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Military review. Developments in the field of defence and security in the media. Media monitoring for the week from 24 to 30 September 2018
Material posted: Publication date: 30-09-2018
Russia first applied in the Arctic missile complex "Bastion"; work on the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-500 "Prometheus" is almost completed; we began to supply s-300 to Syria; why the Western media has frightened the Russian "third world"; Japan is rapidly developing a supersonic glide bombs; India ku-Pete Russia has five s-400 "Triumph", tanks T-72B3 will receive the AK-active protection "arena"; in 2019 Uraltransmash finished upgrading one of the world's most powerful artillery systems of the Pion, and by 2020 — heavy duty mortars "Tulip". About these and other events, monitoring the media for week 24. 09. 30. 09. 2018.

Supersonic missile complex "Bastion" in the framework of the teachings on the protection of the Arctic island area was struck by the detachment imaginary enemy ships in the waters of the Laptev sea.

For the first time the calculation of the coastal missile complex "Bastion" in the composition of the tactical group of the Northern fleet on the island of Kotelny spent shooting supersonic anti-ship cruise missile "Onyx". The missile hit sea target — simulation of the detachment imaginary enemy ships at the distance of over 60 kilometers.

It is reported that the first application confirmed the readiness of missile complex "Bastion" to effectively carry on combat duty in the Arctic and to perform tasks on protection island zone and the sea coast of Russia.

Coastal missile complex "Bastion" is used to defeat surface ships of various classes and types — both single and in groups. In addition, the operation in Syria, Russian soldiers applied for the first time "Bastion" on ground targets, destroying terrorist targets.

Background: the Complex is placed in operational status from the field in less than five minutes. Armed with "Bastion" is universal up to 36 supersonic anti-ship missiles "Onyx". The rocket equipped with a warhead weighing 200 kilograms and is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 300 kilometers. Weapons have shown significant efficacy in terms of electronic warfare.


Action in Syria

September 28. The Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia has already begun to supply Syria anti-aircraft missile systems s-300.

September 29. The main border crossing "Nasib" on the border of Syria and Jordan have resumed work, said the Minister of transport of Syria, Ali Hamoud.

Reference: Border crossing "Nasib" is the main on the Syrian-Jordanian border and has an important economic status like Amman and Damascus in connection with what is a transit window for cargoes coming from the Mediterranean ports through Jordan to the Gulf countries and Vice versa.

The situation in Ukraine

On 24 September, the General staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine approved the plans for establishing naval bases in the sea of Azov.

Meanwhile, in the waters of the Azov sea was transferred two armored type "Gyurza-M", "Lubny" and "Kremenchug", as well as search-and-rescue vessel A500 "Donbass" (originally a floating workshop PM-9 built in Poland for the Soviet Navy in 1969) and sea tow A830 "koretz" (built in Yaroslavl in 1973).

September 26. Ukrainian military and border guards held joint tactical exercises in the sea of Azov, the press service of the State border service.

September 27. At the naval base in Baltimore (Maryland) in the presence of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Vice-Admiral of the U.S. Coast guard Michael McAllister ceremony of transmission of the two boats of the class "island" (Island) naval forces of Armed forces of Ukraine, reports INTERFAX.RU.

Patrol boats of the Island class were built for the U.S. Coast guard from 1985 to 1992. It was built 49 boats in this class. In 2014 they began to withdraw from the U.S. Coast guard in connection with the replacement on the construction of new patrol boats such as Sentinel, however, at present, 12 boats still in operation. Derived from the Coast guard and abandoned boats, the United States gradually pass on to their allies. According to open sources, at present, without regard to Ukraine passed two boats from the American side remain in the presence of about 30 "Island."

Reference: Boat class Island in its basic configuration, have a displacement of 168 tons, length - 34 m, width - 6,4 m with a speed of up to 29.5 knots. Team regulations consists of 16 people, including two officers. Of weapons the boat has a 25 mm gun and two machine guns. Boats equipped with radar generic detection AN/SPS-73 and 5.4 m inspection boat, Zodiak Hurricane 540.

Russia's Reaction

The creation of the naval forces of Ukraine on the Azov sea is a political move agreed upon by the Kiev authorities with US and the value of the Ukrainian fleet as a whole is negligible, the Chairman of the all-Russian movement support fleet (DFT) captain first rank of reserve Mikhail Nenashev.


The American magazine The American Conservative wrote that in case of conflict with Russia in the Azov sea, Ukraine has no chance to win. The newspaper expressed confidence that the Ukrainian warships will be in the "few minutes" is sunk by the Russian Navy. The same fate awaits and the base of naval forces of Ukraine, which Kiev intends to build in the sea of Azov with the support of the United States.

Chinese edition of "Cinji, Toto" writes that China has managed to buy some Russian military technologies because of the economic problems of the Russian Federation in the 90 years of the twentieth century, but the most coveted of them remain inaccessible. According to the newspaper, three of the most interesting for China Russian military technologies are nuclear submarines, Intercontinental missiles and aircraft engines. The authors regret that the above technology Russia will not sell to anyone under any circumstances.

The British newspaper Daily Express called the Russian su-57, received a hypersonic missile R-37, "warning about the third world war". According to the publication, the su-57 "will pose a serious threat even to the most advanced combat aircraft", and the R-37 will allow the fighter to strike at high-speed objects at a distance of over 300 kilometers.

Reference: Start of deliveries of production su-57 videoconferencing is scheduled for 2019. Multipurpose fifth generation fighter is designed to destroy all types of aerial targets in ranged and melee, hitting surface and ground targets of the enemy with overcoming air defense systems. In addition, the aircraft is also able to monitor air space at great distances from their places of permanent deployment. Also, the su-57 is able to destroy the control system of the air forces of the enemy.


The Ministry of defense of Japan is rapidly developing a supersonic glide bombs, designed to hit targets at great distances. As reported on Wednesday the newspaper "Japan times", they are expected to put into service in 2026, seven years earlier than planned.

If you expect a bomb to be launched as the head of the rocket and become separated from it at high altitude. To the target the bomb will be coming at supersonic speed, which is extremely difficult to intercept it, I believe in the Japanese defense Ministry.

Reference: Run missiles with gliding bombs will with mobile ground units. The range of their action is not given, however, according to the newspaper, it will be very large. This allows the use of such weapons in fact as offensive.

On 28 September it was reported that the US first used the fifth generation fighter F-35B in a combat situation. In particular, the fighter took off from aboard an aircraft carrier and in Afghanistan hit targets associated with the Taliban.

On 29 September, the BBC reported that "the most modern and most expensive American fighter F-35 crashed in South Carolina, said the marine corps of the United States." The cause of the crash aircraft model F-35B, at an approximate cost of 100 million dollars, are being investigated. The pilot managed to eject, injured in the incident, according to an official military statement.

For reference: the F-35 is the most ambitious and expensive project in military aviation in the world. The program is designed for 30-40 years, and the producers of the fighter plan to sell on the international arms market more than 3,000 aircraft.

India will purchase from Russia five anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 "Triumph". According to some, a contract to supply India's air defense systems could be signed next week during the summit, which will be held in new Delhi, writes Interfax. We will remind, at the beginning of October the planned visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India.

Reference: India intends to purchase the Russian s-400 for a total of 400 billion rupees, or approximately $5.93 billion the decision was made in may 2018 after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra modi in Sochi. While in new Delhi assured that US sanctions will not prevent this.

Poland has proposed that the U.S. military choose a place to create on the territory of the Republic US military base. This was stated by the President Andrzej Duda at a press conference on the results of the General debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.


Concern "Kalashnikov" developed with the participation of specialists of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation set of equipment for the military special units, carrying out tasks in low temperatures, reported the website of the "Kalashnikov Media". According to the article, the composition of equipment includes more than 40 elements, including RAID suit "Nanook", a special sleeping bag for low temperatures, the transport containers for the preservation of medicines and food rations.

For reference only: All items of equipment have been tested by specialists of the concern "Kalashnikov" and servicemen of the defense Ministry during an Arctic expedition in March 2018, on the peninsulas of Yamal and Taimyr. The temperature during the test reached —47S, wind up to 25 meters per second and above, humidity up to 100%.

Work on the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-500 "Prometheus" is almost completed, said Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.

Reference: System s-500 "Prometheus" refers to the new generation of antiaircraft missile systems "earth — air". It is a universal set of long-range and high-altitude interception with increased potential missile defense and is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles and to hit aerodynamic targets (aircraft, helicopters and other air targets) and cruise missiles.

The radius of the C-500 — 600 kilometers. The system can detect and simultaneously affect up to ten ballistic supersonic targets flying at a speed of seven kilometers per second, as well as warheads of hypersonic missiles. According to its characteristics, the s-500 will significantly exceed the standing armed s-400 and its us competitor, the Patriot Advanced Capability-3.


Main battle tanks of Russian army T-72B3 will be equipped with active protection (KAZ) "arena". This is evidenced by published on the website of public procurement the application of the Ural KB transport engineering service development work under the code "Perfection", writes news Agency REGNUM.

Mention this cipher with a high probability can talk about the works on equipping of tanks T-72B3 KAZ "arena". It is worth noting that KAZ "arena" can be installed on all models of tanks family of T-72, including T-80 and T-90. The newest tanks T-14 will be equipped with active protection "Afghani", tactical and technical characteristics are not published in open sources.

Under the terms of the contract, the contractor must supply the Ural KB all the necessary components with the performance of the complete production cycle from metal working to painting.

Reference: a Complex of active protection "arena" destroys threatening combat vehicle cumulative grenades and anti-tank missiles. KAZ "arena" consists of a radar, computer systems and ammunition, the activation of which destroys the menacing tank shell.

Military aircraft Il-20 may be equipped with modern electronic warfare systems (EW), said the representative of the concern "Radioelectronic technologies" Vladimir Mikheev, reports "Says Moscow". This is due to the recent incident in Syria where the Syrian air defense shot down a Russian reconnaissance plane while trying to repel the attack of the Israeli air force. The defence Ministry blamed the incident on the Israeli air force.

Reference: New EW system is able to put aerosol screens, making the aircraft invisible to enemy missiles in all ranges, including laser and radar.

Development work on a thorough modernization of the Mi-171SH by 2020 intends to complete the holding company "Helicopters of Russia", the press service of the holding.

Modernization of the military transport helicopter will be carried out taking into account the combat experience gained in Syria, the Russian VKS.

It is reported that upon completion of the development work will be conducted flight tests to evaluate performance characteristics of a new machine. Ground and flight tests will be carried out by specialists of the Moscow helicopter plant named after Mikhail Mil and a few specialized state institutions and flight centers.

Background: it is Assumed that the helicopter is to improve the survivability will be equipped with a digital autopilot and airborne defense "President-s", which can detect in automatic mode is released by a helicopter rocket, and then includes the suppression of homing missiles and throws false thermal purposes. There will also be increased cruising speed of the helicopter, its take-off weight and will be updated helicopter armament.

In 2019 Uraltransmash finished upgrading one of the world's most powerful artillery systems of the Pion, and by 2020 — heavy duty mortars "Tulip". This reports the press service of the Uralvagonzavod Corporation, which includes the plant.

In the framework of the program of import substitution in "Peonies" put in a new transmission, distribution mechanisms and assemblies of energy machines.

"In addition, the overhaul will affect the instrument internal communication, radio stations, instrument complex system of anti-nuclear protection and monitoring devices. Will be modernized equipment for reception and processing", — said the press service.

As for the "Tulip", they will receive a new monitoring devices, radio equipment for external communication and instrument systems the anti-nuclear protection. Also, they will install additional weapons.

Reference: "Peony" — Soviet 203-mm self-propelled gun. It is designed to suppress the rears, destruction of critical facilities and offensive nuclear weapons in tactical depth at a distance of up to 47 kilometers. In 1975 it entered service, its production continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The gun can fire high-explosive shells and rocket-assisted ammunition. However, the main advantage of the weapon — the ability to use concrete and chemical shells, as well as specbaza with nuclear warheads.

"Tulip" — Soviet 240-mm self-propelled mortar artillery. It is designed to destroy fortified buildings, and accumulations of troops and weapons of the enemy. It began to operate in 1972. Baptism 2S4 passed during the war in Afghanistan.


The latest RAID tugboat "RB-2186" of the project 16609, built for the St. Petersburg company "Pella" for the Russian Navy within the program of equipping auxiliary vessels, was successfully delivered to the base of the Pacific fleet.

The tug is designed to perform towing and creasing operations at the port, in the roads and coastal areas, (swimming in the sea areas with distance from home base of more than 100 miles), removal from stranded ships, fire fighting on floating objects and onshore facilities, as well as walking in thin annual ice thickness of 0.6-0.8 m.

Technical parameters:

  • maximum length of 28.5 m;
  • maximum width of 9.5 m;
  • draught overall 4.48 m;
  • speed of about 12 knots;
  • the thrust is on the hook no less than 39 tons.

Deck equipment:

  • bow anchor-towing-mooring winch pulling force at first layer drum 100 kN and holding force on the brake 1383 kN;
  • tow hook with a pulling force 481 kN with the device quick returns.

The tug is also equipped with a hydraulic crane with a lifting capacity of 910 kg at the boom of 6.09 m.

For fire fighting vessel is equipped with external fire fighting system (capacity 800 m3/h, 2 water fire monitor, water curtain system).


Readiness test, which was held on September 27, with the management bodies and persons on duty on antiaircraft defense forces of the United air defense system of States - participants of the CIS was successfully completed. All training issues during the training, worked out in full.

It was a test of combat readiness of active-duty air defense forces and means of the United air defense system of CIS countries flying targets, including supersonic and stratospheric.

The crews of Tu-160, Tu-95, Tu-22M3, su-30CM, su-27, su-25, MiG-29, MiG-31 was a mutual maneuvers in air space of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to designate aircraft - troublemakers-use airspace, state boundaries, and stolen aircraft.

For increasing radar field in Eastern European and Central Asian regions of collective security on the territory of Belarus and Kazakhstan and the practical guidance of the crews of the Russian space forces and air defense force of the Republic of Belarus and the air defense forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the course of the exercises used aircraft radar patrol and maintenance A-50 of the Russian space forces.

The exercise was attended by up to 100 aircraft of the States parties to the United air defense systems, including fighter aircraft su-30CM, su-27, MiG-29, MiG-31 bombers su-24 and su-34 attack aircraft su-25 long-range aircraft Tu-22M3, Tu-160, Tu-95MS, helicopters Ka-27 and Mi-8, as well as aircraft stationed at the Russian air bases in Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.

Reference: the exercise involved more than nine thousand troops, more than 130 command posts at various levels of the seven States parties to the United air defense system of the CIS: the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as more than 160 radio units and 40 units of antiaircraft missile troops assigned to the joint air defense system from the States.

"Issyk-Kul-Antiterror – 2018"

Joint anti-terror exercises of the competent bodies of the States-participants of the CIS "Issyk-Kul-Antiterror – 2018" was held from 24 to 26 September on the territory of the training center "Edelweiss" in Kyrgyzstan. The joint grouping of troops with air support worked out the issue of combating illegal armed groups, anti-terrorist protection of the most important objects and elements of the police operation in a mountain area.

In a military operation with the participation of the military authorities, the army and the air force of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic. Of all the maneuvers involved about two thousand troops of the two countries and almost 400 pieces of equipment, including aircraft.

The main purposes of participation in the teaching of "Issyk-Kul-Antiterror-2018" is to increase the level of preparedness and ability of the military control bodies and troops of the Central military district and the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic for joint action in repelling the invasion of bandit groups on the territory of the Republic, the destruction of the enemy, the organization of interaction and field training at joint performance of tasks, improvement of practical skills of commanders at all levels in the management of subordinate troops, as well as testing interactions between units of the United forces of the Central military district and the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic, participating in the organization and conduct of military operations on destruction of bands.

Reference: Joint antiterrorist exercises of the competent authorities of the CIS countries held in 2001 in accordance with the Program of cooperation of States-participants of the CIS in combating terrorism and other violent manifestations of extremism. Last year the venue was Tajikistan.


The commander of the Central military district Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin announced the four large-scale exercises on the territory of the CIS until the end of 2018.

"There is still a number of major and serious events. This "Search-2018" in Kazakhstan, "Boundary-2018" in Tajikistan, the "Air bridge" and "Indestructible brotherhood" in the territory of the Russian Federation. They are aimed at demonstrating to the world our unity, fighting power and the ability to quickly create a United group of forces in any point in Central Asia", — said Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin.




Has Prepared Anna Beglaryan

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