Russia to Produce World’s Best Mechanized Infantry, Says Manufacturer

Deputy CEO of the Concern Tractor Plants holding claims that Russia will produce an infantry fighting vehicle with superior capabilities

The Deputy CEO of Concern Tractor Plants claims that Russia will produce an infantry fighting vehicle which will feature capabilities which are superior to those of foreign models.

MOSCOW, January 30 (Sputnik) – Russia will produce an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) with superior capabilities to foreign models, the deputy CEO of the Concern Tractor Plants holding said Friday.


“We will produce new IFVs, the technical characteristics and price of which will be the best in the world. Another good fighting vehicle, the Puma, is made in Germany. Our IFV is not inferior to the Puma in terms of technical and tactical characteristics but is superior in swimming capacity,” Alexei Losev said.He stressed that one of the main advantages of the Russian IFV over European models is its ability to overcome water obstacles.

The vehicle will participate in the Victory Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9 alongside other new military vehicle models.


Pentagon Claims F-35 Extreme Weather Testing Proving Aircraft’s Capability

The advanced next generation F-35 fighter plane has nearly completed climatic testing that subjects the aircraft to extreme temperatures and weather conditions: Pentagon

Pentagon claims that the advanced next generation F-35 fighter jet plane has nearly completed climatic testing that subjects the aircraft to extreme temperatures and weather conditions.

WASHINGTON, January 31 (Sputnik) — The advanced next generation F-35 fighter jet has nearly completed climatic testing that subjects the aircraft to extreme temperatures and weather conditions, Pentagon’s F-35 Lighting II program announced Friday.

“An F-35 Lightning II has endured extreme weather temperatures to certify the fleet to deploy to any corner of the world,” the program said in a statement.

Testing carried out on the F-35B version of the fighter plane, which has short take off and vertical landing capability, is assessing the plane’s performance in extreme temperatures and weather conditions, including freezing rain, snow, wind and humidity, the statement said.

The six month testing program is in its fourth month at an indoor climatic laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in the US state of Florida.

Billie Flynn, an F-35 test pilot, said in the statement the fighter plane is meeting expectations.

“It has flown in more than 100 degree heat while also flying in bitter subzero temperatures. In its final days of testing, it will fly through ice and other conditions such as driving rain with hurricane force winds. We are learning more and more about the aircraft every day,” Flynn said.

The F-35 is a single-seat, single-engine strike fighter with stealth technology. The nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is largely funded by the United States. The United States plans to buy 2,443 F-35s while the 10 allied countries will purchase 721 fighters, according to the plane’s producer Lockheed Martin.

The F-35’s development has been beset by delays, cost overruns and technical problems. Critics of the program argue the program is unnecessary and a waste of money.


Poland Open to Arms Sales to Ukraine

Poland's Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna

Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna stated that Poland is open to selling weapons to Ukraine.


WARSAW, January 30 (Sputnik) – Poland is open to selling weapons to Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said Friday.“Poland is open to arms sales to Ukraine,” Schetyna said speaking on Polish TOK FM radio. “We are open. This is business,” he added.

Schetyna stressed that the arms sales depend on Ukraine’s financial capabilities.

In October 2014, Schetyna said that Poland had no plans to supply Ukraine with arms.

On January 21, 2015 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced the deliveries of weapons by a number of NATO members and European Union countries as contradicting EU and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) norms.


On Thursday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the West does not supply Kiev with lethal weapons, despite an announcement made by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in September last year that a number of NATO countries had agreed to deliver modern weapons to the country. Presidential adviser Yuri Lutsenko claimed later that an agreement had been reached at the NATO summit in Wales on the supply of weapons from the United States, France, Poland, Norway and Italy, but the countries cited subsequently denied the statement.

On January 6, the Ukrainian authorities announced that Kiev had received arms that it had previously requested from Lithuania.


Maritime version of SAM “Tor-M2U” can be created in Russia


Russia’s Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol creates a marine anti-missile short-range “Tor-M2U”, the plant’s assistant director general said Thursday.

“We are conducting a great job with the Russian Navy to establish maritime modification” Thor. “I hope that the sea salon in St. Petersburg this year we will be able to present this work”, Kartashov said.

Tor is designed to detect and engage modern high-precision weapons, including cruise missiles and guided bombs.

New Russian Heavy Ballistic Missile Sarmat to Be Test Launched in 2016-2017

Military aviation exercise in southern Russia

The Sarmat ICBM, with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers, will replace the world’s largest strategic missile Voevoda (NATO reporting name – Satan) between 2018 and 2020.

MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Full-scale testing of the new Russian Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile may be held in a year or year and a half after the drop tests scheduled in 2015, Lenta.Ru reported Thursday.

“If the drop tests go according to the plan and the missile performs well, it will be test launched in a year or a year and a half” according to a military source.

In the missile industry, the drop tests are primary tests aimed at performing the starting procedure of the missile.


The drop tests check the separate stages of the missile, according to the source.”We use a special platform for checking the missile’s lift capacity,” the source said.

The schedule of the drop tests is difficult to ascertain now, but in the industry they are usually performed at the end of the year, the source added.

Earlier, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said the drop tests of Sarmat were scheduled to his year. Besides, Russian Strategic Missile Forces commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said the new missile was set to enter service by 2020.

The Sarmat ICBM, with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers (over 3,400 miles), will replace the world’s largest strategic missile Voevoda (NATO reporting name – Satan) between 2018 and 2020.

While the technical specifications are currently unknown, the missile has been designated as heavy. Earlier Borisov said Sarmat’s payload would be roughly 10 tons.

According to the classification of the START treaties, a heavy missile is a missile weighing more than 105 tons. Satan is 211 tons in bulk and has a payload of 8.7 tons.

India to Test Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Missile on January 31

India's Agni II missile is seen in a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, India

The India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, the country’s premier defense research institution, will test-fire the missile on the same day that Avinash Chander will step down as its chief.


NEW DELHI, January 29 (Sputnik) – India will conduct the third test of the Agni-5, a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, on January 31, a source at the institution responsible for the launch told Sputnik Thursday.The India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the country’s premier defense research institution, will test-fire the missile on the same day that Avinash Chander will step down as its chief, the source added.

The Indian government terminated Chander’s contract on January 13 citing his age.

The Agni-5 is a three-stage ballistic missile designed to carry a 1.5-ton warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles). It has been dubbed the “China-killer” by media, as it is capable of hitting major Chinese cities such as Beijing.

Russia in Talks With Iran on Tor-M1 Missile System Modernization

Russian Military Technologies

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

January 29 — Russia’s Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol is in talks with Iran on modernizing the short range Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile defense systems, the plant’s assistant director general told Thursday.
“Iran has been operating a large number of our Tor-M1s. We [Iran and Russia] are holding talks about a possible modernization of the Tor-M1. We provide [Iran] with spare parts and train personnel. The work continues,” said Vyacheslav Kartashov, liaison for military-technical cooperation and government contracts.
According to Kartashov, Iranian experts “professionally operate” the Tor-M1 missile systems, and provide for its maintenance.
“The equipment is in an excellent combat condition. Perhaps, this is one of the factors withholding the potential aggressor,” he said.
Tor is designed to detect and engage modern high-precision weapons, including cruise missiles and guided bombs. The Tor-M1s are deployed to protect Iranian state and military facilities from air attacks.
Russia completed the delivery of 29 Tor-M1 missiles to Iran in January 2007. In September 2010, Moscow joined the UN sanctions against the country, prohibiting almost all arms trade, in response to Iran’s controversial nuclear activities.


Ukraine Chief of Staff Admits No Russian Troops in Donetsk

Russian draftees in Kaliningrad Region

Ukraine’s military Chief of Staff Viktor Muzhenko admitted Russian troops have not been taking part in combat operations in the country’s east during news briefing in Kiev, Ukraine Channel 5 television reports.


MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — The chief of Ukraine’s General Military Staff Viktor Muzhenko acknowledged that Russian regular army units were not involved in combat action in the troubled Donetsk and Luhansk regions.“Right now the Ukrainian army is not engaged in combat operations against Russian regular units,” he underscored.

Muzhenko added, however, that he had information about Russian civilian and military individuals fighting alongside independence supporters in the country’s east.


He also said the Ukrainian army had everything it needed to rout what he described as illegal armed units in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.Speaking at the Davos economic forum on January 21, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said there were upwards of 9,000 Russian military personnel fighting on the side of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. Russia denied the charge dismissing it as a “primitive fake”.

However, the US State Department was unable to confirm these allegations. According to OSCE observers based at two border crossing points at the Russian-Ukrainian border, there had been no movement of military equipment over the border.

“There is absolutely no way you can possibly hide huge military formations on a relatively small territory wide open to reporters and OSCE representatives,” the General Military Staff said in a statement.

Since the start of the government forces’ military assault on eastern Ukraine’s independence supporters in April 2014, Kiev and the West have repeatedly accused Russia of intervening in the Ukrainian crisis. The accusations went as far as to claim that Moscow sent troops and weapons to help the independence militias.Nevertheless, the Kremlin has dismissed the claims as not corroborated by any evidence.

Gun for the PAK FA will be tested in 2015


The Instrument Design Bureau from High Precision Systems  is testing this year the gun for the Russian fifth-generation T-50 (PAK FA) fighter.

Flight tests of the 9A1-4071K modernized rapid-aircraft cannon, which can exhaust its entire ammunition capacity in any mode, were conducted on the Su-27SM. In 2015, developmental work is planned to test the gun on a plane of the fifth-generation – the T-50.

Currently, the official terms of reference and the state contract are being finalized, according to TASS. PAK FA is Russia’s fifth-generation multi-role fighter. It is being developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, where the fighter has been designated as the T-50. PAK FA first took to the skies in 2010. In total, eight aircraft are being constructed; five of which are already flying. Serial deliveries of the fifth-generation fighter to the army are to begin in 2016.

The T-50 provides a system of automatic target recognition. In the lining of the PAK-FA special transceiver elements are integrated, allowing the aircraft to respond to all surrounding objects and to transmit signals to the pilot of any threats.


Argentina considers buying additional batch of Russian Mi-171E


Ministry of Defense is considering buying more from Russia multipurpose helicopters Mi-171E.

The amount of helicopters  the Argentine military department can acquire, and when  the contract for the supply of helicopters can be signed  is still unknown. Currently, Buenos Aires has two Mi-171E, bought in 2010 for 22 million euros.

Recall that in May 2012, Russia and Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding, involving the supply of Buenos Aires with additional three multipurpose helicopters Mi-171E and the same amount of Ka-226T. It was assumed that for the purchase of this equipment Argentina will receive Russian export credit. Buenos Aires delayed purchase of helicopters because of a shortage of funds of the defense budget.