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
Russia Wants to Build a Whole City for Developing Weapons
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union organized its vast academic and industrial resources to achieve scientific and industrial breakthroughs for the nation’s military forces. Locked in the global struggle against Washington’s massive military-industrial complex, Moscow needed its best and brightest citizens working on a vast array of technologies... Read more
How Russia’s Avangard Hypersonic Weapon Will Launch
Russia will apparently use surplus UR-100UTTKh — NATO: SS-19 Stiletto — and the RS-28 Sarmat liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles as the launch vehicle for its Avangard hypersonic boost-glide weapon. The new weapons will initially be deployed onboard UR-100UTTKn missiles that were returned from Ukraine after the 1991 collapse of... Read more
What Moscow Thinks About When It Thinks About War Robots
Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu made a significant announcement in mid-March 2018 at a domestic technology forum. “The serial production of combat robots for the Russian armed forces may start already this year,” he stated. Shoigu also implied, in response a question about whether remote-controlled unmanned systems would be... Read more
Russian Precision-Guided Artillery Shows Off — With Helper Drones
A recent video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense shows Msta-S howitzers firing precision-guided shells. While the technology is hardly new, it has been less common in the Russian army compared to standard shells used en masse — which still holds a pride of place in Russian doctrine.... Read more

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