Why Isn’t Russia an Aircraft Carrier Superpower?
Historically a land power, the Soviet Union grappled with the idea of a large naval aviation arm for most of its history, eventually settling on a series of hybrid aircraft carriers. Big plans for additional ships died with the Soviet collapse, but Russia inherited one large aircraft carrier at... Read more
A Gigantic T-35 Tank Rolls Out of a Factory, 80 Years After Production Ended
In April 2018, a very large and interesting machine rolled out of a military museum in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, a town in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region. It was a T-35 — one of the most bizarre tanks of the interwar period and known in particular for its five turrets, huge size... Read more
Russia Parades War-‘Bots for the First Time
On April 18, 2018, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the year’s military parade in Moscow, commemorating the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, will feature new and advanced weaponry. He noted that for the first time ever, “the Uran-9 combat multifunctional robotic system, the Uran-6... Read more
In a Fight Between Abrams and T-90 Tanks, Victory Goes to the Better Crew
While the T-14 Armata might be Russia’s latest and greatest tank, it still is not ready for service. In order to bolster the capabilities of the more conventional tank fleet while the Armata is being prepared, Russia continues to modernize its current “top-tier” tanks, such as the T-90. Recently... Read more
Russian ‘Terminators’ Roll Out for Victory Day Rehearsals
Russia’s Victory Day parade on May 9, commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany, is an annual event for showing off military hardware in grand imperial style. Which is why military observers watch the proceedings closely. The parade is both a nationalistic display and a baring of military teeth for... Read more
The Mysterious Last Battle of Soviet Tank General Alexander Lizyukov
On Sept. 17, 1942, Gen. Mikhail Katukov was sitting in a meeting with other Soviet generals — and dictator Joseph Stalin. The situation at the front was grim, coming months after the devastating Soviet defeat at the Second Battle of Kharkov, and as German armies pushed into urban Stalingrad... Read more
Russian Commandos Speed Around in Jeeps, Armed With Mines
The Russian military prizes disruption and deception to overcome foes which may be technologically more advanced — a practice dating back to before World War II. Today, the Russian army is increasing training in the old-fashioned art of planting mines behind enemy lines. One Russian formation in particular is... Read more
The Pentagon Plans for a Perpetual Three-Front ‘Long War’ Against China and Russia
Think of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now. Who’s even paying attention, given the eternal changing of the guard at the White House, as well as the latest in tweets, sexual revelations and investigations of every sort? And yet it increasingly looks as if,... Read more
Russia Is Making Progress on Its Abrams-Killing Tank
The T-14 Armata, Russia’s next-generation tank, is finally nearing readiness. However, information on recent development has been scarce. A recent interview in February 2018 with Vyacheslav Khalitov, the deputy director of Uralvagonzavod, or UVZ, has shed some light on what progress the Armata has made since its last public display. It... Read more
How Syria Fits Into the Trump-Russia Scandal
In late February 2018 The Washington Post reported that one of Vladimir Putin’s main oligarch allies, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, was an intermediary between the Syrian government, the Russian government and Russian mercenaries under Prigozhin’s control. This is the same Yevgeniy Prigozhin who was indicted in February along with 12 other... Read more
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