A surveillance plane carrying US and British military personnel is stranded in southern Siberia

A surveillance plane carrying US and British military personnel is stranded in southern Siberia

MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) – A surveillance plane carrying US and British military personnel is stranded in southern Siberia because it has not paid airport servicing fees, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The US plane, reportedly making a routine flight over Russia under the international Open Skies treaty, was forced down in Chita early on Thursday morning because of heavy fog.

“After the American side have settled financial questions with the airport administration about payment for ground and airport services, the joint US and British mission can continue its flight,” Defense Ministry official Sergei Ryzhkov told journalists.

There are 30 military personnel from Britain and the United States on the Boeing aircraft, according to Russian media reports.

The Open Skies Treaty, which entered into force on January 1, 2002, allows each signatory a quota of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of the 34 member states, including Russia, to promote openness and transparency in military affairs.

Foreign observation planes flying over Russia have the right to land at only two airports in the country: one in Moscow Region, and one outside the Siberian city of Ulan Ude

Uzbekistan Intends to Resume the Assembly of Il-114

Uzbekistan Intends to Resume the Assembly of Il-114

Russian Military Technologies, 30.10.2013

Uzbekistan plans to resume the assembly of Il-114 aircraft at Tashkent Aviation Production Association named after V.P. Chkalov (TAPOiCh), RIA Novosti reports with reference to a representative of the enterprise.
According to the source, the external management procedure will be completed on November 1st. After that the enterprise’s bankruptcy proceeding will be cancelled and it will be renamed as Tashkent Mechanical Plant on January 1st 2014. The plant will keep its major specialization profile – assembly and repair of aircraft.
“During the external management procedure we have paid off our debts and converted our production capacities in order to focus on assembly of Il-114 instead of Il-76”, – the source said.
He noted that “Russian party is interested” in resuming the assembly of Il-114 aircraft in Tashkent. “It is hard to promote this vehicle, because there are some rivals (in particular, An-140), but we also have some plans”, – he said declining to unveil these plans.

Kalashnikov Expands Export List

Kalashnikov Expands Export List

Russian Military Technologies, 30.10.2013

Russia’s newly formed arms maker Kalashnikov Concern has added three new firearms to the list of weaponry authorized for export, a company spokesperson said Wednesday.
The new addition incudes the 18.5 KS-K military shotgun, the SV-99 sniper rifle, and the Vityaz-SN submachine gun. All these weapons are designed for use by special purpose police units.
The weapons were included in Russia’s top arms exports list by presidential decree and were unveiled at the Interpolitex 2013 arms show in Moscow on October 22-25, Kalashnikov’s Yelena Filatova said.
The KS-K shotgun is similar to the Kalashnikov assault rifle in its layout. The weapon has a minimal number of parts and is easy to operate and maintain. Its eight-round detachable magazine and automatic bolt stop significantly increase its rate of fire, the maker says.

US Tested Soviet MiG Fighter at Mysterious Area 51

US  Tested Soviet MiG Fighter at Mysterious Area 51

WASHINGTON, October 30 (RIA Novosti) – The United States covertly tested Soviet MiG fighter planes at the mysterious Area 51 site in the Nevada desert in the 1960s, including one plane secretly obtained by Israel, according to declassified US government documents published this week.

The first of the Soviet fighters, a MiG-21, was loaned to the United States after Israeli secret intelligence services obtained the aircraft from an Iraqi air force captain who defected in 1966, according to George Washington University’s National Security Archive, which published the declassified documents on its website Tuesday.

The US Air Force held onto the MiG-21 for more than three months in 1968 at Area 51, where specialists tested and examined the fighter to evaluate it against US fighter planes in air-to-air combat and to develop new tactics to defeat the Soviet jet, according to the documents.

The operation to study the MiG-21 was designated “Fishbed-E” and concluded that the Soviet fighter has “excellent operational capability in all flight regimes,” according to one of the declassified US Department of Defense documents.

US specialists noted, however, some deficiencies, including poor forward and rearward visibility and “limited” performance when flying below 15,000 feet (4,572 meters).

The aircraft was subsequently returned to the Israelis in April 1968.

Area 51 was also home to two efforts to evaluate the MiG-17 in the 1960s, according to the documents. Those operations, designated “Have Drill” and “Have Ferry,” including flying the MiGs on a combined total of 224 sorties.

For decades Area 51 has been the subject of countless conspiracy theories, including the existence of extraterrestrials, alien autopsies and whether the site even existed at all.

But US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents declassified in August acknowledged that Area 51 did indeed exist and revealed that it was used as a base to test U-2 and other spy planes.

Those documents were also published by George Washington University’s National Security Archive after it obtained the report in response to a Freedom of Information request filed in 2005.

Russian Tu-160 Strategic Bombers Land in Nicaragua

Russian Tu-160 Strategic Bombers Land in Nicaragua

MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) – Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers arrived in Nicaragua on Thursday after taking off from an airbase in Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The nuclear-capable bombers “flew above the neutral waters of the Caribbean Sea, entered the airspace of Nicaragua and performed a planned landing,” the ministry said.

The aircraft covered over 2,500 km during their three-hour flight from the Maiquetia airfield in Venezuela.

Earlier this week, the two bombers took off from the Engels airbase in the Volga region and covered a distance of more than 10,000 kilometers (over 6,200 miles) during a 13-hour non-stop flight to Venezuela.

The ministry said the current mission was carried out “in line with the program of combat training” and corresponded to all international norms.

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Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber

Russian strategic bombers conducted a similar mission in 2008. It was followed by a visit to Venezuela by a Russian naval task force, which took part in joint exercises with the Venezuelan navy.

The Tu-160 Blackjack is a supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber, designed to strike strategic targets with nuclear and conventional weapons deep in continental theatres of operation.

Turkey has extended the tender for the supply of air defense systems

Turkey has extended the tender for the supply of air defense systems

30.10.2013 Lenta.ru
Secretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) of Turkey extended the tender T-Loramids for supply 12 battalions of antiaircraft missiles long range to 31 January 2014 , effectively canceling the earlier decision on the choice of Chinese HQ- 9. According to the newspaper Milliyet, three contestants were sent proposals to create new applications or extend old ones.

The participants of the tender will be the Chinese Corporation CPMIEC ( its HQ- 9 complexes were selected by Turkish military previously) , a consortium of U.S. companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin ( proposed complexes Patriot PAC-3 ) and the European consortium Eurosam (SAMP / T Aster 30). “Rosoboronexport “, offering S- 300VM “Antey -2500 “, was out of the main competition , and extended an invitation to participate in the tender has not received

“Helicopters of Russia ” offer South Korea firefighting Ka -32A11BC, multi-purpose Mi- 171A2 and new Ka -62

Holding “Helicopters of Russia ” takes part in the international exhibition of aerospace and defense technologies Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (SEOUL ADEX 2013 ) , which runs from October 29 to November 3, 2013 in Kintex exhibition Center in Seoul , South Korea . The exposition of the holding is located in the Pavilion H9-C6.

Among the exhibits of holding ” Helicopters of Russia ” – it is the average multi-purpose Ka-32A11BC, a unique Russian helicopter, which is used in more than 30 countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, EU countries , Canada, Russia and other countries. The new Ka- 32A11VS submitted today to SEOUL ADEX 2013 , is recognized by experts as one of the best search and rescue and fire-fighting helicopters in the world, it is indispensable in the fight against natural and man-made disasters and fires , as well as the liquidation of their consequences

Russia will give to Belarus four S-300

Russia will give  to Belarus four S-300

30.10.2013 Lenta.ru
Russian Defense Ministry intends to transfer Belarus four anti-aircraft missile system S-300. On this, as reported by ITAR-TASS, the Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu said after a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Lieutenant General Yuri Zhadobin. Delivery systems will be made in the framework of the development of a unified regional air defense system

Russia, Belarus to Hold Joint Military Exercise in 2015

Russia, Belarus to Hold Joint Military Exercise in 2015

MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Belarus will hold joint military exercises titled 2015-Union Shield, following the success of the recent Zapad-2013 drills conducted recently by the two nations, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

“We have evaluated the results of the Zapad-2013 joint strategic exercise,” he said. “The results of the maneuvers were rated positively.”

The experience gained “will be taken into account in preparing the joint Union Shield-2015 exercise,” Shoigu said following a meeting of the Russian and Belarusian defense officials on Tuesday.

This year’s exercise involved about 12,000 Russian and 200 Belarusian servicemen, 180 combat vehicles, including 10 tanks, as well as 10 ships from Russia’s Baltic Fleet and 40 aircraft.

The joint exercise, which was held in September, was observed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

The previous Union Shield exercise held in 2011 involved some 12,000 military servicemen, including 4,800 Belarusian military personnel.

Russia Showcases New Helicopter in South Korea

Russia Showcases New Helicopter in South Korea

MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) – Helicopters of Russia, the country’s leading rotorcraft manufacturer, said Tuesday that it was presenting its newest addition to the legendary Mi-8/17 family at an international airshow in South Korea.

The company said it was showcasing the new chopper, the Mi-171A2, at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, which runs till Sunday.

Alongside the new helicopter, the company is also featuring the latest Ka-62 multirole chopper, developed by the Kamov design bureau, and a new version of the Ka-32, operated in 30 countries throughout the world, Helicopters of Russia said.