Russia to supply radar system for Iraqi Air Force airfield — source

The Russian equipment will ensure radar control and navigation at a distance of up to 400 kilometres form the aerodrome and instrument landing of aircraft in poor visibility conditions


MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. Russia is supplying to Iraq flight radio-technical support equipment for an aerodrome of the country’s Air Force, a source in the military-technical cooperation sphere told TASS on Friday.

“The supply of this equipment for the Iraqi Air Force is currently underway. The contract provides for equipping an aerodrome in Iraq with flight radio-technical support equipment,” the source said.

According to him, the Russian equipment will ensure radar control and navigation at a distance of up to 400 kilometres form the aerodrome and instrument landing of aircraft in poor visibility conditions.

In recent years Iraq has been a major buyer of Russian weapons and equipment. In 2012, the sides signed a contract package on the supply to Baghdad of various military equipment worth $4.2 billion. Iraqi officials have repeatedly displayed an interest in the development of military-technical cooperation with Russia.

Russian, US air groups drill skills to prevent midair proximity over Syria — General Staff


MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. Russian and United States air groups conducted joint exercise on Tuesday to drill skills of pilots and ground services in case of midair proximity over Syria, chief of the Main Department for Operations at the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Gen Andrey Kartapolov said.

“At eleven in the morning Moscow time today, Russian and US air forces conducted joint exercise to drill skills of interaction between crews and ground forces in case of midair proximity,” he said.

Russian Aerospace Forces started a military operation against the Islamic State terrorist group (which is banned in Russia) in the Syrian territory at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on September 30. The air group in Syria includes more than 50 warplanes, including Su-34 and Su-24M bombers; Su-25 assault aircraft; Su-30SM fighter jets as well as Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. The Russian Navy is also involved in the military operation. The warships of the Russian Caspian flotilla delivered a massive cruise missile strike from the Kalibr-class sea-based missile system on the night to October 7.

The Russian authorities have totally excluded a possibility of any ground campaign in Syria.

Defense Ministry Trolls US Over Comments on Russian ‘Recklessness’ in Syria

Russian tactical group seen at Hmeymim aerodrome in Syria

Responding to recent commentary by a US army spokesman that Russia has been “reckless” and “indiscriminate” in its campaign of airstrikes in Syria, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov countered by noting that Russia is using its most advanced munitions and targeting systems, and releasing the footage from missions for the public to see.

Last week, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman US Army Col. Steve Warren slammed the Russian operation, telling reporters via a teleconference from Baghdad that “the Russians have been indiscriminate” and “reckless in Syria…dropping cluster munitions around where civilians may be.”

Warren went so far as to suggest that Russia does “not appear to be interested in defeating [the Islamic State],” and that the Russian operation is “interested [only] in preserving the Assad regime.”

Responding to Warren’s comments Thursday in a statement issued on the Defense Ministry’s Facebook page, Konashenkov suggested that Col. Warren should pay closer attention to the ministry’s briefings.

“In the course of our briefings, I have repeatedly emphasized for representatives of the media that the targeting systems of our planes in Syria are state-the-art, allowing, figuratively speaking, to get a rock dropped from a great height to hit a shovel handle. And we use our special ammunition only for the relevant terrorist targets.”

“Furthermore,” Konashenkov noted, “unlike the Colonel, we do not just talk, but also provide the public with video materials of our airstrikes, since it’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

“As far as Col. Warren’s commentary about ISIL terrorists’ ‘maneuvering’, following our airstrikes, what is there to add, really? Apparently, after bombings by US planes, the terrorists just stand where they are, spellbound, applauding and shout ‘Encore!’…Perhaps this explains why, after a year of bombing by US aircraft, ISIL terrorists have managed to capture and maintain control over the good chunk of Syria.”

Washington Ready to Arrange US-Russia Flight Safety Mechanisms in Syria

Russian military aircraft at Syria's Hmeimim airfield


Washington is ready to agree on terms of the deconfliction mechanisms to ensure the safety of US and Russian aircraft operating in Syria, US State Secretary John Kerry said.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said it had sent proposals on the text of a draft agreement to the Pentagon concerning flight safety during combat missions over Syria. Moreover, the Russian Defense Ministry expressed readiness to hold a videoconference with US authorities on Wednesday.

“We are prepared to make arrangements, so that our airplanes are not in danger in the sky. So pilots are not at risk. And we are not creating an international crisis,” Kerry said late on Tuesday at the meeting with the Harvard University students.

The US and Russian authorities have already held two discussions about deconflicting mechanisms in Syria.

The US-led international coalition has been conducting airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria since 2014.

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Air Force units of Russian Western Military District alerted within snap check

© Dmitry Rogulin/TASS

MOSCOW, September 7. /TASS/. The command and part of aviation formations of the 6th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Western Military District, stationed in Russia’s Central Military District, have been alerted within a surprise combat readiness inspection of the district’s command and control bodies and forces, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service told TASS on Monday.

“Aviation units of the Western Military District have been put on full combat alert. The flight personnel and technical engineer personnel involved in the surprise inspection activities will soon conduct redeployment to operational airfields,” the ministry said.

Formations of the 98th Airborne Division, stationed in Ivanovo and Kostroma, armed with the service weapons and equipment within a surprise combat readiness inspection have moved to airfields, the Russian Defence Ministry press service told TASS on Monday.

“The unit’s personnel received the service weapons and equipment and prepared the vehicles for marches and airborne insert.”

“The forward detachments are conducting reconnaissance and air defence of the routes of movement to the aerial ports of embarkation,” the Defence Ministry said.

The units are moving to the areas of formation of columns for the following marching to the aerial ports of embarkation, the ministry added.

The surprise combat readiness inspection of the forces of Russia’s Central Military District was started on Monday on the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces. The forces of the Central Military District and part of aviation of other military districts, Airborne Forces and Military-Transport Aviation were put on full combat alert at 09:30, Moscow time on September 7. The inspection will last until September 12

Russia’s military snap check designed to assess readiness to attack extremists — official

According to Deputy Chief of Defense Andrey Kartapolov, the inspection was designed taking into account the experience of the United States and its allies in Iraq and Syria

     A surprise inspection of aviation and air defense forces of Russia’s Central Military District is designed to assess its readiness to carry out air strikes against extremists taking into account the experience of the United States and its allies in Iraq and Syria, Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Andrey Kartapolov said on Tuesday.

According to him, the inspection is being held with due account of the fact that “the potential of challenges and threats to the military security of Russia and its allies in the Central Asian strategic region had grown substantially.”

“That is why we, together with our strategic partners, are responding adequately to the rapidly changing military and political situation in this region,” Kartapolov told a briefing for foreign military attaches dedicated to the inspection.

According to him, during the inspection it is planned to “assess the district’s ability to confront enemy airborne threat and, most importantly, to carry out air strikes against the extremists’ bases taking into consideration the experience of the United States and its allies in the coalition in Iraq and Syria.”

“Taking part in the exercise are aviation and air defense units and operational and strategic control bodies,” Kartapolov said, answering a question from an attache on whether other branches of troops are involved in the inspection. “Other ground troops and naval forces units are not involved in it.”

He recalled that, in addition to the troops of the Central Military District, the inspection involves forces of the Western and Southern military districts, long-range and military transport aviation.

According to media reports, about 12,000 troops, up to 250 aircraft and helicopters, about 700 weapons units and military equipment are involved in the surprise inspection held between May 25 and 28.

Russian Military Aircraft Deployed to Tajikistan for Joint Drills – Defense

Mi-24 helicopters

Four Russian Air Force aircraft have been transferred from their base in Kyrgyzstan to an airfield in Dushanbe in the neighboring Central Asian republic of Tajikistan as part of a snap combat readiness check, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A number of Russian Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters were also transported to the Dushanbe airfield as part of the drills, according to the press release.


“As part of the snap inspection of combat readiness of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which started on May 12, two Su-25 assault aircraft and two Su-24 bombers were redeployed from the Russian air base in Kant to Dushanbe,” the statement said.Overall, some 500 Russian servicemen and 60 pieces of military equipment are expected to take part in the exercises in Tajikistan.

On Tuesday, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said that the country’s servicemen would travel to Tajikistan to train with their counterparts from other CSTO member states, which also includes Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

The Organization’s rapid reaction force was established in 2009 to counter a limited military aggression against CSTO member states, as well as to combat terrorism and drug trafficking.