Putin made decision to revive production of Tu-160M strategic bomber — Air Force commander

Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombersTupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber

Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber

ASHULUK RANGE/Astrakhan region/, May 28. /TASS/. Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombers, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Gen.Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday.

“The supreme commander [president of Russia – TASS] and the Russian defense minister have taken a decision on reviving production of the Tu-160M aircraft [NATO reporting name: Blackjack],” he stressed.

The industry “has confirmed its possibilities” on restarting the production of these bombers, he said.

“The production of the aircraft will be restarted. To cover all the outlay of the production, at least 50 aircraft will be purchased in course of time,” Bondarev said.

The decision on reviving the production of Tu-160 M will not hamper the creation of a new strategic bomber dubbed PAK DA (prospective aviation complex of long-range aviation).

The reproduction of this model will be carried out simultaneously with the development of the new one, Bondarev said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered to study the issue of resuming the production of Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers at the Kazan aviation plant in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan in late April. There are currently around 15 Tu-160s in service that are undergoing modernization due to be completed in 2019.

The Tu-160 bomber is “a unique plane that has been several decades abreast of time and has not used its constructive possibilities to the full extent until now,” the Russian defense minister said.

“No one has devised a better plane in the supersonic category up to date,” Shoigu said.

Russia is currently developing a new strategic bomber dubbed PAK DA (prospective aviation complex of long-range aviation). The new bomber is expected to make its first flight in 2019 and become operational in the Russian Air Force approximately in 2023-2025.

Kazan Aviation Plant

The Kazan Aviation Plant, founded in 1927, is a subsidiary of JSC Tupolev. It currently manufactures special purpose aircraft on the basis of Tu-214, as well as repairs and modernises bombers. In addition, the company manufactures and supplies components and assemblies within the framework of cooperation with other plants of the United Aircraft Corporation. In particular, the Kazan plant is preparing for the production of wings and tail assembly for the IL-476 planes.

Russia’s Ka-52, Mi-28 Attack Helicopters Can Compete With US Apache

Mi-28 helicopter

The Russian helicopter-manufacturing industry can successfully compete with foreign rivals, including the United States, Andrei Shibitov, Deputy Director of Russian Helicopter Holding, claimed.


The modern Russian Mi-28 and Ka-52 attack helicopters are comparable with the US AH-64 Apache helicopter in their onboard electronic systems, Andrei Shibitov, Deputy Director of Russian Helicopter Holding, told RIA Novosti.”Ten years ago some of our systems fell short by 10-15 years, but now I can say that our latest projects are practically comparable with our foreign competitors and colleagues. The hardware of the Mi-28 and Ka-52 is definitely as good as the Apache systems,” Shibitov said on the sidelines of a conference in Tatarstan.

He also noted that the Mi-28 and Ka-52 are more than just helicopters; they can be described as “helicopter complexes.”


Established in 2007, Russian Helicopters is one of the world’s leaders in the helicopter-manufacturing industry and the single helicopter designer and producer in Russia. The holding comprises of five helicopter-manufacturing facilities, two design bureaus, repair facilities and a service company. The holding sells helicopters to Russian ministries, airlines and major foreign and domestic companies.In 2014 Russian Helicopters’ revenues rose by 22.8 percent, to 169.8 billion rubles ($3.3 billion at the current ruble exchange rate). A total of 271 helicopters were delivered.


Iranian Missiles Cover Entire Persian Gulf – IRGC Commander

Missiles are displayed by the Iranian army in a military parade marking National Army Day

Iran’s domestically-made long-range coast-to-sea missiles can hit targets all across the Persian Gulf, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy announced on Tuesday.

In addition to the IRGC Navy’s speed boats, Iranian naval forces rely on long-range coast-to-sea missiles that can reach anywhere in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on speed boats held in Tehran, Tasnim news agency reported.The commander also hailed Iran’s success in ensuring the security of the Persian Gulf region despite the presence there of military vessels from many different countries.

Earlier this month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that it was up to the Gulf states alone to guarantee the region’s security and dismissed the US claim of seeking security in the region.

“The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself,” the Ayatollah emphasized.


Israel Seeks More US Military Aid

A US Patriot anti-missile battery is set up at a base in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, file photo

Israel is asking the US to ramp up its annual military assistance to the Jewish State and is negotiating a 10-year, $4.5 billion financial bailout from Washington.

During a series of unofficial talks held in the past few months, Israel has asked the Obama Administration to increase its annual military assistance by 50 percent to an average of $4.5 billion over the 2018-2028 period, Iran’s Press TV reported Wednesday.Under the existing agreement, negotiated during the George W. Bush Administration and which expires in the year after next, Israel receives around $3 billion in US assistance each year and President Obama agreed to raise the figure to between $4.2 billion and $4.5 billion.

The money comes in addition to nearly $500 million in annual US funding for Israel’s missile system programs in recent years and $1.2 billion worth of US warfighting material held in Israel.

The US also set aside $487.5 million in funding for various US-Israel active weapons programs in its next year’s defense budget, the Press TV report said.


Vietnam to receive two more Gepard-class warships soon


The Vietnam People’s Navy soon get their hands on two new Gepard-class 3.9 frigates, the third and fourth of their kind which Russia has built for the Southeast Asian country, as the shipbuilder has just completed them, government website chinhphu.vn reported, quoting Russian media.

Russia has finished the construction of the two frigates for the Vietnamese navy, Russian news website Sputnik quoted Rafi Fatychow, spokesman for the Zelenodolsk shipyard, as saying last week.

Weapons will be installed on the two warships soon, Fatychow said at a forum on the maritime industry held in Moscow from May 19 to 21.

Gepard-class 3.9 frigates are an export version of the guard vessels under project 11661 of Russia, which are built in the Zelenodolsk shipyard in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

Indian Navy testing submarine equipped with Russian missile system


The Indian Navy has started testing a modernised and refitted diesel-electric submarine, the Sindhukirti, in the open seas, N.K. Mishra, head of the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), told reporters on Friday.

The modernization began in 2006, and took nine years to complete. During this time, the Ushus sonar system, manufactured in India, was installed on the submarine, along with more than 10 other systems of both domestic and foreign manufacture. 100 kms of cables and 30 kms of high-pressure air pipes were replaced during the refit.

“Modernization turned out to be a more complex process than the construction of a new submarine,” the newspaper The Hindu quoted Mishra as saying, on its website. “This was the largest project ever implemented in an Indian shipyard.”

Russia’s military snap check designed to assess readiness to attack extremists — official

According to Deputy Chief of Defense Andrey Kartapolov, the inspection was designed taking into account the experience of the United States and its allies in Iraq and Syria

     A surprise inspection of aviation and air defense forces of Russia’s Central Military District is designed to assess its readiness to carry out air strikes against extremists taking into account the experience of the United States and its allies in Iraq and Syria, Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Andrey Kartapolov said on Tuesday.

According to him, the inspection is being held with due account of the fact that “the potential of challenges and threats to the military security of Russia and its allies in the Central Asian strategic region had grown substantially.”

“That is why we, together with our strategic partners, are responding adequately to the rapidly changing military and political situation in this region,” Kartapolov told a briefing for foreign military attaches dedicated to the inspection.

According to him, during the inspection it is planned to “assess the district’s ability to confront enemy airborne threat and, most importantly, to carry out air strikes against the extremists’ bases taking into consideration the experience of the United States and its allies in the coalition in Iraq and Syria.”

“Taking part in the exercise are aviation and air defense units and operational and strategic control bodies,” Kartapolov said, answering a question from an attache on whether other branches of troops are involved in the inspection. “Other ground troops and naval forces units are not involved in it.”

He recalled that, in addition to the troops of the Central Military District, the inspection involves forces of the Western and Southern military districts, long-range and military transport aviation.

According to media reports, about 12,000 troops, up to 250 aircraft and helicopters, about 700 weapons units and military equipment are involved in the surprise inspection held between May 25 and 28.