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CSTO Members’ Joint Military Exercise “Unbreakable Brotherhood 2018” Starts in Russia

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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The peacekeeping forces of the six CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization ) member countries have begun their joint military drill, named “Unbreakable Brotherhood 2018”, today in the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg. The current exercise is set to be the final stage of the CSTO contingent exercise “Combat Brotherhood 2018”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

“Unbreakable Brotherhood 2018” will be held at the training area of Sverdlovsky District, in the period from 30th October to 2nd November, with its active phase starting on 2nd November. Apart of the maneuvers, planned to take place in Sverdlovsky, today’s opening ceremony was on the territory of the 32nd cantonment. It was attended by the Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, who summed up the aims of the ongoing training, which in his words are a check of the CSTO peacekeeping forces’s readiness to accomplish missions, improving their capabilities and mastering the professionalism of the officers, responsible for command and control bodies.

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For the exercise, the six CSTO countries – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and Russia have sent a total of near 1,300 troops, 300 pieces of military hardware and 20 units of different aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles. In the joint drill, Russia has involved a peacekeeping battalion, reconnaissance and logistics units, military police, field mobile command posts and aircraft.

Within the exercise, the participants are planned to be involved in tasks such as monitoring the observation of ceasefire regime and control over civilians’ actions in the responsibility area, assisting in peace restoration on territories previously attacked by terrorist organizations and working with police in order to counter mass disorder. The CSTO servicemen will practice also preparation and conducting of a peacemaking operation in a non-CSTO country in Central Asia in accordance with the relevant resolution of the UN Security Council.

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The strategic drill “Combat Brotherhood 2018” from which the current exercise is part, is the main event of operational and combat training of the CSTO member states. It is conducted under the Joint Operational and Combat Training Plan for the Collective Security Treaty Organization in 2018.

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Russia May Conclude $1.5 billion Deal as Lowest Bidder in India’s VSHORAD Program

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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Another major and important deal in the constantly developing military-technical cooperation between Russia and India is on its way to be concluded. This time it is for the supply of a Russian man-portable air defence missile system (MANPADS) for the Indian Army, under the VSHORAD (Very Short Range Air Defence) missiles project, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The prospective Russian-Indian contract for air defence missiles stems from the fact that the Russian state-owned Rosoboronexport has been identified as the lowest responsible bidder which has submitted documents in the above-mentioned Indian procurement offering its Igla-S system. According to the Indian media, which reported the information today, the Russian bid is for $1.5 billion, which considerably undercuts the offers submitted by the other two competitors in the face of France’s MBDA Mistral and Sweden’s SAAB RBS70 NG.

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However, the contract has its obstacles in order to be secured, which not only include the US sanctions for Russian weapons purchases but also the objections raised by the other two bidders on the Russian proposal, reports The Economic Times. According to them, the Russian Igla-S system doesn’t fully meet the requirements set in the India’s project, referring to the fact that it failed to hit low-level target in desert environments in summer and to lock into targets at long distance. These allegations were examined, later on, by independent monitors at the defence ministry but their decision was to continue with the process of opening of commercial tenders.

Another question reported by The Economic Times, is if the Indian Army has the ability to gather the funds needed for the conclusion of the new deal. Due to a massive crash crunch in the capital budget, the Indian Armed Forces received Rs 17, 756 crore less than what they had expected in the annual budget. In relation to this, they already has informed the parliamentary panel on defence that the lack of funds will affect the Vshorad procurement.

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The VSHORAD programme has been launched in 2010 by the previous Indian government in order to be replaced aging Russian-made Igla-M systems. The process to procure VSHORAD missiles went through several rounds of trails, and finally, in January this year, Rosoboronexport’s the Igla-S qualified along with SAAB’s RBS70 NG and MBDA’s Mistral.

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New Hypersonic Target Missile for Air Defence Systems Testing is being Developed in Russia

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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – A new hypersonic target missile designed to test advanced weapons, such as air defence systems is currently in the process of being developed in Russia. This was unveiled yesterday by the Russian developer and manufacturer Molniya Research and Production Association, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

According to Russia’s news agencies, which refer to an interview on Thursday by Molniya CEO Olga Sokolova with Kalashnikov Media, the company operating as a subsidiary of OJSC Concern Kalashnikov, is currently carrying out research and development work on this new target missile named Gvozdika. She also announced that the order for the new target missile has been assigned by the Russian Ministry of Defence and the ongoing research and development process should be completed in 2019. After that, the practice target will become operational and delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence under new contracts. The production is expected to begin in 2021.

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In her interview Sokolova also said: “We immersed ourselves deeply in this area when we worked on the Strizh and the Armavir.”

Molniya chief executive shared that the idea for the hypersonic target missile designed for testing of advanced weapons has emerged as a new project which would respond to modern realities. She referred to the fact that a target missile is actually a simulated enemy missile, that’s why it is constantly under development.

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Olga Sokolova revealed some of the characteristics that the new practice target features. The hypersonic missile is capable of flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters, as well as at a low altitude, following the terrain, providing the target missile with an option of maneuvering. The Russian manufacturer defines its new development as a universal vehicle that competes with the latest achievements of the potential adversaries.

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Some of the other developments that Molniya Research and Production Association is working on include a small parachute target, which will be evolved in the period of two years, starting from the next year. It is designed not only for fighter and assault pilots training, but also for anti-aircraft artillery. According to the information released by the producer, the Molniya’s parachute target is “launched from the ground simulates a torch from the nozzles of an aircraft, and its cost is relatively small.” In addition, in Russia, it is being developed and a supercomputer for designing advanced domestic weapons.

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Russian Northern Fleet will Acquire the First Arctic Air Defence Systems Tor-M2DT Next Week

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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Russian Northern Fleet will receive the first Arctic Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD) Systems – Tor-M2DT, next week, on 22 November. This was reported today by a source from the military-industrial complex cited by the state-owned news agency TASS, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

This confirms the earlier statement made by the Russian Air Defense Force Chief Lt. Gen. Alexander Leonov, who announced in October that the first battalion of Tor-M2DT Arctic air defense missile systems will enter service with air defense units in November. Then, he also revealed that the first deliveries will be made in a ceremony on the premises of the 726th air defense training center in Yeisk, the Krasnodar Region.

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Tor-M2DT is developed by Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant KUPOL, a subsidiary of the Russian state-owned company specializing in the arms industry – the Almaz-Antey Concern. It is the Arctic version of Russia’s Tor-M2 missile system based on the chassis of the DT-30PM-T1 articulated all-terrain tracked carrier, which provides the system with the capability to stay operational at temperatures of down to -50°C, in harsh conditions of the Arctic and the Extreme North. Again, due to the unique DT-30 tracked chassis, Tor-M2DT is capable to pass water obstacles, to negotiate ditches and to cross country areas.

The system, which is designed to operate as ballistic missile defence at the battalion level, in manual as well as in automatic mode, is equipped with 16 vertical-launched air defense missiles with a range of 12 kilometers and an altitude of up to 10,000 meters.

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Tor-M2DT monitors the airspace autonomously and hits all aerial targets that have been identified by the friend-or-foe system, within seconds. A fact that was confirmed in the beginning of the year when the initial test of firing that include more than 30 test launches, were conducted at the rocket launch and development site in Astrakhan region – Kapustin Yar.

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Russian Navy’s Large Amphibious Assault Ship Pyotr Morgunov to Enter Trials Next Year

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KALININGRAD, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today, the General Director of the Kaliningrad-based shipbuilding company, Yantar Shipyard, announced that the Russian Navy’s Project 11711 second landing ship Pyotr Morgunov, will enter trials no later than March 2019, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

According to the company’s Chief Executive, Eduard Yefimov, the large amphibious assault ship, which is under construction at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad on order from Russia’s Ministry of Defence, is in a high degree of its operational readiness. He was cited by Vperyod newspaper saying that Pyotr Morgunov is expected “to accommodate the crew in January, enter trials no later than February-March and begin shipbuilders’ sea trials in June.”

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In September 2014, the Russian Defence Ministry concluded the contract on the construction of the large-size amphibious assault ship and in June 2015 it was laid down.

The Pyotr Morgunov, which is the first serial-produced Project 11711 warship designed by the Russia’s oldest surface ship design organization – Nevskoye Design Bureau, was floated out on May 25 this year at the Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast. It is scheduled to be accepted in service with the Russian Navy after all of its trials are over.

The largest warship, of its class Pyotr Morgunov can displace 5,000 tonnes, being able to take on its board 13 main battle tanks, or 36 armored personnel carriers or infantry fighting vehicles, with an option to take a marine infantry battalion, as well. It also features the capability to land and transport a reinforced marine infantry company with organic military hardware. The Pyotr Morgunov is armed with 30mm six-barrel artillery guns and two Kamov Ka-29 assault transport helicopters in its deck hangars.

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The lead landing ship of the Project 11711 – Ivan Gren was floated in May 2012, in Kaliningrad and has been accepted for service in the Russian Navy on June 20, 2018. Then in late October, it has arrived at the main naval base of the Northern Fleet – Severomorsk.

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