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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.




First planes to land at new military airfield in Russia’s Baltic exclave by year-end

Kaliningrad, located between Latvia to the north and Poland to the south

MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/.

A new military airfield in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will be ready to accept first planes of the naval aviation by the end of the year, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

“The new military airfield in the Kaliningrad Region will be ready to accept its first planes by the end of the year, thanks to completion of the phase one of the construction works, carried out as part of a large-scale renovation of the airfield’s facilities,” the ministry said in a statement.

The construction site was inspected by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov, who also inspected the construction of military warehouses in the region.

“While visiting construction sites of military facilities, Timur Ivanov demanded that members of the Defense Ministry’s military construction branch, as well as affiliated organizations and contractors, sped up the pace of the works, as well as the number of workers and special equipment involved,” the ministry said.

He also stressed that the projects must be completed in time and with due quality.



Russia’s advanced icebreaker Ilya Muromets begins state trials in Baltic Sea

The Ilya Muromets, a Project 21180 diesel-electric icebreaker, leaves the Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard to undergo final tests in the Gulf of Finland. Peter Kovalev/TASS

ST. PETERSBURG, October 5. /TASS/.

The advanced icebreaker Ilya Muromets built for the Russian Navy has started state trials at practice ranges in the Baltic Sea, TASS reports from the Admiralty Shipyard’s wharf.

Before the launch of the state trials, the icebreaker was inspected by Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Alexander Fedotenkov.

“The Navy has not accepted icebreakers into its structure for over 40 years already and, therefore, the construction of the Ilya Muromets icebreaker was a historic event for us. We need the icebreaker very much, considering that Russia has returned to the Arctic and combat ships constantly carry out voyages to Arctic regions. With the arrival of the icebreaker for the Northern Fleet, the grouping in Arctic regions will be self-sufficient,” Fedotenkov said.

The construction of the icebreaker at the Admiralty Shipyard proceeded strictly according to schedule, he noted.

“We laid down the icebreaker in 2015 and floated it out in 2016 and now we are starting its state trials,” the Russian Navy deputy commander-in-chief said.

The state trials of the Ilya Muromets icebreaker will last 27 days, the Navy’s main headquarters reported.

The trials will check all the icebreaker’s performance characteristics and systems, specifically, the operation of its radio navigation and other radio technical equipment, load-lifting mechanisms, life support systems, propulsion units and anchoring gear.

“In the first ten-day period of November, the icebreaker will perform its passage to the Northern Fleet. The Russian Navy flag will be hoisted on the icebreaker until the end of November,” the Navy’s main headquarters said.

The icebreaker is under construction at the Admiralty Shipyard at the slipway that was once used to build the world’s first ever nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin.

The Ilya Muromets will displace 6,000 tonnes. It incorporates new principles of electric propulsion and a modern power unit. The icebreaker is expected to have a crew of 32, a sea endurance of 60 days and a cruising range of 12,000 miles. The icebreaker is capable of breaking an ice field of up to 80 cm thick.





Russia to complete its missile warning radar network by 2019

Voronezh-M class long-range missile warning radar. Vadim Savitsky/TASS

Currently, the new-generation Voronezh radars are on combat duty in the Leningrad, Kaliningrad and Irkutsk Regions, as well as in the Kransnodar Territory.

MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/.

Russia will complete the creation of a network of the Voronez early warning radars by 2019, the commander-in-chief of the Russian Space Forces, Col. Gen. Alexander Golovko, told reporters on Wednesday.

“Work continues to create new radars of the missile attack warning system in the Republic of Komi and the Murmansk Region,” the official said on the occasion of the Space Forces Day, celebrated in Russia on October 4.

“We plan to complete the network of the new Voronezh radar stations on the territory of the Russian Federation in 2019.”

He said the Russian Space Forces view the project as one of its top priorities.

Currently, the new-generation Voronezh radars are on combat duty in the Leningrad, Kaliningrad and Irkutsk Regions, as well as in the Kransnodar Territory.

State trials of similar radars in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Altai Territory and the Orenburg Region have been completed. They will enter combat duty once their trial run period is over, which is expected by the end of the year.

The Russian Space Forces Day is celebrated in Russia annually on October 4 and marks the launch of the Earth’s first artificial satellite, carried out by the Soviet Union in 1957.







Sweden’s Army Commander-in-Chief visits Donbas conflict zone

Swedish Chief of the General Staff informed General Bydén. Press service of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Sweden Micael Bydén visited one of the areas of Donbas conflict zone on October 2. This was reported on the Facebook page of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

It is noted that Muzhenko drew the attention of his Swedish colleague to the critical state of civilian infrastructure affected by shelling of the occupants.

Chief of the General Staff informed General Bydén that “the peaks of ceasefire violation in Donbas conflict zone by the Russian-terrorist forces coincide with the rounds of peace talks in Minsk, which shows that Russia pressures the negotiation process.”

Swedish Chief of the General Staff informed General Bydén. Press service of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Related: Militants violate truce 17 times in Donbas over 24 hours

As it was reported earlier in order to regain control over the Donbas border, it is important for Ukraine to consolidate its efforts at the international level, and also to cooperate with the OSCE. This was stated by the head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Petro Tsyhykal after the meeting with the head of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan.


NATO jets in Baltics scrambled twice last week over Russian military aircraft

F-15C Eagles, Airmen and associated equipment from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, U.K., to support the next NATO Baltic Air Policing rotation at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania. On 30 August 2017

VILNIUS, Oct 02 (LETA–BNS) – NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled twice last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The Alliance’s jets took off last Monday to intercept a Tu-134 plane flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia according to a flight plan, with its on-board transponder switched on and in radio contact with the air traffic control centre.

An Il-76 plane was intercepted on Tuesday on its way from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. The aircraft had a flight plan and kept radio contact with air traffic controllers, but its on-board transponder was off.


Russian Aerospace Force intercept foreign reconnaissance aircraft 9 times this week

Donat Sorokin/TASS

Fighters of the Russian Aerospace Force over past week nine times took off to intercept foreign reconnaissance aircraft – fewer than a week earlier, the Krasnaya Zverzda (Red Star) newspaper reported on Friday.

A week earlier, the defense authority reported the aircraft were scrambled 14 times to intercept foreign aircraft.

The Defense Ministry’s infographics, published in the newspaper on Friday, shows 58 foreign aircraft conducted air reconnaissance, where 46 were at the western strategic direction, seven – at the Arctic, four – at the eastern and one – at the southern direction.


Over 600 special forces on alert in drills in Russia’s south

ROSTOV-ON-DON, September 27. /TASS/.

Special ops forces of the Southern Military District deployed to the Rostov Region have been put on alert and sent to a proving ground near Novocherkassk, the district’s official spokesman, Vadim Astafyev, told TASS.

“After an alarm bell, more than 600 special ops forces were deployed to the area of holding tactical and special exercises at the Kadamovsky proving ground,” the spokesman said.

Novocherkassk, near to Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine.

The military will train how to destroy simulated illegal armed groups, eliminate their bases and release hostages. The forces will also practice searching for caches of ammunition and weapons in the forest.

The exercises will involve more than 100 pieces of equipment, including the Mi-8AMTSh Terminator assault helicopters.




Russia’s 12th “Raptor” high speed patrol boat ready for delivery

Russia’s 12th Raptor Patrol Boat – ready for delivery

Another Project 03160 high speed patrol boat built for the Russian Navy has passed state trials and is ready for delivery.

The Russian defense ministry announced on September 25 that the 12th “Raptor” patrol boat completed trials in the Baltic Sea and that it would inducted into the Baltic Fleet shortly.

The ministry added that the boat was constructed ahead of schedule.

The second batch of 10 Project 03160 boats is being built by Russian Pella Shipyards under a contract from 2016. All ten boats are to be delivered by 2018.

Pella Shipyards was also in charge of constructing the first batch of 8 boats, with all units in the class being delivered before 2015-end.

Project 03160 boats are the fastest vessels in the Russian Navy capable of reaching of up to 50 knots, according to the shipbuilder. The Raptor can transport up to 20 persons and operates within 100 miles of the shore.

The boats are armed with a 14.5 millimeter gun with a remotely controlled with a gyro-stabilized electro-optical module (GOEM). They also have two 7.62 mm 6P41 “Pecheneg” machine guns.

Raptors are strikingly similar in design to the Swedish Combat Boat 90 (CB 90) which the Swedish shipbuilder Dockstavarvet has been delivering to the Swedish Navy since 198. It has, however, never been confirmed that Project 03160 boats are licensed copies of the Swedish design.

The video below, shared by shipbuilder Pella, shows a Project 03160 boat in action.


Russian army to get bulk of Terminator armoured vehicles in 2018

BMPT-72 (Terminator 2) Russian Tank Support Combat Vehicle

MOSCOW, September 26. /TASS/.

The majority of the Terminator tank support combat vehicles will be delivered to the Russian army in 2018, Uralvagonzavod’s Director General Alexander Potapov said on Tuesday.

“We intend to send the bulk of the vehicles (the Terminators – TASS) in 2018,” he stated.

The Russian Defense Ministry’s Tank-Automation Commander Alexander Shevchenko said earlier that the Terminator combat vehicles would be put into service in the Russian army this year.

He noted that this is “a vehicle of a brand-new class” that “has already attracted many countries, chiefly Israel and Syria.” The tank support fighting vehicle has successfully passed all types of tests, the general specified.

The Russian Defense Ministry inked a contract to deliver the Terminators at the Army 2017 forum. The total sum of the agreements sealed between the Defense Ministry and Uralvagonzavod back then had surpassed 24 bln rubles ($417 mln).

The Terminator’s combat weight is 44 tonnes, according to the producer’s website. The vehicle is equipped with two 30mm-caliber 2A42 autocannons and a 7.62mm-caliber PKTM twin-mount machine gun.




Video: Russia launches second nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Sibir’

Russia launches second nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir

Russian shipbuilder Baltic Shipyard has launched the second of three Project 22220, nuclear-powered icebreakers at its shipyard in St. Petersburg.

Sibir, as the second icebreaker in the class is named, was launched on September 22 into the River Neva in presence of Russian president Vladimir Putin and a number of other government and shipyard officials.

Together with sister ship Arktika, the Sibir is dubbed the “world’s largest and most powerful” icebreaker.

The Sibir was launched 16 months after it started construction in May 2015. The lead ship, Arktika, was launched in June 2016 and is expected to be commissioned in June 2019.

Designed by Iceberg Central Design Bureau in 2009, the 173-meter long icebreakers will be capable of breaking ice up to 2.8 meters thick.

The vessels are being built for Rosatomflot for operation in Arctic waters and in the waters of the mouth of the Yenisei river and the Gulf of Ob.