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Russian cutting-edge corvette test-fires shipborne weapons during trials in Barents Sea
The corvette has been undergoing trials at the Northern Fleet’s combat training ranges since November 13

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. The Project 20385 lead corvette Gremyashchiy held torpedo fire against an underwater and a surface target, testing new armament in the Barents Sea, spokesman for the Northern Fleet Vadim Serga said on Tuesday

"The corvette operating in the Barents Sea under the program of state sea trials delivered torpedo fire against an underwater and a surface target. During the fire, a new naval weapon suite was successfully tested," the spokesman said.

The crews of a nuclear-powered submarine and the Northern Fleet small anti-submarine warfare ship Snezhnogorsk provided for the corvette’s trials, simulating the enemy, he said.

The corvette has been undergoing trials at the Northern Fleet’s combat training ranges since November 13. The warship earlier fired Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles against coastal and naval targets in the White Sea, and also test-fired artillery guns.

The Gremyashchiy is the Project 20385 lead corvette laid down at the Severnaya Shipyard on February 1, 2012 and floated out in June 2017. The corvettes of this Project developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau are designated to detect and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, provide for troop landing and cope with numerous green-water tasks. The corvette entered a new stage of trials on December 6.

Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes, have an operating range of 3,500 miles and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK universal missile systems, Redut anti-aircraft missile complexes and Paket anti-submarine warfare technology.

The corvette was named after the Northern Fleet’s legendary destroyer Gremyashchiy that fought during the Soviet Union’s 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. For its successful operations at sea during the war, the destroyer was awarded the Guards title while its commander, 1st Rank Captain Anton Gurin was bestowed with the Hero of the Soviet Union title.

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    Su 35 Russia best fighter
    Perhaps the best in the world
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    Russia to deploy more radars in Arctic capable of spotting hypersonic targets, says source

    After all the ten radars are deployed in the Russian Arctic, the "north-eastern missile-dangerous area will be fully covered by the ‘hunters’ for hypersonic targets," the source added

    MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Russia’s General Staff has decided to increase the number of latest Rezonans-N radar stations capable of detecting hypersonic targets from five to ten in the Arctic, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Monday.

    The Pentagon stated in the spring of 2018 that developing hypersonic weapons was a top priority for the US Army. In November 2019, the US Air Force announced it was developing two hypersonic prototypes, one of which or both should achieve their initial operational readiness by 2022.

    "The General Staff has decided to deploy in Russia’s north five more Rezonans-N radars capable of detecting hypersonic targets, in addition to the five stations already ordered," the source said.

    After all the ten radars are deployed in the Russian Arctic, the "north-eastern missile-dangerous area will be fully covered by the ‘hunters’ for hypersonic targets," the source added.

    Today a contract is in place for the delivery of five Rezonans radar stations to Russia’s Defense Ministry. As CEO of the Rezonans Research Center (the developer of the radars) Ivan Nazarenko told TASS in November last year, two radars are on combat duty in the Russian Arctic today while the third station has been prepared for its operation on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The fourth radar has been delivered but not yet deployed and the fifth station has been manufactured, he added.

    Rezonans radars operate in the meter band and employ the principle of wave resonance, which allows detecting aircraft based on stealth technology and also hypersonic targets flying at a speed of up to Mach 20. The radar is capable of detecting targets and issuing target acquisition on aerodynamic targets at a distance of 600 km and at a range of 1,200 km on ballistic targets, at an altitude of up to 100 km.

    As Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in December 2019, today Russia is in the lead in developing hypersonic weapons.
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    Putin submits constitutional amendment to Duma authorizing president to form State Council

    While delivering his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on January 15, Putin suggested strengthening the role of the State Council and regional governors

    MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. One of the constitutional amendments that Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) on Monday authorizes the country’s president to form the State Council.

    "In order to ensure effective coordination and cooperation between Russia’s state bodies, outline the key principles of foreign and domestic policies and the priorities of the country’s social and economic development, the Russian president is supposed to form the State Council of the Russian Federation," says an explanatory note published in the State Duma database.

    According to the document, Article 83.4 of the Russian Constitution will have to be amended in this regard.

    While delivering his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on January 15, Putin suggested strengthening the role of the State Council and regional governors. He pointed out that the State Council, which involved the heads of all Russian regions, was revived in 2000 and "has proved its efficiency, while its working groups provide an expert, comprehensive and quality analysis of issues that are pressing for the country and its people." The head of state emphasized that "it is reasonable to enshrine the role and status of the State Council in the Russian Constitution."

    On September 1, 2000, Putin signed a decree creating the State Council and determined its goals. The State Council was made up of incumbent heads of Russia’s regions. In 2007, the president obtained the right to include former governors in the council and in 2012, the speakers of the Federation Council and the State Duma, the presidential envoys to Russia’s federal districts and the heads of parliamentary factions joined the State Council.
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    Putin appoints deputies to Russian prime minister, eight new ministers

    The new Russian government will consist of 21 ministers, twelve of which served on the previous cabinet

    The Russian Government Valery Sharifulin/TASS
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    Russian government resigns
    MOSCOW, January 21./TASS/. In a decree on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Dmitry Grigorenko, Yuri Trutnev, Viktoria Abramchenko, Yuri Borisov, Tatyana Golikova, Alexei Overchuk, Marat Khusnullin and Dmitry Chernyshenko as deputies to the prime minister.

    Grigorenko also becomes chief of the government staff. Trutnev has remained presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District.

    The new government, that previously had ten deputies to the prime minister, will now have nine ones.


    The new Russian government will consist of 21 ministers, eight of which have been newly appointed for their positions.

    According to the Kremlin press service, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed to appoint Mikhail Murashko as Minister of Health, Olga Lyubimova — as Minister of Culture, Valery Falkov — as Minister of Science and Higher Education, Sergei Kravtsov — as Minister of Enlightenment, Oleg Matytsin — as Minister of Sport, Anton Kotyakov — as Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Maksut Shadayev — as Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media. The Russian leader also nominated former Governor of the Perm Region Maxim Reshetnikov as Minister of Economic Development.

    Former Deputy PM and Russian Government Chief of Staff Konstantin Chuichenko has been assigned Minister of Justice.

    Importantly, twelve ministers from the previous government maintain their positions under new PM Mishustin. According to the presidential decree published on Tuesday evening, Vladimir Kolokoltsev remains as Interior Minister, Sergey Lavrov maintains his position as Foreign Minister, Sergei Shoigu stays as Minister of Defense and Yevgeny Zinichev keeps his post of Minister of Emergencies.

    Professional, demanding and positive: Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
    Dmitry Kobylkin keeps his office as Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Denis Manturov continues as head of Ministry of Industry and Trade, Alexander Kozlov has secured the tenure as Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, and Dmitry Patrushev will go on as Minister of Agriculture. Vladimir Yakushev has been reappointed Minister of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities, along with Yevgeny Dietrich (Minister of Transport) and Alexander Novak (Minister of Energy). Anton Siluanov has maintained his position as Minister of Finance; however, he no longer serves as First Deputy PM.

    On January 15, the entire Russian government led by former PM Dmitry Medvedev resigned in response to the changes proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his address to the Russian parliament on the same day. On January 16, Mikhail Mishustin was approved for the position of new Prime Minister of Russia.

    On January 21, the Russian leader fixed the new structure of the Russian government in a presidential decree.

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    How Good Is Russia's New Fearsome New T-90M Tank?

    January 22, 2020 Topic: Technology Region: Europe Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: RussiaRussian ArmyMilitaryTechnologyWorldT-90M
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    Key point: Moscow's new tanks are modernized and more capable than previous versions. However, it remains to be seen how many Russia decides to produce.

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    The Russian army will receive its first new T-90M tanks as part of a batch of 400 armored vehicles heading for the ground-combat branch in 2019.

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    The T-90M, arguably Russia’s most advanced front-line tank, is a modernized version of a vehicle that first entered service in 1993.
    "This year, over 400 new and upgraded armored vehicles are due to arrive for the troops,” Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu saidon June 4, 2019.
    “They include T-72B3M tanks with the domestic sighting and observation system, T-90M Proryv-3 and T-80BVM tanks and BMP-1AM infantry fighting vehicles," Shoigu said.

    "In addition, the factory [Uralvagonzavod] is developing the T-15 newest infantry fighting vehicle based on the Armata platform and featuring the Kinzhal combat module and a 57-millimeter gun. The vehicle’s prototype will be featured at the [Army-2019] international military and technical forum in June.”
    Shoigu did not say how many of the 400 new vehicles would be T-90Ms, but state media organization TASS earlier in 2019 reported that the army this year would receive a “battalion set” of the tanks, or around 40 vehicles.

    The Russian army fields around 40 combat brigades, each with one battalion of tanks.
    The T-90M features a new engine and the latest version of the Relikt explosive reactive armor kit. The T-90M “considerably surpassed” the older T-90A in “combat efficiency” during the Zapad-2017 war game, the press office of Uralvagonzavod told TASS.

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    The Kremlin has prioritized the T-90M over the more ambitious Armata tank, a highly sophisticated but less reliable vehicle. The Russian army, like the U.S. Army, has had better luck gradually upgrading its main fighting vehicles than it has inventing brand-new replacement vehicles.
    The American ground combat branch in 2019 has begun fielding the M-1A2C version of its iconic M-1 tank, the original model of which entered service in the early 1980s.

    The T-90 actually is a development of the older T-72. The T-72/90 family of tanks is simpler to build, support and operate than is the contemporary, but more sophisticated, T-64/80 family of tanks.
    The Russian army deploys a mixed force of T-72s, -80s and -90s. Russian factories continue to churn out upgraded versions of each type of tank. On the balance, Russian armored forces “significantly” have improved since 2010, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency explained in a 2016 report.

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    Since 2010, there have been significant improvements in the condition of Russian ground arms, including the modernization and upgrade of the main battle tank (MBT) inventory. The active inventory includes the T-72, T-80U and T-90 MBTs. The T-72 is one of Russia’s oldest active MBTs and has been upgraded to include substantial enhancements in explosive reactive armor, electronic components and enhanced navigation systems. Russia’s newest in-service MBT, the T-90, features the new Sonsa-U sighting systems and Shtora soft-kill active protection system. While Russia’s ministry of defense planned to phase out the T-80, the Omsk Transport Machine-Building Plant, one of Russia’s two MBT production and modernization facilities, is planning to upgrade the T-80U with Sosna-U, Relikt third-generation dynamic protection complex and advanced radio and [command and control] systems.
    David Axe serves as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels War Fix, War Is Boring and Machete Squad. This first appeared earlier in 2019.
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    total of 55 Oniks missiles shipped to Russian Navy in 2019

    The designer also said that Bastion systems production will continue in 2020

    REUTOV /Moscow Region/, January 31. /TASS/. The NPO Mashinostroyenia Military and Industrial Corportation has shipped 55 Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles to the Russian Navy in 2019, says chief designer Alexander Leonov.

    "In 2019, three Bastion coastal defense missile systems and 55 Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles were shipped in accordance with the state defense order," he said, adding that Bastion systems production will continue in 2020.

    The chief designed also noted that the joint Russian-Indian BraMos company continues its operation. According to Leonov, BraMos cruise missiles, including the air-based version, were successfully fired several times last year.

    The chief designer reminded that 2019 saw the 75th anniversary of the NPO and 105th anniversary of its founder, Vladimir Chelomey.

    "Our main achievement is that we have not only preserved the entirety of the company’s focus, but be keep doing our job on the highest level," Leonov said.
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    Shipbuilders to repair Black Sea Fleet submarine by autumn of 2020
    As was reported earlier, the submarine Alrosa that had waited for its repairs for five years was placed in the dock of the Black Sea Fleet’s 13th Ship Repair Factory in May last year

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    MOSCOW, January 31. /TASS/. The delayed repairs of the Black Sea Fleet’s Project 877 diesel-electric submarine Alrosa will continue until the autumn of 2020, a source in Crimean defense circles told TASS on Friday.
    "Under the updated plans, the submarine’s technical readiness will be restored in the fourth quarter of this year," the source said.
    As was reported earlier, the submarine Alrosa that had waited for its repairs for five years was placed in the dock of the Black Sea Fleet’s 13th Ship Repair Factory in May last year. The stage of the sub’s dock repairs was expected to last four or five months.
    Russian Navy to receive improved Borei-class strategic submarine in 2026 — source

    After the repairs and the subsequent tests are over, the submarine may be sent to the Baltic Fleet where it will provide support for the trials of submarines and ships being built by the Admiralty and Severnaya Shipyards (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation).

    The Black Sea Fleet’s submarine forces include eight underwater cruisers. Six of them are Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines that carry Kalibr-PL cruise missiles, of which the sub Krasnodar is currently operating within the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean permanent taskforce. The same-type sub Stary Oskol is undergoing repairs at the Kronstadt Marine Plant.
    The Black Sea Fleet is also keeping afloat the submarine Zaporozhye formerly part of the Ukrainian Navy, which it inherited after Crimea’s reintegration with Russia in 2014.
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    Russian Navy to receive improved Borei-class strategic submarine in 2026 — source
    According to the source, the noise level of the Borei-B submarine will be cut considerably thanks to the installation of a new water jet propulsion system

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    MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. The R&D work on designing the Borei-B-class strategic nuclear-powered submarine will begin in 2018 while the completion of its trails and its transfer to the Russian Navy are planned for 2026, a source in the country’s defense industry told TASS on Monday.
    "The Project-B project has been included in the state armament program through 2027. In compliance with this program, the R&D work on developing the lead underwater missile-carrying cruiser should begin in 2018 and its delivery to the fleet after trials is scheduled for 2026," the source said.
    Strategic submarines Borei to enhance Russia’s nuclear potential — Navy’s commander

    TASS does not yet have an official confirmation of this information.
    According to the source, the Borei-B submarine will receive the hull of its predecessor while its noise level will be cut considerably thanks to the installation of a new water jet propulsion system.

    "The submarine will also feature other innovations," the source added.
    The serial construction of Borei-B-class submarines will begin from 2023, the source said.
    Borei-B submarines
    Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolyov said in Severodvinsk on November 17 that the timeframe for building Borei-B submarines would become clear after the conceptual designing of these underwater cruisers was completed.
    "We are beginning to work actively on this project from 2018 and I believe that this will happen very soon and we will specify the dates following the results of the first stage, i.e. the work on the outline design," the Navy’s chief said.
    Russia starts development of Borei-B nuclear-powered submarines

    The Russian Navy currently operates three Project 955 Borei-class strategic nuclear-powered submarines: the Yuri Dolgoruky, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh. They are furnished with Bulava solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles. Each submarine can carry up to 16 such ICBMs. Five Borei-A-class submarines are currently at the stage of construction. The last submarine of this series, the Prince Pozharsky, was laid down in December last year.
    Igor Vilnit, the chief executive of the Rubin Central Design Bureau, the Borei submarine developer, earlier told TASS that the project would be developed further after the series of the improved Borei-A submarines.
    The pump-jet creates thrust thanks to a jet of water for propulsion compared to the classical propeller and thus considerably reduces noise. Such waterjets are mounted on UK Trafalgar-type submarines and US Seawolf underwater cruisers. In the Soviet Union, the experimental waterjet unit was installed on the B-871 Alrosa diesel-electric submarine built in 1988-1990.