Space Wars? Moscow Seeking ‘Qualitative Parity’ With Washington – US Intel Chief

 

“Moscow is pursuing a wide range of nuclear, conventional, and asymmetric capabilities designed to achieve qualitative parity with the United States,” Coats told the US Senate Intelligence Committee. “These capabilities will give Moscow more options to counter US forces and weapons systems.”

On April 20, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the country was developing hypersonic weapons on par with the United States. Continue reading

Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgrade

FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 file photo, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shougu speaks during a meeting with senior military officials in Moscow, Russia. Sergei Shoigu told lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, that the sweeping military modernization program will continue at a high pace this year. Amid tensions with the West, the Kremlin has continued to spend big on new weapons despite Russia’s economic downturn. (Balashova Olga/Defence Ministry Pool Photo via AP, file)

 

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Wednesday.

Minister Sergei Shoigu told lawmakers the air force will receive 170 new aircraft, the army will receive 905 tanks and other armored vehicles while the navy will receive 17 new ships this year.

Amid tensions with the West, the Kremlin has continued to spend big on new weapons despite Russia’s economic downturn. Continue reading

NATO’s new SACEUR issues Russia warning

NATO’s new military commander warned on 28 July that Russia’s increasing military transformation meant NATO nations need to modernise and invest in defence.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, General Mike Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), described Russia’s military as impressive. He said Moscow had managed to overcome problems and seriously strengthen its military in just a few years.

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Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces to Go All-Digital by 2020

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces will completely switch to digital data transmission technologies by 2020, spokesperson of the Defense Ministry Maj. Dmitry Andreev told journalists.

“With the current pace of modernization in the armed forces, communication systems will be all-digital by 2020,” Andreev said.

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Russian Strategic Missile Forces to Get 1,000 Training Simulators by 2020

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“In 2016, more than 100 newest simulator complexes are expected to be delivered to forces and units of [Russia’s] Strategic Missile Forces, which are rearmed with Yars mobile ground missile systems. By 2020, Strategic Missile Forces will receive some 1,000 simulator complexes to train specialists for advanced missile systems,” Dmitry Andreev said.

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Report: Russia plans to buy 200 aircraft, 30 ships per year

The Russian Defence Ministry will buy roughly 200 aircraft and about 30 ships annually, state-owned news agency TASS reported on 14 December citing Russian chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov. Continue reading

AFA 2015: Russia has closed air power gap with NATO, US warns

  • Russia’s military modernisation has diminished NATO’s air superiority in Europe
  • The Pentagon is most alarmed by Russia’s ability to create A2/AD challenges

Russia’s military modernisation has diminished NATO’s air superiority in Europe, US Air Force (USAF) General Frank Gorenc, the commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa, said during the Air Force Association’s annual symposium on 14 September.

“They have closed the gap,” Gen Gorenc, also the chief of Allied Air Command, told reporters during a briefing. Continue reading

Russia to Build 5th-Gen. Nuclear Subs by 2020 in Push to Modernize Military

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According to the general director of Sevmash, a Russian shipbuilding company, the construction of fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarines could begin by 2020.

MOSCOW (Sputnik)– The construction of fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarines could begin at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia by 2020, the company’s general director Mikhail Budnichenko said.

“The modernization of the shipyard’s capacity is actively underway to ensure the construction of advanced submarines. This process will provide a platform for the future construction of new-generation boats,” Budnichenko said in an interview with RIA Novosti. Continue reading

Russia’s Deadliest Sub Will Have a New Home by October

New Russian submarine facilities currently under construction on the Kamchatka Peninsula could be completed by the end of October USNI News reports.

The Rybachiy Nuclear Submarine Base, located nine miles (15 kilometers) across Avacha Bay from the region’s capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, is home to most of Russia’s Pacific nuclear submarine fleet and will be the homeport of the Russian Navy’s new Borei-class (aka Dolgorukiy-class), Project 955, fourth generation SSBN (Ship, Submersible, Ballistic, Nuclear) submarines.

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Putin: Russia Steps Up Modernization of Armed Forces

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The modernization of Russia’s armed forces has stepped up its pace, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a meeting on the development of Russia’s defense industry.

SOCHI, May 12 (Sputnik) – The president added that the priority task was to keep the pace. Continue reading

Putin just dismissed nearly 20 generals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed nearly 20 generals just a day before Moscow was set to host a Victory Day parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, RIA Novosti reports.

The generals were dismissed by a presidential decree. Among those let go was the lieutenant general of police, Sergey Lavrov, as well as the head of media relations in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Andrei Pilipchuk. Continue reading

Russian Tu-160 Heavy Bomber to Be Invisible to Air Defense

 

KRET companies are designing engine control and fuel consumption systems as well as a maintenance service which would help the crew in force majeure situations.

On April 29, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the Kazan Aircraft Production Association and ordered to resume production of the Tu-160.
“There is no match to the Tu-160 among supersonic aircraft,” Shoigu said.

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Russia to Renew Production of Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ Strategic Bomber

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Russia is to renew production of Tu-160 (Blackjack) supersonic strategic bomber and missile carrier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

“Today it is already necessary to solve the task of not only maintaining and modernizing long-range aviation, we must also produce the Tu-160 missile carrier,” Shoigu said during a visit at the Kazan Aviation Plant. Continue reading

Russia Again Flight Tests New ICBM to Treaty-Violating Range

Russia conducted a flight test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month that some U.S. officials and security analysts say is a new violation of Moscow’s arms control treaty commitments.

The March 18 flight test of a new RS-26 missile is part of a large-scale nuclear arms buildup by Russia and is raising concerns about treaty compliance, said U.S. officials familiar with details of the missile test. Continue reading

Russian Nuclear Missile Forces Conduct Large-Scale Exercises Across Country

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Russia’s nuclear missile force staged large-scale exercises across the vast country Thursday consisting of drills to combat sabotage and chemical weapons attacks. More than 30 regiments of the Strategic Missile Forces were involved in 12 regions, according to Itar-Tass, a Russian news agency close to the government.

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