‘Turkish Military Enters Syrian Village’ Amid Concerns of Invasion

Turkish soldiers stand near the Turkey-Syrian border post in Sanliurfa, on September 4, 2015.

 

Member of the Democratic Majlis of Syria and of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PDS), Ahmet Arac, spoke to Sputnik about how the Turkish Army is preparing to invade Syria.

Amid violent clashes between militants of Daesh and troops of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the town of Azaz in northern Aleppo district, reports are surfacing suggesting that the Turkish Army units have been seen located in the district of Azaz.

Earlier, the Democratic People’s Movement stated that the Turkish military occupied the village of Hamam in Afrin region and called on the world community to condemn such acts.

One of the leaders of the Majlis of Democratic Syria, which is part of the Democratic Forces of Syria and the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, Ahmet Arac, told Sputnik that the Turkish Armed Forces are preparing an offensive in the Azaz area.

“Yesterday the Turkish Army carried out rocket attacks on the positions of Democratic Forces of Syria.”

“Two days ago, the Turkish military entered the village of Hamam in Afrin area. We are ready to repel any attack. Meanwhile, FSA units are suffering serious defeat in clashes with Daesh. They have already lost control of 12 villages. If Daesh comes to Azaz, ‘Democratic Syrian Forces’ will repel the jihadists, and not allow them to enter the city,” Arac stressed.

 

Indonesia may purchase Russian amphibious planes, submarines — ambassador

Project 636.3 submarine

Project 636.3 submarine

“We’re working on these purchases,” he said.

“Relevant Russian specialists will be invited to Indonesia,” he added.

According to the Indonesian diplomat, Jakarta is interested in developing military and technical cooperation with Russia.

“Russian products in the sphere of the defense and industrial sector are no inferior to Western analogs. It is worth noting Russia’s considerable successes in the sphere of military and technical cooperation,” the ambassador said.

“We hope for close interaction in this field,” he added.

In reply to TASS’ specifying question later, the ambassador said Indonesia wanted to buy two Russian submarines.

The Russian submarines referred to the Kilo-class by NATO’s classification are Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines. As Vladimir Yereschenko, chief, regional department, Rosoboronexport, has told TASS at the Defence Services Asia 2016 arms show (DSA 2016), the Project 636.3  and Amur-1650 submarines, Project 11356 (Krivak-V-class) and Gepard-3.9 (Gepard) frigates and shipborne weapons are the most promising for promotion in Asia-Pacific.

“We hope that the contact with Indonesia will be one of the first contracts in the sphere of military and technical cooperation. We note great interest from foreign buyers. This interest is explained by the plane’s uniqueness and its capabilities. This is the sole amphibian jet with such functions,” president of Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told TASS, adding that Thailand was also displaying interest in the plane.

The Be-200ChS multipurpose plane is designed to fight fires, provide emergency aid in the areas hit by natural disasters, carry out search and rescue operations at water, make sanitary and freight carriages and monitor the environment. As the UAC press office told TASS, potential customers from South-East Asian countries were displaying interest both in the plane’s fire-fighting capacity and its capabilities to carry out patrol and search operations at sea.

 

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (May 30, 2016)

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

Within last 24 hours, truce agreement with representatives of 1 inhabited area in the Homs province has been achieved.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 126.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed opposition detachments active in the Damascus, Homs, and Hama provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 60.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

The ceasefire has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Within last 24 hours, 2 ceasefire violations have been registered in the Damascus province.

Jaysh al-Islam formations, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, have performed mortar shelling against Harastsa and Ibn al-Walid health resort located in the Dahiyat al-Asad city sector.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force 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

Humanitarian convoys for citizens of Syria are being formed.

Specialists of the Centre have delivered 3.5 tons of humanitarian cargos to Khan Urainiba (al-Quneitra). Food products and medicaments are the basis of the cargos.

Additional information

Groupings of Jabhat al-Nusra international terrorist organization continue performing provocative actions aimed at breaking the ceasefire down.

In the Aleppo province, Sheikh Maqsood, Meidan, al-Khalidiya city sectors, al-Nairab airport, and Handrat village have been shelled with improvised artillery and mortars.

Terrorists have also shelled Rasha (Latakia province), Haush Harabu (Damascus province), and an airport (Hama province).

Units of the Syrian Armed Forces located near Muheim Handrat (Aleppo province) were repelling attacks of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist formations during two hours. The government troops have stopped terrorists’ efforts aimed at penetrating the defence line. Terrorists have suffered significant losses.

Syrian Conflict Inspires Russian Tank Capable of Street Combat

Tank T-72

 

A tank that can effectively conduct combat operations inside a city has been constructed by Russia’s Uralvagonzavod. The tank was constructed taking into consideration conflicts in Syria and the Middle East.

Countries with the most massive armed main battle tanks of the second generation, the T-72, now do not have to worry about what to do with the aging equipment and the transition of military operations to urban areas.

The creators of the tank, the Russian Corporation Uralvagonzavod, have figured out how to modernize the T-72 to effectively combat in urban environments.

As explained by the Deputy Director for Special Equipment of Uralvagonzavod, Vyacheslav Halitov, the project is based on the experience of the war in Syria.

“If you look closely at the armed conflicts around the world, the war is mainly in the cities now. No one is fighting in open fields anymore. In the city, and even in urban areas, fighting can be quite successful.”

“That’s why by analyzing the situation in Syria, wars in Iraq and the Middle East we came to the conclusion to make a special set of additional defenses, which at the right moment can be installed on the vehicle to allow it to fight more effectively in urban environments.”

To give the T-72 a new life, first of all it was important to increase its firepower: to establish a more effective fire gun using the ‘Sosna’ target system with a new regulator and an electromechanical drive.

It was important to use an upgraded 2A46M gun with a modified rocket fire autoloader. The new engine has a 1000HP engine and automatic gear change, just like the modern T-90S tanks.

“We have made this cabin with windows which give it all-round visibility, but most of it is closed, there is a bulletproof mechanism,” the deputy head of Uralvagonzavod said.

The modernized T-72 tank is equipped with elements of electronic warfare that can interfere with the ammunition heading in its direction. Halitov also said that the militants are currently using radio-controlled missiles and it is necessary to extinguish their signals over a very wide range, which is particularly important in urban areas.

“We have installed equipment, which suppresses radio-controlled explosive devices. It has two antenna devices behind the tower and an apparatus that can suppress all signals going to the explosive mechanism,” he added.

The upgraded T-72 tank equipped with a fire control system and a thermal imager will be shown for the first time to potential customers June 2 – 5 in Kazakhstan during the IV exhibition, KADEX 2016, in Astana.

As reported in Rosoboronexport, 40 enterprises from Russia’s military-industrial complex will demonstrate around 250 pieces of military equipment during the exhibition.

 

Kurdish forces equipped with T-55 tanks launch ISIS offensive (VIDEO)

 

 
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Kurdish Peshmerga and Zeravani forces have been taking part in a major offensive against Islamic State near the city of Mosul in Iraq. A column of T-55 tanks could be seen moving towards the front line as they look to recapture a series of villages.

 

Around 5,000 Peshmerga and Zeravani special forces are taking part in the offensive, which started on Sunday, Kurdish media group Rudaw reported. The soldiers plan to split into eastern and western battle groups before carrying out the offensive.

They have plenty of military hardware at their disposal, with numerous T-55 tanks, as well as modernized Humvees and American M1117 Armored Security Vehicles to use in their campaign against the terrorist organization.

The liberation of Mosul has been a strategic goal of all the groups fighting IS, with the city being held by the terror group since June 2014.

Warriors of Steel: Meet Russia’s Robot Army (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Uran-9

 

Russia is taking the plunge in inventing combat robots. An army of mind-controlled machines, devoid of fear, will be integrated into a unified man-robot command interface to effectively perform tasks in adverse conditions and prevent human losses on the battlefield, the RG newspaper reported.

The Russian Defense Ministry is now putting the finishing touches to the Uran robotic systems.

The Uran-6, a multipurpose demining robot equipped with bulldozer blades and trawls, can find and destroy mines stuffed with up to 60 kg of TNT. It can substitute a bomb squad of 20 and is controlled from a distance of 1 kilometer. The vehicle has approved itself in Palmyra, where Russian specialists defused some 19,000 explosives planted by Daesh.

The Uran-6 robotic system
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The Uran-6 robotic system

Its “companion” is the track-based Uran-14 which is an obstacle-breeching and fire-fighting robot.

As for “heavyweights,” Russian engineers have crafted the one-of-a-kind Uran-9 robotic tank armed with a machine gun, a 30mm cannon that fires 350 to 400 rounds per minute, a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun and a battery of the Ataka supersonic guided missiles. It is equipped with threat detection capabilities, including a laser warning system, as well as target detection, identification and tracking gear.

Then comes the armored Nerechta platform which can serve as a basis for 18 replaceable modules. Depending on the combination, the robot can pull wounded soldiers from the battle field, deliver ammunition or wage combat.

In this video you can see effective teamwork between three vehicles: a helicopter (not captured) provides reconnaissance for a Nerechta-based robotic command center which in its turn controls the “fighter” robot.

The Nerechta is powered by a diesel-electric motor. During reconnaissance missions the diesel segment switches off and the robot crawls silently consuming the energy accumulated in its batteries.

The Platforma-M is a vehicle for reconnaissance, combat and mining-demining operations, delivering loads and acting as a loudspeaker device.

The Strelok is a remotely controlled robot with a machinegun.

Another iron warrior is the MRK-27 — BT storm robot carrying a scary load of armaments: two Schmel (Bumblebee) flamethrowers, a machinegun, two grenade launchers and six smoke grenades. The vehicle is remotely operated from a distance of 200-500 meters.

Robot MRK-27 BT
Robot MRK-27 BT

A robotic version of the Armata tank is also projected.

As for aerial vehicles, Russia has recently flied out a new surveillance drone named Frigate, which is meant for surveillance, search and rescue operations in the Arctic, and started using the Orion reconnaissance UAV. The latter can carry a pay load of up to 660 pounds and travel for at least 24 hours.

Mind Over Matter

Russian military specialists envisage the future combat to be underpinned by the close cooperation between humans and robots. If a soldier sees a target which he cannot eliminate himself, he pushes a button calling for a robot to attack immediately.The principle is, a command center continuously gathers and processes data flowing from both the manpower and robots and derives an optimal action.

In October, Russia introduced the “Unicum” software which endows up to 10 machines with an autonomous ability of self-organization: robots will be able to appropriate duties, select a leader, substitute damaged units, come into advantageous positions, search for targets and strike them in an automatic mode.

Moreover, the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research reported about developing a neuro-interface for controlling vehicles (a quadrocopter, for example) using brain impulses.

The Russian Navy is also working hard on the robotic technologies. It will showcase its achievements during the Army-2016 military forum due to take place near Moscow in early September.

 

Russian Glonass-M Satellite Reaches Target Orbit on Soyuz Carrier Rocket

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

 

May 29 – The Glonass-M navigation satellite, launched from Russia’s Plesetsk space center atop a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, was brought to its target orbit by the Fregat upper stage, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday. This is the third liftoff of the Soyuz-2.1 type rocket from Plesetsk in 2016, following the Soyuz-2.1b’s successful launch on February 7 and Soyuz-2.1a’s successful launch on March 24.
“The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket successfully brought the Russian navigation space apparatus Glonass-M to its target orbit at the set time,” the ministry said.
The Russian navigation Glonass-M satellite brought to the orbit by the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket established contact, according to the ministry.
“Contact was established with the space apparatus, and stable telemetric connection is being maintained. The onboard systems are functioning well.”

‘Hindrance to Peace’: Czechs Protest Against NATO War Games in East Europe

Flags fly at half mast at NATO headquarters in Brussels, March 23, 2016.

 

As some 10,000 troops from about a dozen NATO countries launched Saber Strike-2016 military exercises in the Baltic states, many in Europe are not happy about NATO’s growing presence in their countries, RT reported.

There have been angry protests in the Czech Republic against the war games which the leader of the Czech Movement for Peace, Milan Krajca, described as a hindrance to European peace and friendship.“Over the past few years we’ve seen NATO increasingly flexing its muscle in Eastern Europe, in the Balkans, in the Atlantic region and just about anywhere else,” Milan told RT.

“This is a very bad situation. NATO is a hindrance to peace and friendship, just like the Czech Republic’s NATO membership and the alliance’s muscle-flexing,” he added.

Last year NATO tanks rumbled across Germany heading for the Baltic Sea. This year the route is a bit different. There are more than 10,000 troops from 13 countries taking part in the Saber Strike-2016 drill.

They are now in the Czech Republic and they have 17 days to proceed from Germany to Estonia across the territories of several other NATO countries.

Just like in the Czech Republic, many in Montenegro are equally angered by NATO’s grandstanding with thousands taking to the streets in Podgorica to vent their anger over the country’s leader’s desire to join the alliance.

 

Russia to Return Israeli Tank Seized by Syria During First Lebanon War

Israeli M48 tank

 

Russia is preparing to return an Israeli tank captured by Syrian troops in early 1980s and exhibited in the Kubinka Tank Museum near Moscow, the Israeli government said Sunday.

TEL AVIV  The Magach tank, based on the US tank M48 Patton, was seized by the Syrian troops during the battle of Sultan Yacoub and then sent to Russia where it was exhibited in the tank museum.

“At the end of the week, Israel got the notification that Russian President Vladimir Putin acceded to the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to return the tank that the Syrians gave the Russian army and that is now being exhibited in the tank museum,” the statement of the Israeli government’s press service said.

Last month, Netanyahu asked Putin to return the tank, saying the vehicle stood testament to the memory of three Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, who went missing during the war.

An Israeli military delegation is currently working out details for the tank’s return with Russian counterparts in Moscow.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday for his decision to return to Israel a tank seized by the Syrian troops in 1982 during the First Lebanon War.

“I thank Russian President Vladimir Putin for acceding to my request to return to Israel the tank from the Battle of Sultan Yacoub,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement published on the website of his office.

He pointed out the importance of the step for the families of three Israel Defense Forces (IDF) servicemen, who went missing during the war.

“To the families of MIAs Zechariah Baumel, Zvi Feldman and Yehudah Katz, there has been nothing to remember the boys by and no grave to visit for 34 years now. The tank is the only evidence of the battle and now it is coming back to Israel thanks to President Putin’s response to my request,” Netanyahu stated.

 

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (May 29, 2016)

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

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has remained 125.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed opposition detachments active in the Daraa, Aleppo, and Hama provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 60.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

The ceasefire has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Within last 24 hours, 4 ceasefire violations have been registered (Damascus province – 3, Aleppo province – 1).

Jaysh al-Islam formations have shelled Harastsa and Marj Sultan inhabited areas, and Masakid Barza sector with mortars and multiple launch rocket systems in the Damascus province.

Al-Zagra sector of Aleppo has been shelled with MLRS.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force 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

Humanitarian convoys for citizens of Syria are being formed.

Camp for internally displaced persons with up to 2,500 people, including more than 1,300 children, located at the stadium in Latakia has received 15 tons of humanitarian assistance. Medical assistance has been provided to 93 citizens, including 38 children.

Terkan inhabited area (Aleppo province) and camp for internally displaced persons located in Mesherfa (Homs province) have received 1 ton of humanitarian cargos each.

Additional information

“Silence regime” is continued in Eastern Ghuta and Darayya (Damascus province).

Groupings of Jabhat al-Nusra international terrorist organization continue performing provocative actions aimed at breaking the ceasefire down.

Within last 24 hours, terrorists have performed shelling with mortars and MLRS against Handrat, al-Nairab airport, and Sheikh Maqsood, Meidan, and Salah al-Din sectors of Aleppo.

Terrorist formations of Jabhat al-Nusra shelled Fuah (Idlib province), capital airport (Hama province), Mesherfa (Homs province), Hakur Tahtani, Rasha, and Ard al-Wata (Latakia province).

Near Azaz (Aleppo province), ISIS militants attacked positions of Kurdish militia. Kurdish units kicked out terrorists from Sheikh Aisa inhabited area in course of counterattack.

Near Beitima (Damascus province), the government troops have repelled attack of Jabhat al-Nusra formations.