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  • Ill fame of the aircraft-carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

    10/11/2012 8:08:11 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    English Russia ^ | March 30, 2012 | Ok4u2bu
    Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov (“Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov”) is an aircraft cruiser serving as the flagship of the Russian Navy. She was originally commissioned in the Soviet Navy, and was intended to be the lead ship of her class, but the only other ship of her class, Varyag, was never completed. The ship has ill fame and the phrase “If you misbehave, you’ll be sent to the Kuznetsov” is a norm. Read below to find out why. To begin with, the ship has no heating because an auxiliary boiler is missing. So it’s not bad...
  • Naval expert: Ships shown during Democratic convention tribute to veterans were Russian

    09/11/2012 10:51:32 PM PDT · by iowamark · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Sept. 12, 2012 | David Martosko
    The Democratic National Convention’s final night included a stirring tribute to America’s veterans from a retired naval four-star admiral, complete with a backdrop of jets flying over a row of proud warships. But convention organizers may soon regret it. Norman Polmar, author of “The Naval Institute Guide to the Soviet Navy” and other military handbooks, told the Navy Times on Tuesday that the ships were Russian vessels. “The ships are definitely Russian,” Polmar told the military newspaper. “There’s no question of that in my mind.” The ships depicted in the Democrats’ backdrop had radar designs that the U.S. fleet doesn’t...
  • Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Subs – CinC Vysotsky

    02/09/2012 4:03:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 09/02/2012
    Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Subs – CinC Vysotsky The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti. The design of the diesel-electric Lada class was completed at the end of the 1990s, but none of the planned boats have entered service, although the lead ship in the class, the Saint Petersburg, is undergoing trials with the Baltic Fleet, Vysotsky said. “The Russian Navy does not need the Lada in its current form,” he said. Vysotsky...
  • Aircraft carrier pilot: One day of life (Russia)

    11/22/2011 11:50:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | November 18, 2011 | Vladimir Ruvinsky
    Aircraft carrier pilot: One day of life November 18, 2011 Vladimir Ruvinsky For the first time in 17 years, a young pilot took part in the exercises in the Barents Sea involving the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. An RIR correspondent was on board to talk to the naval fighter pilots. the 25-tonne machine has to land on a 36-metre landing strip; you have to touch the strip at a certain angle and at a certain speed. Source: ITAR-TASS “My wife will give me my marching orders soon”, naval pilot Stanislav Avdin says jokingly when asked about his service. “I leave...
  • ‘Aircraft carrier killer’: RT goes aboard flagship Varyag (Russian navy)

    09/19/2011 6:07:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 19 September, 2011 | ­Lidia Vasilevskaya
    ‘Aircraft carrier killer’: RT goes aboard flagship Varyag Published: 19 September, 2011, 16:05 The Varyag guided missile cruiser knows no fear – not even the old one about having women aboard. RT’s female reporter admires the might of the Pacific flagship, samples sea bread, looks into the hearts of its crew, and meets the ship’s cats. His wide green eyes were studying me. I was studying him, too. It just seemed too strange. A red cat with a sly face – it really was sly – was lying by the ship’s gun. It then stretched itself, yawned as if we...
  • Russian Navy to receive new air defense system

    07/18/2011 7:46:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 18/07/2011
    Russian Navy to receive new air defense system The Russian Navy will soon receive a new ship-based gun/missile air defense system, KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the developer of the system, said on Monday. The system, dubbed Pantsyr-M, has been developed on the basis of the land-based Pantsyr-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound). "Pantsyr-M will replace the Kortik air defense systems and will be installed on all new classes of Russian combat ships, from corvettes to cruisers," said Alexander Zhukov, a senior KBP official. Zhukov cited specifications for an export version of Pantsyr-M as the data on the system for the Russian Navy is...
  • Russia to build nuclear aircraft carrier by 2023

    06/30/2011 5:46:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 30/06/2011
    Russia to build nuclear aircraft carrier by 2023 The Russian navy has one conventionally powered aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov © RIA Novosti. Oleg Lastochkin 11:20 30/06/2011 ST PETERSBURG, June 30 (RIA Novosti) Russia will complete construction of its first nuclear powered aircraft carrier by 2023, the head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation said on Thursday. “We will start designing the Russian aircraft carrier in 2016, so that by 2018 we can start construction,” company head Roman Trotsenko said. He also said that as the construction period was likely to be five years, the carrier would be put into service...
  • France, Russia to sign Mistral deal on January 25 – Elysee Palace

    01/23/2011 11:53:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 1/24/2011 | ITAR-TASS
    France and Russia will sign an agreement on the construction of two Mistral helicopter ships on January 25 in the presence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, the Elysee Palace said on Sunday. Benefits of military cooperation with Russia outweigh possible negative factors, French Defense Minister Alain Juppe said in an interview with Le Monde on January 18. “NATO allies decided at the Lisbon summit to start cooperation with Russia in the development of a missile defense network. Benefits of strategic cooperation with Russia in the military sphere are much more important than negative...
  • "US concerned over French ship for Russia"

    11/29/2010 11:53:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 11/30/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The United States voiced concern to France earlier this year over the possible sale of a French warship to Russia, saying it sent a "mixed signal" to both Moscow and Eastern European allies, according to a leaked US document published. In a meeting on February 8 in Paris, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his French counterpart at the time, Herve Morin, disagreed over missile defense for Europe and over France's plans to sell the Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, a secret diplomatic cable posted by the WikiLeaks website showed Sunday
  • Russia's defense ministry confirms plans to buy 2 foreign helicopter carriers

    11/01/2010 9:00:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/1/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Sunday confirmed the ministry's plans to buy two foreign helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy and eventually produce vessels of this class on Russian soil. "We are speaking about the purchase of two helicopter carriers. Moreover, we are going to buy them with full technical documentation so that eventually we can produce them at our enterprises," Serdyukov said in an interview with Vesti Nedeli TV program. In early October, Russia's Defense Ministry announced an international tender for the construction of two amphibious assault ships for the Russian Navy. Previously, Russia held negotiations with France's...
  • The Big Fade In Russia

    10/30/2010 12:03:30 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/28/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Russian naval aviation is facing a crisis, in that within the next five years, few of the navy's aircraft will be flyable. It's not that no one saw this coming, it's just that there were larger calamities to deal with. The collapse of the Soviet armed forces after 1991 (when the Soviet Union dissolved) was a catastrophic event, with the largest military establishment on the planet quickly losing 80 percent of its manpower. A lot more equipment stayed on the books, in theory. But over 100,000 tanks and aircraft were allowed to quietly fall apart in the 1990s, because there...
  • With Ukraine's blessing, Russia to beef up its Black Sea Fleet

    10/26/2010 2:41:38 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/26/2010 | Fred Weir
    Just a year ago Ukraine was insisting that Russia would be required to vacate the Crimean naval base of Sevastopol when its old lease expired in 2017. That would have posed serious problems for Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet, which is headquartered there. But today, after pro-Moscow President President Viktor Yanukovych took office in February, Russia appears completely secure in its military foothold on Ukrainian soil until at least 2042. In a quiet announcement Monday, Moscow revealed that – with Ukrainian consent – it will "upgrade" its Black Sea fleet over the next decade with at least 18 new warships,...
  • Russian Navy desperate for new planes

    10/21/2010 10:54:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 10/21/2010 | Ilya Kramnik
    Russian naval aviation is in critical condition, particularly the aviation units of the Black Sea Fleet, which may lose most of their fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in the next five to six years. This problem demands a rapid solution. Otherwise the new warships ordered under the 2011-2020 state rearmament program will be useless. So far there are no official plans for equipping the navy with new fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. There have been no public reports or official statements regarding the purchase of new aircraft for the navy citing specific figured or parameters, except for the announcement of the purchase...
  • Russia's Bulava missile hits target in test

    10/07/2010 10:36:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 10/7/2010 | RIA Novosti
    A test warhead from a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile successfully hit its target on the Kura test range in Russia's Far East Kamchatka region, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The missile was fired from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine in the White Sea. Bulava test launches were put on hold after a failed launch on December 9, 2009, which was caused by a defective engine nozzle. The Bulava (SS-NX-30), a three-stage liquid and solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), has officially suffered seven failures in 13 tests
  • Russia revives Caspian Sea Monster

    07/18/2010 1:29:53 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 1+ views
    RT.com ^ | 7/17/2010 | RT.com
    The Russian government has commissioned the renewal of the “Caspian Sea Monster,” the legendary ground effect vehicle (GEV). Only 30 such crafts were built in the Soviet Union over two decades. Propeller The revival of GEV production was announced by the Alekseev design and construction bureau, which used to be the leading producer of such vehicles. According to its production branch director, Evgeny Meleshko, the bureau is working on a big model. It will spend two years making the new design with the first tests to be launched in 2012. “For our company it’s a big project, and most of...
  • Russian Defense Ministry lukewarm on South Korean warship deal

    07/18/2010 1:18:57 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/15/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian Defense Ministry has effectively dismissed the idea of buying a South Korean warship in place of a French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, a Russian business daily reported on Thursday. According to Kommersant, the United Shipbuilding Corporation proposed the purchase of a $650 million Dokdo helicopter carrier from South Korea. In a letter to Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, USC CEO Roman Trotsenko said his corporation could buy a license to build a Dokdo-class ship at a Russian shipyard within three years. The Defense Ministry is skeptical about the ability of Russian shipyards to build such ships in principle or...
  • Russia holding exercises off Japan’s coast

    07/14/2010 2:55:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Japan Security Watch ^ | 7/14/2010 | Kyle Mizokami
    One of the problems of living at the gateway to Asia is that anyone who lives in Asia, well, has to go through the gate. Such is Japan’s problem lately, with China and now Russia holding exercises and transiting ships near its borders. Anyone who lives in a large apartment building directly above the garage can probably sympathize. Russia conducted a military drill last weekend on Etorofu, one of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, despite a request by Tokyo not to do so. A press officer in the military’s Far East district said Saturday-Sunday drill was “the...
  • US keeping close eye on Russian naval drill

    07/07/2010 5:16:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 7/7/2010 | Brahmand.com
    US intelligence services and other countries in the Far East are closely monitoring the grand naval drills being conducted by the Russian Navy. “The naval phase of Russia's Vostok-2010 (Orient-2010) military exercises has drawn increased attention from the intelligence services of the United States and Asia-Pacific countries,” a senior Russian Navy source was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. On June 29, Russia launched the biggest ever post-Soviet war games in the eastern part of the country involving 20,000 troops, up to 70 combat aircraft and 30 warships, including North Fleet's nuclear powered guided missile cruiser ‘Pyotr Veliky’ (Peter-the-Great), world's...
  • Russian Military Set To Continue Bulava Missile Tests

    07/05/2010 10:43:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    RIA Novosti via Space Daily ^ | 7/5/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Daily
    A state investigation commission has recommended the continuation of tests on the troubled Bulava ballistic missile following a probe into the most recent test failure, a first deputy defense minister said on Wednesday. Only 5 of the 12 Bulava launches have been officially reported as successful and late last month the commission sent the government the results of its investigation into the latest failure: a launch from the Dmitry Donskoy cruiser in the White Sea in early December 2009. "The state commission, which had been set up to investigate the failed launches of the Bulava, completed its work in June...
  • France OKs carrier sale to Russia

    07/05/2010 9:19:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 1+ views
    RT.com ^ | 7/6/2010 | RT.com
    France has agreed to sell the Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia. The Russian Navy also has its eyes on three more similar vessels in the future. The approval of the defense deal was announced Monday by Jacques de Lajugie, the international development director of France’s armaments board Delegation Generale pour l’Armement (DGA). He added the possible addition of three more helicopter carriers has only been discussed on the technical level, not on the political. In a brief meeting on Monday, French president Nicolas Sarkozy told US Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the deal will not pose a military problem, stressing...
  • Russia starts large-scale war games, Georgia fumes

    06/29/2010 10:53:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/29/2010 | By Dmitry Solovyov
    Russia launched large-scale military exercises involving thousands of troops across parts of its southern regions on Monday which Georgia said would violate its territory. The Defence Ministry said the sweep of the week-long "Caucasus 2009" manoeuvres would include the volatile, mainly-Muslim regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia - continuing focus of rebel groups seeking to prize the area from Moscow's control. Moscow sees the Caucasus mountains area as a strategically vital zone, the approach to prime agricultural and industrial regions and an important energy transit route. The Kremlin views any challenge here as a threat to the overall security and...
  • Russia set to use naval pilot training facilities in Ukraine

    06/26/2010 12:00:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 6/25/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia will use facilities on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula for naval pilot training in the next few years, the Russian defense minister said on Friday. In line with a 1997 bilateral agreement, Russia used the Nitka Naval Pilot Training Center in Ukraine as the only training facility for its naval pilots, but Kiev has been less willing to allow Russian pilots to train at the facility in the past few years and, according to some sources, was even planning to rent it to China. "Russia is interested in the continuation of its naval pilot training at this [the Nitka] facility," Anatoly...
  • New Russian Nuclear Submarine Will Not Enter Serial Production

    06/23/2010 9:08:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    RIA Novosti via Space War ^ | 6/24/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space War
    A fourth-generation Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine that was floated out on Tuesday is too expensive for serial production, a business daily said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in the northern port of Severodvinsk to attend the official float-out ceremony. The construction of the Severodvinsk, the first Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class submarine, began in 1993 at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, but has since been dogged by financial setbacks. Russia planned to float out the submarine on May 7 to mark the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in May 1945. Russia's Vedomosti...
  • Russian President's Big Silicon Valley Splash

    06/22/2010 9:34:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC11 ^ | Tue, Jun 22, 2010 | JACKSON WEST
    Dmitry Medvedev dining in San Francisco tonight Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is on a friendly visit to the Bay Area before flying across the country to meet with President Barack Obama, and he comes in peace. Which must be why he brought along the flagship of the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet, the nuclear-capable missile cruiser Varyag. Makes total sense. Medvedev will be dining with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Secretary of State George Schultz Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he'll be visiting technology companies including Twitter, Apple, Google and Cisco Systems, in part to promote an "innovation center" modeled on Silicon...
  • Indian carrier's deck systems tested with MiG-29K prototype

    06/22/2010 10:49:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Janes Information Group ^ | 6/22/2010 | Janes Information Group
    A non-flying MiG-29K naval strike fighter prototype is being used to test aircraft handling systems in the former Soviet aircraft carrier being refitted for the Indian Navy at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, northern Russia. Sevmash announced on 9 June that the MiG-29K was brought on board Vikramaditya (ex-Admiral Gorshkov ) to trial flight-deck hardware, in particular the restraints that are designed to hold an aircraft in place until its engines generate sufficient thrust for take-off. The yard's head of production for military-technical co-operation, Sergey Novoselov, said that successful testing of the restraints was a condition for the next contractual...
  • Putin says Russia will buy Mistral only with technology transfer

    06/10/2010 8:47:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 382+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 6/09/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia is interested in purchasing Mistral class amphibious assault ships from France only together with the accompanying technology, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on the eve of a visit to France. Russia is negotiating the purchase of at least one French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ship and plans to build three more vessels of the same class in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS. "For us, this deal is interesting only if it is accomplished with a parallel transfer of technology, so that our shipbuilders - both civilian and military - receive a new technological boost for development," Putin said...
  • Russia downplays Chinese J-15 fighter capabilities

    06/04/2010 11:01:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 739+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 06/04/2010 | RIA Novosti
    China's J-15 carrier-based fighter will not be able to compete with Russia's Su-33 fighter on global markets because it is inferior to the Russian aircraft, a Russian military analyst said on Friday. China since 2001 has been developing the J-15 naval fighter, which is believed to be a clone of Russia's Su-33 Falcon-D. China bought an Su-33 prototype earlier from Ukraine, and used it to develop the new aircraft. The J-15 is expected to be stationed initially onboard the Chinese Varyag aircraft carrier currently being fitted in the port of Dalian. China bought the unfinished Admiral Kuznetsov class aircraft carrier...
  • Russia seeks to refurbish, redeploy ships to Pacific to 'maintain a power balance with China'

    06/04/2010 7:11:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 780+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 6/2/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    Russia is reinstating a decommissioned nuclear power warship in response to growing concerns in Moscow about China's military. . Japan’s Tokyo Shimbun reported May 25 that a senior Russian Navy Pacific Fleet official disclosed the effort to refurbish a decommissioned nuclear missile cruiser. According to the report, Russia will redeploy the warship to its Pacific Fleet. The objective is to counter China, which is advancing with military expansion efforts, the newspaper said, noting that the Admiral Lazarev, a 26,000-ton Kirov-class battle cruiser, was being rebuilt. The cruiser is currently moored in the Russian coastal region of Strelok Bay. “In order...
  • Russians to study warship sinking probe

    05/31/2010 1:38:04 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 686+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/31/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Russian experts arrived in Seoul on Monday to review findings of an investigation that blamed North Korea for the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, as the South sought to build support for U.N. punishment of the North. If Russia endorses the multinational probe's conclusions, the move could convince China and other major powers to support possible U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang for the sinking two months ago of the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors. The South Koreans shared the investigation's findings with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last weekend before a summit, but Beijing has yet to blame North Korea...
  • Russia plans big naval exercise off North Korea

    05/27/2010 7:00:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 546+ views
    The Province ^ | 5/27/2010 | The Province
    Russia will hold large-scale naval exercises near North Korea next month that were planned before the current stand-off on the Korean peninsula, naval officials said on Thursday. Tensions between the two Koreas are at their highest level in years, a week after international investigators accused the North of torpedoing a South Korean warship in March, killing 46 sailors. Moscow, which maintains ties with North Korea, has issued repeated calls for calm and restraint from both sides to prevent tension from bubbling over into armed conflict. The Kremlin says it wants more information about the accusations that a North Korea torpedo...
  • Russian Navy on course to buy Mistral ships

    05/24/2010 10:22:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 542+ views
    Rt.com ^ | 5/24/2010 | RT.com
    Closing in for the kill, Russia is said to be in final talks to buy a flotilla of four French helicopter-carriers - a deal massive both in terms of the vessels' size and their price tag. "At the moment we are in pre-contract talks on the warships with three states: Spain, the Netherlands and France. We plan to sign a contract for four of these ships," said Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. Serdyukov said Russia would like at least three of the vessels to be built with the help of Russian shipbuilders, including one at a Russian shipyard. Talks to...
  • French warships for Russia may be armed with Ka-52 helicopters

    05/12/2010 8:39:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 586+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/12/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopters may be the best choice to arm Mistral helicopter carriers, which Russia plans to purchase from France, the chief of Russian helicopter holding said on Wednesday. Russia negotiates the purchase of at least one Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, worth 400-500 million euros (around $530-$660 million) and plans to build three more vessels of the same class in partnership with a French naval shipbuilder. The director of the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation in April told RIA Novosti the political decision on the Mistral's purchase had already been taken. "The French have said the Ka-52 could be...
  • Russian Navy to retain Akula class nuke subs till 2019

    05/10/2010 9:49:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 324+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 5/10/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The Russian Navy will retain its Akula class nuclear attack submarines in service till 2019, the country’s Navy chief has said. “They (the Akula class subs) will remain in the fleet at a minimum until 2019,” Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky was quoted by Arms-Tass as saying. The Navy Chief said that modernisation opportunities for the attack submarines “are very large, there are several options.” The Russian naval fleet at present comprises of three Project 941 Akula class (NATO name Typhoon) nuclear submarines out of the six constructed. One of them – the Dmitry Donskoy – has been refurbished to...
  • Results of Bulava probe due May 20 - Russian Navy

    05/08/2010 2:43:32 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 223+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/7/2010 | RIA Novosti
    A special investigation commission will announce on May 20 the official results of a probe into the latest failure of Russia's ill-fated Bulava ballistic missile, the Navy commander said on Friday. The latest launch of the missile, which Russia hopes will be a key element of its nuclear forces, from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine in the White Sea ended in failure in early December 2009. Only five of 12 Bulava launches have been officially reported as being successful. "The conclusions of the commission will be announced on May 20," Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said. He added that the Russian military...
  • Russians Release Somali Pirates! (In inflatable boat, no nav gear...)

    05/06/2010 5:33:16 PM PDT · by jonascord · 21 replies · 992+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/6/10 | Staff
    Commandos from the large anti-submarine warship Marshal Shaposhnikov freed the tanker earlier on Thursday in a 22-minute operation that saw one pirate shot dead. The vessel, on its way from the Red Sea to China, was seized on Wednesday. The source added that after the pirates had been disarmed and their navigation equipment removed, they were "put into an inflatable boat" and pushed off into the sea. .
  • Bulava Missile Designer Blames Industry For Test Failures

    04/20/2010 10:28:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 432+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 4/21/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Yury Solomonov, the designer of the troubled Bulava ballistic missile, said that the poor state of the Russian defense industry was the main cause of the weapon's failed test launches. Solomonov resigned from his post as general director of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT) in July 2009 after a series of unsuccessful Bulava tests, but retained his post as general designer of the missile. "I can say in earnest that none of the design solutions have been changed as a result of the tests. The problems occur in the links of the design-technology-production chain," Solomonov said in an...
  • Russia puts off launch of its new nuke attack sub

    04/17/2010 12:08:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 389+ views
    Brahmand.Com ^ | 4/16/2010 | Brahmand.Com
    Russia has delayed the launch of its new Graney class nuclear attack submarine, Severodvinsk, citing technical reasons. The multi-purpose nuclear attack submarine, the first of Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class attack sub, was earlier scheduled to be floated out on May 7, 2010. “The launch of the new Severodvinsk submarine has been delayed for technical reasons,” a source at the Sevmash shipyard which is constructing the ship, told RIA Novosti. The vessel will be floated out for sea trials later this year, the source said. It is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy by late 2010 or early...
  • Grounded submarine photographed with sonar

    04/06/2010 8:10:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies · 1,877+ views
    StumbleUpon.com ^ | 4/01/2010 | João Medeiros
    This eerie wreck image is not computer generated. It's the sonar image of Russian nuclear submarine B-159 (called K-159 before decommissioning), which has been lying 248m down in the Barents Sea, between Norway and Russia, since 2003. The Russian Federation hired Adus, a Scottish company that specialises in high-resolution sonar surveying, to evaluate if it would be possible to recover the wreck. "The operation was complicated as the submarine was very deep, so we had to use the sonar equipment mounted on a remotely operated vehicle, (below)" says Martin Dean, the managing director of Adus and a forensic-wreck archaeologist. "We...
  • French warship to participate in Russian Navy exercises

    03/30/2010 10:03:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 478+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/30/2010 | Brahmand.com
    French anti-aircraft frigate, Chevalier Paul, will take part in tactical maneuvers and anti-aircraft defense exercises with the Russian Northern Fleet Navy on April 3. The Chevalier Paul, a Horizon-class frigate, is arriving on Tuesday to the northern Russian port of Severomorsk to participate in the joint naval exercises; Ria Novosti quoted a Russian Navy spokesman as saying. The Horizon frigate provides local area or extended cover against saturation missile attacks and escort and protect carrier groups. The ship also has powerful anti-submarine and anti-air self defence. Russia plans to buy a Mistral-class ship from France, worth 400-500 million euros (around...
  • Russia will only buy fully-equipped Mistral from France

    03/27/2010 7:06:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 526+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/26/2010 | Defense Talk
    The chief of the Russian General Staff said Thursday that Russia would only buy a fully-equipped Mistral-class amphibious assault ship from France. Russia is negotiating the purchase of a Mistral-class ship from France, worth 400-500 million euros (around $540-$675 million). Russia could also use French technology later to build another three such vessels in Russia in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS. "Russia's leadership and Defense Ministry have a clear position on the issue. Should a final decision be made on Mistral, we will purchase this ship only if it is fully equipped - with all control and navigation...
  • Russia conducts Navy anti-submarine drills in Sea of Japan

    03/24/2010 6:41:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 224+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/24/2010 | RIA Novosti
    A mixed task force from the Russian Pacific Fleet started on Wednesday a series of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills in the Sea of Japan, a fleet spokesman said. "Two task forces comprising missile destroyers and diesel-powered submarines are taking part in the drills in line with a regular training program," Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said. The exercises involve a number of search-and-destroy missions, simulated torpedo attacks and live-fire drills with on-board artillery and air defense systems. The Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov destroyers, which carried out patrol missions in the Gulf of Aden as part of international efforts to...
  • Fate of Russia's Bulava missile must be decided this summer — Navy

    03/21/2010 9:15:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 177+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/21/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The upcoming tests of Russia's troubled Bulava ballistic missile will determine whether it will be put in service with the Russian Navy or scrapped, a senior Navy commander said. The Russian Navy is planning to conduct at least four test launches of the Bulava ballistic missile at the end of June. "I believe that this summer will be decisive in terms of adopting Bulava for the service with the Navy," First Deputy of the Naval General Staff Vice Admiral Oleg Burtsev said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station on Saturday. "We will continue Bulava tests launches from Dmitry...
  • Russia to conduct four Bulava missile test in June

    03/20/2010 11:10:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 483+ views
    Bramand.com ^ | 3/19/2010 | Bramand.com
    Russia plans to carry out at least four test launches of the Bulava ballistic missile by June end, a media report said. "Two Bulava launches will be carried out from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine, followed by two launches from the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear sub," RIA Novosti quoted a senior Navy official as saying. "The second test on the Yury Dolgoruky will be a salvo launch," he said. The Bulava-M (SS-NX-30) ICBM carries up to 10 nuclear warheads and has a range of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on Borey class Project 955...
  • Russia needs minimum 50 nuclear subs for fleet - Navy Vice Admiral

    03/20/2010 7:54:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 327+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/15/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian Navy ideally needs to have at least 50 nuclear-powered submarines, a high-ranking Navy officer said during a live interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station on Saturday. The Russian Navy has some 60 strategic, multi-functional and diesel-powered submarines in its fleet that are combat ready. "The number of nuclear submarines in Russia's Navy should be no less than 40-50," First Deputy of the Naval General Staff Vice Admiral Oleg Burtsev said. He said that France, Britain and the United States have at least nine combat ready nuclear subs at sea at all times. "In order to counterbalance them, we...
  • India to get Russian nuclear submarine for 10-year lease - paper

    03/17/2010 11:27:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 395+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/17/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia has confirmed its readiness to transfer its Nerpa nuclear-powered attack submarine for a 10 year-lease to India, The Times of India reported on Wednesday citing defense ministry sources. According to the paper, Russia and India quietly firmed up the 10-year lease of the K-152 Nerpa submarine during Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi last week. With the final lease and training agreements now in place, India is dispatching a 50-member submarine crew, including 8-10 officers, to Russia to train on the Akula-II class nuclear submarine, the paper said. "The Indian naval team will be leaving within...
  • Russia to launch new nuclear submarine on May 7

    03/15/2010 9:00:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 513+ views
    Sify News ^ | 3/15/2010 | RIA Novosti
    A new Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine will be launched May 7, an official said Monday. Construction of the Severodvinsk, a Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class submarine, began in 1993 at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk but has since been dogged by financial setbacks. 'A floating out ceremony for Russia's new Severodvinsk nuclear submarine at the Sevmash shipyard has been scheduled for May 7,' the shipyard spokesman said. Graney-class nuclear submarines combine the ability to launch a variety of long-range cruise missiles (up to 3,100 miles or 5,000 km) with nuclear warheads, and effectively engage...
  • Russia test-launched ballistic missile from the Barents Sea

    03/05/2010 8:24:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 376+ views
    Barents Observer ^ | 03/05/2010 | Barents Observer
    A Russian nuclear submarine Thursday morning launched a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile of the Sineva-class from the Barents Sea. The launch was made from the Delta-IV class submarine “Tula”, newspaper Kommersant writes, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense’s press service. The launch was a success, and all the targets were hit. Last time a missile of this type was launched from the submarine Tula was in October 2008. The launch was then witnessed by President Dmitry Medvedev, as BarentsObserver reported. Another Sineva missile was launched in July 2009, this time from the Northern Fleet submarine “Yekaterinburg”. In the end of...
  • French Warship Sale to Russia: Another Symptom of NATO Erosion?

    03/03/2010 11:52:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 296+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 2/26/2010 | Vladimir Socor
    serving President Nicolas Sarkozy as his State Secretary for European Affairs, Lellouche follows Sarkozy’s line in defending the French Mistral warship sale to Russia, regardless of its corrosive effects on NATO. Visiting the Baltic States –where serious concerns have been voiced over the possible Mistral sale to Russia– Lellouche insinuated that other NATO countries might sell their warships to Russia, if France does not do so. Claiming that the warship sale would merely “turn the page on the Cold War,” Lellouche invited the Baltic States to follow the Franco-German example and seek reconciliation with Russia, overcoming a difficult history (BNS,...
  • France defends talks on sale of warships to Russia

    03/01/2010 7:58:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 521+ views
    Times Online ^ | 3/1/2010 | Charles Bremner
    The scene is set for conflict between France and its Nato allies when President Medvedev of Russia arrives in Paris today intent on ordering up to four powerful warships from French shipbuilders. Washington and the former Soviet bloc members of Nato are alarmed by President Sarkozy’s willingness to sell a 600ft Mistral Class amphibious assault ship, and possibly three more, to the Russian Navy. Georgia, which was subjected to a Russian invasion in 2008, is leading the charge to stop Moscow acquiring Mistrals, which sell for about £400 million each. Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, the chief of the Russian Navy, has...
  • Moscow yet to clinch deal on French warship

    02/27/2010 4:35:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 299+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 2/27/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Moscow is still continuing talks with Paris on the purchase of a Mistral-class warship. The French government has approved the sale but Russia has not yet made a final decision. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit France on March 1-3 but the deal will not be signed during the visit, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. Russia plans to buy one Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, worth 400-500 million euros (around $540-$675 million), and subsequently use their know-how to build three or four vessels of the same class in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS. "We would...