“Pantsir” to Strengthen Aerospace Defense of Russian Federation

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At least five air defense missile regiments, more than 20 battalions of the latest anti-aircraft missile and gun systems “Pantsir-S” will be formed in the Armed Forces until 2020.

This was stated by Air Force Commander Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev. Commander in chief recalled that in 2020 anti-aircraft missile troops of Russia will be rearmed to promising military equipment by 70%, the TASS informs.

Anti-aircraft missile and gun system (ZRPK) “Pantsir-S1″ (NATO classification SA-22 Greyhound) – the Russian self-propelled anti-aircraft missile and gun system of ground basing. It is designed for short-range covering of civil and military installations against all current and future air threats. It can protect a defended object from ground and surface threats. The complex was established in 1994 and has since significantly upgraded.

Source: Russian Armed Forces planning five space launches from December to February

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From December 2014 to February 2015 the Armed Forces of Russia are planning to launch five carrier rockets with satellites from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region and from Dombarovsky area in the Orenburg region, a source in the space industry said.

One of the launches scheduled for December has been successfully carried out by the Aerospace Defense troops from Plesetsk on December 1 – it was a carrier rocket of the middle class “Soyuz-2.1b” with the new generation “Glonass-K” Russian navigation satellite.

“It is planned to perform two launches from the Plesetsk cosmodrome – until the end of the current year – on December 24 and 25. It will be the “Soyuz-2.1b” rocket with a military spacecraft and the first test launch of a heavy version of the “Angara-A5″ rocket with a cargo model,” – said the agency.

Russia Puts into Service Unique Anti-Ship Missiles

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Supersonic, super-maneuverable, “deaf” to the radar interference – such will be the new Russian cruise missiles, which stand for service of military units of the Russian army in 2015. This was told by the director general of the corporation “Tactical Missiles” Boris Obnosov. This corporation unites all Russian developers of tactical and operational-tactical missiles, and in the last two or three years, put into service “about a dozen new products,” including long-range missiles.

The main novelty of the Russian defense industry is a cruise missile X-35UE. Externally, the rocket is very similar to the American ASM “Harpoon”. Designers do not hide it. Although they say that there is a difference. It is hidden in a unique homing device that is immune to radar interference. It operates in two modes: active when the rocket for a split second launches its homing device to search for targets, and passive, when the target detection machine does not scan the space and catches pulses emitted by the target.

“Bal” is a system of 2 command vehicles and four launchers. In terms of its features, the complex covers up to 350 km.

“Peter the Great” nuclear missile cruiser set off for exercises

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The “Peter the Great” heavy nuclear missile cruiser of the Northern Fleet went to sea for exercises to search and destroy submarines, the press service of the Western Military District for the Northern Fleet reported on Monday.

The exercises will be held in neutral waters at one of the polygons of the far sea zone on the border between the Norwegian and Greenland Seas.

As Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet Vice Admiral Nikolay Evmenov is quoted as saying, “the feature of this exercise will be the district where it will be held – a remote place with difficult hydrological conditions different from the areas in which we hold these exercises on a regular basis.”

This combat training will be held in a “duel” mode when the missile cruiser will be simultaneously opposed by several Northern Fleet submarines of different classes. Upon completion of the teachings the “Peter the Great” heavy nuclear missile cruiser will perform complex combat training with torpedo firing and deep bombing.

Russian Armed Forces are planned to be fully provided with satellite navigation by 2020

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The Russian Armed Forces will be 100% equipped with satellite navigation by 2020, told head of the Military Topographic Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Sergey Kozlov.

At the time, the armed forces are provided with satellite navigation equipment by 85%, while in 2012 the figure was 50%.

He noted that the navigation equipment is not meant for every soldier now, but he expressed confidence that “this is the matter of the very near future”.

Kozlov also said that at the present time a promising system to equip the Armed Forces with geospatial information is being formed in Russia.

More than 40 thousand sets of satellite navigation equipment have already been delivered to the troops in 2014.

New Ships of Pacific Fleet to Be Used in Arctic

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The ships coming into the auxiliary forces of the Kamchatka group of Pacific Fleet will be actively used for operations in the Arctic region.

This was reported to Interfax-AVN on Thursday, by the head of the department of information support of the Pacific Fleet Captain 1st Rank Roman Martov.

“In the second week of December the Pacific Fleet will include two special vessels. The flag of St. Andrew will be run over raid tugs “RB-406″ and “RB-407″ of auxiliary forces of the Kamchatka group,” R.Martov said.

According to him, only in 2014, the Pacific Fleet received 12 new ships of various classes. At the beginning of the year it was received the first batch of six multipurpose tug boats for auxiliary fleet.

Russian Defense Ministry to Receive Initial Batch of Engines for Tu-160

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Russian Defense Ministry will receive the initial batch of engines NK-32 to re-engine strategic bomber Tu-160 at the end of 2016. This was announced by the CEO of United Engine Corporation Vyacheslav Masalov.

“Initial batch of aircraft engines NK-32 from second stage of state tests, consisting of four units will be transferred to the Ministry of Defence at the end of 2016,” Masalov said.

He stressed that in these engines it will be used exclusively Russian components and assemblies.

Russian Naval Aviation pilots start trainings on MiG-29K/KUB carrier-based fighters

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The Russian Naval Aviation received 10 multifunctional MiG-29K/KUB ship fighters. In the near future pilots will start trainings.

As the Press and Information Service of the Russian Ministry of Defense reported, the pilot training program will be implemented at the Center of combat employment and retraining of pilots of Russian Naval Aviation in Yeisk.

During the retraining, the naval aviation pilots will work out a complex of necessary flights with instructor pilots in the MiG-29KUB combat training aircraft to be admitted to independent day and night flights in the MiG-29Ks.

“Topol” to Remain in Russian Army

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Missile complexes “Topol” in the near future will not be removed from the Russian Army, the chief of staff – first deputy commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Lieutenant General Ivan Reva told reporters on Wednesday.

On the eve, one of these missiles was transferred to the town of missilemen Odintsovo as a museum exhibit, and journalists wondered – if the Strategic Missile Forces are going to abandon “Topol”.

“Each sample of weapons has certain resource. This copy will be on duty,” Reva said.

RT-2PM “Topol” is a strategic mobile complex with a three-stage solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile RT-2PM, the first Soviet mobile complex with an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Tsniitochmash: “Ratnik” to be supplied to Armed Forces at year’s end

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The “Ratnik” equipment has passed all state tests and starting from the end of this year will be supplied to the Russian Armed Forces, said General Director of the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (Tsniitochmash) Dmitry Semizorov.

“I am pleased to say that the “Ratnik” has completed all state tests. Since the end of 2014 and within the next three years, the equipment will be supplied to the Armed Forces,” – he said.

“Ratnik” is the Russian military equipment for the “soldier of the future”, which combines modern firearms, effective protection kits, reconnaissance and communication means, in total about 10 different subsystems.