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January 2010 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Russia's Lukoil Wins Iraqi Contract to Develop Major Oil Field VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- The Iraqi government has awarded a contract to Russian energy company Lukoil and its Norwegian partner to develop a major oil field in southern Iraq.
- Pilot error likely to blame for Russian jet fighter Jan. 14 crash RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- A Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter crash in the Far East earlier this month was likely caused by pilot error, a source close to the investigation said on Saturday.
- Russia to sell $1.8 bln in arms to Libya RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- Libya will buy 1.3-billion-euro ($1.8 billion) worth of arms from Russia under a new contract, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday.
- Russia says talk of $2 bln arms contract with Libya premature RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport confirmed on Saturday ongoing arms talks with Libya, but said no new contracts have been signed yet.
- Belarusian defense minister to visit Moscow for military talks RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- The new Belarusian defense minister, Yury Zhadobin, will discuss military cooperation between Russia and the ex-Soviet state with his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov on January 29 in Moscow, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- Clinton Calls Russia Partner While Defending NATO Enlargement VOA 29 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday defended the process of NATO expansion while saying former Cold War rival Moscow is no longer an adversary but a partner. Clinton delivered a speech on European security policy and met senior French officials in Paris.
- Kalashnikov Gun Factory Offers Food In Place Of Salaries RFE/RL 29 Jan 2010 -- The management at a factory producing Kalashnikov guns in Russia's Kirov Oblast is paying its workers in food in place of their regular salaries this month.
- FACTBOX: Russia's fifth-generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA) RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- Russia's fifth-generation fighter performed its maiden flight on Friday.
- Russia successfully tests Sukhoi T-50 Stealth fighter jet RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- On December 29, 2010, a prototype Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter took off on its maiden flight at 11.19 a.m. in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia's Far East.
- Russia draws back veil of secrecy with peek at future fighter RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- Russia carried out on Friday the first flight test of its fifth-generation fighter and revealed some details of its concept and design.
- Russia to start receiving fifth-generation fighters in 2013 RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- The first batch of Russian fifth-generation fighters will go into service in 2013, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
- Russia's future fighter conquers the skies RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- Russia's prototype fifth-generation fighter made a 45-minute maiden flight on Friday in the Far East, Russian television reported.
- Russia launches military satellite from Baikonur RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia launched on Thursday a Proton-M rocket carrying a military satellite on board from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Defense Ministry said.
- Russia orbits military satellite RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia on Thursday put a new military satellite into orbit, a spokesman for the Space Forces said.
- Russian 5th-generation fighter to make maiden flight on Friday RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia is set to hold the first test of its futuristic fifth-generation fighter jet on Friday, a source at the country's largest aircraft producer said on Thursday.
- Hurdles remain in Russia-NATO cooperation RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010
- Russia free to sell weapons to Iran - state arms exporter RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- There is nothing to stop Russia from selling military equipment to Iran, the head of Russia's state-run arms exporter said on Thursday.
- Russia plans to sell arms to NATO members RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia may sell weapons to NATO member states, the head of Russia's state-run arms exporter said on Thursday.
- Russia expects to sell no less than $7.4 bln of arms in 2010 RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia exported $7.4 billion worth of military products last year, and expects to sell at least a similar amount in 2010, the head of the country's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Thursday.
- Russian military exports hit $7.4 bln in 2009 RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia exported $7.4 billion worth of military products last year, up 10% against 2008, the head of the country's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Thursday.
- Former Georgian President's Son Charged With Spying For Russia RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- The son of former Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia has officially been accused of collaborating with Russian intelligence services, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.
- NATO Lauds Ukraine Contribution, Resumes Military Links With Russia RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- Ukraine made history this week by becoming the first non-NATO-member state to contribute forces to the alliance's flagship NATO Response Force (NRF).
- Russia toys with exotic nuclear space projects RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- Russia is pondering new applications for yet-to-be-built nuclear-powered spacecraft, including military satellites, nuclear power plants, and space tugs, Energia space corporation said Wednesday.
- Russia, U.S. reaching end of arms reduction talks - Lavrov RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- Russia and the U.S. will finish talks on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty in the next few weeks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- Russia, NATO resume military cooperation RIA Novosti 26 Jan 2010 -- Russian and NATO chiefs of staff met Tuesday in Brussels, resuming the work of the Russia-NATO Council frozen after a Russian-Georgian war in August 2008.
- Russian-American START treaty hinges on simultaneous ratification RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2010
- Russian warship starts patrol of Somali waters RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2010 -- A Russian frigate, the Neustrashimy, has started a patrol mission in the pirate-infested area off the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden, a Russian Navy spokesman said.
- Medvedev says new Russia-U.S. arms cuts treaty 95% agreed RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday the new arms cuts pact with the United States has almost been agreed upon.
- Russian, U.S. experts to continue arms dialogue in Geneva in Feb RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2010 -- A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed on Saturday that Moscow and Washington would continue their dialogue on a new strategic arms deal in Geneva in February.
- Spanish double-spy for Russia to face closed trial RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2010 -- A Madrid court has agreed to hold a behind-closed-doors trial of a former Spanish intelligence officer accused of selling classified information to Russia, a Spanish newspaper said.
- Russia's Lavrov says missile-defense proposals still in force RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia's missile-defense proposals, including the joint use of the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan, are still on the table, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
- Moscow unfazed by Polish missile move RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Moscow is undaunted by Poland's decision to base U.S. surface-to-air missiles closer to Russian borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
- Moscow hopes to sign lucrative arms contracts with Libya RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia is looking to sign a series of contracts for the delivery of fighter jets and air-defense systems to Libya, a defense industry official said on Friday.
- Longtime Tatarstan President Won't Seek New Term RFE/RL 22 Jan 2010 -- The Kremlin announced today that Mintimer Shaimiyev, the long-standing leader of Russia's Tatarstan republic, will step down when his current term expires in March.
- Russia, U.S. to resume arms talk in early February - Lavrov RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia and the United States will resume talks on a new strategic arms deal at the start of February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
- Russia, U.S. will not lecture each other at talks - Kremlin aide RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia and the United States will not lecture each other at talks in Washington next week, a senior Kremlin aide said in a newspaper interview published on Friday.
- Leader of Russia's Tatar republic to quit in March RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- The long-serving president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan said Friday he had no plans to seek another term of office after his tenure ends in March.
- Biography of Tatarstan leader Mintimer Shaimiyev RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- The president of Russia's Volga Republic of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiyev, said he would not seek a fifth presidential term and would step down in March.
- U.S. Missiles To Be Placed Near Poland's Russian Border RFE/RL 21 Jan 2010 -- Poland has made public the location of the U.S. Patriot missiles soon to arrive on its territory, an announcement that is likely to displease Moscow.
- Poland says basing Patriot missiles nearer Russia not political RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Poland's decision to deploy a battery of U.S. Patriot missiles just 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Russian border is neither political nor strategic, the Polish defense minister said Wednesday.
- Kremlin Political Consultant Sees Medvedev As Best Choice For 2012 RFE/RL 21 Jan 2010 -- Gleb Pavlovsky is a former Soviet-era dissident who over the last 15 years has become a much-quoted publicist and a high-profile political consultant to the Russian presidential administration.
- Russia warns against remilitarization of Georgia RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Russia will call for the international community to prevent the remilitarization of Georgia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
- Russian Defense Ministry denies Baltic Fleet reinforcements RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday plans to build up the Baltic Fleet were not connected to the deployment of U.S. missiles in Poland, refuting remarks by a Navy source.
- Russian bombers fly patrols over Pacific RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Pacific Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
- Russia's Navy to build up Baltic Fleet over Polish missile plans RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Russia's Navy will equip its Baltic Fleet with high-precision weapons over Polish plans to station U.S. Patriot missiles closer to the Russian border, a high-ranking source in the Navy said on Thursday.
- Military update a formidable task for Russia RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010
- Russian bombers complete Arctic patrol mission RIA Novosti 20 Jan 2010 -- Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have successfully carried out a routine patrol flight over the Arctic Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Lavrov: Russia Has Allowed Just One U.S. Military Overflight To Afghanistan RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RFE/RL today that Russia has allowed only one flight of lethal U.S. military equipment to transit its airspace en route to Afghanistan, despite a July agreement envisioning as many as 12 flights a day.
- Russia To Send Envoy To Ukraine, Ending Freeze RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- Russia today finalized the appointment of its ambassador to Ukraine, ending a five-month diplomatic freeze with Kyiv.
- Russia hopes new Ukraine leader will not use ties for own ambition RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed the hope on Tuesday that Ukraine's next president will not play politics with relations between Kiev and Moscow.
- Russian military command-and-control to go fully mobile by 2012 RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- The Russian Armed Forces will be fully equipped with a new-generation mobile command-and-control system by 2012, an industry expert said Monday.
- India, Russia close to $1.2 bln deal for 29 navy fighters RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Russia and India are poised to sign a $1.2 billion contract for another 29 MiG-29K fighter jets for the Indian Navy, an Indian daily reported on Monday.
- Medvedev says arms deal talks with U.S. making good progress RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Talks on a new strategic arms reduction deal with the U.S. are difficult, but many points have been agreed on, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday.
- Russia suspends flights of Su-27 fighters after crash RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Russia has suspended SU-27 Flanker fighter jet flights until the cause of a deadly crash earlier in the week is determined, a Defense Ministry official told RIA Novosti on Saturday.
- U.S.-Russian Accord On Transit Of Military Cargo Fails To Get Off The Ground RFE/RL 15 Jan 2010 -- When Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama met in Moscow last July, their primary aim was to push negotiations on a replacement for the expiring START nuclear-arms treaty.
- Russian rescuers arrive in Haiti to join quake-relief effort RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- The first two Russian Il-76 transport planes have landed in the Dominican Republic delivering rescue workers, supplies and heavy equipment to help the earthquake-stricken Haiti.
- Russia Says Islamic Militants Trained In Georgia RFE/RL 15 Jan 2010 -- Russia says Islamist rebels are being trained in neighboring Georgia to launch attacks in Chechnya and other nearby regions.
- Russian military lays hope on new Angara carrier rockets RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- Russia will use extensively the new Angara class carrier rockets to deliver military satellites into orbit, the commander of Russia's Space Forces has said.
- Russian Navy to receive new carrier-based fighters RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- Russia's Navy will take delivery of the first MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D) fighters later this year, a Navy official said on Friday.
- Russian Defense Ministry continues search for Su-27 wreckage RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry is still searching for the wreckage of the Russian Air Force Su-27 Flanker fighter jet, refuting earlier statements the plane was found, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- Russia set to restore radar shield on western borders in 2010 RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- Russia will restore the complete radar coverage of its western borders when a new radar facility in the southern town of Armavir becomes fully operational by mid-2010, the Space Forces commander said.
- Wreckage of Su-27 fighter found in Russia's Far East RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- Rescue teams discovered on Friday the crash site of a Su-27 Flanker fighter jet which had been missing in the Khabarovsk Territory since Thursday, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- Russia sends airmobile hospital to help Haiti quake victims RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Three Russian emergencies ministry planes took off for Haiti on Thursday carrying rescuers, supplies and equipment including a mobile hospital to help the earthquake-stricken country.
- New EU Energy Commissioner Seeks Balanced Russia Policy RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- Germany's Guenther Oettinger has been nominated to one of the most powerful positions in the EU's executive arm.
- Russia's Aeroflot retires legendary Tu-154 'Careless' RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot has finally taken the Tu-154M airliner (NATO reporting name Careless), out of service after decades in operation, the company said on Thursday.
- Radar contact lost with Russian Su-27 fighter in Far East RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- A Russian Air Force Su-27 Flanker fighter disappeared off the radar screens in Khabarovsk Territory, a source in the Far East Military District said Thursday.
- Moscow, Ankara agree on nuclear power plant cooperation RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Russia and Turkey on Wednesday signed a joint statement regarding plans to build a nuclear power plant on Turkish soil.
- Russia appoints new Ground Forces chief, other top commanders RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov, the head of the Siberian Military District, has been appointed the commander of the Russian Ground Forces, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Russia activates 1 of 3 new Glonass navigation satellites RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- One of three newly orbited satellites in Russia's Glonass space satellite navigation grouping has entered service, the federal space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday.
- Russia's Nerpa nuclear sub to be 'fine-tuned' next month RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Russia's Nerpa nuclear attack submarine, which entered service with the Navy in late 2009, will undergo additional adjustments in February, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- U.S.-Russia arms reduction talks to resume in January - Lavrov RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Moscow and Washington could resume talks on a new U.S.-Russian strategic arms reduction treaty by the end of January, the Russian foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- Design flaw caused latest test failure of Bulava missile - source RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Investigators have established that the latest test failure of the troubled Bulava ballistic missile was caused by a design flaw, rather than a faulty component, a Russian defense industry source said Tuesday.
- Russia to continue launching ill-fated Bulava missiles in 2010 RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Russia could drastically increase the number of launches of its embattled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) to "many more than two" in 2010, a defense industry source said on Tuesday.
- New Russian Navy task force to patrol Somali waters RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- A new task force from Russia's Baltic Fleet will join international efforts to fight piracy off the Horn of Africa, a Russian Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Russia earmarks $17 mln to research nuclear-propelled spacecraft RIA Novosti 11 Jan 2010 -- The Russian government will allocate 500 million rubles ($16.7 million) in 2010 on a project to build a spaceship with a nuclear engine.
- Russian warship escorts convoy off Horn of Africa RIA Novosti 11 Jan 2010 -- A Russian warship on Monday escorted a three-vessel convoy through a pirate-infested area off the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden, a Navy spokesman said.
- Russia to float out last 2 frigates for Indian Navy by yearend RIA Novosti 11 Jan 2010 -- A Russian shipyard will float out the last two of three frigates for India's Navy by the end of the year, a Yantar spokesman said on Monday.
- Radiation level normal at Volgodonsk NPP after emergency shutdown RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- Background radiation level is normal at the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant in south Russia after an emergency shutdown, the Russian nuclear watchdog Rosenergoatom said on Sunday.
- Volgodonsk NPP shuts down 1st power unit in emergency mode RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- The first power unit of the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant in south Russia was shut down by an emergency protection system on Sunday, the plant's spokesman said.
- South Ossetia To Require Georgian IDs Translated Into Russian RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- Officials in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia say that residents in the Akhalgori district will soon only be allowed to cross the boundary into Georgia proper if their documents are translated into Russian, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.
- First Direct Georgia-Russia Flight Departs Since War RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- A Georgian passenger jet has landed in Moscow in the first direct flight between the two countries since their brief war in August 2008.
- Russian interior minister vows clampdown on Dagestan militants RIA Novosti 08 Jan 2010 -- Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev pledged on Friday that tough action would be taken against militants based in the country's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.
- North Caucasus militants must be eliminated - Medvedev RIA Novosti 08 Jan 2010 -- Russia must maintain a tough line against militant and criminal groups in the North Caucasus, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.
- Suicide bomber kills five, injures 10 police in Russia's Dagestan RIA Novosti 06 Jan 2010 -- At least five police were killed and another ten wounded in a blast near a traffic police post in the capital of Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, local law-enforcement bodies said on Wednesday.
- Commentary: Playing Into Moscow's Hands RFE/RL 04 Jan 2010
- Russia fleet may stay in Ukraine if Tymoshenko becomes president RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko warned that in case Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko wins presidential elections this month the Russian Black Sea Fleet will remain in Ukraine's Crimea after 2017.
- Russia will not face swine flu epidemic in 2010 - Onishchenko RIA Novosti 03 Jan 2010 -- There is no threat of an H1N1 influenza epidemic in Russia in 2010, the country's chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said on Sunday.
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