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Military review. Developments in the field of defence and security in the media. Media monitoring during the week from 12 to 18.02.2018 year
Material posted: Publication date: 18-02-2018
New su-25 made invulnerable to anti-aircraft missiles; in "Russian Helicopters", said the start of production of the new version of Mi-26 helicopter; the United States will create a fleet of bombers-invisible beings from Area 51; armed forces of the CVO did the company set a heavy flamethrower system "Solntsepek"; missile complexes "YARS" Kozelsk division is planned to be delivered in 2018; tests of the Arctic "Thor" showed in the video; Belarus will start to receive Russian su-30SM fighter jets in 2019. About these and other developments in the media monitoring during the week 12 to 18. 02. 2018.

From 16th to 18th of February will be the next Munich security conference. In the forum this year is attended by over 500 guests, including more than 20 heads of States and governments, nearly 80 foreign Ministers and defense Ministers. However, incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel will stay in Berlin, as it talks about creating a new German government.

His participation in the Munich security conference this year confirmed the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres, head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, British Prime Minister Theresa may, the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Russian delegation in Munich, headed by foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

USA the conference will provide the Pentagon chief James Mattis, assistant to the President for national security Affairs Herbert McMaster, and a delegation of senators from traditionally headed by Republican John McCain. From the owners to the conference will come the acting Minister of foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, the acting Minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen, as well as heads of other ministries and departments. The conference also involved the head of about 50 leading international companies.

Themes of the conference

Topics of the conference in 2018 claimed the future of transatlantic relations, the situation in the EU, NATO and the cooperation in the sphere of defense and security policy, relations with Russia, the war in Syria and Yemen, the situation in the middle East and Southeast Asia.

Background: the Munich conference was founded in 1963 as "the meeting of defence Ministers" of countries-members of NATO. Now this international discussion forum gathering politicians, diplomats, military, business, scientific and public figures from more than 40 countries. The conference is held every year at the hotel Bayerischer Hof. In Munich did not sign the communiqué and agreements, the conference is an important and relatively neutral place for meetings and discussions for politicians and diplomats the world level.


Action in Syria

13 Feb. The militants of the terrorist organization "dzhebhat an-Nusra" (banned in Russia) with the participation of "White helmets" prepare provocation with chemical weapons in Idlib province. This was announced on Tuesday at the Russian Centre for reconciliation the warring parties in Syria (part of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation).

17 Feb. The Turkish military used chemical weapons in the Syrian district of Afrin, six people were hospitalized with symptoms of suffocation. It is reported by the Syrian news Agency SANA.

The actions of the US

U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that the country will maintain a military presence in Syria to combat the terrorist group "Islamic state".

The Secretary of state noted that the United States will also continue to prepare local security forces. He stressed that the local armed forces must be "effective, accountable and respects human rights".


Turkey offered the United States together to place the military in Syria in exchange for withdrawal of the Kurdish militia from the border with Turkey area, the BBC reports.

At the same time, the head of the US state Department Rex Tillerson after meeting with Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that relations between the two countries are at a crisis point.

The crisis in Ukraine

The Secretary of national security and defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that the law on the reintegration of Donbass does not exclude the use of force against the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics.

He stressed that a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine is a priority.


USA gave Ukraine the military aid 2500 night vision equipment worth 5.8 million dollars. They will be equipped with 10 battalions of the Ukrainian armed forces.

According to the chief of the General staff of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko, USA today already accounts for 90 percent of all military assistance. It and defensive weapons, and those night equipment which had passed before, and advisors, and training personnel who conduct American instructors.

Background: In December 2017, the President of the United States Donald trump has signed the defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The document provides for the granting Ukraine up to $ 350 million for military needs, including authorizing the transferability of lethal weapons.

In addition, the funds will be used for training military medics and strengthening the combat capability of military air and naval forces. Also for the first time at the legislative level it is proposed to provide Ukraine with radar air defense and surveillance of the surface situation, naval anti-mine vehicles, ships, coastal actions, and coast guard.


Russia's ties with Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela may represent a "critical threat" to the United States, said the head of the southern command of the U.S. armed forces Admiral Kurt Tidd. He stressed that expanding the presence of Russia in ports of the three countries gives the Russian party an opportunity to collect intelligence information.

$6.3 billion at deterring Russia

In the US budget for 2019 pledged $6.3 billion to contain Russia in Europe by military means. This is stated in the document, published on 12 February on the White house website.

These funds requests for the project European initiative deterrence (UIS), the US war Department.

Plan a multi-year project of deterrence implies an increase in presence in the EU, the us military training of NATO allies in Eastern Europe, as well as the modernization in the EU military equipment and other military equipment of the United States.

USA worried

General Laurie Robinson, who heads the Northern command of the Armed forces of the United States, said that the American side is concerned about the new Russian cruise missiles. The text of her speech at the hearings in one of the committees of the Senate of the U.S. Congress published on the website.

According to her, Russia's armed forces in the course of regular exercises "work out the conflict with American troops." In addition, Robinson stressed that the Russian side continues to modernize submarines and strategic bombers.

What is known

About the creation of a new Russian cruise missile Kh-50, citing "Russian sources" in December last year according to the journal Jane's Missiles & Rockets. According to his sources, the deployment of the production of these missiles is planned in the framework of the new State armament programme for the years 2018-2027, RBC.

Developing S-50, as explained sources of the magazine, engaged the Russian state machine-building design Bureau "Raduga" them. Birch in Dubna. This work, according to them, is conducted in the framework of the program of development of medium-range missiles. X-50, as noted by the interlocutors of the journal, presumably, is a subsonic cruise missile using the guidance system strategic cruise missiles X-101, but with a smaller size low-profile glider.


Defence Ministers of countries-members of NATO agreed to create a likeness of "war of the Schengen" of the European borders of the Alliance. About it RIA Novosti reported, citing a military-diplomatic source in Brussels.

It is noted that the defense Ministers of NATO meeting in Brussels approved the establishment of a team of staff to ensure the transfer of forces and resources in Europe.

Meanwhile, the defense Ministers of countries-members of NATO at the meeting on 14 February adopted a decision on the establishment of the Atlantic command and control center cyber operations, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

According to him, the Alliance "will define some additional ground components command in Europe to improve coordination".

Called for transparency

NATO urges Russia to transparency in the placement of missile complexes "Iskander" near Kaliningrad, said the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We saw how they brought the "Iskander" in Kaliningrad and took them back. We noted that they stated this (about the constant presence) and that they invest in infrastructure and reinforce the military presence in Kaliningrad. I will not comment on the question of whether they are placed now, "Iskander" is our intelligence" — said the NATO Secretary General.

Russia's Reaction

The Chairman of the Duma Committee on defence Yury Shvydkin said that Russia is not obliged to provide NATO with information about the location of missile complexes "Iskander" in the Kaliningrad region. According to him, there are no prerequisites for exchange this kind of data, since the "real" action on the part of the Alliance for a meaningful dialogue there.


The modernized su-25СМ3 equipped with complex "Vitebsk", which protects them against missiles with thermal homing heads (like "stinger" or "Igla"). Batch of planes ready to be sent to the army, informs "the Russian newspaper".

As says the publication, the work is based on a focused and modulated radiation of a special sapphire crystal lamp. It creates for rockets about the image of the target — that flies in the empty space and the estimated time samolikvidirovalsja. In the world this technology so far no one has brought to industrial production.

Such systems installed, in particular, all helicopters Ka-52 and Mi-8, which are used by the Russian military in Syria.

In addition to the "Vitebsk" on Board the su-25СМ3 there are electronic warfare systems, making them hard to defeat missiles, which are induced with the help of radar.

Background: avionics, which is equipped with a new attack — purely Russian development and production. The aircraft has a chance to hit ground targets, but to dogfight. Their speed is from one hundred to one thousand kilometers per hour. The upgraded su-25 can fly without refueling 1850 kilometers. It's also got satellite navigation GLONASS.

Social media users identified photos of equipment of Russian "future soldier", which was published in his Facebook Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the image of the character from the computer game "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier", writes "Kommersant".

In particular, members drew attention to the similarity of equipment, a helmet and posture, in which was displayed a "soldier of the future".

In the "assistance" he noted that a number of items of equipment will fit the game and explained that Rogozin has posted a picture of one of the concepts of equipment.


According to the official representative of the holding "Helicopters of Russia", the start of serial production of the updated version of the Mi-26Т2В will start in 2019, RIA Novosti reported.

"The launch of serial production is planned for 2019," he said.

It is reported that the works on creation of a prototype of a helicopter engaged in the plant "Rostvertol".


The US plan to purchase hundreds of American heavy bombers of the new generation B-21 Raider with the use of stealth technology. For this purpose, the military will proceed with the preservation of strategic bombers B-2 Spirit, Rockwell B-1 Lancer to free up funds to support program B-21, according to Popular Mechanics, reports "".

B-21 Raider designed to penetrate deep into enemy territory, will be equipped with the latest technology to reduce the visibility. Bomber of the fifth generation is an improved version of B-2, developed under the scheme "flying wing", and is also capable of carrying a thermonuclear warhead.

Details on the technical characteristics of the aircraft are not yet available. As writes the edition, the air force wants to purchase aircraft and support equipment totaling $ 80 billion.

Background: In December 2017, the blog The Aviationist reported unusual activity in the area of Area 51, the secret military base in Nevada, which may indicate the test B-21 Raider. Enthusiasts and journalists have noticed the emergence of a large hangar and runway. It is assumed that on the basis of checked systems of suppression of infrared radiation by the body of the aircraft and its engines.

The Indian army will get new rifles, machine guns and sniper rifles. reported that the Council for defence procurement (Defence Acquisition Council, DAC) under the defence Ministry of India approved the allocation of $ 2.4 billion in new small arms.

Purchase new weapons will be held under the procedure Fast Track Procedure (FTP), which implies the tender and determine the winner in the year following the filing of the request for proposals. In the military indicate that the new small arms designed primarily for units stationed in border areas.

Defense Ministry of India does not mention the model of the purchased weapons.

Background: In the defense Ministry did not disclose the amounts of future purchases, specifying only the allocation amount. So, on the machines that will produce the plant of Ordnance Factory and "private Indian enterprises", it is planned to spend 1.9 billion dollars. The purchase of light machine guns will cost the military budget of 283 million dollars, sniper rifles — 152 million dollars.

Israeli start-up Duke Robotics released a video of its development, impact TIKAD drone, capable of carrying small arms and a grenade launcher.

The company's founder, former commander of the Israeli special forces, Raziel Atuar believes that the use of armed drones in counter-terrorism operations will help to reduce the number of victims among the local population - especially if operations are conducted in the settlements. For example, TIKAD - it is called the soldier of the future - could become the perfect weapon against entrenched on the roofs of buildings sniping.


Company set of three launchers of heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A "Sun" received the state defense order in the regiment of radiation, chemical and biological defense Central military district (CVO), stationed in the Altai region.

Crews "Sun", manned by contract in advance have been trained on the new equipment.

Reference: TOS-1A created on the chassis of tank T-72 can fire missiles in demosaicing and thermobaric warheads. The system is designed for the burning and destruction of structures and buildings, the scrapping of the lightly armored and automotive equipment of the enemy.

Supply of Intercontinental ballistic missiles for missile complexes "YARS" Kozelsk division planned to the end of 2018, reported the Russian defense Ministry. About it reports TASS.

Kozelsky missile compound - the first in the strategic Missile forces, which is rearming for new missile complex "YARS" silo-based.

In recent years, the supply of missile complex "YARS" has allowed sustainable rate of re-groupings as coal, and rolling stock options for basing, said the Ministry of defense.

Earlier, the commander of the strategic missile forces Sergei Karakayev reported that in 2017 the complex "YARS" will be refitted with four missile regiment in Kozelsk, Yoshkar-Ola, Novosibirsk, and Irkutsk formations.

Background: currently, the service division are missiles silo-based UR-100N uttkh (NATO classification SS-19 mod.1 Stiletto). At the end of 2017 in the division two rocket regiments, and 20 silos.

The armed Forces of the Russian Federation for a week




The Russian submarine in the coming years will have more than 10 nuclear and non-nuclear submarines. About it the newspaper "Red star" said the commander of the naval fleet Vladimir Korolev.

"In various stages of construction there are six nuclear submarines of the "Ash" and five nuclear submarines "Borei-A"" — he explained.

Korolev recalled that in 2013 the Navy transferred three missile submarine project "Borey": "Yury Dolgoruky", "Alexander Nevsky" and "Vladimir Monomakh", and one multipurpose nuclear submarine of project Yasen — the Severodvinsk.

The commander also noted that the black sea fleet in a short time was equipped with six modern diesel-electric submarines of type "Rostov-on-don", and confirmed that this series laid down for Pacific fleet.


In the Internet appeared the video of the test of the Arctic anti-aircraft missile complexes "tor-М2ДТ". Footage posted on YouTube channel RT.

As reported on February 15, the defense Ministry, the tests were conducted at Kapustin Yar in the Astrakhan region. The tests were carried out to assess the accuracy of the missile guidance two goals in the firing queue.

Reference: "tor М2ДТ" — Arctic version s fighting machine on the basis of the two-link crawler Transporter DT-30. Was first presented at the Victory Parade on red square in 2017.

Russia has completed factory testing of a multipurpose light fighter MiG-35. It is reported TASS with reference to the press service of the Russian aircraft Corporation (RSK) "MiG".

The inspections were conducted jointly with Russian test pilots. During the tests was checked avionics, sighting and navigation system, radar, engines and other aircraft systems.

It is assumed that the entire fleet of light fighters of Russia will be replaced by MiG-35.

Reference: MiG-35 belongs to a generation 4++, which is regarded as a transitional stage to the fifth generation fighter. He simultaneously is able to capture up to 10 targets, and his defense complex allows you to identify both the aircraft and flying missiles. A fighter could solve combat tasks in the spectra of "air-air", "air-land", "air-ship".

The electronic equipment of this model allows the use of all means of destruction of aircraft, including those that were not previously available for export. So, the MiG-35 is equipped with means of destruction of long-range, allowing attack targets without entering the zone defense.


Military-air forces of Belarus will start to receive Russian multi-role fighters su-30CM in 2019. The first batch will consist of four cars. This was stated by the Minister of defense of Belarus major General Andrew Ravkov, according to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta".

According to A. Ravkov, the delivery schedule is already determined. Belarus will buy from Russia at four cars per year (that is, supply of 12 vehicles for the period 2019-2021.).

Last year, the Ministry of defence of the Republic of Belarus has signed a contract with Irkut Corporation for the delivery of 12 su-З0СМ. According to the original schedule of delivery was expected to be completed in 2018-2020


Officers of the headquarters and offices of the black sea fleet presents a new Deputy commander for fleet logistics. By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the appointment of the captain of 1 rank Vladimir Gorev.

Presently an officer arrived to Sevastopol and began taking cases and positions.

Former Deputy commander of black sea fleet in the logistics – General-major Alexey Semakin appointed Deputy commander of the Central military district (CVO) for logistical support.

Reference: the Captain of 1 rank Vladimir Evgenyevich Gorev born on 14 may 1971 in the village of Borovitsa in Kirov region.

In 1993 he graduated from the Higher naval order of the red Star school of radio electronics named after A. S. Popov. He graduated from the Military Academy of logistics and transport and the General Staff Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Officer's service began in the Northern fleet, where he held positions from senior engineer of ships in the rear to Deputy chief of staff of the rear of the Northern fleet.

After graduating from the Academy of the General staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has held the positions of Deputy commander of the Caspian flotilla in logistics and head of Department at the Headquarters logistic support of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Has Prepared Anna Beglaryan

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