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Military review. Developments in the field of defence and security in the media. Media monitoring during the week from 11 to 17 September 2017
Material posted: Publication date: 17-09-2017

On the territory of Russia and Belarus started joint strategic exercises "West-2017"; the United States will not refuse any one component of the nuclear triad – the Pentagon, Iran has announced that it has its own 10-ton ammunition; in the re-equipping of the compounds of the strategic missile forces received special equipment NBC protection perspective; party transport helicopters Mi-8MTV-5-1 supplied in unit of Russian air force; the long-awaited "Supergrace" become operational; the composition of the Navy will include the frigate "Admiral Makarov" project 1135.6; rocket complex "Iskander-M" received a new types of missiles; Ruselectronics introduced the first technology accelerated wound healing in the exhibition BIOTEKHMED; at the Plesetsk cosmodrome held a test launch of an Intercontinental ballistic missile "YARS" silo-based; the defense Ministry will test more than 10 samples of promising vehicles in mountainous terrain. About these and other developments in the monitoring of the media during the week from 11 to 17. 09. 2017.

On 14 September began a joint strategic exercises "West-2017" (THC "West 2017") of the armed forces of the Union state of Russia and Belarus.

As informs Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry, heads of bodies of military management, commanders involved in the doctrine of associations, formations and military units were given packets with the policy directives of the General headquarters of the armed forces of the Union state on the execution of combat training tasks.

During the exercises the Russian and Belarusian military authorities and military units to train joint actions on the organization of interaction and comprehensive support in the interests of tasks in the regional group of troops (forces) (WGE(C)).

Six polygons -- Lepel, Losvido, Borisov, Osipovichsky, Ruzhany, Domanovsky and terrain Dretun, located on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, and three sites Luga, Strugi-Krasnyye and pravdinskiy in the territory of the Russian Federation-military units RGV(s) will be conducted by sweepstakes tactical episodes with live-fire, wide application of forces and assets aviation and air defense forces.

SSU "West-2017" takes place under the guidance of the chiefs of General staffs of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus and is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the two States is purely defensive and not directed against any States or groups of countries.


For the preparation of bodies of military management of the armed forces of the Union state for the upcoming exercise "Zapad-2017" with the beginning of the year were held a number of joint command and staff training and exercises. When designing exercises were taken into account modern approaches to the use of troops (forces) on the basis of the experience of modern armed conflicts, as well as of joint activities of operational training of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.


The main objectives of the exercises are the improvement of operational compatibility of staffs of various levels, a pair of promising systems of control of troops and weapons, testing of new statutory documents, commanders at all levels of practice planning of a military nature and control based on the experience of modern armed conflicts.

The scale of the exercise

The exercise involved up to 12.7 thousand military personnel (from the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus – about 7.2 thousand people from the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation – about 5.5 thousand people, of which on the territory of the Republic of Belarus – up to 3 thousand people) involved 70 aircraft and helicopters, 680 pieces of equipment, including about 250 tanks, 200 guns, rocket systems of volley fire and mortars, about 10 warships.

Ukraine's Actions

Almost all military units of Air forces of Armed forces of Ukraine (APU) was put on alert to check. About it reports a press-service of the General staff of the armed forces.

The General staff announced that there will be a call for training of reservists of the operational reserve of the first and second queues for resupply of these military units up to full States.

At the moment, Ukraine is a series of military exercises. Earlier, the press service of the Ministry of national defense announced the start of the command and staff exercises of the Armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) "enduring sustainability - 2017" with the involvement of forces and operational reserves.

Exercises "enduring sustainability 2017" to coincide with the joint strategic exercise of Russia and Belarus "West-2017".

U.S. reaction

The Pentagon is concerned about the scale of the exercises "West-2017", because "official data of the Russian Federation and Belarus do not coincide with the information media." This was stated by Pentagon spokesman Michel Baldanza, reports RIA Novosti.

"We will closely monitor these exercises to identify any differences between the reported data on the participation of military personnel and equipment with valid information," she said.

The Pentagon spokesman said that Russia and Belarus have taken steps to ensure transparency in the exercise. In particular, Minsk notified about the teachings within the framework of the Vienna agreement. Also, the country has carried out the necessary briefings in the framework of international forums. Russia informed about the teachings of the Council Russia-NATO. It is emphasized that "both countries have invited international observers for part of the exercise."


The conflict in Ukraine

The UN peacekeeping mission may appear on the border of Ukraine and the Rostov region, this is with reference to the words of U.S. Department of state representative Heather Nauert told RT.

According to the official representative of US state Department, any peacekeeping force, including the UN, must be able to act as a means of protection from the Russian threat to Ukrainian citizens irrespective of their nationality and ethnicity. The mission is planning to deploy throughout the territory supposedly occupied Ukraine up to the border with Russia.

Recall that the proposal was counter to the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbass, however, it was only about ensuring the safety of OSCE personnel. To place the mission Putin proposed the demarcation line of the opposing sides, not near by at Russia.

The reaction of the LC and the DNI

The representatives of the LC, which can appear "blue helmets", were opposed.

"We have no problems at the border with Russia, therefore there is no need in the presence of UN peacekeepers in the border areas. Offer the state Department to place forces on the border of Australia and Austria and learn some geography," - told reporters acting Minister of foreign Affairs of the Luhansk national Republic Vladislav Danego.

At this Deputy head of the operational command of the Donetsk people's Republic Eduard Basurin said that earlier breed discussion, to draw any conclusions will be possible only after the UN security Council will consider this opportunity.

"The UN security Council a question on the agenda could not stand, and you can say anything," replied Bacurin to the question of journalists.

Operation in Syria

September 12. About 180 of the terrorist infrastructure destroyed during the day, the aircraft of Russian air force in the interests of the offensive the Syrian troops in the area Akerbat. This was reported to journalists by the chief of staff of troops of the Russian Armed forces in Syria, Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin.

14 September in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean submarines "Great Novgorod" and "Kolpino" of project 636.3 from a submerged position struck with cruise missiles "Caliber" within the terrorist group ISIS in Syria. Targets for destruction were the control centers, communications centers, warehouses of weapons and ammunition of militants in ISIS-controlled areas South-East of the city of Deir ez-Zor.

September 16. Russia, Turkey and Iran as guarantors of the armistice in Syria, announced the creation of four zones of de-escalation in this country. This was announced by the Minister of foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov at the plenary session of the international meeting in Astana to resolve the situation in Syria.

Of the country, according to a joint statement following the meeting in Astana, announces the creation of zones of de-escalation in accordance with the Memorandum of may 4, 2017 in Eastern ghouta, in certain parts of Northern province of HOMS, in Idlib province and parts of neighboring provinces (the province of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo), as well as in certain areas in the South of Syria.

The document stresses that the establishment of zones of de-escalation is a temporary measure.

September 16. Aviation of Russia's air strikes destroyed three makeshift plant Shahid-tanks, which were first adopted by the terrorists in Syria. This was announced by the chief of staff of troops of the Russian Armed forces in Syria, Lieutenant - General Alexander Lapin.

According to him, Shahid-tank is a tank, usually a T-55 or T-62, in the fighting compartment of the tower which laid anti-tank mines, TNT, ammoniac saltpeter. "It was first used by ISIS," — said Lapin. "On-site Acerbating district is the only plant (for the production of Shaheed-tanks and infantry fighting vehicles). He worked with 2015 and was destroyed on August 29. Also opened a factory in Deir ezzor, the same plant was opened in es Sohne," the General quoted by Interfax.


The strategy of containment implemented by the United States will continue to rely on all three components of the national nuclear triad - Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silo-based missiles, strategic bombers and missile submarines. This was stated to journalists at the airbase Mein (North Dakota) Pentagon chief James Mattis, Interfax reported.

According to estimates of the congressional Budget office USA, the overall costs for the modernization of ICBMs, strategic submarines and bombers can be by 2026, approximately $400 billion.

Reference: As previously stated, the Pentagon, USA, following the restrictions stipulated by the Russian-American start Treaty, the plan to have the following structure of the nuclear triad: up to 420 ICBMs, 14 submarines, equipped with up to 240 BR, and up to 60 heavy bombers capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson believes Russia is a country that is able to attack the fundamental basis of their democratic neighbors, and to intervene in a fair election. He stated to the Ministerial meeting of the Community of democracies. Video of the speech posted on Twitter the state Department.

He noted that Washington will continue to support its partners and to work together to save democracy from interference from outside.


Last week, the US said that they support the transformation of the "security forces" unrecognized Kosovo into a full-fledged army, but it must be implemented through amendments to the Kosovo "Constitution" and the participation of all communities in the region. This was stated by US Ambassador to Kosovo Greg Dehlavi at a meeting with the new "security Minister" of Kosovo Rustem Berisha, told the Pristina newspaper Zeri.

Background: the Kosovo security Force — the armed forces of the unrecognized "Republic of Kosovo", created after the unilateral Declaration of the Albanian separatists of Kosovo's independence from Serbia in 2008.

Iran has announced that it has its own 10-ton ammunition, which by the destructive power superior to the most powerful non-nuclear weapon States. This is reported by Press TV, citing the statement of the commander of Aerospace forces of Islamic revolution guards Corps (IRGC) Amir-Ali Hajizadeh.

"A 10-ton bomb. They can be launched from aircraft Ilyushin, and they are very destructive," said Hajizade.

Reference: Iranian military commander called the new ordnance the "father of all bombs". Hajizade compared the new Iranian bomb with a 9.8-ton American explosive aerial munition GBU-43, nicknamed the "mother of all bombs". GBU-43 — heavy-duty non-nuclear bomb, which was tested on 11 March 2003 at the site air force base Eglin in Florida.

On the supply of s-400, Turkey

12 September it became known that Russia and Turkey have reached agreement on the supply of s-400 and signed a contract. This was reported in the press service of the Federal service for military-technical cooperation (FSMTC) of Russia. Because of the specificity and sensitivity of the topic at this stage in the Federal service considered it inappropriate to disclose all the details of the contract.

U.S. reaction

The United States gave to understand that will accelerate the supply of Turkey's air and missile defense (air and missile defense) that are compatible with NATO standards. "We brought our concern to the Turkish officials about a potential purchase of s-400. Compatible with NATO missile defense system remains the best option to protect Turkey from the entire spectrum of threats in the region," said Pentagon spokesman johnny Michael. The Pentagon also pointed to the need for "an open dialogue on this issue" and the importance of "maintain compatibility with NATO in the procurement of any major defense systems".


In 2017, re-equipping units and formations of the strategic missile forces has increased the number of prospective supply of special equipment NBC protection. In Kozel'skiy, Novosibirsk and Yoshkar-Ola missile compound received 14 advanced machines ARS-14KM.

The Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry informs that this year the strategic missile forces will receive more than 20 pieces of advanced equipment for chemical reconnaissance and aerosol masking field positions. This is two times more than last year. However, a record number of equipment units of the strategic missile forces get NBC for the second consecutive year.

These novelties will increase the survivability of the missile system pgrk "YARS".

Reference: ARS-14KM is a water dispensing station of the new generation, the most modern tactical and technical characteristics. Designed for degassing, decontamination and disinfection of weapons and military equipment, separate areas and roads, temporary storage and transportation of water and degassing of solutions, equipment of the various containers and sets of special processing, and for pumping the liquid from one container to another, the creation of aerosol screens, heating of working solutions.

RHM-6 on the BTR-80 is designed to conduct NBC reconnaissance and ensures the transfer of survey data into the automated system of command and control. The use of RHM-6 allows you to get real-time intelligence on NBC and meteorological context, with its display on interactive map in machine intelligence and information, monitor the execution of tasks by subordinates calculations and prompt to clarify, depending on the prevailing situation and to control the chemical environment in the area of troops in a timely fashion to inform about the use of chemical weapons.

In the engineering division of the strategic Missile forces (RVSN) significantly increase the pace of deliveries of special equipment. This is due to the completion of the development of such advanced models, which will arrive in re-equipping missile compound. To improve the maneuverability and survivability of missile complexes mobile home created machine remote mine (MDR) "Foliage" and the machine engineering and masking (MYOMA), informs the information management unit of the strategic Missile forces.

MDR, in particular, were created for mine sites of the routes of convoys from remote-controlled minefields, mines and remote controlled roadside bombs.

In 2017 in re-equipping the SRF connection received 11 machinery engineering and masking, and remote mine.

Until 2020, in engineering units of the strategic missile forces will put more than 300 units of engineering machinery: engineering machinery obstacle clearing, heavy mechanized bridges, excavators, mobile cranes and other means of engineering armament.

More than 50% of the supply of engineering equipment is wheeled road machine designed specifically for the strategic missile forces.

The latest wheeled road machine (KDM), designed specifically for engineering units of the strategic Missile forces (RVSN) will replace the 5 samples of engineering technology for training and maintenance of combat patrol routes and field positions of mobile ground missile complexes.

Possible KDM replaces the old crawler and wheeled puteprokladchik BAT-M, BAT-2, FCT, as well as bulldozer BKT-RK2 and universal road machine UDM.

In 2017, the strategic Missile forces received about 30 of these machines that will perform the functionality of 150 units of engineer equipment.

Background: In its basic performance characteristics of modern KDM not only surpasses the listed engineering technique, but also has some completely new functions. In particular, thanks to the availability of replacement equipment, engineering machine will be able to conduct loading and unloading operations.

In addition, KDM has the potential retrofit working equipment, which will allow her, if necessary, to complete the uprooting of stumps, rubble, and even snacking reinforced concrete and metal products.

The new Mi-8MTV-5-1 is supplied in units of the aerospace defence forces of Russia. The machine is equipped with a new powertrain and advanced electronic equipment.

Reference: Military transport helicopter Mi-8MTV-5-1 is designed for search and rescue operations, special missions, and transport cargo and equipment weighing up to four tons.

The cockpit is equipped with lighting equipment adapted for use of night vision goggles. This allows you to fly at night at low and extremely low altitudes, as well as to sit on unmarked sites.

By the end of this year, the aerospace defence forces of Russia will replenish with the latest su-25СМ3. About this newspaper "". The machine is capable of hitting targets on the battlefield day and night in any weather. Also due to the complex side protection stormtroopers virtually invulnerable to air defense. For its unique characteristics CM3 have already received military pilots the nickname "Supergreg". The supply of stormtroopers was supposed to start last year, but the terms were shifted. The developers took extra time perfecting a unique optical-electronic system, a SALT-25.

According to experts, su-25СМ3 is a cheap but very effective fighting machine. It will be useful to the Russian space forces in local conflicts, and in the course of full-scale hostilities against high-tech enemy.

As told "Izvestia" in the Main force, before the end of this year the troops should receive more than a dozen new machines. "Supergrace" will join the aviation parks of the southern military district and the 4th training Center for aviation personnel videoconferencing. And next year, the newest stormtrooper will appear in the parts of the attack aircraft in Transbaikalia and the far East.

Reference: a New car is a deep modernization of the "workhorse" of the Russian VKS - su-25 "Grach". "Rooks" was adopted in the early 1980-ies. Over its thirty-year lifespan of the su-25 had to do some fighting in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and now actively used videoconferencing in Syria. Updated CM3 received the latest optical-electronic system of the SALT 25 and a unique complex of self-defense.


On 12 September in Sevastopol on the latest anti-sabotage boat P-433 project "Rook" solemnly raised Andreevsky Naval flag, the boat became part of the squad PDSS Crimean naval base of the black sea fleet, the press service of the southern military district.

Reference: Anti-seal cutter P-433 built on the cipher project 21980 "Rook". The boat is designed to combat subversive forces and means in offshore locations and near approaches to them.

The newest frigate the "Admiral Makarov" project 1135.6 completed state tests and the end of the month will be transferred to the Navy

About it the Commander of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolev was reported in the course of the workshop, the Deputy Navy Commander for armaments Vice Admiral Victor bursuc.

According to him, "the frigate "Admiral Makarov" has passed all stages of state testing, which was finally and thoroughly checked the material, complexes of artillery, rocket and anti-submarine weapons, navigation and hydroacoustic equipment and all life support systems".

It is planned that until the end of September the frigate "Admiral Makarov" project 1135.6 will be transferred to the Navy, the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry.

Reference: the Frigate "Admiral Makarov" was laid at the Baltic shipyard "Yantar" 29 Feb 2012, launched on 2 September 2015. This is the third ship in a series of frigates of project 11356 (development of JSC "Northern design Bureau"), built on PSZ "amber" for the Ministry of defense. The first two ships of the series, TFR "Admiral Grigorovich" and "Admiral Essen", was surrendered to the Navy on 11 March and 7 June 2016 and currently carry out tasks in the black sea fleet.


New types of rockets designed for tactical complex "Iskander-M". This was reported by the General designer of NPK "engineering Design Bureau" (MSC) Valery Kashin, reports TASS.

"We continue further developmental work on the creation of new missile complex "Iskander-M". It is constantly evolving. Several types of missiles created, externally they do not differ, but the inside is radically. Now he has, to put it mildly, seven types of missiles, maybe more," said Cashin.

He explained that the complex is being finalized the software, because the technical means were to "learn a new missile and have to work with them".

Kashin noted that the creation of new types of missiles are not contrary to the INF Treaty.

In 2015, the General designer of KBM told TASS that "Iskander-M" can be equipped with five types of aeroballistic missiles and one cruise.

According to Kashin, the Russian defense Ministry in the fall will receive another brigade set of complex "Iskander-M". Speaking about modernization of the complex, Kashin said that the company has prepared proposals that are under consideration of the Ministry of defense of Russia.

Reference: "Iskander-M" is designed to destroy at a distance of 500 km such purposes as missile systems and jet systems of volley fire, artillery guns, command posts and communications centers, as well as aircraft and helicopters at airfields.

The exhibition BIOTEKHMED United holding "Ruselectronics" (included in rostec state Corporation) presented the first working model of the apparatus for the accelerated healing of wounds made on the basis of "NPP "Radiosvyaz". The device carries out the evacuation and debridement of wounds and surgical wounds, reduces inflammation and 3 times accelerates the healing process, the press service of the holding.

In the device is realized and efficient purification of infected wounds – treatment in a moist environment. The device delivers the dosed the wound with an antiseptic solution and using negative pressure reduces inflammation. Digital control allows one to vary the volume of liquid feed, the amount of negative pressure and control the amount of antiseptic in the wound.

The device can be applied in abdominal, thoracic, burn surgery, traumatology and other fields of medicine. The need for large hospitals (regional, multi-field hospital) is not less than 50 devices.

Serial production of devices for accelerated healing of wounds, the holding is ready to start with the first half of 2018.

Background: work on the project was conducted in partnership with the Foundation for advanced studies, Siberian branch of RAS, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk state medical University with the assistance of the Ministry of health of Russia, Ministry of education of Russia and the Federal medical-biological Agency in the framework of the concept "Development of medical robotics in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2035."


At the state test cosmodrome "Plesetsk" conducted a test launch of solid-fuel Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) RS-24 "YARS" stationary (mine) basing, equipped with MIRV warheads, the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry.

The main objective of the launch is to confirm the reliability of a series of rockets of the same class. The experimental warheads arrived at the specified area on the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The goals achieved, targets are met in full.

This type of missile system equipped with Kozelsk (Kaluga region) and Tatishchev (Saratov region) missile compound.

Reference: RS-24 ICBMs developed by the Moscow Institute of thermal technology. This rocket created using scientific, technical and technological solutions implemented in a rocket complex "Topol-M", which significantly reduced the time and cost to create it.

The defense Ministry will hold the test of modern and advanced military vehicles under extreme conditions. This was reported in an interview with reporters Deputy defense Minister army General Dmitry Bulgakov.

According to Dmitry Bulgakov, at the special expedition vehicle convoy of modern and advanced military vehicles and seven cars provide make March from the city of Bronnitsy, Moscow region to southern Russia along the route: Bronnitsy - Tambov - Volgograd - Astrakhan - Elista - Pyatigorsk - the national Park of Elbrus region (Kabardino-Balkar Republic) and back.

The tests will last until 7 October.

Reference: test went the car KAMAZ-53949 "Typhoon" KAMAZ-53958 "Tornado -", Ural-63706-0120 "Tornado-U" BAZ-69092-021, BAZ-6909-015, Ural-63095 "Typhoon-U", Astac-70201 (4x4), Ural-4320-31 "Next", the road wheel armoured car CDBM, UAZ-236022-154 "PROFI 1500".

In the module of the loading platform of Ural-63706-0120 "Tornado-U" are used for the shipment of army snowmobile A1, which, together with motor vehicles will be tested on Elbrus at an altitude of about 4000 m.

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