Russian Navy Boosting Security in Crimea – Defense Minister

Russian Navy Boosting Security in Crimea – Defense Minister

MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is taking additional steps to ensure security at its naval facilities on the Crimean Peninsula amid the growing political unrest in Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

“We are carefully monitoring the situation in Ukraine and around the Black Sea Fleet,” Shoigu told reporters in Moscow.

“We are taking measures to ensure security of the fleet’s facilities, infrastructure and arsenals,” he said without specifying such measures.

A Russian military source said earlier on Wednesday that security check points at several Black Sea Fleet facilities had been strengthened with armored vehicles.

Shoigu’s statement follows reports of scuffles that broke out Wednesday in the southern Ukrainian city of Simferopol as large crowds of opponents of the newly installed national authorities faced off against representatives of the Crimean Tatar community outside the local parliament.

Until Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954 transferred Crimea to what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, the territory was officially a part of Russia.

The Black Sea Fleet maintains its main base in the port of Sevastopol and several auxiliary naval installations around the peninsula.

During the tenure of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, which began in early 2010 and ended with his ouster on Saturday, the country renewed Russia’s lease on the naval facilities in Crimea until 2042.

Russia Seeks Several Military Bases Abroad – Defense Minister

Russia Seeks Several Military Bases Abroad – Defense Minister

MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

Shoigu said the list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries.

“The talks are under way, and we are close to signing the relevant documents,” Shoigu told reporters in Moscow.

The minister added that the negotiations cover not only military bases but also visits to ports in such countries on favorable conditions as well as the opening of refueling sites for Russian strategic bombers on patrol.

Moscow currently has only one naval base outside the former Soviet Union – in Tartus, Syria, but the fate of this naval facility is uncertain because of the ongoing civil war in that country.

Post-Soviet Russia closed a large naval base in Vietnam and a radar base in Cuba in 2002 due to financial constraints.

However, Russia has started reviving its navy and strategic aviation since mid-2000s, seeing them as a tool to project the Russian image abroad and to protect its national interests around the globe.

Now, Moscow needs to place such military assets in strategically important regions of the world to make them work effectively toward the goal of expanding Russia’s global influence.

Surprise drills of Russian army not related to situation in Ukraine – minister

Surprise drills of Russian army not related to situation in Ukraine – minister

MOSCOW, February 26. /ITAR-TASS/. A surprise inspection of the Russian Armed Forces ordered on Wednesday, February 26, by the supreme commander-in-chief is not related to the latest events in Ukraine, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

When asked how the inspection in Russia’s Western Military District was related to the events in Ukraine, Shoigu said: “Generally speaking, it is not. We do not relate these things in any way.”

“The exercise will take place on Russia’s border with other countries as well, and Ukraine may be among them,” he said, adding that if a similar inspection were carried out on the border with Finland, it would hardly raise any interest in society or mass media.

A total of 110,000 troops are participating in the exercise. “Ninety aircraft, over 110 helicopters, up to 880 tanks, over 1,200 pieces of military hardware and as many as 80 ships and vessels will be involved,” the minister said.

The main purpose of the drill is to practice interoperability in different theatres of war. The exercise will also include a mass helicopter landing operation, Shoigu said.

Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov told foreign military attaches that the exercise was being conducted in strict compliance with the Vienna Document 2011. “Russia strictly complies with the Vienna Document 2011. This is why we will be engaging no more than 38,000 personnel for no more than 72 hours,” he said.

“You should not mix up the two figures: the 150,000 I mentioned and 38,000. The latter means 38,000 that fall under the Vienna Document. These include the Army, Airborne Troops, and Marines,” Antonov said.

The Russian Defence Ministry notified the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of the surprise exercise in the Western and Central Military Districts.

“Our international obligations do not require us to inform our partners about such military activities,” Antonov said, adding that by so doing the Defence Ministry was demonstrating its commitment to the policy of openness.

The Defence Ministry also informed Russia’s eastern neighbours about the exercise. “The notice specifies the names of the units, concrete ranges and the tasks we will be solving at each stage of the exercise,” Antonov said.

He stressed that the Defence Ministry would continue such comprehensive surprise inspections and exercises in the future.

“Our surprise inspection is not aimed against any state. It’s a routine activity of the Armed Forces, and we will continue this practice in the future,” he said, adding that this is part of Russia’s plans to improve the combat capability of its Armed Forces.

Russian Helicopters to Showcase New Rotorcraft in California

Russian Helicopters to Showcase New Rotorcraft in California

Russian Helicopters will demonstrate its current product range and new models to helicopter operators as part of Heli-Expo 2014 that will take place on February 24-27 in California. Two new helicopters, the Mi-171A2 and Mi-38, will be at the center of the company’s display.

“Heli-Expo is one of the most important international forums for our industry that gives helicopter manufacturers an opportunity to present their latest developments and achievements to potential customers from different countries, and to exchange opinions with foreign colleagues on main trends in the global helicopter industry. This year, we will showcase our new developments, which we hope will attract attention of current and potential business partners in North, Central and South America,” Alexander Mikheev, Director General of Russian Helicopters, pointed out.

Russian Military Technologies, 25,02.2014

The experts of Russian Helicopters will present two new multirole helicopters, the Mi-171A2 and Mi-38. The Mi-171A2 has been designed using the latest aerospace technologies and incorporates more than 100 technological innovations. The second new model, the multirole transport and passenger carrier Mi-38, can be used for complex missions.

Russia and India Discuss Joint Aviation Projects

Russia and India Discuss Joint Aviation Projects

Russian Military Technologies, 25,02.2014

Participants of the meeting of the Indo-Russian Subgroup on Aviation identified the main areas of future cooperation, according to the press service of the United Aircraft Corporation. The Russian delegation was headed by Mikhail Pogosyan, President of the United Aircraft Corporation. Dr R.K. Tyagi, Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., headed the Indian side.

“The Indo-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation is one of the most important elements in military-technical cooperation projects between Russia and India. This work allows us to concentrate on the development of specific solutions relating to the implementation of advanced technologies and innovative forms of organizing production cooperation. Together with our colleagues from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. and the Indian Air Force, we defined the main focus of our efforts. In addition, we analyzed all the technical and organizational factors that could affect the operational characteristics of our aircraft and developed a joint operating plan,” Mr. Pogosyan stated.

The two sides also discussed the licensed production, maintenance, and modernization of Su-30MKI, modernization of the Indian Air Force’s MiG-29s, development and production of AL-55-I aviation motors for the Indian Air Force.

Russia and China to hold joint naval exercises in May-June

Russia and China to hold joint naval exercises in May-June

Russian Military Technologies, 25,02.2014

Joint Russian-Chinese exercises “Maritime cooperation-2014″ will be held in late May – early June this year in the East China Sea, chief of the Eastern Military District Alexander Gordeev told Itar-Tass news service.

“In Beijing there have been completed the first conference on the exercises. Representatives of the military delegation of the Pacific Fleet and Naval Forces of China agreed that “Maritime cooperation-2014″ would be held in late May – early June in the area of marine waters and airspace of northern part of the East China Sea,”- he said.

During the exercise there will be conducted artillery firings at sea and air targets and worked out joint protection of sea communications, Gordeev added.

News of Russian- US cooperation in the field of rocket engines

News of Russian- US cooperation in the field of rocket engines

26/02/2014 Military Review

Russian-American cooperation in the space field can reach a new level . According to the publication of Space News, the United States is considering the possibility of buying a license for production of rocket engine RD-180 . In the near future to begin work on assessing the possibility of signing such an agreement and the organization of licensed production of engines.
Russia and the United States began to cooperate in the field of rocket engines in the mid nineties. So , in 1996 the Russian Scientific and Production Association “Energomash ” with the project RD-180 won the tender for the creation and delivery of engines for U.S. rockets Atlas. Shortly after the end of the tender “Energomash” and General Dynamics signed an agreement according to which the Russian side should deliver 101 RD-180 engine cost about $ 10 million each by 2018. To date, the most part of the contract is fulfilled : the U.S. space industry received 70 engines