Baltic Fleet engaged in Russia-Belarus Union Shield-2015 drills

KALININGRAD, September 10. /TASS/. Ships, aircraft and costal defense troops from the Baltic Fleet will accomplish a number of tasks during the Russian-Belarusian exercise Union Shield-2015, which started on Thursday, Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev said.

Command and control organizations, ships and naval aircraft, as well as costal defense units were put on alert on Thursday morning.

“The Baltic Fleet’s ships have started to prepare for going to sea. On receiving the command, the ships will leave their permanent bases and head for the assigned area in the Baltic Sea to accomplish tactical missions on order of higher headquarters,” Matveyev said.

The costal defense troops are moving towards the areas where march columns will be formed, after which they will have to conduct long marches to firing ranges in the Kaliningrad Region, the officer added.

During the march, the servicemen supported by aircraft will repel a simulated enemy’s attack, in particular, air assaults, and cross notionally contaminated areas, he said.

They will practise live firing from all types of organic weapons at the firing ranges.

The aircraft will deliver bombing attacks and provide fire support for the ship strike groups and the coastal defense troops.

The exercise will involve up to 20 ships, motor boats and vessels, more than 1,500 servicemen and about 200 pieces of combat and special hardware, more than 10 aircraft and helicopters.

It was reported earlier that the Russia-Belarus Union Shield-2015 drill had started in the Pskov and Leningrad Regions on Thursday. The exercise will last through September 16. The maneuvers involve more than 8,000 troops, about 400 pieces of military hardware, including nearly 100 tanks and about 80 aircraft. More than 1,000 Belarusian servicemen arrived in Russia with their hardware and weapons.

Over 250 Russian, Belarusian and Serbian troops to be airdropped in south Russia drills


NOVOROSSIYSK, September 2. /TASS/. Over 250 participants in combined Russian, Belarusian and Serbian exercise Slavic Brotherhood will be airdropped from Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft to a landing zone near Krasnodar in south Russia on Thursday, Irina Kruglova, Russian Defense Ministry press officer for the Airborne Force, said on Wednesday.

“A mass airdrop is planned for September 3 from Krymsk and Krasnodar airfields to the Krasnooktyabrskoye landing zone. A Russian-Belarusian Special Forces team will jump into the Rayevskoye landing zone on September 4,” Kruglova said.

According to Kruglova, three Il-76s will airdrop nine airborne combat vehicles on PBS-916 parachute systems, and seven more aircraft will airdrop 250 troops, including 50 Serbian servicemen. Russian and Belarusian Special Forces teams will jump behind the notional enemy lines from Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopters. The Russian commandos will parachute from 1,500 meters, using Arbalet-2 parachutes, while the Belarusian paratroops will employ their organic Lesnik-3M parachutes.

“Two Sukhoi Su-24 [Fencer] tactical bombers, two Mikoyan MiG-29 [Fulcrum] fighters, two Mi-28 [Havoc] attack helicopters will be used in the exercise along with six Mi-8 helicopters designed to support a battalion’s assault. Ten Il-76s with the Taganrog and Pskov-based air regiments will be used in the airdrop,” the press officer added.

The exercise will be conducted from September 2 to September 5. A reinforced battalion from the 7th Guards Air Assault (Mountain) Division will represent Russia, while Serbia will be represented by a separate parachute company and Belarus by two Special Forces companies. Overall, around 700 personnel and 20 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft will be participate in the exercise.

Russia to deliver Tor-M2K missile launchers to Belarus



According to Rosoboronexport’s General Director Anatoly Isaykin, the delivery of these launchers will significantly boost air defense capability of Belarus and the Russia-Belarus Union State in general.

“The delivery is scheduled for 2016,” Isaykin told reporters at the MAKS-2015 air show.

Tor-M is an advanced short-range surface-to-air missile system, designed to defend key military and civilian facilities from attacks by aircraft, cruise and guided missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.

Belarus, Russia Start Development of New Air Defense System


Belarusian Deputy Defense Minister said that Belarus and Russia have started joint development of a new short-range air defense system.

      Belarus and Russia have started joint development of a new short-range air defense system to replace the outdated Strela-10M systems currently in service with the Russian and the Belarusian armed forces, Belarusian Deputy Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Igor Lotenkov said.

“The work is being carried out in the framework of the [Russia-Belarus] Union State. The project involves the development of a short-range air defense system,” Lotenkov told RIA Novosti.

The general added that the Strela-10M system was developed in early 1970’s and does not meet current air defense requirements.

Belarus is expecting the delivery of the first six Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopters from Russia under the 2015 contract by the end of 2016, Igor Lotenkov said.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry signed a contract with Russian Helicopters during the Army-2015 forum in June on the supply of 12 Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopters.

“As to the implementation of the contract on the supply of Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters, signed at the Army-2015 forum, we are planning to finalize the first stage – the delivery of six helicopters – by the end of 2016,” Lotenkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Belarus Air Force Boosts Orders of Ultra-Modern Russian Yak-130 Jets

Russian-made Yak-130 trainer/strike aircraft


Belarus has ordered new combat aircraft from Russia, according to the commander of Belarus’ Air Force and Air Defense Forces.

Major General Oleg Dvigalev said the country has signed two contracts for four Russian Yakolev Yak-130 Mitten trainer/strike aircraft. He also confirmed that an order for 12 Mil Mi-8MTV-5 Hip helicopters had been signed in June, the BelTA news agency reported.

Upon delivery, Belarus will have a fleet of eight Yak-130s. Four of the aircraft Belarus ordered in 2012 were delivered in April.

Major General Dvigalev said “four instructor pilots are already preparing the 116th assault air base to fly the Yak-130,” adding that “about 10 pilots will be prepared this year.” By 2020 the Yak-130 will have entirely replaced the Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross in Belorussian service, he added, according to IHS Jane’s.

The Yak-130 is an advanced pilot training aircraft that replicates the characteristics of 4+ generation fighters, including the Su-30, MiG-29, Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale, F-22 and the F-35. The plane made its maiden flight in 1996 and entered service in 2010.

It has a number of outstanding characteristics: its cockpit is equipped with digital indicators; it can perform flights in nearly all regimes similar to modern and projected combat planes. The construction of its air scoops and gear enable it to take off even from small grass airfields.

Moreover, the tiny plane can carry enough ammunition to deliver a devastating payload – up to three tons of bombs, missiles, rockets, and gun pods.

Military engineers from Belarus and Egypt to operate Russian hardware during the “Safe route” contest

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

August 6 – Servicemen from Russia, China, Belarus and Egypt are to participate in the “Safe route” international contest, held in the course of the International Army Games-2015 in Kstovo (Nizhny Novgorod region).
TMM-3 heavy mechanized bridges, IMR-2 obstacle-clearing vehicles, OVR-2 combined-arms anti-mine sets, and IPM-S2 mine detecting sets will be used during the contest.
Teams Belarus and Egypt will operate the Russian engineering hardware. The Chinese team will use its own special hardware.
In total, sixteen pieces of Russian and 5 pieces of Chinese hardware will be used during the contest.

British inspectors to perform observation flight over Russia, Belarus

MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. British inspectors will perform an observation flight over the territory of Russia and Belarus, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official said Monday.

“On June 8-11, 2015, as part of implementation of the international Open Skies Treaty, a British mission plans to perform an inspection flight over the territory of a group of states members [of the Treaty] – Belarus and the Russian Federation on board a Swedish Saab-340 observation aircraft,” acting chief of the ministry’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Ruslan Shishin told TASS.

During the flight, which will be performed along an agreed route, Russian specialists on board will control the use of surveillance equipment and observation of treaty provisions, Shishin said.

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and has 34 member states. It entered into force in 2002. Surveillance flights are conducted over Russia, the United States, Canada and European countries.

The key tasks of the treaty are to develop transparency, monitor the fulfillment of armament control agreements, and expand capabilities to prevent crises in the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations.

Russia, Belarus Join Hands on Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missile System

Sosna Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missile System

Russia and Belarus will jointly develop a new short-range anti-aircraft missile complex, it was announced on Tuesday.

“The Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau  (KBtochmash) will join hands with our Belarusian colleagues to develop, starting next year, an all-new short-range air defense missile system,” the Bureau’s managing director Vladimir Slobodchikov told RIA Novosti on Tuesday without elaborating.The Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau (KBtochmash) is one of the leading Russian companies developing defense technologies and systems for the land forces, navy and the air force, specializing in the development of high-precision forward line weapons.

Founded in 1934, KBtochmash started out designing automatic aviation guns, subsequently switching to developing missile systems. It is famous for its Falanga anti-tank system, Cobra missile system of guided weapons for tanks, Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile system, C-25L and C-25LD guided air missiles.

The enterprise’s latest developments include Sosna ADMS, Palma naval air-defense system, Sosna-R anti-aircraft laser-guided missile, Palma-SU optronic fire control system, and a portable laser automatic device of optronic countermeasures.

Modern KBtochmash products are notable for their high effectiveness of combat application achieved due to great firepower, minimum guidance errors and operation covertness, automation of combat operations, high jamming immunity as well as day/night and all-weather capability.


Belarusian army to get new Polonez multiple rocket launch systems in 2016

A combat vehicle of this system is capable of launching simultaneous pinpoint strikes on eight targets at a range of more than 200 km

MINSK, May 13. /TASS/. Belarus’ new multiple rocket launch systems Polonez are planned to be delivered to the country’s troops in 2016, Belarusian Defense Minister Andrey Ravkov told journalists on Wednesday.

“These systems are planned to be put into service in the army in 2016,” the minister said.

He could not say, however, whether the systems will be used in the Ashuluk range exercise in southern Russia due in September. “This issue is being considered,” the minister said.

The Polonez long-range multiple rocket launch system was created by the national defense sector enterprises and matches the world’s best analogues. A combat vehicle of this system is capable of launching simultaneous pinpoint strikes on eight targets at a range of more than 200 km. The chassis of the combat and transporter-loader vehicles of the Polonez MRLS are manufactured by the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant. The Polonez MLRS was for the first time presented at a military parade in Minsk on May 9 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Victory.

Russia and Belarus agreed to sign a contract for delivery of 12 Mi-17 helicopters


Russia and Belarus agreed to sign a contract for delivery of 12 civil Mi-17 helicopters, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov told journalists answering the question about results of the work of Russian delegation at IDEX-2015 show held in Abu-Dhabi (UAE), RIA Novosti reports.

“As for this show, we and Belarusian party have agreed to sign a contract for delivery of 12 Mi-17 helicopters,” he said.

Mi-17 is a medium multi-role helicopter, export version of Mi-8. Its flexibility and great aircraft performance made Mi-17 one of the most popular Russian helicopters in the world.

IDEX-2015 international defense exhibition and conference is held in Abu Dhabi (UAE); over 1000 companies from 52 countries are taking part in the show. Russian defense products (737 items, 100 of them are weapons and combat vehicles) are showcased by 21 companies, including nine subjects of military-technical cooperation: Rosoboronexport, Research and Production Corporation Uralvagonzavod, PVO Almaz-Antey Concern, KBP, NPO SPLAV, NPO Bazalt, etc. The show closed on February 26th 2015.