Sunday, March 24, 2019

Russia Liberated Syria And Won Victory Over ISIS

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (L) during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 20, 2015.Photograph: RIA NOVOSTI 
On Monday, December 2017, Vladimir Putin unexpectedly interrupted his journey to Egypt, stopping off at Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in Syria and announcing the windup of Russia’s most successful military campaign abroad which began in September 2015.  Thousands of combat sorties have been flown, tens of thousands of terrorists and their infrastructure have been destroyed, and hundreds of Syrian cities and towns have been liberated. We have previously published accounts of how Russian pilots, special ops, marines, doctors, and diplomats spent two years helping the lawful president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, hold his country together and rid it of terrorists.

Russia Entering In Syrian War

By the fall of 2015, the war in Syria had already dragged on for four long years. The mass anti-government demonstrations that began in March 2011 had quickly escalated into skirmishes with the military. And terrorist factions immediately “hijacked” these popular protests. Soon, the leading role in the battle against the ruling regime was being played by extremists from the Islamic State, Jabhat Al Nusra, Al-Qaeda, and many factions within what has been called the “moderate opposition” – mainly in the Free Syrian Army that has been so championed by the West. As Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov asserted in a September 5th interview, “If you remember, we started assisting Bashar al-Assad in September 2015, when ISIS militants had almost reached Damascus, and the al-Assad Government was on the verge of collapse.”

From the very beginning, Russia provided diplomatic support to Syria. Back in the spring of 2011, Vitaly Churkin, the late Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, vetoed the draft Security Council resolutions being proposed by some Western and Arab countries that were anti-Syrian in nature. In addition, Russia backed the government of Bashar al-Assad by supplying arms, military equipment, and ammunition, in addition to training officers and providing military advisers.

But as the terrorist organizations and forces of the “moderate opposition” continued to make territorial gains, it became clear that this support was not enough. The Syrian Arab Army was running out of steam. Huge losses, shortages of the most essential materials, plus low morale forced those soldiers loyal to Assad to cede more and more territory, retreating as far as the coastal province of Latakia and the city of Damascus. By September 2015, it looked like Syria’s leader had only a few weeks left in power. So in the month followed, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad request to Russia’s Federation Council was approved and Mr Putin made a decision to move Russian troops into Syria. On Sept. 30, a Russian military operation began in that country.

The composition of the Russian air fleet The composition of the air fleet often changed in accordance with the tasks assigned to it. Based on the data at hand, at various times it included:

  • Up to ten multi-role Su-35S fighter jets 
  • Up to four Su-27SMs From 12-16 two-seater Su-30SM fighter jets
  • Up to 12 Su-34 fighter-bombers 
  • Up to 30 Su-24M front-line bombers 
  • Up to 12 Su-25SM close-support aircraft 
  • Up to 15 multipurpose Mi-8 helicopters in various modifications 
  • Up to 15 Mi-24 and Mi-35 attack helicopters 
  • Up to five Ka-52 attack helicopters
Strikes were even launched against the terrorists’ base camps from inside the Russian Federation. 
  • Six supersonic Tu-160 missile carriers 
  • Five Tu-95MS strategic bombers 
  • From 12-14 Tu-22M3 long-range bombers-missile carriers
The A-50 early warning and control aircraft, the Tu-214R, and the Il-20M1 radio reconnaissance plane coordinated air operations, carried out reconnaissance missions, and pinpointed targets for the strike formations.

Air And Naval Activities 

Russian aviation really ran the show in Syria. Militant training camps, command posts, weapons and ammunition depots, oil fields, and convoys of gasoline tankers found themselves decimated by massive attacks launched from the Hmeymim airbase, the staging bases for air strikes, and the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier. Bombers, close-support aircraft, and fighter planes taking advantage of their total mastery of the air managed to destroy more than 100,000 different terrorist facilities. The first wave of the massive air strikes against IS came at the end of 2015. That was when Russian planes pulverized a buried IS command post, underground bunkers, and warehouses in the province of Hama.

During their high-profile mission to “seek and destroy” gasoline tankers, Su-34 fighter-bombers managed to sniff out approximately 500 tanker trucks carrying petroleum products, plus dozens of oil refineries, grinding them into the sand. That was a punch to the gut of the IS war chest, as its main source of income was the illegal sale of black gold. 

In late 2015, the Syrian desert was rattled by the most powerful blow yet – strategic Tu-160 bombers, Tu-95MSs, and long-range Tu-22M3s dropped more than three dozen missiles and a multitude of bombs, destroying the command posts of IS detachments in the Idlib and Aleppo provinces, as well as training camps for suicide bombers. In the summer of 2016, long-range Tu-22M3 bombers took off from Hamadan Airbase in Iran and blew out their bomb bays over militant targets in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, and Idlib. Regular air sorties supported the Syrian operation from beginning to end.

In addition to aircraft, Russia also put its combat ships, submarines, and coastal missile systems to effective use in Syria. Some types of weapons got their first test under battle conditions. In November 2016, to be exact, the Russian military employed its Bastion coastal-defence missile systems to spectacularly obliterate a large warehouse belonging to the militants with the help of its Onyx anti-ship missiles. In October 2015, the Russian Navy was responsible for a widely reported cruise-missile attack from the Caspian Sea that annihilated militant positions with an unprecedented show of strength. 

The Dagestan, a missile-armed frigate, and the Grad Sviyazhsk and Veliky Ustyug small missile patrol ships released an enormous swarm of Kalibr cruise missiles that flew over several countries to blow up more than a dozen targets in a militant-controlled territory. In June 2017, the Russian Navy’s Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich frigates, as well as its Krasnodar submarine, used Kalibr cruise missiles to inflict a powerful blow from the Mediterranean Sea against terrorist command posts and ammunition depots in Hama province. The capture of Aleppo marked the final turning point for the government forces in Syria, after which it was possible to withdraw about half of the air formations from the Hmeymim airbase in May 2017 and send them home.

Syrian-Russain Victory

Russian aircraft were able to administer continuous, nonstop strikes against targets belonging to terrorist groups in Syria. From the onset of the military operation until September 2017, over 30,000 sorties were flown and about 92,000 attacks on terrorists were carried out. Russian planes bashed terrorists with the active support of the most elite force in the Russian military, the soldiers from the Special Operations Forces, who conducted reconnaissance missions, corrected the moves of aircraft and artillery, trained Syrian soldiers and officers, conducted raids deep into enemy territory, set up countless ambushes along the routes of terrorist convoys, and neutralized the leaders of outlaw gangs. 

The ships and aeroplanes of the Syrian Express had an important role to play, supplying weapons, armoured vehicles, and ammunition to the embattled country. Russian doctors were responsible for true acts of heroism, treating the civilians and servicemen who had suffered injuries in the war. And a huge role in the resolution of the Syrian crisis was played by the Russian diplomats who set in motion the negotiations in Astana. Those made it possible to establish the de-escalation zones in Syria that are still operating effectively today.  But of course it was the Syrian people who won the real victory – the Russian military just helped to remind them that the enemy can be defeated even if it enjoys the unconditional support of the West.

A new article in Military Review, the official journal of the US Army Combined Arms Center (USACAC) military educational institution, has concluded that Russia has won "at least a partial victory" in Syria, and done so "with impressive efficiency, flexibility, and coordination between military and political action." The article, published in the journal's March-April issue, is titled "What Kind of Victory for Russia in Syria?" and outlines why the Russian-led coalition in Syria, in the authors' estimation, is "closing in on its own military and political objectives."

In a frank appraisal of Moscow's concerns ahead of its intervention, including the threat of Islamist militants taking over Syria and then moving on to threaten Russia in the Caucasus, the authors explain that a "successful intervention" would offer Moscow "victory on three fronts: preventing US-backed regime change in Syria, breaking out of political isolation and forcing Washington to deal with Russia as an equal, and demonstrating at home that Russia is a great power on the main stage of international politics."
Praising Russia's "lean," "flexible," "small footprint" approach, the journal pointed out that Russia successfully dealt with issues including lack of experience in combat operations abroad since the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, Russia's rather limited long-range supply and support capabilities (compared to those of the US, presumably), and the complexity of coordinating with its Syrian, Iranian, militia and other allies in a crowded battlefield environment.
The authors admit that the Russian military fairly and quickly overcomes the difficult strategic situation facing Damascus, while "working under severe resource constraints" and having to "change the calculus and policy" of countries including the US, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, convincing or coercing the latter into changing their approach. This included pushing Washington into tacit acceptance of the Russian intervention, as well as Syrian President Bashar Assad's "de facto victory over the radicals as well as the defeat of US-backed opposition." In this regard, the article noted that although Russia's success" was not unqualified, "it appears that if the campaign in Syria is not a victory for Russia, it is certainly a defeat for those who opposed the Russian-led coalition."

The journal stressed that notwithstanding early doubts about Russia's prospects, "especially given recent Western experiences in expeditionary operations in the Middle East," Moscow generally prevailed.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

U.S Indict Russia-China For Dominating Space

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping attend the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. Photograph by RIA Novosti
The U.S. on Tuesday accused Russia and China of raising the risk of conflict in space, notably by developing anti-satellite weapons, as international diplomats held talks on a treaty to keep space peaceful. The closed-door negotiations in Geneva involving experts from 25 governments -- including the US, China and Russia -- are aimed at laying the groundwork for a legally-binding text to prevent an arms race in outer space.

Beijing and Moscow pushed for the discussions that run through March 28, which experts have said may show results despite the grim climate for disarmament diplomacy. But addressing the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, U.S. assistant secretary of state Yleem Poblete questioned whether China and Russia were sincerely committed to the talks. "How can we believe (Russia is) serious about preventing an arms race in outer space when they are the ones that are developing ground-launched anti-satellite weapons?" Poblete asked. She also accused Russia of trying to develop lasers that could "blind or damage satellites." Poblete, of the State Department's arms control bureau, spoke as the US took over the rotating presidency at the Conference on Disarmament.

The space peace talks are being held in a different venue in Geneva. Turning to China, Poblete accused the country of developing a range of anti-satellite capabilities, including jammers and ground-based missiles intended to target "low-Earth-orbit satellites". Given that, "it is difficult to determine the truthfulness of China's concern about the prevention of an arms race in space," she said. U.S. President Donald Trump has called for the creation of a new military branch devoted exclusively to space, with the Pentagon submitting a proposal to Congress earlier this month. Trump's "Space Force" call and his declaration that Washington considered space a "war-fighting domain," has raised widespread concern.

But experts have noted that the three major powers -- and all seafaring nations -- have a lot to lose if the ongoing negotiations collapse, given the increasing importance of satellite technology in both civilian and military affairs. The negotiations being led by Brazil's ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, will only produce a report if all nations reach consensus on its content. He said he hopes the sides will agree on "elements" that could form the basis of a future, legally-binding treaty.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

All Foreign Warships To Obey Russia's NSR Rules

Foreigner Warships entering the Northern Sea Route will have to notify Russia within 45 days
Russia passed new order to protects the Northern Sea Route. Kremlin has developed rules for safe and secure passage of all foreign warships. In (the document is at the disposal of Izvestia). US representatives have repeatedly stated that they are also interested in the NSR and Russia "has no right to dictate its terms there." However, with the adoption of new rules, the situation will change. Warships and warships now have to notify Russia of their plans for 45 days and be sure to take on board Russian pilots. The passage may be denied, and in the case of an unauthorized movement along the NSR, experts say, Russia will be able to apply emergency measures up to the arrest or destruction of the vessel.

The rules were developed because of the "intensification in the Arctic zone of naval activities of various states." They are aimed at maintaining control over the environment and merchant shipping. Literally on Wednesday, the commander of the European command of the US Armed Forces, General Curtis Scaparotti, said during the hearings in the Senate that "the United States is ready to hold back Russia in the Arctic," since they have "resource and commercial interest" in the NSR.

The United States and other NATO countries have shown particular interest in the Russian North for a long time and are not limited to words. Last year, the Ron French naval support ship passed the Northern Sea Route without warning. The commander of the ship then stated that the purpose of the march was "the development of our knowledge of the region."

Russian battle ships Alexander Otrakovsky,Kondopoga and icebreaker "Ilya Muromets" sailing on through the arctic areas, which was appeared as a large landing
Ships with cruise missiles on board, passing along the Northern Sea Route, pose a serious threat to Russia, since they are holding virtually all military and political centers of the country at gunpoint. In the current international situation, control over the NSR of Russia is simply necessary, Alexey Chep, deputy chairman of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, told Izvestia. According to the President of the Center for Global Interests in Washington, Nikolai Zlobin, the new rules for the passage of the NSR are a continuation of a consistent policy. “Russia has long met dissatisfaction on the part of the United States, Canada, and a number of European countries, even China claims access to the North,” explained the expert.

As noted by military expert Vladislav Shurygin, “it was necessary yesterday to prescribe the rules for the passage of the NSR for foreign warships.” - NATO and the United States may well try to create another hotbed of tension on our borders. And the passage of the French warship proves it, - said the expert. - Ships will stop by, spend some time and leave. You will need to monitor them and take on accompaniment. According to the new rules, a foreign state will have to send a notice of the march of its military vessels on the northern route 45 days before it begins. The document requires you to specify the name of warships and ships, the purpose, route and timing of navigation. And also to list the main parameters - displacement, length, width, draft and characteristics of the power plant. Finally, report the rank and captain of the ship.

A naval officer watch Atomic icebreaker "Vaigach" on the way of the western sector of the Arctic - from Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula to the city of Dudinka on the Taimyr Peninsula
Also, there will be a requirement to take on board Russian pilots. In the event of a complication of the ice situation, it is Russian icebreakers who will have to provide wiring to foreign vessels. Ships must comply with the requirements of protecting the marine environment from pollution. In the event of an emergency or worsening of the ice situation, commanders should send a message to the nearest Russian port or naval base about what is happening. “If the Russian side comes to the conclusion that the vessel is old, has a skin unsuitable for ice seas, or an unprepared crew, its passage may be denied,” Kamil Bekyashev, vice president of the Russian Maritime Law Association, told Izvestia.

If the ship or vessel follows the Northern Sea Route without a permit, the Russian side can take compulsory measures to stop it, even emergency measures — arrest or destroy the offending vessel, the professor believes. “International maritime and national legislation allows this to be done, as the vessel threatens navigation, ecology and human life,” explained Kamil Bekyashev.

Representatives of the United States have repeatedly stated in spite of Russia that the Northern Sea Route should be a transport artery, open to the entire world community. The last time in 2018 was officially announced by the commander of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft. Indeed, the NSR is not only within the territorial waters of Russia, however, our country has the legal right to regulate navigation along the entire route, Kamil Bekyashev noted.

“This is a historically established unified transport communication, which is considered to be our national treasure,” says Camille Byakishev. - It is written in the law "On the inland waters and the territorial sea and the adjacent zone of the Russian Federation." Route goes beyond the territorial waters or not - does not matter. The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea contains Article 234, which states that in marine areas covered by ice, coastal countries may impose stricter standards for the passage of ships to avoid pollution. The United States is challenging the rights of a coastal country to establish ship wire rules in northern latitudes not only in Russia. They do not recognize the right of Canada to manage the Arctic routes. The US claims against the Northern Sea Route are rooted in the Cold War - back in 1964, Washington and Moscow exchanged notes of protest because of an attempt by American ships to proceed unauthorized along the coast of the USSR.

Rules for the passage of warships are needed, noted military historian Dmitry Boltenkov. “The United States is characterized by an independent interpretation of the laws,” Dmitry Boltenkov told Izvestia. - So, on February 11, 1992, the SSN-689 Baton Rouge submarine in the already Russian waters collided with the Kostroma B-276 boat. And from the point of view of the United States, at the time of the clash, Baton Rouge was in international waters. The fact that she was still conducting reconnaissance at the same time, remained behind the scenes. The United States is trying to escalate tension around the Northern Sea Route, including for economic reasons, said Franz Klintsevich, a member of the Federation Council’s Committee on Defense and Security. He noted that the Northern Sea Route is shorter and more profitable than other routes for the delivery of goods between Asia and Europe.

Potentially, according to some estimates, up to half of Eurasian cargoes can be transported via the northern route. This is a trade turnover of hundreds of billions of dollars. The United States as a major trading power does not benefit from the development of the Russian route. Nikolai Zlobin believes that the strengthening of Russia's control over the northern routes can also cause a response from Norway and Canada. But if the United States increases its military presence in the North, it will contradict several international treaties at once - on the demilitarization of the Arctic and armaments in Europe, says Nikolai Zlobin. And although neither Russia nor the countries of the West have ratified this treaty, so far it has been generally respected.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

U.S Banning Transgenders To Serve In The Military

      Trump has issued a directive on how to enforce a new ban on transgender in the service
The Pentagon's policy on transgender service was signed Tuesday night, barring those who require treatment for gender dysphoria, according to a copy of the directive. The policy will be effective on 12 April 2019, the memo noted. The new policy, however, does not allow special accommodation for incoming troops with gender dysphoria to join the military. The Legal Advocates representing the transgender troops lodged the court filing on the same day, requesting that the Pentagon should be prevented from implementing the policy.

Currently serving troops who have been treated for gender dysphoria will be allowed to continue serving. Transgender troops must serve in their sex at birth and must file for waivers for use of showers, bathrooms, physical fitness, and other standards, according to the policy, signed by David Norquist, the number two civilian official at the Pentagon. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who chairs the House Armed Services subcommittee on personnel, blasted Trump and the Pentagon policy. She called the policy vicious and demeaning and took a swipe at Trump's avoidance of military service during the Vietnam War for having bone spurs. She vowed to fight the implementation of the policy.

Harper Jean Tobin, director of policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality, said the implementation of the rules represented an unprecedented step backward in the social and civil progress for the US and its military. "Throughout our nation’s history, we have seen arbitrary barriers in our military replaced with inclusion and equal standards," Tobin said in a statement. "This is the first time in American history such a step forward has been reversed, and it is a severe blow to the military and to the nation’s values."

The Obama administration lifted a ban on transgender troops in 2016, but President Trump reversed the decision in 2017 saying that transgender people would render the military “burdened with medical costs and disruption," setting off a series of legal battles. Last week, a federal court in Baltimore lifted a preliminary injunction that had prevented Trump from enacting the ban, which followed a Supreme Court order in January that lifted similar injunctions in two other courts. Service members who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria can be discharged from the military if they're "unable or unwilling to adhere to all applicable standards, including the standards associated with their biological sex." The memo issued Tuesday was signed by David L. Norquist, who is currently performing the duties of the deputy secretary of defense. 

The directive said transgender people are disqualified from serving in the military unless a mental health provider says the applicant demonstrated 36 consecutive months of stability in the gender they were assigned at birth immediately before submitting their application. The transgender applicant must also demonstrate they have not transitioned and that a licensed medical provider has determined that gender transition is not medically necessary. 

The troop or recruit must also adhere to the standards associated with the gender they were assigned at birth. "A history of cross-sex hormone therapy or a history of sex reassignment or genital reconstruction surgery is disqualifying," the directive said. Nearly 15,000 transgender troops currently serving in the US military, said the National Center for Transgender Equality. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a nonprofit institute that's examined the issue of transgender people serving in the military, said the Trump administration has chosen prejudice and politics over the testimony of medical and military leaders.

"In almost three years of open service these troops built a strong record of achievement and earned the support of every service chief," Belkin said in a statement. "The Trump administration is determined to bring back ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a policy that forced service members to choose between serving their country and telling the truth about who they were."

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Turkey Chose Russian S-400 Over US F-35

Russian S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) Mobile Missile System and Air Defense weapon. 
Ankara is not a slave to an America in which Washington decides which weapons system Turkey can purchase, the country’s president proclaimed, stressing its deployment of Russia's S-400 air defense systems will proceed as planned. Ankara’s resilience against US pressure over the purchase of the S-400 systems remains rock solid, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clarified on Wednesday, stressing that Turkey is a sovereign nation which has the right to choose its trade partners and arms suppliers. “It’s done. There can never be a turning back. 

This would not be ethical, it would be immoral. Nobody should ask us to lick up what we spat,” Erdogan told Kanal 24. The fuss over the Russian deal is now even forcing Turkey to consider upgrading to the next-generation of Russian air defense systems, the S-500, once it enters Russian military service sometime in 2020, Erdogan said. Claiming the need to protect NATO interoperability and to conceal the technical characteristics of US hardware from the Russians, and specifically with the Lockheed Martin F-35s, Washington has been using coercive diplomacy against Ankara, trying to force it to back down from its S-400 deal.

 Ankara has ordered Russian S-400 Air Defence System and soon it will be delivered to Turkey.
The US insists Turkey should instead spend $3.5 billion on US Patriot missiles, an offer Ankara has repeatedly turned down in the past but is now vaguely considering if the conditions were suitable.
We’re an independent country, not slaves.
The S-400 remains “a problem to all of our aircraft, but specifically the F-35,” Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday arguing that the US should stop the stealth fighter transfer to Turkey and “forfeit” sales of other military technology to its NATO ally, if Ankara deploys the Russian-made defensive weaponry as expected in July. Earlier this week a Pentagon spokesman warned of “grave consequences” and of “broader implications" unless Turkey cancels the purchase.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Close Encounter Of Russian And US Warships in Bosporus

The Russian Navy's frigate Admiral Essen in the Bosphorus.Photograph: Reuters / Murad Sezer 
Russian frigate Admiral Essen and US Navy destroyer Donald Cook have sailed in close proximity of each other in the Bosporus Strait, with the encounter of the two warships captured in rare footage. The video, released by Turkey's Aydinlik news outlet, shows the American and Russian crossing under the bridge over the strait, connecting Europe and Asia, one after another. The distance between the two vessels was so small at some point that the sailors could have waved hello. The footage provides impressive close-ups of the two ships, allowing a good look at the guns and missile arsenals aboard.

What this YouTube of the close encounter between US destroyer and Russian Navy frigate.  
Some YouTube comments praised the slick design of the Russian vessel and joked that its US counterpart was fleeing from it. USS Donald Cook was put in service back in 1998, while Admiral Essen is a much more modern ship. It was commissioned only in 2016 but already took part in Russia’s operation in Syria, firing Kalibr cruise missiles at terrorist targets.

Donald Cook entered the Bosporus Strait and traveled to the Mediterranean on Friday. The destroyer previously spent two weeks in the Black Sea in what the US Navy called an operation to provide security in the region. It also docked in the Ukrainian port of Odessa, providing the venue for the meeting between country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker.

US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: Reuters / Murad Sezer    
The situation in the Black Sea remains tense after three Ukrainian navy ships violated the Russian maritime border in the Kerch Strait, between Crimea and mainland Russia, in late November. It led to a lengthy naval chase and culminated in Russian coastguards using force to stop and detain the perpetrators. But Kiev apparently keeps mulling new provocations as Ukrainian Prime Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, vowed on Friday that the Black Sea will become a “Bermuda triangle” for the Russian ships. Massive Turkish navy drills, which kicked off on Thursday in the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean, added to military saber-rattling in the region.

More than 100 warships are taking part in the exercises as Ankara tries to highlight the might of its upgraded fleet. The US and other NATO states have been routinely sending its warships to the Black Sea since Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014 and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine broke out. Washington insists the missions are carried out in line with the international law on a rotational basis in order to reassure its allies in view of the so-called “Russian threat.” Moscow slammed the presence of the US Navy in the area, saying that it only serves to increase tensions and puts Europe at risk of a military conflict

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Army As Lifestyle: Russian Army Uniform Fashion Awards

Extremely hot Russian Army girls celebrate patriotism and beauty of Russian military uniforms.    
A model wearing clothes from the collection "Loyalty to the Motherland" by fashion designer Christina Kolp during the final of the "Russian Army" military uniform designs competition at a Voentorg store in Moscow.

Voentorg hypermarket (shop) has announced the results of the Russian fashion competition "Russian Army as a Lifestyle" on 01 March 2019. 18 finalists have presented their collections in Moscow. The jury in the competition gave first place to Ariane Mohammadi, who presented a collection called "Prospekt Mira".

The theme of the collection, according to the designer, was love for country as well as the relentless speed and beauty of Russian aircraft. The three best collections will soon appear on the shelves in stores belonging to the "Army of Russia" brand. The winners of the competition have received cash prizes and educational grants.

Russian nationalism, the Russian version of patriotism to promotes the celebration, appreciation, and love for Russian culture, lifestyle, and history, as well as Russian identity and unity. Russian nationalism first rose in the 18th century, from its origin during the Russian Empire to the Soviet era and became closely related to pan-Slavism or Slavophile in contemporary.

After the Bolshevik revolutionaries that seized power in 1917. The newborn Soviet republic under Vladimir Lenin proclaimed internationalism as its official ideology.  The Soviet Union's war against Nazi Germany and the Axis powers is one of the greatest Patriotic War at the Battle of Stalingrad prior to World War II.
I am a patriot. I love Russian air and Russian soil. But we will reach the Ganges River, and we will die in fights, to make our Motherland shine from Japan to England. 
The Soviets bravely defended Stalingrad, the "Motherland" and subsequently, defeated the Nazi war machine in Berlin. Tovarishch Joseph Stalin has introduced a moral martyrdom with the slogan "No step backward!"

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Russia's Stealth Su-57 Fighter Is Ready For War

Russian Su-57 Stealth Fighters perform at the opening ceremony of the MAKS-2017 International Aviation and Space Show on 18 July 2017 in Zhukovsky, Russia. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov
Is Russia’s fifth-generation stealth Su-57 fighter on the verge of deployment readiness!

The Sukhoi Su-57 is stealth, single-seat, a twin-engine and multirole fifth-generation fighter that has unmatchable maneuverabilities as well as air superiority. The aircraft is a product of PAK FA. (Perspektivnyy Aviatsionnyy Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii)

In a recent interview with Ria Novosti, one of Russia’s leading state news agencies, Yuri Slyusar the President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has announced that the first, serially produced Su-57 units will be transferred to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) at the end of 2019. Russian air force could completely deploy as many of these revolutionary warplanes by 2025.  “During the Army 2018 exhibition, we signed two contracts with the Ministry of Defense for the delivery of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter and multifunctional Mig-35 system. The serially produced Su-57 will enter the VKS this year,” Slyusar told Ria Novosti last week. He went on to say that a total of fifteen Su-57’s will be delivered to the Russian military “in the near future.”

Slyusar’s announcement comes on the heels of much more pessimistic forecasts by western analysts that the Su-57 should not be expected to enter serial production until 2027 at the earliest. It should be noted that this news, unlike many past reports citing anonymous sources within the Russian military-industrial-complex, comes from an on-the-record interview with a major outlet. The fact that Slyusar is willing to put his name behind this production timeline suggests a degree of newfound confidence in the Su-57 program.

Still, a few key details remain unclear. First, the term “serial” is more complicated than it appears. The Su-57 was designed to be built with the powerful Saturn Izdeliye 30 engine, but the cost and quality-control concerns forced Russian engineers to manufacture initial prototype models with the older, weaker Al-41. Slyusar did not specify whether this first model or the upcoming fifteen upcoming units will ship with the Izdeliye 30. Only time will tell if the Izdeliye 30-- a necessary component for the Su-57 to be able to fly at supersonic speeds (supercruise) without the use of stealth-compromising afterburners-- will be ready for production by the manufacturer’s estimate of 2019. There is, after all, a precedent for deploying flagship fighters with stopgap components. Most recently, the Chinese air force accepted their first batch of J-20 fighters with comparatively inferior WS-10B engines while they work to resolve technical problems with the more powerful WS-15.

Russian Su-57 Stealth Fighters perform at the opening ceremony of the MAKS-2017 International Aviation and Space Show on 18 July 2017 in Zhukovsky, Russia. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov
Secondly, it remains unknown how, or if, the UAC has cleared what is by far the Su-57’s biggest hurdle: unsustainable costs. The financial problems came to a head in early 2018, when India run out of the fund and withdrew from a joint Su-57 production program with Russia and later Indian military said they are planning to develop their own, domestically-produced fifth-generation fighter. The Kremlin share technical know-how with New Dehli about the Su-57 project. The most recent pitch comes from Deputy Chief of the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation Anatoliy Pinchuk : ”Russia, as always, is open to cooperation. We are ready to renew talks, in light of the results that Russia has independently achieved in developing and manufacturing its fifth-generation Su-57 fighter.”

Even in the optimistic view that the Russian military has the necessary funds to produce all of its fifteen Su-57’s on schedule, a major investor like India can prove vital to the financial solvency of the Su-57 platform for decades to come. Building a few showpiece Su-57’s is relatively easy, but also militarily inconsequential. The Su-57 will only be adopted as Russia’s flagship air superiority fighter if it can be mass-produced through an affordable, reliable production process. In 2017 it was stated that the Russian air force could deploy as many of these revolution warplanes by 2025. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mr.Putin Is Ready For Another Cuban Missile Crisis

     The Kremlin gave a strong stance: If the US wants another Cuban missile crisis we are ready.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to listen to the advice from some fanatical warmongers within the Pentagon and cabals who think the United States is more superior than other nations. President Putin said his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike. The history of Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of almost nuclear war. 

More than five decades, tensions have risen following United States aggression, deploy heavy armament in the Baltic region in encircling Russia, and militarised east Europe. Further deployment of intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe as per the military strategic plan of NATO this will be another hostile landmark of Cold War-era in revival, Russia will have no option left but to defend itself. Putin’s comments were made to Russian media late on Wednesday, following his warning that Moscow will match any U.S. move, in its quest to deploy new missiles closer to Russia. Kremlin will respond by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly, including the State Duma parliamentarians, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and other high-ranking officials, in Moscow, Russia on 20 February 2019. Video contributed by Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin.
Putin fleshed out his warning in detail for the first time, saying Russia could deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines which could lurk outside U.S. territorial waters if Washington now moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe. “(We’re talking about) naval delivery vehicles: submarines or surface ships. And we can put them, given the speed and range (of our missiles)... in neutral waters. Plus they are not stationary, they move and they will have to find them,” Putin said, according to a Kremlin transcript. “You work it out. Mach nine (the speed of the missiles) and over 1,000 km (their range).”

Treaty Abandonment:  Washington has alleged that Moscow’s violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, is the reason why US withdrawal from the arms treaty, the pact, which banned Russia and the United States from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe or elsewhere. In its death throes, it raises the prospect of a new arms race between Washington and Moscow. 

Putin has said he does not want an arms race or war with the United States, but that he would have no choice but to act if Washington deployed new missiles in Europe, some of which he says would be able to strike Moscow within 10-12 minutes. Putin said his naval response to such a move would mean Russia could strike the United States faster than U.S. missiles deployed in Europe could hit Moscow because the flight time would be shorter. “It (the calculation) would not be in their favor, at least as things stand today. That’s for sure,” said Putin.

Relations between Moscow and Washington were strained, he added, but the tensions were not comparable to those of the Cuban Missile Crisis. “They (the tensions) are not a reason to ratchet up the confrontation to the levels of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s. In any case, that’s not what we want,” said Putin. “If someone wants that, well OK they are welcome. I have set out today what that would mean. Let them count (the missile flight times).”

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Union States Of Russia May Absorb Belarus

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) speaks with his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko (L) as they watch a joint military exercise at the Khmelevka firing range in Russia's enclave of Kaliningrad with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) attending. Photo: RIA-Novosti.
Belarus is ready to merge with Russia, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on the third and last day of his bilateral talks with President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said on last Friday that his country is ready to unite with its long-time ally, Russia. His commenting has given assurance that Moscow and Minsk could emerge together into the Union Republic. Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet state since the presidential post was created in 1994, said this on the final day of the bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir PutinMoscow Times reported.

Rumors have long abounded that Belarus could be absorbed into Russia under Putin’s watch, deepening the “union state” arrangement that has existed between them since the late 1990s. “The two of us could unite tomorrow, no problem,” said Lukashenko. “But are you—Russians and Belarusians—ready for it?” the president added, according to Interfax. “We’re ready to unite and consolidate our efforts, states, and peoples as far as we’re ready.” Mr. Putin mocked the concept of independent states in his subsequent remarks of reiterating that “simply there are no fully independent states in the world, the modern world is a world of interdependence.”

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko announced his readiness to unite with Putin.15/02/2019
He further pointed out to the European Union as proof of his assertion. “There, the European Parliament makes more binding decisions for all members that the Supreme Soviet of the USSR once took such decisions for the Union Republic. Is it not a dependency?” Putin asked. Putin also suggested that U.S. military deployments in Europe have undermined national sovereignty there. “Do you think someone from European countries wants U.S. medium-range missiles to appear in Europe?” he asked. “No one wants that. But they sit, they keep quiet.

Where is their sovereignty? But apparently, they believe that in the ultimate, general calculation, they are interested in such an organization in which they have invested part of their sovereignty,” he said. The president voiced his support for the idea as long ago as 2011 when he said a union was “possible, desirable and wholly dependent on the will of the Belarusian people.” In December, Lukashenko said the union state agreement had been a success, Russian state-backed news agency Tass reported. He declared ''The will of Belarusians and Russians toward unity and this will serve as a solid foundation for integration, multi-faceted cooperation and formation of common new history''.


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