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I wonder what's going on here. Seems like the Russians are trying to flex their muscles again.
MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russian military planes flew undetected through the U.S. zone of the Arctic Ocean to Canada during recent military exercises, a senior Air Force commander said Saturday.

The commander of the country's long-range strategic bombers, Lieutenant General Igor Khvorov, said the U.S. Air Force is now investigating why its military was unable to detect the Russian bombers.

"They were unable to detect the planes either with radars or visually," he said.

Khorov said that during the military exercises in April, Tu-160 Blackjack bombers and Tu-95 Bears had successfully carried out four missile launches. Bombing exercises were held using Tu-22 Blinders.

By the end of the year, two more Tu-160s will be commissioned for the long-range strategic bomber fleet, Khorov said.

Both new planes will incorporate numerous upgrades from the initial Soviet models, the commander said. The bombers will be able to launch both cruise missiles and aviation bombs, and communicate via satellite.
 

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Russian Army to get new weaponry in 2006
RIA Novosti
Fri, 19 May 2006, 00:46


Moscow: The Russian Armed Forces will get a large procurement of new weaponry by the end of this year, a deputy defense minister said Thursday.

Colonel General Alexander Belousov said the Armed Forces would receive about 30 main battle tanks, 40 infantry fighting vehicles, more than 100 armored personnel carriers, modernized surface-to-air missiles, more than 10 combat helicopters and a regiment of silo-based Topol-M ballistic missiles.

The acquisitions will be made under a major modernization program highlighted in President Vladimir Putin's state of the nation address May 10 and in statements by a number of senior military officials.

"The modernization program for 2006 envisions the procurement of about 30 new T-90 tanks and modernization of more than 180 T-72 and T-80 tanks," Belousov said, adding that this meant older tanks would stay in service longer.

He said the army would receive more than 40 new BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), 100 BTR-80 and BTR-90 armored personnel carriers (APCs), new BMD-2 and BMD-3 airborne IFVs and about 4,500 Kamaz and Ural trucks. More than 350 IFVs, 170 APCs, and 90 airborne IFVs will be modernized, he said.

Belousov also said 50 frontline aircraft would be modernized, including Su-24 Fencer tactical bombers, Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft, Su-27 Flanker and MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters. He added that 20 surface-to-air missile systems would be modernized and equipped with new missiles.

"We have ordered more than 100 new missiles for these systems," Belousov said. The Army will also get more than 10 new Mi-28 Havoc and Ka-50 Hokum attack helicopters, he added.

"The Strategic Missile Forces will put a regiment of silo-based Topol-M ballistic missiles on combat duty by the end of this year," Belousov said.

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Wow, this is some major procurement and upgrading. The russians must have been saving for years to be able to afford all these new weapons. it seems the nav has been excluded from this big spend though.
 

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Excluding the Navy would make sense if Russia is on a budget. It is mroe important for it to have a powerful army, considering it would need that more in possible trouble spots(Georgia, Moldova, Baltic Sates, Central Asia) and it also needs to replace losses from Chechnya. Russia has about all the Navy that it needs to defeat most prospective rivals, and it has never been a dominant sea power anyway.
 

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Russia building a permanent naval base in Syria

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Russia has begun works in the Syrian port of Tartus seeking to built a full-scale naval base for the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, currently based in Ukraine’s Sevastopol, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Friday, quoting unnamed sources in the Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Russian Navy.

The paper noted that this is the first time Russia is setting up a military base outside the CIS since the fall of the USSR and that the base will allow Moscow to pursue its own line in the Middle East.

Russia has also started work in the port of Latakia in Syria, the newspaper said. The base in Tartus and the new mooring in Latakia will be able to serve the needs of the Black Sea Fleet and possibly the North Sea Fleet as well.

The newspaper quoted its sources as saying that in the nearest future the Russian Navy will form a squadron headed by the Moskva missile cruiser which will permanently operate in the Mediterranean, taking part in joint exercises with NATO forces.

The sources said that the new base would allow Russia to strengthen its positions in the Middle East and also enhance Syrian security.

Russian Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Russian Navy force have declined to give any official comments on the report.
 

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Gollevainen said:
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Russia building a permanent naval base in Syria

from mosnwes.com

Russia has begun works in the Syrian port of Tartus seeking to built a full-scale naval base for the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, currently based in Ukraine’s Sevastopol, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Friday, quoting unnamed sources in the Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Russian Navy.

The paper noted that this is the first time Russia is setting up a military base outside the CIS since the fall of the USSR and that the base will allow Moscow to pursue its own line in the Middle East.

Russia has also started work in the port of Latakia in Syria, the newspaper said. The base in Tartus and the new mooring in Latakia will be able to serve the needs of the Black Sea Fleet and possibly the North Sea Fleet as well.

The newspaper quoted its sources as saying that in the nearest future the Russian Navy will form a squadron headed by the Moskva missile cruiser which will permanently operate in the Mediterranean, taking part in joint exercises with NATO forces.

The sources said that the new base would allow Russia to strengthen its positions in the Middle East and also enhance Syrian security.

Russian Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Russian Navy force have declined to give any official comments on the report.

Mother Russia rises again:). That’s serious rise of Russian fleet capabilities to conduct operations in Mediterranean Sea.
Russians currently invest more in military modernization then they did in last 15 years, new equipment is finding way in army, navy and air force and their is significant rise in training quality for all military branches…
Obviously some of that extra money from oil export is going to military modernization.
We may also expect news about new Syrian equipment purchases…
 

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Pacific Fleet submarine crew receives state awards

"In the winter of 2006, the crew of the Varshavyanka diesel submarine based in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East was sent to St. Petersburg to test the country's first fourth-generation Lada-class diesel-electric submarine.

"The crew of the Varshavyanka submarine successfully held the trials of the new submarine. During the trials, the crew demonstrated excellent skills and courage in extreme conditions," the press office of the Pacific Fleet said. "
 

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Russia to fly 5th-generation plane in 2007 - air force chief

Russia will launch its first fifth-generation aircraft in 2007, the commander of the country's air force said Thursday. "Several experimental models will take to the skies as early as 2007, but for now they will be equipped with intermediary engines," Vladimir Mikhailov told journalists. "In the future they will get fifth-generation engines, development of which is ongoing." He said fifth-generation engines would be created by 2010, but that: "If everything goes well, we will be able to complete work earlier." Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said June 14 that Russia's first fifth-generation plane could make its maiden flight in 2009. Mikhailov said in March that the new plane would be virtually invisible to air-defense systems. He said the air force's financing would be increased in 2007, but did not name the exact figure.



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Talks with Ivanov successful: Dutt

VINAY SHUKLA MOSCOW, JUNE 17 (PTI)

Talks on a wide range of issues, including long-term defence projects with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov have been very successful, Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt has said.

"He (Ivanov, also Deputy Prime Minister) was upbeat on Indo-Russian defence relationship. We had very purposeful and useful talks on a whole range of issues," Dutt told PTI yesterday.

He, however, did not divulge any details of his parleys, saying that Indo-Russian defence cooperation had many long-term programmes and their implementation was reviewed during his talks with Ivanov.

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"Gorshkov has undergone so many changes that its old designers will not be able to recognise it. It would be a totally new, a unique aircraft carrier," Dutt underscored.

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About the swapping of 18 Su-30s :

"The older fighters cannot be upgraded to the latest MKI variant as was initially planned, that's why it was decided to swap the them for new fighters, which have Russian 'heart' (thrust-vectoring engines) and Indian 'brain' (mission computer)," he explained the reason as to why the two countries had agreed to the deal.

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Dutt did not rule out that one day Russia could buy sophisticated arms from India.{This may possibly be the "brains" that he refered to earlier i.e. missiles with Indian guidance systems like Brahmos or fifth-generation fighter with Russian airframe and Indian mission computers and ECM as in the Su-30 MKI}

"This is a normal trend, many components of US F-16 have been developed and manufactured by France.

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India shall now progress from being a buyer of Russian weaponry to being a partner in developing future weapons.
 

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ussia’s new fighter will use interim engine
Russia’s prospective fifth-generation fighter prototype could fly as soon as next year, but only using an upgrade to an existing engine until a new design is produced, says air force chief of staff Gen Vladimir Mikhailov.

“We need many new concepts in it,” Mikhailov says. “During modernisation of the existing systems we are going forward to new levels, but we haven’t made really quantum leaps. The engine will be based on the modifications we have made now.”

Mikhailov made his remarks following a visit to Moscow’s Salyut engine plant in mid-June, during which he discussed propulsion developments with company director Yuri Eliseyev.

Salyut is currently working on a series of modifications for engines including the Motor Sich AI-225 for the Yakovlev Yak-130, and Saturn AL-31 for the Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-27SM, with the latter including thrust-vector control and a new low-pressure fan and combustion chamber.

Eliseyev says that following the completion of state acceptance trials in June 2006, existing AL-31 turbofans in Russian air force service will begin to be fitted with the new systems during overhaul, with Salyut intending to produce around 100 sets a year.

“The engine that has passed the fourth stage of upgrade, tentatively named AL-31FM-4, will have main specifications corresponding to those of a fifth-generation engine,” Eliseyev said during a 2005 interview with a Russian news agency. However, progress on a full specification fifth-generation powerplant appears to be slow, with Mikhailov noting that such a design is unlikely to be ready before 2010, given favourable conditions. “It is a project for a team of enterprises, rather than a single company,” he says.

Mikhailov’s comments follow the unveiling last month of a proposal sent to the Russian government’s new military-industrial commission to create a holding company that would encompass most of the country’s leading fighter and helicopter engine manufacturers.

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swimmerXC said:
ussia’s new fighter will use interim engine
Russia’s prospective fifth-generation fighter prototype could fly as soon as next year, but only using an upgrade to an existing engine until a new design is produced, says air force chief of staff Gen Vladimir Mikhailov.

“We need many new concepts in it,” Mikhailov says. “During modernisation of the existing systems we are going forward to new levels, but we haven’t made really quantum leaps. The engine will be based on the modifications we have made now.”

Mikhailov made his remarks following a visit to Moscow’s Salyut engine plant in mid-June, during which he discussed propulsion developments with company director Yuri Eliseyev.

Salyut is currently working on a series of modifications for engines including the Motor Sich AI-225 for the Yakovlev Yak-130, and Saturn AL-31 for the Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-27SM, with the latter including thrust-vector control and a new low-pressure fan and combustion chamber.

Eliseyev says that following the completion of state acceptance trials in June 2006, existing AL-31 turbofans in Russian air force service will begin to be fitted with the new systems during overhaul, with Salyut intending to produce around 100 sets a year.

“The engine that has passed the fourth stage of upgrade, tentatively named AL-31FM-4, will have main specifications corresponding to those of a fifth-generation engine,” Eliseyev said during a 2005 interview with a Russian news agency. However, progress on a full specification fifth-generation powerplant appears to be slow, with Mikhailov noting that such a design is unlikely to be ready before 2010, given favourable conditions. “It is a project for a team of enterprises, rather than a single company,” he says.

Mikhailov’s comments follow the unveiling last month of a proposal sent to the Russian government’s new military-industrial commission to create a holding company that would encompass most of the country’s leading fighter and helicopter engine manufacturers.

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Don't know about anyone else, but I just don't buy this interim engine stuff. They are basically just upgrading AL-31F repeatedly so it will have increased thrust. In the end of the day, you can only upgrade it so much. In order to create a 5th generation engine, you need a new core and a new engine.

Anyhow, this seems to be a problem for both the Russian and Chinese 5th generation planes. They are both going to have to use an underpowered engine before the right engine becomes available.
 

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