A Russian Fleet Gathers Near Syria
In late August 2018 Russia launched a naval deployment in the western Mediterranean off the Syrian coast. It was Moscow’s biggest such deployment since the end of the Cold War. The naval moves came shortly after the Kremlin claimed the United States and its Western allies were plotting a... Read more
Donald Trump Dreams of a Tri-Polar Planet
The pundits and politicians generally take it for granted that Donald Trump lacks a coherent foreign policy. They believe that he acts solely out of spite, caprice and political opportunism — lashing out at U.S. allies such as Germany’s Angela Merkel and England’s Theresa May only to embrace authoritarian... Read more
Backfire Bombers With Hypersonic Missiles
Russia may test its Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aero-ballistic missile onboard the Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire bomber, which would greatly extend the number of targets Moscow could hold at risk with the new weapon. The missile is currently launched from onboard the Mikoyan MiG-31K variant of the Mach 2.83-capable Foxhound interceptor, but the Kinzhal might... Read more
The Russian Military Is Neglecting Its Eastern Flank
Ten years ago, the Russian military embarked on a series of major reforms intended to restructure, modernize and equip its forces for the 21st century. In more recent years, Russia has put those reforms to the test in two conflicts, in both cases successfully. The Russian military of today... Read more
Coming Soon — Containerized Missiles on Russian Warships
Russia’s military spending cannot match the Kremlin’s ambitions. Western sanctions and low gas prices forced a 20-percent cut to the Russian military budget in 2017, bedeviling a host of military projects. However, Russia is looking at cheap and easy ways to equip its forces — particularly the navy —... Read more
How Russia’s Military Moves Around the World
When it comes to being air-mobile, the Russian military is second only to the U.S. military. According to the 2018 Military Balance Report, Russia fields 177 heavy to medium transport aircraft. This stands in contrast to America’s 658, China’s 84, France’s 46 and the United Kingdom’s 44. Russia’s transport... Read more
Russian Soldiers Are Complaining About Exploding Guns
Russian infantry weapons have a reputation for reliability. The AK and PKM are renowned for enduring through adverse conditions, powered by their powerful long-stroke piston actions. However, a recent report by warhead.su suggests that when these weapons do fail in Russian service, the problem is often not in their design, but... Read more
Los comandos rusos van por ahí en todoterrenos, armados con minas
El Ejército ruso se apoya en la disrupción y decepción para vencer a un enemigo que pudiera estar más avanzado tecnológicamente ─una práctica que se remonta a antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial─. Actualmente el Ejército ruso está aumentando su adiestramiento en el antiguo arte de plantar minas tras... Read more
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

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