Russia’s Sniper Rifles Have Gotten Better at Punching Through Body Armor
The Russian involvement in Syria and Ukraine has provided a wealth of experience to the Russian military. One of the hallmarks of these engagements is the continued use of sniper tactics. As a result, the modern Russian sniper has evolved far beyond the relatively primitive technology used during the... Read more
Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Doomed to Fail
Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. Postponements, cost-overruns and research and development-related problems mar the project. This should come as no surprise. The Su-57 program was never really viable. Back in early 2006, Russian president Vladimir... Read more
Russian Tanks Can Roll Toward Battle on an ‘Iron Carpet’
The Eastern Front during World War II brought the enduring image of tanks bogged down in seas of thick, sticky mud. While it might come as a surprise, the twice-annual Russian mud is still a major military problem. So, Russia has developed a road-laying truck for its engineering troops... Read more
El Ejército de Tierra ruso acaba de modernizar sus gigantes morteros de 240 milímetros
Las Fuerzas Terrestres Rusas acaban de recibir el primer lote de morteros autopropulsados 2C4 Tulip de 240 milímetros modernizados. La modernización de estas armas de la década de 1960 incluye enlace de datos, equipos de comunicaciones y sistema de control de fuegos nuevos. Con el tiempo Rusia pretende modernizar... Read more
Say Goodbye to Russia’s Nuclear-Armed Doomsday Train
In 2013, the Russian military announced it would bring back rail-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles. In other words, trains with big nukes crammed inside, capable of darting around Russia, raising their launchers and firing at a moment’s notice. It was called Barguzin and would begin testing in 2019. That was... Read more
The Russian Army Is Inflating Giant Dummy Tanks
Before the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, the American and British armies constructed armies of dummy tanks and landing craft in the south of England to confuse the German high command of their intent. Imagine a Sherman tank in the form of a bouncy castle —... Read more
Russia Is Nearly Halting Stealth Fighter Production for a Decade
The Kremlin’s new state armament plan, which will run from 2018-2027, will continue modernization of the Russian Aerospace Forces. However, while Russia will continue to buy modern combat aircraft such as the Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E air superiority fighter and the Su-34 Fullback bomber, Moscow is not likely to make... Read more
Russia’s Army Has Upgraded Its Giant 240-Millimeter Mortars
The Russian Ground Forces have taken delivery of the first batch of modernized 2C4 Tulip self-propelled 240-millimeter mortars. The 1960s-era weapons were upgraded with new datalinks, communications gear and fire control systems. Russia eventually hopes to modernize all 500 of the vehicles it has in storage. “In the course of deep... Read more
Russia’s New Version of the Backfire Bomber Has a Problem
Russia is planning to upgrade its fleet of Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire intermediate range bombers with new engines and avionics. The first of 30 modernized supersonic bombers will make its first flight next year if all goes as planned. “The first heavily upgraded Tu-22M3 will take to the skies in 2018,” Tupolev... Read more
The Seven Most Dangerous Su-27s in the World
On June 9, 2017, examples of all three of the U.S. Air Force’s heavy bombers — the swing-wing B-1, the stealthy B-2 and the lumbering B-52 — gathered in international air space over the Baltic Sea for a rare photo-op with allied fighters and patrol planes. They had a... Read more