Russia Arms Sales Grew Sharply in 2012 – Report

Russia Arms Sales Grew Sharply in 2012 – Report

STOCKHOLM, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – Russian defense companies saw a large increase in arms sales in 2012 due to growing domestic procurement, an independent think tank said Friday.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released new data on international arms production, showing that while sales by companies in the United States, Canada and most West European countries continued to fall, arms sales by Russian firms increased by 28 percent.

Sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies totaled $395 billion in 2012, according to SIPRI’s annual list of the world’s 100 largest arms manufacturers.

The seven Russian companies that made it into the 2012 SIPRI Top 100, including Almaz-Antei, United Aircraft Corporation and Russian Helicopters, sold over $22 billion worth of weaponry.

“Russian arms companies continue to maintain high export levels, but the increase in estimated arms sales in 2012 mainly reflects large and growing domestic sales, as part of Russia’s $700 billion 2011–20 State Armaments Plan,” the institute said in a press release.

According to Sam Perlo-Freeman, Director of SIPRI’s Military Expenditure and Arms Production Program, “the Russian arms industry is gradually re-emerging from the ruins of the Soviet industry.”

“Nonetheless, the industry is still plagued by outdated equipment, inefficient organization and widespread corruption, which will continue to limit Russia’s ability to compete technologically with the West,” he said.

Russia became the world’s second-largest arms exporter in 2011, generating $13.2 billion in revenues.

In 2012, Russia exported $15.2 billion worth of weaponry while adding Afghanistan, Ghana, Oman and Tanzania to a list of about 80 foreign customers.

India remains the leading purchaser of Russian arms, with China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Venezuela and countries of the Middle East also figuring among the main clients of the Russian defense industry.

Russia to Give Kazakhstan Air Defense Systems Free-of-Charge

ASTANA, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is set to supply fellow former Soviet nation Kazakhstan with S-300 air defense systems free-of-charge, a top Russian military official said Friday.

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, who was part of a military delegation traveling to the Central Asian state, said five battalions of S-300PS systems would be supplied from the arsenals of the Russian army.

Delivery of the systems will improve protection of Kazakhstan’s airspace as well as strengthen the air defense network of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization military alliance, Antonov said.

The S-300PS (SA-10 Grumble) model was introduced to Soviet armed forces in 1985. It features 5V55R missiles with an engagement range of up to 90 kilometers (56 miles) and designed to lock in on a target after launch using an active detection system that steers the missile directly at the target. An S-300 battalion comprises up to six mobile launchers, according to estimates by military experts.

Kazakhstan reportedly has several S-300 systems deployed, mainly around the capital, Astana.

Moscow signed an agreement to set up an integrated regional air defense network with Kazakhstan last year. Russia has such a network with Belarus, while a similar deal with Armenia has been in the works for some time.

Two Russian Strategic Bombers Complete Air Patrol Mission

Two Russian Strategic Bombers Complete Air Patrol Mission

Russian Military Technologies, 30.01.2014

The crews of two Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Air Force have successfully fulfilled their patrolling mission in the Arctic. This came in a statement by Col. Igor Klimov, a spokesman for the Russian Air Force.

“The planes took off from the air base in Engels (Saratov Region). The flight took place through neutral waters over the Norwegian Sea, the Arctic Ocean and along the Kola Peninsula,” Mr. Klimov said.

“The crews of Tu-95MS bombers mastered flights over featureless terrain during their patrolling mission. The planes covered over 8,000 kilometers at the speed of 850 km/h and at the height of up to 10,000 meters. The flight lasted around 11 hours,” Mr. Klimov added.

It should be noted that long-range aviation pilots regularly patrol skies over neutral waters of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Black Sea both from basic and emergency airfields. All flights are performed in strict compliance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating the borders of other states.

Kaliningrad Warship Joins Russia’s Naval Force in Mediterranean

Kaliningrad Warship Joins Russia’s Naval Force in Mediterranean

Russian Military Technologies, 30.01.2014

The Russian Baltic Fleet’s big landing ship Kaliningrad has joined Russia’s naval force performing tasks in the Mediterranean Sea. This information was presented by Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveev, a spokesman for the Russian Baltic Fleet, on Wednesday.

“The big landing ship Kaliningrad has replaced the big landing ship Alexander Shabalin within the framework of planned rotation of Russia’s naval force in the Mediterranean Sea,” Mr. Matveev stated, noting that the Kaliningrad set out from Baltiysk on December 24, 2013 and has made a crossing to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet naval base in Novorossiysk. The warship’s crew drilled a set of training combat tasks, including air defence and anti-submarine exercises, deck exercises and trainings, as well as artillery exercises. After being replenished with fuel, water and food at the port of Novorossiysk, the Kaliningrad headed for the Mediterranean Sea.

It should be noted that this is not the first mission in the Mediterranean Sea for the warship’s crew. The landing ship performed the previous mission from December 2012 through August 2013.

Russia and USA to Improve Protection against Space Threats

Russia and USA to Improve Protection against Space Threats

Russian Military Technologies, 30.01.2014

Russia and the United States should pool efforts in the creation of asteroid diversion techniques. This statement was made by Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov in a video link with the Administrator of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The implementation of our agreements will allow us to design an efficient mechanism of protection from asteroids. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is set to take practical steps in this field. We plan to elaborate a concept, which will pool efforts for the next generation of new approaches to space threat monitoring, information of the civilian population and minimization of the damage,” the Russian Minister pointed out.

His counterpart, William Craig Fugate, confirmed the necessity of joint work on the asteroid problem. In his opinion, joint efforts will provide the opportunity for dealing with such threats, as this is not a mission either side could accomplish on its own. Mr. Fugate described the lessons Russia learned from the meteorite event in Chelyabinsk as extremely valuable for the United States.

Defense Minister Shoigu to Visit Kazakhstan to Discuss Cooperation

Defense Minister Shoigu to Visit Kazakhstan to Discuss Cooperation

Russian Military Technologies, 30.01.2014

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu begins his two-day visit to Kazakhstan this Thursday, the Kazakh Defense Ministry’s press service reports.

Shoigu and Kazakh Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov will have talks to discuss prospects for the development of bilateral military and technical cooperation.

The two ministers will make a joint statement on January 31 after their talks.

In the first half of December, the Kazakh defense minister met in Astana with Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin. They agreed on plans to develop already operating joint companies in Kazakhstan and prospects to create new joint projects. They also discussed the practical implementation of the agreement to set up a united regional air defense system of Kazakhstan and Russia.

Ukraine, Greece, Czech Republic , Italy , China to take part in the ” Tank Biathlon 2014 ” with their technique

Ukraine, Greece, Czech Republic , Italy , China to take part in the

31.01.2014 TSAMTO
Military authorities of the five countries expressed their intention to participate in the World Championships of ” Tank Biathlon 2014 ” on their tanks . The Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Combat Training Depsrtment Ivan Buvaltsev said about this during a meeting in Moscow with military attaches, ” RIA Novosti ” reported

According to him, it is Ukraine , Greece, Czech Republic , Italy and China . Now they clarify the process of delivery of the vehicle to the territory of Russia.