Information War Against Russian Weapons Underway – Putin’s Aide



A number of countries are waging an information war against Russian armaments in order to undermine Russia’s positions on the international arms market, in particular, discrediting the new MiG-35 fighter in the media, Russian Presidential Aide for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin told Rossiya 24 television channel.

The Russian MiG-35 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum-F) is a 4++ generation jet, which has been created with the use of technical decisions used in the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB aircraft and new advanced technologies.According to open sources, MiG-35 is capable of carrying up to seven tonnes of payload and reach a speed of 2,700 mph

“Of course, there are, unfortunately, concrete examples. We did not have time to roll out our MiG-35 — a unique aviation complex, and already there were articles, analytical materials that it’s all old, etc. These are exactly elements of competitive struggle,” Kozhin said.

The MiG-35 fighter can participate in high-intensity conflicts, amid conditions where the enemy is engaged in aggressive air defense, and is capable of striking aerial and surface targets. The Russian Aerospace Forces will replace all light fighter aircraft with the new planes. The MiG-35 will master the use of laser weapons.

Some states are making attempts to undermine Russia’s positions on the arms market, using any methods, up to direct pressure on Russia’s partners in military-technical cooperation, he said.

“If we go back to the sanctions… many decisions were aimed precisely at squeezing us out of these or those markets. And here the partners do not shun any actions, up to direct pressure on our partners, creating difficulties for settlements,” Kozhin said.

Russia Stronger Than Any Potential Aggressor – Putin

December 22 – Putin added that much remains to be done to strengthen Russia’s nuclear triad.
“We can say with confidence that we are now stronger than any potential aggressor,” Putin said. “I would like to draw your attention to the fact that if we just allow ourselves to relax even for a minute, allow at least one major failure in the modernization of the army and navy, in the training of the troops, the situation may change fast,” Putin said.

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Putin Ratifies Agreement on Russian Air Group Deployment in Syria


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   Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an intergovernmental agreement on the deployment of the Russian Armed Forces’ air group in Syria, the Kremlin said on Friday.

   MOSCOW     Both houses of Russian parliament had approved the August 26, 2015, agreement this month. The agreement signed in Damascus regulates the terms of deployment of Russia’s air group in Syria.

   “The federal law ratifies the agreement between Russia and the Syrian Arab Republic on the deployment of the Russian Armed Forces aviation group on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the Kremlin’s press service said.

   It notes that the Russian air group is stationed at the Hmeymim airfield in the Latakia province free of charge at the request of Syria.

   Under the agreement, Russian military personnel will gain immunity identical to that provided by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Russian troops will also not be subject to border checks when entering Syria.

   Russia began its counterterrorist air campaign in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Kremlin: Putin and King of Bahrain discussed military cooperation

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, of Bahrain and Russian President Vladimir Putin

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, of Bahrain and Russian President Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW, September 9. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, of Bahrain, discussed military-technical cooperation issues during the latter’s visit to Russia earlier this week, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

“Military-technical cooperation issues were actively discussed with the Russian side on several occasions, including contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin during King of Bahrain’s recent visit,” Peskov said, when asked if Russia might sell its air defense systems S-400 to that country.

Putin and the King of Bahrain met in the Kremlin on September 6.

The two leaders discussed ways of struggle against terrorism, the situation in Syria and trading and economic cooperation.


US Citizen Released From Syrian Prison With Russian Help for Humanitarian Reason

Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Russia has facilitated the release of a US citizen from a Syrian prison several months ago for humanitarian reasons without the involvement of a special operation or ransom, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko
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ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – He voiced readiness to act in the same manner regarding citizens of any state, and said he hoped Russia’s partners would do the same.“Several months ago the United States requested us to assist them in liberating an American citizen who found himself in prison in Syria. Following necessary activities we managed to do it. It wasn’t some kind of a special operation, we just talked to Syrian authorities. We received this individual and handed him over to the Americans, of course, with no ransom money involved. We were driven by purely humanitarian motives,” Putin told reporters.

Russia Exported $4.6 Bln Worth of Arms, Military Equipment in 2016 – Putin

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the test if a T-50 fifth generation fighter


Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia has exported $4.6 billion worth of weapons and military equipment in 2016, while the order portfolio stands at over $50 billion.

Russian weapons are becoming more effective, while remaining fairly simple to use and requiring minimal maintenance, Putin said.

“Russian weapons are becoming more and more effective, but at the same time, they are still fairly easy to use and require minimal maintenance. It is possible to verify this not only at exhibitions.”

Russia’s defense industry should be ready for tougher international competition as Russia steps up its efforts in the military-technical cooperation field, Putin said.

“We must continue to improve the effectiveness of military-technical cooperation, act more precisely and coordinated. We must also be prepared that the intensification of our efforts will increase competition,” Putin said at a meeting of Russia’s military-technical cooperation committee.

He added that it was necessary to pay attention to promoting Russian military equipment and to developing more convenient ways of cooperating with customers.According to the president, Russian arms exporters have proved themselves able to work effectively despite though competition on the international market and “unscrupulous actions carried out by competitors.”

Russia is investing in advanced defense technologies and expanding its range of exported goods to include the latest equipment of air and sea combat, he said.

“Russia is investing in the development of advanced defense technologies, expanding the range of products it supplies, from small arms to the latest means of air and sea combat which are able to change the balance on any theater.”

Putin Confirms Russia Ready to Support Iraq in Fight Against Terrorism

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According to the Kremlin press service, Vladimir Putin condemns the recent attacks in Baghdad and confirms Moscow’s readiness to assist Iraq’s leadership and people in the fight against terrorism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemns the recent attacks in Baghdad and confirms Moscow’s readiness to assist Iraq’s leadership and people in the fight against terrorism, the Kremlin press service said Monday.

“The Russian president strongly condemned this barbaric crime, which serves as another evidence of the inhuman nature of terrorism, and expressed confidence in the need for the entire international community to join forces in order to effectively combat this evil. The Russian President confirmed the Russian side’s readiness to continue supporting the leadership and the people of friendly Iraq on the counterterrorism front,” the press service said in a statement.

Putin: NATO Jets Fly Over Baltics Without Turning on Identification Devices

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that NATO jets fly over the Baltic region without turning on their identification devices more often that Russian military aircraft.

TURKU      Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he accepted his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto’s proposal to develop aviation security measures in the Baltic region.Putin said he would instruct the foreign and defense ministries to raise at the next Russia-NATO Council.

“We agree with the proposal of the President of Finland. Moreover, on return to Moscow, I will instruct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense to put this issue on the agenda during the forthcoming Russia-NATO Council meeting in Brussels,” Putin said at a press conference in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku.

He said the Russia-NATO Council will be held after the Western military alliance’s summit in the Polish capital of Warsaw, scheduled for July 8-9.

“I would remind that not only Russian planes fly over the Baltics without turning on their respective identification devices, but also all NATO countries’ aircraft. The number of NATO flights over the Baltics in this mode is twice the efficiency of Russian aircraft flights. This is not our invention, this is statistics,” Putin said.

Surprise! Putin Orders Large-Scale Snap Inspection of Russian Arsenals

A T-90 tank at the second international forum Engineering Technologies 2012, in Zhukovsky near Moscow.

President Vladimir Putin ordered a snap inspection of the Russian Armed Forces.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered another unannounced inspection of Russia’s Armed Forces, during which the state and readiness of military arsenals will be assessed, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

“To assess combat and mobilization readiness, in accordance with a decision by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, another unannounced inspection started today at 7 a.m. A number of weapon and equipment depots will be inspected, as well as certain military control points,” Shoigu said.

According to Shoigu, it is necessary to check the troops’ preparation to carry out tasks as intended in armed conflicts of varying intensity and crisis situations.

“It is necessary to pay special attention to mobilization component of the Armed Forces, as well as to the condition of the reserve units,” Shoigu said.

The minister added that the inspection would last for eight days, until June 22.

According to Shoigu, the inspection will also assess how smoothly the army, local authorities and military enlistment offices can organize a field mobile command and control centers.

“Particular attention is paid to the organization of the operational staff for planning the use of troops in various types of crisis situations,” the defense minister said.

The practice of having unannounced inspections of combat readiness was revived after Shoigu took the defense minister’s office in 2012. In February, the Russian president ordered snap inspections of the country’s Central Military District. During the inspections, the troops were carrying out various drills to test their combat readiness. The checks also assessed the airborne forces’ readiness for long-distance missions and landing in unfamiliar terrain.


Putin: Russian weapons owe their popularity to reliability and effectiveness


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March 30 – The decision to create within the Almaz-Antey concern a new industrial plant in Nizhni Novgorod stemmed from the need for easing the work load on other defense-industrial complex enterprises, which are no longer capable of coping with the amount of export contracts, Putin said while visiting the 70th Victory Anniversary Plant in Nizhni Novgorod.
“We did that [built a new plant in Nizhni Novgorod], because the existing manufacturers were no longer capable of coping with the amount of contracts, including export contracts. It became clear that the existing enterprises are unable to deliver the amount of products required under our export contracts at the moment,” Putin told the plant’s workers.
“Russian weapons owe their popularity to reliability and high effectiveness,” he said.
In building the plant in Nizhni Novgorod specialists proceeded from the awareness that “the competence and level of training of workers and engineers will help achieve a fundamentally new, unparalleled system of production of military technologies.”
“This hardware is extremely necessary for building up the army’s defense capability and ensuring the security of Russia and not only for that,” Putin said. He appreciated the quality of air defense systems and radar stations the plant had on offer and stressed their good export prospects.
Curtailed military technical cooperation is in interests of neither Russia nor Europe
Russia’s military technical cooperation with European countries is practically curtailed, which is in interests of neither Russia, nor Europe, Putin went on to say.
“Military technical cooperation with European states has practically stopped. And I would like to stress that it was not our initiative. We hope it is a temporary phenomenon,” he said at a meeting of the presidential commission on military technical cooperation with foreign countries.
He said he is confident that it is in the interests of all European countries to resume open and productive cooperation in all spheres, including in the area of military technical cooperation. “It will undoubtedly build up trust,” he noted.
The president stressed that Russia’s traditional partners, such as member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), India, Iraq, Egypt, Vietnam, China, Algeria and some other states, play a major role in Russia’s defense order portfolio. Apart from that, “new weapons markets in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East are being developed,” he said. “This work is to be continued,” he underscored, adding that in 2015 intergovernmental agreements of military technical cooperation were signed with five states.
In 2015, Russia exported its defense-related products to 58 world nations and an overall number of Russian partners in this sphere exceeds 100, Putin noted.

Russia’s arms sales totaled $14.5 bln in 2015, above target

According to Putin, Russia exported defense products totaling $14.5 bln in 2015.
“Export of Russian defense products turned to be even higher than we planned and amounted to $14.5 bln,” Putin said at the meeting of the presidential commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign countries.
“Russia remains the second in the list of global leaders in defense equipment and arms supplies on the global markets, with confident breakaway from countries following us,” Putin said.
“National weapons companies are indeed maintaining their reputation against the background of the complicated global situation and economic challenges,” the President said.
“Defense industry companies are making really high quality products decently competing on international markets. Capabilities of our equipment and armament were also convincingly demonstrated in practice, in the combat situation when struggling with the terrorist threat,” the head of state added.

Broader foreign trading rights of defense technology sector may boost export

Acquisition of a right to independent foreign economic activity by certain Russian defense technology companies will make possible to boost high technology products export and expand contacts with foreign countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin continued.
“Management companies of the so-called “integrated entities” [stable groups of legal entities connected with each other by cooperation and delegating a portion of rights to a central company of an integrated structure] of the defense industry will be eligible for independent foreign trade operations this year,” Putin said at the meeting of the presidential commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign countries. The relevant law will come into force from July 1, he added.
Exportation of defense products for participation in international fairs and the procedure for training foreign defense and defense technology staff were simplified last year.
“We expect such developments will make possible to scale up Russian high technology products export and broaden contacts with foreign states,” Putin said.
The law to be effective from July 1 provides for granting a right to independent foreign trade activity of after-sales maintenance of defense equipment for management companies of integrated structures if at least 51% of their shares (participation interests) are held by the federal government or the state corporation Rostec.