Radar Station in Russia’s Kaliningrad Goes on Experimental Combat Duty

Radar Station in Russia’s Kaliningrad Goes on Experimental Combat Duty

MOSCOW, June 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has put the Kaliningrad early warning radar station on experimental combat duty, the press service of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) told RIA Novosti Monday.

“The Voronezh-DM missile attack early warning radar station located in Kaliningrad Region has gone on experimental combat duty. The state testing of the station will be conducted within three months, and upon completion it will be put on combat duty,” according to the press service.

The construction of the Voronezh-DM radar station in Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic exclave, began in February 2010. It covers almost all of Europe and the Atlantic Ocean, has a range of 6,000 kilometers and can simultaneously track up to 500 objects.

Voronezh-DM class radars can be more quickly deployed to a new site, and require a smaller crew to operate, compared to previous generation stations.

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Russia Continues Military Exercise near EU Border, ‘Eliminates’ Militant Group

Russia Continues Military Exercise near EU Border, 'Eliminates' Militant Group

MOSCOW, June 20 (RIA Novosti) – Paratroopers and coastal troops taking part in a large scale exercise in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad successfully “eliminated” a group of militants, according to the Russian Baltic Fleet’s press office.

“In the exercise’s scenario, intelligence was received about an illegal military group’s presence in one of the districts of Kaliningrad Region. A motorized infantry regiment was alerted,” said the statement. The motorized infantry regiment had to move 60 kilometers with artillery support to force the surrender of and eliminate the “potential enemy” forces.

During the first stage of the drills, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-34 bombers engaged land targets, while the Friday exercise involved about 1,000 military personnel and more than 100 pieces of military hardware, including aviation.

The joint exercise of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, Air Force and paratroopers is taking place at the same time as the NATO’s Saber Strike 2014 and Baltops 2014 exercises. The Russian Defense Ministry earlier said the number of troops deployed by Russia for the Kaliningrad military exercises is comparable to the ongoing NATO drills in terms of personnel and military hardware.

Following the reunification of Crimea with Russia, NATO has been flexing its military muscle near the Russian border. Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern over the West’s aggressive pressure on Russia.

Kaliningrad Warship Joins Russia’s Naval Force in Mediterranean

Kaliningrad Warship Joins Russia’s Naval Force in Mediterranean

Russian Military Technologies, 30.01.2014

The Russian Baltic Fleet’s big landing ship Kaliningrad has joined Russia’s naval force performing tasks in the Mediterranean Sea. This information was presented by Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveev, a spokesman for the Russian Baltic Fleet, on Wednesday.

“The big landing ship Kaliningrad has replaced the big landing ship Alexander Shabalin within the framework of planned rotation of Russia’s naval force in the Mediterranean Sea,” Mr. Matveev stated, noting that the Kaliningrad set out from Baltiysk on December 24, 2013 and has made a crossing to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet naval base in Novorossiysk. The warship’s crew drilled a set of training combat tasks, including air defence and anti-submarine exercises, deck exercises and trainings, as well as artillery exercises. After being replenished with fuel, water and food at the port of Novorossiysk, the Kaliningrad headed for the Mediterranean Sea.

It should be noted that this is not the first mission in the Mediterranean Sea for the warship’s crew. The landing ship performed the previous mission from December 2012 through August 2013.

Russian Military to Decide on Missile Deployment at NATO Borders

Russian Military to Decide on Missile Deployment at NATO Borders

MOSCOW, December 20 (RIA Novosti) – A decision on whether to deploy tactical ballistic missiles near borders with NATO countries will be made only following a threat assessment by the Russian military, Russia’s top diplomat said Friday.

“When such a necessity arises, it’s up to the military to decide,” Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Lavrov said that only professionals could provide a reliable assessment of the risks to Russia’s national security that would be posed by the European segment of the US global missile shield.

“That’s how the game is played. Nothing personal, so to speak,” the foreign minister said.

He reiterated, though, that the deployment of Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) nuclear-capable missile systems near NATO borders could eventually be part of Russia’s response to NATO missile defense plans.

It was claimed in media reports over the weekend that at least 10 Iskander systems had been identified by satellite photos in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad and along its border with Baltic states and NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

However, President Vladimir Putin denied on Thursday the reported deployment of such Iskanders, saying the Russian leadership had not yet made such a decision.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in an ambiguously worded statement earlier this week that Iskander missiles had been stationed in Russia’s Western Military District, which includes Kaliningrad as well as much of the European part of Russia.

Following the statement, representatives of a number of NATO nations expressed concern that if true, the move would represent a deepening of tensions with Russia that could demand a NATO response. The United States said the move would be destabilizing to the region.

Polish authorities said Thursday, however, that the Iskander deployment reports had not been confirmed by the country’s military.

Russia Confirms Tactical Missile Deployment on NATO Borders

Russia Confirms Tactical Missile Deployment on NATO Borders

MOSCOW, December 16 (RIA Novosti) – Russia confirmed Monday that it has deployed tactical ballistic missiles near its borders with NATO but said the move did not violate international agreements.

Bild newspaper in Germany reported over the weekend that Russia had “quietly” moved 10 Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) missile systems into its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad and along its border with the Baltic States and NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The deployment marks the realization of threats from Moscow to respond with a firm gesture to NATO plans to place elements of the so-called European missile shield close to Russian borders.

“The deployment of Iskander missile battalions on the territory of the Western Military District does not violate any respective international agreements,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Konashenkov declined to provide details on the number of deployed missiles or their specific locations.

The Iskander-M is a mobile theater missile system equipped with two solid-propellant single-stage 9M723K1 guided missiles with “quasi-ballistic” capability.

With its reported effective range of 400 kilometers (250 miles), the Iskander does not fall into the category of intermediate-range nuclear missiles banned by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Russia and the United States.

The missiles deployed in Kaliningrad could hit NATO targets located in Poland, Lithuania and even in Germany, however.

Russian Army Goes East with Biggest 2014 Drill

Russian Army Goes East with Biggest 2014 Drill

MOSCOW, November 30 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian military will hold its biggest drill of 2014 in the country’s east, First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said Saturday.

The East-2014 exercise will involve several army branches, Bakhin said on Ekho Moskvy radio.

He did not elaborate on the program or the exact time and venue for the event.

This year’s biggest drill, West-2013, took place in the Russian western exclave of Kaliningrad and the neighboring Belarus, Russia’s major European ally.

The Russian army held about 3,000 drills in 2013, including some 400 involving multiple army branches, Bakhin said.

Russia has 29 international military exercises lined up for next year, Bakhin also said.

Moscow announced last week plans to hold joint drills with China and Mongolia in 2014.

All Russian missile brigades to get Iskander sistems bi 2018

All  Russian  missile  brigades to get Iskander sistems  bi 2018

MOSCOW, June 28 (RIA Novosti) – Iskander-M ballistic missile systems, which can effectively engage two targets within a minute at a range of up to 280 kilometers, will be provided to all Russian Ground Forces missile brigades by 2018, the country’s defense minister said Friday.

The missiles have a non-ballistic flight path that is difficult for the enemy to predict and are guided throughout their flight.

On Friday, a missile brigade in southern Russia’s Astrakhan Region received an advanced Iskander-M missile complex, which “has no match in the world for its tactical specifications,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on a visit to the facility, Russian media reported.

The complex was delivered in a complete set, rather than “piecemeal” as previously done, the minister said. He stressed the importance of ensuring high personnel-training standards and the construction of new infrastructure for the system to be operated effectively.

In 2011, then-President Dmitry Medvedev announced plans to deploy Iskander missiles in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region, to counter the threat posed by US plans to deploy missile defense elements in Europe. NATO and the United States have insisted that the shield would defend NATO members against missiles from North Korea and Iran and would not be directed at Russia.

Russia proposed a joint missile defense system, an idea that many experts both at home and abroad dismiss as unviable and unrealistic. Then it demanded “legally binding guarantees” that US/NATO missiles would not be aimed at Russia.

Since Moscow’s proposal received a lukewarm response in the West, Russia has been warning of unspecified low-cost “asymmetric measures” to counter the future Western missile defense system.