All New Russian Navy Ships, Submarines to Be Equipped With Fizik-1 Torpedo

The Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine crew at a welcome ceremony for the navy's new Borei-class project 955 vessel at the Kamchatka's Vilyuchinsk permanent base.


All new Russian Navy ships and submarines will be equipped with the Fizik-1 universal deep water homing torpedo which has a target range 2.5 times greater than the USET-80, currently in service, a military source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

 The source added that although the same size, the torpedo had a broader range, a more powerful warhead and a perfected homing system.

“The Russian Navy began rearmament using the new 533-millimeter caliber Fizik-1 torpedo with an increased strike range of up to 50 kilometers [31 miles],” the source said.

The new torpedo is estimated to be 7.2 meters (23 feet) long, weigh 2,200 kilograms (4,850 pounds) and have a warhead weighing 300 kilograms. The engine uses specially designed fuel instead of oxygen and water.

Move Over, Musk: Russia’s Reusable Winged Carrier Rocket to Fly Like Plane

The first stage of the Russian reusable carrier rocket will be winged to enable it to return to a spaceport like an ordinary plane.


The first stage of the Russian reusable carrier rocket will be winged to enable it to return to a spaceport like an ordinary plane.

MOSCOW  Russian space agency Roscosmos is ready to begin the development of a flying prototype of a reusable first stage of a carrier rocket.

“The department for reusable space launch vehicles has been restored. It happened just a month ago. We invited the people who used to work on the Buran [space shuttle]. The department is headed by Pavel Lekhov, one of the designers of the Energia-Buran system,” Roscosmos General Designer Alexander Medvedev was quoted as saying by the Russian Izvestia newspaper.

It is planned that the first stage of the carrier rocket will be winged to enable it to return to a spaceport like an ordinary plane, according to the news outlet.

The idea for a winged first stage of a carrier rocket has been in the works in Russia for some 20 years, according to Medvedev.The first stage of the rocket is the most expensive to manufacture since it is equipped with boosters that define its missile capabilities, the newspaper explained. The cost of building the first stage of a rocket varies between $10 to $70 million.

Roscosmos is a state corporation responsible for overseeing and implementing comprehensive reforms to the Russian space industry.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (June 28, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreement with representatives of an 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 166.

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

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 61.

Ceasefire observation

The ceasefire has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Within last 24 hours, 4 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 of positions of the Syrian Armed Forces in Jaubar, Harasta, Haush al-Hayat, and Huteita al-Jarash inhabited areas.

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

Citizens of Duer district of Damascus have received humanitarian cargos with food products and sweets for children.

Additional information

Groupings of Jabhat al-Nusra international terrorist organization do not stop making attempts to break the ceasefire regime.

Within last 24 hours, terrorists have shelled Handrat, Kudehi, amd al-Hader inhabited areas (Aleppo province), Sheikh Maqsood, al-Zagra, and Meidan quarters of Aleppo, and al-Nayrab airport in the Aleppo city with MLRS and mortars.

Terrorists have also shelled following inhabited areas: Huteita al-Jarash, Blelije, Bahariyah, and a railway bridge near Meida village (Damascus province), Fuah (Idlib province), Rasha (Latakia province), and Tel Jdid (Hama province).

US Destroyer Committed ‘Gross Violation’ in Encounter With Russian Ship

Russia's guard ship Yaroslav Mudry. File photo


A US destroyer violated international and bilateral agreements by approaching a Russian ship dangerously close this month, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

MOSCOW      The russian ship was following its course and didn’t violate any international law standards:

“US destroyer Gravely made a close encounter with a Russian warship in the eastern Mediterranean on June 17 at a distance of 60-70 meters [197-229 feet] on the port side and crossed the Yaroslav Mudry’s course along the bow at a dangerous distance of 180 meters [590 feet],” the ministry said.

It brought to the Pentagon’s attention the “gross violation by the Gravely destroyer’s commander and crew” of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and a similar Russian-US intergovernmental agreement.

The United States Navy has deployed an additional four aircraft carriers on combat duty. As a result, the number of simultaneously deployed aircraft carriers has reached six for the first time since 2012.On June 1, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was sent from the US east coast to support the USS Harry Truman in the Mediterranean. On June 4, the USS Ronald Raegan was reportedly deployed from a naval base in Japan to the South China Sea. Two more flattops, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS George Washington, left their bases for training maneuvers.

On June 6, US Navy destroyer Porter began its 21-day routine patrol of the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The deployment drew criticism from Moscow for destabilizing the region.

Iraq Receives New Batch of Mi-28NE Military Helicopters From Russia

A Mil Mi-28-NE Havoc [Night Hunter] attack helicopter


The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Russia supplied Iraq with a new batch of Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” military helicopters.

BAGHDAD    Russia supplied Iraq with a new batch of Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” military helicopters, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

“These helicopters will make a great contribution in support of ground forces in their operations aimed at targeting terrorist positions and destroying [their] armoured vehicle packed with explosives,” the ministry said in a statement published on its website.

On June 3, spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command Yahya Rasul Zubaidi said that Russian-made helicopters including the “Night Hunter” (NATO reporting name Havoc), used by the Iraqi army had demonstrated their effectiveness during the offensive in the city of Fallujah against Islamic State, a terrorist organization banned in Russia, the United States and many other countries.

The ministry also said that the “Night Hunter” helicopters had increased maneuverability and targeting precision of the Iraqi army.

Mi-28NE is a highly effective new-generation helicopter, designed for combat missions in any circumstances. The helicopter is designed to take part in operations against tanks, infantry combat vehicles and armoured personnel carriers among other targets.

Russia, Indonesia can further develop military-technical cooperation — diplomat

Russian Military Technologies's photo.


June 29 – The Indonesian leadership highly values the performance characteristics of Russian military products, Russia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Mikhail Galuzin told on Tuesday.
“Indonesia, like any other state caring about the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, is interested in maintaining and strengthening its defense capability and for this purpose modern and well-equipped armed forces are needed,” the Russian diplomat said.
“As the Russian ambassador, I can say that I’m very glad and very proud that today the Indonesian armed forces operate advanced examples of Russian military hardware. For example, these are Su-30 and Su-27 multirole fighter jets or BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles intended for the Indonesian marine corps,” the ambassador said.
The Indonesian political and defense leadership “highly values the performance characteristics of Russian military products,” the ambassador said.
“We have seen together with you a lot of public statements by representatives of the Indonesian Defense Ministry about their interest in buying particular types of Russian military hardware, in particular, Su-35 fighter jets,” the Russian ambassador said.
“We, as the diplomats, will continue doing everything possible to ensure that military and technical cooperation between Russia and Indonesia should develop further to the mutual benefit of both sides. I can say that there are pre-requisites for this,” the Russian ambassador said.
The sphere of ensuring security, both regional and global, “is a very promising sphere of Russian-Indonesian relations,” he added.
“We’re actively interacting in the sphere of anti-terror, including the training of representatives of the corresponding departments from Indonesia and other ASEAN countries in Russia with the help of our specialized agencies. This also involves information exchange and corresponding consultations,” the Russian ambassador said.

Russian Defense Ministry comments on words of Obama’s envoy on Russia’s actions in Syria

June 29 – The Russian Defense Ministry has commented on remarks by Brett McGurk, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (the Islamic State terrorist group outlawed in Russia) Brett McGurk who said during the hearings of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria violate ceasefire.
“It’s hard to say what domestic political reasons prompted this official to make this statement in the U.S. Senate. However, just like all previous escapades against us on Capitol Hill, it completely lacks specificities,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said. “There are no dates, times or places that we could analyze and respond with facts,” he added.