Post by TsarSamuil on May 20, 2015 17:05:39 GMT -5
CSTO Rapid Reaction Forces Carry Out Military Exercises in Tajikistan.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 17:01 17.05.2015
CSTO holds military exercises of its rapid reaction forces on Sunday in Tajikistan.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) holds military exercises of its rapid reaction forces on Sunday in Tajikistan, CSTO said in a statement.
"Military contingents at the Harbmaydon site in the south of the country exercise units’ coordination, as well as the practical skills with elements of live firing," the statement reads.
The drills involve more than 2,500 troops, 200 units of armaments and military equipment, about 20 combat aircraft and helicopters and 30 military transport aircraft.
The CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance formed in 1992 with six members at present: Russia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus, as well as two observer states – Afghanistan and Serbia.
The Organization's rapid reaction force was established in 2009 to counter a limited military aggression against CSTO member states, as well as to combat terrorism and drug trafficking.
Kalashnikov shows off drones & landing boats at Moscow security expo.
RT.com May 22, 2015 05:15
ZALA 421-08M. Image from zala.aeroZALA 421-08M. Image from zala.aero
Kalashnikov Concern is presenting its new unmanned aerial vehicles and landing boats at the Integrated Safety & Security Exhibition (ISSE-2015) in Moscow, announcing that it is has begun investing in dual capability and paramilitary products.
Kalashnikov Concern is presenting its new unmanned aerial vehicles and landing boats at the Integrated Safety & Security Exhibition (ISSE-2015) in Moscow, announcing that it is has begun investing in dual capability and paramilitary products.
“As part of the 2020 development strategy, Kalashnikov Concern is expanding its abilities to become a system integrator of duel-purpose solutions for the convenience of potential customers,” Aleksey Krivoruchko, the CEO of Kalashnikov Concern, said in a statement.
ZALA 421-22 copter. Image from zala.aeroZALA 421-22 copter. Image from zala.aero
The ISSE-2015 expo is the first event where the company is demonstrating “a comprehensive approach to unmanned aerial vehicles and modern landing boats,” Krivoruchko added.
In February of this year, Kalashnikov Concern bought controlling shares (51 percent) in ZALA Aero Group, an air drone maker; and Rybinsk Shipyard, a shipbuilding company.
Leader 12M. Image from euroyachting.ruLeader 12M. Image from euroyachting.ru
Kalashnikov plans to invest 700-800 million rubles ($US 14-16 mn) into the two enterprises and expects to recover the investment within three years’ time.
ZALA Aero produces a number of winged and copter drones that can be equipped with a variety of cameras and sensors of the client’s choice.
The company’s ZALA 421-08M small class (up to four kilograms) drone has an automatic target-tracking module, a unique feature for a drone of its class and size.
Another of the company’s drones, the ZALA 421-22 copter, is capable not only of conducting video surveillance, but of guarding a set perimeter or monitoring a designated infrastructure installation.
It can carry a specially designed sea rescue package, the SSK-4, consisting of an inflatable life jacket or small inflatable raft, and deliver it with high accuracy to the specified coordinates of an emergency area.
ZALA Aero Group makes drones for a number of Russian companies including Rosneft, Gazprom, Lukoil, and Rosatom; and Russian security agencies such as the Ministry of Interior and Emergency Ministry.
The Rybinsk Shipyard Company has brought two boats to Moscow to be displayed for Russia’s security agencies and Emergency Ministry.
One of these is the Leader 12M, an all-purpose cutter for both civilian and military use, that can be used for patrol missions, rescue and fire-fighting operations, and diving work.
The second is a landing boat, the BK-10, which can be used for close-to-shore maneuvers, personnel transportation, assault landings, medical evacuation, and counter piracy and anti-terrorism operations.
BK-10. (Image from euroyachting.ru)BK-10. (Image from euroyachting.ru)
Russia’s largest security expo is being held at Moscow’s VDNH exhibition complex from May 19 to May 22. The ISSE-2015 has attracted 386 participant companies from seven countries.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 26, 2015 15:56:19 GMT -5
Defense Ministry to improve conscripts’ preparedness through military lessons in schools.
RT.com May 26, 2015 14:51
Suggested amendments to the Law on Defense would make it compulsory for all Russian boys over 15 to attend “military sports” lessons, which would include shooting and knife combat.
Defense Ministry officials who prepared the bill said after the term of military service had been decreased from two years to one, officers find it more difficult to bring conscripts up to the required standards.
They suggest that physically fit kids should undergo basic military training before their conscription age (in Russia it is 18 years).
For this, they propose including “practical military sports,” in the school program, such as target and practical shooting, military pentathlon, combat with knives and karate.
The authors of the draft also noted that introducing military lessons in schools would help future soldiers to improve not only their physical fitness, but also their morale and will. Besides, pre-service training would relieve the stress applied to fresh conscripts and help decrease the number of soldiers who get injured or sick in the first months of service.
Defense Ministry research attached to the bill indicates doctors examined 270,000 conscripts between 2007 and 2014 and found that in some years up to 73 percent of them were not in a satisfactory state of health. However, officials from the Moscow city conscription office said in comments to the Izvestia daily that in the latest draft only 15 percent of conscripts were deemed unfit for service.
Lessons on basic military training existed in the Soviet school program and were obligatory for both boys and girls. However, these lessons were replaced with “basic life safety” in modern Russia.
In June last year, MP Roman Khudyakov of the nationalist LDPR party asked Defense and Education ministers to reinstate military training in schools, claiming that the move would increase the conscripts’ preparedness to service and counter draft dodging.
President Vladimir Putin also backed the initiative in 2010 along with the idea to bring back the DOSAAF – a nationwide system of military-technical clubs that used to give teenagers a taste of military-related professions, including aviation.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 28, 2015 16:16:01 GMT -5
Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime.
RT.com May 28, 2015 15:13
President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree making all casualties suffered by the Russian military during special operations in peacetime a state secret.
Previously, Russia listed as a state secret only casualties suffered by the military during wars. The new rules were published on the government’s legal information website on Thursday. The same decree classifies the information about people who Russian special services study as possible candidates for work as agents. Previously only the information about those who were approved was a state secret.
Under Federal law on state secrets, disclosing such information can be punished by prison sentence of up to seven years.
A member of the State Duma committee for defense, MP Franz Klintsevich of majority party United Russia called the move a logical reaction to the changing international situation.
“Disclosing the information about casualties during a special operation means telling everything about the character of this operation and forces involved in it. Today this is hardly justifiable, to say the least,” Klintsevich told RIA Novosti.
“The international situation is so unstable that a new conflict can take place anywhere and we must prevent such threats and when it is possible we should launch preventive measure, including special operations,” he said.
The decree is in no way connected to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. Vladimir Putin has no intention of initiating a special operation in Ukraine, he added.
"In this case, relevant departments have deemed this secrecy regime is in the state's best interest," Peskov said.
Kiev and the West have repeatedly accused Moscow of covert support for anti-government fighters in eastern Ukraine, but have not provided any solid proof to back up their claims. Russia has rebuffed all the accusations.
Deputy head of the Russian Institute of Military and Political Analysis, Aleksandr Khramchkhin, said in comments with the RBC news site that the Russian move was in line with the generally accepted practice of foreign nations. “For example, in the USA all actions of their special forces are an absolute secret, both in war and in peace. Nothing is known about them,” he said.
Russian army to have 50% more intensive ‘training season’ in summer 2015.
RT.com June 01, 2015 03:19
The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that it will intensify combat training in the armed forces 1.5 times during the summer months, in comparison to the war games that were held during the winter season.
“On June 1, 2015 the summer training period starts within the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The intensity of the forces’ combat training will increase 1.5 times as compared to the winter period,” the ministry said in a statement.
The training is scheduled to last until the end of November and will be focused on joint tactical and cross-branch exercises. The planned drills are part of a series of Russian military maneuvers taking place amid international tensions over the Ukrainian crisis and NATO’s military buildup near Russia’s borders.
The main objective of the summer training period 2015 will be the preparation of troops for the "Center-2015" exercise scheduled for September.
Russian troops will also take part in "Union Shield-2015" military games with the armed forces of Belarus. Those drills are also scheduled for September. The Russian army will also show their skills during the "Army-2015 international games" scheduled for August.
Over 2,000 military drills were held in Russia in the winter training period this year across 130 polygons. The ministry also added that the number of bilateral drills grew by almost 45 percent.
NATO in E. Europe: 6,000 in Lithuania war games, Polish HQ doubles troops.
RT.com June 02, 2015 01:08
Lithuania is conducting its biggest military exercises since joining NATO in 2004. Meanwhile, 200 extra troops are set to arrive at the alliance’s headquarters in Eastern Europe, located in Szczecin, Poland.
“The huge allied presence demonstrates solidarity with the countries of this region,” Major General Almantas Leika, who is in charge of the country’s land army, said as the annual Saber Strike military drills began.
Lithuania is one of 13 countries participating in the exercise, which will involve about 6,000 troops performing manoeuvers in three Baltic states and Poland until June 19. During the two-stage exercise, land and air forces will carry out joint operations in the field, and then commanders will conduct a separate computer simulation of a regional conflict.
“This exercise is an opportunity to give one more demonstration of both our armed forces’ and our strategic partners’ abilities to organize military drills of such scope together and to continue honing interoperability,” said Leika.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have jointly asked for permanent NATO bases to be located on their territory, saying Russia has the capacity to invade them within four hours of ordering an attack. Moscow has lashed out at the move, saying it contravenes the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act.
In another expansive move, officers from over 20 NATO member states will begin arriving at the alliance’s base in Szczecin, Poland on the country’s border with Germany, as it begins an upgrade that will be complete by 2018.
“Ultimately, the number of military personnel will be doubled to 400 soldiers, along with key liaison officers of the air force, navy and special forces,” said the head of the Staff Corps, General Lutz Niemann.
The officer explained that the expansion, agreed upon by NATO states last year, was a response to the crisis in Ukraine.
Niemann said the headquarters would be used to co-ordinate specific tasks within larger NATO operations, or serve as the headquarters for smaller-scale campaigns, as well as coordinating future drills.
NATO has intensified its military exercises in Eastern Europe in the past few years as the block’s relations with Russia have threatened to reach Cold-War lows. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently promised that the alliance was going to increase activity along its eastern borders, with more air and sea patrols, as well as regular drills.
NATO is currently getting ready for the latest round of naval drills set to get underway just miles off the Russian coastal exclave of Kaliningrad, a gulf area sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. The exercise will kick off on June 5 and will last for two weeks.
The games will feature participants from 17 countries, mostly NATO members. Sweden, however, is among those without NATO membership, and the games are largely seen as a signifier that the country is seriously considering entering the military block.
The UK has announced that it has sent its biggest warship for the drills.
The overarching theme of the exercises is fear of Russia, intensified by Baltic neighbors and their allegations of Russia’s activities in Ukraine.
Russia has responded with promises to ramp up security in Crimea. “Naturally, we will increase our forces in Crimea because NATO countries have stepped up their activities… in the immediate vicinity of our borders,” said Russia’s envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, in mid-May.
Russian envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko called the alliance’s belligerent rhetoric towards Moscow an “outdated” tune. The envoy added that NATO’s perceptions of military threats are artificially created to justify its anti-Russian stance with baseless accusations of security threats.
“It seems like some states, for various reasons, including internal political, enjoy being in the front-line, requiring special attention, special protection. And what is most important, [these countries] continue to search for more enemies and to write off their own mistakes whether in foreign policy or internal under the guise of some mythical threat from Russia,” Grushko told Rossiya 24 TV channel last week.
Putin: 12 more countries interested in working with SCO.
RT.com June 03, 2015 15:09
The Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization is gaining more weight with a dozen new nations showing interest in cooperation, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with foreign ministers of the bloc.
“Other countries would like to strengthen their contacts with our organization. This is natural as it gains more weight and importance because it addresses the most important questions for our nations and for the region as a whole,” the Russian president told ministers.
“Our partners from 12 countries are showing interest in its work, apart from the current members of the organization,” Putin added. SCO officials are now studying the possibility of accepting India and Pakistan into the bloc, he said.
Putin said that the two biggest projects implemented under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Silk Road and the Eurasian Economic Integration, were in the interests of all the members of the SCO.
Wednesday’s meeting of SCO foreign ministers is the final stage of preparation for the organization’s summit that takes place in Russia’s Ufa in July.
The SCO unites Russia, China and the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, all of which are Russia’s allies in trade, politics and defense. India, Pakistan, Iran and several other nations currently hold observer status in the organization. The combined population of SCO member states is 1.45 billion people, a fifth of the world’s total population.
Apart from economic cooperation, SCO coordinates joint security projects, such as countering the growing threat from Islamic State and possible instability in Afghanistan after the removal of NATO-led and US forces from that country.
Russia's Military Potential Higher Than US' - American Magazine.
Sputnik US 18:26 04.06.2015
There is a whole family of next-generation weapons systems being designed and fielded by Russia and the United States, and they are the ones that will shape the next Cold War. Popular Mechanics magazine offers a few match-ups for these future clashes and who will have the edge.
Russia’s defense industry has in the past few years come up with a flurry of new weapons the US will find hard to compete with. Moreover, Russia has been making a noticeable headway in areas where America traditionally had an edge, Popular Mechanics magazine wrote Monday.
In the event of a new Cold War, Russia would beat the US in the number and quality of tanks and air defense systems, while in the field of artillery pieces the two countries are moving neck and neck, PM writes, assessing Moscow’ and Washington’s military potential against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
During the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow Russia rolled out its T-14 Armata main battle tank — the first new tank designed by Russia since the iconic T-72 rolled off the assembly line in the 1970s. It is built to protect the crew, using an unmanned turret and plenty of armor.
The speculation, based on media reports and backed up by its design, is that the tank will receive a new 152mm main gun, making it a well-armed apex predator that is hard to kill. Meanwhile, the United States is busy trying to keep its aging tanks ready for action.
The effort has focused on keeping the M1A1 Abrams ready and deadly in the 21st century, but, according to PM, all these attempts to make the Abrams fit for 21st century combat are doomed to fail.
Nothing in this world causes as much shock and awe as a rain of nuclear warheads.
Fully aware of this Russia and the US are spending much time and effort developing effective missile defense systems.
The two countries both have mid- and long-range missile vehicles, but they designed their systems with different ethos. The United States has the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).It can carry six 227mm rockets that can sprinkle the area below with deadly sub munitions.
One thing HIMARS does well is fire rockets with accuracy.
The Russians, on the other hand, tend to go for volume over accuracy. Their Multiple Launch Rocket Systems are trucks fit with lots of rocket tubes.
However, they also have longer-range mobile missiles that could target NATO bases, airfields, troop concentrations, and civilians.
At the top of the list of deadly long-range missiles is the Iskander-M tactical missile system. It can be ready to shoot 250 miles in just 20 minutes, delivering an 880-pound warhead to a target within 15 feet of where it's aimed.
Russia and the US are also neck and neck when it comes to conventional artillery systems. The US M777 howitzer can be hoisted by an MV-22 Osprey, enabling the big guns to keep up with the fight. Other US big guns are self-propelled — mounted on a tracked chassis — but they are not so new.
The M109 Paladin is the go-to mobile artillery piece for the Army, introduced in 1969 and updated to its current variant, the M109A7.
That version has an electric drive system — extra juice to power future upgrades and the ability to throw four 155mm rounds a minute.
This year Russia showcased its newest 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns. As part of one recent enhancement used to score precise hits, its 155mm round can now hone in on a target designated by a laser.
The real advantage in this design is the ability to choose different rounds and have a robotic system automatically load it.
Popular Mechanics still believes that the US artillery is more mobile compared to Russia’s.
The US is also ahead in terms of military robotics, PM notes adding however, that the Russians have not sat idly by, displaying families of ground robots that can clear minefields, fight fires, and shoot anti-tank missiles.
By 2025, one-third of Russia's military hardware will be robotic, PM wrote.
In the final account, the magazine assessed Russia's military potential as being higher compared to that of the US.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 14, 2015 18:29:16 GMT -5
Bulgaria: Protesters call for NATO exit at Sofia rally.
RuptlyTV Jun 14, 2015
Members of the Bulgarian Anti-Fascist Union, along with a number of other activists, held a rally outside the Presidency in Sofia, Sunday, to protest against NATO's presence in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria: Anti-NATO protesters condemn US, show support for Donbass people.
Ruptly TV Jun 28, 2015
Anti-fascists gathered outside the Bulgarian Presidency building in Sofia to protest against the NATO presence in their country, Sunday. Protesters used the event to call for closer relations with Russia, with many demonstrators holding signs reading "save the Donbass people," while others wore the Saint George Ribbon in solidarity with the anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine. Later protesters rallied outside the Ukrainian Embassy in the city, some in the crowd held up pictures of alleged political prisoners and chanted their names.
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2015 15:04:58 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 18, 2015 22:36:52 GMT -5
Unprecedented Army-2015 military expo kicks off near Moscow (VIDEO)
RT.com June 16, 2015 18:17
President Vladimir Putin(center) speaking at the ceremony of opening the ARMY-2015 international forum in the military park Patriot, in the town of Kubinka, Moscow Region, June 16, 2015. (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)President Vladimir Putin(center) speaking at the ceremony of opening the ARMY-2015 international forum in the military park Patriot, in the town of Kubinka, Moscow Region, June 16, 2015. (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)
The newest cutting edge weapons and military equipment have come on display in the Moscow region, as the unprecedented Army-2015 expo and forum gets underway.
The expo is scheduled to last until Friday. On Wednesday, it opens to the general public, and anyone will be able to take a peek at the newest weapons, armor and aircraft that have been developed for the Russian military, some of which are on display for the very first time.
With some 5,000 items on display in an area including 100,000 sq meters of open space and 40,000 sq meters of pavilion space, Army-2015 is divided into 50 thematic sectors, aiming to cover all possible fields of military technology.
Various booster vehicle mock-ups displayed at the ceremony of opening the ARMY-2015 international forum in the military park Patriot, in the town of Kubinka, Moscow Region, June 16, 2015. (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)Various booster vehicle mock-ups displayed at the ceremony of opening the ARMY-2015 international forum in the military park Patriot, in the town of Kubinka, Moscow Region, June 16, 2015. (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)
It shows off the newest, as well as some tried and trusted, firearms, tanks, armored vehicles and aircraft. It even includes an artificial body of water to display items built for the Navy.
There are also sections dedicated to robotics and space tech, as well as a display of “non-traditional weapons”. These include things with names more suited for science fiction: laser, particle beam, orbital kinetic and microwave weaponry.
Of course, the exhibits are not all stationary. Viewers will be treated to flyovers and aerobatic stunts by combat helicopters and jets, as well as a “tank ballet” show in which ace tank crews and self-propelled artillery pieces will demonstrate their driving skills.
While Spetsnaz special forces show off some groovy dance moves on a stage.
Drones and robots are heavily featured at the expo. There are unmanned vehicles which can be operated on the ground, in the air, on water and underwater. Their functions are wide-ranging, from minesweeping and rescue work, to reconnaissance and armed defense. Russia’s Defense Ministry has developed a complex program to create and introduce new robotics technology which will span the next 10 years.
The show’s overall aim is to provide a forum bringing together Russian military manufacturers and those who employ military technology in Russia and abroad.
Military representatives of foreign states, attending the ceremony of opening the ARMY-2015 international forum in the military park Patriot, in the town of Kubinka, Moscow Region, June 16, 2015. (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)Military representatives of foreign states, attending the ceremony of opening the ARMY-2015 international forum in the military park Patriot, in the town of Kubinka, Moscow Region, June 16, 2015. (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)
“This complex is, figuratively speaking, a defense supermarket, which other countries’ militaries can visit to take a look, to try things out, take a drive or a shot, and purchase something,” Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said, according to First Channel.
President Vladimir Putin endorsed the exhibition himself, paying a visit on opening day. He said some of the items exhibited, which have no equal in other countries, are already being deployed in the Russian military.
Russia: Mass military drills show off Moscow's firepower at Army-2015 expo.
RuptlyTV Jun 16, 2015
Hundreds of military vehicles and hardware were put into action at the International Military-Technical Forum 'Army-2015', as the largest military expo in Russian history kicked off on the outskirts of Moscow, Tuesday, at the 'Patriot' military amusement park.
Russia: Check out the modern military hardware on display at Army-2015 expo.
RuptlyTV Jun 16, 2015
A wide range of military vehicles and hardware were on show at the International Military-Technical Forum 'Army-2015', as the largest military expo in Russian history kicked off on the outskirts of Moscow, Tuesday, at the 'Patriot' military amusement park.
Russia: ARMY-2015 - Russia's biggest arms expo - is filled with foreign delegates.
RuptlyTV Jun 16, 2015
Foreign military delegates were in high attendance at the opening day of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015 at The Patriot military amusement park in Kubinka, in the Moscow Oblast, Tuesday. The forum is the largest military expo in Russia of all time.
Russia: Putin visits ARMY-2015, the federation's biggest ever arms expo.
RuptlyTV Jun 16, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the International Military-Technical Forum 'Army-2015' in the Moscow Region on Tuesday.
Flying truck, back-arching all-terrainer: Russia shows off military and special vehicles.
RT.com June 17, 2015 15:16
On the second day of the Army-2015 expo near Moscow, Russian armed forces and special services are showcasing various ground vehicles, from the terrifying Iskander missile launcher to a gentle-riding GAZ-3344 all-terrain vehicle.
In addition to a rare demonstration of an in-field loading of Iskander missiles, this day’s demonstration also included various armored military vehicles running an obstacle course.
The show also featured a special guest, Eduard Nikolayev, the Paris-Dakar rally champion of 2013 piloting a race-built Kamaz truck.
The international exhibition in the town of Kubinka was organized by the Defense Ministry.
Starting Wednesday, the expo is open to all visitors wishing to see what the Russian military produces and what hardware visiting manufacturers from other countries have to offer.
The expo is to continue through Friday.
Russia: Aerobatic teams dazzle fighter-jet enthusiasts at ARMY-2015.
RuptlyTV Jun 17, 2015
Russi'’s famed aerobatic teams the Swifts, the Russian Knights and the Berkuts performed stunning aerial manoeuvres at the Kubinka airbase outside Moscow, Wednesday, as part of the International Military-Technical Forum 'Army-2015,' the largest military expo in Russian history.
Russia: UVZ unveil latest military hardware at Army-2015 expo.
RuptlyTV Jun 17, 2015
Russian heavy machinery manufacturers Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) displayed a range of their latest advanced military hardware at the International Military-Technical Forum 'Army-2015', in the Patriot military amusement park on the outskirts of Moscow, Wednesday.
Russia: Kalashnikov present new prototype PL-14 'Lebedev Pistol' at Army-2015 expo.
RuptlyTV Jun 17, 2015
Russian arms manufacturers Kalashnikov Concern presented their latest prototype pistol, known as the PL-14 or 'Lebedev Pistol,' during drills on the Albino range in Kubinka, on the outskirts of Moscow, Wednesday, as part of the International Military-Technical Forum 'Army-2015'. Despite still being in development, the PL-14 is expected to be a success, having been specifically designed for the Russian Federal Security Service. Kalashnikov are hopeful that the pistol will be used by the Russian military once the final product has been completed.
Russia: ARMY-2015 drills push Russia's military hardware to its limits.
RuptlyTV Jun 17, 2015
The Russian Army held a demonstration of its military vehicles' manoeuvrability, during drills at the Albino range in Kubinka, Moscow region, Wednesday, as part of 'Army-2015,' the largest military exhibition in the Russian Federation.
The exercises included an obstacle course and crossing water while under fire, among other tasks. The Russian military also demonstrated the manoeuvrability of its boats and amphibious vehicles.
Russia: Move aside Oculus Rift! See new Russian-made Avian VR headset.
RuptlyTV Jun 18, 2015
A new Russian-made virtual reality (VR) headset claims to have stolen the lead on competition as it made an appearance at the Military-Technical Forum ‘Army 2015’ in Kubinka on Thursday.
RAW: Russian military goes all guns blazing at Army-2015 expo.
RT Jun 18, 2015
Russian weapons and military equipment show off at day 2 of International Military-Technical Forum 'Army-2015'
Last Edit: Jun 23, 2015 17:24:44 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 18, 2015 22:59:01 GMT -5
Pentagon Hires Anti-Russia Group to Develop More Aggressive Policy.
US 22:24 17.06.2015
As the United States continues to move more heavy weaponry into Eastern Europe, a group advocating a more aggressive policy in the region has been hired by the Pentagon to develop future military alliances there. On June 5, the military's Office of Net Assessment commissioned the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) for a study and war games called Gaming Allies: Geostrategic Change and Alliances, Pentagon records obtained by USA Today show.
The contract announcement said CEPA will conduct "a study on shifting dynamics in US alliance networks in East Asia, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe."
Prior CEPA studies have called for abandoning the policy of "strategic patience" in favor of moving defenses closer to the borders with Russia on behalf of countries like Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia — all NATO members.
CEPA President A. Wess Mitchell wrote earlier this year in an article about Russia:
"While the post-Cold War West may have hoped that Russia might eventually become a supersized version of Poland, with liberal institutions and a de-militarized foreign policy, what we got instead was a latter-day version of Carthage – a sullen, punitive power determined to wage a vengeful foreign policy to overturn the system that it blames for the loss of its former greatness."
The Pentagon's link with analysts promoting a more aggressive military policy on the part of the United States comes as a plan to store weapons in central Europe for up to 5,000 troops is being discussed, American and allied officials confirmed to United Press International.
By early 2016, there will be enough pre-positioned equipment – like weaponry including battle tanks, infantry vehicles and other heavy armaments – for a US military brigade, reported USA Today.
"This is a very meaningful shift in policy. It provides a reasonable level of reassurance to jittery allies, although nothing is as good as troops stationed full-time on the ground, of course," James G. Stavridis, former NATO supreme commander, told UPI.
At the Paris Air Show earlier this week, US Air Force Secretary Deborah James said the service may deploy its F-22 Raptor, America's most advanced fighter jet, to Eastern Europe.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the developing policy was still in its early stages. Earnest said the United States and its NATO allies discussed the need for more rapid deployment of troops at a summit in Wales last year.
"That is a treaty that the United States and this president is serious about upholding," Earnest was quoted as saying by USA Today.
On Tuesday, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov accused NATO of "pushing [Moscow] towards an arms race."
"We will respond adequately. But first, we will look at what will be done and react depending on what threat to Russia’s national security their actions pose," Antonov said at the Army-2015 military exhibition that kicked off Tuesday near Moscow.
NATO conducting biggest beef up of defenses since Cold War – alliance chief.
RT.com June 18, 2015 19:43
NATO is implementing “the biggest reinforcement” of defense since Cold War times, said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that the alliance is facing challenges from “the behavior of a more assertive” Russia.
“The NATO is facing a new security environment both caused by violence, turmoil, instability in the south, ISIL in Iraq, Syria, North Africa, but also caused by the behavior of a more assertive Russia, which has used force to change borders to annex Crimea and to destabilize eastern Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.
He asserted that the alliance “has to respond” and they “are responding,” while meeting with the alliance’s soldiers in Poland on Thursday.
“We are doing so by implementing the biggest reinforcement of the collective defense since the end of the Cold War.”
Despite the comment, Stoltenberg stated that NATO “does not seek confrontation”with Moscow.“We continue to strive for a more cooperative and constructive relationship with Russia. And we don't seek a new arms race.”
On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if NATO threatens Russian territory, Moscow will respond to the threat accordingly.
“If someone threatens our territories, it means that we will have to aim our armed forces accordingly at the territories from where the threat is coming. How else could it be? It is NATO that is approaching our borders; it’s not like we are moving anywhere,” Putin said.
On Sunday it was reported that Poland and Lithuania were in talks with Washington about permanently stationing warehouses for US army equipment on their territories. Heavy weapons could be stored in the Baltic States, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
At least 49 vessels from 17 countries, involving 5,600 troops overall, are now taking part in the US-led BALTOPS exercises in the Baltic Sea. The training operation kicked off from the Polish port of Gdynia on June 5 and then moved out into the Baltic Sea. It will run until June 20.
This year’s exercise involves the participation of 61 aircraft, a submarine and an amphibious landing force of 700 troops.
NATO member states Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Turkey, the UK and the US have dispatched their naval forces to take part in the drill.
The group has been joined by three partners outside the alliance – Finland and Sweden, which both have access to the Baltic Sea, as well as Georgia.
BALTOPS has been held annually since 1971. This year, NATO’s website stresses that the current, 43rd edition of the drill “is not held in response to any specific threat.”
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Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev has said Sofia has received no official proposal from Washington about the stationing of heavy equipment in the country.
"I had a meeting with US Ambassador Marcie Ries today [Tuesday] at her request at which I was informed there would be a statement of the US side about deployment in several Southeastern European states. In our conversation, however, no other information and details were disclosed as to the type and number of [units]," the Defense Ministry's press office quotes him as saying.
Earlier on Tuesday US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Pentagon would stick to its previously announced plan about sending tanks and artillery to six NATO countries in Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, and the Baltics.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 23, 2015 13:58:32 GMT -5
NATO Actions Don’t Deter Russia, but Merely Irritate – French Media.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 17:37 22.06.2015
NATO’s commander chose the wrong strategy in relation to Russia, French politician Cyrille Bret said on Atlantico’s news website.
NATO conducted large scale military drills in the Baltic Sea from June 5-15. More than 5,000 military personnel and nearly 50 ships from 17 countries were involved in the action.
Although the exercises looked impressive and showcased the power of the military alliance, as well as good coordination between its member states, their message was wrong, Bret said.
"NATO maneuvers have an irritating nature to Russian authorities rather than deterring," Bret said, according to Atlantico.
The North-Atlantic military alliance needs more tact in relations with Russia. Continuous threats, promises to expand the alliance into Ukraine, the uber-tough stance from former Secretary General Rasmussen and then Stoltenberg, as well as plans to deploy missiles in Eastern Europe, are all unnecessary provocations against Russia, the French political scientist said.
"A more careful and long-term relationship would be more effective," Bret said.
After the fall of Soviet Union, NATO lost its enemy. But now with the new confrontation with Russia, it is beneficial to the military alliance, as it gives NATO a new raison d'être, the political expert said.
This line of thinking is wrong for NATO. Current disagreements between the West and Russia are not the same as those that were between the West and Soviet Union.
"The ideological confrontation disappeared, the struggle for spheres of influence decreased and economic competition is now irrelevant. NATO should change its approach," Bret concluded, as cited by Atlantico.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 25, 2015 14:48:10 GMT -5
NATO to boost special defense forces to 40,000 - Stoltenberg.
RT.com June 24, 2015 11:13
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that the alliance plans to extend its Response Force to 40,000 troops from current 13,000.
"All together we expect this force to be 40,000 strong," Stoltenberg said.
The announcement was made in Brussels ahead of a meeting of NATO defense ministers.The current strength of the Spearhead Force is 13,000 troops.Secretary General Stoltenberg said the threefold increase in troops was “substantial.”
"This will enable us to deploy our forces as quickly as we need when crises arise, while maintaining full political control," Stoltenberg said.
NATO member states welcomed the deployment of American military hardware in Europe. Stoltenberg said it doesn’t violate the Alliance’s international obligations. According to the NATO head, the Alliance won’t get into an arms race with Russia, but it has obligations to protect its allies.
NATO aims for a dialogue with Moscow, yet strengthening the Alliance’s defense capabilities doesn’t contradict this goal, said Stoltenberg. He stressed that strong defense is one of the conditions for a dialogue with Russia.
Although military cooperation between the Alliance and Moscow is on hold, political dialogue on various levels is ongoing. Direct communications between the militaries are also active to avoid incorrect interpretations of military activities.
During the media conference on Wednesday, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that Russia and NATO were “saber-rattling” to provoke and intimidate one another, adding that “ it is important also that the alliance ... continues to commit to the collective will to defend all its members.”
On Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that Washington plans to station its military hardware, including tanks and armored vehicles, in a number of European countries.
Heavy armaments are going to be deployed to Europe for the purpose of conducting military drills, said Stoltenberg, answering a question about the move being possibly considered a provocation against Russia.
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania will be hosting up to 250 vehicles, including Abrams tanks, Bradley armored vehicles and self-propelled howitzers.
NATO is preparing to adopt an assistance package for Moldova to help it modernized its forces, Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg said he will meet the Ukrainian defense minister on Thursday to “review the challenges” the country faces. “We will also review the support we are providing for a strong and sovereign Ukraine,” said the NATO chief.
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