Bahrain to Invite Russia to First Country’s Defense Expo in 2017

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October 31 – Russia and Bahrain maintain good relations in the defense sector and the kingdom will invite Moscow to take part in the first international defense exhibition expected to be held in the country in 2017, Bahrain’s ambassador to Russia Ahmed Abdulrahman Saati told on Monday.
“I can say that the relations [in the defense sphere] are good. I also want to say that in 2017, the Kingdom of Bahrain will organize the first major international exhibition similar to that [Russia] held in August…We will send them [Russian companies] an invitation to take part in it later,” Saati said in an interview. In August, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa visited Moscow and the two states signed a number of agreements and memorandums, including in the military sphere. The king also attended the Army-2016 military expo.

Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces Arrive in Aleppo

Syrian Army's Tiger Forces Arrive in Aleppo

    (FNA)- Commander of the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces Colonel Suheil al-Hassan and a large number of his fighters are now in Aleppo to join other army units and popular forces in the war against Jeish al-Fatah terrorists, military sources disclosed Monday.

“A long column of military vehicles carrying hundreds of Tiger Forces and missile systems arrived in Aleppo city on Sunday,” the sources said, adding, “Several advanced Russia-made tanks have also accompanied the Tiger Forces.”

“The Tiger Forces and the commandoes of the Desert Hawks Brigade, backed up by Syrian choppers, are due to launch joint offensives in Aleppo in the next few days,” added the sources.

Military sources disclosed on Sunday that the Syrian Army dispatched a large number of missile launchpads to Aleppo city to destroy Jeish al-Fatah’s bomb-laden suicide vehicles. “After intensified attacks by Jeish al-Fatah terrorists under its Great Epic Operation on government-held districts of Aleppo city, Damascus has sent a large number of forces and military equipment, including missile units with highly experienced crew, to the Northern city,” army sources said.

“The fresh forces will deploy to the districts of Jam’iyat al-Zahra and Zahiyeh al-Assad and along the road to Menyan to reinvigorate the army defense lines,” they added.

Military sources also informed on Sunday that the Syrian Army would send more troops to Aleppo province to strengthen its forces’ defense and combat capabilities in the war against Jeish al-Fatah terrorists.

“Jeish al-Fatah has announced that more militants are to join the third phase of the Great Epic Operation to save their trapped comrades in the Eastern districts of Aleppo,” the source said, adding, “The Syrian Army, for its part, has announced its readiness to send a large number of fresh forces, deployed in other provinces, to Aleppo.”

“Colonel Suheil al-Hassan also arrived in Aleppo on Saturday to find out how many fresh soldiers should be sent to Aleppo to end militancy there,” the sources went on to say.

Over 16,000 Terrorists Attacking Syrian Army in Great Epic Operation in Aleppo

Over 16,000 Terrorists Attacking Syrian Army in Great Epic Operation in Aleppo
 (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and popular forces have repelled over a dozen massive offensives of over 16,000 militants on their positions in Western and Southwestern parts of Aleppo city in the last few days, army sources said on Monday.

“Jeish al-Fatah has launched several rounds of attacks, codenamed the Great Epic Operation, with over 16,000 militants to break the army’s siege of their comrades in the Eastern districts of Aleppo city but failed to do so,” the sources said.

“The Syrian government forces have fended off the entire attacks of Jeish al-Fatah carried out from three flanks of Ramouseh, Assad Military-Engineering Academy and Artillery Academy Building,” the sources added.

“16,000 militants of Jeish al-Fatah have launched a four-phased operation (the Great Epic Operation) to access and capture the Assad Military-Engineering Academy in Southwestern Aleppo in the first and second phases of operation, and then in the third phase they would carry out fresh offensives to capture Aleppo highway, while the last phase of the operation would focus on the removal of the siege on the militants in Aleppo city,” they continued.

“Yet, they have failed to attain any of their objectives in the first three days of the operation,” they went on to say.

Reports said on Sunday Syrian Army troops and popular forces fended off Jeish al-Fatah’s offensives near a military center in Southwestern Aleppo, inflicting tens of casualties on the militants.

Syrian government forces repelled Jeish al-Fatah’s assault to capture the Assad Military-Engineering Academy and Bostan al-Zahra neighborhood, targeting militants’ suicide vehicles.

Jeish al-Fatah suffered a heavy death toll and retreated from the battlefield without any gain.

Army sources said the terrorists were preparing to attack the army positions in the Northwestern outskirts of Aleppo near the Castillo road.

Best of the Best: Top 7 Russian Warships


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On October 30, Russia celebrates the Founding Day of the Navy. On this day in 1696 the Boyar Duma, following the initiative of Peter the Great, passed a decree to begin construction of a regular navy. Today, the Russian fleet has more than 200 surface warships.

The Moskva is the lead ship of the Russian Navy’s Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers. It is designed to strike large surface ships, particularly aircraft carriers. In addition, the ship can carry out air defense using remote control and provide fire support.

Varyag is the flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet. It is a Slava-class cruiser (according to NATO classifications). It was completed in 1989 and has operated in the Russian Pacific Ocean Fleet since 1990. The ship has a top speed of 60 km/h and can autonomously navigate for 30 days.

The Sovremennyy-class destroyer as it is called in NATO is the flagship of the Baltic Fleet. The primary role of this guided missile destroyer is to attack enemy warships while also providing sea and air defense for warships and transports under escort. It complements the Udaloy-class destroyers in anti-submarine operations.

Tatarstan is the flagship of the Caspian Flotilla. It uses stealth technology which is provided by its outer coat made of aluminum-magnesium alloys. The main purpose of Tatarstan is to search and locate surface vessels, submarines and air targets. It provides protection for the marine economic zone.

Soobrazitelnyy is the second ship of the latest class of corvettes of the Russian Navy, the Steregushchy class. The ship is the first of its class to be fitted with the Redut system intended to increase its anti-aircraft capabilities with respect to the Kashtan CIWS system previously used. It is a part of the Baltic Fleet and it received the honorary title of “Guards” in 2012.

China Assembles First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Resembling Soviet Varyag


 In this undated photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, China's aircraft carrier Liaoning berths in a port of China. China formally entered its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012


   China has assembled its first domestically-designed aircraft carrier built solely out of indigenous components, the latest major achievement in Beijing’s large-scale efforts to upgrade its military. Currently known as the Type 001A, the warship bears resemblance to the Admiral Kuznetsov-class multirole aircraft carrier Varyag.

   On Thursday, Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Wu Qian said that the hull of the vessel was fully assembled, confirming what some defense analysts had asserted for weeks. The spokesperson also said that the design of the ship has been finalized, adding that workers have already begun installing equipment on board.

    No additional information relating to the Type 001A has been made public.

    The new warship is the second of its class in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy. It is in fact a slightly modified Chinese-built version of the Admiral Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier Varyag, which Beijing purchased in 1998. The Soviet-made vessel, later renamed Liaoning, was completely rebuilt and refitted to serve for training purposes. It was commissioned in September 2012.

   The Type 001A is expected to be faster than the Liaoning. Its weapons and electronic equipment are said to need less time to come online, the Global Times reported, citing defense analyst Cao Weidong.

   China unveiled that it was building its own aircraft carrier late last year, with the Chinese Defense Ministry making the announcement on December 31, 2015. Chinese defense officials have not disclosed when the aircraft carrier is expected to be fully assembled and enter sea trials.

    “The design and construction of the second aircraft carrier, having drawn on experience from the tests and training on the first one, will be better in many ways,” Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun said last year.

   The Type 001A is currently stationed at the shipyard of the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), located in the Liaoning province.

   The new aircraft carrier, like China’s other modern naval weapons, is largely seen as part of Beijing’s attempt to boost its maritime power at a time of increased tensions with Washington over the South China Sea.

Russia participates in repair of helicopters purchased by US for Afghanistan

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ZHUHAI, October 31. /TASS/. Russia is taking part in repair of helicopters purchased by the United States for the armed forces of Afghanistan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for after-sales services of Russian Helicopters Igor Chechikov told TASS in an interview on Monday.

“Proactive operation of our helicopters purchased by the United States is underway in Afghanistan; several countries make their repair. Furthermore, you are aware that the US government lifted sanctions on cooperation with Rosoboronexport exactly in respect of after-sales maintenance of Russian helicopters. This is because there is a large fleet of our helicopters in Afghanistan and the US pilots are flying them in particular, Chechikov said.

“Repair of the said helicopters is taking place with participation of the Russian party,” he added.

Russia may repair about 200 Afghanistan’s defense helicopters if relevant agreements are reached with the US and repair plants in East Europe, Deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport Sergei Goreslavsky told TASS earlier.


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

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 3 inhabited areas of the Hama province in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 868.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed groups in the Damascus province and detachments of armed opposition in the Hama, Homs, Aleppo, and al-Quneitra provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 69.

Ceasefire observation

Within last 24 hours, 55 shellings performed by illegal armed formations have been registered in the provinces of Aleppo (30), Damascus (19), and Latakia (4), Daraa (1), and Hama (1).

Armed formations, which had claimed to join the ceasefire regime, have fired improvised MLRS, mortars and small arms against Azizi inhabited area in the Aleppo province and Hai al-Antari quarter in the Aleppo city; Jaubar, Kafr Batna, Bala al-Kadima, Harasta, Duma, Blelije, and Kusair inhabited areas, and area of height 612 in the Damascus province; Iqqo, Ain al-Qantara, and Dwair al-Akrad inhabited areas, and positions of the government troops near the Abu Ali Mountain in the Latakia province.

In the Aleppo province, armed formations of terrorist groupings have fired improvised MLRS, tube artillery, mortars, grenade launchers and small arms against Ansar, al-Khader and Hananu Shimaliyah inhabited area, Ramusi, 3000, al-Khalidiyah, al-Masharqa, Sheikh Maqsood, Hai al-Ansari, al-Maidam, 1070, Ashrafiyah, Suleiman Khalabi, and Dakhiya al-Assad quarters, al-Assad military academy, checkpoint 1 in al-Masharqa quarter, and area of the former military school in the Aleppo city.

Duma, Haush Nasri, and Arbil inhabited areas, sports ground in Jaubar, medical service school in Harasta, and Ibn al-Walid hospital have been shelled in the Damascus province.

In the Daraa province, terrorists have shelled Jaba inhabited area.

Makharda has been shelled in the Hama province.

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

Civilians have received humanitarian aid in Ain al-Joizy inhabited area in the Latakia province (3 tons), in the Sheikh Takha area (2 tons) and near Russian Consulate (5 tons) for Russian-speaking community in the Aleppo city.

Posts with hot meal and items of first necessity continue their work for civilians who leave the districts of the Aleppo city, which are under control of terrorist armed groupings.