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Baltic Fleet ships enter North Sea

Boiky corvette, Vitaly Nevar/TASS

The Baltic Fleet squadron consisting of the Boiky and Soobrazitelny corvettes and the Kola tanker has passed through the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits and entered the North Sea, the fleet’s spokesman Roman Martov told TASS.

“During the sea passage, the Boiky and Soobrazitelny crews carried out drills on pilotage in narrow waters. Along the route from the Baltic to the North Sea, the ships hammered out scheduled tasks of organizing air, anti-submarine and anti-sabotage defense,” he said.

TASS reported earlier that the ships put out to sea on October 14 and headed for the Atlantic Ocean to fulfil the planned tasks of the distant cruise. According to the fleet’s spokesman, “the ship crews will perform a variety of training combat tasks during the cruise, including joint drills on communications, air and anti-submarine defense, as well as replenishment at sea in a number of ways.”

Ka-27PS antisubmarine helicopters are on board the corvettes, and their crews will train to search “enemy” submarines, detect surface targets and conduct search and rescue operations.

The main task of the cruise is to secure naval presence in various parts of the Atlantic Ocean.




Russian Navy’s aviation to get 10 upgraded antisubmarine warfare helicopters a year

Sergey Savostyanov/TASS

The Russian Navy’s aviation arm plans to receive 10 modernized Kamov Ka-27M antisubmarine warfare helicopters a year, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

“This year, the number of Ka-27 helicopters arriving for naval aviation will make up another ten rotocraft. In compliance with the state armament program, the naval aviation is planned to be receiving 10 upgraded Ka-27M helicopters a year until the entire pool of these choppers is modernized,” the Defense Ministry said.

The first eight Ka-27M helicopters arrived for the Navy’s aviation in 2016. The helicopters are being modernized at the Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise.

“The helicopters have received upgraded onboard radio-electronic equipment and a search system that allows using new systems of searching for and destroying submarines, and also radio-acoustic equipment that helps considerably improve the fulfilment of designated missions by this type of helicopters,” the Defense Ministry said.

Kamov Ka-27M

The helicopter incorporates modern methods of information transmission to ground-based and shipborne command posts while its system of communication with other helicopters has been modernized. The crews of Ka-27M helicopters are undergoing training at the naval aviation flight personnel training center in Yeisk.

Ka-27 multi-purpose helicopters of various modifications are the mainstay of the naval aviation’s helicopter pool. They provide antisubmarine defense of naval groups, search for, detect and destroy submarines and are capable of searching for and rescuing the crews of aircraft, ships and vessels in distress at sea.




Russian planes return to bases after Zapad-2017 exercise

MiG-29SMT (МиГ-29СМТ) returning to base

MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/.

Planes and helicopters of Russia’s Aerospace Force and the Western Military District are returning to their bases after the Zapad-2017 strategic exercise, the Defense Ministry said.

“The crews of tactical and army aircraft of the Aerospace Force and the Western Military District, which participated in the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2017, have begun to return to their permanent locations,” the Defense Ministry said.

The Sukhoi-35S, MiG-31BM, MiG-29SMT, Sukhoi-30SM, Sukhoi-24M, Sukhoi-34 and Sukhoi-25 planes and helicopters Mi-28N, Mi-35, Mi-8 and Ka-52, which were involved in different episodes of the drills, some of them in Belarus, will be back to base within two days.

“The aircrews coped with all of their tasks despite bad weather, including tactical airborne assault, support for ground troops, interception of air targets and strikes against targets on the ground,” the Defense Ministry said.

The joint Russian-Belarussian strategic exercise Zapad-2017 was held in the territory of both countries on September 14-20. Taking part in them were about 12,700 officers and men, (including about 10,200 in Belarus), about 70 planes and helicopters, up to 680 ground vehicles, including 250 tanks, up to 200 artillery pieces, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, and ten ships.




Russian Helicopter Mistakenly Fires At Vehicles During War Games

Kamov Ka-52 Alligator Attack Helicopter

Despite the conjecture of recent days, Radio Free Europe has released footage that appears to confirm that one of a pair of Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters did fire rockets at onlookers at the 2017 Zapad wargames in Russia. A car was said to have been hit.

There are no reports of any fatalities. Russian news services claim that one of the Ka-52s suffered from a malfunction which resulted in an accidental firing whilst performing a display for spectators.




Russian Baltic Fleet helicopters destroy maneuver enemy submarine during Zapad-2017 drills

Kamov Ka-27PL

KALININGRAD, September 17. /TASS/.

Crews of the Russian Baltic Fleet marine aviation helicopters stopped and destroyed a submarine of the maneuver enemy during the Zapad-2017 (West-2017) strategic drills, the fleet’s spokesman, Roman Martov, said on Sunday.

“A maneuver enemy submarine was detected in the area of sea routes. Ka-27PL marine aviation helicopters were sent to the designated area. The crews used radar and hydro-acoustic tools to detect and chase the submarine,” he said, adding that once spotted the submarine was destroyed with the use of air bombs.

Earlier in the day, the Ka-27PL helicopters were used to back Baltic Fleet warships which destroyed another submarine of the maneuver enemy.

A large-scale exercise Zapad-2017 began in Russia and Belarus on September 14. The drills are held at three proving grounds in Russia and six in Belarus involving 12,700 troops (7,200 Belarussian and 5,500 Russian), about 70 warplanes and helicopters, up to 680 ground vehicles, including about 250 tanks, 200 artillery pieces, multiple rocket launchers and mortars and ten warships.

The main purpose of the exercise is to improve the compatibility of command and control centers, test new documentation and let commanders of all levels practice planning and control of operations on the basis of experience gained in the latest military conflicts.

The exercise will last till September 20.


Russian attack helicopters provide aerial backing to land troops during Zapad-2017 drills

Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter

LUZHSKY GROUND /Leningrad region/, September 17. /TASS/.

Attack helicopters of Russia’s Western Military District provided air support to ground troops and hit more than 20 maneuver enemy targets during the Zapad-2017 (West-2017) drills, the district’s press service said on Sunday.

“As part of the Zapad-2017 joint strategic exercises, crews of Mi-28N and Ka-52 attack helicopters drills the skills of aerial reconnaissance, delivering missile strikes at land-based targets and backing land troops at the Luzhsky training ground,” the press service said.

While drilling aerial reconnaissance skills, the pilots conducts nap-of-the-earth flights at set intervals and distances.

Apart from that, the helicopters launched unguided missiles and used onboard weapons to hit more than 20 targets imitating armored vehicles, artillery positions, strongholds and other facilities of the maneuver enemy.

Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter

A large-scale exercise Zapad-2017 began in Russia and Belarus on September 14. The drills are held at three proving grounds in Russia and six in Belarus involving 12,700 troops (7,200 Belarussian and 5,500 Russian), about 70 warplanes and helicopters, up to 680 ground vehicles, including about 250 tanks, 200 artillery pieces, multiple rocket launchers and mortars and ten warships.

The main purpose of the exercise is to improve the compatibility of command and control centers, test new documentation and let commanders of all levels practice planning and control of operations on the basis of experience gained in the latest military conflicts.

The exercise will last till September 20.


Russia plans to export weapons worth $47-50 bln

Sukhoi Su-30 Multi-role combat fighter jet in various forms currently operated by 12 nations

The book order for the export of Russian military hardware is worth $47-50 billion, Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said on Wednesday.

“Our book order is in the range of $47-50 billion. We believe that this trend will persist. The book order is a very important thing as it speaks about the commitments of our suppliers,” he said at a press conference devoted to the results of the Army-2017 international military and technical forum.

Combat aircraft account for about 50% of Russia’s total arms exports, Shugayev said.

“The figures were already mentioned. They indicate that the volume [of aircraft supplies] on the world market is 27% We are approaching the level of about 30% for the delivery of land-based military hardware while air defense systems make up somewhere 20% and naval hardware accounts for 6-7%,” he said.

Russia exports “the entire range of fighter jets” widely known on world markets, Shugayev said. These are Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft, modernized Mikoyan MiG-29 planes, the latest MiG-35s, Mil Mi-35, Mi-28, Mi-17 and Kamov Ka-52 helicopters and Yak-130 combat trainers, he said.

“From among air defense systems, the greatest interest is shown in the S-400 complexes, Tor and Buk systems, Igla man-portable air defense missile systems, various armored vehicles, T-90 and T-90S tanks, striking complexes and electronic warfare means,” Shugayev said.

The Army-2017 international military and technical forum was held in the Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 22-27.






Modernized Ka-27M helicopters ready for serial delivery to Russian Navy

Photo: Russian Helicopters

After delivering the first modernized Ka-27M multirole helicopter to the Russian Navy in December 2016, Rostec subsidiary Russian Helicopters is ready for serial delivery of the Ka-27m aircraft to the Russian Navy.

After the first modernized unit passed all tests, the Russian defense ministry in late June approved the Ka-27M helicopter for serial production. The modernization of the helicopters will be held at the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.

The helicopter is equipped with a new tactical command system that includes new acoustic and magnetometric systems, a radio reconnaissance system, an information computation system and an active phased array airborne radar station.

This provides the Ka-27M with all-around visibility and the ability to detect all types of ships and submarines; detection and destruction range has grown. Modern methods of transmitting information to land and ship command posts are installed on the helicopter; connection with other helicopters is modernized.

“The modernized Ka-27M will let the Russian Naval Aviation to complete combat missions in close-in maritime zone more efficiently. In 2016, we have shipped a preproduction batch to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The machines were highly assessed by the pilots based on the exploitation results. The modernized Ka-27M helicopters possess much greater combat potential that their predecessors and will be able to fulfil a wide range of tasks for the Navy,” states Vladislav Savelyev, Deputy CEO for sales of the “Russian Helicopters” holding.

Multirole Ka-27 type helicopters of various modifications are currently the basis of the helicopter units of the Russian Naval Aviation. They provide aerial reconnaissance at sea, anti-submarine protection of naval groups, detection, tracing and destruction of submarines and ships, perform search-and-rescue operations for crews of aerial vehicles and ships who are in distress; they also implement transport tasks for ensuring successful activity of naval groups.


Egypt to receive 15 Russian ‘Alligator’ helicopters in 2017

Kamov Ka-52 Alligator Attack Helicopter

Egypt will receive 15 Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopters this year, head of the Russian Helicopters holding Andrey Boginsky said on the Russia 24 TV channel live.

“Three [helicopters] in the first batch for training, three in the second batch, 15 this year, and 46 in total,” he said, answering a question on the Ka-52 deliveries to Egypt.

A contract to supply 46 Ka-52 helicopters to Egypt was reported in 2016.

Last week, the Russian Helicopters press service said the company had completed training foreign engineering and technical staff under the first export contract for the helicopters.

There were also plans to discuss supplies of the shipborne version of the Ka-52 for Mistral-type helicopter carriers.





Ka-226 helicopter to be first equipped with new crash-resistant fuel system by 2019

Ka-226 helicopter. Marina Lystseva/TASS

The cutting-edge crash-resistant fuel system for helicopters will appear in Russia in 18-24 months and Ka-226 helicopter will be the first equipped with it, department director of Technodinamika Holding Egor Chetvertnykh said on Monday.

“This is one of system remaining in the priority list. Activities on this topic have been underway for several years. We identified the aircraft to be the first one fitted with this system – this is Ka-226 helicopter,” the expert said.

First specimens will be supplied to Russian Helicopters company in 18-24 months, he added.
Ka-226T is a lightweight multirole helicopter with the takeoff weight of 3.4 tonnes. It is intended to carry up to 1.5 tonnes of cargo or up to 7 passengers on board to a distance of 600 km.




Russia readies troops for Zapad war games with Belarus

Russia and Belarus are set to stage the Zapad 2017 war games, and the operation’s size is causing concern among Western observers. Moscow’s heavy troop presence has some worrying whether Minsk’s sovereignty is at risk.

Russian troops have been gathering in Belarus since Monday. The Zapad 2017 (West 2017) war games are slated to begin in September, with roughly 12,700 Russian soldiers officially participating, according to Moscow. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Russian officials for providing them with troop information, but said the games will nonetheless be closely monitored.

Read more: What are Russia’s Zapad war games?

War games exceeding 13,000 troops require the presence of external observers, as stipulated by the Vienna Document, a security agreement among the participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which includes Russia. Western observers fear Russia will break the agreed limit on troop participation. Opposition voices in Belarus, a Russian ally, worry that Russian troops will remain in the country following the exercises to de facto occupy the country.

Regional concern grows

Russia’s military build up to its West is worrying Belarus’ neighbors – Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states – which were all under Moscow’s control during the Soviet era. Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said there are 100,000 Russian troops that President Vladimir Putin wants to use to “put NATO to the test.”

The Zapad military exercises were previously held in 2013 and 2009

That number may refer to Russia’s total troop presence in the larger region for the exercises, Margarete Klein of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) told DW. The military exercises are taking place both in Russia and Belarus, she said, however a lot of speculation surrounds the operation.

“We just have to wait to see what happens,” Klein said. “It’s difficult to talk in advance about what the numbers may mean.”

Doubting the numbers

Russian military expert Alexander Golz pointed out that the Zapad war games extend beyond Belarus, as the Belarusian military announced they are to stretch from Russia’s Kola Peninsula near Finland to the western exclave of Kaliningrad in the Baltic region. Thus troops are being amassed not just in Belarus, but in Russia as well, he said, adding that Moscow has a history of playing fast and loose with troop numbers.

“Russia had a curious interpretation of the Vienna Document during the conflict in the Donbass,” Golz told DW, explaining that Moscow’s troop deployment to the country’s border with eastern Ukraine was said to be part of a military exercise so that the Kremlin could claim its soldiers’ presence did not exceed the Vienna Document’s limit.

Lukashenko, Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu coordinated for Zapad 2013

Everything above board?

Russia’s Defense Ministry has ordered about 4,000 rail cars, according to media reports, for troop transports to Belarus – more than previous exercises, including 1,000 more than for Zapad 2013, Alexander Alessin, a Belarusian military expert, told DW. Zapad 2017 would remain within the permissible limits, he said, calculating for up to 30 tons of equipment per soldier.

Prospects for Belarusian sovereignty

A post-operation occupation of Belarus is unlikely, Alessin said, because “occupying [Russia’s] only ally would undermine faith in the Kremlin, including with its potential partners.” It would also undermine Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s credibility – at home and abroad, which is in neither side’s interest. Alessin cited Belarus’ denial of Russia’s 2013 request to maintain airbases there.

Lukashenko is unlikely to allow Russian troops to remain in the country following the September maneuvers, Alexander Golz said. For 20 years, Lukashenko has been receiving money from Russia, he said, and therefore has always underscored Belarus’ strategic importance to Russia as an outpost. “As far as Russian military bases in Belarus go,” Golz added, “Lukashenko turned 180 degrees. Interestingly, Putin had to swallow that.”