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September 2012 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Rogozin to Punish Illegal Defense Privatization RIA Novosti 30 Sep 2012 -- Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin promised on Sunday to hand out punishment to those who have been involved in illegally privatizing elements of Russia's military-industrial complex.
- Tajik Base Deal to Be Signed By July – General RIA Novosti 29 Sep 2012 -- Reaching a new agreement on Russia's military base in Tajikistan may take up to nine months despite earlier reports that the deal is near clinched, the commander of the Russian Ground Forces said on Saturday.
- Moscow Hopes NATO to Use Russian Planes for Afghan Transit RIA Novosti 29 Sep 2012 -- Moscow hopes that NATO will be using Russian aircraft for its cargo deliveries to and from Afghanistan via the Ulyanovsk transit base in the Volga area, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said.
- Russia Tests 'Future Soldier' Uniform RIA Novosti 29 Sep 2012 -- Russian military equipment sets Ratnik, nicknamed 'future soldier uniforms,' performed well in recent tests, paving the way for their implementation, a senior army official said on Saturday.
- Russia Close Azerbaijan Radar Deal - Source RIA Novosti 28 Sep 2012 -- Russia will likely extend its lease on the Gabala radar complex in Azerbaijan for up to three years on the current terms, a source close to the negotiations told RIA Novosti on Friday.
- Germany Charges Russian 'Spymaster Couple' RIA Novosti 28 Sep 2012 -- German prosecutors pressed formal charges against a local couple accused of running a Russian spy network for more than 20 years, media reported on Friday.
- Russia To Sell Old Su-30 Fighters To Belarus RFE/RL 27 Sep 2012 -- Russian media reports say Moscow plans to sell Belarus old Sukhoi Su-30 military planes formerly used by India.
- An-70 Aircraft Conducts Test Flight After 2-year Delay RIA Novosti 27 Sep 2012 -- An upgraded Antonov An-70 propfan tactical transport aircraft carried out a test flight on Thursday after a two-year delay, the company's president Dmytro Kyva announced.
- Germany Says Couple Spied For Russia RFE/RL 27 Sep 2012 -- German prosecutors have filed espionage charges against a married couple accused of spying for Russia.
- Russian Air Force to Get New Cruise Missile in 2013 RIA Novosti 26 Sep 2012 -- The Russian Air Force will accept into service in 2013 the new Raduga Kh-101 cruise missile, capable of delivering precision strikes with a conventional warhead at long-distance, an Air Force source told Izvestia on Wednesday.
- Russian Army Test Future Soldier Tech RIA Novosti 26 Sep 2012 -- The Russian Army is testing a future high-tech soldier equipment system and plans to stage exercises with the equipment as part of state trials, Defense Ministry ground forces spokesman Lt. Col. Nikolai Donyushkin said on Wednesday.
- Russian Court Upholds Sutyagin Spying Sentence RIA Novosti 26 Sep 2012 -- The Russian Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the 15-year sentence handed down to Igor Sutyagin, a former disarmament researcher, who was convicted of espionage on behalf of the USA in 2004 but later pardoned.
- Second Sukhoi Su-30SM Fighter Jet Joins Flight Tests RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- A second Sukhoi Su-30SM advanced multirole fighter successfully carried out its maiden test flight on Monday, the manufacturer said.
- Russia to Base MiG-31 Interceptors in Arctic RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- The Russian Defense Ministry is to base MiG-31 long-range interceptors at the Rogachyovo Arctic base on the island of Novaya Zemlya by the end of the year to defend against attack from the north, Izvestia reported on Tuesday quoting military sources.
- Russia to Launch Defense Research Agency by Yearend RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- Russia's advanced military research agency may become operational as early as the end of 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
- Putin Demands New Plan for Defense Industry Overhaul RIA Novosti 24 Sep 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged the government to draft a new defense industry modernization program that includes increased private investment and improved social benefits for employees.
- Canadian Inspectors Set for Surveillance Flights over Russia RIA Novosti 24 Sep 2012 -- A group of Canadian observers will conduct a series of inspection flights over Russia under the Open Skies Treaty starting on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
- Russia 'Ready' to Export Su-30 Fighters to Africa RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2012 -- Russia is ready to sell Su-30s and other modern fighter jets to African countries, state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Saturday.
- Kyrgyz Air Base May Soon Host Russian Strategic Bombers RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2012 -- The overhauled airfield at the Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan will be able to accommodate Russian strategic bombers in six months, but their deployment in the Central Asian state needs thorough consideration, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.
- Russia, Tajikistan Close to Signing New Military Base Deal RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2012 -- Russia and Tajikistan are 'very close' to signing an agreement extending Russia's lease of a military base in the Central Asian state, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said.
- U.S.-Russia Commission Discusses New START Implementation RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2012 -- A U.S.-Russia commission has completed a regular meeting in Geneva on the implementation of the New START deal.
- Bulava Tests Postponed Due to Software Glitches RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2012 -- Software glitches in the automated launch control system on board the Borey class strategic submarines has caused a new delay in scheduled tests of the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.
- New Su-30SM Fighter Makes Maiden Flight RIA Novosti 21 Sep 2012 -- The Russian Air Force’s first Su-30SM advanced fighter jet made its first flight.
- Russia to Explain Carrier Trials Failure to India in Oct. RIA Novosti 21 Sep 2012 -- Russia and India will discuss in October the situation around technical failures found in sea trials of an aircraft carrier refitted for India by a Russian shipyard.
- Uganda in Talks for More Su-30 Fighter Jets RIA Novosti 21 Sep 2012 -- Uganda is in talks with Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport over an option purchase of six more Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets.
- Russian Deputy PM To Discuss Troop Presence In Tajikistan RFE/RL 21 Sep 2012 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minster Igor Shuvalov has arrived in Dushanbe to discuss issues with Tajik officials including a possible extension of a troop deployment in Tajikistan beyond 2014.
- U.S. Asks For More Time To Close Down Aid Operations In Russia RFE/RL 21 Sep 2012 -- The United States says it has asked Russia for more time to end the U.S. Agency for International Development's work in the country.
- Russia’s Ruling Party Denies USAID Funding RIA Novosti 21 Sep 2012 -- Russia’s ruling party lashed out at allegations by Washington that it had taken advantage “over the years” of programs run by a U.S. development aid mission.
- United Russia Received USAID Money - U.S. State Department RIA Novosti 21 Sep 2012 -- The ruling United Russia party took part "over the years" in programs run by a U.S. development aid mission.
- Teikovo Division Gets Full Arsenal of New Missile Systems RIA Novosti 20 Sep 2012 -- The Teikovo missile division of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces has been fully equipped with advanced Topol-M and Yars ballistic missile systems.
- Russian Warship Tests Missile Defense Capability RIA Novosti 20 Sep 2012 -- The flagship of Russia’s Northern Fleet, nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, has carried out missile defense drills.
- Russian Prosecutors Demand Anti-Islamic Film Ban RIA Novosti 20 Sep 2012 -- Prosecutors in several Russian regions have asked internet service providers to block access to an anti-Islamic film that has sparked riots across the Islamic world.
- Russia: USAID Expulsion Should Not Be Surprise RFE/RL 20 Sep 2012 -- Russia has said that the expulsion of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) should not come as a surprise to the United States.
- No USAID Interference with Elections in Russia - State Dept. RIA Novosti 20 Sep 2012 -- The operations of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) were not aimed at influencing the results of Russian elections, the U.S. State Department said.
- Russian 'Super-Holding' to Build Hypersonic Missile -Rogozin RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- Russia will set up an aerospace "super-holding" company consisting of missile makers NPO Mashinostroyenie and Tactical Missiles Corporation to develop hypersonic weapon technology.
- Private Military Companies May Appear in Russia – Rogozin RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- The Russian government’s Military Industrial Commission may consider creating private military companies in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
- Russian Navy Plans to Assign 30 Helicopters to Each Mistral RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- Each of the two Mistral class amphibious assault ships being built in France for the Russian Navy will have air wings consisting of 30 Ka-52K and Ka-29 helicopters.
- Russian Military to Receive 2nd Batch of Pantsir-S Systems RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces will receive the second batch of Pantsir-S air defense systems by November this year.
- Russian Military Base Starts Maneuvers Near Dushanbe RFE/RL 19 Sep 2012 -- Russian troops have started tactical military exercises at Russia's Lyaur military test field near the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
- Third Indian Frigate Undergoes Dock Trials in Russia RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- A Talwar class frigate being built for the Indian Navy at the Yantar Shipyard in Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad has begun dock trials.
- 19 Russian Firms Take Part in South African Arms Show RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- Some 19 Russian defense companies led by state-owned hi-tech conglomerate Rostechnologii will showcase their products at an arms show in South Africa this week.
- USAID Shutdown in Russia Will Hurt Civil Society VOA 19 Sep 2012 -- The United States says it will comply with Russia’s request to end all programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development - or USAID - a request the U.S. describes as “regrettable.”
- Russian Democracy Groups Face Tough Times After USAID Ouster VOA 19 Sep 2012 -- Russia has given the United States Agency for International Development until October 1, 2012 to close its operations and leave the country.
- Moscow Says USAID Expelled For Seeking To 'Influence Politics' RFE/RL 19 Sep 2012 -- Russia says it is expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country following what it says were attempts by the mission to influence Russian politics and elections.
- USAID Tried to Affect Russian Politics - Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2012 -- Russia told the United States Agency for International Development to cease its activity in Russia because the agency had "tried to affect the course of the political process in the country by its use of grants."
- Yard Boss Blames Boilers for India Carrier Trials Snags RIA Novosti 18 Sep 2012 -- Sea trials of an Indian Navy aircraft carrier refitted by a Russian shipyard were unsuccessful due to design failures in the vessel's boilers.
- On Russian Decision to End USAID Activities in Russia US Dept. of State 18 Sep 2012
- USAID Spent over $2.7 Bln on Programs in Russia - State Dept RIA Novosti 18 Sep 2012 -- During its operations in Russia, the United States Agency for International Development has spent over $2.7 billion on various programs in Russia.
- No End to U.S.-Russia Reset over USAID Closure - State Dept. RIA Novosti 18 Sep 2012 -- The stopping of USAID’s operations in Russia does not mean an end to the much-heralded reset between Washington and Moscow.
- Moscow Asks Washington to End USAID Programs in Russia VOA 18 Sep 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has enacted a series of restrictive laws since returning to office in May.
- Moscow Shuts Down USAID Activities In Russia RFE/RL 18 Sep 2012 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development will end its activities in Russia following a decision by Moscow, according to U.S. officials.
- Russia Revamps Missile Defenses Around Moscow RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- Russia will reactivate mothballed ballistic missile silos around Moscow as part of deep modernization of a missile defense network protecting the Russian capital.
- Russia's Rogozin Hails Efforts To Boost Defense Industry RFE/RL 17 Sep 2012 -- Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin: Defense spending should hold steady at about 3.5 percent of gross domestic production.
- India's Russian Carrier on Rocks Again After Sea Trial Snags RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- Malfunctions during sea trials of the Indian Navy aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, refitted by a Russian shipyard, will delay the vessel’s handover to India yet again.
- Russia, S. Africa in Talks on Joint Weapons Development RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- Russia and South Africa are discussing the possibility of joint development of defense-related products, Russia’s state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said.
- Russian President Oversees Military Drills in N. Caucasus RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on Monday at a military training range in southern Russia to oversee the Caucasus-2012 strategic command-and-staff exercises.
- Kavkaz-2012 Military Drills to Begin in South Russia RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- The Kavkaz-2012 strategic command post exercises will begin in southern Russia.
- Russia Launches European Meteo Satellite RIA Novosti 17 Sep 2012 -- A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying a European weather satellite lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
- Resilient Protesters Return to Moscow Streets RIA Novosti 15 Sep 2012 -- The political opposition opened a new rally season in Moscow on Saturday with the third installment of its 'March of Millions,' which showed the core of the protests was not dwindling despite a lack of apparent success in its standoff with the Kremlin.
- Putin Detractors Kick Off 'March Of Millions' In Moscow, Other Cities RFE/RL 15 Sep 2012 -- Demonstrations have begun in Moscow and other Russian cities against President Vladimir Putin in an opposition effort to mobilize millions of Kremlin critics around the country.
- Tens Of Thousands March For Russian Reforms RFE/RL 15 Sep 2012 -- Tens of thousands of Russians have taken part in a demonstration in the Russian capital to demand social and political reforms - and to keep the pressure on President Vladimir Putin.
- Russian Opposition Returns to Streets in Protest VOA 15 Sep 2012 -- Thousands of people streamed into central Moscow Saturday to protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his unprecedented third term as president.
- Russian Army Mistakes School for Militant Base, Bombs It RIA Novosti 14 Sep 2012 -- An army unit that pelted a Dagestani school with mortar rounds was aiming for insurgents hiding elsewhere in the area, the Investigative Committee said on Friday.
- Anti-Putin Lawmaker Expelled From Duma RFE/RL 14 Sep 2012 -- Deputies in the Russian State Duma have voted to expel lawmaker Gennady Gudkov after prosecutors accused him of engaging in illegal commercial activity while in parliament.
- Russian Navy Plans to Revamp Its Fleet of Auxiliary Ships RIA Novosti 14 Sep 2012 -- The Russian Navy is planning to receive over 100 new auxiliary ships by 2020 to satisfy the need for logistics support of its expanding combat fleet, Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Dmitry Bulgakov said.
- Russia, Central Asian States to Hold Air Defense Drills RIA Novosti 13 Sep 2012 -- Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan will conduct joint command-and-staff air defense drills on October 5-16, the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
- Russia to Develop Space Debris Removal System RIA Novosti 12 Sep 2012 -- Russia's space agency Roscosmos is planning to develop a system to remove hazardous debris from orbit, the agency's Deputy Chief Sergei Savelyev said on Wednesday.
- Russian Strategic Bombers Carry out North Patrols RIA Novosti 12 Sep 2012 -- Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear-H strategic bombers have successfully completed a routine patrol mission over the Barents, North and Norwegian seas, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Former Nuke Sub Facility Chief Sentenced For Fraud RIA Novosti 11 Sep 2012 -- The former head of a Russian nuclear submarine repair plant has been given a three-year suspended sentence for embezzling 29 million rubles ($916,000) in company funds.
- Kyrgyzstan Revises Agreements on Russian Military Bases RIA Novosti 11 Sep 2012 -- The Kyrgyz parliament has started hearings on the revision of agreements determining the status and maintenance of Russian military facilities located on the territory of the Central Asian state.
- Russian Military Inspectors to Fly Over Latvia, Estonia RIA Novosti 10 Sep 2012 -- A group of Russian military observers begin on Monday a six-day inspection mission in the skies of Latvia and Estonia under the Open Skies Treaty, the Defense Ministry's press office reported.
- Roscosmos Space Agency Recalls Briz-M Upper Stage Batch RIA Novosti 10 Sep 2012 -- The Russian space agency Roscosmos will recall the entire batch of Briz-M upper stages, one of which caused the launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket to fail in August, the agency's chief Vladimir Popovkin said on Monday.
- Medvedev Pledges $21 Bln for Space Industry RIA Novosti 10 Sep 2012 -- Russia will spend 670 billion rubles ($21 billion) to develop its space industry in the coming years, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday.
- Russia Denies 'Systemic Crisis' in Space Industry RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2012 -- Russia's space industry is not in crisis despite some local problems, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
- New Russian ICBM Can Carry Bigger Warhead - Expert RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2012 -- Russia's new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile will have a 5-ton warhead, which is four times that of its predecessors, a former military commander said on Friday.
- Putin: U.S. Military Won't Let Obama Get Flexible on Missile Shield RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said U.S. President Barack Obama is willing to revive deadlocked talks on a planned U.S. missile shield in Europe.
- Hazy Future for Ground-Effect Craft: Who Will Pay for Sea Skimmers? RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2012 -- Russia is taking up the development of wing-in-ground effect vehicles again.
- Russia Suspends MiG-29 Flights After Crash In Chita RFE/RL 06 Sep 2012 -- Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has ordered a temporary suspension to flights of MiG-29 warplanes after one of those planes crashed in the Chita area of eastern Russia.
- MiG-29 Fighter Jet Crashes in Siberia RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2012 -- A Russian Air Force MiG-29 fighter crashed on Thursday near Chita, in Siberia.
- Russia to Sell 52 Mi-171E Helicopters to China RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2012 -- Russia on Thursday signed a $600 mln contract with China for the delivery of 52 Mi-171E (Hip) transport helicopters.
- Russia, Italy to Make Patrol Seaplane RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2012 -- Russia and Italy will develop a new patrol hydroplane, Russian Technologies State Corporation’s deputy chief Dmitry Shugayev said.
- India, Russia to Make Multiple Rocket Systems RIA Novosti 05 Sep 2012 -- Moscow and Delhi have agreed to set up a joint venture in India for manufacturing and post-sales servicing of rockets for Russian Smerch multiple rocket launchers.
- Obama to 'Move Forward' with Missile Shield - Platform RIA Novosti 04 Sep 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama believes Washington and Moscow can cooperate on a planned U.S.-led missile shield in Europe, but is determined to move forward with the plans regardless of Russia's stance.
- Moscow Rejects U.S. Claims of Arms Control Breaches RIA Novosti 04 Sep 2012 -- Moscow dismissed on Tuesday U.S. allegations of its noncompliance with arms control and nonproliferation obligations.
- Putin Reshuffles Nuclear Supervisory Council RFE/RL 04 Sep 2012 -- President Vladimir Putin has replaced five of the nine members of the supervisory council of the Russian state nuclear power corporation Rosatom, and appointed a new chairman.
- Russia to Build New ICBM by 2018 - SMF Chief RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Russia will build a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile by 2018, Strategic Missile Forces commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said.
- Russia to Complete Helicopter Gunship Deal to Brazil in 2012 RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Russia has delivered the next batch of Mi-35M Hind E attack helicopters to Brazil and will complete the contract by the end of the year.
- Russian Warships Back from U.S. after Drills RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- A Russian Pacific Fleet task force has returned to the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok following an international military exercise.
- Russian Activists Accuse Kremlin Of Trying To 'Forget Beslan' RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- September 3 was a solemn day in Russia - the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorist Attacks.
- Russian President Dismisses Space Center Director RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- The Kremlin has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted the resignation of the director of the Khrunichev Space Center.
- Space Center Chief Loses Job over Failed Launches RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Vladimir Nesterov as general director of the Khrunichev Space Center.
- Unique Gamma Ray Station to Be Built on Baikal RIA Novosti 02 Sep 2012 -- Work began by the Siberian Lake Baikal to create a unique gamma ray observatory.
- Russian Warships Visit Japan RIA Novosti 01 Sep 2012 -- A Russian Navy group has visited Japan’s naval base Maizuru and is on its way to the home port of Vladivostok.
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