Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces Deploy S-400 to Ashuluk Training Range

S-300 surface-to-air missile system at Ashuluk military rangeS-400 surface-to-air missile system at Ashuluk military range

17:23 11/08/2014

MOSCOW, August 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces have started to move the S-400 “Triumf” (SA-21 Growler) and S-300 “Favorit” (SA-10 Grumble) anti-aircraft weapon systems to the Ashuluk military range, for their use in live firing drills, Russian Defense Ministry representative for the Aerospace Defense Forces Col. Dmitry Zenin told the press Monday.

“As part of the Air and Ballistic Missile Defense Command and Air Defense brigades’ scheduled tactical maneuver with field firing, military staff and operational hardware are being redeployed to the Ashuluk military range in the Astrakhan region,” Zenin said, adding that the first train carrying the S-400 system, special engineer equipment and infrastructure, already reached Ashuluk. The S-300 and Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound) anti-aircraft artillery systems are expected to be deployed to Ashuluk soon.

Zenin specified that the Aerospace Defense Forces would transfer more than 800 troops and 200 operational and special vehicles to Ashuluk. The three-phase Air and Ballistic Missile Defense Command and Air Defense brigade drills are scheduled to last until April 28.

After Series of Delays, Russia Launches New Soyuz Rocket

After Series of Delays, Russia Launches New Soyuz Rocket

MOSCOW, December 28 (RIA Novosti) – A new Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on Saturday after numerous delays earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The ministry said the launch took place at 16:30 Moscow time (12:30 GMT).

The rocket put into designated orbit a small research satellite built by students and young scientists.

The new rocket, dubbed the Soyuz-2.1v, is to feature a completely reworked first stage powered by a NK-33 (14D15) rocket engine built by the NK Engines Company in the Russian city of Samara. The rocket lacks the characteristic four boosters that Soyuz and its ancestors have had since the R-7 missile that launched Sputnik in 1957.

The launch was originally scheduled for Monday and was delayed first until Tuesday and then until Wednesday due to concern over a possible malfunction of one of the rocket’s engines.

A Russian defense official, Colonel Dmitry Zenin, said later on Wednesday the launch was postponed again and will take place sometime next year.

A state commission that gathered on Saturday morning, decided to launch the rocket at 14:00, but it was also cancelled minutes before the planned blastoff.

The Soyuz, the most frequently launched rocket in the world, has undergone more than 1,700 launches since its debut in 1966. It is one of only two rockets worldwide that are capable of sending astronauts into orbit, the other being the Chinese Long March 2F.

3 Russian Military Satellites Put Into Orbit

3 Russian Military Satellites Put Into Orbit

MOSCOW, December 25 (RIA Novosti) – Three military satellites launched from Russia early Wednesday morning have reached their target orbit, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The three Kosmos-series satellites, designated Kosmos-2488, Kosmos-2489 and Kosmos-2490, reached orbit at about 6:16 a.m. Moscow time (02:31 GMT) after lifting off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, Col. Dmitry Zenin said.

The Russian Rokot carrier rocket carrying the trio lifted off on time from at 4:31 a.m. Moscow time (00:31 GMT), Zenin said. It was the fourth launch from Plesetsk this year of Rokot, a system based on the RS-18 ballistic missile.

Zenin did not specify what role the satellites would perform