‘Detect, Control and Destroy’: Russia to Build Syria-Tested Helicopters for Navy

The Ka-52K helicopter takes off from the deck of Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. File photo

 

Several of the world’s most advanced ship-borne helicopters, including the Ka-52K, the Ka-31R and the Ka-226T, will enter service with the Russian Navy by 2025, according to the country’s Defense Ministry.

The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier this week that heavily-modified versions of several ship-based helicopters are due to be put into service with the Russian Navy by 2025.These include the Ka-52K Katran reconnaissance and combat helicopter, the Ka-31R airborne early warning helicopter and the Ka-226T multi-role helicopter, which is capable of being deployed on smaller ships.

In an interview with Sputnik, Viktor Pryadka, a Russian military expert who is director general of the Avintel Aviation Technology Alliance, said that the helicopters will be deployed to the newest frigates, corvettes and patrol ships due to be delivered to the Russian Navy.

The Ka-52K helicopter
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The Ka-52K helicopter

He explained that the need for the sophisticated shipborne helicopters arose due to changes in Russia’s fleet, and specified a need for combat, airborne early warning and anti-submarine vessels.

“The deployment of helicopters can increase the pilot’s range of detection and ability to counteract against various types of enemy weapons. The three modifications [of the helicopters] are just needed in order to detect, control and destroy these types of weapons,” Pryadka said.

According to him, the new helicopters are currently in the process of being supplied to the Russian Navy.

A Kamov Ka-31R Helix helicopter aboard the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov sails together with the Russian Northern Fleet's carrier battle group through the English Channel. File photo
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A Kamov Ka-31R Helix helicopter aboard the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov sails together with the Russian Northern Fleet’s carrier battle group through the English Channel. File photo

“Actually, the helicopters are already being mass produced and delivery [to the Russian Navy] has most probably started,” Pryadka said, adding that the assembly line already exists and is debugged in previous modifications.

He also said that the Syrian experience was taken into account during the production of the helicopters.

“In Syria, it was possible for several months to drill both aircraft’s and helicopters’ carrier-borne combat missions. This practical combat experience will add to building helicopters with the necessary modifications and performance characteristics,” Pryadka concluded.

Last month, the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported that Russia successfully tested its latest Ka-52K Katran reconnaissance and combat helicopter during the recent Mediterranean cruise by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.

The Admiral Kuznetsov’s  Captain,  Sergey Artamonov,  heaped praise on the Ka-52K, calling it “the  best of its kind around.”

“The test flights we conducted during the cruise showed that this helicopter has great potential as a weapon and as a major element of our naval airpower,” Artamonov said in a documentary aired by Russia’s Rossiya-24 news network.

The Ka-52K’s firepower is notably greater compared than that of its land-based counterpart.It can be armed with torpedoes, depth charges and even heavy missiles capable of sinking an enemy warship. The helicopter is equipped with a laser beam guidance system and Okhotnik video processing system.

The helicopter can be further upgraded to carry Kh1AD and Kh35 anti-ship missiles, which are currently used by Su-30, Su-35 and MiG-29K warplanes and are able to inflict serious damage, even to aircraft carriers.

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Russian defense ministry spokesman doubts international reports on Syria

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, an official spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, an official spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, an official spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, on Friday expressed doubt that international reports about the situation in Syria are useful.

“Identical reports about the situation in Syria, based on so-called evidence by local “activists” obtained from social networking sites, are more likely to damage the reputation of international organizations and reputed media than to help in solving the humanitarian problems in Syria,” he said.

“By publishing them, Western propaganda specialists expose too clearly the desire to legitimize their own garbage heap of fakes and outright lies, on which colossal budgets were wasted in the past year,” the spokesman added.

He said that the money spent on compiling those reports should rather be spent on helping the Syrian population.

“As far as the practical value of Western reports is concerned, they will not substitute for bread, medicines and shelter for the Syrians. If CNN, BBC and other major Western medias, instead of their reports of alleged “horrors” in Aleppo rotated commercials and sent the profit to help civilians, the city would have already been rebuilt,” he said.

 

Ankara Not to Integrate S-400 System Into NATO Missile Defense System

S-400 regiment enters on duty in Crimea

 

S-400 missile system that Ankara plans to buy from Russia will not be integrated into NATO missile defense system, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on Thursday.

“The Russian S-400 system will not be integrated into NATO missile defense system,” Işık said.

On Wednesday, Turkish Defense Minister said that Ankara and Moscow made certain progress in talks on delivery of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, but the sides are still not ready to strike a deal.Russia’s Rostech CEO Sergei Chemezov earlier confirmed that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey. The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.

Putin instructs to sign deal on integrating South Ossetia forces into Russian army

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MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has given instructions on Tuesday to accept the government’s proposal and sign an agreement on the procedure of integrating South Ossetian separate military units into the Russian Armed Forces.

The president’s instruction was posted on the government’s legal information web portal on Tuesday.

Putin also instructed the Russian Defense Ministry to hold negotiations with the South Ossetian side and sign this agreement on Moscow’s behalf.

Under the agreement, the integration of separate units into the Russian Armed Forces implies recruiting citizens for military service in the Russian Armed Forces and sending them to the Russian military base in a voluntary procedure for active duty.

Upon concluding such a contract, a citizen must be discharged from military service in the South Ossetian Armed Forces and his further active duty will be regulated by the Russian legislation.

The agreement on integrating some units of the South Ossetian Defense Ministry into the Russian Armed Forces is an additional document under the Treaty on Allied Relations and Integration signed by the presidents of both countries on March 18, 2015.

 

Syria: US Forces Evacuating ISIL Commanders from Deir Ezzur

Syria: US Forces Evacuating ISIL Commanders from Deir Ezzur

       Arab media outlets said that the US troops have carried out another heliborne operation to evacuate 10 more ISIL commanders from the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.

The Arabic language al-Hadath news website reported that several US military helicopters landed on kilometer 10 of Deir Ezzur-Hasaka road and evacuated a number of ISIL commanders from the region.

“After the helicopter landed, several US marines took 10 ISIL commanders on board and left the region,” the report said.

“Abu Dajane Fransawi has most likely been among the top ISIL commanders taken away by the US marines,” it added.

Abu Dajaneh was ISIL’s man in charge of the terrorist group’s financial affairs in Forat (Euphrates) oilfield.

Local sources disclosed in January that the US-led coalition’s helicopters carried out an unprecedented heliborne operation in areas West of Deir Ezzur city to relocate ISIL’s foreign fighters from the region.

The sources said that 6 helicopters were present in the operations, including two that carried a number of soldiers and Arabic translators in a region near al-Kebr station.

The source said the US troops left the helicopters and staged a raid on the terrorists at a water pump station, killing a number of them. “Then they took several ISIL terrorists captive, in an action that more seemed like a theatrical move”.

“It looked like a drill and our suspicions grew when we came to realize that they only took captive those ISIL members who were foreigners,” he added.

Other sources said that “the coalition forces that could speak Arabic with the accent of the Persian Gulf states took with them some of the non-Syrian members of the ISIL”.

Russia Rejects Reports of Troop Deployment near Libyan Border

Russia Rejects Reports of Troop Deployment near Libyan Border

      Russia categorically dismissed Western media reports claiming it deployed special forces to an Egyptian town near conflict-ridden Libya.

“There are no Russian special forces in Sidi Barrani. Certain Western media have been stirring the public with such mud-slinging from anonymous sources for years,” said Major Genrral Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Sputnik reported.

The remarks came a day after Reuters quoted unnamed US and Egyptian military and diplomatic sources as saying that Russia had deployed a 22-member unit of special forces and several drones to an Egyptian airbase near the Libyan border.

Egypt’s Defense Ministry has already rejected the report.

The Reuters report also said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to back Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback with an assault on March 3 by the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) on oil ports controlled by his troops.

Five years after the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still embroiled in violence and political chaos. Rival governments were set up in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the east of the country in 2014.

General Khalifa Haftar is linked to the government based in the Eastern port city of Tobruk. He has refused to pledge allegiance to the UN-backed government in Tripoli.

The Reuters report came on the same day that several eastern Libya officials, including Commander Haftar, visited Moscow and held talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

During the meeting, Bogdanov emphasized the need for a political solution to the crisis in Libya.

Moscow “reaffirmed its strong support of the political process, based on the imperative to ensure the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following the talks.

Turkey Mulls Purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defense Systems – Envoy to Russia

Triumf S-400 anti air missile systems

 

Ankara is still considering the purchase of Russia’s advanced S-400 missile systems as part of the effort to boost Turkey’s missile defense, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Huseyin Dirioz said Monday.

Russia’s Rostech CEO Sergei Chemezov earlier confirmed that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.

“Turkey is considering various options for its missile defenses, including the S-400, but no decision has been made yet,” Dirioz said.

The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.