Indian Air Force to Use Russian-Indian Missile by 2016

Brahmos Missiles

The short-range supersonic BrahMos cruise missile was jointly developed by Russia and India and has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005.

 

LANGKAWI (Sputnik) — The Indian Air Force plans to start mounting BrahMos cruise missiles on its aircraft in 2016, BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Mishra told RIA Novosti Wednesday.The short-range supersonic missile was jointly developed by Russia and India and has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005.

“The missile is scheduled to be adopted in 2016, ten more tests will be carried out by the end of the year,” Mishra said.

 

He added that the next test flight is due in May with the aircraft carrying the missile launcher. This will be followed by flights with the equipped missiles and, eventually, test firing them.India is Russia’s biggest arms trade partner, with more than 70 percent of India’s military equipment coming from Russia or the former Soviet Union, according to Russia’s state arms exporter.

The two countries are taking part in the major Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’15), currently underway in Malaysia.

The Russian-Indian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
The Russian-Indian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
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Azerbaijan Becomes Europe’s No. 2 Arms Importer, Gets Most From Russia

Military vehicles make their way down a road during a military parade marking Armed Forces Day in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2011.

Azerbaijan was the second-largest arms importer in Europe over the past five years, according to a new eye-popping report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an arms trade research group.

Situated along the western banks of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan accounted for 13% of all of Europe’s arms imports over the last five years, behind only the United Kingdom.

 

While overall arms imports have been decreasing across Europe, Azerbaijan imported 249% more arms in 2010-2014 than it did in 2005-2009, the report stated.

The former Soviet state also is the world’s fourth-largest importer of drones since 1985, trailing only the UK, India and Italy.

Those numbers have contributed to the swell in Azerbaijan’s defense budget, which has seen the second-largest increase in the world over the past ten years, according to SIPRI.

Azerbaijan acquired 85% of its arms from Russia – a particularly striking figure considering Moscow’s alliance with Armenia, which is bracing for renewed conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

Despite a 1994 ceasefire brokered by Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have continued to engage in skirmishes over the region, which lies in Azerbaijan but is populated primarily by ethnic Armenians.

 

The SIPRI report also found that between 2010 and 2014, there were 439 drones exchanged around the globe compared to 322 in the five years prior to that. Armed drones with the capacity to kill account for 11 of the 439 drones, or 2.5%.

There were 35 different countries importing drones in 2010-2014, nine more than 2005-2009.

Israel was named the largest exporter of drones, delivering 165 worldwide in 2010-2014. The US came in second with 132, followed by Italy’s 37. Since 1985, Israel has accounted for 60.7% of drone exports worldwide.

Despite the increase in trading, drones made up just 0.3% of all major arms trade between 2010 and 2014, according to SIPRI.

Russia, US unlikely to agree on new START treaty soon

 

March 17, 
Nuclear weapons of Washington’s NATO allies should now also be taken into account, Russian deputy defense minister says

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MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Russia and the United States are unlikely to reach new agreements on reduction of strategic offensive arms soon, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.

“It seems to be unlikely to reach new agreements between Russia and the United States in the near future, if ever. Russia’s security now depends not only on the balance of strategic nuclear weapons of Russia and the United States. It depends on many other factors, such as US global missile defense plans, the situation in the area of sea-based long-distance cruise missiles and other types of long-distance high-precision systems,” he told journalists.

He said that nuclear weapons of Washington’s NATO allies should be taken into account too. “Other important aspects are the balance of conventional forces and numerous military bases with developing military infrastructure in the proximity of the Russian borders,” Antonov noted.

Of special concern, in his words, are plans to deploy weapons in outer space.

“All nuclear powers are being involved in the process of reduction of nuclear forces. Can Russia ignore all these factors? Of course, no,” he said. “Serious consultations on the entire spectrum of these problems are needed before serious talks.”

Deputy Director of Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department on Security Affairs and Disarmament Vladimir Leontyev said last week Russia was not looking at reviewing its obligations under the START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). “At a certain stage [in the future], Russia will probably have to analyze observance of START treaty in connection with [NATO’s] plans to deploy a missile defense system in Europe,” Leontyev said. “However, the issue is not on the agenda at the moment. “We are attentively following and analyzing the situation, and will continue doing so.”

Russian Defense Ministry to clarify new edition of Russia’s military doctrine

 

March 18,  MOSCOW
The ministry plans to organize a series of briefings at international forums for that peurpose

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MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to organize a series of briefings at international forums to clarify the new edition of the Russian military doctrine, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.

“We plan to hold such briefings at various international venues, including the United Nations anf the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),” he told journalists. “I will speak on the sidelines of a review conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) due to be held in April-May 2015 in New York.”

“It is a very important work and we have a lot to do in this area,” he added.

Russia can sign contract for 4 missile boats for Vietnam in 2015 — manufacturer

 

March 18,  LANGKAWI
The four new missile boats Vietnam and Russia may sign a contract for will feature upgraded shipboard equipment

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Under a contract signed in 2003, Vietnam received two Russia-made vessels, and another ten are to be assembled under a licence in the Asian country. Construction of the first one of Project 12418 started in Vietnam in 2010. The licence is valid through to 2016.

According to Belkov, the four new missile boats Vietnam and Russia may sign a contract for will feature upgraded shipboard equipment.

The gas-turbine engines for the missile boats are produced at Ukraine’s Zorya-Mashproekt plant in Nikolayev, but that won’t cause any problems, the director said. The engines will be supplied directly to Vietnam. Belkov noted that there is the option of using Russian-made engines as well.

Oleg Belkov also said that exports of Russian high-speed boats Mangust (Project 12150) may start in 2015.

“I hope this year,” Belkov said of the presumed date of the start of exports.

“We are actively working with Vietnam, India, Brazil. Some country will agree to order [Mangusts],” he said.

India looks to speed up T-50 procurement due to Rafale contract delays

"India looks to speed up T-50 procurement due to Rafale contract delays
India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly become so frustrated with the impasse in negotiations with Dassault over the contract for the Rafale fighter aircraft that it has decided to accelerate the timetable for the localised production of Russia’s PAK-FA/T-50 fifth-generation fighter.

he contract for this programme, in which India has a subsidiary role in the development of a version of the aircraft tailored to their requirements, is in the final stages of negotiation.

The plan was to have had the T-50 produced in India, much like another Russian-designed fighter, the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, which has been in series production for more than a decade at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) plant in Nasik."

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly become so frustrated with the impasse in negotiations with Dassault over the contract for the Rafale fighter aircraft that it has decided to accelerate the timetable for the localised production of Russia’s PAK-FA/T-50 fifth-generation fighter.

he contract for this programme, in which India has a subsidiary role in the development of a version of the aircraft tailored to their requirements, is in the final stages of negotiation.

The plan was to have had the T-50 produced in India, much like another Russian-designed fighter, the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, which has been in series production for more than a decade at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) plant in Nasik.

 

Kazakh pilots are ready to operate super-maneuverable Su-30SM fighters

"Kazakh pilots are ready to operate super-maneuverable Su-30SM fighters
A group of pilots and technicians returned to military units of the air forces of Kazakhstan from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, press-service of Kazakh Ministry of Defense reports.

“Over the last month Kazakh specialists have passed theoretical retraining at the Russian enterprise to prepare for operation of Su-30SM fighters to be delivered to our country soon. Kazakh pilots and technicians have passed the full training course and studied characteristics and performance of the aircraft, its technological base and equipment. Practical training of pilots and maintenance personnel will be carried out at Taldikorgan air base,” said in the statement.

We remind you that in early 2015 pilots and engineers passed the training course at Irkutsk Aviation Plant (part of Irkut Corporation) in the network of bilateral cooperation between the countries. Moreover, the air forces of Kazakhstan will take delivery of super-maneuverable “4++”-generation Su-30SM fighters soon.
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A group of pilots and technicians returned to military units of the air forces of Kazakhstan from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, press-service of Kazakh Ministry of Defense reports.

“Over the last month Kazakh specialists have passed theoretical retraining at the Russian enterprise to prepare for operation of Su-30SM fighters to be delivered to our country soon. Kazakh pilots and technicians have passed the full training course and studied characteristics and performance of the aircraft, its technological base and equipment. Practical training of pilots and maintenance personnel will be carried out at Taldikorgan air base,” said in the statement.

We remind you that in early 2015 pilots and engineers passed the training course at Irkutsk Aviation Plant (part of Irkut Corporation) in the network of bilateral cooperation between the countries. Moreover, the air forces of Kazakhstan will take delivery of super-maneuverable “4++”-generation Su-30SM fighters soon.

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