Moscow, Minsk to Discuss Russian Airbase in Belarus

Moscow, Minsk to Discuss Russian Airbase in Belarus

MOSCOW, November 29 (RIA Novosti) – A senior Russian defense official said Friday that talks will be held next month on the planned deployment of an airbase in Belarus.

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters in Moscow that several potential locations have been identified in Belarus, but that further consultations were needed with the neighboring former Soviet nation’s authorities.

The airbase would be Russia’s first on Belarusian territory in modern times and would consolidate defense cooperation under the auspices of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, defense officials in Moscow have said.

“In addition, we are working on the placement of a Russian fighter jet unit on alert duty at a Belarusian airbase. We will finish this work soon,” Antonov said.

Plans for the airbase come amid continued irritation in Moscow over combat air patrols from NATO members states Latvia and Lithuania, which lie near Belarus, wandering into areas close to Russian airspace.

European defense officials have bristled at evidence of Russia’s increased military deployments close to NATO’s border, arguing that it fuels tension with former Communist bloc countries in Central Europe and the Baltic States.

But Antonov said Russian-Belarus defense ties comprised a legitimate effort to ensure a solid defense for the countries’ Union State.

Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement on the joint protection of the Union State’s airspace and the creation of an integrated regional air defense network in February 2009.

The network reportedly comprises five air force units, 10 air defense units, five technical service and support units, and one electronic warfare unit.

It is part of the integrated air defense network of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose alliance comprising nine post-Soviet nations.

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British WW II Veteran Gives His Arctic Convoy Medal to Russia

British WW II   Veteran  Gives His Arctic Convoy Medal to Russia

MOSCOW, November 29 (RIA Novosti) – A British war veteran involved in shipping military supplies to the Soviet Union by sea during World War II on Friday presented his recently awarded medal for his role in the campaign to Russia.

James Pitts, 89, handed his Arctic Star to Moscow’s Museum of the Great Patriotic War, the museum said on its website.

Pitts was on two Arctic Convoys that shipped British and US supplies across the Norwegian Sea and the Arctic Ocean to the Soviets during World War II under the constant threat of attacks by Nazi Germany’s navy, the Kriegsmarine.

In 2012, the British government established a number of awards for World War II campaigns, including the Arctic Star for people who participated in campaigns above the Arctic Circle.

Many veterans have volunteered to hand over their Arctic Stars to Russia in a sign of recognition of the Soviet Union’s input in the war, the museum said.

The veterans drew lots to choose who would part with their medal, which was then taken to Russia by ship from London, retracing the Arctic Convoy’s route.

Pitts flew to Moscow with his fellow veterans for the handover ceremony and a tour of Moscow, the museum said.

Azerbaijan will modernize bombers ” Su-24 “

Azerbaijan will modernize bombers

29.11.2013 APA (Azerbaijan
 
Start of the modernization project of the arsenal of bombers Su-24 ( NATO codename «Fencer») in Azerbayjan Air Force is expectad.

APA has learned from military sources .

Currently this project is discussed in the Armed Forces . Modernization will be held on one of the aircraft factories in Azerbaijan.

According to open sources, the Air Force currently has 10 aircraft of Azerbaijan ” Su-24 “. It should be added that among the countries of the South Caucasus the aircraft ” Su-24 ” are only available for Azerbaijani Armed Forces .

The last flight of aircraft ” Su-24 ” tppk place on a military parade in Baku on June 26, 2008 . Since that time, the operation of these bombers was suspended.

Russia to Deploy 3 New S-400 Air Defense Regiments in 2014

Russia to Deploy 3 New S-400 Air Defense Regiments in 2014

SOCHI, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – Three new regiments equipped with S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems will be put in service with the Russian armed forces next year, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

“Two S-400 regiments were presented to the Russian military this year. Another three [regiments] should be put in service in 2014,” Putin said at a meeting on the development of Russia’s aerospace defenses.

Russia currently has a total of five S-400 regiments, with two regiments deployed around Moscow and the remaining units deployed near the port city of Nakhodka in the far eastern Primorye Territory, as well as in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad and in the Southern Military District.

The sixth regiment will join the two S-400 regiments based near Moscow by the end of 2013, according to the Defense Ministry.

The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) air defense system is expected to form the cornerstone of Russia’s theater air and missile defenses by 2020.

The system can engage targets at a maximum range of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles) at an altitude of 40,000-50,000 meters (130,000-165,000 feet). The system uses a range of missiles, and is optimized for engaging ballistic and cruise missiles.

Russia plans to have 28 S-400 regiments by 2020, each comprising two or three battalions (four systems each), mainly in maritime and border areas.

Russia Speeds Up Development of New Strategic Bomber

Russia Speeds  Up  Development of New Strategic Bomber

SOCHI, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will begin the full-scale R&D work on its future strategic bomber in 2014, a senior aircraft-manufacturing industry official said Thursday.

The project, known as PAK-DA (an acronym meaning “future long-range aircraft”), has been in the works for several years but was given the formal go-ahead by the Russian leadership last year.

“A decision was made this year to expedite the development of the PAK-DA aircraft,” Mikhail Pogosyan, head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, said at a meeting on the future of the Russian air force chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

“We finished coordinating the project with the Defense Ministry in September and at present we are getting ready to start full-scale work on research and development of these aircraft next year,” Pogosyan said.

According to Russian media reports citing defense ministry sources, the Tupolev design bureau has won the PAK-DA development tender with its concept for a subsonic aircraft with a “flying wing” shape that provides superior “stealth capabilities.”

The Defense Ministry insisted that the PAK-DA should be equipped with advanced electronic warfare systems and armed with new nuclear-capable long-range cruise missiles in addition to a variety of high-precision conventional weapons.

The new bomber is expected to go into production by 2020 and will most likely be built at a new aircraft assembly line at Russia’s Kazan plant (KAPO), according to defense ministry officials.

The PAK-DA is due to replace Russia’s aging fleet of 63 Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear and 13 Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers in the next decade.

Pogosyan said Thursday that the preliminary tests of the modernized Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers have been completed and they will now undergo a series of inspections by a state acceptance commission.

He did not specify the number of modernized aircraft to be inspected.

According to aircraft industry officials, the modernized bombers feature new weaponry, improved electronics and avionics that double their combat effectiveness.

Russia Begins Deployment of Aerospace Defenses in Arctic

Russia Begins Deployment  of Aerospace Defenses in Arctic

MOSCOW, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has started the deployment of aerospace defense units in the Arctic and construction of an early missile warning radar in the country’s extreme north, the commander of Aerospace Defense Forces said Thursday.

“The expansion of [missile early warning] radar coverage is one of the key areas of our work, especially when it comes to [Russia’s] extreme north – we have already started the deployment of electronic warfare units in the Arctic,” Maj. Gen. Alexander Golovko said.

Golovko also said construction of an advanced early missile warning radar site has started near the town of Vorkuta, situated just north of the Arctic Circle.

Russia is planning to complete its comprehensive missile early warning network by 2018. Four Voronezh-class radar stations that can easily be relocated are already part of this network.
A Voronezh-DM radar is on combat duty in the Krasnodar Territory and a Voronezh-M radar is in the Leningrad region. The Voronezh-DM radars in the Kaliningrad and Irkutsk regions are in the testing stage of operation.

In addition to the Vorkuta radar, the preparations for construction of new-generation radars are underway in the Krasnoyarsk and the Altai territories, as well as in central Russia (the Orenburg Region), Golovko said.

Voronezh-class radars have an operational range of 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles). They are more energy-efficient, can be quickly redeployed to a new site and require a smaller crew to operate, compared to previous generation stations.

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia will put on combat duty seven Voronezh-class radars in the next five years.

The new radars will eventually replace the outdated Dnepr- and Daryal-class radars and close all gaps in radar coverage on Russia’s borders.

Russian Nuclear Subs’ Entry Into Service Expected in 2014

Russian Nuclear Subs' Entry Into Service Expected in 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian navy will take delivery of two Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines in 2014, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Naval officials had announced as recently as September that both craft, which are being phased in to replace the Pacific Fleet’s obsolescent Project 667 submarines, were due to enter into service by this year.

“The Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered strategic submarines will be commissioned by the navy in 2014,” a ministry spokesman said.

The Alexander Nevsky, the second boat in the Borey series, was expected to join the navy this year, but recent sea trials and inspections reportedly revealed several flaws that needed to be fixed, delaying acceptance until the beginning of next year.

The spokesman said the preparation of the Alexander Nevsky for commissioning had already started.

The Vladimir Monomakh was floated out last December and has been undergoing a series of sea trials since June.

The boat will pass a series of inspections by a state acceptance commission in December to be handed over to the navy next year, the official said.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered a temporary suspension of the sea trials of the boats in September after a failed test of launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, which both craft will carry.

The trials were resumed in October, and the vessels will most likely be commissioned even without additional Bulava testing.

The first Borey-class submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, was commissioned into the Northern Fleet in January.

Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines are to become the mainstay of the Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent, replacing the aging Project 941 (designated by NATO as Typhoon-class) and Project 667 (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats.

A total of eight Borey-class boats armed with Bulava ballistic missiles are to be built for the Russian navy by 2020.