Baltic Fleet missile regiment practicing engaging simulated enemy ships

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August 6 – The scheduled exercise with the Baltic Fleet missile regiment is taking place in Kaliningrad region. During the exercise, servicemen will perform tasks concerning detection and engagement of simulated enemy ships in waters of the Baltic Sea using advanced mobile coastal defence complexes Redut.
In the course of the exercise, the units performed marching along the Baltic Sea coast to the fire position regions and deployed missile launching systems in order to counteract surface ships and defend the coast.
The crews are to improve their skills in preparing missiles for the strike and are to practice target detecting and engaging.
Mobile coastal defence complexes Redut are designed to engage all types of surface ships. The complex missiles have powerful warhead and high cruising speed. These characteristics boost engagement chances.
The scheduled exercise will last until the end of next week.

Russia to Hold Observation Flights Over Baltics, Land Inspection in Latvia

Russia’s observation aircraft will fly over Latvian and Lithuanian territories

 
Russia’s observation aircraft will fly over Latvian and Lithuanian territories, while Russian inspectors will visit portions of Latvian territory as part of mutual agreements.

    Russia’s observation aircraft will fly over Latvian and Lithuanian territories, while Russian inspectors will visit portions of Latvian territory as part of mutual transparency agreements, the head of the Russian National Center for Reducing the Nuclear Threat said.

“In accordance with the 2011 Vienna Document on confidence and security measures, a group of Russian inspectors plans to conduct an inspection of a specified area on the territory of Latvia,” Sergei Ryzhkov said Sunday.

The inspection is planned to take place over a 48-hour period on July 20-23 with the use of all-terrain vehicles and helicopters.

The Russian official added that military inspections occur on a regular basis to verify the scope of military activity in a specified area. The troops plan to visit local training grounds, conduct observation flights and hear briefings by commanders on personnel, weapons and equipment systems, as well as current activities.Observation flights over Latvia and Lithuania will be held on July 20-25 as part of the international Treaty on Open Skies, Ryzhkov said. Russia’s AN-30B aircraft will carry out flights from airfields in Riga and Siauliai, keeping a maximum flight distance of 500 and 450 miles respectively.

“These are Russia’s 23rd and 24th observation flights over territories of states party to the treaty in 2015,” Ryzhkov added.

The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in 1992 in Helsinki and currently applies to 34 countries. The treaty establishes a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the entire territory of its participants.

The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants a direct role in gathering information about areas of concern to them. Russia ratified this treaty on May 26, 2001.

The Vienna document 2011 envisages the exchange of information on military forces and defense budgets by the document’s signatory states.

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Sweden Getting Ready to Fire Missiles at Russian Troops From Gotland Island

Swedish coastal missile Saab Robot 08 (Kustrobot 08) at the museum at Gotland Coastal Artillery Regiment KA 3 in Fårösund, Sweden

Sweden keeps flexing its military muscle due to imaginary Russian aggression, Regnum news agency reported.

The island of Gotland could be used as a key place to shoot from at invading Russian troops, if Russia were ever to decide to take over the Baltics, Governor of Gotland Cecilia Schelin-Seidegard said, according to Regnum.

According to the Governor, for the longest time Gotland was the weakest link in Swedish defense, but now it will change as the Swedish government has decided to strengthen the island’s defense capabilities.

Schelin-Seidegard seriously believes that Russia’s looking to invade the Baltics and then threaten Sweden. She’s eager to fight the Russians and believes her island could play a strategically important role.

“From Gotland we could, for example, fire missiles [at Russians] and cover our ships sailing towards St. Petersburg,” Schelin-Seidegard said.

Schelin-Seidegard clearly got up on the wrong side of her bed. Russia has never had an interest in “invading Baltic nations or Scandinavia,” as everyone out there seems to believe. Peter Mattsson, a researcher at the Swedish National Defense College, said the United States deliberately spreads rumors about Russian aggression trying to convince Sweden and other Baltic nations that they are vulnerable without US troops in the region.US military analysts cite Russian military drills and maneuvers to scare Europeans that the moves are designed to rehearse the impending “invasion” of the Scandinavian Islands and other territories in the Baltic region.

The fact of the matter is that Russia is doing what every nation on Earth is doing — training its own troops in its own territory. One could make similar unfounded speculations every time the United States conducts military drills. Is the recent Jade Helm 15 military drill a rehearsal to take over Mexico then?

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Su-27 Intercepts US Spy Plane Heading Into Russian Airspace

Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted US spy plane over the Baltic sea

The US RC-135U reconnaissance plane was flying towards the Russian border with its transponder switched off, a Defense Ministry spokesman said in Moscow Saturday.

Maj.-General Igor Konashenkov said that an unidentified airborne target was spotted over the Baltic Sea by Russian air defenders on April 7 flying directly towards the Russian border.

 

A Su-27 fighter jet was scrambled to inspect the target. Moving up to the unidentified aircraft the Russian pilot flew around it several times, made sure it was a US RC-135U reconnaissance plane and reported its tail number to ground control.“I want to emphasize that the RC-135U was moving towards the Russian border with its transponder switched off… As to the professional qualities of our pilots, this is something for the Russian military command to evaluate. Moreover, US reconnaissance planes  are supposed to fly along US borders only and nowhere else,” Konashenkov said, adding that no “emergency situations” were registered during Tuesday’s mid-air encounter.

A Pentagon spokesman said on Saturday that a Russian Su-27 jet fighter on Tuesday flew dangerously close to and nearly collided with a US reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea.

US to Move Tanks to Poland, Romania, or Baltics: Defense Department

US Soldiers take part in a cordon and search exercise at the Adazi Training Area, Latvia.

The United States is building up its military presence closer to the Russian border in line with NATO eastward expansion plans.

WASHINGTON, November 25 (Sputnik) – A US heavy brigade combat team will be deployed in Poland, Romania, or a country in the Baltic region as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, Commander of US Army Europe Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said on Monday.

“The idea is eventually to move a heavy brigade combat team with its tanks and Bradley [fighting] vehicles to an area further east, such as Poland, Romania, or one of the Baltic countries,” Hodges said via a video teleconference from Vilnius, Lithuania.

US Department of Defense and US State Department together with their NATO allies are now discussing the location, Hodges added.
 

“Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division and later replacement units will rotate to locations in Eastern Europe through the end of next year as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, and those rotations could continue after next year and for the foreseeable future,” Hodges stressed.Hodges added that presence of US military forces in Eastern Europe “will ensure a more rapid response, should aggression occur.”

US Operation Atlantic Resolve comprises all US efforts to support their NATO allies and partners in Europe.

 

US plans to boost its presence in Eastern Europe come as the NATO bloc has stepped up its military activities near the Russian border, including in the Black Sea and Baltic waters. In particular, the US-led alliance sent additional warships to the Black Sea and bolstered air patrolling missions over the Baltic states.Russia has criticized what it called “excessive” military presence on its western border, arguing it could tip the “balance of power” and lead to greater instability in the region.

NATO drills in Estonia targeted against Russia — defense official

NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise is held in Estonia in the period between November 9 and 17

US soldiers seen dirung NATO drill is the Baltic (archive)

US soldiers seen during NATO drill is the Baltic (archive)

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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. The course NATO member states have chosen will not make the situation in Europe safer, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s international military cooperation department, Sergey Koshelev, told reporters on Tuesday in comments on NATO plans to hold Trident Juncture exercise in Estonia. He also said the exercise is targeted against Russia.“The exercise scenario is aimed at drilling actions of staffs of various levels in the conditions of an attack of ‘a hostile major state’ on a member of the alliance.” Geographically, Estonia where the exercise is held, borders, except the Russian Federation, on ‘small friendly states.’ Therefore, the NATO exercise is targeted exclusively against Russia,” Koshelev said.

NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise is held in Estonia in the period between November 9 and 17.

Russia Starts Combat Helicopter Training Flights on Baltic Border

Russia Starts Combat Helicopter Training Flights on Baltic Border

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – A newly formed Russian army helicopter brigade has begun training flights in the northwest of the country near the borders with the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia, a spokesman for the Western Military District said Wednesday.

“Helicopters of the army aviation brigade of the Western Military District, based in the Pskov region, have begun regular training flights in the skies over northwestern Russia,” Col. Oleg Kochetkov said.

Kochetkov said the flights involve dozens of Mi-28N Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters as well as Mi-8MTV-5 and Mi-26T combat transport helicopters.

The 15th army aviation brigade, formed in December and stationed at the Ostrov airbase, is fully equipped with new, recently-built helicopters. The brigade currently comprises three helicopter squadrons, with two more to be added in the near future.

Media in the former Soviet Baltic states, as well as Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom, have expressed security concerns about Russia’s decision to station the 15th brigade near NATO’s borders.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier announced the beginning of military drills of units from the Southern and Western military districts near the borders with Ukraine and the Baltic states in response to an “unprecedented” increase of NATO military activity near Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis.

The combat drills come as NATO is ramping up its military presence in the region.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced earlier this month that the alliance would intensify air patrols over Eastern Europe and dispatch extra ships to the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas due to the crisis in Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO was attempting to use the Ukrainian crisis as an imaginary threat to unite the alliance’s members and to push for Moscow’s isolation.