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Russia gives France until end of November to deliver warship: report

By on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Russia on Friday warned France of “serious” consequences unless Paris delivers by the end of this month a Mistral-class assault warship whose handover has been delayed by concerns over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis, a report said.

“We are preparing for different scenarios. We are waiting until the end of the month, then we will lodge serious claims,” the state news agency RIA Novosti quoted an anonymous high-ranking Moscow source as saying.

The first of two mammoth Mistral helicopter carriers was supposed to be delivered on Friday according to the original deal signed in 2011 and worth 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) for both vessels.

Russia’s state-run arms dealer had been widely expected to attend a ceremony on Friday for the hand-over.

But amid this year’s Ukraine crisis and the rapid decline in the West’s relations with Russia, France has come under intense pressure from its allies, particularly the United States, and in September postponed the delivery.

The Moscow soure said on Friday experts were currently gauging the damage sustained by Russia and it would be made public.

“This amount will not be secret,” the source was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

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Russia test-fires submarine-based ICBM

By on Friday, November 7th, 2014

Russia has successfully tested a submarine-based inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. “The Sineva ICBM was launched from the underwater position. The warhead reached targets at the Kura range on the Kamchatka Peninsula,” the ministry’s press service said.

The Sineva was launched by the Tula nuclear-powered submarine in the Barents Sea, a marginal sea in the Arctic Ocean, to test the reliability of marine strategic nuclear forces, according to the ministry.

The Sineva, which is a liquid-propellant missile with a maximum range of over 10,000 km and capable of carrying four to 10 nuclear warheads, has been in Russian Navy service since July 2007.

It will remain to be Russia’s principal ICBM for sea deployment until 2030, as it was designed as an alternative for Bulava, Russia’s most advanced three-stage solid fuel ICBM.

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Russia Test-Fires Topol-M Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

By on Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces test-fired on Saturday a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile from a launch site in northwestern Russia, the country’s Defense Ministry said.

“The (MBR) RT-2PM2 ,Topol-M’, a silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile, was launched on November 1, at 9:20 a.m. [local time, or 6:20 GMT] from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome,” the ministry said in a statement.

The launch was carried out to test Topol-M’s technical features.

According to the statement, the missile demonstrated its high precision capabilities and overall good performance, hitting a designated target at a test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula.

The Defense Ministry said previously that Topol-M and RS-24 ballistic missiles would be the mainstays of the ground-based component of Russia’s nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80 percent of the SMF’s arsenal by 2016.

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Russia Test Fires Bulava Sea-Based Ballistic Missile

By on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the Borey-class Yury Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The missile was launched from the submerged submarine at a location in the Barents Sea and hit a designated target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, it was the first operational test launch of Bulava in line with the program of combat training. All previous launches were part of development testing.

The three-stage Bulava SLBM carries up to 10 independent warheads and has a range of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

Earlier in October, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex said there would be two Bulava launches by the end of 2014, one from the the Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine in November, and one – from Yury Dolgoruky in October.

In September, a Bulava missile was successfully test-fired from the Borey-class Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered submarine.

Bulava testing has encountered several failures in the past. In September 2013, during trials of the Aleksander Nevsky nuclear submarine a Bulava rocket malfunctioned. Following this incident, five additional Bulava launches were ordered.

Despite the test failures, the Russian military insisted there was no alternative to the Bulava as the main armament for Russia’s new Borey-class strategic missile submarines that are expected to become the backbone of the Russian Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent force.

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France to Deliver First Mistral to Russia Around Mid-November

By on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The ceremony for France handing over to Russia the first Mistral helicopter carrier will occur in mid-November of this year in the city of Saint-Nazaire, a representative from the port city’s worker’s union told RIA Novosti on Monday.

“The ceremony of France transferring the first Mistral helicopter under the name of the Vladivostok to Russia is [scheduled for] November 14 of this year,” the representative said.

He said the date is not yet official, but the wharf’s employees are preparing for the ceremony.

Earlier on the day, a representative for STX shipbuilding company told RIA Novosti that the handing over of the first Mistral ship is a matter of days or weeks.

In June 2011, Russia and France signed a 1.2 billion euro ($1.5 billion) deal for two Mistral-class helicopter carrier ships. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, was scheduled to arrive in Russia by the end of 2014. The second ship, the Sevastopol, is expected in 2015.

Earlier in September, French President Francois Hollande threatened to suspend the deliveries of the ships over Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

In October, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov claimed that Moscow will sue France in case the obligations on the Mistral carriers are not fulfilled. Last week, the Russian Navy said the country is not dependent on France on the issue and is capable of building similar warships on its own.

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Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: alliance

By on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

The Ilyushin IL-20 “intelligence collection aircraft”, which took off from the Russian Baltic coast enclave of Kaliningrad on Tuesday, was first intercepted by Danish F-16 jets when it approached Denmark, NATO said in a statement.

It then flew north towards non-NATO member Sweden which also sent jets to intercept the plane.

Nearly four hours later the plane flew towards NATO member Estonia and was detected in Estonian airspace “for a period of less than one minute, which represented an incursion of about 600 metres (yards) into NATO airspace,” it said.

Portuguese F-16s spotted the Russian propeller plane and escorted it out of NATO airspace, the alliance said.

The Ukraine crisis has produced the worst east-west tension since the end of the Cold War.

NATO has stepped up its Baltic air patrols due to what it says is a surge in intercepts of Russian warplanes near Polish and Baltic airspace since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March.

The Swedish Navy meanwhile has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week, although it said Wednesday it was pulling back some of its ships.

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Russia to Orbit 9 MilCom Satellites by 2020

By on Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Russian military will add nine advanced communications satellites to its orbital grouping by 2020, a senior military commander said Monday.

“By 2020, the orbital grouping of military communications satellites will be strengthened with nine modern satellites,” Maj. Gen. Khalil Arslanov, the chief of the Main Communications Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, said Monday.

Arslanov said additional satellites will allow the Russian military to quadruple communications traffic and increase average data transfer speed to 8 Mbit/sec.

According to open sources, Russia has over 100 satellites deployed in various orbits. Two-thirds of them are military or dual-purpose spacecraft.

The military space program of Russia started in the 1960s, when the Soviet Union started launching its military satellites into space.

In the 1990s, the military assets in orbit were constantly degrading because of the lack of funds for new satellites. Restoration of the Russian military satellite constellation was promised under the presidency of Vladimir Putin.

Among Russia’s latest plans in military spacecraft is the work on creation of a space-based ballistic missile warning system.

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