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Military review. Developments in the field of defence and security in the media. Media monitoring during the week 28 January-03 February 2019
Material posted: Publication date: 06-02-2019

In Washington two years before the release of the INF Treaty began to prepare for the trade prohibited by the Treaty, the intermediate-range and shorter-range – MO of the Russian Federation; Iran unveiled a new cruise missile long-range; "Poseidon" will be able to circumvent any system for the protection of the enemy; the ships of the Russian Navy started to receive the system, blinding the enemy; the first serial modernized strategic bomber Tu-160M should reach the troops in 2021; in 2019 in the corps of engineers received 12 upgraded robotic systems demining "u-6"; six bombers su-34 will go to the regiment in the Chelyabinsk region in 2019; in Russia tested the weapon from the drone-interceptor "Carnivora". About these and other developments in the media monitoring during the week 28.01. for 03.02.2019.

The INF Treaty

United States note the state Department informed Russia about the suspension of its participation in the INF Treaty. In a statement published on the foreign Ministry website noted the following:

"On the second of February, the United States of America note state Department has officially notified the Russian Federation on suspension of its participation in the bilateral Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles of 1987 and the beginning of the procedure exit". The Americans declared that they no longer consider themselves bound by the obligations under this document, that is, to proceed with the development, production and deployment of prohibited weapons agreement.

Russia's Reaction

A response to the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range will be a mirror — Russia suspends its participation in the agreement, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Our American partners have announced that they suspend their participation in the Contract and we are suspending. They announced that they are engaged in research, R & d and experimental design works, and we will do the same thing," he said at a meeting with foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Meanwhile, Putin demanded not to initiate negotiations with the US on disarmament. He noted that Washington was seeking a pretext for dismantling the security system in the world and does not support any of the Russian proposals on disarmament issues.

"Wait until our partners are ready to lead with us on equal and meaningful dialogue on this important topic — for us and for our partners, and for the whole world", — said the President.


Washington is still two years before the public unsubstantiated accusations of Russia's alleged violation of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), not only decided, but also began to prepare for the trade prohibited by the Treaty, the intermediate-range and shorter-range.

So, according to the defense Ministry of Russia irrefutable data, starting from June 2017 at the company military-industrial Corporation "Raytheon" in Tucson AZ PCs launched a program of expansion and modernization of production capacities in order to create the INF Treaty banned intermediate-range missiles.

The plant is the biggest multi-company aerospace field, USA, which produces almost all types of missiles, including cruise missiles, medium-range and shorter-range.

As a result, over the last two years, the factory area increased by 44 percent – from 55 to 79 thousand square meters, and the number of employees, according to official statements, should increase by almost 2 thousand people.

Almost simultaneously with the beginning of the expansion of the production capacity the us Congress in November 2017, the Pentagon has allocated the first tranche of 58 million dollars, directly pointing "to the development of ground-based medium-range missiles".

Thus, the nature and timing of the operations irrefutable evidence that the US administration took the decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty a few years before was made public unsubstantiated accusations against Russia about the breach of contract.


The situation in Venezuela

28 Jan. The United States urged the Armed forces of Venezuela to the side of the opposition. This was announced at a press briefing at the White house, assistant to the President for national security John Bolton.

30 Jan. The Venezuelan opposition, which controls the National Assembly (unicameral Parliament) is going to revise the cost of previously concluded a contract with Russia on deliveries of arms, as well as relations with Moscow in General. With this statement in the Washington Center for strategic and international studies were made by Gustavo briceño Tharr, which Parliament appointed to the post of special envoy of Venezuela to the Organization of American States (OAS).

30 Jan. US intelligence found no military presence of Russia and China in Venezuela. With such report to Congress was made by the representative of the Ministry of defense. He however, noted that some of the information about the "presence" secret, and can be voiced only behind closed doors.

31 Jan. The head of the U.S. southern command Admiral Craig Fuller, was seen in Colombia. As reported by Latin American media, he visited the city of Cucuta, near the border with Venezuela. In Washington argue that not transfer troops to Colombia, but at the same time the assistant to the President for homeland security John Bolton and other officials warn that consider all possible solution of the Venezuelan problem.

Action in Syria

29 Jan. The Turkish army has completed preparations for a military operation in Syria near Manuja and East of the Euphrates river, said the Minister of defence of Turkey, Hulusi Akar. According to him, the Turkish army is fighting not with the Arabs or the Kurds of Syria, and the terrorists are the only target.

30 Jan. The Minister for foreign Affairs of Iraq Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, assured that Baghdad will not conduct any military operations in Syria without coordination with Damascus.

1 Feb. The situation in Iglinskiy area and de-escalate a potential military operation in Idlib will be on the agenda of the forthcoming summit Russia-Turkey-Iran, said Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan of jagaran.

Previously the foreign Ministry of Turkey said that the summit scheduled for February 14 in Sochi.

2 Feb. The militants of the terrorist organization "Islamic state"* attacked positions of Syrian army after an airstrike by the US coalition. It is reported SANA. It is noted that the terrorists moved from the village of Bagus. According to the Agency, during the battle, the Syrian military destroyed most of attacking militants.


In the American state of Texas began production of nuclear warheads of low power W76-2, the newspaper writes Defense News, citing the National nuclear security administration of the United States. It is noted that the new warheads will be equipped with ballistic missiles Trident-2 launched from submarines. A new nuclear weapon is generated based on the W76 thermonuclear warhead, which was made in the 70-ies of the last century.

Reference: the New warhead entered service the naval forces of the United States until the end of the 2019 financial year.

The American administration decided to sell to Japan's missile defense (BMD) Aegis ("aegis") for a total amount of 2.15 billion dollars. This was announced by the Department of the Ministry of defense for defense cooperation and security DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency).

Reference: the United States intends to place on the Japanese territory new powerful ground-based radar. The placement of the new radar, which would help strengthen the U.S. defense system against the attack of Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), it should happen by 2025. In addition, Hawaii needs to place the same radar by 2023.

Attack nuclear submarine "South Dakota" (USS South Dakota (SSN 790), equipped with 12 cruise missiles "Tomahawk" with a range of 1.6 thousand km, on Saturday during a ceremony in Groton (Connecticut) was formally admitted to the combat strength of the naval forces of the United States, according to the Pentagon.

"Interfax" notes that Groton is a center of manufacturing submarine company Electric Boat Corporation, a division of General Dynamics Corporation.

Multipurpose nuclear submarine (NPS) "SD" is the 17th submarine class "Virginia" and 7th out of 8 submarines of this type in the modification Block III. Its difference is that submarines of this series have not twelve (as of the submarine the previous modifications of the Block I and Block II), and only two missile silos with a diameter of about 2.2 m launchers drum type, each of which hosted six cruise missiles BGM-109 "Tomahawk". In addition, the submarine has a special sound-absorbing coated housing and low-noise propulsion system.

In the design of the submarine has implemented many of the latest technologies and innovations that increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth. Submarines of this type are capable of speeds over 25 knots and remain on duty under the water for several months.

Reference: construction Cost of each submarine class "Virginia" is estimated at about $2.7 billion In total it is planned to build 48 submarines of class "Virginia", 33 of them by 2030. They should be fully replaced in the US Navy attack nuclear submarine type "Los Angeles" and an improved "Los Angeles" built in 1970-1990-ies.

Iran's armed forces, presented on Saturday a new cruise missile of distant radius of action "Hoveizeh", reports channel Press TV.

A rocket demonstration was held the exhibition of military achievements of Iran in Tehran on the background of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the victory in the Islamic revolution.

Background: the Missile was developed by the experts of the company's Aerospace Industries Organization, its flight distance of more than 1,350 kilometers, has high accuracy and can fly at low altitudes.


Russian unmanned underwater vehicle, Poseidon will be able to circumvent any protection system a potential enemy. It is reported TASS citing a source in the military-industrial complex.

"On the way to the goal of "Poseidon" at the expense of a fully Autonomous control system to circumvent and overcome any anti-borders and other systems of protection of the enemy," — said the source.

According to him, the depth of stroke of the drone will exceed 1 km.

Background: Earlier it was reported that "Poseidon" will get the maximum speed over 200 km/h. Also in the Russian defense Ministry reported about the ability of Poseidon to hit the carriers.


The first production of profoundly modernized strategic bomber Tu-160M has to enter the army in two years. This was announced by the Minister of defence of the Russian Federation General of the army Sergei Shoigu during the visit to the Kazan aviation plant named after Gorbunov (a branch of OAO "Tupolev").

"Work on the reproduction of the Tu-160M in a new guise are conducted in accordance with the schedule. The first production car, which has no analogues in the world, should reach the troops already in 2021," said the defense Minister, opening the meeting on maintenance of weapons, military and special equipment according to the nomenclature of the aerospace defence forces of Russia.

Reference: the Aircraft will be equipped with advanced airborne defense, modern reliable communication system with increased noise immunity, and unique weapons, which will significantly expand its combat capabilities with the use of conventional and nuclear weapons. On the strategic bomber installed engines NK-32 second series, which will significantly increase the range and duration of flight.


Navy (Navy) of Russia began to station visual optical interference 5P-42 "Filin" of the holding company Ruselectronics.

As RIA Novosti reported, these stations installed on ships, "Admiral Gorshkov", delivered to the Navy in 2018, and "Admiral Kasatonov", which is factory tested. "Roselektronika" added that the same equipment plan to install another two project 22350 frigate, whose construction is already underway at the shipbuilding plant "Severnaya Verf".

Reference: "the owl" is designed to suppress at night and twilight time of visual-optical and optical-electronic channels of supervision and aiming of small arms and melee weapons that are used against surface ships and boats of the Navy.


Communications units of the 41st combined arms army Central military district (CVO), stationed in the Altai region received the state defense order three upgraded stations radio "Artek".

Station R-166-05 "Artek" on the basis of BTR-80 will use the communications unit Aleyskaya infantry brigade and a regiment of NBC defense during the large maneuvers and tactical exercises.

Reference: Radio station R-166-05 "Artek" designed to provide radio communication in the short and ultrashort wave ranges, with the opposition of ground and air warfare systems. The station operates with two independent directions of the radio at the same time, which in combination with four-wheel wheelbase allows to increase the survivability of deployed control points.

Officers of the 41st combined arms army Central military district, stationed in Siberia, get pistols Yarygin (PYA) "rook".

PYA is a personal weapon of attack and defence, he replaced the Makarov PM pistol, which was adopted in 1951.

Reference: PYA used with a 9-mm armor-piercing cartridge capable of penetrating the armor 1 and class 2, magazine capacity is 18 rounds. Can be used at ambient temperatures from minus 50°C to +50°C. Also, the gun has a rail for mounting underbarrel tactical light with laser sight and a fuse of the two-way action, which allows you to bring the gun into firing position with both right and left hand.

This year the military units of the engineering troops of the Central and district submission received 12 upgraded multifunctional robotic systems demining "u-6".

Robotic system comes with a new platform for transport — the four-axle KAMAZ, equipped with the system "Multilift". "Uranium-6" is located on a special platform, which by means of a hydraulic actuator coming down from the chassis to the ground and just as quickly pulls back. The whole process takes 3-4 minutes.

Background: the Complex "Uran-6", weighing up to six tons on a light tracked platform designed for breaching and mine-explosive obstacles and areal demining of the territories. When cleaning the area from explosive devices, he avoids direct contact of sappers with ammunition in the course of discovery and preparation for destruction.

Reinforced tank battalion of separate motorized rifle brigade of the Northern fleet in the current year will complete the re-modernized tanks T-80БВМ that are most suitable for operations in the far North. Part of the fleet of armored vehicles have already been replaced. In 2019 it is expected that another 20 units.

Currently in service connections are as tanks T-72B3 and T-80БВМ. Servicemen of the brigade gained a lot of experience operating both types of machines. Crew connection became the first champion of "Tank biathlon" on the tank T-72B3. Last year, four T-80БВМ were involved in the military parade dedicated to the Victory Day in the city-hero Murmansk.

Reference: T-80БВМ further modernisation of the T-80BV. It includes the installation of multi-channel gunner's sight, 125 mm gun and improved gas turbine engine with a capacity of up to 1,250 horsepower, stabilizer arms and a surveillance device of the driver. For protection against enemy fire, the tank is equipped with anti shaped-charge lattice screens and a set of modular dynamic protection. Improved suspension.

Six fighter-bombers su-34 will act on the state defense order (SDO) in the aviation regiment of the Central military district (CVO) in the Chelyabinsk region until the end of 2019.

At this moment began the formation of a second squadron of su-34. The regiment received 18 units of new equipment, up to the end of 2019 is scheduled to receive six su-34.

Earlier it was reported that in 2018 for the first time on arms of the Central military district received the fighter-bombers su-34. Was formed the first squadron in the district such modern aircraft.

Reference: su-34 is designed to engage both ground and air enemy targets day and night under any weather conditions. Used in an aircraft guided weapons class "air – surface" and "air – air" long-range with the provision of multi-channel applications. The flight range of the su-34 is 4000 km, maximum speed - 1900 km/h, combat load up to eight tons. The noise level of the su-34 is two times less in comparison with the earlier aircraft modifications.


Weapons with small attack drone-interceptor "Carnivore" used on tests in Russia. This was reported by TASS on Monday a source in the military-industrial complex.

"In the ongoing flight tests of the UAV "Carnivore" had worked out the use of ammunition: shock weapons and nets to intercept other drones," - said the Agency interlocutor. Previously TASS wrote that in the shock variant "Carnivore" will be able to apply, in particular, various high-explosive grenades and anti-tank bombs of small calibre.

The source added that "after completion of factory tests work "Carnivore" it is planned to test in combat conditions". He did not specify the details of future combat performance.



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