Russian helicopter carrier Vladivostok prepares for its 4th sea trial

Russian helicopter carrier Vladivostok prepares for its 4th sea trial

Russian Military Technologies
Russia’s first Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok is expected to set sail from the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire on its fourth sea trial in May.
The first three sea trials of the Vladivostok were successful, the STX France company spokesman said. The first sea trial took place in early March, the last one on April 8-11, and the next sea trial has been set for May, he said.
The helicopter carrier is expected to undergo a total of six sea trials before it is transferred to the Russian Navy in October 2014, the spokesman said.
These efforts include tests of the ship’s systems and crew training, he said. Several Russian sailors took part in the first three sea trials, he added.

Russia Starts Combat Helicopter Training Flights on Baltic Border

Russia Starts Combat Helicopter Training Flights on Baltic Border

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – A newly formed Russian army helicopter brigade has begun training flights in the northwest of the country near the borders with the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia, a spokesman for the Western Military District said Wednesday.

“Helicopters of the army aviation brigade of the Western Military District, based in the Pskov region, have begun regular training flights in the skies over northwestern Russia,” Col. Oleg Kochetkov said.

Kochetkov said the flights involve dozens of Mi-28N Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters as well as Mi-8MTV-5 and Mi-26T combat transport helicopters.

The 15th army aviation brigade, formed in December and stationed at the Ostrov airbase, is fully equipped with new, recently-built helicopters. The brigade currently comprises three helicopter squadrons, with two more to be added in the near future.

Media in the former Soviet Baltic states, as well as Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom, have expressed security concerns about Russia’s decision to station the 15th brigade near NATO’s borders.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier announced the beginning of military drills of units from the Southern and Western military districts near the borders with Ukraine and the Baltic states in response to an “unprecedented” increase of NATO military activity near Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis.

The combat drills come as NATO is ramping up its military presence in the region.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced earlier this month that the alliance would intensify air patrols over Eastern Europe and dispatch extra ships to the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas due to the crisis in Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO was attempting to use the Ukrainian crisis as an imaginary threat to unite the alliance’s members and to push for Moscow’s isolation.

2 New Missile Corvettes to Join Russia’s Caspian Flotilla

2 New Missile Corvettes to Join Russia’s Caspian Flotilla

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s two newest missile corvettes, the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich, have successfully undergone navy sea trials and will be assigned to the Caspian flotilla by July, a spokesman for the Southern Military District said Wednesday.

“The two ships are due to join the Russian navy at the end of the first half of 2014. Most likely, they will be assigned to the Caspian flotilla by July 1,” the spokesman said.

He added the pair will be the first Buyan-M-class corvettes to join the Caspian flotilla.

Anatoly Shlemov, head of the state defense contracts department at the United Shipbuilding Corporation, earlier said the Russian navy would receive ten warships this year.

The Navy is expecting the Veliky Ustyug corvette by late this year and six more warships of the same class by 2020, he said.

Corvettes of the Buyan-M class have a displacement of 950 tons and a maximum speed of 25 knots. They are armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles.

The Caspian flotilla is based in Astrakhan.

ILS Satellite Launches Remain on Schedule Despite Sanctions

ILS Satellite Launches Remain on Schedule Despite Sanctions

BRUSSELS, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – The newly imposed US sanctions against Russia will not affect the work of the International Launch Services (ILS) company, a spokesperson for the Luxembourg-based satellite fleet operator SES told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

“This is what ILS told us. International Launch Services has all the necessary permits from the US Department of State to execute the previously scheduled launches till 2016,” Yves Feltes said.

“Any new licenses will be considered by the US Department of State on a case-by-case basis. As for the current sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department against Russian citizens and companies, they did not affect our work,” Feltes added.

The ILS Company sells commercial contracts for satellites on the Russian Proton rocket. Its majority interest belong to Russia’s Khrunichev, which builds the Proton.

Telecommunications satellites built for SES, Turkish Turksat and British Immarsat are now scheduled for launch from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. An Inmarsat spokesperson earlier told RIA Novosti that the company remains on course to launch their second and third Global Xpress satellites by the end of the year.

Media reports emerged earlier suggesting the liftoff could be cancelled as the satellites contain some US-manufactured electronic components which fall under US export restrictions.

The United States announced Monday it had restricted exports of high-tech defense products to Russia.

“Effective immediately, the department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls will deny pending applications for export or re-export of any high technology defense articles or services. In addition, the department is taking actions to revoke any existing export licenses which meet these conditions. All other pending applications and existing licenses will receive a case-by-case evaluation to determine their contribution to Russia’s military capabilities,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Russian Armed Forces to Receive New Antihelicopter Mine

Russian Armed Forces to Receive New Antihelicopter Mine

Russian Military Technologies 28.04.2014
The advanced antihelicopter mine, the latest development of military engineers, will be adopted by the Russian Army in the near future. This information was presented by Head of the Russian Air Force’s Engineer Service Colonel Alexey Khazov.
“The new antihelicopter mine has been tested in late 2013 and will soon be adopted by the Russian Armed Forces. It is designed for destroying helicopters and other aircraft at an altitude of up to 200 m, forming a projectile on the basis of the hollow-charge principle,” Mr. Khazov pointed out.
It should be noted that the antihelicopter mine is a brand-new development, which has no analogues in the world. The weight and dimensions of the new ammunition have not been disclosed. The new mine will be installed by remote mining means, including helicopters.
“The mine will be located on the ground in standby and will be automatically switched into a firing position after detecting an object. If an object enters an effective area, the mine will fire,” Mr. Khazov explained.

End of defense imports to Russia would be catastrophe for Ukraine – Putin

End of defense imports to Russia would be catastrophe for Ukraine – Putin

The end of defense industry cooperation between Kiev and Moscow due to the political crisis in Ukraine would lead the latter to a catastrophe, while Russia would be able to replace what it imports, President Putin has said.

“Financially and technically Russia is able to conduct import substitution,” Putin has said, adding that it won’t require substantial funding. And this “would not require a revision of the state defense order.”

He estimated the whole process of import substitution for Russia would take between 1.5 and 2.5 years, depending on the type of the products.

“But for the Ukrainian defense industry, the severing of ties with Russian partners is likely to lead to disaster,” Putin said, speaking to the members of the Council of Lawmakers. “Why? They don’t have any other markets. They just don’t exist. The only consumer is the Russian Armed Forces.”

However, he expressed hope that “rupture of these cooperation relations” will not happen.

Still, Putin said he believes that such a halt to supplies is not a decision made “directly by enterprises.”

“They [managers of these enterprises] understand perfectly in which situation Ukrainian government puts them. I’m sure, they would like to continue this cooperation,” he said.

Earlier, Ukrainian First Vice-President Vitaly Yarema stated that the coup-appointed Ukrainian government had agreed to halt exports of weapons and military equipment to Russia. At the same time, he confirmed that deliveries of double-purpose (military and civil) products still continue.

Speaking of sanctions that the West is considering imposing on Russian industry sectors, and particularly the country’s military industrial complex, Putin stated that the measure, if taken, could be an attempt to prevent Russia from defense import substitution.

But, he said, “This is an attempt with a bad means.”

“We will do that anyway,” Putin emphasized.

Putin said that he has already ordered Russia’s government to examine the question of import substitution of the military-industrial complex’s products coming from Ukraine.

“In any case, we are working on this now, I gave such an order to the government of the Russian Federation and they are actively working on it. [We are] studying all the issues related to import substitution,” he said.

Russia will welcome specialists in the military-industrial complex from Ukraine, Putin said, vowing financial support to provide them with all necessities.

“They will receive a worthy salary, and accommodation. [The regions] will receive all necessary means from the federal budget,” Putin said.

Russia is ready to host the Ukrainian specialists of the defense sector

Russia   is ready to  host  the Ukrainian specialists of  the defense sector, quotation 28.04.2014
The termination by Kiev of cooperation with Russia in the sphere of military-industrial complex will be disastrous for Ukraine , Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the Council of legislators Monday, April 28 , ITAR -TASS reported. The Head of State stressed that cooperation in this field is of great importance for Russia and key – for Ukraine.

For Ukrainian defense industry, the breaking ties with Russian partners , is likely to lead to disaster. Because other market they have not . The only consumer – it is the Russian Armed Forces , “- said the president.

Putin said that Russia is ready to host the Ukrainian specialists in the defense industry sector , if they want to move . “If there is a wish , we will help them to build – and they get decent wages and housing, apartment,” – said the president.

In early April, the first vice- premier of Ukraine Vitaly Yarema said that the Ukrainian government decided to stop the supply of weapons and military equipment to Russia

Russia is able to block the ” Afghan transit ” for NATO

Russia is able to block the, 28.04.2014
Russian territory may be closed for the export of goods of NATO from Afghanistan – experts said .

“The ban on the transit of military cargo will lead to more than double increase in price of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, a significant part of the arms have just quit . I do not think it will happen now , but Americans provoke Russia to this hard and painful decision ” , – said political analyst Dmitry Evstafev .

Similar opinion is shared by retired Major General Sergei Kanchukov . “In case of breaking agreements they will have to completely rethink the logistics of moving military cargo . Now is not only the territory of Russia, but the Russian transport aircraft , ground-based communications . Refocusing on the Pakistani route is problematic . American caravans suffer significant losses. And despite the fact that they have to negotiate and pay the Taliban , thereby increasing their “- says Kanchukov .

The head of Roscosmos sees no reason to count on a rocket “Zenit” in connection with the situation in Ukraine

04/28/2014 ARMS-TASS
MOSCOW, April 24. ( ARMS-TASS ) . Head of the Federal Space Agency ( Roscosmos) Oleg Ostapenko sees no reason to rely on the carrier rocket “Zenit” in connection with the situation in Ukraine. Roscosmos will focus on domestic appliances .

Answering the question whether Russia plans to produce on its territory boosters “Zenith” ( produced by the Dnepropetrovsk plant ” Yuzhmash ” ) , which are used in the project ” Sea Launch ” Ostapenko said: ” Probably not. There is no sense to produce a rocket here . in this regard, we can produce another rocket , but with completely different characteristics that will exceed all rocket including “Zenith”

NATO’s Information Bureau in Moscow Could Be Closed – Report

NATO's Information Bureau in Moscow Could Be Closed – Report

MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti) – The NATO Information Office in Moscow (NIO) could soon shut down its operations in response to the alliance’s decision on suspending cooperation with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, the Kommersant newspaper reported Monday.

A source in the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed to the newspaper that Russian authorities are considering such a possibility. However, sources close to the Russian presidential administration said that the final decision has not yet been taken, but “everything is leading up to this.”

“This is an arising retaliatory measure as in current realities it is impossible to find a common language with NATO,” the newspaper cited one of the sources as saying.

According to the report, Russian officials doubt that the information office should continue its work after the foreign ministers of the 28-nation NATO announced on April 1 they were freezing civilian and military cooperation with Russia, in an effort to put further pressure on Russia following its reunification with Crimea.

The move comes after the alliance’s leadership ordered to limit the access of Russian diplomats to its headquarters in Brussels. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the decision reflected the persistent ‘cold war’ mentality among the alliance’s officials.

NATO has yet received no official notifications on the future of its Moscow office, which was opened in February 2001 and housed within the Belgian embassy, a source in the alliance told the newspaper.

NATO announced on April 8 the access to NATO Headquarters would be denied to all representatives of the Russian Mission, except the Russian Ambassador, his Deputy Head of Mission, and two support staff.

“This is an absolutely absurd measure, showing to what extent our NATO partners were not ready for a real dialogue with Moscow,” a source told Kommersant.

Earlier, NATO foreign ministers said they were suspending the practical and military cooperation with Russia amid the situation around Ukraine, but would continue contacts of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) at the level of ambassadors and higher.

Russian officials have repeatedly said that Moscow was not seeking confrontation with NATO, but was ready to take all political and military measures to ensure its security.

Tensions between Russia and the West rose after the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February, followed by the rise to power of Ukrainian nationalist politicians in the new government in Kiev, which Moscow considers illegitimate.

The subsequent reunification of Crimea with Russia, sparked by deepening concerns over ultranationalist rhetoric from the new authorities in Kiev, triggered the deepest crisis in relations between Moscow and the West since the end of Cold War.