What Army-2016 has in store for its visitors

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September 8 – The international military-technical forum Army-2016 opened on Tuesday in Russia. Over 1,000 companies will display more than 11,000 samples of weapons and military equipment at the forum this year.
The Russian Helicopters company plans to showcase its newest Mil Mi-38 multirole helicopter, an Arctic version of the Mi-8AMTSH helicopter and a convertible aircraftRussia’s major missile system manufacturer Almaz-Antey is going to demonstrate elements of the Antey-2500 air defense missile weapon system, as well as Kalibr cruise missiles. The latter were successfully used to hit IS terrorists’ targets in Syria.Kalashnikov is expected to display its remote-controlled weapons platforms, drones and amphibious assault boats.The United Instrument-Making Corporation, part of Russia’s hi-tech conglomerate Rostec, will roll out its latest innovation – a system that can control a dozen robots simultaneously.The Uralvagonzavod armor manufacturer is expected to demonstrate over 50 hardware units, including the T-90MS, T-72B3 tanks, as well as the BMPT-72 tank support vehicle (Terminator 2).The military-industrial company VPK LLC will display the Tigr (Tiger) armored vehicle with a combat module and a 30-mm automatic gun, a production model of the Medved (Bear) special police armored vehicle, and the upgraded BTR-82A with heat vision sight.The visitors of the forum for the first time will be able to see a based RS-12M Topol missile system (NATO reporting name: SS-25 Sickle).Another strategic missile to be on display is the RS-18 (NATO reporting name: SS-19 Stiletto). The missiles are currently being decommissioned and replaced in the Russian Armed Forces by the new RS-24 Yars missiles.Of particular interest is the Iskander-M tactical missile system. No other country in the world has such systems in service. Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile systems are capable of hitting both small-size and large-area targets at a distance of up to 500 km to destroy missile and multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery guns, aircraft and helicopters at aerodromes, command posts and communications centers. The missile complex includes a launcher, a loader-transporter, a routine maintenance vehicle, a command post vehicle, an information post, an ammunition equipment set and training aids. As was reported earlier, the Iskander-M tactical missile system is equipped with five types of aeroballistic missiles and one cruise missile.The forum will also feature the famous Russian Armata-based armored hardware – the T-14 main battle tank, the Kurganets-25 heavy assault armored vehicle, as well as the Bumerang wheeled armored personnel carrier. The military vehicles have already twice been shown at the Victory Day parade in Moscow, but they are still being tested before launching their batch production.The guests of the forum will also enjoy performance flights of Russia’s aerobatic teams

Kazakhstan to Receive Su-30 Fighters, Mi-17 , Mi-35 Helicopters From Russia


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   Kazakhstan’s armed forces will receive multirole fighters and transport helicopters from Russia this year.

KUBINKA (Moscow Region) – Kazakhstan’s armed forces will receive two Su-30 multirole fighters and two Mi-17 transport helicopters from Russia this year as part of existing contracts, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Defense Minister Okas Saparov told Sputnik on Wednesday.

   “We received four Su-30s from Russia in 2014, two more this year,” Saparov said at the Army-2016 military forum, adding that two Mi-17s would enter into service in 2016, followed by more next year.

   Moreover, Kazakhstan plans to sign a contract on the purchase of four Russian Mi-35 helicopters by the end of 2016, Kazakh Deputy Defense Minister Okas Saparov told Sputnik on Wednesday.

   “This year we will sign another contract on four Mi-35s,” Saparov said at the Army-2016 military forum, adding that four of the attack helicopters with transport capabilities planned to be delivered as part of the 2015 contract.

   Army-2016 military forum is holding on at Moscow Region suburb Kubinka.

Volume of Russia-Egypt defense contracts shows steady growth — minister

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

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MOSCOW, September 8. /TASS/. The overall value of weapons supply contracts between Russia and Egypt is steady on the rise, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has said.

“In the military-technical sphere we observe steady trends and growth in the value of defense contracts. We note with satisfaction that for using its armed forces Egypt wishes to use the most advanced weapons and military hardware of Russian manufacture,” he said at the third meeting of the joint Russian-Egyptian commission for trading and military cooperation on Monday.

Shoigu said the effectiveness and high combat potential of Russian weaponry was clearly demonstrated in the course of the Russian Aerospace Force’s operation in Syria.

He described as a noticeable event the May 2016 protocol signed by the governments of the two countries that granted Egypt access to the high accuracy signal of the global navigation system GLONASS.

“This document opens up prospects for further cooperation in this high-tech sphere,” he said.


Russia Interested in Egypt’s Leadership on North Africa Security – Shoigu

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September 5 – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that Moscow is interested in Cairo’s leading position in strengthening regional security and stability in North Africa. Russia is interested in Egypt’s leadership on strengthening regional security in North Africa and aims to develop a full scope of bilateral relations, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Monday. “We are interested in Cairo’s leading position in strengthening regional security and stability in North Africa. We aim to further consistently develop relations between the Russian and Egyptian armed forces in all fields to maintain our countries’ security,” Shoigu said at the third joint military and technical cooperation commission. Egypt’s Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi said his delegation’s visit “confirms the results of cooperation between the political leadership of the two countries and the result of your visit to Egypt, as well as our common desire to achieve a new breakthrough in this important stage of strategic cooperation.”

Over 80 Foreign Delegations to Take Part in Russia’s Army-2016 Forum


 Combat hardware exhibition at the opening of the Army-2015 International Military-Technical Forum at the new congress and exhibition center in Patriot Park in Kubinka in the Moscow suburbs. File photo

   More than 80 foreign delegations will take part in the Army-2016 international military forum to be held near Moscow next week, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.

   MOSCOW The Russian Defense Ministry’s Army-2016 forum is set to take place on September 6-11 in Kubinka, a western suburb of Moscow. The forum is expected to be the country’s largest event designed to showcase modern weapons and military equipment.

   “It will bring together over 1,000 Russian enterprises and organizations, more than 80 foreign delegations. National expositions by our colleagues from the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization]- Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia — will be presented at the exhibition,” the minister said during a conference call at the Russian Defense Ministry.    

   Shoigu added that the preparations for this event had been completed “on the whole.”

The Army-2015 forum attracted over 800 exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors from 73 countries, as well official delegations from 38 countries.

German FM Welcomes Relaunch of NATO-Russia Council to Avoid Confrontation

September 2 – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday he was satisfied with the relaunch of the NATO-Russia Council. He added that it is necessary to restart the dialogue on specific subjects, including negotiations on arms control. “I am happy that thanks to your help as well, the NATO-Russia Council is working again, at the ambassadorial level so far,” Steinmeier told reporters at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“In order to be sure that we are not rolling back to confrontation,” the minister added. The NATO-Russia Council was created in 2002 as a consultative mechanism. NATO suspended all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia after the Ukraine crisis broke out in April 2014. The first Russia-NATO Council meeting since the relations deterioration, held at the level of permanent envoys, took place on April 20 but failed to yield any significant results due to the sides’ disagreement on a number of geopolitical issues. One more meeting of the Council at the ambassadorial level was held in the Belgian capital of Brussels on July 13.

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Russia’s Lavrov to Address OSCE’s Objectivity With Envoy to Ukraine Sept. 8-9



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August 31 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will raise the need for objective reporting from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) special monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine at a meeting with the OSCE special envoy to Ukraine next week, the ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday. “The special representative of the OSCE chair on Ukraine Martin Sajdik will pay a working visit to Moscow on September 8-9, during which he will meet the Russian Foreign Minister,” Maria Zakharova told reporters She said Lavrov and Sajdik planned to discuss in detail the Ukrainian crisis resolution, including through the conflicting sides carrying out their obligations hammered out in the Minsk ceasefire agreements. “Russia intends to draw Mr. Sajdik’s attention to the need to improve the objectivity and impartiality of [the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s] reporting,” Zakharova stressed.