Russia Puts the World’s Biggest Bomber Back Into Production
Russia has started test flying the first “new” Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber. However, this first airframe will primarily be used as a flight sciences test aircraft — it is not a fully equipped mission capable strategic bomber. Moreover, this particular airframe was likely assembled from parts that... Read more
Los fusiles de sniper rusos han mejorado a la hora de atravesar blindaje corporal
La implicación rusa en Siria y Ucrania ha proporcionado una gran experiencia al Ejército ruso. Una de las marcas distintivas de estos conflictos es el continuo uso de tácticas de sniper. Como resultado, el sniper ruso moderno ha evolucionado mucho más allá de la tecnología relativamente primitiva utilizada durante... Read more
Russia’s Giant Nuclear Torpedo Is Apparently Real
The United States’ new Nuclear Posture Review asserts that Russia’s Status-6 intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo is a real weapon and could be a genuine threat. Analysts are divided as to how genuine the threat is. “It certainly is a threat U.S. forces will need to take into account,” Bryan Clark,... Read more
Sept avions russes perdus en Syrie le jour du nouvel an?
Le 3 janvier 2018, le journal russe Kommersant rapportait que des «islamistes radicaux» avaient détruit sept avions de combat russes à Hmeimim près de la base aérienne de Lattaquié le jour du nouvel an. Vladimir Poutine avait visité la base plus tôt dans le mois pour féliciter les troupes pour... Read more
Who Really Attacked Russia’s Air Base in Syria?
Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base in Syria came under two attacks in the space of a week. The first took place on New Year’s Eve and saw mortars successfully impact, killing two servicemen and lightly damaging some aircraft. The second attack transpired on Jan. 5 and saw a swarm of... Read more
The Russian Navy Is Relying More on Precision-Guided Weapons
The Russian navy will be focusing more effort on fielding new long-range precision-guided weapons as a form of non-nuclear strategic deterrence, reducing Moscow’s reliance on so-called “tactical” nuclear forces. Nonetheless, Russian forces are likely to retain significant non-strategic nuclear forces indefinitely into the foreseeable future. “The Navy General Command will particularly focus... Read more
Did Russia Really Lose Seven Warplanes in Syria on New Year’s Eve?
On Jan. 3, 2018, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that “radical Islamists” had destroyed seven Russian combat jets at Khmeimim, or Hmeimim, air base near Latakia, Syria on New Year’s Eve, 2017. Russian president Vladimir Putin had visited the base earlier that month to praise the troops for their... Read more
The SVT-40 Was Russia’s World War II Nazi-Killer
The United States was the first major power to adopt a semi-automatic service rifle during World War II, the M1 Garand. While most World War II infantrymen had to pull back a heavy bolt after each shot of their bolt-action rifles, a G.I. could expend a Garand’s clip as... Read more
Russia Knows the Trick to Making an Accurate, Fully-Automatic Rifle
One of the primary differences in infantry training between NATO countries and the former Warsaw Pact was the use of automatic fire. While NATO countries train their infantry to almost always use semi-automatic fire to engage targets, the Warsaw Pact countries trained their infantry to make use of fully-automatic... Read more
For the Russian Military in Syria, Old Habits Die Hard
Russia this month announced another draw-down from its combat operations in Syria, which began on Sept. 30, 2015. The Russian military will retain troops in the country, likely indefinitely, where it has demonstrated the capabilities of new weapons and tactics — which together show it has learned from its... Read more

Paul Iddon

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