canopy over 10 seconds

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Special and intelligence units of the Airborne Forces plan to increase the number of jumps with delayed opening of the main canopy over 10 seconds in 2015 more than in 3 times. Paratroopers are going to make more than 10 thousand such jumps next year. In addition, about 200 paratroopers learnt to make these jumps after receiving the equipment.

In 2015, during the exercises at various levels it is planned to carry out airdrops of more than 100 units of weapons and equipment from the aircraft of military transport aviation.

A significant increase in parachute jumps and airdrops of equipment and weapons of the Airborne units is due to the increased intensity of combat training of paratroopers and a larger number of exercises held at various levels with the landing of troops and equipment.

Kalashnikov to Present New Brand on December 2


Russia’s largest arms concern “Kalashnikov” presents on December 2 a new brand and development concept until 2020, a representative of the state corporation “Rostec” told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Earlier it was reported that the “Kalashnikov” will present a new brand in mid-November, but for some unknown reason, the date was moved.

“Concern “Kalashnikov” on Tuesday, December 2 will present a vision of development up to 2020 and a new brand for the product line,” a spokesman said.

According to him, the presentation will be held in the building of the Central Telegraph Office in Moscow with the participation of the head of “Rostec” Mr. Chemezov, general director of “Kalashnikov” Alexei Krivoruchko and representatives of law enforcement agencies.

Military doctors to hold more than 100 unscheduled inspections of recruits

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Mobile teams of the medical service military district specialists will hold more than 100 unscheduled health inspections of servicemen called up for service in the Russian Armed Forces in the autumn of 2014, ahead of the seasonal exacerbation of disease rate, reported Tuesday the press and information service of the Defense Ministry.

Earlier this year, Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu ordered to analyze why recruits over the past two months were more likely to get sick with respiratory diseases, and to develop measures to prevent them.

In addition, military doctors provide methodological and practical assistance to the command of units on preservation of the servicemen’ health and prevention of infectious diseases.

Kremlin Held Meeting on Development of Armed Forces


Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting on the development of the Armed Forces. The meeting was attended by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, head of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, the commanders of troops.

They reached the decisions to improve the composition and structure of the Armed Forces. For example, on December 1 of the current year on the basis of the Northern Fleet the new united strategic command in the Arctic zone must begin to act. The forces in the Crimean peninsula are sequentially forming.

Particular attention was paid this year to the checking of the combat capability of the Armed Forces. The practice of unannounced inspections was continued, it took several thousand exercises and training, including the most extensive strategic command-staff exercise “Vostok-2014″. It united 155 thousand soldiers, 8,000 pieces of equipment, up to 85 ships and 650 aircraft.

Masking for “Defender of the Future”


Saratov State University today opened a laboratory, which will develop protective and camouflage materials based on ultrathin fibers within the framework of the defense project of the “Defender of the Future”.

“The labs have three main areas of activity – creation of advanced materials for masking, protection and livelihood,” the president of SSU Leonid Kossovich said, quoted by Tass.

In particular, experts of the university will work to build defenses against aerosols using nanofilters. A camouflage material, which is developed in the laboratory, can reflect up to 95 percent of infrared radiation, Kossovich said. Other examples of equipment are designed to handle extreme conditions below minus 50 and above plus 50 Celsius, while heavy rain and sand storms.

Russian Ministry of Defense to deploy Motorized Infantry Brigade near Smolensk in 2015

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The Russian Defense Ministry will deploy a separate motorized rifle brigade of the Western Military District in the city of Yelnya in Smolensk region in 2015, told reporters on Sunday governor of the region Alexei Ostrovsky.

“All region dwellers appealed to the Ministry of Defense of Russia with a request to return military units of the armed forces to the Smolensk region. We are grateful to the Minister of Defense for the decision to deploy a separate motorized rifle brigade of the Western Military District in 2015 in Elnya. This is a joint decision of senior management of the country, the Defense Ministry and Smolensk region, “- said Ostrovsky.

Central Military District Missile brigade rearmed for latest operational and tactical missile complexes “Iskander-M”

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The “Iskander-M” Tactical Ballistic Missile System was handed over to the CMD missile brigade, stationed in the Orenburg region, under the leadership of CMD Commander Colonel General Vladimir Zarudnitsky at Kapustin Yar range in the Astrakhan region.

According to the press service of the Central Military District, the ceremony took place on the eve of the Day of missile troops and artillery. After giving vehicles to the crews the site hosted live firings and then the brigade marched to the point of permanent deployment.

The infrastructure to receive new missile systems was specially created for receiving new complexes. The brigade consists exclusively of military personnel serving under the contract, retrained for using new missile systems.

Modern Complex “Viola” Entered Service of Southern Military District Topographic Service


Topographic Service of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District was armed with modern hardware and software system of geoinformation modeling “Viola”.

As it was noted in the press service of the Southern Military District, the introduction of this equipment will significantly improve the quality of information about the area in real time for units and formations of the district.

The complex is based on the latest digital technology, which allows you to create and update electronic topographic map, develop a three-dimensional models of the theaters of combat operations with the use of satellite navigation systems in real time. This, in its turn, makes the highest demands on the professionalism of the military topographers.