Translation and commentary by New Silk Strategies staff
A few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of Russian top military brass in Sochi that all members of the defence industry, whether state-owned or private, need to be prepared to gear up for war on short notice. He said this kind of preparedness to quickly begin boosting the output of military materiel is one of the “pillars” of Russian defence.
Westerners are about as conscious of the nuclear weapons targeting their countries as they are of UFOs or unicorns. There is a high degree of unbelief about Russian and Chinese military hardware, especially nuclear missiles, and about anti-missile defence aimed at stopping incoming Western nukes.
We are trained like Pavlov’s dogs to fear non-existent “Russian propaganda” more than the ever-present threat of a nuclear war caused by US provocation – including the US support for the illegal bloody Maidan coup in Kiev, the hysterical “Russiagate” propaganda, the promise to keep illegal US bases in Syria even after the war against jihadis is won, the US demand for Iraqi allies to leave now that they have valiantly routed most of the ISIS fighters, the absurd demonization of Russian ally Iran, the immoral US support for the Saudis in their genocidal war against the Yemeni Houthis (starvation of civilians) – based on religion and ethnicity – and so much more.
Anyone who is keeping up with world events knows why the Russians feel threatened.
God grant that the West may never find out the hard way the price of taunting the bear beyond his tolerance threshold. The horrific Russian anti-missile missile described below should never have had to be developed. It didn’t have to be this way. The US people, ie, what we call the Shallow State, will stand up to defend their jobs. “Christian” Zionists will “stand with Israel”, defending the right of Tel Aviv to threaten their neighbours in Lebanon with all-out air attacks – even against the Christian population – and to treat Palestinians like subhumans.
But why will they will never defend the innocent?
Our translation of an article from riafan.ru.
Killer of American ICBMs: expert discusses the capabilities of the new A-235 "Nudol" antimissile system
24 November 2017
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation posted a video of successful tests of the newest anti-missile defence system. The footage is published on the Youtube channel of the military department (click on video link at top of page--NSS,)
This system will be able to shoot down all types of American intercontinental ballistic missiles and create a protective dome in the most dangerous directions, Alexei Leonkov, military expert for the magazine Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland) told the Federal News Agency.
Note that the ABM test (presumably A-235 Nudol - editor's note) was held at the Sary-Shagan training ground in Kazakhstan. The training launch was carried out by specialists from the anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence forces of the Russian Air Force. The upgraded missile successfully hit a conventional target.
Currently, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has an anti-missile defence system A-135 "Amur", which protects Moscow from attacks from air and outer space. It is also used to strengthen missile warning systems and monitor outer space. The "Amur" consists of a "Don-2N" radar station in the Moscow region of Sofrino, the command-and-control point 5K80 in Pushkino and several shooting complexes equipped with 53T6 short-range interceptor missiles.
"The fundamental difference from the A-135 anti-ballistic missile defence system in place will be that Amur is a silo-based missile-based antimissile system, and Nudol is a mobile system. Accordingly, the A-235 has a larger range of deployment on the Russian territory, that is, more opportunities to attack different objects. The A-135 covers our metropolitan and central industrial region, while the new system will be used in those areas where the construction of silos is not envisaged or essentially impossible. In addition, we can deploy such mobile complexes in any dangerous direction and thereby disrupt the mass use of enemy weapons, "the military analyst explains.
Since the system is new and is still undergoing testing, its tactical and technical characteristics are unknown. However, FAN’s interviewee notes that in terms of its speed, range and altitude, Nudol will clearly outperform its predecessor, which in fact will make it "the killer of American ICBMs."
"Noodle" will be produced in two versions - short and long range. And in terms of its destructive complonents, it will not be kinetic, but will destroy with the help of a directed nuclear explosion, that is, there will be a nuclear warhead. The impact of this explosion cuts down all electronics and destroys a larger number of warheads, "emphasizes Alexei Leonkov.
According to the expert, the use of a nuclear warhead in a new missile is simply necessary, and when a Russian anti-missile is used in combat, it is pointless to consider the possible consequences.
"When a nuclear war begins, we obviously will not be concerned about the environment or about any consequences. The survival of the country will be at stake. And Nudol will allow us to avoid the most serious consequences - it will be a high-atmosphere or even outer space explosion. In any case, it will be better than the impact of the nuclear charges themselves, which, having reached the ground, would destroy all infrastructure and the entire population. In general, the A-235 will be able to shoot down all types of American intercontinental ballistic missiles, not only existing ones but also those that they plan to create in the future, "- concluded Leonkov.
As the newspaper Gazeta.ru reports, the first tests of the A-235 "Nudol" anti-ballistic missile defence system were held in 2014. According to Colonel Ildar Tagiyev, head of the program of combat algorithms and missile defence programs of the missile defence system, Russian interceptors are unparalleled in the world .
Author: Sergey Chemekov
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Back during the election debates, Trump was asked about the US nuclear triad and apparently didn’t know what it was.
It is a little ironic to note the contrast with Putin, who not only knows what the nuclear triad is, he actually initiated the launch of the Russian nuclear triad a few days ago.
The US has been hammering at Russia like never before, illegally raiding its diplomatic missions in the US, and even trying to ban Russia Today, the popular TV channel and news web site, pretending with zero evidence that this news outlet interfered with “US democracy.”
Perhaps there was therefore a little Schadenfreude in Putin’s decision to set off all three phases of the triad, which from the Russian standpoint, can be defined as three methods of delivering a nuclear bomb to one’s “partners,” ie, by release from an aircraft, either as a nuclear bomb or missile; by a ground-based ICBM; and by a nuclear missile launched from a submarine.
Putin had this rare opportunity in the context of a test of the Russian nuclear facilities. The missiles flew from the launch sites straight to their targets, some traversing most of the Russian territory to get there.
We are also reminded of NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg’s allegation that over 100,000 Russian soldiers took part in an exercise that took place in in Western Russia in September where the Russian defense ministry had declared that only 12,700 were participating. The irony of this accusation was that he was complaining about drills confined to Russian territory whereas the last NATO drill was held at the Russian border in a clear cut provocation of that country. Drills of this size and magnitude have traditionally been regarded as preludes to war.
Last July’s NATO drills in Europe and the Black Sea were vastly superior in magnitude to the reported size of the disputed Russian drills.
The US Defense Department’s site defense.gov reports on these drills:
“… Saber Guardian 17 is larger in both scale and scope over previous iterations, Davis said. About 25,000 service members from 22 allied and partner nations are taking part, he added, and the exercise highlights participant deterrence capabilities -- specifically, the ability to mass forces at any given time anywhere in Europe.
“Sea Breeze 2017, a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea supporting NATO's Partnership for Peace initiative, July 11-21;
“Allied and partner exercises involving about 40,000 personnel from 30 nations comprise the Black Sea Region Exercises for 2017…”
Putin’s personal involvement in launching the 3 deadly types of nuclear missiles, whether intentional or not, was a reminder that no matter how many troops and armaments NATO may have, the bottom line is the death dealing triad.
And the US has numerous issues, including a lack of expertise and a culture that encourages excessively high prices. One clear advantage of the Russians is the availability of MIRVs, ie, missiles that deliver several independently targetable warheads. The US has one such weapon but it is currently armed with only a single warhead. The Russian Sarmat can carry 10-15 such independently targetable warheads. On top of that, Russia has anti-missile systems including the S-400, with a reputation so formidable that numerous countries around the world – including the US’s once-loyal ally Saudi Arabia – have purchased the system for their own defense. Demand for the more expensive US systems is waning.
The following is our translation of an article from the Russian language version of Ria Novosti.
The triad strike force: why Russia tested the nuclear shield
Mobile missile system RS-24 Yars
MOSCOW, Oct 27 - RIA Novosti, Andrei Stanavov. Long range Bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces, nuclear-missile submarines, the ground-based "Topol" and target areas in different parts of the Eurasian continent – a large-scale training mission under the supervision of the Strategic Nuclear Forces of Russia simultaneously included all three components of the triad. Four ballistic missiles were personally launched by the President of the country, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Russia Vladimir Putin. All training warheads successfully hit their targets. RIA Novosti deals with what today represents a domestic nuclear shield.
Putin personally launched four ballistic missiles at the exercises
In such exercises, the military usually checks the control system and the reliability of the channels for the transmission of commands and orders, and tests the quick interaction of various types and branches of the service is practiced. The Russian nuclear triad today is more than 60 percent complete with modern weapons and remains the main guarantor of national security.
Launch of missiles and flight of aircraft: the exercise of the Ministry of Defense for the management of nuclear forces
"Bears" and "Swans"
During the training, the command launched bombers from the airbases "Ukrainka", "Engels" and "Shaykovka." Airplanes with cruise missiles destroyed objects of the conventional enemy at the ranges "Kura" (Kamchatka), "Pemba" (Republic of Komi) and "Terekt" (Kazakhstan).
The shock core of the air component of the triad today consists of the supersonic strategic bombers-Tu-160, Tu-160M1 and the subsonic turboprop Tu-95MS, the famous "White swans" and the venerable "Medveds"(Bears).
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Training for management of the Strategic Nuclear Forces of the Russian Armed Forces of Russia
The Ministry of Defense annually modernizes four or five such machines. In general, they replace the avionics and electronics and install new systems for navigating and managing weapons. Last year alone the Aerospace Defense Forces were replenished with two upgraded Tu-160s and two Tu-95MS.
Engineers promise by 2019 to present the first prototype of the deep-upgraded Tu-160M2 missile carrier that will join the ranks of its "brothers" and will be the basis of the air strike component of the nuclear deterrence forces until at least 2030.
It is here that the latest technologies will be rolled out for the creation of a long-range aviation complex’s PAK DA, the bomber of the future, on which the military aerospace defense is placing a serious wager. The PAK DA is to be built on the "flying wing" scheme with a ample use of composite and radio-absorbent materials.
The Ministry of Defense conducted training for the management of the Strategic Nuclear Forces
In terms of armaments, the long-range aviation of the Aerospace Defense Forces is now getting new cruise missiles with both conventional and nuclear warheads, capable of pinpointing targets at ranges up to 5,500 kilometers. The main weapon of the "strategists" is the air-to-surface cruise missiles X-555, X-101 and its variant with the nuclear warhead X-102.
The X-555 is an improved version of the X-55 missile, created back in the 1980s, and features the newest control complex with the possibility of instant trajectory correction. The missile can deliver a cluster or fragmentation-explosive-incendiary warhead to the target at a distance of up to 2000 kilometers.
The even longer-range and more powerful missile X-101 is designed to engage important enemy targets at a distance of up to 5.5 thousand kilometers. It is worth noting that the X-101 and X-55 were used to strike at militant positions in Syria. Both missiles successfully passed combat testing.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia has received the second regiment of ZRS S-400 this year.
It is interesting that not only the "strategics", but also the long-range supersonic Tu-22M3 missile carriers attracted to the training in the management of nuclear forces. These missiles can carry 24 tons of ammunition, accelerate to 2300 kilometers per hour and go to the raid thousands of miles from the base. "Twenty-Twos" armed with guided supersonic missiles X-22M, capable of hitting targets at ranges up to 480 kilometers.
In addition, the "bird" can take bombs or up to ten operational-tactical X-15 aerial ballistic missiles. They reach mach 5 and can destroy enemy airbases, radars, command posts and military factories at a distance of up to 300 kilometers. Roughly speaking, this is a kind of "Iskander", only air-based.
Strategic cruise missiles are a formidable weapon, but for global nuclear deterrence, they alone are not enough. On Thursday, an intercontinental ballistic missile "Topol" rose into the sky from Plesetsk, clearly operating on the active site, transporting and deliver a combat package to the Kamchatka training ground "Kura".
Intercontinental carrier: why Russia needs a new heavy rocket
In addition to the "Topols", the Strategic Missile Forces are armed with missile systems of four other types: RS-20M Voevoda, RS-18A, RS-12M2 Topol-M and RS-24 Yars. 99 percent of the launchers are available for the troops in the combat-ready state, and more than 96 percent are in constant readiness for immediate launch.
The heavy "Voevoda" alone is capable of delivering 8.8 tons of nuclear payload to enemy territory. The missile carries ten separate warheads with a one megaton capacity each. One strike of the "Voevoda" can level a city the size of New York.
"Yars" missile complex
The rest of the missiles are far inferior to this, for example, the "Yars", which is already provided to nine regiments, is throwing a thermonuclear charge with a total capacity of just over one megaton. Another thing is that "Yars" are manufactured not only in a version for launching from a shaft, but also in a mobile design, which makes it less vulnerable.
In the event of a threat, the complexes are sent for combat patrolling, constantly moving and "hiding" from satellites by masking. It will be very difficult for the enemy to locate them. The systems are also equipped with the latest technologies for overcoming
the enemy's antimissile defense.
As for future prospects, the defense design bureaus are now concentrating their efforts on the creation of the Sarmat heavy rocket, which is to replace the Voevoda, as well as the design of the Barguzin military railway complexes.© AP Photo
Military personnel inspect the shaft of the missile "Topol-M"
The "Sarmat" is a real nuclear "monster". Its starting mass will be about 110 tons, and its range is more than 11 thousand kilometers. The new missile will be able to carry 10 to 15 separate warheads weighing up to 750 kilotons each. It features a hypersonic approach to the target, individual guidance programs, active protection against interception and many other useful "chips".
The American publication Business Insider included "Sarmat" along with "Yars" in the list of the most deadly Russian weapons. The material notes that NATO has already called the new missile "Satan-2."
Strike from the ocean
The third component of the Russian shield is the underwater nuclear fleet. As part of the inspection of the submarine of the Pacific Fleet, a salvo launch of two ballistic missiles from the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk along the range of Chizh, located in the Arkhangelsk region. The submarine of the Northern Fleet launched the missile almost toward it - from the waters of the Barents Sea to the "Kura" in Kamchatka.
The Russian strategic submarine of project 955, "Vladimir Monomakh"
Today, more than a dozen missile submarines are on accounted for, continuously patrolling in the sea and ocean waters. Only the Pacific Fleet is served by three Kalmars (Squids), project 667BDR and two new "Boreis" project 955, which are part of the 25th submarine division.
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Boreis with Bulava marine solid-propellant missile systems are part of the arsenal of the Northern and Pacific fleets. One such cruiser carries 16 missiles. It is the Boreis that will soon form the basis of the strategic nuclear forces group of the Russian Navy. In the period up until 2020, the fleet should receive eight subs of this project, while the construction of strategic fifth-generation submarines is scheduled to begin after 2025.
The main submarine of Project 955 - Yuri Dolgoruky (accepted into the Russian Navy on January 10, 2013) servees in the Northern Fleet, the second cruiser of the series - Alexander Nevsky and the third - Vladimir Monomakh - in the Pacific Fleet. The Strategic missile submarine cruisers "Prince Vladimir", "Prince Oleg", "Generalissimo Suvorov", "Emperor Alexander III", and "Prince Pozharsky" are under construction.
The Borei nuclear submarine missile cruiser
The missile should be described separately. Each "Bulava" weighs more than 36 tons and is equipped with a dozen individually guided nuclear units capable of overcoming the missile defense of a probable enemy. The maximum flight range exceeds eight thousand kilometers. It is noteworthy that the "Bulava" cruiser can fire even while moving - due to an inclined launch.
From rg.ru, 9-7-2017.
An advertising video of the newest Russian short-range air defense system "Sosna" [Russian for “Pine”] has appeared on the internet. The state tests of the complex were completed in 2017.
The Sosna air defense missile system is designed to replace the outdated SAM system Strela-10. The basis of the complex was a high-precision high-speed 9M340 guided missile. Its guidance system is a combined radio command at the launch site and teleorientation by laser beam after separation of the engine and exit to the line of sight. The rocket flying to the target at a speed of 3240 km / h is insensitive to optical and electronic means of suppression.
Each combat vehicle carries 12 missiles with a response time to the target of 5 seconds. The Sosna has a range of 10 kilometers, and the system is capable of shooting down aerial objects at altitudes ranging from 0 to 5000 meters. The merits of the SAM include its increased survivability due to stealth. During operation, the Sosna practically does not give itself away with radiation, transmitting only short data packets to identify the target and exchange data inside the battery and with the command post. Each combat vehicle is capable of operating both autonomously and receiving target designations from various types of command posts.
Translated from the Russian by New Silk Strategies (originally translated from Swedish)
A new Putin tool: "Satan-2" can cover a territory the size of France
Olle Ohlsén Pettersson
In recent years, Russia has invested heavily in modernizing its armed forces. In addition to the innovative missile system, it includes new nuclear submarines and one advanced air defense system.
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu presented in the State Duma new plans for their development. Here are some types of weapons that affect the balance of the world - and in the Baltics.
RS-28 "Sarmat": "Satan-2"
The RS-28 Sarmat is an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead. It can cover an area comparable in size to Texas or France. The missile has a range of 11 thousand km, and weighs 100 tons. It was developed to replace the older R-36M Voevoda, known as the "Satan" [This is the name assigned by NATO. Obviously picked for emotional impact—NSS]
The name of the new missile according to the NATO classification is Satan-2, and it is supposedly much faster than its predecessor. In addition, it is assumed that it is much more difficult to intercept, since it does not follow a straight trajectory.
The missile is expected to go into service in 2018. The nuclear warhead "Satan-2" weighs 10 tons, and it is estimated to be two thousand times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The missile has been under development for several years. According to the general director of the Makeev Mass Media Center Vladimir Degtyar and the leading designer of the center Yuri Kaverin, they received from the Kremlin "instructions to begin work on design and development" as far back as 2011, before the official conclusion of the agreement. [Possibly refers to the US-Russia arms limitation treaty that went into effect in 2011.—NSS]
"The strategic missile complex of strategic importance, Sarmat, was created in order to guarantee and effectively fulfill the tasks of nuclear deterrence by Russia's strategic forces," the press release said.
Next is the world's most advanced tank.
T-14 the Armata
The T-14 Armata is an ultimate weapon platform, which can function, among other things, as a tank, air defense, artillery gun and combat engineering machine.
The T-14 Armata tank during rehearsal for the parade in honor of the victory in the Great Patriotic War [WW II—NSS] in Moscow.
According to a report of the British Intelligence Service, it will be very difficult for the British military forces to resist against the Armata in battle. Internal documents written by high-ranking intelligence officers state: "without exaggeration, it can be said that the Armata represents the most revolutionary breakthrough in the development of tanks for the past half-century." The report then says that "it is not surprising that this tank became a sensation." At the same time, it criticized the inability of the UK to create a combat vehicle comparable to the Armata.
The Armata first saw the light in 2015, when its prototype took part in the annual May parade. According to the report, the tank is revolutionary because its crew is protected from fire by a tower of innovative design.
It is also believed that the tank is lighter, faster and has a lower profile than its competitors.
The report also says that the tank will be equipped with a radar system, which is used on new Russian fighters, and is protected by armor made of modern composite materials.
According to the publication The National Interest, however, the Armata has many problems. One of them is that the tank is too expensive. Russia simply does not have enough money to produce these machines in large quantities. According to the British report, Russia will be able to produce 120 new Armatas a year. According to Mike Kofman of CNA Corporation, a well-known expert on Russian military affairs, it will take Russia 21 years to replace all 2,500 tanks that are currently in service with the Armata, but that's only in the event the Kremlin has the means to do so, which, according to the National Interest, is unlikely. Since this article was published, Russia has sold a substantial batch of the Armata to the Iraqi army. Such exports will be a major contribution to financing the construction of more of them than the National Interest expected—NSS]
New missiles, airplanes and troops
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the military sphere was subjected to severe austerity. The ships and submarines rusted in the ports, and the planes did not take off. But with the arrival of Vladimir Putin, the army again began to receive funds for new weapons and large-scale exercises.
This year, Russia's strategic missile forces will receive 41 new ballistic missiles. At the same time, the air force will receive 170 new aircraft, the army will receive 905 tanks and combat vehicles, and the fleet will receive 17 new ships. This was reported by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
During 2017, three new units of the Russian strategic nuclear forces will also receive new ballistic missiles, Shoigu said. Each unit will take up to 10 missiles to operate.
The growing number of new weapons has led to the need to hire new personnel. Shoigu said that the Air Force now needs 1,300 new pilots and they will be completely trained in 2017.
The Russian military is operating in Syria on the side of the regime [since this article was written for Western consumption, the author used the de rigueur, but inappropriate, word “regime” to describe the legitimately elected Syrian government—NSS], and the Russian side has used the conflict to test new weapons under high-stress conditions.
Due to the project for the modernization of the Russian Armed Forces, the country's million-man military potential has come close to the Western potential, primarily with regard to conventional weapons, communication technologies and drone technologies.
Shoigu reports that the armed forces now have two thousand drones, and in 2011 there were only 180. He also mentioned that Russia has deployed radar systems to monitor the entire length of its border.
The minister said that the military is going to deploy three new infantry divisions in the west, south-west and east of the country (the Pacific Ocean). The Western Division will be active near Sweden. Even more acute from the geopolitical point of view will be the situation with Russia's deployment of troops in the Pacific region. The Kuril Islands have been disputed since the Second World War: both Russia and Japan believe they are entitled to these territories.
The deployment of the Russian infantry division there will not exactly reduce the tension. Earlier, the Russians deployed anti-ship missiles there to protect the coast.
Next comes an invisible submarine in the Baltic Sea.
The Lada project is the latest attempt of the Russian fleet to create a compact diesel submarine that will be very difficult to detect.
Diesel submarine “St. Petersburg”
The submarine is quieter than its Soviet predecessor, the Kilo sub; it is also quieter than the engines of any of the modern Russian submarines.
Development of the “Lada” class began in the late 1990s. The first submarine of this project, the “St. Petersburg,” was launched in 2005. Currently, this submarine is the only one of the Lada class in production, but in the next few years, Russia plans to build two more of them.
Unlike the Borey class, the Lada is not designed to transport ballistic missiles. It is a non-nuclear combat submarine equipped with modern self-guided torpedoes for the destruction of other subs and ships. In addition, submarines of the Lada class are equipped with Vodopad torpedoes, created in Soviet times and intended to destroy other subs.
Details about this boat are for the most part kept under wraps. According to some information, the sub, with a length a 72 meters, can dive to a depth of 300 meters, and carries a crew of 37 sailors and officers. The sub’s maximum speed while submerged is 21 knots.
The Lada project is also known as the St. Petersburg class, and its subs are adapted for operations in the Baltic Sea and other relatively shallow waters.
[Although the Shkval supercavitating torpedo was known as early as the 90s, this author for some reason does not mention anywhere herein supercavitating torpedoes, which are capable of dazzling speeds unattainable by any Western torpedo. In fact, Russian developers are now working on another supercavitating torpedo called Khishchnik, which, unlike the Shkval, is capable of elaborate maneuvers.—NSS]
9K720 “Iskander” missiles can hit Sweden
9K720 Iskander missiles are short-range ballistic missiles that can carry a nuclear warhead. The Iskander missile system replaced the old Soviet Scud system.
Missile system Iskander-M
In addition to nuclear weapons, the Iskander can be equipped with many different types of warheads. Examples include high-precision bombs capable of penetrating the walls of a concrete bunker, cluster bombs and even electromagnetic missiles for destroying enemy radar systems.
At launch, the Iskander missile weighs about 3.8 tons and travels at speeds as high as 2,100 meters per second, making it very difficult for enemy air defenses to intercept it.
The missile systems are located near Kaliningrad, the former Koenigsberg in East Prussia, which at the end of the Second World War became part of Russia.
Last week, Iskander missile systems were transported from Luga, near St. Petersburg, to Baltiysk. The range of the missiles is from 400 to 500 kilometers, which means that they can strike southeastern Sweden.
In Baltiysk, which is located about 40 km west of Kaliningrad, the bulk of the Russian Baltic fleet is anchored.
Next comes the Soviet-era missile system, which is still used in the Baltic states.
Tactical missile system OTR-21 “Tochka”
The missile system OTP-21 “Tochka” is a tactical ballistic missile that was introduced to the world back in 1976. When the NATO Military Alliance learned of its existence, it was given the classification name SS-21 Scarab.
Preparation of the Tochka missile system for launching a tactical missile at the Pavenkovo military training ground in the Kaliningrad region. In the ’70s, the “Tochka” was considered a revolutionary breakthrough, because it used inertial navigation, which favorably differed from the predecessor of “Luna-M”.
The most modern version, which NATO calls Scarab C, weighs 1.8 tons, and has a range of 185 kilometers.
The missile can be equipped with either a conventional warhead or a tactical nuclear head.
SS-21 is part of the 53rd rocket brigade stationed in Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad region, says defense analyst Jørgen Elfving, a former lieutenant colonel working at the National Defense Institute.
“Every year, according to the Russian plan, two rocket brigades are re-equipped and receive Iskander missiles. When the brigade in Chernyakhovsk will be re-equipped is not known, but in the course of the debates in Russia it is often said that placing Iskander in Kaliningrad can be an adequate response to training activities of NATO and deployment of their forces in Eastern Europe,” says Jørgen Elfving.
The S-400 can track 80 enemy aircraft at the same time
The S-400 is the new star of Russian air defense. The mobile anti-aircraft system is considered the most modern version of defense against enemy missiles and aircraft, along with the touted Israeli system “Iron Dome”.
The S-400 has a very advanced tracking system that can target 80 missiles and planes simultaneously. The main task of the S-400 is to neutralize the enemy’s missiles and aircraft before they reach Russian territory.
The anti-aircraft missile system uses three types of missiles: the 40N6 with a range of 400 km, the 48N6 with a range of 250 km and the 9M96, a version with a range of 120 km.
The launched missile travels toward the target at a speed of just over 1,000 meters per second.
In 2009, the Russian Armed Forces reported the deployment of S-400 complexes near the North Korean border. This was done in order to destroy nuclear missiles of North Korea in the event they should mistakenly approach the Russian territory.
Production of the S-400 began in 2007, and the system was developed in the late 1990s. Since then, at least 152 complexes have been deployed.
These complexes are included in the at Gvardeysk 183rd anti-aircraft missile regiment in Kaliningrad. S-400s were deployed in the Kaliningrad region in 2012.
Their predecessor, the S-300VM, was exported, for example, to the oil-rich country of Venezuela in South America.
Next on the list is a bomber that Russia has deployed near Sweden.
Fighter-bomber "Sukhoy" Su-34
The Su-34 is a bomber that the Russian Air Force has used, for example, in Syria.
The aircraft is used primarily to destroy targets on the ground.
It carries a crew of two, and has a flight range of 4,500 km. The maximum air speed at sea level is1,400 km per hour. At an altitude of 11 thousand kilometers, the aircraft can accelerate to 1,900 km per hour. The maximum flight altitude is 17,000 m, and the maximum takeoff weight is 44.4 tonnes.
The aircraft's armament consists of air-to-air missiles, guided missiles to destroy ground targets, medium-range missiles, guided and unguided bombs.
According to Jørgen Elfving, a number of Su-34 planes are located in the Baltic region.
"The military unit there, according to available information, has 24 Su-34 planes. It is reported that by 2020, from 150 to 220 Su-34s will be supplied to the Russian air force and will replace the Su-24. Su-34s have been used in Syria," says Jørgen Elfving.
According to Jane's Defense Weekly, Russia has at least eight Su-34 planes in Syria.
Below we will discuss one of the most modern landing assault ships in Russia.
Russia has several large landing ships of the 775 Minsk Class, ie, the Kaliningrad, the Korolev and the Alexander Shabalin.
The ships are armed with 57 mm artillery guns, one 76.2 mm battery and several antiaircraft missile units, two of which are 30 mm caliber.
A battalion of marines with combat vehicles can be loaded on the ship.
"These ships are quite old, but at the moment they are working on one new landing ship, the Ivan Gren, which is under development, is now being tested and will be put into service by the Russian Navy later this year." Initially, six such ships were to be built, but now it has been decided to hold it at only two," said Jørgen Elfving.
Next is a Soviet-era submarine, which will soon be replaced by more submarines.
Non-nuclear submarines of the "Kilo" class.
The crew of the Soviet-class "Kilo" subs consists of 57 sailors and officers. The sub has a surface speed of this submarine is 10 knots and a submerged speed 17 knots. On average, the submarine can dive to 240 meters. "Kilo" class subs can remain submerged for up to 45 days. Armament consists of six torpedo tubes, and up to 18 torpedoes or 24 mines can be taken on board.
Russia has two non-nuclear submarines of the Kilo class in the Baltic Sea - Vyborg and Dmitrov. The latter is currently docked, according to Jørgen Elfving.
Now we come to the submarine used in the Barents Sea.
The "Borey" class – Russia’s new supersubs
The "Borey" is a nuclear submarine intended to replace the famous submarine of the Akula design, the largest ever created. The "Borey" is much smaller than its predecessor, but it is more difficult to detect, and it is much more maneuverable. Submerged, this submarine can travel at a speed of 30 knots, while its submerged speed is 15 knots. The Borey has an OK-650 nuclear reactor, the same type used in Soviet submarines since the early 1980s. It carries a crew of 107 sailors and officers, and can dive to about 450 meters.
The sub, 170 meters in length, is equipped with ballistic missiles that can carry both tactical and strategic nuclear warheads. It is equipped with 12-meter missiles of the RSM-56 Bulava type. Reportedly, problems were encountered during the tests with the "Bulava.” For example, they exploded in the water when fired in the submerged position. The theoretical range of the missiles is 8,000 km, and the accuracy radius is 350 meters.
In addition, the "Borey" class is equipped with Vyuga (blizzard) missiles, which protect it from enemy submarines and surface ships. They can be loaded with a non-atomic explosive or carry small tactical nuclear warheads. In addition, the "Borey" has many smart torpedoes.
Since the submarine uses an atomic engine, the time of its operation is "unlimited", which theoretically means that the Borey can stay on the job for many years.
The Russian fleet ordered ten submarines of the Borey class. Three of these are currently in service.
Due to its size, the Borey is primarily adapted to work in the open sea and is not intended for the Baltic region, where it could run aground because of the relatively shallow depth.
Olle Ohlsén Pettersson
From New Inform, May 26, 2017
NSS translation from Russian
Military expert Vladimir Petrovich Anokhin confirmed all American fears about the destructive power of the Russian PAK FA.
Foreign media are very worried about the Russian T-50 fighter. They are afraid of the technical features of the innovative RF combat vehicle, which can easily track and destroy in the air the most promising aircraft US F-35 Phantom [the author is confusing the F-35 Lightning with the F-4 Phantom. – NSS]
On Friday, Arab media reported that the development of a multipurpose fighter aircraft, the Russian Federation's air forces were able to destroy internationally accepted rules and pass all the limits of possibility. The journalist Mahmud Sheiba wrote about this. Also on the eve of the report, the news appeared that American experts have so far tried unsuccessfully to develop new software for their F-35 Phantom [should read “Lightning” – NSS], which would allow it to track the newest Russian fighter, which represents a huge danger for the American aircraft. Major efforts and assets have been allotted to endow the American aircraft with means to counter the dangerous Russian fighter. But is the T-50 as dangerous as the Western military think?
Correspondents of the news publication "NewInform" asked the expert on the army and defense industry, and vice-president of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Problems Vladimir Petrovich Anokhin whether the fears of American analysts are justified.
"I believe the characteristics that our designers and testers represent to the public always correspond to what this or that machine can do. I believe all the information that was presented corresponds to reality,” Vladimir Anokhin said.
It is noteworthy that only today the authoritative western edition of The National Interest noted that the very powerful engine and other developments used in the creation of the fifth generation T-50 fighter PAK FA can be called an achievement of the new century of Russian technologies, since they are all products of the advanced ideas of leading Russian designers and technicians.
The multifunctional T-50 fighter is being developed by Sukhoi Design Bureau in the framework of the prospective military project PAK FA. It is assumed that this aircraft will replace the Su-27 fighter aircraft used by the Russian military.
Our translation from a German language article in contra-magazin.
F-35 disaster flier: The point is to spend money ... to send it to Lockheed
Pierre Sprey, the "father" of the air power that makes the US makes great today, that is, the F16 and A10, issues a crushing verdict on the so highly acclaimed Lockheed Martin F-35.
by Viribus Unitis
Pierre Sprey was born in Nice in 1937; his family fled to the USA in 1940, when he was 3 years old, to escape the Nazis who occupied France. There he worked as an analyst and program organizer in the Ministry of Defense. The now infamous Fairchild A10 "Warthog" are from a program that he initiated. The German combat pilot Colonel Rudel helped develop the A10. he was very intensively involved in programs such as the F-16, and was critically involved with the F-15. When he talks about planes and their ability to fight, he knows what he’s talking about.
From minute 03:45, assesses Sprey: "it's hopeless in a dogfight." You can guarantee that a 1950s designed MiG 21 or a Mirage, will just hopelessly whip the F-35. In dogfighting it (the F35) is hopeless. You can assume that, guaranteed, the MiG 21 or the French Mirage, developed in the 1950s, will hopelessly outmaneuver the F-35."
“From minute 07:30,” Pierre Sprey says in response to a question. “The point is to spend money. This is the mission of the airplane. It is for Congress to send money to Lockheed. This is the true mission of the aircraft."
End of translation
A plethora of articles on the F-35 has appeared in various languages, showing it to be a boondoggle. The viewpoint, expressed in the American periodical National Interest, confirms the above in a comparison between the F-35 and the Russian Su-35. The Russians developed that fighter at a fraction of the cost of the F-35, which is easily outmaneuvered by the Su-35.
Unless the US eliminates the culture of corruption and kick-backs in the military (and in other areas as well) very soon, there is no way that America can stop its slide into irrelevance on the world stage. It will not happen because of “Russian meddling” or Russian “spying” or “propaganda.” Indeed, while the online publication RT (https://www.rt.com/news/) is accused of being a “propaganda machine” by many Democrats, Neocons and people fancying themselves “patriots,” anyone reading their news reports will find that most of them come from reports appearing in the Western msm and most of the rest are from msm or official agencies outside of Russia. The data, much of it embarrassing to the elites, are often available but hidden in inconspicuous places.
Below is the response of NSS to Centcom's public excuse for killing more soldiers of the legitimately elected government of Syria at at-Tanf (al-Tanf) yesterday, as shown here: http://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/PRESS-RELEASES/Press-Release-View/Article/1204884/coalition-statement-on-actions-near-at-tanf-syria/
The pro-Syrian coalition has issued a warning that they will strike back if this happens again, We have never been closer to WW III!
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Centcom statement (nss staff's comments in italics):
SOUTHWEST ASIA — The Coalition destroyed additional pro-Syrian regime forces that advanced inside the well-established de-confliction zone in southern Syria, June 6.
No, there is no such thing as a de-confliction zone but there is a de-escalation zone well established among the signatories. But if you read the agreement between the 3 signatory countries (Turkey, Iran and Russia), you will see that:
1--It does not specifically call for a US role as the US refused to be part of the group that established the agreement text.
Could you explain how you came to play such an important role when you were not invited by the legitimately elected government of Syria and you did not agree to be bound by the stipulations of the agreement?
2—The agreement does call for a cessation of the conflict but only between
“the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the armed opposition groups that have joined and will join the ceasefire regime”.
The most recent reports say that about 7,000 of the opposition fighters have laid down their arms but there seem to be no reports of any group that has actually signed. Unless some have signed on in the meantime, there are no terror groups enjoying protection under the agreement. A report in an Arabic language news site said that your last hit near Tanf was at the request of the Revolutionary Commandos, a rebranding of the New Syrian Army, which was discredited when it became known that it had been beheading people. That is a kind of common sense red line crossing. Assuming you are now collaborating with this terrorist group, could you explain why to the US taxpayers who are footing the bill for attacks on Syrian troops instead of on ISIS?
2—The deconfliction zone agreement does in fact provide the following:
"take all necessary measures to continue the fight against DAESH/ISIL, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL as designated by the UN Security Council within and outside the de-escalation areas;”
Can you explain how killing off the soldiers who have been fighting ISIS for years and are therefore well trained and skilled in confronting this group could possibly fall under the heading of “taking all necessary measures to continue the fight against DAESH/ISL, Nusra Front”… etc?
Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon de-confliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers posing a threat to Coalition and partner forces based at the At Tanf Garrison.
Please explain how these soldiers who have a long history of successfully combating ISIS and no history whatsoever of fighting US forces pose a threat to your military, which the US public is led to believe is engaged in fighting terror, not dealing death to our partners in the fight?
The Coalition issued several warnings via the de-confliction line prior to destroying two artillery pieces, an anti-aircraft weapon, and damaging a tank.
Does the issuing of warnings justify this attack? If I stepped out of my car with a shotgun at a traffic light where you were stopped and warned you that you need to pull off the road or I would shoot you and plug your car full of holes, would I then be justified in carrying out my warning? What do you think the judge would say about this?
On May 18, the Coalition conducted a strike against pro-Syrian regime forces that had advanced a significant distance into the de-confliction zone threatening the Coalition forces at At Tanf.
Again, unless they told you they were going to attack you, then how was this a threat – particularly since the Syrian troops were on their own soil and the soldiers accompanying them were invited by the elected government of the Syrian people while you were not invited?
Coalition forces have been operating in the At Tanf area for many months, training and advising vetted Syrian partner forces engaged in the fight against ISIS.
A report issued in an Arab language news site indicates that this area was occupied earlier by Syrian troops, also presumably for much longer than the US presence. Now if I had hunted “for many months” on a woods in farmland you owned, would that entitle me to issue a warning to you, the owner, to stay away from me and my workers by claiming you were a threat to us? But since you claim you were there to fight ISIS, why did you not join forces with the Syrians and their allies instead of killing them and destroying their equipment?
The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime or pro-regime forces but remains ready to defend themselves if pro-regime forces refuse to vacate the de-confliction zone. The Coalition calls on all parties in southern Syria to focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security.
The agreement does not require anti-ISIS fighters to refrain from bearing arms in the deconfliction zones. On the contrary, as shown above, it encourages them to use arms to fight ISIS. Nor does it confer any special rights to any party to ban the presence of other anti-ISIS fighters from areas they occupy.
Again, how are you, the uninvited party, entitled to set rules affecting the people who own the land and the people they invited to join them? If there were a rogue bear in my woods and you came there claiming to want to kill the bear, would you be entitled to shoot me as part of the action to keep everyone safe?
"hostilities between the conflicting parties (the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the armed opposition groups that have joined and will join the ceasefire regime) with the use of any kinds of weapons, including aerial assets, shall be ceased;
"The Guarantors shall:
"take all necessary measures to ensure the fulfillment by the conflicting parties of the ceasefire regime;
"take all necessary measures to continue the fight against DAESH/ISIL, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL as designated by the UN Security Council within and outside the de-escalation areas;
"continue efforts to include in the ceasefire regime armed opposition groups that have not yet joined the ceasefire regime.”
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