Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 28, 2014 16:53:01 GMT -5
Russia Plans $55.3Bln Expenditure On Aerospace Defense by 2020.
MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s military will invest 2 trillion rubles ($55.3 billion) in building up its aerospace defense weapons over the next six years, defense officials said Friday.
Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said the goal is to spend the funds on developing the Aerospace Defense Forces, or VKO, by 2020 to make sure they were capable of combating existing and future types of air and space attacks.
The VKO, a military branch created in 2011, unites air and missile defense systems with early missile warning and space control mechanisms and is a top priority of the state armament program.
President Vladimir Putin, during a visit to an air defense systems plant in St. Petersburg in June, said 3.4 trillion rubles ($94.2 billion) would be allocated for development of the VKO by 2020.
A press spokesman said the two figures were related to the same 2020 rearmament push, but the reason for the discrepancy in figures was not immediately clear.
Russia Outlines Structure of Future Aerospace Defenses.
MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s aerospace defense network will consist of four subdivisions after 2015, a spokesman for the Aerospace Defense Forces (VKO) said Friday.
According to Major General Sergei Yagolnikov, the aerospace defenses will include a space- and ground-based intelligence-gathering and missile early warning network, an air and space defense command, a VKO command-and-control structure, and a logistics support branch.
The VKO was formed in 2011 to replace the Space Forces. It currently comprises the Space Command, the Air and Space Defense Command, and the Plesetsk space center, which is responsible for testing and launching carrier rockets with satellites.
Yagolnikov said that about a hundred research-and-development projects for new VKO weaponry were under way in Russia.
Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said Friday that the military will invest 2 trillion rubles ($55.3 billion) in building up its aerospace defense weapons over the next six years to ensure they are capable of thwarting existing and future types of air and space attacks.
Russia fires intercontinental ballistic missile in scheduled test.
RT.com March 04, 2014 19:57
The Russian military has successfully performed a scheduled test launch of the RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile, the country’s Defense Ministry said.
The launch of the intercontinental three-stage ballistic missile (ICBM) was carried out from Kapustin Yar testing ground in the Astrakhan region. The dummy warhead hit its target at a test ground in Kazakhstan, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told RIA Novosti.
“The aim was to test an advanced battle equipment for the intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the ministry stated.
Russia informed the United States ahead of the ICBM test - and even before the latest Russian military moves in Crimea - a US official told Reuters.
The White House confirmed that the launch was “routine” and that the United States had advanced notice. Such prior notification is required under the nuclear arms treaty between the two nations.
Since 2007, Topol has been repeatedly tested in order to allow for the extension of its current service life, which was recently extended to 25 years. Its initial service life was only 10 years.
In 1998, RS-12M Topol became the first Soviet mobile ICBM to be successfully entered into service.
Defense Ministry stressed that Kapustin Yar range is “a unique” facility for testing battle equipment for intercontinental ballistic missiles.
“Only it provided the test routes and the polygon measuring complex, which allows testing [of] advanced battle equipment capable of bypassing the anti-missile systems, including those with advanced configuration,” the ministry said.
Russia Starts Massive Air Defense Drills Amid Crimea Standoff.
MOSCOW, March 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Western Military District has begun large-scale air defense drills at its southern testing range of Kapustin Yar on the backdrop of further escalation of tensions with the West over Ukraine.
Kapustin Yar, located some 450 kilometers (280 miles) east of the Ukrainian border, will host about 3,500 troops and over 1,000 units of military hardware for about a month. The exercise will culminate with live-firing drills, involving S-300, Buk-M1 and other air defense systems.
“It is for the first time that all air defense units from the district, including coastal defenses of the Northern Fleet, have gathered in one place,” said the district’s spokesman, Col. Oleg Kochetkov.
“It is the largest-ever exercise held by air defense units of the Western Military District,” Kochetkov said, adding that the drills were part of a regular combat training cycle.
The exercise, however, coincides with further escalation of a political crisis in Ukraine that has led to the current standoff between Russia and the West over the fate of Crimea, an autonomous Ukrainian region with a majority ethnic Russian population.
Crimean authorities have refused to recognize as legitimate the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych late last month, and on Thursday they announced a decision to become part of Russia.
A popular vote to approve the decision will be held in Crimea on March 16.
Russia’s parliament has recently approved military intervention in Ukraine, while thousands of “local militia” allegedly under Russian command have taken control over Ukrainian military bases across Crimea in the past week.
Following these developments, the West showered Moscow with accusations of aggression and threats of sanctions while cutting off military exchanges with Russia and scrambling to bolster military cooperation within NATO.
The Pentagon announced plans on Wednesday to expand combat pilot training in Poland and to send six additional F-15C fighter jets to a NATO mission carrying out air patrols over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Patrols have been carried out on a three- to four-month rotation basis by 14 NATO states from Lithuania’s air base in Zokniai, near the northern city of Siauliai, since 2004 when the ex-Soviet republics joined the alliance.
The Estonian military said Thursday that the six US fighter jets as well as two KC-135 aerial refueling tankers landed at Zokniai, joining four US F-15s deployed there since January.
Russia may ban American START inspections – sources.
RT.com March 09, 2014 11:11
Sources in Russia’s Defense Ministry say officials are considering discontinuing US inspections of national strategic nuclear missile forces, citing “lack of trust” as reason for the move. Inspections have been permitted by the latest START treaty.
Inspections of nuclear forces are the major instrument of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed by then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama in 2010, and in force since 2011.
In particular, the inspectors should confirm the declared quantity of strategic nuclear weapons, which according to START should be no more than 1,550 nuclear warheads on each side deployed, on no more than 700 strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.
“Because such inspections are a measure of credibility, in terms of the declared ‘sanctions’ on the part of the US, there cannot be any normal regular bilateral contacts in regard of the [START] treaty,” an unnamed source in the Defense Ministry told several Russian news agencies.
The Pentagon and America’s NATO allies announced discontinuing military cooperation with Russia earlier this week over incongruity of positions on political developments in Ukraine.
Last Tuesday Pentagon’s representative, John Kirby, officially declared that the US had discontinued any military cooperation with Russia.
“We have, in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the United States and Russia,” spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement on March 4.
The suspension includes “exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences,” said Kirby.
The Russian Ministry regards the proclaimed US sanctions as an ‘unfriendly act’ compelling it to counteract, the source said.
“We consider the unreasonable threat to Russia from the US and NATO in its Ukrainian policy as an unfriendly gesture allowing us to declare force-majeure circumstances,” the unnamed official cited by Interfax news agency also stressed.
Other NATO member countries also closed ranks.
Canada distinguished itself most of all NATO member states by expelling, within 24-hours, nine Russian soldiers participating in military training.
Besides that, the US also imposed visa restrictions for some Russian state officials who they accuse of “threatening Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity,” the White House stated.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kirby told his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that “continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint,” Reuters quoted a source in the White House.
EU leaders also threatened Russia with sanctions, which could include visa bans, asset freezes and various economic restrictions - unless Russia engages in direct talks with the coup-appointed Ukrainian government. The EU also stopped the already stalled visa-free talks with Russia.
Both the EU and the US halted preparations for a G8 summit in Russia’s city of Sochi set for June.
On March 8, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin declared that after “blatant threats from the US and NATO,” the “soonest possible” rearmament t of the Russian army and revival of the defense industry is an uncontroversial necessity.
Russia's NATO envoy, Aleksandr Grushko, told reporters that “sanctions are not our weapon of choice.”
“Quite obviously, sanctions always stall any kind of situation. We are too interdependent, we are mutually dependent not only on our European partners, but even more interdependence exists between Russia and Ukraine. Therefore, all those who brandish bogey sanctions should, above all, think about how these sanctions would boomerang back to them,” Grushko said.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 14, 2014 12:36:02 GMT -5
wiki BrahMos-II or BrahMos-2 or BrahMos Mark II is a hypersonic cruise missile currently under joint development by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia, which have together formed BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. It is the second of the BrahMos series of cruise missiles. The BrahMos-II is expected to have a range of 290 kilometres (180 mi) and a speed of Mach 7. During the cruise stage of flight the missile will be propelled by a scramjet airbreathing jet engine. Other details, including production cost and physical dimensions of the missile, are yet to be published. It is expected to be ready for testing by 2017.
The planned operational range of the BrahMos-II has been restricted to 290 kilometres (180 mi) as Russia is a signatory to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which prohibits it from helping other countries develop missiles with ranges above 300 kilometres (190 mi). Its top speed will be double that of the current BrahMos-I, and it has been described as the fastest cruise missile in the world.
Design of multiple variants of the missile was completed by October 2011, with testing starting in 2012. These variants will arm the Project 15B destroyers of the Indian Navy. Fourth-generation multi-purpose Russian Naval destroyers (Project 21956) are also likely to be equipped with the BrahMos II.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 21, 2014 17:46:34 GMT -5
Up in arms: Poland accelerates missile defense plan amid Ukraine crisis.
RT.com March 21, 2014 01:08
Amid growing tensions in neighboring Ukraine, Poland's Defense Ministry has announced the country will speed up its efforts for a missile defense system.
Poland has announced it will boost the pace of its missile defense tender. The Thursday statement comes amid international tensions in and around Ukraine.
"The issues related with Poland's air defense will be accelerated," Reuters quoted spokesman Jacek Sonta as saying. "Poland plans to choose the best offer for its missile defense in the next few weeks."
The European NATO member was due to limit the number of existing bidders by June of this year. Yet, despite calls not to exacerbate tensions in the region, Poland decided to quicken the process, citing concerns over Ukraine.
Current bidders for the missile defense system include: France's Thales with European group MBDA and the Polish state defense group; the Israeli government; American Raytheon; and the Lockheed Martin’s MEADS consortium.
The spokesman clarified that Poland intends to sign the final agreement for the construction of the missile shield this year. The project is projected to be built by the end of 2022.
Military experts estimate that the project will cost up to $13.1 billion.
The shield is planned to be completed in stages. The first phase involves eight sets of mid-range interceptor rockets. The bill to ensure funding for the missile shield has already been passed, according to the spokesman.
The Polish shield is not the same project as the proposed US missile shield to be installed in Poland by 2018.
Poland has been very vocal during the Ukrainian crisis, boosting war fears, with senior US officials such as Vice President Joe Biden paying a visit to the country and reassuring it of NATO’s commitments.
The country has also recently served as a base for the US military. The Pentagon dispatched 12 warplanes and hundreds of troops to Poland following the Crimean referendum.
Before the referendum, NATO also conducted war games in Poland. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said that "events to the east" provided a reason to protect military spending in an age of austerity, though he did not directly mention Crimea in his statement.
Poland is a strategically important member of NATO, as it is a western neighbor of crisis-torn Ukraine.
US Congressman Stephen Lynch spoke out in approval of Poland's decision. "I think the action in Crimea makes it abundantly clear that NATO needs to do more to upgrade its defenses, not just missile defenses," he said.
US missile defense system faces further costs and delays due to failures - report.
RT.com April 02, 2014 19:52
A report released this week by the United States Government Accountability Office suggests that the Pentagon’s costly missile defense program could soon become much more expensive due to recent delays and other obstacles.
The federal government watchdog group released their report on Tuesday this week, and in it they wrote that the Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, accomplished only “mixed progress” in fiscal year 2013.
Although the GAO didn’t shy away from acknowledging the MDA’s achievements from last year, the report’s authors wrote that “development challenges” plagued two of the agency’s programs in particular, including the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMD) and the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GMD), spawning significant setbacks for the MDA as a result.
The government has spent $98 billion since 2002 to advance its missile defense system, the GAO acknowledged, and an additional $38 billion is expected to be spent on it between now and the end of fiscal year 2018. Citing a handful of problems, however, the GAO now expects that added costs could soon be incurred to further skyrocket the final price tag for the Pentagon.
With regards to the BMD system, the report says that the program will move forward through at least fiscal year 2015, despite encountering a failure during testing last year that has yet to be identified. And with respect to the GMD system, the GAO said a successful non-intercept flight test of its upgraded interceptor conducted last year came nearly seven years behind schedule.
“Until this upgraded interceptor is demonstrated in an intercept test, expected to be conducted in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, manufacturing and deliveries remain on hold,” the report’s authors wrote, suggesting further delays are likely to do more to hurt Uncle Sam’s pocketbook. According to the GAO, the cause of that failure is also yet to be determined.
The MDA may in fact be “improving the quality and comprehensiveness of the cost estimates that support its resource baselines,” the GAO acknowledged elsewhere in their report, but this week’s findings claims to have, for the fourth year in a row, determined that those cost estimates made by the Pentagon are “unreliable.”
“Congress has recently required MDA to include these costs in future acquisition baselines which may improve transparency. Second, MDA's schedule baselines are presented in a way that makes it difficult to assess progress,” the report reads in part. According to the GAO’s findings, though, the MDA has time and time again failed to stay on track with previously reported schedule baselines, instead suffering from significant delays that have in turn affected, according to the group, how decision makers evaluate the missile defense program.
“Until MDA improves the quality and comprehensiveness of its cost estimates and the content of its schedule information, its baselines will not be useful for decision makers to gauge progress,” the GAO wrote.
Reuters journalist Andrea Shalal wrote that continued problems, including the GMD system managed by defense contractor Boeing, “could drive the costs of US missile defense system even higher in coming years,” well above the millions that are already earmarked.
That isn’t to say that this week’s report is brimming with bad news, though. Elsewhere in the study, the GAO said that the estimated acquisition cost of Lockheed Martin’s famed F-35 fighter jet program has dropped $11.5 billion during the last year. Nevertheless, it is expected to be the Pentagon’s most costly weapons endeavor ever by the time all is said and done. According to ABC News, the latest price tag for that program is an estimated $332 billion.
MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is not purchasing foreign electronics equipment for its nuclear missile shield as all the necessary electronics are being developed and manufactured within the country, the chief of Russia’s state-owned electronics holding company told journalists Wednesday.
“Our first-priority task was to ensure the manufacture of the electronic component base for critical zones within Russia’s defense sector. And the nuclear missile shield is now one of these critical zones,” said Andrei Zverev, the CEO of Roselektronika.
The CEO added that the task had already been completed.
“One-hundred percent of electronic equipment for these purposes [nuclear and missile industries] is being manufactured in Russia,” he stressed.
Zverev specified that the bulk of the world’s electronic component industry is in Southeast Asia, with about 70 percent of global electronics production coming from Taiwan alone.
Roselektronika, Russia’s umbrella company for national electronics makers, produces electronic components mainly for military needs. As a holding trust, Roselektronika comprises 123 radio electronic enterprises.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 14, 2014 14:25:24 GMT -5
Russia Tests-Fires Yars Ballistic Missile.
MOSCOW, April 14 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Strategic Missile Forces test-fired on Monday an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a launch site in northwest Russia, the Defense Ministry said.
According to a ministry’s spokesman, Col. Igor Yegorov, the launch was carried out at 10.40 a.m. Moscow time (06:40 GMT) from a mobile launcher at the Plesetsk space center.
The test was successful as the simulated warhead hit a designated target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, Yegorov said.
The fifth-generation RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that was first tested in 2007.
The RS-24 ICBM can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems to a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles).
The Defense Ministry previously said the Topol-M and RS-24 ballistic missiles would be the mainstays of the ground-based component of Russia’s nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80 percent of the SMF’s arsenal by 2016.
US ‘anti-Russian’ missile shield may threaten nuke reduction, officials warn.
RT.com May 06, 2014 12:37
Moscow believes that the US has intensified its effort to create a Europe-based anti-missile shield and is increasingly certain that it is targeting Russia. If the situation deteriorates, US-Russia nuclear reduction agreements may be at risk.
Russian concerns over the ABM shield, which the US is building in Eastern Europe, claiming that it is meant to stop ballistic missiles from North Korea and Iran, were voiced Tuesday by both the military and diplomats.
“Unfortunately, I have to state that our partners from NATO have effectively rejected any expert dialogue on the antiballistic missile defense issue and substitute it with political slogans,” said Sergey Koshelyev, the head of the Defense Ministry’s department for international military cooperation.
“This situation and the latest statements from the alliance leadership only make us more certain that the ABM system is an anti-Russian capability, which will only grow stronger in time,” he said.
The assertion was echoed by statements from the Foreign Ministry. Russian Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov said that in Moscow “we feel the symptoms of the work on various segments of the AMD system being intensified… And those symptoms are more frequent that they used to be.”
“This proves our initial concerns that the system in its final form is designed to block not only limited threats, as it was claimed. To a much degree it will be formed, designed and built to try and devalue the Russian strategic nuclear deterrence,” he told RIA Novosti in an interview.
Ryabkov warned that such developments may affect the New START treaty between the US and Russia on nuclear weapons disarmament.
“Fundamental for this treaty is the link between strategic offensive and defensive weapons. So the development of the AMD may in the end affect negatively the prospects of preserving of the treaty,” he said, adding that so far the treaty is strictly observed by both sides and that Moscow has all reasons to believe that its reduction goals will be fulfilled by the 2018 deadline.
The warning comes days after the US rejected the latest Russian proposition on defusing the conflict of the anti-missile system. Russia insists that US should take legally binding obligations not to use the European AMD system to undermine Russia’s nuclear capabilities.
The rejection was expected, especially considering that the US downgraded most lines of cooperation with Russia, except for those beneficial to America, as part of its response to the Ukrainian crisis.
Meanwhile the European AMD system made a new step in mid-April after the US Navy decided to deploy the second generation of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB missile, interceptor projectiles that are part of the antimissile shield.
“The SM-3 Block IB's completion of initial operational testing last year set the stage for a rapid deployment to theater,” said Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems, the producer of the interceptor missile. “The SM-3's highly successful test performance gives combatant commanders around the world the confidence they need to counter the growing ballistic missile threat.”
The Obama administration scrapped the Bush-era plans for European AMD and replaced it in 2009 with the so-called Phased Adaptive Approach. While initially viewed as a positive sign of possible compromise, in practice the move resulted in US is continuing to develop the system and stonewalling Russia’s objections.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 19, 2014 12:37:01 GMT -5
Kazakhstan Ratifies Joint Air Defense Shield Deal with Russia.
ASTANA, May 15 (RIA Novosti) – Kazakhstan’s upper house of parliament ratified Thursday an agreement with Russia on establishing a joint regional air defense shield, a Novosti-Kazakhstan correspondent has reported.
The shield will become part of the unified air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose alliance of former Soviet states, comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
“The forces of the unified regional air defense system of Kazakhstan and Russia are led by a commander appointed by the Kazakh and Russian presidents upon the recommendation of defense ministers from both sides,” a committee on international affairs, defense and security said in a report.
The planned shield would be used only in times of war, while in time of peace the respective agencies together with the commander will fulfill only routine duties, a report says.
Moscow signed an agreement to set up an integrated regional air defense network with Kazakhstan last year. Russia has such a network with Belarus, while a similar deal with Armenia has been in the works for some time.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 19, 2014 12:37:59 GMT -5
All Russian Missile Divisions to Receive Yars Simulators This Year.
MOSCOW, May 15 (RIA Novosti) – All divisions of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces will receive new simulators by the end of the year, including simulators of the advanced Yars nuclear-capable ballistic missile, a military spokesman said Thursday.
“By late 2014, all the divisions, military units, universities and training centers of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces will receive over 130 of the newest simulators. This is a 10 percent increase since last year,” Col. Igor Yegorov told journalists.
The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are due to receive up to 1,000 simulators for training specialists in the maintenance of advanced missile systems, Yegorov said.
“This year, some 30 tests will be conducted on simulators, including 3D graphics, to train specialists on the fifth-generation missile systems,” he said, adding that some 40 such tests were successfully carried out last year.
The fifth-generation RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that was first tested in 2007.
The RS-24 can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads to a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles), which are designed to perform maneuvers to evade missile defense systems.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 22, 2014 15:57:23 GMT -5
US tests cornerstone of European antimissile shield.
RT.com May 22, 2014 08:01
The US has successfully test-fired Aegis Ashore, the land-based version of the naval antiballistic missile system, which is to be deployed in Eastern Europe starting next year despite Moscow’s objections.
The US Missile Defense Agency and the Navy have for the first time test-fired the land-based version of Aegis BMD on Tuesday, with engineers from Lockheed Martin, producer of the system, participating in the test. A Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IB was fired from an installation on Kauai, Hawaii, and successfully hit a simulated target. The test was aimed at verifying safe launch and fly-out of the missile from the launch facility.
The US plans to conduct a test with a real target next year before a scheduled deployment of Aegis Ashore in Romania. A second similar system is to be deployed in Poland in 2018.
The systems are meant to intercept ballistic and cruise missiles mid-course. The US insists they are needed to protect America’s Eastern European allies from possible missile attack by North Korea and Iran, but Russia is certain that they are aimed at weakening its nuclear deterrence capability.
“We had a very successful flight test,” Brendan Scanlon, Lockheed Martin’s director of Aegis Ashore programs, told reporters Wednesday morning during a phone conference. “That is a major milestone for us.”
Aegis Ashore is nearly identical to the version used on US cruisers. Vertical-launched SM-3 interceptors are stacked 24 per launch facility (with possibility of additional launchers and missiles to be added), controlled from a building similar to a regular Aegis deckhouse and targeted by SPY-1D radar. The arrangement tested on Tuesday differed from the shipboard sibling mostly by a large distance of 5.5 km separating the command-and-control center and the launcher facility.
In addition to the Hawaii test facility, Lockheed has built another Aegis Ashore deckhouse at its site in Moorestown, New Jersey. The installation, designed to be transportable, has been dismantled and is ready to be moved to Romania’s Deveselu site to become part of the $134 million antimissile facility, according to Scanlon.
Earlier in April the US Navy deployed SM-3 Block IB missiles, the latest generation of the interceptors. Raytheon Co, producer of the SM-3, compares its effect on a target to an impact of a 10-ton truck traveling 600 mph (965kph).
"The SM-3 Block IB deployed for the first time earlier this year at sea, and the success of this Aegis Ashore test keeps us on track to deploy the missile on land in 2015," said Mitch Stevison, Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 senior director.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 30, 2014 16:41:33 GMT -5
Russian Paratroopers Receive Newest Verba Shoulder-Fired Missiles.
MOSCOW, May 30 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Airborne Forces have started receiving the newest Verba man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) equipped with an automated fire control system that has no foreign rival, military spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said Friday.
"The surface to air-missile regiment of the Ivankvsky Airborne Forces division is the first to have started receiving and studying the modern system of air defense battle," Meshkov said.
The systems automatically provide information on the air environment, fix the target and command a strike against the target within several seconds. "This gives time to an AA sniper armed with the Verba MANPADS to prepare for the meeting and hit the target beforehand," he said.
These systems exclude the human factor, while saving ammunition and increasing the effectiveness of air-defense sub-elements. "An automated control system over the battle allows finding an air target, defining its characteristics and sharing targets between AA snipers and fire means, taking into consideration their location," Meshkov said.
A commander of the SAM regiment, Col. Andrei Musiyenko said modern air defense battles are highly mobile and dynamic confrontations with the usage of aerial warfare weapons, demanding modern armament and operational control.
"Until now, the control over air defense battle in Airborne Forces divisions was not automated and the time elapsed following the major commander finding the target and ordering an AA sniper to launch the missile took from 3 to 5 minutes," he said.
The process has become more than 10 times faster with the new systems.
White Cossack: I wouldn't be surprised. Democrats stand die interracial cuckoldry and LGBTetc rights, so Russia ist their main enemy.
Dec 28, 2020 17:31:32 GMT -5
White Cossack: stand FOR
Dec 28, 2020 17:32:30 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Mega Threads
Dec 29, 2020 16:48:41 GMT -5
White Cossack: What d' yer mean?
Jan 1, 2021 9:46:52 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: oh, i'm merging threads together, was 316 pages, impossible to navigate..
Jan 2, 2021 21:20:59 GMT -5
Slavislav: Well,seems this place is on it's last legs.
Feb 25, 2021 3:15:05 GMT -5
White Cossack: Slavija will live forever.
Feb 27, 2021 17:18:22 GMT -5
ZlatkoLukic: Putin reminds me of Tito. A great leader, nur he should not forget that there will also bei a time after him.
Mar 14, 2021 16:35:38 GMT -5
ZlatkoLukic: Who will rule Russia then?
Mar 14, 2021 16:36:47 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: sergei lavrov i would guess
Mar 14, 2021 18:48:43 GMT -5
ZlatkoLukic: Lavrov is older than RasPutin.
Mar 15, 2021 15:36:02 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: not a fan of Lavrov, but do you trust anyone young? I like Viktor Orban, but he was educated in Soros college, he is one that turned against his teachings...who knows what nonsense since fall of USSR young Russians have taken in? Look at Serbia
Mar 18, 2021 14:59:57 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: again n again Serbia elected 'nationalists' that turned out to be Washington puppets..look at Serbia's president n prime minister...we need men with history of serving the motherland, lets not gamble.
Mar 18, 2021 15:01:20 GMT -5
White Cossack: It seems the USA push for war in U-Krajina.
Apr 2, 2021 9:22:55 GMT -5