Military review. Developments in the field of defence and security in the media. Media monitoring during the week from 20th to 26th of February 2017
Material posted: Publication date: 27-02-2017
Russian army were armed with "Tigers" remote controlled module "Crossbow-DM"; titanium cockpit for su-34 bombers to do new technology; the US and Russia remain the largest exporters of weapons in the world; spetsnaz weapons ZVO another batch of armored vehicles "Typhoon"; in the suburbs on alert atonement for the fifth anti-aircraft missile regiment equipped with new s-400 "Triumph"; the troops information operations created in the armed forces; the latest icebreaker "Ilya Muromets" will be part of the Russian Navy in the autumn of the current year; ten models of small arms for upgraded equipment of the "Warrior"; test cannon weapons for the PAK FA is planned to be completed this year; the Il-76MD-90A was tested; rostec has sold 12% of actions "Helicopters of Russia" RDIF and a group of middle Eastern investors; Russia and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to work together to create a light fighter. About these and other developments in the monitoring of the media during the week from 20 to 26. 02. 2017.

On 20 February in new York, has died, Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin, who died the day before your 65th birthday.

According to media reports, Vitaly Churkin having heart problems. Diplomat became ill when he was in the building of the Russian mission at the UN in Manhattan. Vitaly Churkin was taken to Presbyterian hospital, where he died.

The UN has expressed condolences in connection with the death of a Russian diplomat. Later, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the family of Vitaly Churkin.

Vitaly Churkin was born on 21 February 1952 in Moscow. In 1974 he graduated from the MGIMO. In 1974-1979 he worked in the translation Department of the foreign Ministry. From 1979 to 1987 he worked in the USSR Embassy in the United States. 1987-1989 — assistant of the international Department of the CPSU Central Committee. In 1989-1990, he was the press Secretary of the Minister Eduard Shevardnadze. In 1990-1991 he worked as the head of the information Department of the MFA of the USSR and Russia. In April 1992 he became Deputy foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev — his former classmate. In this post, Vitaly Churkin, oversaw the resolution of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

In October 1994, Vitaly Churkin was Ambassador to Belgium and Russian representative to NATO, and then was appointed Ambassador to Canada. In Ottawa Vitaly Churkin worked until June 2003 before he was replaced by Deputy foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov. Three years, Mr. Churkin was Ambassador-at-large, that is, in fact, was in a personnel reserve of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.

In April 2006, in a move the foreign Ministry, which made the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, he became the permanent representative of Russia to the UN.



21 Feb. The state news Agency of Syria SANA has accused the Turkish armed forces in the deaths of civilians in the shelling of the city al-Bab. Agency sources said that the shelling also hit residential buildings and infrastructure El-Baba.

We will remind that on February 16, as a result of artillery and aerial bombardment of the town of al-Bab, the Turkish military killed 24 people, among them 11 children and 8 women. Al-Bab was considered the main stronghold of ISIS in Northern Syria.

23 February it became known that the city is cleared from terrorists. It was stormed by detachments of the Syrian armed opposition, with the support of the Turkish army.

Meanwhile, Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara is ready to participate in the operation to liberate Raqqa from Syrian militants and discussed the matter with members of the international coalition.

24 Feb. Military Iraq completely liberated Mosul airport from the militants of the terrorist organization "Islamic state". About it reports "RIA Novosti" with reference to a source in security services of Iraq.

25 Feb. Several suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Syrian city of HOMS, according to "RIA Novosti", citing a source at the scene. "One — near the building of the Department of state security, the second near the branch of the military intelligence service. To say exactly how many people died and injured — is not yet possible,"— said the Agency interlocutor.

According to AFP, all the explosions killed 42 people. In the attack was killed the chief of the branch of military security in HOMS province General Hassan Daaboul. According to some data near the two objects of security blew himself up more than six suicide bombers.


The Russian defense Ministry reported that last week in Syria blowing machine killed four Russian military. "16 Feb 2017 in the Syrian Arab Republic as a result of blasting the car radio-controlled land mine killed four Russian soldiers. The vehicle convoy of Syrian troops, which was followed by a car with Russian military advisors, followed from the airfield Ties in the direction of the city of HOMS,"— said the Agency.

According to the defense Ministry, a car with Russian military drove 4 km, after which it worked under RC charge. Another two soldiers were injured, at present their lives fighting military doctors.


On February 24 the Ukrainian security officers seized the objects of the Donetsk filtering station (DFS). This was announced by the representative of the operational command of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic (DND) Eduard Bacurin.
Donetsk news Agency also reported that the shelling from the area of DFS Ukrainian security forces used mortars and heavy machine guns. The fire was conducted from the premises of the station not only the positions of the forces of the DNI, but in residential areas Yasinovataya and its village of Spartak. According to Basurin, the seizure of the station was carried by militants of the Ukrainian radical nationalist units.

The Commissioner informed the representative of the proclaimed Luhansk national Republic in the negotiations in Minsk Vladislav Danego reported on the February 25 emergency video conference of the contact group on settling the situation in the Donbass, in connection with the situation in the area of Avdeevka and Makeevka and Donetsk filtration station. However, Kyiv has not yet confirmed his participation.

Reference: DFS is between Avdeevka and Yasinovataya. It provides water for settlements on both sides of the front line. It is primarily the city of Donetsk and Yasinovataya, the settlements of Vasylivka and Spartacus under the control of the DNI and Avdeevka, Krasnogorovka and the village Verkhnetoretskoye, which is currently occupied by the Ukrainian armed forces. During the conflict, the station has repeatedly come under fire, resulting in her work.


The Armenian defense Ministry said that on February 25 at the line of contact in Karabakh conflict zone clash occurred. According to them, 25 February at about 03:00-04:00 o'clock a.m. local time at two directions — North-East and East, an attempt was made to break the line of contact. As reported the Armenian side, as a result of retaliatory measures of the enemy suffered further losses in killed and wounded. From the Karabakh side incurred no losses.

Armenia informed the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group on Nagorno — Karabakh, Russia, France and the United States — the escalation of tension. This is stated in the message the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Republic.

The defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said about the clashes in the Karabakh conflict zone. "In the night from 24 to 25 February with the goal of conducting large-scale provocations, the units of Armenian armed forces on the frontline attempted to penetrate into the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in different directions. Due to the continuous tracking the enemy, devices, ambushes and placing combat outposts, the enemy was revealed in advance",— stated in the message Department.

They point out that the Azerbaijani military took measures to prevent the penetration of the enemy deep into their defense, and they managed to get him to back off. The Ministry reported that as a result of clashes are losses from the Azerbaijani side.


The President of the United States Donald trump in an interview with Reuters announced that it plans to build a nuclear Arsenal of the country, which will have to be "the best" in the world. He also recalled the "placement of Russian missiles in violation of the INF Treaty". While trump has promised to raise the issue at talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, "if held".

As reports Bloomberg with reference to dealing with cyber security company FireEye, Russian hackers continue to be "very active" in Europe and the United States.

According to experts FireEye in cyber espionage-John Hultquist imposed against Russia sanctions, the United States "not scared" of Russian hackers, and they allegedly continued to engage in espionage. The specialist noted that hackers from Russia are very interested in "political institutions of Europe", especially during the elections and before them. According to Mr. Hultquist, the Russians are the same as during the presidential campaign in the United States, for example, resort to "trolls in social networks".

In addition, John Hultquist spoke about the group APT28, the name of which supposedly coincides with the "associated with the Russian government a group that attacked the servers of the US Democratic party". He said that APT28 is watching several foreign ministries and embassies in Europe and "other places".

North Korea can evade international sanctions through a complex network of foreign companies and access to international banking system. About it reports Reuters with reference to the still unpublished report of the United Nations (UN).

"Certain organizations and banks continued to work in the sanctions environment through agents, who have extensive experience and are well trained in matters of cross-border movement of funds, people, goods, including arms and related materials",— stated in the UN report. It is noted that member States of the UN to "exercise increased vigilance" in the interaction with diplomats from North Korea, which are engaged in commercial activities, because some of them can provide financial support to illicit networks.

The report contains information on the activities of two trading companies associated with sanctioned bodies, including with the intelligence Directorate of the General staff of the North Korean army, and also outlines the use of the financial system for the payment of the sanctions operations.

According to international expert group, the existing sanctions against the DPRK are not sufficient, so they call for the introduction of additional measures to address deficiencies.


The British defence Secretary Michael Fallon last week, said that the West is not satisfied with the contacts of the Russian Federation with Libya. According to the head of the British defense Ministry, Moscow thus "validates the strength of the West, examines the Alliance."

"We do not want to bear popped to their feet." - quoted newspaper Daily Mail excerpt from a speech Fallon at the Munich security conference.

Russia's Reaction

The Minister of defence of the Russian Federation General of the army Sergei Shoigu commented on the above statement British counterpart Michael Fallon.

"Well, if you continue the "animal" theme...they have the emblem, the lion, was it? There's an old proverb: all lions are cats but not all cats are lions. Let everyone understands his Affairs himself. And we do not think that their zoo has grown animal, which may indicate the bear" - said Shoigu.


Germany in the current year will increase defence spending by 8%. This was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a press conference with Vice-President of the United States by Michael Penny.

Stoltenberg promised the Vice-President of the US that European allies will actively increase their military spending, in particular this year to the level of 2% of GDP should reach Lithuania and Latvia, "followed by Romania".

Reference: NATO justifies the need of growth in their defense spending, in particular, "threats from the East" - that is, on the part of Russia, but does not mention that the military budget of Russia 10 times less than the total military budget of NATO.


The largest supplier of weapons in the world remain the US, according to the Stockholm international Institute for peace studies (SIPRI). The share of the country accounting for 33% of the total global exports in the period from 2012 to 2016. The main partners of the United States are Saudi Arabia (13% of exports), United Arab Emirates (8.7%) and Turkey (6.3 percent). Over the past five years, the U.S. has supplied weapons in at least 100 States, exports from the USA increased by 21%.

In second place is Russia, its share is 23%. The main partners of Russia in five years — India (38% of exports), Vietnam (11%) and China (11%). During this period, Russia delivered its service to 50 countries.

In third place in the list is China (6.2% share of world exports), the fourth — France (6%), the fifth — Germany (5.6 percent).

The largest recipients of weapons in five years became the countries of Asia and Oceania (43% of imports), followed by countries in the Middle East (29%), Europe (11%), South and North America (8.6 per cent) and Africa (8.1 percent). The highest import growth over the past 10 years was observed in Asia, Oceania and the Middle East, a noticeable reduction occurred in the countries of Europe, North and South America, Africa.

The five largest importers of arms is headed by India (13%), followed by Saudi Arabia (8.2 percent), followed by the United Arab Emirates (4.6 per cent), China (4.5 %) and Algeria (3.7 percent).


The Ministry of defence is going to put the division on the Kuril Islands in 2017. "I hope this year to complete the placement of three divisions on the Western borders and the South-West. We are actively working to protect the Kuril Islands. There we have to accommodate division, we also have this year to finish" - leads TASS words of the head of Department, Sergei Shoigu.

The Reaction Of Japan

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan issued a statement condemning the deployment of Russian divisions on the territory of the Kuril Islands. As reported by the Agency TASS, "it is contrary to the position ... which is that it is primordial territory of Japan". "These actions were regrettable," - said the foreign Ministry of Japan.

Russia's Reaction

The Chairman of Russian Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev has declared that Japan has no basis for protests.

According to him, Russia on the lawful bases ensures its own security within its own territory. Thus, according to the Senator, this is done taking into account the actions of other regional powers, "are not always clear and not always predictable."


Air base in the Central military district (CVO) in the Sverdlovsk region, which provides search and rescue landed astronauts, received the state defense order 16 new Mi-8MTV-5, the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry.

Pilots air base Kamensk-Uralsky participate in search and rescue provision of landings of manned spacecraft in Kazakhstan. Over the last 10 years they have participated in over 50 operations, evacuating more than 200 astronauts, including about 100 foreign.

Reference: Mi-8MTV-5, supplied in various power structures of the Russian Federation, belongs to the family Mi-8/17 and is designed to transport cargo and equipment weighing up to four tons. Also used for search and rescue operations and perform various special tasks. The cockpit is equipped with lighting equipment adapted for use of night vision goggles that allows you to fly at night at low and extremely low altitudes, and take off and landing on unmarked sites.

According to the plan of re-equipment of troops of the Western military district (ZVO) in the device a special purpose, stationed in the Nizhny Novgorod region, another batch of new armored vehicles "Typhoon", the press service of the military district.

"Typhoon" is a universal armored vehicle ruggedized, can withstand detonation of an explosive device with a capacity up to 8 kg of TNT under any wheel and any place underneath.

The machine is equipped with combination of ceramic armor, which is the steel armor that provides protection from defeat armor-piercing incendiary bullets.

For reference: Armored vehicles "Typhoon" produced on the basis of chassis KAMAZ-63968 Ural-63095. They have hydropneumatic, independent suspension, automatic transmission, engine capacity of 450 horsepower. The car is able to accelerate on the highway at a speed of 80 km/h. Armored functional module accommodates 16 people. On the military machine is possible to install a remote-controlled gun module, which by remote control, and images from cameras will control the shooter. 5 video cameras provide all-round visibility for the crew in brokemogul and the driver of the car in case of defeat of the windshield.

Last week, the crews of anti-aircraft missile regiment near Moscow joint defense of Air and space forces (VKS), adopt the new regimental kit anti-aircraft missile systems (WRU) s-400 "Triumph", began combat duty in air defense of Moscow and the Central industrial district of Russia, reports the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry.

New s-400 "Triumph" arrived by rail in point of a constant dislocation in the suburbs from the landfill Kapustin Yar in the Astrakhan region after successful completion of live firing and reception of the new system from the representatives of the manufacturer.

With the production of new anti-aircraft missile complexes on combat duty in the composition of formations of air defense HQs for 5 anti-aircraft missile regiments equipped with s-400 "Triumph", provide air defense of Moscow and the Central industrial district of Russia.

Reference: In the framework of re-equipment of videoconferencing in 2016, the s-400 "Triumph" were rearmed with 4 anti-aircraft missile regiment. Four regimental kit s-400 entered service HQs in 2017

Armored car "Tiger-M" with a remotely controlled weapon module "Crossbow-DM" adopted by the Russian army. This was reported by TASS, the General Director of the company "Armoury Studios", created the module, Dmitry Galkin.

"Based on the positive results of state tests, required have confirmed the defense Ministry tactical and technical characteristics, the armored car "Tiger-M" with the combat module with remote control "Crossbow-DM" at the end of January, adopted of the Armed forces," - said Galkin.

According to him, in addition to "Tigers", the defense Ministry expressed interest in installing a "Crossbow-DM" on the armored vehicles of the family "Typhoon", multi-purpose conveyors-tractors MT-LB, as well as newly developed tracked armoured personnel carriers, the BT-3F.

Reference: "Tiger-M" with the combat module "Crossbow-DM" was first shown publicly at the Victory Parade may 9, 2016. The module can be installed on wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles, surface vessels and static guards. Weapons module - machine gun "KORD" 12.7 mm ammunition 150 rounds or machine gun PKTM 7.62 mm ammunition 250 rounds.

The module can capture and automatically follow the target and in motion, and television camera to recognize the target at a distance of 2.5 km, thermal imaging - up to 1.5 km Sighting system is also equipped with a laser rangefinder.

Troops information operations created in the Russian Armed forces, said defense Minister army General Sergei Shoigu, speaking on Wednesday (22 February) in the state Duma.

"During this time created the troops information operations that much more effective and stronger than what we used to create in the direction that was called counter-propaganda", he said.

According to him, propaganda must be smart, competent and effective.


It is planned that the icebreaker "Ilya Muromets" project 21180, built for the Navy (Navy) of the Russian enterprise "Admiralty shipyards" in accordance with the State programme of military shipbuilding would be transferred to the Russian Navy this fall, after completion of all stages of testing. About it reports Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry.

Currently, the icebreaker is at the stage of completion, which is carried out in accordance with the schedule.

The head icebreaker of project 21180 "Ilya Muromets" became the first icebreaker for 45 years, being built in the interests of the Russian Navy. This fall, after the mooring, factory sea and state trials the icebreaker will be part of the Northern fleet, which will carry out the tasks of ensuring the actions of Arctic group of the Russian Navy.

According to its characteristics, "Ilya Muromets" is able to effectively and independently carry out ice wiring warships and support vessels of the Navy in the Arctic zone, and also to make the towage.

Icebreaker is a multi-functional vessel with a displacement of 6 tonnes. The ceremony of laying the icebreaker was held at the "Admiralty shipyards" on 23 April 2015 To June 2016 icebreaker was launched for the production of fitting-out works, which are afloat in the waters of the enterprise "Admiralty shipyards".

"Ilya Muromets" — single-deck multipurpose ship, designed to provide the basing and deployment of naval forces in the ice. The ship has the capacity of marine tug, icebreaker and patrol ship at the same time and will be used to support the activities of Arctic group of the Russian Navy.

The icebreaker of project 21180 ship is a new generation with new principles of electric and a modern power plant. The high maneuverability of the icebreaker is provided by a twin-screw multi-turn mechanical steering and bow thruster, which increases the manoeuvring characteristics of the vessel when operating in ice conditions.

Control system the vessel has a high degree of automation and integration. The icebreaker is equipped with modern navigation systems with electronic chart display and information system.

Reference: Basic tactical and technical characteristics of the icebreaker: displacement – 6 tonnes; length – 85 m; width — 20 m; hull height – 9.2 m; draught – 6.8 m; endurance – 60 days; cruising range – up to 9 thousand miles; cross – ice thickness up to 1.5 m; type of propulsion – diesel-electric ship with the circle rudder propellers with power of 3.5 MW each; the crew of 35 people.

Until the end of 2017, the company "Admiralty shipyards" laid two diesel-electric submarines (SSK) of project 636.3 with precision weapons on Board. They will be the first in facing a series of six units designed for replenishment of the composition of submarine forces Pacific fleet (PF), reports the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry.

Submarines of project 636.3 are equipped with modern hydro-acoustic means and high-precision missile weapons. In the construction of diesel-electric submarines implemented the requirements of the General command of the Navy of Russia according to the criteria of malosolenoj, maneuverability and weapons.

Reference: Diesel-electric submarines incorporate a combination of acoustic stealth and target detection range, equipped with the latest inertial navigation complex, modern automated information management system, high-precision missiles and a powerful torpedo armament. This ensures the priority of the submarines of project 636.3 in the world the underwater shipbuilding.

On arms of the air base of naval aviation Pacific fleet (PF) on the Kamchatka Peninsula received the latest Arctic transport and attack helicopters Mi-8AMTSH-VA, reports the press service of the Eastern military district (TSB).

The crew made a flight from Ulan-Ude aviation plant to the place of permanent deployment at an air base in the town of Elizovo of Kamchatka region. In total the helicopter made 6 flights with a length of more than 4 thousand km.

The new machine will perform tasks in the Arctic zone of responsibility of the Pacific fleet.

Reference: Mi-8AMTSH-VA has a number of design features to ensure its operation in conditions of low temperatures. The helicopter is equipped with which has no analogues and is running from auxiliary power unit system rapid start-up engines under Autonomous and non-hangar basing of the machine even at 60-degree frost. The cargo cabin of the helicopter equipped with special insulation, heating system, means for heating of hot rations and water. New means of communication and flight-navigation equipment allow to automatically to fly on a pre-created route and to reach the set point.

The flight range of a helicopter with the installation of additional tanks exceeds 1400 km and the duration is more than seven hours.


At the Novosibirsk aviation plant. V. P. Chkalova established manufacturer of titanium cockpits for the su-34 bombers with the help of electron-beam welding. About it writes the edition "Made us".

Specialists of the company "Sukhoi" and partners for two years has created an innovative range of equipment which drastically changed the technological process of welding production. A new setting allows you to weld parts with a thickness of 2 to 200 mm in a single pass of the beam. Moreover, the welding can not be performed on two axes as before (horizontally and vertically), and by six coordinates. Welding can be as butt, and corner joints. The manipulator for a given program moves the electron gun on any path, to any point of the camera.

Spravochno: Almost all welding equipment created a domestic supplier — NITI "Progress" from Izhevsk. In the development of new technology also involved the national Institute of aviation technologies, the specialists of OKB "Dry" and CALLED them. V. P. Chkalov. Such apparatus for electron beam welding you plan to use when creating new aircraft and individual units in other enterprises of the KLA.

Ten models of small arms for the Russian upgraded combat equipment "Ratnik", said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the commander of Land forces, Colonel-General Oleg saliukov.

"Under development "Warrior" developed and modernized ten samples of small arms. Among them, 9-mm sniper rifle "Vintorez", a 9-millimeter machine "Val", 7.62 mm Dragunov sniper rifle, a 7.62 mm machine gun "Pecheneg", 12.7 mm anti-materiel rifle, anti-personnel automatic grenade launcher and other" – said Salyukov.

According to him, from February 2015, the products are controlled by the operation. All models of small arms kuznechnyi improved characteristics, increased service life, they all come with straps "Picatinny rail", introduced elements to improve the ergonomic characteristics of the weapon: tactical arms, butts with adjustable stylename and gamecycle, adjustable bipod, removable barrel shortened Lina and device for low noise and flameless shooting for the special machine gun. Machines designed for shops with possibility of visual control of ammunition.

In addition, in December 2016 completed two phases of comparative tests of 5.45-mm and 7.62-mm machine guns produced by the concern "Kalashnikov" and "Plant named after V. A. Degtyarev" in the military units of the airborne and Ground forces. The third and fourth phases, scheduled to be held in the departments of the Navy and special purpose, will be completed in may 2017, said the commander in chief.


Testing of artillery weapons for future aviation complex of frontline aviation (PAK FA) is planned to be completed this year. This was reported by TASS Director-General developed the ammunition for the weapons group "tehmash" (included in rostec) Sergey Rusakov.

"In 2016 into service of Russian air force accepted a 30-mm pieces with a plastic top devices, including in relation to advanced artillery complexes (PAC). In the interest of creating perspective objects of the Russian space forces plans to complete the PACK test within the framework of the flight tests in 2017," said Rusakov.

According to him, for the testing of new equipment, including flight-design in 2016 "tehmash" on base "NPO "Pribor" has manufactured and supplied the customer with a batch of new products 30 mm caliber.

Reference: PAK FA - promising fighter fifth generation T-50. He made the first flight in 2010. As expected, the first five production aircraft will go to the troops this year. Delivery of fighters to the troops could begin after 2018.

Tests on the static strength of the wing is a heavy military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A, which confirmed the declared characteristics of the static strength, the press service of OJSC "Il".

The work was carried out in the laboratory endurance tests, the specialists of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N. E. Zhukovsky. Was conducted the fatigue tests in the amount of design resource 8000 flight cycles and static tests to design ultimate load, it is possible to operate", – stated in the message.

The obtained experimental data allowed to confirm the calculated design model, developed by specialists of OJSC "Il". This gave the opportunity to confirm the performance strength of the structure under design loads that are 150% of limit operating.

During the tests specialists of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N. E. Zhukovsky confirmed that the plane Il-76MD-90A has the stated characteristics as of the static strength and durability, sufficient to establish the initial resource conditions of fatigue.

Currently, heavy military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A aircraft are serially produced at the Ulyanovsk plant "Aviastar-SP".

Background: the Il-76MD-90A differs from its predecessors by the use of the design of the wing panels of lengthy and intense fixture, which allows to significantly increase the durability of the structure and to seal fuel tanks, as well as reduce the complexity of manufacturing the wing. In the manufacture of aircraft using modern materials - aluminum alloys with improved fatigue characteristics, static strength and fracture toughness (fracture toughness).

III winter world military games

In Sochi in the arena "Ice cube" held (22 February) the opening ceremony of the III winter World military games. The event was attended by Chairman of the Government Dmitry Medvedev and Minister of defence of the Russian Federation General of the army Sergei Shoigu, who welcomed the participants and guests of the Games on behalf of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

As noted by the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry for several days best army athletes from many countries will have to demonstrate not only athletic skills but also quality, which is especially important for the military, and the ability to act quickly, smoothly, clearly, as they say, ahead of the curve.

All competitions of the III World military games will be streamed live on the website of the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation.

Reference: III winter world military games held in Sochi between 22 and 28 February. Athletes will compete in 44 sets of medals in individual and team competitions. The sports programme consists of seven types: biathlon, ski racing, downhill skiing, orienteering on skis, ski-mountaineering, sports climbing, indoor short track.


Rostec signed an agreement for the sale of 12% of "Helicopters of Russia" consortium of the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) and the Arab investors for $300 million.

The deal consists of two stages. The first stage involves the sale of 12% shares and investments in the amount of $300 million, agreed subsequent potential increase in investment to $600 million. it is reported "Interfax" with reference to the statement of the FUND.

The transaction will increase the authorized capital of the holding company.

Note that 100% of the shares of "Rostec" valued at $2.35 bn.


Russia and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to work together to create a light fighter. New fifth generation fighter will be created based on the MiG-29. It will take about 7-8 years, said the head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov.

According to the head of Rostec, the Middle East was and remains Russia's strategic partners. And, first and foremost, this applies to the United Arab Emirates. The middle East is interesting primarily to the fact that there is money and very solvent customers. As said Chemezov, Russia is not supplying military equipment for free, as it was once in Soviet times, therefore, the financial capacity of partners are of great importance.

As for the new light fighter, while Russia and the UAE signed only an agreement of intent to begin work on its creation.

According to Sergei Chemezov, the first in the UAE will be organized by the design office, then pilot production, which will create the first models of the aircraft. In the future there will be a full cycle production.

MEMORABLE lines: the defender of the Fatherland Day

February 23 marks the one day of military glory of Russia — day of the defender of Fatherland. This date was established by the Federal law "About days of military glory and anniversaries of Russia", adopted by the State Duma and signed by Russian President Boris Yeltsin on 13 March 1995.

Was considered that on February 23, 1918 the red guards have won their first victory near Pskov and Narva over the regular troops of Imperial Germany. Here are the first victory and became the "birthday of the red Army."

Since 1946, the holiday was renamed the day of the Soviet Army and Navy In 1922, this date was officially declared day of the red Army. Later than February 23 is celebrated annually in the USSR as a national holiday — the Day of Soviet Army and Navy. After the collapse of the Soviet Union date was renamed the defender of the Fatherland Day.

Has Prepared Anna Beglaryan

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