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    Is the cold war/arms race kicking off again?

    Or is Russia just flexing its muscles?
    Russian Army Unveils Amphibious Bomber Drone to Start Production in 2016
    BY DAMIEN SHARKOV 1/23/15 AT 1:11 PM

    A prototype of the Rostec 'Duckling' drone. IGOR GENERALOV/ROSTEC

    Filed Under: Tech & Science, Russia Military, Drones, Russia
    Russia has unveiled its first full sized prototype of its military hovercraft drone which will be capable of landing on water. Named ‘Chirok’, meaning ‘duckling’, is operational and ready for testing, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass reported on Friday.

    The drone will reportedly be tested soon by Russian electronics company Rostec, who were involved in the device’s construction.

    “Last year we unveiled a miniature mock up of the Chirok, one fifth the size of the real device,” a spokesperson for the company said, referring to the presentation of the Chirok’s miniature concept at Russia’s International Aviation and Space Salon in August.


    “The wingspan of the original will be 10 metres,” the spokesperson added.

    According to Rostec the Chirok will be an amphibious drone, capable of landing on water as well as land. It can fly at a height of up to 6km, can carry more than twice its own weight of 330kg in weight including “rockets and bombs” and will go into mass production in 2016.

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    A Rostec schematic of the 'Ducking' drone. ROSTEC

    The drone’s body is made of carbon composite, while the “durable” inflatable cushion which allows the Chirok to land on water is made from a secret blend of materials which Rostec have not made public.

    According to its manufacturers the Chirok can cover 2,500km in a single flight and it is intended to be virtually weather proof.

    “The specs of the apparatus are designed for use in heavy conditions, in regions where there are few landing and takeoff spaces,” Alexander Yakunin, CEO of Rostec said.

    “This machine solves the problems posed by large chunks of our massive country,” Yakunin added.

    No public statement has been given indicating how many units of the Chirok the Russian military has ordered, however Russia’s Ministry of Defence is one of the project’s major backers and the country’s armed forces have increased their interest in drones of late, announcing construction of an arctic drone base late last year, around 400 miles off the Alaskan coast.
    http://www.newsweek.com/russian-army...on-2016-301620


    Russia to Open Arctic Military Drone Base 420 Miles off the Alaskan Coast
    BY DAMIEN SHARKOV 11/13/14 AT 11:43 AM
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    Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev holds a drone while Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov looks on as they are visiting a military camp at a training range Gorokhovetsky in Nizhny Novgorod region, November 25, 2010. VLADIMIR RODIONOV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN/REUTERS

    Filed Under: World, Russia, US, Canada, Drones, Arctic, Arctic Oil Race
    Russia has announced plans to build a drone base for military reconnaissance in a town just 420 miles off mainland Alaska and just over 300 miles off the US state’s St Lawrence Island, Russia’s state news agency reported on Thursday.


    "The command of the eastern military district in charge of the military development of the Arctic zone has moved forward with plans to form an unmanned aerial vehicle division,” Alexandr Gordeev, spokesperson for the district said.

    Gordeev explained the base will be stationed around the Russian town of Anadyr, considered the administrative centre of the country’s eastern-most region of Chukotka and currently recruitment is underway for experienced personnel to be sent there.

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    According to Gordeev beside functioning as an air drone base, the facility will also be equipped with other “mobile units” operated by entirely by professional servicemen as opposed to conscripts, who still make up a large proportion of Russia’s ground forces.

    The new base’s key objective will be to provide air reconnaissance for the Russian navy in its eastern waters which directly border U.S. waters.

    Since last year Russia has been in an ongoing territorial dispute with Canada over both countries' presence in the Arctic. Following an appeal from Canada to the UN for increased control over the Arctic, which the North American nation currently shares with Russia, the US, Denmark and Norway, Russia responded by strengthening military presence in its regions close to the North Pole.

    The stretch of land known as the continental shelf which remains out of the reach of any of the five countries is speculated to be rich in gas and oil.

    This latest move is also part of a long-term strategy on Russia’s part of modernising its military with unmanned air vehicles. General major Edward Cherkasov also announced today the armed forces’ Chemical Corps is also developing a drone programme.

    Moscow intends to modernise its specialist branch, which deals with chemical, biological and nuclear threats, by updating 70% of its facilities to improve efficiency of operation and long distance reconnaissance, Cherkasov added.

    Last month, Russian armed forces presented the latest addition to their drone arsenal in the form of the “weatherproof” Zala 421-08M, developed to be easily carried by land infantry and remain airborne for up to 100 hours at a time.

    Larger drones for the Russian military are also under development, with a 30kg version of the Zala which can stay airborne for longer carrying more weight, while earlier this spring Russian state television unveiled a long endurance, army drone with the capability of performing strike missions called the UAV Altius 001.

    The announcement comes a day after the Russian air force announced that it plans to fly patrol missions around the world, including sending bomber flights above the Gulf of Mexico. According to NATO, Russian incursions into European airspace have increased by 300% in the last year, with bomber flights spotted as far west as Portugal.

    Safety concerns over the military posturing have been raised after a Russian reconnaissance plane with its transponder turned off came within 90 metres of a passenger jet taking off from Copenhagen airport.
    http://www.newsweek.com/russia-open-...n-coast-284240


    Russia Orders Snap Test of Nuclear Missiles
    BY DAMIEN SHARKOV 1/20/15 AT 10:35 AM
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    Russian mobile Topol-M missile launching units drive in formation during the Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2014. Russia celebrates the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two on May 9. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS

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    Russia has ordered a snap drill of its Strategic Missile Troops (RVSN), which control the country’s 305 land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, according to a statement issued by the unit’s high command today.

    “More than 1,200 servicemen have been drafted to take part in the test exercises,” Colonel Igor Yegorov from the RVSN said. “Throughout 2015, we have planned at least four similar such drills,” he added.

    Last October, Yegorov said that by the start of 2015, up to 1,000 troops from the RVSN would be charged with what he called ‘particularly dangerous’ work with nuclear arms.

    The drills, which Yegorov says aim to educate Russia’s missile unit in anti-terrorist combat, are due to take place in the Uzhurskoe rocket facilities, in Siberia, between the central Russian cities of Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk.

    According to Yegorov, Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Federal Security Service are all cooperating with Russia’s ballistic missile command in the drills, as some of the exercises will be dedicated to raising the RVSN’s responsiveness and effectiveness.

    “Servicemen will go through over 20 exercises, focusing on missile-defence, suppressing attacks against land units, evacuation drills and bomb dismantling practice,” Yegorov said.

    This will be the first drill of the year for Russia’s RVSN and comes after the Kremlin’s decision last summer, to add an extra 8,500 troops to its 18,000-strong missile unit by 2020.

    According to the Moscow Times some $650 billion dollars will go into the overhaul of Russia’s entire armed forces in the next five years, with the modern replacements somewhat overdue for its aging, Soviet-standard nuclear arsenal.

    The announcement of the drill also follows the Boston Globe’s reports yesterday that Russia had explicitly and abruptly ended its nuclear partnership with the US which has allowed Washington to monitor and help secure Russia’s military stockpile since 1992.

    The newspaper based their reports on the accounts of three individuals who were present at the meeting, speaking on the condition of anonymity and the minutes from the meeting.

    The decision was reportedly made by the Russian government behind closed doors in a meeting with US representatives in Moscow last month, coming into effective this year.

    The Pentagon and the US Department of Energy were the US backers of the project which has already cost Washington $2 billion dollars since monitoring started 23 years ago.

    The project had been envisioned to go on until 2018, with the US already having set aside $100 million towards this year’s spending, with 13 Russian facilities due to be put under US surveillance.

    It was reported the straining of diplomatic relations between the two countries over Russia’s military presence in Ukraine contributed to the “unexpected” decision.

    The Russian military has sought to pursue joint ventures with partners outside the West since the Ukraine crisis, most recently embarking on a military partnership with Iran, as Russian defence minister Sergey Shoygu announced the two countries would undergo joint training sessions and strengthen military cooperation at a conference in Tehran today.
    http://www.newsweek.com/russian-army...issiles-300765

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    Putin posturing basically. Wait until the funding dries up and people are queuing for bread in the streets again. He seems determined to drag the country back to the 1980s.
    Same with the increase in Chinese navy carriers and subs, controlling potential offshore oil and gas sites. The only difference is China can afford it ..... for now.

    The US fleet still holds the power in the Pacific, for now. The UK has 2 large carriers under construction. Fitted for but as yet, not with, airyplanes.

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    The west has been trying to create a new cold war for a couple of years now. Why should this be a surprise to anyone?

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    You must to be weeerry scared of Rooshia tech.
    Putin haz ordered an army of Robot Soldiers......







    He wasn;t impressed.

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    Personally I believe that the Cold War had never completely thawed otherwise Russia and America would have done away with their nuclear arsenals.
    The global strategists had never ceased playing their game...assuredly their not going to disappear anytime too soon. (IMHO)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    You must to be weeerry scared of Rooshia tech.
    Putin haz ordered an army of Robot Soldiers......
    daft comment as usual. When has a cold war ever actually been about advances in technology? its about spending money on arms, and putting fear into the public.

    Note the stories in the press today about the US Smashing a Spy Ring. aka some russian bankers trying to work out what the next lot of sanctions will be in their quest to goad russia into reacting.

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    Pooty Putin (as well as the rest of the world) recognizes weakness - the Obummer, so he's testing what he can get away with.

    Putin Builds Naval and Army Base on Wrangell Island – Owned By the US


    In 2014 Russia unloaded block-modules on Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt for the construction of military camps. The complex is being erected in the form of a star. (Moscow Times)

    In May 1881 US explorers approached Jeannette Island, Wrangell Island and Henrietta Island in the Arctic Ocean and claimed them for the United States.

    But according to the Obama Department of State no claim exists today over these US islands. In fact the State Department is conspiring with Russian President Putin to give away Wrangell Island to Russians. Wrangell and its 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) has billions of barrels of oil/gas reserves and hundreds of millions of pounds of fisheries. It also has a strategic military location for tracking Russian moves in Arctic.

    The Coast Guard is a component of the Department of Homeland Security.
    It unequivocally states:

    “On 12 August 1881, he [William Reynolds] was at the head of the party that landed on what would be later named Wrangell Island and took
    possession of the island in the name of the United States.”

    The State Department keeps on pumping out false and misleading statements in a supposed “Fact Sheet”. The actual facts are presented at statedepartmentwatch.org.



    The State Department has undertaken the giveaway with Putin in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. But as an executive agreement, it could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary Kerry.

    The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, Congress was not notified, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. The Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition, and so has California’s legislature.

    President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry could stop the giveaway with the stroke of a pen. But they won’t.

    Putin?s push in Arctic Ocean

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    BM - it is a Russian Island.

    Wrangel Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Sure the US would love to have it, to put nukes on to really piss of russia, but alas, they are Russian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Putin Builds Naval and Army Base on Wrangell Island – Owned By the US


    Once again the cut and paste cowboy does it again.

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    Cool. The drones should help protect Russia's borders. Next they should develop drones with air-to-air missiles then we can have drones fighting drones and we will all be able to watch videos of the drone dog-fights on Youtube - with not a drop of human blood spilled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    The west has been trying to create a new cold war for a couple of years now. Why should this be a surprise to anyone?
    It's only a surprise to those whom aren't terribly observant and dulled by the establishment line.

    Just as easy to invent a "second" Cold War scenario as the first round was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    BM - it is a Russian Island.
    In BM's defense, I doubt that he knows much about this, or even read the article.

    Not to mention checking out the author.

    Nice lady this Phyllis Schlafly

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