Russian aircraft carrier The Admiral Kuznetsov to be equipped with Kalibr missile system

During the modernization, all the electric-mechanical part will be repaired

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier after repairing and modernization will be equipped with the Kalibr missile complex, replacing Granit, a source at the defense industry told.

«During the repairing and upgrade, the aircraft carrier’s Granit complex will be replaced with the Kalibr-NK complex,» the source said, adding the unique vertical launch system of the Kalibr-NK-3S14 complex is unified to launch Onyx and Circon supersonic missiles.

During the modernization, all the electric-mechanical part will be repaired.

«The work will also include modernization of the runway complex to guarantee safety of takes off and landing,» the source said.

The aviation group, the source added, will remain mixed, it will have, like previously, heavy fighters Sukhoi Su-33 and light MiG-29K/KUB.

TASS does not have official confirmation of this information.

In 2016, during a voyage to the Mediterranean Sea, the aircraft carrier participated in an operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria. Between November and December, the pilots made 420 flights (including 117 at night), destroying more than 1,000 facilities of the terrorists there.

Russian Navy Has Enough Resources to Control Situation Across World Ocean

According to a Russian Navy commander, the Russian Navy has all the resources to control the situation in every part of the global ocean.
The Russian Navy has all the resources to control the situation in every part of the global ocean, Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Korolev told the Rossiya 1 broadcaster on Saturday.

«The Navy has everything to control the situation in any region of the global ocean,» Korolev said, answering a question whether the Russian Navy was monitoring the maneuvers of the US Navy.

The statement was made amid the escalation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Earlier this month, US officials announced that an aircraft carrier strike group was sent to the peninsula after a number of missile launches and nuclear tests carried out by North Korea.

Top 5 Military Hardware Surprises of Moscow Victory Parade This Year

In the walk-up to the 72nd anniversary of the Soviet Victory over Nazi Germany, Russia’s Defense Ministry has published a list of the top-of -the-line military hardware it is going to roll out during the May 9 parade on Red Square in Moscow.

Arctic weapons

Air defense weapons specifically designed for use in the Arctic will be showcased for the first time on May 9.

These are Pantsir-SA and Tor-M2DT short range missile and cannon systems, both mounted on DT-30 Vityaz two-unit ATVs that have considerably improved the missile systems’ cross-country capability.
The Pantsir-SA and Tor-M2DT will be the only types of military hardware to roll across Red Square donning winter camouflage.

New Planes for Ace Pilots

Traditionally wrapping up the May 9 parade will be the legendary Strizhi (Swifts) and Russian Knights aerobatic demonstration teams of the Russian Air Force.

While the Swifts will be flying the workhorse MiG-29 fighter jets, the Russian Knights will be showcasing a squadron of the all-new Su-30SM heavy fighters they got as recently as last fall.
The Su-30SMs are easier to fly than the Su-27s the Knights used before. The planes’ AL-31FP variable vector engines enable complex aerobatic stunts look flipping easy.

The Su-30s have proved extremely efficient during Russia’s aerial campaign in Syria where they provide escort and cover for the Russian bombers and ground-attack planes fighting there.

In another first, combat planes and helicopters will be taking part in this year’s May 9 parade in St. Petersburg, with more than 40 Mi-8, Mi-26, Mi-35, Mi-28N and Ka-52 helicopters, Su-27, MiG-29SMT, MiG-31BM, Su-35 and Su-34 fighters, and An-12, An-26 and Tu-134 transport planes to fly in formation over the city’s central Dvortsovaya square.

Baltic Fleet’s missile systems

The Bal and Bastion coastal defense missile systems will be showcased for the first time during the May 9 parade in Kaliningrad. These mighty weapons, which entered service with the Baltic Fleet just a few days ago, use advanced Kh-35 and Onix missiles to effectively take out enemy surface ships up to 500 kilometers (310 miles) away. Similar systems are currently on combat duty also in Crimea and on the Kuril Islands in the Far East.
Together with S-400 air defense missile systems and Islander tactical ballistic missiles, the Bal and Bastion coastal defense systems are able to make certain parts of the world completely off limits to the enemy.

The Bastions can engage ground targets as well. On November 2015, they delivered a missile strike on a terrorist base in Syria.

Foot route

In another break from the past, members of the Youth Army patriotic movement will parade on Red Square in Moscow. Founded on October 29, 2015, this scion of the Defense Ministry, the Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Fleet (DOSAAF) and the Central Army Sports Club, the Youth Army comprises over 30,000 members aged 11-18.
Many of the Youth Army members, dressed in paramilitary uniforms and donning bright-red berets, will march across the central squares of Moscow, Khabarovsk, Nizhny Novgorod and other Russian cities.

Members of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet, based in the northern Murmansk region, will also have their first ever chance to march on Red Square in Moscow.

New old tank

It yet another first, the T-72B3M tanks will rumble across the Red square’s cobblestones on May 9.

Although it is already a veteran fighting machine, the T-72 will remain, together with the T-90, Russia’s main battle tank until replaced by the state-of-the-art Armata tanks, which premiered during the 2015 Victory Day parade in Moscow.
The T-72B3M also called T-72B4 is an upgraded version of the T-72B3 which is the latest modernized version of the Russian-made main battle tank T-72. The T-72B3M is protected with the new Relikt explosive reactive armor.

As all T-72 series MBTs, the T-72B3M is fitted with a carousel automatic loader mounted on the turret floor and also on the rear wall of the turret. A new gun was added including an upgraded stabilization system and auto loader. The T-72B3M / T-732B4 is motorized with a new 1,130 hp engine.

Russia negotiating supplies of Su-35 fighter jets to United Arab Emirates

Russia is negotiating the delivery of a few tens of Su-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Thursday.

«The talks are underway, though you can imagine that it takes time to implement the task of (supplying) a few tens of jets,» he said.

Just Try It: Influential US Think Tank Recommends Attack on Russia’s Kaliningrad

Against the background of a beefed up NATO presence in Eastern Europe, and preparations for new drills on Russian borders, analysts at the RAND Corporation, an influential US think tank, have urged the Pentagon to consider options for the ‘neutralization’ of Russian military systems in Kaliningrad. Russian experts offer their take on such ‘advice.’

Complaining about what it estimates to be impressive Russian air defenses capabilities in its Baltic exclave, the think tank’s report says that the Department of Defense needs to develop «a clear view of the role that Kaliningrad…with its strong anti-air defenses,» might play in case of war in the Baltic region, and the steps NATO might take to «neutralize» it.

The report admits that «the whole topic of neutralization of Kaliningrad brings up the issue of escalation and potential Russian response to what Russia would see as strikes on the Russian homeland.»

Bizarrely, however, it doesn’t clarify why Russia wouldn’t see an attack on its exclave as an attack ‘on the Russian homeland’. The region is internationally recognized Russian territory, after all.

Filled with standard rhetoric about the dangers of ‘Russian aggression’ in Eastern Europe, the report recommends that the Pentagon analyze «Russian capabilities to politically subvert a Baltic State,» up to and including «the seizure of a border enclave or fomenting internal unrest.» It also suggests that the Defense Department needs to attain «a better understanding of the Russian ability to prevent reinforcement to the Baltic States» in case of war.

Again, the report doesn’t explain why Russia might risk World War III with a conventionally superior NATO foe for a ‘border enclave’ belonging to a NATO member state. Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly denied claims that it poses any threat to the independence of the Baltic nations. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called such claims «groundless» and «absurd.»

In the meantime, Russia is also faced with the deployment of new permanent NATO garrisons in the Baltics along its borders, plus intensified military drills. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, NATO’s presence on Russia’s borders has increased by roughly 800% over the last decade.

Commenting on the think tank’s report, and the slew of reporting in the Western media and specialist publications recently about the potential for a US and NATO war with Russia, military observer Alexander Khrolenko recalled that in recent weeks, months and years, «Western experts have stubbornly and consistently analyzed the options» for such a war, «its scenarios geographically tied to the Baltics, Syria and the Balkans,» and even Ukraine.

«According to most Western analysts, Russia simply doesn’t seem to have a peaceful development path,» the journalist lamented. The Kremlin, in their view, has to be planning a war somewhere at all times, and this requires an appropriate Western ‘response.’

At the same time, Khrolenko noted, scenarios for this «duel of ‘two worlds’ going nuclear are rarely considered,» presumably because there would be little to write about if the world were consumed in nuclear fire. «Most often, Western analysts spend their time calculating the capabilities of conventional weapons» of the two sides.

And these types of reports are indeed voluminous. Observers spend time discussing the threat posed by Russian cruise missiles, its rocket artillery, and tanks, as well as the danger presented by Russia’s echeloned air defense to US F-22 and F-35 jets. Commenting on the latter, Khrolenko quipped that «if the F-35s and F-22s do not try flying into Russia, they won’t be threatened by any echeloned air defense.»

«After reading such opuses, one gets the impression that Western [observers] are simply dreaming of a military confrontation with Russia, or even trying to push Moscow toward such a war,» the analyst noted.

The truth, Khrolenko wrote, is that Russia really is prepared to respond in kind to any provocation, but only if its hand is forced by a foreign power’s aggression.

Earlier this month, Lieut. Gen. Viktor Gumenny, deputy commander in chief of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, said that «the specificity of Russia’s geostrategic position is that the main threat to its military security comes from the air and space forces of foreign states. The experience of military conflicts of recent decades has shown that a war cannot be resolved by defense objectives alone. This is also characteristic to the aerospace sphere of armed struggle.»

Indeed, Khrolenko explained that «in case of aggression, Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces will have an active offensive character. Priority tasks will include the suppression of an enemy’s aviation control systems,» including the destruction of enemy satellite systems. Russia will soon be introducing its newest air defense platform, the S-500 surface to air missile system, which is expected to have the capability of hitting enemy satellites from the ground.

«Without GPS, Tomahawks will not be able to fly very far,» the expert concluded.

For his part, independent military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov stressed that the most important thing to consider about the RAND analysis is that while it positions itself as a non-profit NGO, it actually receives a significant portion of its $250 million budget from the US government. An important analytical tool during the Cold War era, the think tank has long served to «lubricate the moving parts of the machinery» of the US military-industrial complex.

Tuchkov suggested that in its latest report, RAND saw fit to swap cause and effect. «It’s not Russia that threatens the West, but vice versa. Russia began strengthening the defense of its western borders only after the West began unilaterally pushing NATO’s military might up to our borders.»

Adding insult to injury, the analyst noted, was the fact that this happened despite earlier assurances that NATO would not advance into the countries belonging to the former Warsaw Pact during the Cold War. The icing on the cake, he added, was the US’s creation and deployment of its European missile defense system. That system was originally sold to Moscow as an initiative meant to counter the ‘Iranian nuclear threat’, but has continued its development even long after the Iran nuclear agreement was signed.

Finally, Tuchkov emphasized that Moscow cannot but be concerned that the kinds of weapons being used in NATO’s Eastern European exercises carry an offensive, rather than defensive, character. Nor can Russia brush off the fact that the drills are designed more and more to match the specificities of Russian geography. «At first, NATO began using Russian uniforms for the presumed ‘enemy’. Now, they’ve begun recruiting Russian-speaking volunteers.»

RAND’s recommendations carry an obvious offensive character, Tuchkov noted, since any ‘neutralization’ of Kaliningrad would logically require the follow-up destruction of military infrastructure, and the seizure of the exclave itself.

Ultimately, Tuchkov explained that NATO does have reason to be concerned with Kaliningrad’s air and missile defense capabilities. The region contains three regiments of S-300s, a regiment of S-400s, and a Voronezh-DM radar system, capable of monitoring airspace up to 6,000 km away (i.e. throughout Europe, including the UK). The S-400 can strike targets 400 km away. The region also contains the 7054th air base of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, and layered air defenses including Buk and Pantsir.

But the clear distinction here, the expert stressed, was that Russia was acting within its own jurisdiction. «No international treaties prohibit Russia from establishing the required defenses anywhere within our territories,» he noted.

In other words, staging a massive buildup on Russia’s borders and then complaining about the dangers posed by Russian weapons — stationed within Russia – looks a bit disingenuous, to say the least.

Russian sappers in Palmyra used exoskeletons.

According to the operator Halima Jalilov, the exoskeleton weighs no more than five or six pounds and holds up to 50 pounds.
«It gives the opportunity to carry 30-35 pounds, not noticing the load, fatigue, temperature. Used all wore, was much more difficult,» — said Jalilov.

The exoskeleton allows the operator to do virtually any movement and work tirelessly for several hours. «In my practice have never seen anything like that on me now,» — said the expert.

Fourth fiberglass mine sweeper laid down for Russian Navy

The Alexandrit-class ships have a unique and the world’s largest monolith fiberglass hull manufactured by the vacuum infusion method

The Project 12700 fourth fiberglass mine sweeper Vladimir Yemelyanov has been laid down for the Russian Navy at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard in St. Petersburg, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.

The Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard is part of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation.

«Today is a remarkable day for the shipyard and all shipbuilders: we are laying down a super-ship that will serve in our Navy. It is fitted out with the most advanced hardware. As far as I know, this is the largest ship with the monolithic hull made of fiberglass,» St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said at the keel-laying ceremony.

Russian Navy Shipbuilding Chief Vladimir Tryapichnikov said that shipbuilders were using composite materials for the mine sweeper’s construction. The Project’s lead ship is already operational in the Russian Navy while two other trawlers are at various stages of their readiness, he noted.

«We expect their delivery on time and without any critical remarks,» he noted, without specifying the delivery date.

Meanwhile, Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard CEO Vladimir Seredokho said that the Project 12700 fourth fiberglass mine sweeper was expected to be floated out and delivered to the Navy in late 2018.

«The launch of the Vladimir Yemelyanov is scheduled for May next year and its delivery for the end of that year,» he said.

The Project 12700 Alexandrit-class mine sweepers have been designed by Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. They can use the most advanced sonars installed both on the ship and remotely-operated and autonomous submersibles and feature an automated counter-mine operation control system. They are also capable of using traditional sweep armament.

The Alexandrit-class ships have a unique and the world’s largest monolith fiberglass hull manufactured by the vacuum infusion method. The warship is the third in the series and the fourth that has been laid down. The Project’s lead ship Alexander Obukhov is already operational with the Russian Navy while the next two trawlers are at various stages of their construction.

Armata tank field trials proceed on schedule

The volume of Armata tank purchases for the Russian Armed Forces will be specified by September, according to the Russian vice-premier

The field trials of Russia’s most advanced Armata tank are proceeding on schedule and without complications, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told.

«They are proceeding according to plan,» he said in reply to a question about how operational tests were going on.

«Various technologies are being tested and the issue of automatizing all of the tank’s systems is being considered,» Rogozin said.

The board of Russia’s military and industrial commission will soon hear a report by Uralvagonzavod newly-appointed CEO Alexander Potapov on the pace of these works, the vice-premier said.

Russia works on medical technology that accelerates healing of combat injuries

Russia is conducting research into medical equipment which, if the project is a success, may accelerate the healing of wounds in battlefield conditions three times

The electronic holding company Roselektronika (an affiliate of Rostec) is conducting research into medical equipment which, if the project is a success, may accelerate the healing of wounds in battlefield conditions three times, an adviser to Rostec’s CEO, Sergey Sokol, has said.

«On the list of products that may be authorized for serial production in the near future is a technology capable of accelerating the healing of surgical sutures and wounds three to seven times. Special vacuum bandages are the technology’s key feature,» Sokol said ahead of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.
Roselektronika’s press-service explained that the vacuum-assisted closure and instillation therapy device is capable of maintaining negative pressure in the area of the wound for quite a long time thus making daily bandaging unnecessary.

«The strength of pressure is controlled electronically and can be varied promptly, depending on the nature and seriousness of the wound and the pace of the healing process. The technology also eases inflammation and swelling, reduces the size of the wound and shortens the convalescence period. The device can be used in hospital wards, in field conditions (for the treatment of those injured on the battlefield) and at home,» Roselektronika said.

Sokol said the company had plans for opening an advanced center in Krasnoyarsk to conduct research into high-tech electronic equipment for neurology, surgery, oncology and other branches of the medical science. The center will be manufacturing equipment and software for magnetic encephalography, digitalized curative devices and medical sensor systems. Development and production of bionanorobots, molecular-cellular theranostics and express diagnostics in oncology is a separate branch of research.