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October 2014 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Russian Air Maneuvers Over Europe Pose Risk, Official Says AFPS 31 Oct 2014 -- Russian military aircraft are continuing to fly stepped-up maneuvers over European airspace in what a Pentagon spokesman today called a potential risk to security and civilian aviation.
- Ukraine, Russia, EU strike gas deal Iran Press TV 31 Oct 2014 -- Russia has signed a deal with the European Union and Ukraine on the resumption of natural gas supplies to Ukraine after a hiatus that lasted for several months during the conflict in Ukraine.
- Ukraine, Russia Work Out Gas Deal VOA 31 Oct 2014 -- Russia and Ukraine have signed an agreement to end their dispute over gas supplies.
- NATO tracks large-scale Russian air activity in Europe NATO 30 Oct 2014 -- NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace.
- NATO Chief: Russia's Actions in Ukraine 'Challenge' Security VOA 30 Oct 2014 -- NATO's new chief says the Euro-Atlantic alliance is facing 'many challenges' from 'many directions.'
- Russian Media Behemoth Set To Launch Wave Of Foreign Bureaus RFE/RL 29 Oct 2014 -- Rossia Segodnya, Russia's state-run media conglomerate, is reportedly preparing to open local bureaus in 29 world capitals, a move expanding the Kremlin's global media presence amid what senior Russian officials call an 'information war' with the West.
- Russia Should Ask for Refund if France Delays Mistral Delivery: Defense Committee RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2014 -- If France does not deliver the Mistral helicopter carrier on November 14, Russia should ask for its money back, chairman of the defense committee of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, told RIA Novosti Thursday.
- NATO Tracks Russian Warplanes in European Airspace VOA 29 Oct 2014 -- NATO announced it has detected "unusual" activity by Russian aircraft in European airspace in the past two days.
- Russia Launches ISS Cargo Mission After US Rocket Explodes VOA 29 Oct 2014 -- Russia successfully launched an unmanned rocket with supplies for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on Wednesday, hours after a catastrophic explosion destroyed a similar mission in the United States.
- Rosneft Threatens Lawsuit Over Sanctions Proposal Report RFE/RL 29 Oct 2014 -- Russia's largest oil company, Rosneft, is threatening to sue the Russian daily 'Kommersant' for a report alleging Rosneft sent President Vladimir Putin proposals for countersanctions against Western companies and individuals.
- Fate of Mistral Contract Still Unclear: French Military Source RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2014 -- The contract on the delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia has not been canceled and its fate will be decided by the French political leadership, a French Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
- Japan Holds Military Drills with Russia, US as Gesture of Balance RIA Novosti 27 Oct 2014 -- Japan is set to begin its joint military exercise with the US Army on its northernmost island of Hokkaido, the day after it started its maritime drills with Russia in the seas off Vladivostok in Russia's Far East.
- NATO: Russia Ramping Up Military Probing in Baltics VOA 26 Oct 2014 -- NATO says Russia has increased provocative military actions in and around the Baltics in recent months. They include the reported incursion of a Russian spy plane into Estonian airspace earlier this week.
- Lavrov Says Was Not Contacted During Swedish Submarine Hunt, Sub Could Be a 'Log' RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday Sweden had not contacted Russia during its week-long hunt for a foreign submarine that allegedly got into trouble in the waters off Stockholm.
- Swedish Submarine Search Operation Cost Estimated at $2.7 Million RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2014 -- The large-scale Swedish search operation for a foreign submarine, detected in Sweden's territorial waters a week ago, has cost Sweden nearly $2.7 million, Swedish Navy's Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad said on Friday.
- Speech by President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club Kremlin.ru 24 Oct 2014 -- Vladimir Putin took part in the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s XI session. The meeting’s theme is The World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules.
- Sweden Says 'At Least One' Submarine Was In Its Waters RFE/RL 24 Oct 2014 -- Sweden says 'at least one' foreign submarine may have been operating in its waters off Stockholm.
- Swedish Military Calls Off Hunt For Suspected Submarine RFE/RL 24 Oct 2014 -- The Swedish military says it has called of its search for a suspected foreign submarine in waters off Stockholm after a weeklong hunt.
- Sweden's Navy Believes Mini-Submarine Seen in Stockholm Archipelago Waters RIA Novosti 24 Oct 2014 -- Swedish Navy stated Friday, that the alleged foreign submarine, which was hunted for in Stockholm archipelago waters, is very likely to be a mini-submarine.
- Russia Denies Estonian Airspace Violation RFE/RL 23 Oct 2014 -- Moscow has denied claims of an incursion by a Russian military plane into Estonia's airspace.
- Sweden May Use Military Force Against Alleged Submarine: Armed Forces Chief RIA Novosti 21 Oct 2014 -- Sweden may resort to the use of force against the alleged foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago, Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces Sverker Goranson said on Tuesday.
- Two New Sightings of Alleged Submarine Reported in Sweden RIA Novosti 21 Oct 2014 -- Two more sightings of an alleged foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago have been made in recent days, bringing the total number of sightings to five, Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad of the Swedish Armed Forces said Tuesday.
- Swedish Search Mission Not Connected to Dutch Submarine: Swedish Armed Forces RIA Novosti 21 Oct 2014 -- The ongoing operation in the Stockholm archipelago is not connected to a Dutch submarine that recently visited Sweden, the Swedish Armed Forces told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
- Russia-US ties at rock bottom: Lavrov Iran Press TV 21 Oct 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow's relations with Washington have hit rock bottom and will remain so for a long time.
- Dutch Vessels Left Swedish Waters Before Alleged Submarine Sighting: Navy Spokesperson RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2014 -- The alleged foreign submarine first observed in the Stockholm archipelago on Friday could not belong to the Dutch Navy, as its vessels left Swedish waters on Thursday, the Royal Netherlands Navy's head of communications Karen Loos-Gelijns told RIA Novosti Monday.
- Sweden Seals Off Channel, Closes Airspace Amid Search For Alleged Foreign Sub: Reports RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2014 -- Swedish authorities have declared a safety distance of 10,000 meters (5.4 nautical miles) from all military vessels taking part in the search for an alleged foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago, local media reported Monday.
- Dutch Defense Ministry Says 'Suspicious Object' Sought by Sweden Not Dutch Submarine RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2014 -- The suspected foreign submarine observed in the Stockholm archipelago does not belong to the Dutch Navy, a spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Defense said Monday.
- Submarine Sought by Sweden Could Belong to Dutch Navy: Russian Defense Source RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2014 -- An unidentified submarine currently being sought by Sweden in its territorial waters could belong to the Royal Netherlands Navy, a Russian Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti on Monday.
- Swedish Forces Say Cannot Confirm 'Suspicious Underwater Activity' to Be Russian Submarine RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2014 -- Swedish forces continue the search for a 'suspicious object' in the Stockholm archipelago, but cannot confirm media reports that this is a damaged Russian submarine, Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad of the Swedish Armed Forces told reporters Sunday.
- Dutch Deny Link to Mystery Submarine off Sweden VOA 20 Oct 2014 -- The Netherlands has denied a Russian claim that a mysterious "foreign vessel" photographed in waters off Sweden could be Dutch.
- China, Russia held anti-terror drill People's Daily 20 Oct 2014 -- Chinese and Russian police held a anti-terror drill on Monday in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to boost coordinated ability to fight terrorism in the border region.
- Chinese, Russian Police Hold Joint Anti-Terror Drill RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2014 -- Chinese and Russian police held a joint anti-terrorism drill in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.
- Lavrov: No Need for NATO Presence in Arctic RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2014 -- NATO presence in the Arctic Region is unnecessary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
- Russian FM Sees No Quick Fix to US Ties VOA 20 Oct 2014 -- A low point has been reached in relations between Russia and the United States since the start of the Ukraine crisis, with no remedy in sight, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.
- Sweden Looking for Source of 'Foreign Underwater Activity' VOA 19 Oct 2014 -- Sweden's military is searching its waters near Stockholm after detecting 'foreign underwater activity,' possibly a Russian submarine in distress.
- Sweden Boosts Search For 'Foreign' Vessel Near Stockholm RFE/RL 19 Oct 2014 -- Sweden is using boats, troops, and helicopters in the waters near Stockholm to search for 'foreign underwater activity.'
- US, Canada to Conduct Joint Observation Flight Over Russia RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2014 -- Aviation experts from the United States and Canada will conduct a joint observation flight over Russia in the end of October, within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies, Sergei Zabello, the acting head of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told journalists on Sunday.
- Russia Defiant Despite Swedish Sub Report, German MH17 Conclusion RFE/RL 19 Oct 2014 -- Russia appears to have suffered setbacks over Ukraine and over Moscow's muscle-flexing in the Baltic Sea, with German intelligence reportedly convinced pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine downed a Malaysian airliner in July and Sweden scouring its coastal waters for what could be a crippled Russian submarine.
- Polish Investigators Find List of People Russian Intelligence Planned to Recruit: Reports RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2014 -- Investigators have found a list of individuals the GRU, Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, planned to recruit while searching the apartment of the lawyer accused of spying for Russia in Poland, Polish television channel TVN24 reported Saturday.
- Russia, Ukraine, EU Leaders End Summit With No Breakthrough VOA 17 Oct 2014 -- A high-stakes meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia ended Friday with few outward signs of progress in ending a months-long pro-Russian separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
- U.S. Navy's Overseas Force Structure Changes Underscore Commitment to the Asia-Pacific NNS 16 Oct 2014 -- The U.S. Navy announced today that the ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69) will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
- Putin Vows To Support Serbia On Kosovo RFE/RL 16 Oct 2014 -- On a state visit to Belgrade for its first military parade in some 30 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged continued support for Serbia.
- Poland Could Deport Russian Diplomats Amid Spy Scandal: Polish Deputy Prime Minister RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2014 -- Poland could deport Russian diplomats from the country as a result of the recent scandal alleging a lawyer and senior army officer of spying for Russia, Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said Friday.
- Russia denies intelligence cooperation with US on ISIL Iran Press TV 16 Oct 2014 -- Russia denies the US claim that Moscow has agreed to increase intelligence sharing with Washington over the ISIL Takfiri terrorists rampaging in Iraq and Syria.
- Russia Denies Reports of IS-Related Intelligence Exchanges With US RIA Novosti 16 Oct 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday dismissed media rumors about an agreement between Moscow and Washington to strengthen intelligence exchanges related to the fight against the Islamic State (IS).
- Putin: Standoff Over Ukraine Threatens 'Strategic Stability' VOA 15 Oct 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis threaten 'strategic stability,' and that his country will not be 'blackmailed' by Western sanctions.
- Iran, Russia to hold joint naval drill in Caspian Sea IRNA 15 Oct 2014 -- Commander of Irans Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iran and Russia are to carry out a joint military exercise in the Caspian Sea waters Wednesday afternoon.
- Putin, Poroshenko Discuss Ukraine Peace Measures RFE/RL 15 Oct 2014 -- The Kremlin says that the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, have discussed possible measures to restore peace to eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine Seen As Focus Of Putin's Talks In Milan RFE/RL 15 Oct 2014 -- The Ukraine crisis is expected to be the focus of meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and European leaders this week.
- Experts Divided Over Whether Sanctions Against Russia Are Working VOA 15 Oct 2014 -- After several rounds of international sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in March and support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, experts are divided over whether they are working.
- US, Russia to Share Counter-IS Intel VOA 14 Oct 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday agreed to share intelligence information about Islamic State militants during talks in Paris that also touched on Ukraine and Iran's nuclear program.
- Germany, Greece, Italy to Conduct Observation Flights Over Russia: Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 13 Oct 2014 -- A joint mission of Germany, Greece and Italy will carry out observation flights over the territory of Russia under the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of the Russian National Center for Reducing Nuclear Threat Sergei Ryzhkov has said.
- Russia to Conduct Observation Flights Over Canada, US: Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 13 Oct 2014 -- A team of Russian aviation inspectors will conduct observation flights over Canada and the United States under the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of the Russian National Center for Reducing Nuclear Threat Sergei Ryzhkov has said.
- Russia's navy warships berth in northern Iran Iran Press TV 13 Oct 2014 -- A detachment of Russian fleet of warships has berthed at the Caspian port city of Bandar Anzali in northern Iran.
- Putin Orders Russian Troops Away from Ukraine Border VOA 12 Oct 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered more than 17,000 troops to withdraw from an area near the Ukrainian border as he prepares to meet with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.
- Russia troops ordered to withdraw from Ukraine border Iran Press TV 12 Oct 2014 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has reportedly ordered thousands of troops stationed near the Ukrainian border to come back to their bases.
- Russia to Create Space-Based Ballistic Missile Warning System RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2014 -- Russia will create a space-based ballistic missile warning system capable of detecting launches of existing and test missiles, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.
- Nuclear Deal With Russia Brings Political Storm Clouds in South Africa VOA 09 Oct 2014 -- Opposition lawmakers are crying foul about a multibillion-dollar nuclear power deal with Russia, saying the agreement could give Moscow the power to veto South African trade with other nuclear providers.
- Moscow Outraged Over Citizen Sentenced To U.S. Prison Term RFE/RL 09 Oct 2014 -- Moscow is reacting furiously to the sentencing of Dmitry Ustinov, a Russian citizen who admitted to conspiring to violate an arms control law in July.
- Russia's Almaz-Antey to Tranfer S-400 Missile System to Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2014 -- Russia's defense concern Almaz-Antey will supply the country's Defense Ministry with the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system ahead of schedule on Friday, the press service of the concern stated on Thursday.
- Russian State Defense Orders Unaffected by Western Sanctions: Rostec Hi-Tech Corporation RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2014 -- The sanctions imposed by Western countries against Russia are not having any effect on the fulfillment of Russian state defense orders, CEO of Russia's state high-tech Rostec corporation Sergey Chemezov said Thursday.
- New Chemical Defense Regiments Formed in Russian Armed Forces RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2014 -- Russia's Central Military District (CMD) will complete the formation of two regiments of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense (RChBD) in the Samara Region and the Altay Territory by the end of the year, the district's spokesperson said Thursday.
- Threat of Chemical, Biological Weapons Use Remains Prevalent: Russian Defense Minister RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2014 -- Events in the Middle East highlight that the threat of chemical and biological weapons use remains prevalent, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday in a conference call with the top military brass of the Armed Forces.
- Ground Operation Against IS Must Have UN Peacekeeping Mandate: Russia RIA Novosti 08 Oct 2014 -- Russia would back a possible UN resolution on the use of ground forces against Islamic State militants only if the document includes a peacekeeping mandate approved by Iraq and Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday.
- Russia Does Not Need to Be Invited to Fight Terrorism: Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 08 Oct 2014 -- The United States has been knocking on 'all doors' in attempts to put together an alliance to fight the Islamic State (IS) extremists under the US aegis, but Russia joined the fight against terrorism long ago and does not need to be invited again, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Wednesday.
- Russia approves sanctions compensation bill Iran Press TV 08 Oct 2014 -- The Russian parliament has approved a bill granting payment to those targeted by Western sanctions and allowing Moscow the right to seize assets of such countries.
- Poland Warns Russia On Sanctions RFE/RL 08 Oct 2014 -- Poland's foreign minister has warned Russia could face even further sanctions unless Moscow's policy in Ukraine changes.
- Russian Finance Minister Says Country Can't Afford Current Military Spending RFE/RL 07 Oct 2014 -- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said the country's military spending plans need to be 'more realistic' and take into consideration forecasts for economic growth and budget revenue.
- Russia's Third Borey-Class Nuclear Sub Completes State Trials: Shipyard RIA Novosti 07 Oct 2014 -- Russia's third Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, has finished a comprehensive state trials program in preparation for commissioning with the Navy, the Sevmash shipyard said Tuesday.
- Russia's Defense Sector to be 'Pillar of Support' in Difficult Time: Official RIA Novosti 07 Oct 2014 -- In light of the current standoff with the West over Ukraine, Russia's defense industry and the armed forces must become a pillar of support to the president, along with diplomats and politicians, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.
- Russia Testing New-Generation Nuclear Fuel: State Nuclear Research Institute RIA Novosti 07 Oct 2014 -- Russian nuclear experts are currently testing a new nuclear fuel, which could become a gateway to new-generation nuclear power technologies, Evgeny Adamov, scientific leader at the NIKIET government research institute said Tuesday.
- Russia to Launch Development of Small, Medium-Capacity Nuclear Power Units: Rosatom RIA Novosti 07 Oct 2014 -- Russia's state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom is launching a program on the development of nuclear power units of small and medium-level capacity, Rosatom's deputy director, Vyacheslav Pershukov, said Tuesday.
- Entire Russian Air Force Participates in Civil Defense Drills: Emergencies Ministry RIA Novosti 07 Oct 2014 -- The entire Russian Air Force is taking part in the All-Russian Civil Defense Drill, Emergencies Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky said Tuesday.
- NATO Chief: Rapid Reaction Force in E. Europe Does Not Violate Deal with Russia VOA 06 Oct 2014 -- NATO's new chief, Jens Stoltenberg, says plans for a new rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe do not break a deal with Russia on military force levels.
- NATO's Secretary General Acknowledges Russia's Role in Settlement of Ukrainian Crisis RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2014 -- The new Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg has acknowledged the importance of Russia's role in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis at a press conference in Warsaw on Monday.
- Draft Three-Party Gas Deal Ready, Moscow Waiting for Kiev's Answer: Novak RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2014 -- The three-party gas protocol of Russia, Ukraine and the European Union is ready and Moscow is currently waiting for Kiev to answer, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Monday.
- Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Urges Compromise on Gas Dispute With Ukraine RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2014 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that the terms of a deal on supplies of Russian natural gas to Ukraine should be acceptable for Kiev, but Ukraine still needs to pay its debts to Russia's energy giant Gazprom.
- Russia's Eastern Military District to Get Over 20 Tor Air Defense Systems by End of 2014 RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2014 -- More than twenty Tor-M2U air defense systems will enter the service of Russia's Eastern Military District until the end of 2014, the district's spokesman Col. Alexander Gordeyev said Monday.
- Russia's Black Sea Fleet to Receive New Frigate, Two Subs by 2015: Navy Commander RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2014 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet will commission an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate and two Varshavyanka-class diesel electric submarines by the end of 2014, Navy Commander-in-Chief, Adm. Viktor Chirkov, said Monday.
- Russian Inspectors to Conduct Observation Flight Over Spain RIA Novosti 05 Oct 2014 -- Russian team of inspectors is planning to conduct an observation flight with Russian An-30B observation aircraft over the territory of Spain, said the head of the Russian National Center for Reducing Nuclear Threat, Sergei Ryzhkov.
- Russia to re-launch missile warning station in Crimea Iran Press TV 04 Oct 2014 -- Moscow is planning to modernize and re-launch a Soviet-era radar station on the Crimean Peninsula, which voluntarily reunited with Russia in March.
- Putin Seeks To Calm Investors' Worries Over Sanctions RFE/RL 02 Oct 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has told potential investors in Moscow that 'unwarranted' Western sanctions won't stop the economy from developing.
- NATO's New Chief Says Russia Still Able To Destabilize Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Oct 2014 -- New NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the cease-fire in Ukraine 'offers an opportunity' but says Russia still has the power to destabilize the country.
- Russia to Launch New GLONASS Navigation System Satellite by Year End RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2014 -- A new model of the Russian GLONASS navigation system satellite will be launched at the end of this year, the JSC Information Satellite Systems, a leading Russian satellite manufacturing company, announced Wednesday.
- Russian Classified Information Secure Against Cyber Attacks: Communications Minister RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2014 -- Russian classified information is secure from potential cyber attacks, Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov said Wednesday.
- Putin: Russia Needs Additional Cyber Security Measures RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2014 -- Russia needs additional measures to boost its information security amid a surge in cyber attacks against its websites, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
- EU Keeps Russian Sanctions In Place RFE/RL 01 Oct 2014 -- The European Union has decided to keep in place sanctions against Russia over its actions in eastern Ukraine and its support of rebels there.
- Russian Army Drafting Men From Chechnya For First Time In 20 Years RFE/RL 01 Oct 2014 -- Young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russia's armed forces for the first time in 20 years.
- Putin Says Russia Won't Restrict Internet Access RFE/RL 01 Oct 2014 -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia is not planning to limit access to the Internet or put it under 'total control,' but will need to ensure the stability and security of its Russian segment.
- Russian Land Forces to be Equipped With 70 Percent Modern Military Hardware by 2020 RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2014 -- Russian Defense Ministry plans to purchase more than 11,000 of new armored vehicles, as well as 14,000 military vehicles for other purposes, providing the ground forces with 70 percent of modern equipment, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, Col.Gen. Oleg Salyukov told journalists Wednesday.
- Russia to Form Arctic Command 'North' Comprising Two Motorized Infantry Brigades by 2017 RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2014 -- Russia's new Arctic Command, dubbed North, will be formed by 2017 and comprise two arctic-warfare brigades, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Force, Col.Gen. Oleg Salyukov, said Wednesday.
- Russian Army to Deploy Three More Iskander Missile Brigades by 2016 RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2014 -- The Russian army will bring the number of brigades armed with Iskander-M theater ballistic missile systems to seven by 2016, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Force, Col.Gen. Oleg Salyukov, said Wednesday.
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