The accident did not affect the timing of the adoption of the F-35 fighter jets into service

Fighterr F-35A with a maximum combat load on the internal and external hardpoints

Source: mil.news.sina.com.cn

31/07/2014 Military parity

The Pentagon has lifted some restrictions of flight conditions  of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but in the near future check the technical condition of the aircraft will continue, according to defensenews.com on July 29.

After the resumption of operations  the speed the F-35 was increased from 0.9 M to 1.6 M maximum, but agility is increased slightly – from 3 to 3,2g, also remain in force other restrictions, such as checking the turbine blades  of the ventilator  of  motor  after each three hours of flight . After a fire  of engine on F-35A June 23 Pentagon suspended flights on the aircraft of all three options and decided to resume flights from July 15.

It is reported that if the restriction of flight conditions will persist for a long time, it can affect the timing of the getting of the initial combat readiness of  fighter F-35B of  Marine Corps (July 2015) and the Air Force F-35A (August 2016). However, senior Pentagon officials believe that the limitation regimes will persist for several weeks, rather than months, which will have no impact on the timing of adopting the F-35 fighter jets.

“I am confident that we can produce 1763 F-35A fighter for the United States Air Force, and we will have a powerful military aviation, which will protect our country far beyond the 2030s”, said the head of the Combat Air Command Air Force Gen. Michael Hostage.

 

 

 

 

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Russia began to supply Iraq with heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntsepek” (blaze of the sun) – “Vedomosti”

TSAMTO, July 30. At the airport of Baghdad on July 28   Antonov 124-100 “Ruslan”  of airline “Volga-Dnepr”  arrived   having on board  the party of heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntrepek”, “Vedomosti” informs  referring to the posted photos on Facebook .

According to the newspaper, earlier information about Iraq’s procurement system TOS-1A in the public domain was absent.

As confirmed by “Vedomosti” Sources in the defense industry, during a visit to Moscow last week the Iraqi delegation headed by the Minister of Defense Saadoun al-Duleymi  it was signed a contracts worth more than $ 1 billion for the delivery of a large consignment of arms to Iraq, including four combat machines TOS-1A “Solntsepek”, artillery, mortar weapons and ammunition.

Russia and China to Build Floating Nuclear Power Plants

30.07.2014,Siberian Insider

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Russia’s Rosatom State Corporation and China’s CNNC New Energy have concluded a memorandum on a project to build floating nuclear power plants. The corresponding document was signed by Rusatom Overseas CEO Dzhomart Aliev and CNNC New Energy President Tianlin Qian.

“Floating power plants have a significant appliance potential. A floating power plant can be mobile or fixed. A plant like this can be either plugged into the shore-based electrical grid or moored close to a power consumer. Floating power plants can be used to solve many energy problems in hard-to-reach places, including beyond the Arctic Circle, as well as all sorts of offshore facilities, such as offshore oil rigs,” Mr. Aliev emphasized.

According to the official statement, the companies are going to set up a Russian-Chinese working group that will to continue their work on the project.

US-Russia Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty lapsing: Cui bono?

The medium-range RSD-10 Pioneer (SS-20) missile system (RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov)

The medium-range RSD-10 Pioneer (SS-20) missile system (RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov)

The US has accused Moscow of violating a 1987 INF Treaty banning short and medium range ballistic and cruise missiles. Experts speculate whether Washington is nudging Moscow to pull out of a treaty to create a new ‘nuke bogey’ and offer aegis to the EU.

Washington says Russia has tested a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile thus breaching the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by the US and the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago, banning all ground-based nuclear-capable missiles with range from 500 to 5,500 kilometers, the New York Times cited.

READ MORE: US claims on nuclear missiles treaty unfounded, Russia has questions too

Though no Western media outlet has mentioned the name of the missile, there are probably only two candidates for the role of the “peace breaker.”

The first is Russia’s RS-26 Rubezh (Frontier) ICBN “ABM-killer” complex. According to a top military official, it was tested several times at distances ranging from 2,000 km to 5,700 km, RBC Daily reports.

However, Rubezh is technically out of suspicion, according to member of the Academy of Sciences, Aleksey Arbatov, as under the treaty the ballistic missile’s range is estimated as the maximum range it was tested at.

The Yars land-based mobile missile system (Reuters / Vadim Savitskii)

The Yars land-based mobile missile system (Reuters / Vadim Savitskii)

 

The second candidate for the role is the R-500, a cruise missile which can be used with ground-based 9K720 Iskander launcher. Its range is a delicate issue, said Arbatov as cited by RBC Daily. Though it has an officially announced range below 500 kilometers, its exact characteristics remain top-secret and could be argued.

According to military experts, the R-500 is a modification of the old Soviet 3M10 Granat with an estimated range of 2600 km that was initially designed for submarine launch. All land-based Granat missiles were destroyed under the INP Treaty. However, the treaty did not apply to naval missiles.

Iskander high-precision missile system in place during military exercise (RIA Novosti / Alexey Danichev)

Iskander high-precision missile system in place during military exercise (RIA Novosti / Alexey Danichev)

 

Earlier the US already complained about suspected Russian treaty violations, presumably about the R-500 and its land-based tests that reportedly had to be conducted due to lack of funding. Moscow’s explanations did not satisfy Washington, noted Arbatov adding that such decisions and arguments are usually discussed during the meeting of working groups – while now the issue has reached the presidential level.

At the same time Russian Air Force possesses a unique X-101 cruise missile – that could be adopted for surface launch – with some reports indicating its maximum range to be over 5,500 kilometers, in which case this missile would not fall under conditions of the INF Treaty either.

Timing is everything?

The situation in the world has greatly changed over the years and today Moscow and Washington remain the world’s only capitals that imposed restrictions on themselves in this regard. In the meantime Russia has several nuclear states in proximity to its borders that already have such medium-range missiles (China, India, Pakistan and probably Iran and North Korea) that can potentially strike Russian territory, whereas the US has no such neighbors.

The New York Times broke to the world on Monday that President Barack Obama sent a letter to Vladimir Putin, in which Russia is accused of testing a surface-to-surface cruise missile with an excessive range.

The first tests of those missiles were conducted back in 2008, the report suggests, and it took the Obama administration 3 years to conclude that they were a compliance concern. But the question of possible treaty violation was raised by the State Department’s arms control officials only in 2013.

When reports of Russia’s ground-based tests re-emerged in January 2014, the US administration wasn’t ready to comment on the issue or draw any conclusions and media attention to the issue at that particular time.

The US is obviously trying to force Russia out of the INF Treaty to have a pretext for further augmentation of its military presence in Europe, expert of the Institute of International Security Problems, Valery Fenenko shared with RIA news agency.

“A lukewarm conflict between Russia and the US has been drawing on since 2007. In my opinion, Americans are pushing Russia to step out of the treaty,” Fenenko opined.

Soviet medium-range mobile RSD-10 Pioneer (SS-20) missile system (Image from wikipedia.org)

Soviet medium-range mobile RSD-10 Pioneer (SS-20) missile system (Image from wikipedia.org)

 

He believes that the accusations of the INF Treaty violation is a part of American strategy of spreading anti-ballistic missile defense shield in Europe.

“Some American and Russian analysts expected Russia to respond to the imposed sanctions with threatening rhetoric towards the EU, and an obvious and harsh step of quitting the INF Treaty but that never happened,” explained Fenenko, adding that now Washington wants to fulfil the aim in a different manner.

“If Russia re-deploys medium and short range missiles that would be a direct threat to EU member states, both Eastern and Western European countries,” the expert concluded.

Fenenko specifically stressed that both Russia and the US never stopped development of such missiles because the INF Treaty does not prohibit this.

“Americans are in a much easier situation in this regard. They have allies France and the UK that haven’t signed the INF Treaty. These countries have cruise missile projects of their own that could be easily be transformed into surface-to-surface missiles,” Fenenko said.

Russia could try to impose a moratorium on the Treaty until France and UK sign the document, “but there is no chance they would sign, so that would be the end of the treaty,” Fenenko concluded.

Washington uses the alleged INF Treaty violation to boost global tensions in the background of the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions imposed on Russia, Andrey Koshkin told RT, military political analyst at Plekhanov Academy in Moscow.

“This is interconnected with the crisis situation being created by the Americans themselves,” estimated Koshkin, adding that Washington is launching a political assault on Moscow from every direction “to hype up the tensions.”

“They try to blame Russia every morning, every evening, every night – this is a salvo of accusations. They try to get western public accustomed to blaming Russia,” Willy Wimmer, the former State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defense, told RT.

 

 

Russia to build own aircraft carrier if France annuls Mistral supplies — deputy PM

Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister said the Russian ship would be better than the Mistral because it would be ice-strengthened and would be capable of operations in Arctic seas

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Russia's only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

Russia’s  aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

© ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev

 

He said the Russian ship would be better than the Mistral because it would be ice-strengthened and would be capable of operations in Arctic seas.

“I don’t think the renunciation (of supplies of the Mistrals) is highly beneficial for the French President and will cause a big crisis at the shipyard that is building these ships,” Rogozin said. “Also, the French will have to pay a penalty as all these things are mentioned in the contract.

“When we were placing the orders for these ships we didn’t have a technology of large-size assembly then but now we have gotten it,” Rogozin said.

 

By handing over an aircraft carrier to India last year “we demonstrated the ability to build such ships, all the more so that now we have shipyards with dry docks in Crimea and they presuppose ability to build ships of this class, he said.

Alligators of Western Military District defeated imaginary enemy

29.07.2014, Siberian Insider

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In the Pskov region flight tactical drills, which first involved crews of the attack helicopters Ka-52 from the Army Aviation Unit of the Western Military District, took place.
“During the exercise at the site a simulated enemy armored column was destroyed,” said the press service of the Western Military District.
The maneuvers involved more than ten crews of Ka-52, Mi-8 and Mi-26 of Army Aviation Brigade of the Western Military District. It is noted that it was the first time the Alligators took part in the drills in northwest Russia.
“Attack helicopters delivered an air strike using unguided rockets and cannon weapons against ground targets, indicating the tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and automotive equipment. In the course of combat training tasks pilots used more than 100 different types of ammunition, killing more than 30 different purposes,” informs the district headquarters.

Military exercises began in SMD

29.07.2014 , Siberian Insider

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Planned military exercises are being held in Stavropol and Rostov Region. They will last for 3 days. Teachings of this scale are held twice a year. The South Military District exercise in tactical flight involves 30 helicopters, 300 pilots and ground support services specialists. The crews will provide fire support for the advancing tank and infantry units and destroy the conditional enemy’s paratroopers.
At the “Arzgir” range from helicopters there will be held shootings from 23-mm cannons and 12.7-mm machine guns, unguided missiles launches. Pilots will practice the elements of piloting the Mi-24, Mi-8AMTSh, Ka-52, Mi-35, Mi-28N helicopters.