Russia’s Su-35 Fighter: A Trump Card Up Beijing’s Sleeve in South China Sea

A Sukhoi Su-35 fighter seen during the final rehearsal flight over the Zhukovsky Airfield outside Moscow

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 super-maneuverable multirole fighters will most likely become China’s trump card in its longstanding geopolitical game in the South China Sea, US journalist Zachary Keck noted.

Moscow will most likely sell its advanced Su-35 fighter jets to China by the end of this year, US journalist Zachary Keck emphasizes, adding that the sophisticated multirole aircraft will allow China to project its power over the South China Sea more efficiently.

The Sukhoi Su-35 (Su-35BM), an advanced multirole air fighter dubbed Flanker-E by NATO, boasts high maneuverability (+9g), enhanced avionics, more powerful engines, and a longer range than its predecessor Su-27 jet fighter.

The aircraft is equipped with high-capability weapon systems and can reach Mach 2.25 speed (2,390km/h).

The journalist pointed out that such Su-35’s features as high fuel capacity and long range are also important for China, as they obviously will allow the geopolitical player to strengthen its positions in the South China Sea region.

“Currently, Beijing has trouble maintaining a regular presence over the enormous waters, which are roughly 1.4 million square miles (2.25 million square kilometers),” the journalist elaborated.

Indeed, currently China’s PLAAF fighters can carry out only limited patrols of the South China Sea’s areas, as their fuel capacity strictly determines the time of the mission. In contrast, the Su-35’s range and speed may solve this problem, the journalist noted.

Remarkably, the Su-35 fighter jet is not only on par with the US-made F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and the new F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter, but is even outpacing them, according to the flight and weapons tests.

It is expected that China will buy 24 advanced fighters of this type by the end of this year, according to Russian jet manufacturer Yuri Slyusar, a chairman of United Aircraft Corp.

“Our position is that we still believe that we will sign the contract to sell 24 aircraft this year,” Yuri Slyusar said, as quoted by Mr.Keck.

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Ukraine Receives More Obsolete Armored Vehicles From UK

A Ukrainian weapons system installed on a British Saxon military armored personnel carrier during a presentation of new samples of Ukrainian-made weapons for the Ukrainian Army at a military base in Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April 4, 2015

A second batch of redundant Saxon APCs arrived in Ukraine earlier this week, a senior adviser to President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

“Well, 55 Saxons have reached Ukraine. 20 will be converted for use as frontline medical evacuation vehicles and the rest – as armored command vehicles,” Yuri Biryukov said in a Facebook post Saturday.

“The Saxons cost us around 51,000 pounds apiece. With proper use we could be getting a whole lot of them. They are better than the (Russian-made) UAZ-452, or UAZ-469, aren’t they?” Biryukov added.

In March General Sir Richard Dannatt, who served as Britain’s Chief of the General Staff between 2006 and 2009, said he believed the Saxon armored vehicles were “quite useless.”

“My concern is the inadequate nature of these vehicles which I ordered out of British Army front line service when I was Commander in Chief Land Command 2005-2006. They were withdrawn from Iraq and never deployed in southern Afghanistan,” Dannatt told The Daily Telegraph.

The UK no longer uses the Saxon — but they are still utilized by countries including Nigeria and Bahrain for moving troops around.

Ukraine accepted delivery of 20 Saxon armored vehicles from Britain in February to be weaponized and put into action by the army.

Russia, Iran Negotiate Terms of S-300 Non-Delivery Lawsuit’s Withdrawal

An S-300 surface-to-air missile system

 

Tehran and Moscow continue negotiations on the mechanism of a lawsuit withdrawal for non-delivery of S-300 air defense systems, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Murteza Sarmadi told Sputnik Sunday.

 Russia and Iran sealed a contract for the delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems in 2007.

Three years later, then-President Dmitry Medvedev put the deal on hold after the UN Security Council had introduced an embargo on arms deliveries to Iran over the alleged development of nuclear weapons by the country.

Following the move, Iran sued Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport at the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration in Geneva.

“We continue to negotiate with the Russians on recalling a lawsuit on S-300 that was filed by Tehran after Russia refused to transfer the systems on a specified date.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on S-300 deliveries in April shortly after the P5+1 group of international negotiators and Iran had reached a framework nuclear agreement.A source familiar with the situation said in mid-June that Russia and Iran were in talks on resuming the implementation of the S-300 delivery contract. According to the source, Russian officials insisted on the withdrawal of the lawsuit and signing of a new contract instead.

“We touched upon the issue of [introducing] amendments to the contract, the new prices to be set, and discussed the mechanism of the lawsuit withdrawal,” he added.

‘Nothing could prevent S. Arabia from buying Russian defensive weapons’ – Saudi FM

Mideast Russia's photo.

” There is no reason why Saudi Arabia should not buy Russian weapons and nothing could interfere with Moscow selling its arms to Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, told RT Arabic.

The newly signed memorandum serves as a prolongation and activation of previously signed similar documents, the minister said. The purchase now depends on the position of the armed forces of Saudi Arabia and the result of bilateral negotiations.

In the meantime, military experts of both sides are studying the issue.

“I make a point that nothing could prevent us from purchasing Russian defensive weapon systems,” Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said.

Speaking about the nuclear energy deal inked by Moscow and Riyadh last week, Al-Jubeir stressed that the Kingdom “has been striving to obtain alternative sources of energy for many years.”

Russia has a high potential in the nuclear sphere and Saudi Arabia, which is considering development of different schemes for energy production, addressed Moscow on the nuclear energy issue, the minister said

“We plan to construct a nuclear reactor in Saudi Arabia, probably 16 nuclear reactors, at all events – more than one,” the minister said.

The minister said that the Kingdom’s plans for nuclear energy are entirely peaceful.

“The main point is that Saudi Arabia has always been advocating making the Middle East a region free of all kinds of weapons of mass destruction,” the Saudi FM said.

Al-Jubeir spoke against building Russia-Saudi Arabian relations on the basis of a “barter of interests,” stressing that such attitude could improve relations for only a short-term prospect, whereas Riyadh expects relations with Russia to prosper in the years to come.

“Enhancement of bilateral relations is not defined by the need to solve a certain problem,” said the Saudi minister.

The Middle East region is facing new challenges, he said, and Saudi Arabia and Russia have common interests.

 

There are 20 million Muslims living in Russia, for whom Saudi Arabia is important as the host of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

The minister recalled that back in 1926 it was Russia, then part of the Soviet Union, that became the first country to recognize the newly created state of Saudi Arabia. The same year Russia’s Supreme Mufti visited the Kingdom, where he held a historic meeting with leaders of several Muslim States.

After King Salman was enthroned, he received an invitation to visit Russia and, as part of the planning of that visit, the heir to the throne, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, visited Moscow on Thursday, signing a number of deals and meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

Thursday’s meetings were quite a success for the two nations, which – when it comes to diplomacy – are at opposite ends of the spectrum on a wide swathe of issues, most notably the civil war in Syria and the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

 

Russia has been critical of the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen from the very beginning. Prior to the meetings in St. Petersburg, Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Rassi said Moscow has an “important” role to play in implementing a Security Council resolution on Yemen, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), reporting on Thursday.

Moscow is also a longtime supporter of Iran, which Riyadh sees as a primary rival in the Middle East.

The Saudi ambassador said Moscow’s role was also “important” when it comes to other countries in his region, such as Iran, stressing that Russia should use its power in the UN Security Council to “maintain stability and security in the world.”

Russia’s T-90 Tank to Become the Fastest-Shooter Around

A T-90A main battle tank
Russia’s T-90 main battle tank will become the quickest-firing of its kind, Defense Ministry officials said on the sidelines of the Army 2015 International Expo on Thursday.

The upgraded T-90 will boast a new turret module and a new digital fire control system ensuring record-short intervals between shots.

Also on Thursday Russia’s arm manufacturers showcased the powerful Sunburn flame thrower capable of incinerating enemy position within seconds.

Visitors to the Army-2015 expo, including representatives of more than 70 countries, looking to buy state-of-the-art Russian military hardware, also had a chance to enjoy a close-up view of the Pantsir S-1 short to medium range missile and anti-aircraft artillery system designed to shoot down enemy aircraft, precision munitions, cruise missiles and UAVs at low and extremely low ranges.

The Army-2015 expo opened on June 16, 2015 in Kubinka, outside Moscow.

“Uralvagonzavod” intends to begin production of T-72B3 new modification

 

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“Uralvagonzavod” intends to begin production of a new modification of the main battle tank T-72B3. This was said by the chief designer Andrei Terlikov Uralvagonzavod at the forum “Army 2015″.
“For a new modification of the T-72B3 a set of additional protection is prepared, – informed Terlikov. – In the near future, this modification is planned to be launched into production. ”
As previously reported, the Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the purchase of several hundred T-72B3, similar to those that took part in the “Tank biathlon.”

Portable anti-aircraft missile system 9K333 “Verba” got three spectral seeker

 

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Portable anti-aircraft missile system 9K333 “Verba” was the first in the world to get three spectral seeker for surface-to-air missile 9M336.

This was said by the Chief Designer of Kolomna “Engineering Design Bureau” Valery Kashin at the forum “Army-2015″.

“”Verba” was first to get three spectral seeker operating in the ultraviolet, near-infrared and mid-infrared range,” Kashin informed. “This allows to get more information about the purpose which makes the portable anti-aircraft missile system more selective and sensitive. Increased sensitivity rises the range of the real target lock,” he added.

Kashin noted that immunity of missile 9K333 is also increased.