Russia, Cuba Sign Program on Defense Technology Cooperation





    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Cuban Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz have signed a program of technological cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of defense.

    The signing took place at the conclusion of a meeting of the Russian-Cuban commission on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation in the capital Havana on Thursday.The program will span several years and will last until 2020.

   Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told journalists after the signing that the program does not stipulate deliveries.

    “Since Russia has long ago arrived at the program-target method in defense issues, we have our own methodology, experts knowing how to ensure short-term and near-term planning. This kind of assistance will be provided. So, this is more of a methodological assistance, which will help shape the long-term capacity planning program aimed at the modernization of armed forces. This will not be supplies, but precisely this kind of methodological assistance,” Rogozin explained.

     He added that a lot of the technology that Cuba has was supplied by the Soviet Union and that currently Russia is working on creating maintenance bases and providing services to help Cuba ensure its own security.

    The move comes as US President Barack Obama has attempted to revive ties with the island nation, however President-elect Donald Trump could limit the thawing of tensions that have persisted for decades. In May 2016, President Obama visited Cuba, breaking an 88-year drought of US presidents visiting Havana.

Russia proposes to South Africa industrial cooperation in defense sphere

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PRETORIA, September 13. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) has for the first time proposes South Africa to engage in joint industrial research in the defense sphere.

“South Africa has a major industrial potential while Russia can offer a lot in the sphere of defense, security and law enforcement. We proposed long-term hi-tech cooperation,” FSVTS Deputy Director Anatoly Punchuk told Tass on Tuesday after the first bilateral seminar held on the eve of the biggest Africa Aerospace & Defense (AAD-2016) show.

The seminar was attended by over a hundred experts from both countries who discussed organizational and legal aspects of military-technical cooperation between Russia and South Africa, business specifics in each country, copyright protection and other issues.

“We discussed what to begin with, i.e. various models of industrial cooperation, including financial aspects. We have high-tech platforms which can be integrated with existing South African systems or maybe even with future jointly created new technologies,” Punchuk said.

Russian exerts at the seminar stressed that technological platforms of the T-72 tank have not been surpassed and that in aircraft, air and missile defense technologies Russia “is in the first line”.

South African experts demonstrated big interest in Russian helicopters, coast guard ships and armor. Secretary of Defense Sam Gulube said his team was “enthusiastic and interested” in industrial cooperation with Russia but stressed no contracts could be expected overnight.

“As leaders we have to give a start to the process so that our people deal with specific issues. It is like marriage. When you meet a beautiful girl at a party you do not marry her the next day but ask her telephone number. This is a networking seminar that will yield result with time,” he said.

The seminar was followed by a meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation. On the sidelines of AAD-2016 Punchuk is scheduled to meet South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.


Russia, Iran Discuss Possibilities to Broaden Military Cooperation

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan meet in Moscow


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and commander of the Iranian forces taking part in the 2016 International Army Games Brigadier General Vali Madani discussed ways to expand military cooperation between the two countries, Iranian media reported Sunday

“Iran and Russia have the needed capacities to broaden their mutual cooperation in the defense field,” Madani said as quoted by the Fars news agencyThe meeting was held after the opening ceremony of the 2016 Army Games.

“Iran’s Armed Forces have good relations with Russia. We are sure the competitions will strengthen them more… The competitions are held at a very high level. We are grateful to Russia for holding these very significant competitions. We are looking forward to winning them,” Madani added.

Russia is currently hosting the International Army Games on Saturday. The Games feature the competitions in 23 disciplines. A total of 121 teams from 19 countries across the world participate in the Games monitored by observers from 11 countries.

Russia-China Military Cooperation Commission to Meet Soon – Antonov

Russia's Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov

Russian Deputy Defense Minister said that a fresh meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation will be held in the near future. A fresh meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation will be held in the near future, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Thursday.

“Regular contacts between the heads of our defense ministries are of special importance in our relations. We are planning to hold a fresh meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation soon,” Antonov said.

Antonov said the Russian-Chinese military-technical cooperation is not aimed against third countries, stressing that the main common enemy is global terrorism.

Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov had a meeting with the Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China Major General Ci Guowei

Today, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov had a meeting with Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China Major General Ci Guowei

Parties discussed issues of bilateral military and technical cooperation, topical problems of the international and regional security, exchanged assessments of conditions and prospects of military and technical cooperation between two countries.

Both sides confirmed necessity to continue taking coordinated efforts in the interests of strengthening the international security.

Russia Expects Military Contracts With Iran to Be Worth ‘Billions’

Russia expects military contracts with Iran to be worth “billions,” as Tehran is “highly interested” in buying Russian military equipment


Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide responsible for military and technical cooperation said that Russia expects military contracts with Iran to be worth “billions,” as Tehran is “highly interested” in buying Russian military equipment.

 Russia expects military contracts with Iran to be worth “billions,” as Tehran is “highly interested” in buying Russian military equipment, Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide responsible for military and technical cooperation, told the Izvestia newspaper.

“The interest of the Iranian side is very high. They are really in need of a serious update for almost all of its forces… Given that this is a large country with large armed forces, of course, it will be very large contracts, worth billions,” Kozhin said, as quoted by the newspaper.

According to Kozhin, when the sanctions imposed on Iran over fears it was developing a nuclear weapon are lifter, Russian-Iranian military-technical cooperation will see “serious development.”

Iran has already renewed S-300 anti-aircraft missile system deliveries from Russia. On November 9, Russia signed a new contract to supply Iran with the systems by the end of the year for the first time since the 2010 freeze on supplies under the 1929 UN Security Council resolution.

Russia’s S-300 deal became possible again after Iran reached an agreement on its nuclear program with the P5+1 group of international mediators on July 14. Iran agreed to ensure the peaceful nature of its nuclear program in exchange for easing of the sanctions imposed against the country.


Russian Military Delegation to Visit China – Defense Ministry

Russian (left) and Chinese servicemen at the Russian-Chinese drill Naval Interaction-2015 at the Klerk testing grounds in the Primorye Territory


Russian Defense Ministry’s delegation will come to in China on Wednesday for a four-day visit.

Officers of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Central Military District will arrive in China on Wednesday for a four-day visit, a district spokesman said.

“The delegation includes mid-level and junior commanders, who will get acquainted with combat training and daily activities of the People’s Liberation Army of China,” Col. Yaroslav Roshhupkin said.

The visit is being made at the invitation of China and will last until Saturday.
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Russian Military Informs Putin That Comms Established With French Carrier

French navy technicians work on the flight deck on the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, in eastern Mediterranean sea, on November 21, 2015


According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian military has already reported to Vladimir Putin on establishing communications with France’s aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The Russian military has already reported to President Vladimir Putin on establishing communications with France’s aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, operating in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

“The [Russian] military reported this publicly to the commander-in-chief during a televised uplink last Friday,” Peskov told journalists.


Putin to receive vice chairman of China Central Military Commission

Colonel General Xu Qiliang is also in charge of issues of China’s military and military-technical cooperation with Russia

Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China Xu Qiliang

Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China Xu Qiliang

MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive on Tuesday Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China Xu Qiliang, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The Russian presidential press secretary added that the president will also meet on Tuesday governor of the Samara region Nikolay Merkushkin and head of the Vologda region Oleg Kuvshinnikov.

Previously, Xu Qiliang had met with Putin in the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow in October 2013. The details of the negotiations had not been reported then.

Xu Qiliang became vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of China in March 2013 at the age of 63 years. He was born in the eastern province of Shandong, a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) since 1967. In 2004-2007, he was Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, and from 2007 to 2012 was commander of the Chinese Air Force. He is member of the Military Council of the CPC Central Committee since 2007.

In his new capacity Xu Qiliang has held a number of meetings with the leaders of several states, including with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych (both in 2013).