Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 20, 2016)

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreement with representatives of al-Gasbiyah (Homs province) has been achieved.

The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 65.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with a field commander of an armed opposition detachment active in the Homs province.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 50.

Officers of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides have held working meetings with representatives of two inhabited locilities in the Idlib and Homs provinces. Actual issues of recovering social infrastructure objects and returning of people to their houses have been discussed.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

The ceasefire regime has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Within last 24 hours, 6 ceasefire violations have been registered (Latakia – 5, Homs – 1).

In the Latakia province, opposition formations of Free Syrian Army fired with mortars and small arms from al-Ziara against Fara village.

Militants of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, carried out shelling with mortars and multiple launch rocket systems against Quisibba, Hakur Tahtani, Ard al-Wata, and Deiruna.

In the Homs province, Ahrar al-Sham militants shelled against Tisnin village.

Russian Aerospace Forces did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

Jabriyah and Badu (Homs province) have received 3 tons of humanitarian aid. Food products are the basis of the cargos. Medical workers of the Russian Centre have provided medical assistance to 32 civilians.

Humanitarian convoys for citizens of inhabited areas in the Hama province are being formed.

Additional information

Recovery works in al-Qaryatayn (Homs province) are continued. Syrian repair brigades have cleaned 30 meters of streets from obstructions, recovered 200 meters of electricity transmitting lines. Syrian sappers have defused 6 demolition bombs, which had been planted by retreating militants.

New electricity transmitting lines have been laid in Beit Shakukhi (Latakia province).

Situation in Northern Latakia and in the south-west of the Idlib province remains strained.

Detachments of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping do not stop attacks against positions of the government troops along the range of Barza-Tahtani, Haddada, Hakur-Tahtani.

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Russia’s positions on Asia-Pacific arms market

According to the US Conressional Research Service (CRS), Russsia delivered arms and military equipment to the Asia Paicific and Asian countries to the tune of $30.1 billion in 2007-2014

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 19. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The arms market of the Asia Pacific region still remains one of the biggest regional markets. In the last several years, Russia has secured its position at it. According to the US Conressional Research Service (CRS), Russsia delivered arms and military equipment to the Asia Paicific and Asian countries to the tune of $30.1 billion in 2007-2014. The aforementioned deliveries included:

  • 570 main battle tanks (MBT) and self-propelled guns (SPG);
  • 60 pieces of artillery and multiple laucnh rockets systems (MLRS);
  • 570 armoured personnel carriers (APC) and armoured cars (AC);
  • 5 major surface combatants;
  • 14 minor surface combatants;
  • 2 missile boats;
  • 2 submarines;
  • 220 jet combat aircraft;
  • 10 other aircraft;
  • 320 helicopters;
  • 1,710 surface-to-air missiles (SAM);
  • 30 surface-to-surface (SSM) missiles;
  • 260 anti-ship missiles (ASM).

We expect no sharp change to the structure of our order book in the coming years, through there may be adjustments, e.g. the number of orders placed by Middle East and North African states has grown sharply in recent years Vladimir Yereschenko

We are in talks on both the repair and upgrade of the in-service equipment and promotion of a wide spectrum of advanced systems. We deem the Project 636.3 and Amur-1650 submarines, Project 11356 and Gepard-3.9 frigates and shipborne weapons to be most promising in this respect Vladimir Yereschenko

“We have been aggressively offering integrated protection and defense systems for the littorals and ports under our advanced large-scale Integrated Security Systems program,” Vladimir Yereschenko added.

Russia’s Sukhoi warplanes

Estimating the military-technical cooperation between Malaysis and Russia, he pointed out that Russia is willing to offer Malaysia cutting-edge fighters fully satisfying its needs.  “Malaysia has not issued tenders for an advanced fighter yet; hence, it is premature for us to announce that we will bid. At the same time, Russia is ready to offer a fighter meeting Malaysia’s requirements completely,” the head of the delegation told TASS, fielding a question about Russia’s bidding in an advanced fighter tender for the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
Rosoboronexport’s representative emphasized that the exportability of Russian armament has always been high in Asia-Pacific. “Today, it is boosted by the successful use of Russian weapons on large-scale counterterrorist operations. When customers need weapons for something more serious than parades, they turn to us,” Vladimir Yereschenko said.

“The Royal Malaysian Air Force has been operating Russian-made [Sukhoi] Su-30MKM [NATO reporting name: Flanker-H] fighters with success. A maintenance and repair center has been set up for them, an up-to-date simulator has been supplied, and the relevant infrastructure has been provided under an offset program. Therefore, the acquisition of Russian-made fighters seems to be logical and efficient in economic terms,” Yereschenko stressed.

Anyway, it is up to Malaysia. On our part, we are making adequate marketing efforts to promote Russian-made Sukhoi fighters Vladimir Yereschenko

According to Yereschenko, special attention will be paid during the show to the further refining of the aftersales support of the Russian-made aircraft operated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force and to the overhaul of its Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighters.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Malaysia awarded Russia the contract for 18 Su-30MKM fighters in 2003, and the delivery had been completed by 2009, with the deal’s value being about $900 million.

 

Keener interest in Kalibr missile systems

Rosoboronexport is expecting keener interest in the Club missile system – an export version of the Kalibr (NATO reporting name: SS-N-27 Sizzler) – on the part of potential customers in Southeast Asia and other corners of the world, Yereschenko said.

The mass launches of the Kalibr system’s [the analog of the Club missile system] cruise missiles by Caspian Flotilla [surface] ships and the Project 636.6 [Improved Kilo-class] Rostov-on-Don submarine against terrorist targets in Syria have proven their high effectiveness, pinpoint accuracy and long range. Vladimir Yereschenko

“The interest in the Club missile system, which we are promoting on the global market, has always been keen, because the system is among the armament types boosting the strike capability of a navy,” the head of the delegation said.
“Now, we expect potential customers in Southeast Asia and other regions to express higher interest in it. Actually, this goes for both the Club missile system proper and the submarines and surface ships it equips,” Rosoboronexport’s representative emphasized.

Infantry fighting vehicles

Russia expects Indonesia’s Navy to continue purchasing Russian-made BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles, he said. “The BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles in service with Indonesia’s Marine Corps have proved their efficiency,” Yereshchenko said.
“Vehicles of this type are superior to their rivals by operational characteristics, combat capabilities and the cost-efficiency ratio,” he added.
“Thus, we expect the Indonesian Navy to continue purchasing BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles,” the delegation head said.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Indonesia has received 54 Russian-made BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles.
Russia delivered 17 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles in 2010 and 37 vehicles of this type in 2014. The total deal was worth $164 million.

MANPADS promotion

According to Yereschenko, the Verba man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) will allow Russia to maintain its positions on the MANPADS market.

Active marketing work has started this year to promote the new Verba [man-portable air defense missile] system, which was shown for the first time abroad at the DEFEXPO India 2016 international exhibition Vladimir Yereschenko

“The participants in the exhibition and its visitors showed great interest in the system. The Verba man-portable air defense missile system will allow Russia to maintain positions in this market sector steadily in the coming years,” he added.
According to the delegation head, Russia has traditionally held the leading positions on the man-portable air defense missile system market. Thus, Russian-made systems are in stable demand in all the regions of Russia’s presence.
“We continue promoting Igla-S man-portable air defense missile systems in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as surface-to-air missile complexes developed on the basis of standardized control systems and launchers with Igla-S system missiles,” Yereshchenko said.

The article was published on the ‘Russian Defense & Technologies’ newswire.

 

Russia to participate in Eurosatory show in Paris, not to attend UK’s Farnborough

At the Farnborough show there are limits on the display of military products
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“We’ll participate in Eurosatory, but will not attend the Farnborough air show. Rosoboronexport (Russian arms exporter) will not be there,” Kladov said at DSA 2016 (Defense Services Asia 2016) international defense show.

He said, explaining the decision, that in 2014, “a number of unfriendly steps were taken that make our participation impossible.” Thus, he said, due to organizational problems the heads of Russian organizations and business leaders could not come, and there is no sense in “taking part only at the level of demonstration stands”.

In addition, Kladov said, “at the Farnborough show there are limits on the display of military products. We are not happy with it, too.”

 

First Export Contract for BrahMos Cruise Missiles to Be Signed in 2016

Anti-ship missile  Brahmos

 

An Asian-Pacific country will sign a contract on the delivery of Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missiles by the end of 2016.

KUALA LUMPUR  The first export contract on delivering Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missiles to a country in the Asian-Pacific Region will be signed by the end of 2016, BrahMos Aerospace spokesman Praveen Pathak said Wednesday.

“It’s too early to be specific since negotiations are continuing, but we plan that by the end this year there will be one solid contract,” Pathak told RIA Novosti in an interview.

He added that the Asian-Pacific nation would be a friendly nation that neither Russia nor India has any conflicts with.

First Trials of BrahMos Cruise Missiles on Su-30 Jets to Begin in 1-2 Months

The first trials of the Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missiles on Russian Su-30 Flanker C multirole fighter jets will begin in one or two months and end in November-December 2016, Praveen Pathak said.”Ground tests of the aircraft missile have ended, now we’re planning to place it on an Su-30 and in the next month or two there will be trial launches,” Pathak told RIA Novosti.

He said that a life-sized rocket mock-up would be initially used in the tests, and then proceed with an actual BrahMos cruise missile.

“We hope that all of the tests will be complete in November-December,” Pathak added.

 

New batch of Russian strike fighters delivered to Iraq — ministry

The new Sukhoi Su-25 warplanes will give additional advantage to the Iraqi army in the fight against terrorist groups

Su-25 aircraft

Su-25 aircraft

KUWAIT CITY, April 18. /TASS/. A new batch of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25 strike fighters has been delivered to Iraq, spokesman for the Iraqi Defense Ministry Nasir Nouri Mohammed al-Tamimi said on Monday.

According to him, “a batch of Su-25 (three aircraft) has arrived in Iraq in accordance with the contract signed with the Russian side.” The Iraqi defense spokesman also said that the attack aircraft would enter service in the near future. According to him, this will give additional advantage to the Iraqi army in the fight against terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (terrorist group banned in Russia).

Since the beginning of the active offensive of the IS group, Russia has delivered to Iraq several Su-25 strike fighters.

Su-25 is Russia’s strike fighter, designed for providing round the clock support to ground troops hitting objectives within the visibility range, as well as for attacking target-point facilities in any weather conditions.

Islamic State is a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia. The IS group currently controls large areas of Iraq and Syria. In 2013-2014, it operated under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

 

Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 18, 2016)

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides

Within 24 hours, ceasefire agreement with representatives of Badu (Homs province) has been signed.

The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 64.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with a field commander of an armed opposition detachment active in the Damascus province.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 50.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

The ceasefire regime has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Within last 24 hours, 5 ceasefire violations have been registered (Latakia – 4, Hama – 1).

Militants of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, carried out shelling with multiple launch rocket systems and mortars against Sandran, Ain al-Ashara, Ard al-Wata and Qellaz (Latakia province) as well as positions of the government troops near Maharda in the Hama province. Three civilians were killed and four ones were wounded.

Russian Aerospace Forces did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

The Centre for reconciliation continues collecting cargos for forming humanitarian convoys.

Additional information

The Russian Centre for reconciliation has held working sessions with representatives of administrations from three inhabited locations of Damascus and Quneitra. Issues of recovering liberated towns and returning of people to their houses were discussed.

Syrian repair brigades have repaired a building, cleared 60 meters of streets from obstructions, and recovered 500 meters of electricity transmitting lines in al-Qaryatayn (Homs province), which had been liberated from the ISIS. Sappers have defused 7 demolition bombs.

Militants of Jabhat al-Nusra continued shelling against Sheikh Masood and al-Maysar (Aleppo). Fuah (Idlib province), which had been blocked by terrorists, suffered two mortar shellings.

ISIS formations attacked positions of the government troops near Han al-Trab (Damascus province). Having suffered losses, terrorists retreated in direction of Tulul al-Huir.

Russia Produces 70% of World Tanks, Ready to Churn Out Armata in 2016

An Armata heavy military tracked vehicle platform

 

According to Uralvagonzavod General Director Oleg Sienko, Russia holds 70 percent of the world market on tank construction.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia produces 70 percent of all tanks produced worldwide, producing one tank per day, Uralvagonzavod General Director Oleg Sienko said.”Today we hold 70 percent of the world market on tank construction. I mean tanks both produced in Russia and under our licensing in the world. We’ve held first place for several years already and aren’t willing to give that up,” Sienko told RIA Novosti in an interview.

The serial production of Russia’s newest Armata tanks may begin as early as 2016, Sienko added.

“Everything depends on the customer, that is the Defense Ministry. We’re ready to begin fulfilling the order even today, everything depends on the series….the production of certain lots we can start immediately,” Sienko told RIA Novosti.

The first batch of the Armata tanks is currently undergoing tests with a 1,350-horsepower engine.

According to Sienko, Uralvagonzavod holds Armata tests on its internal field on a daily basis.

“All characteristics planned for the vehicle have been implemented. Now there is a refinement of completely nonessential things,” Sienko said.

The Russian Defense Ministry unveiled its new Armata tank at the May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow in 2015.

The tank is operated by a crew of three, housed in an armored capsule at the front. Its main armament includes a 125-mm smoothbore cannon and a 7.62-mm remote-control machine gun.