US Hypersonic Aircraft Will Not Catch Russia Flat-Footed

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The all-new Voronezh-class radar stations are able to spot and track America’s hypersonic aircraft designed to bypass Russia’s missile warning system. Until very recently the trajectories of these “fast runners” were impossible to register, much less to track.

Right now the Pentagon is developing several hypersonic vehicles as part of the DARPA Falcon Project. The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), which accelerated to about 6 kilometers a second during flight tests in 2015 and 2016, is in the final stages of development now. Continue reading

Space Warfare: No Longer Just Science Fiction

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What was once restricted to the realm of fiction and fantasy is now reality, and the U.S. is already losing.

In the last few decades, the idea of space warfare has evolved dramatically. Once perceived only in the fantasy realm of tie fighters and X-wings, war in outer space is now reality. In a technological age, satellites and military installations in orbit are taking on a pivotal role in geopolitics.

The realm formerly dominated by the United States is under threat. With each satellite launch by foreign powers, gaping holes form in America’s defenses. Space is being opened up to a number of powerful nations eager to exploit the heavens for their own military advantage. Invisible battlegrounds are forming in the night sky.

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Russia, Iran Mull Possibility of Joint Military Drills, Observers’ Exchange

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia’s Izvestia newspaper reported, citing a source, that best practices in conducting joint drills were discussed during the talks between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and commander of the Iranian forces taking part in the 2016 International Army Games Brig. Gen. Vali Madani on Monday.

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Russian Navy to Create Special Icebreaker Fleet to Protect Interests in Arctic

The Russian Navy will create a special group of icebreakers for the protection of islands along the country’s Arctic coast, the Russian Izvestia newspaper reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The new fleet of military icebreakers will also likely include ice-class ships capable of carrying artillery and missile weaponry, the newspaper said on Friday.

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Russia may test-fire its most powerful ballistic missile Sarmat near Hawaii

Overcoming the U.S. missile defense system shouldn’t be a problem when it’s so flawed and failing tests.

 

Russia has started large-scale preparations for flight tests of the new “Sarmat” heavy intercontinental ballistic missile which is set to join the service by 2018. The former Chief of Staff of the Strategic Missile Forces, Viktor Esin, said that the missile will replace the most powerful RS-20V Voevoda (according to NATO classification – SS-18 Satan)ballistic complexes.

“These missiles have been in service for more than 25 years, with each of them able to deliver ten megaton nuclear warheads at a distance of more than 11,000 kilometers, guaranteeing inevitable retaliation in the event of aggression against Russia,” news website Izvestia reported Esin as saying. Continue reading

Russia to reveal location of US military satellites in free space database – report

Russia’s own data on near-Earth objects – including military satellites not covered by the open catalog of the North-American warning system NORAD – could soon be made publicly available as a comprehensive database, Russian media report.

Russia is planning to set up a free database on thousands of near-Earth objects, including those not publicly listed in open catalogs of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday.

NORAD doesn’t only track Santa at Christmas – its database also provides details on thousands of satellites launched, destroyed or still functioning. While the catalog does not disclose data on America’s own military or dual-use satellites (or those of allies – Japan, France, Germany and Israel among them), as Izvestia says, it does feature Russia’s defense satellites.

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The Russians Are Coming? Cypriots Want Russian Military Base

Marius Fotiu, head of the organization, pointed out that Cyprus is the closest EU member-state to Syria so the probability of terrorist attacks in the country is extremely high. Activists asked Anastasiades to “invite units of Russian Aerospace Forces and Navy to Cyprus territory,” according to Izvestia newspaper. Continue reading

Russia could ditch US dollar in 2-3 years – head of Russia’s #2 bank

Two to three years would be enough time for Russia to switch to international settlements to the ruble, Andrey Kostin, head of Russia’s second-biggest bank VTB, said.

“Two to three years is enough, not only to launch [settlements in rubles], but also to complete these mechanisms. But much will depend on how banks will cope with the task,” Kostin said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper. Continue reading

Russia has stationed Iskander missiles in western region: reports

What likely transpired here is both a ‘signal’ that the EU will not swipe Ukraine away from the Kremlin, and that it can intimidate Europe because it can. The fight for Ukraine has also been going on for years (i.e. Orange Revolution) and is not just a recent event. The Russians, as they were in the past, are masters at turning their provocations around and making it like they’re the injured party. In this case, it’s also NATO fault because of the missile shield. If you want to get deeper in context, it could also be argued that this is a hidden war between Moscow and Berlin, two countries who have always fought over eastern Europe and the Balkans because both realize this is the key to entering the opposition’s territory.

One might scoff at the idea, and that’s fine, but history always repeats itself. Moscow hasn’t changed since the introduction of Leninism, Marxism and Communism — and as Margaret Thatcher had once said: Instead of anchoring Germany to Europe, Europe has been anchored to Germany. Germany is in full control of Europe again and one only has to compare its history to what’s going on today.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has deployed Iskander missiles with a range of hundreds of kilometers in its Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, the newspaper Izvestia reported on Monday.

The Izvestia report came after the German newspaper Bild reported on Saturday that secret satellite imagery showed Iskander-M missiles stationed near the Polish border. Continue reading

Russia to acquire cutting-edge tracking system by late 2013 – report

From the state-run Soviet propaganda website, Russia Today:

A global surveillance intelligence system being finalized in Russia will track down anything that flies, sails or drives from thousands of kilometers away, a Defense Ministry source says. The system allegedly detects all known stealth technology.

­The Multi Intelligence Information System (MIIS) promises to be more effective than existing airborne, space and radar reconnaissance combined, a source in the Defense Ministry informed Izvestia daily.

The tech specs of the program are most likely to stay top secret for years to come, but the source explained that modus operandi of the system is locating and tracking man-made objects and mechanisms which use waves of a different nature while operating.

“Every civilian or military object, be it airborne or on the ground, uses various systems emitting radio waves. It could be radar stations, communication systems, navigation GPS and GLONASS complexes, radio altimeters etc. Aircrafts have thermal and other sorts of wave emissions. The principles of physics cannot be escaped, even by American stealth B2 and F22 military aircraft. The task of MIIS is to spot such emissions, get exact coordinates and track the movement,” the source shared. Continue reading