Trump Expands What Obama Started—Banning Russian Rifle Imports
In the world of 7.62-millimeter rifles, Russian-made AKs and Veprs in particular—a group of AK-style variants produced by gunmaker Molot—are highly prized for their quality, durability and killer cool. Veprs became even more coveted in 2014, when the Obama administration imposed sanctions on competitor Kalashnikov Concern following the Russian invasion and... Read more
Oliver Stone Defines Useful Idiot in ‘The Putin Interviews’
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin is a charmer, and after four hours of Oliver Stone’s softball questions he drew me in. Here was a world leader with the calm, intelligence and presence of mind lacking in so many other leaders these days. To here Putin tell it, he cares about... Read more
A NATO F-16 Tailed the Russian Defense Minister Over the Baltic
A NATO F-16 intercepted Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu’s plane as it was flying over the Baltic Sea on June 21, 2017. As the F-16 drew close to Shoigu’s Tu-154, a Russian Su-27 fighter moved to intervene. As footage released by Zvezda reveals, the armed F-16 — probably a... Read more
The Russian Army Still Loves Its Artillery
The Russian Ground Forces have started to receive a modernized version of the Msta-S self-propelled artillery piece. The new self-propelled gun will be used in the interim until the much more modern 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV enters service in significant numbers. “Dozens of self-propelled artillery Msta-S entered into service in the... Read more
Russia’s Machines Are Well-Suited for Arctic Conflict
Over the past decade, nations bordering on the Arctic have found themselves with a big new security problem. The melting of the Arctic ice has opened up shipping lanes and opportunities for the exploitation for undersea resources, but has also exposed vulnerabilities for countries that have long considered their... Read more
Watch a Russian Fighter Corral American Bombers and Tankers
In yet another sensational encounter between U.S. and Russian aircraft, two B-1B Lancer bombers from the 28th Bomb Wing, a B-52H Stratofortress bomber from the 2nd Bomb Wing — both deployed to RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom — and a KC-135R Stratotanker aerial-refueling aircraft from the 459th Air... Read more
Russia Is Upgrading Its Top-Tier Fighter to Fly From Rough Airfields
Russia hopes to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E multi-role fighters based on experience gained operating in Syria this year. As with almost all new aircraft—even those with otherwise excellent designs—minor but vexing flaws are often discovered during high intensity real world operations. In this case, the Russian... Read more
In 1905, Japanese Battleships Pulverized a Russian Fleet
In late May 2017, it will be 112 years since the Imperial Japanese Navy’s catastrophic defeat of the Imperial Russian Navy during the Battle of Tsushima. The clash in question was a result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 and 1905 — a conflict provoked by the Russian search... Read more
Russia’s Military Is Burning Through Its High Explosives
An air campaign requires a sprawling, complicated supply chain. Fire enough missiles and drop enough bombs, which require a heavy investment in materials and chemicals, and there will come a point when the logistics trail starts to strain. Nearly 20 months into Russia’s intervention in Syria’s civil war, the strain is... Read more
After Bailing Out Assad, the Russian Military Risks a Syria Quagmire
It has been well over one year, seven months since Russia’s military intervened in Syria’s civil war. From the get-go the Kremlin brushed aside claims that its campaign would lead to an Iraq or Afghanistan-like quagmire. Relying heavily on air power, Russia helped the Syrian regime to rebound from a... Read more

Paul Iddon

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