Russia's Biggest Question: Floating Airfields

Russia, perhaps will get a few carriers. In any case, the representatives of the United Shipbuilding Corporation have repeatedly asserted that the design of a new heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser must begin.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

On the Pressing Problems of Russian Army

by VPK News 

In mid-March at a meeting of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, answering questions from senators, Chief of Ground Forces Armed Forces, Colonel-General Alexander Postnikov gave a series of assessments and conclusions. On, in particular, called "headache" for the Armed Forces of the shortening of military service by conscription. At the same time the commander in chief said that his review in the coming years are planned.

"The new military equipment, which comes from factories in the army, the army does not satisfy the price and does not meet Western standards", - said Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov. He noted that until 2020 the Army must be at least 70 percent of new weapons and military equipment, and only 30 percent - obsolete.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Where is the New START data?

by Russian strategic nuclear forces

I always believed that progress in U.S.-Russian relations critically depends on whether the two countries could get their bureaucracies work together. The general success of the "reset" process shows that this is indeed how things work - the most successful cooperation usually takes place in those areas where people speak common language. The problem is that the bureaucracies quickly learn each other worst habits and practices (they might occasionally exchange the best practices as well, but that requires a serious effort - the worst ones, in contrast, are adopted in no time).



by Tony Reich

Wow. Aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal would have loved this. German automation company Festo has built a “SmartBird” modeled on the herring gull that, according to the company, can take off, fly, and land autonomously—just by flapping its wings.

Motors inside the 485 gram "Smart Bird" enable the wings to flap and twist at specific angles - which allows the bird to rise in the air by flapping its wings alone. It is able to start, take off and land unassisted, with the head and tail acting as a rudder to steer the bird through the air.

This robot bird has a two metre wingspan and can start, take off and land unassisted.


Hitler's Last Deadly Secret: The Hunt For U-864

Deep in the icy waters off Norway lies one of the last great secrets of the Second World War. In February 1945, the German submarine U-864 disappeared without trace during its clandestine journey to Japan. On board: eighteen of the Reich’s leading aeronautical scientists, two of Japan’s leading experts on aerodynamics, stacks of blueprints for the Nazi’s Me 262 fighter jet as well as some of the latest Messerschmitt jet engine parts and missile guidance systems. Had the German submarine arrived at its destination, the Nazi’s revolutionary jet technology might have changed the course of the Second World War, tipping the balance in favour of the Japanese Air Force in its desperate struggle against the U.S. Navy.



The B-29 bomber Kee Bird made a forced landing amid the snows of far northern Greenland in 1947. The crew survived the landing and were picked up by a rescue plane two days later. The Kee Bird, though set down on her wheels and only lightly damaged, was written off as unsalvageable and left to rot. Metal airplanes rot slowly in the high Arctic, however, and even after nearly fifty years the Kee Bird remained largely intact. Nearly 4,000 B-29s were built during World War II, but by the mid-1990s less than thirty remained intact. Fifty years had turned Kee Bird from a disposable piece of junk to a valuable historical relic, and Darryl



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Russia and China: The pivot of Central Asia

Central Asian direction - one of the key activities of the Russian Federation and China in the international arena. Today, the two powers are defending their interests in the spheres of politics, security and economy. I must say differently. Will this geopolitical space of a field of contention and cooperation between Moscow and Beijing on the Eurasian continent, depends on several factors.
….growing Chinese and the recovering Russian economy in the future will be even more desperate need for resources, primarily in the energy and non-ferrous metals, which is particularly rich Central Asia. In this regard, we can not exclude the possibility of rivalry between Moscow and Beijing for influence in this geopolitical space. The result could be jeopardized regional stability, which in turn will also negatively affect the security of both Russia and China.....

After A "Reset"

"Reset" over and over successfully. Russia's relations - United States removed to a level that is safe, as it was in 2005-2008. Figures and symbols of the "reset" - START-3 agreement on cooperation in nuclear energy (the so-called 123 agreement), transit to Afghanistan through Russian territory, closer cooperation on Iran's nuclear program, an agreement on Russia's WTO accession.

…Some experts believe that the American elite is fundamentally anti-Russian sentiments prevail, or they can become hostile at any moment....

Monday, March 28, 2011

Laser on Protecting Aircraft

Author: Vladimir Butuzov - CEO - chief designer of Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Research Institute" Screen "

Currently, as a result of work performed under the contract between Rosoboronexport and the Spanish company Indra Systemas SA established laser protection system MANPADS Threats Avoidance (MANTA). Prime contractor Rosoboronexport in this project - the Research Institute of "Screen" (Samara).


Guardian(TM) Commercial Aircraft Protection

Without A Soviet Union

Collection of various small articles; click main headings for full article

More than half of Ukrainian residents regret the break-up of the Soviet Union, an expert from the Research & Branding Group said on Wednesday, citing poll results."More than half of Ukrainian residents (54%) agree that the Soviet Union should have been preserved, although every third resident (33%) has a contrary opinion,"

MIR Space Station, Photo Gallery

Mir (Russian: Мир, IPA: [ˈmʲir]; lit. Peace or World) was a Soviet and later Russian space station, operational in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001. With a greater mass than that of any previous space station, Mir was the first of the third generation of space stations, constructed from 1986 to 1996 with a modular design, and the largest artificial satellite orbiting the Earth until its deorbit on 21 March 2001, a record now surpassed by the International Space Station (ISS). Mir served as a microgravity research laboratory in which crews conducted experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology and spacecraft systems in order to develop technologies required for the permanent occupation of space.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ancient Discoveries: Guns N Ammo

ANCIENT DISCOVERIES finds out whether a simple bamboo tube could have been the world’s first gun. Hidden in an ancient manuscript lays a secret recipe for ancient tracer fire, but does it really work? How far and how high could the mega-mortar “Roaring Meg” have fired its shots to take out a Royalist stronghold? Can a team of experts discover the truth behind the bizarre battlefield phenomena of “wind of the cannonball,” when men were seen to drop dead without apparently having been touched by a shot? And did a nine-barreled medieval volleygun mark the birth of the modern machine gun?

61Army Guns

5 Early Lessons From Japan's Nuclear Crisis

by Mark Hibbs

Japan is desperately racing to prevent three power reactors from melting down after last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. This is an almost unthinkable challenge.
A similar accident happened at one reactor at Three Mile Island many years ago, but Japan's rescue effort is taking place in near-battlefield conditions on a site that is truly a no-man's-land.


Weapons Races: The Race for the Battle Tank

The most fearsome tank on today’s battlefield is the US M-1A2 Abrams, virtually impregnable, fast, and capable of destroying an opponent many miles away. It is the most perfect example of a weapons race which began over 90 years ago to find a fighting machine capable of breaking the stalemate of the World War 1 trenches. The programme looks at how these behemoths were shaped in combat; how the competing requirements of protection, cross-country ability and firepower were refined; and how tactics such as Blitzkrieg were developed to make the Battletank King of the Battlefield.







The Jewish General Who Beat Pakistan - Haaretz

"A victory by the Congress Party under the leadership of Sonia Ghandi in the elections to be held in India in May will not lead to any change in India's policy toward Israel.

By Amnon Barzilai





Lieutenant General J.F.R. Jacob. "Indian finds Israel to be a friend on which it can rely."


Friday, March 25, 2011

PAK-FA [T-50] Latest Armaments

Document refers the ongoing progress especially with respect to  armaments that will be installed in PAK-FA [T-50], Russian 5th generation stealth plane. Document discusses progress in following areas

  • Air to Air missiles
  • Anti-Radiation missiles
  • Anti-ship missiles
  • Air to surface bunker-busters guided ammunition.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

MANPADS "Igla-S" In Libya Worries West

The appearance of the supporters of the regime Gaddafi modern man-portable air defense systems Igla-S " (SA-24 Grinch), mounted on pickup trucks are seriously worried Western military experts. 

These MANPADS can shoot down planes coalition at altitudes up to 11,000 feet, is currently flying aircraft carried out at altitudes above 20,000 feet.But as soon begin humanitarian operations, evacuation and other missions requiring a reduction of aircraft and helicopters at low altitude, the use of MANPADS may result in an aircraft.  

Expert: Selling Iskander Missiles - not in the interests of Russia

For Sale Ukrainian Russian missiles Iskander not in the interests of Russia. This is the opinion editor of Moscow Defense Brief Mikhail Barabanov, commenting on previously expressed in the Ukrainian media suggested that Ukraine refuses to develop its own missile system "Peregrine Falcon" in favor of the purchase of Russian tactical Iskander. "

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As the expert noted in an interview to Ukrinform, the Ukrainian "lobby", advocating the rollback of the project "Peregrine", just realistic about the possibility, especially given the chronic shortage of funds from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. In addition, according to M. Barabanov, in establishing Yuzhnoye modern tactical missile system is not interested, neither Russia nor the Western countries.

"I understand that Russia does not like the whole idea of" Peregrine Falcon "in principle, because it is clear that it is done exclusively for" non-nuclear deterrence "of the Russian Federation. Another thing is that the chance that Ukraine will bring the project to something real very small. And the West is unlikely to be satisfied with the possession of such a complex of Ukraine, in view of the scandalous reputation of Kiev on the sale of arms to anybody, "- said Mikhail Barabanov.

According to him, even if the "Peregrine Falcon" will be created, it would be politically very problematic weapons in Ukraine. At the same time, the reality of the completion of the complex is low. "In general, I think the project unrealistic, and certainly he will not make a serious competition," Iskander ", which was made by the developer with extensive experience and worked for almost 20 years" - said the expert.

Weapons Races: The Race For Radar And Stealth

As soon as the idea of strategic bombing was conceived, men began to look at ways of detecting them – or at evading this detection. Today’s stealth technology as exemplified in the Lockheed Martin F-117A Nighthawk seems to have won a race which began in the 1930s with the possibility of developing a death ray! The radar weapons race hotted up when the British showed how vital it was in the Battle of Britain. This programme looks at developments ever since, with ever-more extraordinary ways of spotting all sorts of military and civil machines or of evading detection.

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The Revolution in Military Affairs and Directed Energy Weapons

by Matthew Mowthorpe

The current revolution in military affairs (RMA) is based primarily on the impact made by advancing information, sensor, computing, and telecommunications technologies on the modern military. The concept is defined in the DoD’s Annual Report to Congress as:

A Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) occurs when a nation's military seizes an opportunity to transform its strategy, military doctrine, training, education, organization, equipment, operations, and tactics to achieve decisive military results in fundamentally new ways.1

The interplay of advanced technology and new operational concepts occurs in two distinct ways. The first is "requirements pull," where a new critical operational task emerges requiring the development of new technology to accomplish new missions. An example of this is ballistic missile defense (BMD), where the proliferation of ballistic missiles and their associated technologies created the requirement for theater missile defense of forward forces and potentially national ballistic missile defense for the U.S. homeland. The second is "technology push," where a promising new technology spurs the development of a new weapon system or operational concept and enables new, perhaps previously un-thought of, missions. An example of this is the utilization of the global positioning system to navigate precision munitions. It is the combination of requirements pull and technology push that drives the current RMA by maturing advanced technologies and enabling new military missions.

Russian T-90 tank versus German Leopard 2A6 tank

In the 1500km desert travel evaluation of tanks the T-90 stood foremost among the rivals namely US A1-Abrams & German Leopards dictating its superior speed; firepower & more still its low silhouette causing major problem for the enemy to attack the Russian T-90. More still this tank is four times cheaper than its German counterpart & one can acquire four T-90s as compared to one Leopard for the same price.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Libya Was Late At Modernizing Air Defense Systems


Libya's armed forces, primarily late in the modernization of air defense system, which actually made the country defenseless against air strikes and cruise missiles, the coalition forces. Lack of modern air defense systems can systematically and without any losses to air and missile strikes on Libya, the entire infrastructure of Sun (the Air Force, Army and Navy).  Air Force Libya, as well as air defense system is hopelessly outdated and can not even minimally counter fighter forces coalition.

It should be noted that Libya could become the first customer-the-art Su-35 fighters and Su-30MK. On defense systems in the negotiations with Russia, it was the purchase of several divisions of long-range guided missile system S-300PMU-2 and up to 20 short-range air defense missile system " Tor-M1 .

Race For The Super (~Hydrogen) Bomb

“Even if you strike first; you will perish together with the defeated side. That is the paradox.”  Soviet Air Commander

Great deal of scientists & intellectuals coming from both sides the Soviets & the Americans has taken up the task for designing the Atomic bomb & had shaped the mere written physics equation into a complex mechanized weapon that can end the life form as it occurs today. The blindness in the pursuit of power didn't stop them there but they yet have to build the weapon of virtually limitless power.

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History of North Korea's Missile Program

Author: Slavic A.

History of the North Korean missile program begins with copying and modernization of Soviet missiles SCUD ( 8K14 "Elbrus" ), which were sold to North Korea Egypt. The first samples that were designated as Hwasong-5, were taken into service, and already in 1986. were delivered to Iran, where is widely used during the Iran-Iraq war in the so-called War of the Cities.

Evolutionary improvements have been incorporated into the new version of the missile, known as the Hwasong-6, with increased range and payload mass. Since 1991, the missile was supplied to Iran and called it Shehab-2. According to foreign specialists in the years 1987-1992. North Korea supplied Iran about 100 missiles a family Hwasong and equipment for their production. According to others, deliveries amounted to about 200 rockets and from 6 to 12 mobile launchers.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weapon Races-Strategic Ballistic Missile

The documentary is somewhat biased about keeping Trident up on the line as being the absolute superior over  the Russian counterparts. Though it can be said that it’s a superior missile but cannot be regarded as the the fiorst one in the Ballistic Missile class. Following is a more factual & just analysis regarding ballistic or more importantly ICBM comparison between the US & the now Russia.



Cannot say this is a grossly published documentary with the sole American or Western purpose to assail the Iranian regime but there occurs somewhat truth in this footage. Documentary described the evolution toward Iranian Islamic Revolution & how it can disturb the stability of Middle East in particular & Europe in general. The nuclear race that has not yet been joined by Iran can seriously damage the the already fragile friendships of Muslim countries with that of US & its allies. However, the documentary completely neglects the Israeli parameter in downplaying the real peace prospects in war-torn Middle East & not the Iran but the Israel has beforehand initiated a somewhat clandestine nuclear facilities [now well known to many].

Gorbachev: History Will Be a Fairer Judge

by Lilia Shevtsova

Mikhail Gorbachev will turn eighty next week. His birthday is an occasion to look back and ask ourselves questions not only about his contribution to Russia, but also about what happened to us after he left the Kremlin.

The answers to both questions actually come from the Russian leaders who succeeded him. Not long ago, another eightieth birthday—the late Boris Yeltsin’s—was celebrated with great pomp and circumstance as a national event with the participation of the ruling tandem. The official celebrations were meant to demonstrate the continuity of the Vladimir Putin-Dmitry Medvedev regime with that of Yeltsin’s, and to present the latter as the leader who had liberated Russia. It was a brazen attempt to borrow democratic legitimacy from Russia’s first president. For a few hours, the narrative that Putin had saved Russia by rejecting Yeltsin’s “evil 1990s” was dropped; projecting a more civilized image was instead the order of the day. However, the very fact that Yeltsin’s anniversary was turned into a Kremlin-choreographed ballet—with Putin in the solo role preaching on “the ideals of freedom and democracy”—only reinforces doubts about the democratic legacy of Russia’s first president.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Recipe for Success in the North Caucasus

by Nikolay Petrov

Recent headlines have been filled with disturbing news from the North Caucasus: the killing of tourists and a series of terrorist attacks in Kabardino-Balkaria, a meeting in Vladikavkaz of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee headed by President Dmitry Medvedev, the nomination of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to serve a new term in office, and the early dismissal of Karachayevo-Cherkessia Governor Boris Ebzeyev and his replacement with an official from the inner circle of the region’s previous president.

These events underscore how much the Kremlin’s North Caucasus policy has failed. Moscow is pursuing two approaches in the Caucasus: turning the ruling regimes into archaic khanates that rely on ethnic and clan elites to ensure loyalty, and relative stability enforced from above and harsh military pressure from below against potential Wahhabi insurgents as a means of combating terrorism.

The social and economic development of the North Caucasus consists of little more than developing large ski resorts, which looks absurd given the widespread violence and extremism in the region.

Russia-Turkey: A Farewell to Arms

by Dmitri Trenin

My Turkish friend and I sometimes argue about how many wars Russia and Turkey have waged in the history of their relationship. I say, 11; he counts 14. What we both agree on is that, in the past 20 years, there has been a major, and positive, turnaround in the old relationship. Wars have become stuff for academics to ponder over. Instead of Russian troops, Turkey is now invaded by hordes of Russian tourists – between 1 and 2 million a year – who stream to the beaches of Antalya which, to them, have replaced those of Yalta and the southern Crimea as a favored holiday destination. My own elder son prefers Bodrum, where he travels each October for an all-Russian regatta on the Aegean Sea. On the other side of the ledger there are some 2,000 Turkish firms active in Russia, including some 150 in the construction business alone. The Turks were given some of the more prestigious – and lucrative – contracts, such as renovating the former Soviet Gosplan building so that it could accommodate the State Duma, the lower house of parliament.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Long Sunset Fighters Mikoyan

RSK MiG has a long and illustrious history. For many decades stands MiG (MiG) has been synonymous with the Soviet / Russian fighter at all. Glory, who came to the Mikoyan Design Bureau during the hostilities in Korea in 1950-1953, respectively, accompanied by his products throughout the Cold War, when aircraft grade MiG formed the basis of Soviet air power, many allies and satellites of Moscow. In the 90 years, the glory began to fade, and today at the words "Russian fighter" above all remember Mark Su. What happened to Mikoyanovsky firm for 20 post-Soviet years, and why it has lost its leading position?

Russian Helicopter Industry 2010

A peek into the Helicopter industry of Russia. In this document recent progress on various different technologies & weapon upgrades are discussed with respect to  Russian Helicopters. The following are the main industries we will learn about

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Weapons Races - Aircraft Carrier

Documentary describes the evolution in the aircraft carrier design & its implication in the pre & post WWII. The radicalization of carriers had brought misery upon the once great Japanese Imperial naval force & it had helped the US to control whole of the Atlantic during the Great War.

However, difficulty emerges with the the start of Cold War & Western carriers proved to be sitting ducks for the nuclear powered Soviet submarines. Antiship cruise missiles can now completely deny the use of oceans to carriers & urged US to partner carriers with its own nuclear submarines; thereby increasing costs manifolds. British with the introduction of STOVL capable Harriers totally antiquated the need of enormous carriers & miniaturized versions of carriers with formidable Harriers upon them proved to be more cost-effective than gigantic US fleet of carriers..

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Afghanistan: A View From Moscow

  • What the Russians discovered in the mountains of the Hindu Kush was, above all, the power of militant Islam. They also saw the limits of reforming a traditional society and the impossibility of imposed modernization. They came to appreciate the intricacies of tribal society. They had to discount the power of military force relative to the power of the purse, and the power of the purse relative to the power of religious beliefs and tribal customs
  • Unlike the situation in Iraq—where the U.S. and coalition forces were essentially caught in the cross-fire of a Sunni versus Shi’i civil war—in Afghanistan, the Western powers are a party in a domestic conflict, just as the Soviets were in the 1980s, and the insurgents are fighting under the banner of Islam.
  • The idea of domesticating Islamist radicals is deeply flawed. They cannot be bought. They cannot be held to agreements that start impinging on their interests. They can be manipulated, but not for long. At the end of the day they will disappoint their would-be minders. However, there might be a way to divert their energies toward safer and more productive channels.
  • Pakistan is an even more complex society than Afghanistan

Weapons Races - Jet Fighter

There will never be another manned jet fighter as powerful as the Lockheed F-22 Raptor. Its extraordinary capability is the result of a weapons race to evolve the perfect combat aircraft which began well before Frank Whittle invented the jet engine. This programme looks at the requirements such as speed, endurance, maneuverability, and fire power which pushed designers to explore the technological limits; the pilots who flew them; and examines how combat honed their mounts into ever-more deadly killing machines.
Apart from the undisputable 4 elements in building a superb air vehicle namely:
  1. Speed
  2. Endurance
  3. Maneuverability
  4. Fire Power
there occurs two further aspects in the coming vehicles that weren’t present in the planes of the WW2 namely
  1. Situational Awareness
  2. Invisibility ~Stealth

India World’s Biggest Arms Importer

By Agence France-Presse

India has been the world's biggest weapons importer over the last five years, Swedish think-tank SIPRI reported Monday, naming four Asian countries among the top five arms importers.

The report also highlighted how the world's major arms supplying countries had in recent years competed for trade in Libya, and in other Arab countries gripped by the recent wave of pro-democracy uprisings. "India is the world's largest arms importer," the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said as it released its latest report on trends in the international arms trade.

"India received nine percent of the volume of international arms transfers during 2006-10, with Russian deliveries accounting for 82 percent of Indian arms imports," it said. Its arms imports jumped 21 percent from the previous five-year-period with 71 percent of its orders being for aircraft. India's arms purchases were driven by several factors, said Siemon Wezeman of SIPRI'S Arms Transfers Program.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Current Status Of Russian Nuclear Arsenal [Part 4]

Part 3  contd...

As of October 2010, the space-based tier of the early warning system includes three operational satellites on highly elliptical orbits. The constellation cannot maintain 24-hour coverage of the U.S. territory.

Early-warning satellites

As of October 2010, the space component of the Russian early-warning system included three operational satellites deployed on highly-elliptical orbits (HEO).

Satellites on the highly-elliptical orbit--Cosmos-2430 (HEO, launched 23 October 2007, NORAD catalog number 32268), Cosmos-2446 (HEO, 2 December 2008, 33447), and Cosmos-2469 (HEO, 30 September 2010, 37170) -- are first-generation satellites of the 73D6 type that were built for the US-KS system (also known as Oko). This system was designed to detect launches of ballistic missiles from the U.S. territory and cannot detect missiles launched from sea or other regions.

Current Status Of Russian Nuclear Arsenal [Part 3]

Part 2 contd...

The Russian strategic aviation consists of 76 bombers that can carry up to 844 long-range cruise missiles. The bombers are 13 Tu-160 (Blackjack) and 63 Tu-95MS (Bear H). The bombers can carry various modifications of the Kh-55 (AS-15) cruise missile and gravity bombs.

Strategic aviation

Strategic aviation units form the 37th Air Army of the Supreme High Command (Strategic) of the Russian Air Force. The commander of the 37th army -- Major-General Anatoli Zhikharev -- was appointed by a presidential decree on 19 September 2009.

As of end of 2010, the 37th Air Army included 76 strategic bombers that can carry up to 844 long-range cruise missiles.

Current Status Of Russian Nuclear Arsenal [Part 2]

Part 1  contd...

The Russian strategic fleet includes 12 strategic missile submarines, whose missiles can carry 576 nuclear warheads. Bases of the Northern Fleet host six 667BDRM (Delta IV) submarines, which carry 96 R-29RM (SS-N-23) launchers. The only remaining Pacific Fleet base hosts four 667BDR (Delta III) submarines, which carry 64 R-29R (SS-N-18) missiles.

Strategic Fleet

Strategic naval forces are an integral part of the Russian Navy, which is a separate service of the Russia's Armed Forces. The current Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Vladimir Vysotskiy, was appointed to this post on 12 September 2007.

As of end of 2010, the Navy included 12 strategic submarines of four different types. The submarines can carry 160 sea-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) that can carry 576 nuclear warheads.

Current Status Of Russian Nuclear Arsenal [Part 1]

In December 2010 the Russian strategic forces were estimated to have 611 strategic delivery platforms, which can carry up to 2679 nuclear warheads.

The Strategic Rocket Forces have 375 operational missile systems that include missiles that can carry 1259 warheads. These include 58 R-36MUTTH and R-36M2 (SS-18) missiles, 70 UR-100NUTTH (SS-19) missiles, 171 road-mobile Topol (SS-25) systems, 52 silo-based and 18 road-mobile Topol-M (SS-27) systems, and 6 RS-24 missiles.

Strategic Rocket Forces

Strategic Rocket Forces is a separate branch of the Russia's Armed Forces, subordinated directly to the General Staff. The Strategic Rocket Forces were demoted to this status from the status of a separate service of the Armed Forces by a presidential decree of 24 March 2001. The current commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces -- Lt.-General Sergei Karakayev -- was appointed to this post by a presidential decree of 22 June 2010.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Grant M3 Tank - America's Answer

Reports from Europe in 1940 convinced the US that the M2A1 medium tank was obsolete - their answer was the M3, a medium tank with a 75mm weapon. An astonishing frenzy of building that included co-opting the car industry meant that the US were able to produce more than 6,000 M3s in little more than 15 months.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

Grant M3 never was not able to absolutely outweigh its German counterpart [Panzers & Tigers] in many terms like:

  • it was out-gunned
  • it had inferior armour
  • its main 75mm gun was placed to the right & cannot be directed over top the left without traversing
  • the high interior temperature after firing 2-3 shots becomes unbearable
  • it was too tall & provided a nice shot to the enemy anti-tank weapons & were a nice treat for the Germans who opted for a sword & shield tactic
  • the suspensions were too squeaky & the arrival of tanks can be heard from miles away & gave away the infantry positions to enemy

Saturday, March 12, 2011

NATO-Russia Project For Detecting “Dirty bombs”

The prototype for a portable device for the detection of hazardous materials, which could be used to make a so-called “dirty bomb”, was tested successfully in St. Petersburg in April 2007.

The device is the result of a two-year NATO-Russia Science for Peace Project, co-directed by Mr. C.J. De Ruiter of TNO (Organization for Applied Scientific Research), the Netherlands and Dr. A. Kuznetsov of the Khlopin Radium Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia. The project’s aim was to design and build a prototype device to detect concealed explosives, radiological, nuclear and chemical substances.

Named SENNA, the device could have a number of different applications. These include improving transport security by on-site analysis of suspicious containers or luggage; protecting critical infrastructure or public buildings by on-site detection at facilities; and promoting better security for troops deployed in crisis-management operations by allowing on-site detection in the field.

This project clearly demonstrates the vital work of the Science for Peace and Security Programme in developing technologies for defence against terrorism, which is a shared objective of the Allies and Russia.

Anti-Stealth Technology

Modern military stealth technology is based on the principle that stealthy craft remain invisible to detecting radar and infrared sensors, especially at long ranges.Such technology can be entirely nullified by the detecting radar and/or infrared sensors searching, not for the stealthy craft itself, but for the background behind the stealthy craft. The stealth craft will then show up in the form of a black or blank silhouette in front of the background.

This is much like the way one can pinpoint with extreme accuracy the location of the moon during a solar eclipse, and track its movement with great precision, even though during a solar eclipse one cannot observe the moon itself.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Turkish Recon Satellite To Reveal Israeli Secrets

A Turkish military reconnaissance satellite dubbed Gokturk, due in orbit by 2013, may release extremely high-resolution photographs that would defy a U.S. law banning satellite operators from releasing intelligence-bearing images of Israel.
A new Turkish satellite has Israelis eyeing the end of a U.S.-backed blackout on high-resolution commercial photography of their turf from space.
The Gokturk satellite due in orbit by 2013 will gather images of objects more detailed than 2 meters across — currently the finest grain available when it comes to pictures of Israel, thanks mainly to U.S. legislation from the 1990s.
Turkey’s leap into the aerospace market treads on Israeli security sensitivities given the former allies’ recently strained ties. Unlike with other nations that have fielded commercial satellites, Israel has little leverage over Ankara.
“We try to ensure that we are not photographed at high resolutions, and most [countries] accommodate us,” a senior Israeli defense official said. “Should we request this of the Turks? We won’t ask for it. There is no one to talk to.”

China Tests 'Missile-defense’ System

China used a top-secret SC-19 anti-satellite (ASAT) missile in a test last year against a target missile as part of a missile-defense system that remains shrouded in secrecy.
The ASAT missile was fired against a new medium-range missile and details were disclosed in a State Department cable made public recently by WikiLeaks that included an outline of a diplomatic protest note to Beijing about both Chinese weapons programs.
The cable provides the first detailed U.S. assessment of what defense officials say is a major strategic advancement in China’s military buildup. It reveals that China’s anti-satellite system was developed for use not only against satellites but is part of a larger strategic missile-defense system.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates offered to hold strategic talks with China on missile defenses, as well as space, nuclear and cyberweapons, during a recent visit to Beijing. The offer was rebuffed by China’s defense minister, who said only that it would be studied.
Defense officials and private specialists said the cable further highlights official Chinese government duplicity in opposing U.S. missile defenses and promoting an international agreement to limit weapons in space at the same time it is secretly working on its own space weapons and missile defense programs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Air-to-Air Domination

Originally posted by fatman17

Robert Hewson Air-Launched Weapons Editor - London
Air forces and industry are looking to their future air-to-air weapon requirements, Robert Hewson reports
Over the last 20 years there has, in general, been a fall in the emphasis on air-to-air weapons and combat among many major air forces. For Western Allied nations in particular the demands of irregular warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere have accelerated a dilution in the training and resources needed to keep air combat skills sharp. There has also been a slowdown in research and development for future missiles as scarce funds have been spent elsewhere.
Looking forward, the world may soon see a significant resurgence in the importance of air-to-air weapon capabilities. As major powers like Russia, China and eventually India bring significant air combat platforms to the market, their introduction into service at home and abroad will push the US and others into an overdue reprioritisation of weapons for air combat.
There is also a new generation of nations seeking to join the 'fighter club'. This includes Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and perhaps Taiwan, who all - with varying levels of intent and ability - would like to put fighter aircraft of their own into production. These developments, coupled with a drive on exports from China and Russia, will put the question of air superiority back into the spotlight and will no longer allow anyone to take it for granted.

China Wants Israel as Technology Partner

Chinese commerce minister's visit to Israel serves as another stepping-stone in economic collaboration between Jewish state, Asian superpower  Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming signed a memorandum of understanding to promote commerce and cooperation between the Israel Export Institute and the Chinese commerce development institute during his recent visit to Israel.

The minister's visit and the festive signing ceremony that ensued allowed a glimpse into the backstage collaborations that have been forming between Israeli and Chinese authorities throughout recent years. In his biography, Deming depicts China's new generation of economic leaders. He was born in 1949 – the year Mao Tse-Tung came into power - but only joined the party in 1974, when China was already undergoing economic reforms.

The Chinese minister earned his doctorate in administration and boasts an additional degree in economics. His academic and professional progress demonstrates China's transformation in the past few decades from an ideology-driven regime to a meritocracy.
Addressing an audience in Jerusalem, Deming sent a clear message: China is moving forward, and Israel is considered a potential partner that can efficiently cooperate with the regional superpower. The equation is clear – China will bring to the table investment funds and its humongous domestic market and Israel will contribute its knowledge and innovation.

Pak Gets IAEA Clearance for 2 Nuclear Reactors

BEIJING: China has agreed to build two new civilian nuclear reactors in Pakistan, according to Chinese companies and officials in Islamabad and Beijing, UK newspaper Financial Times said Thursday.
The decision to supply reactors to Pakistan reflects China’s growing diplomatic confidence. It also reflects Beijing’s ambition to become a global supplier of nuclear energy and underscores its view of Pakistan as a prized south Asian strategic partner.
The new deal with Pakistan, which has yet to be publicly announced, poses a dilemma for the US administration of President Barack Obama, which wants Chinese support for new sanctions on Iran but which does not want to weaken the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Non-proliferation is one of Washington’s main foreign policy goals.
China began building a nuclear reactor in Chashma in Punjab province in 1991 and work on a second rector began in 2005 and is expected to be completed next year. Under the new agreement, Chinese companies will build at least two new 650-MW reactors at Chashma, FT said.
A Pakistani government official familiar with the discussions with China said on Wednesday: “Our Chinese brothers have once again lived up to our expectations. They have agreed to continue cooperating with us in the nuclear energy field.”
In a statement on its website, China National Nuclear Corporation said that the Chinese and Pakistan governments had signed an agreement to finance the construction of the two new reactors in February. Last year, Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute said it had been hired to design the two new reactors.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Line-of-Sight Anti-Tank Weapon (LOSAT) Analysis Great

The LOSAT Line-Of-Sight Anti-Tank weapon, developed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (formerly Lockheed Martin Vought Systems) in Dallas, Texas, consists of the Kinetic Energy Missile (KEM) and an IBAS-based fire control system integrated on an expanded capacity M1114 heavy High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) often referred to as the Humvee.

LOSAT consists of the kinetic energy missile and its IBAS-based fire control system on an expanded HMMWV towing a resupply trailer.

Afghan Women Become Pilots

Originally posted by CENTCOM

This is a report about the efforts made by the Afghan women in order to progress in life. In a country where until recently women did not have the right to speak, study, or even leave their house, it is a matter of pride and happiness that today; they are advancing in professions that are difficult even for the men of that society. These are inspiring events for the Afghan women who are gradually beginning to enjoy equal rights in society. This is an honor for the continuously advancing Afghan nation.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Israeli-Syrian Air and SAM Strength Analysis

Learn about the locations of the possible SAM sites of the two rivals of the MiddleEast. Also mentioned are the types, quantities & relative comparisons of the arsenal of the two countries.

SuperComputer Proliferation

Learn how US smuggled Supercomputers [key elements for WMD designing]  to its own rivals to enrich the weapons research & how all of this is done by private US capitalistic organizations without Congress approval; just to earn the green bills!!

We Salute Pakistan Fight Against Terror: Israel

NEW YORK - Pakistan’s elected government has not followed up on the contacts established by former President Pervez Musharraf’s govt with the Jewish State, a senior Israel diplomat said on Thursday. ‘Sadly, none’, was how Mark Sofer, Israel‘s Ambassador to India, reacted when asked whether any contacts had taken place since Musharraf’s ouster. Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Israel met in Istanbul in 2005 and Musharraf addressed a prominent Jewish organisation in New York the following year. Ambassador Sofer also said Pakistan could benefit a lot, especially in agriculture field, by establishing normal diplomatic relations with Israel.
‘Israel was ready to share its vast experience in the agricultural field with Pakistan and provide the technology Israeli engineers have developed to modernise agriculture and boost food production after two countries have normalised their relations’, he said.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Secret Russian Aircraft of WWII

Enter the World of Russian aviation industry of 1930s & 40s. The not very often advances about the Russian aviation is exhibited in this documentary. The remarkable flying-wing designs coupled with the massive rocket power is mostly attributed to the Nazi/German aviation industry but not so fast this ain’t the case. The Russians had already designed the Jet engine; had tested beforehand rocket powered aeroplanes plus had been able to theoretically explain the significance of swept wings!!

MiG-15 as is projected a captured copy of German designs was rather the brain-child of domestic Russian scientists & had proven their worth against the Western planes in the Korean conflict. Gradual advancement in the infrastructure & freedom of speech [both attributed to the death of Stalin] had iconized many Soviet names in the history books namely Tupolev, Sukhoi, Yakovlev…

China's Most Secret Weapon: The Messenger Pigeon

Though the world's attention has recently been focused on the unveiling of China's first ever stealth fighter jet, the Chinese military has been busy investing in another type of furtive flyer: the humble messenger pigeon. According to reports in state media, late last year, the Chengdu division of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) began training 10,000 pigeons as part of a push to build a "reserve pigeon army" that would provide support to the military's conventional communications infrastructure in the event that war rendered its plethora of modern technology unusable.

"These military pigeons will be primarily called upon to conduct special military missions between troops stationed at our land borders or ocean borders," air force military expert Chen Hong told China Central Television after the announcement. According to reports, the birds will be dispersed to communications bases across China's remote and mountainous southwestern region, particularly around the Himalayan foothills. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, will be trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz. (100 g).

The birds have a long history of service in China. Messenger pigeons have been used in the country for more than a thousand years, and pigeons have been earning their military stripes here since at least the late 1930s. In 1937 Lieutenant Claire Lee Chennault, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, arrived in China to head up a group of U.S.-sponsored aviators known as the Flying Tigers, tasked with taking to the air to repel the Japanese invasion of the mainland. He brought with him hundreds of messenger pigeons to help with the war effort, and after the war, he left the birds behind. That group of pigeons would form the core of the PLA's first military pigeon brigade.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

What Is A Keyhole Satellite And What Can It Really Spy On?

The code named Kennan "Keyhole-class" (KH) reconnaissance satellites have been orbiting the Earth for more than 30 years. They are typically used to take overhead photos for military missions. The big question for a lot of people is: "What can they see?"

A KH-12 is a $1 billion satellite that resembles the Hubble Space Telescope, except it is looking at our planet. For security reasons, there are no published orbit schedules for the imagery spacecraft. They are supplemented by the 15-ton Lacrosse-class radar-imaging satellites. You can think of a KH satellite as a gigantic orbiting digital camera with an incredibly huge lens on it. Optical image reconnaissance satellites use a charge coupled device (CCD) to gather images that make up a digital photograph for transmission back to Earth from an altitude of about 200 miles. Since the satellites are in orbit, they cannot hover over a given area or provide real-time video of a single location.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

S-400 Triumf Destroys Supersonic Target

Tests of the latest S-400 Triumf air defense system (NATO reporting name S-21 Growler) were completed successfully at the Kapustin Yar firing range in Russia’s Astrakhan Region. Sergei Popov, head of the Russian Air Force’s air defense troops, said the system took down all of its targets.
The system has a range of 400 km in which it can destroy ballistic targets, cruise missiles, and even supersonic aircraft.
Russia’s Space Forces were given a second regiment armed with the latest S-400 Triumf air defense system on February 16. The first regiment is deployed at Elektrostal in the Moscow Region and is guarding Russia’s central regions. The second regiment is to be deployed at Dmitrov outside Moscow in March 2011.

An Empire Of US Military Bases

The United States boats hundreds of military bases around the world, perhaps even thousands. But, no one knows for sure because even the Pentagon does not bother to keep track.
Historian and journalist Nick Turse explained, “What I’m relatively sure of is that there are no less than 1,077 US bases or sites in foreign countries….and likely there are many more than that, we just can’t be sure.”  What is known is that the US Defense budget is now about the equal to military spending in all other countries combined, and since 9/11, military and security expenditures have soared 119 percent.
Some of these bases are on tiny islands, and some, like Guantanamo Bay, serve dual purposes. A great deal of money goes towards maintaining those bases, but once again, taxpayers and the military do not know exactly how much is allocated towards construction and maintenance at each. Experts argue the reason for sustaining all these military installations abroad is to “maintain a far flung global empire,” and they point out that in places like Saudi Arabia and Okinawa, US military presence has been denounced by locals.

Mi-28N Night Hunter Versus Apache Helicopter

The main attack helicopter of the Russian Air Force versus main attack helicopter of the US Air Force

Reconfigurable Supercomputing Outperforms Rivals

University of Florida researchers say their supercomputer, named Novo-G, is the world's fastest reconfigurable supercomputer and is able to perform some important science applications faster than the Chinese supercomputer touted as the world's most powerful.
In November, the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, for the first time ever, named the Chinese Tianhe-1A system at the National Computer Center in Tainjin, China as No. 1. In his state of the union speech, President Barack Obama noted, "Just recently, China became home of the world's largest solar research facility, and the world's fastest computer."
But that list does not include reconfigurable supercomputers such as Novo-G, built and developed at the University of Florida, said Alan George, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and director of the National Science Foundation's Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, known as CHREC.
University of Florida computer researcher Herman Lam (left) and Alan George, founder and director of the NSF CHREC Center, display UF’s supercomputer, the Novo-G, on Feb. 8, 2011. The Novo-G, built and developed at UF, is believed to be the world’s most powerful reconfigurable computer. (Credit: Photo by Eric Zamora/UF News Bureau)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Watching The Ally

Those manning the ISI and those running the government are essentially from the same pod. And yet, while the former is considered among the best in the world, the latter is arguably the worst. All that changed the other day when a “senior intelligence official” in a rare bout of candour confessed that our spooks were clueless about Raymand Davis and CIA-contracted spies like him in Pakistan.
Being oblivious to scores of spies working for the CIA is inexcusable. Expecting the CIA to keep us informed of the identity and the nature of the work of its sleuths in Pakistan is delusional. It’s like joining the navy to see the world and then complaining that all one really gets to see is the sea. The CIA’s ability to fool friends and foes alike, including its own leaders, as the farce over the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq showed, is infinite. Good spies would have heeded Leon Trotsky’s advice: “An ally has to be watched just like an enemy.”
If we can be caught napping on CIA operatives, when it is clear how fussed the US is about our nukes, a bigger question arises: how much better are we when it comes to what India is up to, given that RAW is of even greater concern than the CIA?
Yet another question arises: how good are we really when it comes to what goes on along our western border, among our extremists and the Afghans?
These questions inexorably arise considering our ignorance of the presence of CIA operatives when our relationship with them, notwithstanding the use of the term “allies,” has been expedient and unstable from the start.
It is, of course, good to know that we are mounting our own operations to gather intelligence on the CIA’s counterterrorism operations. These should begin by keeping a close tab on the 851 “diplomats” that the US has stationed in Pakistan, and for whom it will no doubt claim diplomatic immunity whenever their dangerous antics stand exposed.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

BBC How to Build A Jumbo Jet Engine

No mention of Russian designed engines; probably because the company besides British Rolls Royce that manufacture Civilian Jet engines is American General Electric.
Enter the world of Rolls Royce & witness how mega machines yet precisiely engineered is constructed. Yes the Jet engine; the backbone of any flying vehicles. Talk to the technical experts how they manufacture blades that can withstand more than 90tons of pressure each. Starting from a block of titanium alloy how they are transformed into a precisely shaped & angled structures that swallow tons of air per second!!
The company sacrifices whole of a jet engine worth millions of dollar to simulate safety features & how the company personnel 24/7 monitors data sent via satellite from thousands of engines operating all over the world!!
As Boeing\'s new 787 Dreamliner makes its inaugural flight, Rolls-Royce engineers celebrate the performance of its revolutionary Trent 1000 jet engines. They\'re the latest in a family of sophisticated aero engines that have driven Rolls-Royce to become world leaders in the market for jumbo jet engines. This is the story of the thousands of people who design, build and test engines at Rolls-Royce\'s manufacturing plants in Derby and across the UK, making Rolls-Royce a central part of life for the people who work there. Exploring some of the astonishing technology behind the engines advanced components, the programme meets the skilled engineers who design and build them, and experience the ups and downs of life on the assembly line.
[2 parts] streaming

How the Taliban Lost Its Swagger

Disgusted by the insurgency’s relentless brutality, more than 1,000 fighters have walked away in recent months.

At a dark, unheated village Madrassa near Peshawar, Pakistan, Mullah Yahya spends his days studying the Quran and begging God’s forgiveness for the horrors in which he once took part. Until a few months ago, he belonged to a Taliban unit operating in and around the Afghan town of Marja, led by a commander whose ruthlessness had earned him the nickname “Saddam.” But late last summer, Yahya finally quit the Taliban, together with a dozen other fighters and even Saddam himself. The commander and some of his men joined a U.S.-backed militia in the Marja area—where Saddam was killed by a Taliban IED just a few weeks ago. Yahya and others abandoned the war altogether. “I’d like to delete my past from my memory,” says the black-bearded 28-year-old, huddled in two coats against the madrassa’s indoor chill, to a visiting NEWSWEEK reporter. “I’m worried about how Allah will treat me for what I have done.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

HIT Al Khalid Main Battle Tank

The Al-Khalid is essentially a hybrid tank design with systems, armament and subsystems originating from a variety of global sources though the tank system itself, as a whole, is a locally-produced product native to Pakistan. Its indirect lineage can be traced back to the Soviet Cold War-era T-54 series while its direct lineage stems from the Chinese NORINCO Type 90-II main battle tank. Additionally, engines are of Ukrainian origin while production is handled within Pakistan. In most respects, the Al-Khalid can be viewed as the "ultimate" evolution of the successful Soviet T-54 system.
Design on the Al-Khalid ran through most of the 1990's to which the system was then known as the "MBT 2000". Design was handled on both the part of NORINCO Factory 617 of China and Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) of Pakistan with a partnership officially inked in January of 1990. Prototypes appeared the following year and went into evaluation. At the core of the new tank design was to be ease-of-production, a system that could readily accept the use of foreign powerpacks.
There appeared four major prototypes designated simply as P1, P2, P3 and P4. Each was differentiated mainly by their selection of powerplants. The P1 sported the German-based MTU-396 diesel engine mated to an LSG-3000 automatic transmission while fielding a Chinese-made 125mm main gun, fire-control system and autoloader. The P2 was similar in scope but with a Perkins Condor 1,200 horsepower diesel engine (used in the successful British Challenger MBT series), a French SESM ESM500 (ala the Le Clerc MBT) and western-based fire-control system. The P3 sported a Ukrainian 6TD-2 1,200 horsepower engine but essentially the P2 prototype. The P4 was given the NATO-standard 120mm main gun tied into a western-based fire-control system along with a German-based MTU-871/TCM AVDS-1790 diesel engine with LSG-3000 automatic transmission. The P4 was intended to become an export product for Pakistan to produce, operate and sell to other prospective global buyers.

‘Liquid Armour’ Turns Hard Enough To Stop Bullets

An innovative “liquid armour” that can stop bullets has been developed by BAE Systems engineers. By combining Kevlar with special shear-thickening liquids that lock together
when struck with force, they have created a new bulletproof material which is 45per cent thinner than traditional armour yet offers the same level of protection.

Aspects Of Thermobaric Weaponry

◆ Thermobaric weapons are explosives optimised to produce heat and pressure effects instead of armour-penetrating or fragmentation damage effects.
◆ Use and development of thermobaric weapons have increased over the last decade.
◆ The weapons are particularly effective in enclosed spaces such as tunnels, buildings and field fortifications. Fireball and blast can travel around corners and penetrate areas
inaccessible to bomb fragments. Blast waves are intensified when reflected by walls and other surfaces.
◆ The primary injury mechanisms are blast and heat, with secondary effects through flying fragments and toxic detonation gases.
◆ The kill radius for blast is usually greater than the kill radius for burns, so that protection against thermal injuries has little benefit.
◆ Blast injuries include internal injuries that can be difficult to diagnose and treat without sophisticated medical support.
◆ With the wide proliferation of thermobaric weapons it is important to gain a better understanding of the injury mechanisms, which will help in medical support