Sunday, 24 June 2018

Russia has expanded and strengthened the nuclear bunker near Kaliningrad

Russian Defense Ministry

Translated by google

Americans lost nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad


Russia has expanded and strengthened the nuclear bunker near  Kaliningrad . According to the British edition of The Guardian, recently the Russian military conducted work on deepening the nuclear storage and reinforcing the concrete roof. Satellite imagery, which, according to experts, confirm this, was published on the eve of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

The research project on the study of nuclear objects at the FAS, Hans Christensen, explained that satellite images clearly show specific signs, "typical for Russian nuclear storage facilities." According to the scientist, in the photo you can see "super-powerful outer perimeter multi-layer fencing" around the object.

"The bunker itself has a triple fence around. These are typical features for all other nuclear storage facilities known to us in Russia, "Christensen explained.

According to him, work on the modernization of the facility began in 2016, and a new roof was installed this summer. At the same time, Christensen pointed out recently, scientists first noticed that one of the bunkers was deepened, and, apparently, modernized. At the same time, it is not clear to the Americans whether the Russian military stores a nuclear weapon on this site, or simply modernized the bunker in order to be able to place nuclear weapons there if necessary in the shortest possible time.

"These photographs do not prove the presence of nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad, but demonstrate that we are dealing with a working military facility," the scientist summed up.

Presumably, a mysterious bunker is located in the village of Alekseyevka in the Zelenograd District.

The Kaliningrad region has repeatedly attracted the alarming attention of NATO . Thus, at the beginning of the year, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the creation of the infrastructure on the territory of the region necessary for the deployment of the Iskander-M tactical missile systems (OTRK) on a permanent basis. Complexes deployed in  Chernyakhovsk are capable of hitting targets, including elements of enemy air defenses.

The Russian advanced S-400 Triumph S-400s, as well as coastal missile systems Bal and Bastion have already been deployed on the territory of the region.

NATO estimates the strengthening of the Russian military force in the westernmost region of the country as actions "not conducive to reducing tensions." In particular,  Brussels notes with alarm that the Iskander-M missile defenses can "use missiles equipped with nuclear warheads".

Another question is whether, indeed, American scientists succeeded in discovering a Russian bunker for the storage of nuclear weapons near Kaliningrad, and, if it is not so, what purpose does the photographed object actually serve?

There is a bunker, but another one

Military expert, editor-in-chief of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Victor Murakhovsky, in his communication with correspondent, expressed the opinion that the photos published by The Guardian most likely depict a new arsenal designed for safe storage of ammunition - shells and missiles.

"It's no secret that the Russian Armed Forces are creating an updated system of arsenals, that is, they are building new ammunition storage facilities that meet modern security requirements. In particular, they include protection from natural disasters, fires, attacks by the enemy. This was announced by Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov a few years ago. A similar facility is being built in the Western Military District for the needs of the 11th Army Corps of the Baltic Fleet stationed on the territory of the Kaliningrad Region. I emphasize that this is not about the storage of nuclear weapons, but about conventional shells and missiles, "he said.

According to Murakhovsky, if American scientists want to look at the site of the nuclear arsenal under construction with the help of a satellite, they will not succeed.

"I personally saw how such an arsenal is being built in the Southern Military District - on the territory of the Rostov Region . It is very similar to the object that is published on satellite images. There just is a system of underground bunkers, and fences, and fortifications. All this is intended for the safe storage of ammunition. We remember the numerous fires and explosions in arsenals, "the expert believes. 


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Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland to deliver combat systems for the five new K130 corvettes

K130 corvette - German internet image

Atlas Elektronik, Thales to deliver combat systems for new German K130 corvettes

German maritime technology firm Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have been contracted to deliver combat systems for the five new K130 corvettes that are to be built for the German Navy.

In addition to combat systems, the contract will see the two companies set up and deliver a test and training center in Wilhelmshaven, according to an announcement from Atlas Elektronik.

The two companies have formed a consortium named FüWES K130 to cooperate on the contract.

The contracted solution for ships 6 to 10 is identical to the one delivered for the first five ships, under a contract awarded in 2003. The combat management system software will be adapted and updated.

As outlined by Atlas Elektronik, the existing K130 combat system knowledge is preserved within the companies concerned. For this reason, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK will remain responsible for the operational software and Thales will remain responsible for an IT secure combat system infrastructure.

“The corvettes of the Class K130 have already demonstrated their value in shallow water operations in the Baltic Sea as well as expeditionary operations in the Mediterranean for the German Navy,” German Navy Commander Dietrich Esfeld, Head of Project K130 at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), stated.

The five new corvettes will be built under a €2.4 billion contract awarded to the ARGE K130 consortium, composed of Lürssen Werft, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and the subsequently incorporated German Naval Yards Kiel.

Led by Lürssen Werft as prime contractor, the shipbuilding team is to deliver the ships by 2025.

Braunschweig-class corvettes were ordered because of the navy’s increased scope and tempo of operations. Another reason is the fact that the MKS180 Multi-role Combat Ship order was delayed and the corvette announcement was interpreted as an offset to the delays.

The 90-meter ships are designed for operation in coastal waters, augmenting the capabilities of fast attack boats and frigates. They are equipped with two 27 mm Mauser MLG27 remote-controlled, fully-automatic cannons, and one OTO Melara 76 mm gun.

The corvettes also feature a helicopter landing deck and use the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) – guided naval missile for close-in defense against anti-ship missiles, aircraft, helicopters and surface threats.


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Saturday, 23 June 2018

New Grom air-to-surface missile undergoes flight tests on an Su-34 fighter-bomber

Su-34 fighter-bomber with new Grom tactical air-to-ground missile - KTRV

New Grom air-to-surface missile undergoes flight tests

Piotr Butowski, Gdansk - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

22 June 2018

Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) new Grom tactical air-to-ground missile is undergoing flight tests in readiness for commencing series production in November, according to a company presentation). Flight tests of the Grom, carried out on an Su-34 fighter-bomber, began at the end of 2017; according to the presentation, state evaluations will continue until September 2018.

KTRV’s 9A-7759 Grom (Thunder) is a new tactical missile development revealed in 2015. The Grom design is based on the Kh-38M missile, which was cleared for series production in 2015. KTRV director general Boris Obnosov said in 2015 that wings were added to the Kh-38M and the design was partially modified.


Very hard to get any data found only some in forums 

Grom tactical air-to-ground missile

© JSC "Corporation Tactical Missile Armament"

Explosion with delivery

Officially, these weapons for Russian front-line bombers and multi-purpose fighters are called the "Managed Complex of Missile-Bomb Weapons" under the index 9-A-7759 and refers to the projects of the "Thunder" family. The ammunition was developed for point-based air strikes against industrial facilities, airfields, mine rocket launchers and clusters of military equipment.

Structurally, the bomb has been solved in a modular scheme and is presented in three versions: with a powerful fragmentation-explosive, volumetric detonating charge or additional incendiary. The air bomb is launched by the so-called ejection method - before dumping the pilot goes into climb and makes a maneuver "hill." When separating from the carrier, the "Thunder" starts the starting engine, giving additional acceleration when diving towards the target.

© JSC "Corporation Tactical Missile Armament"

In flight, the bomb is controlled by an anti-interference inertial guidance system, which also uses GLONASS and GPS satellite signals. The error in aiming at the target, according to the developers, does not exceed eleven meters.

One of the brand features of the ammunition is the possibility of striking ground targets located behind the carrier. This allows the projectile to immediately go to the specified drop trajectory, without spending time to stabilize after starting. In addition, with this method of discharge, the accuracy of the bombing significantly increases.

The lightest modification of the bomb weighs 488 kilograms, the heaviest - 598 kilograms. In the first variant, the weight of the combat unit is 315 kilograms, in the second and third - 480 and 370 kilograms, respectively. 

Thrown from the plane "Thunder", depending on the modification, flies to 65-120 kilometers. The retractable wings help in this. In addition, to increase the range of one of the options for the bomb designers have equipped with a marching engine.

© JSC "Corporation Tactical Missile Armament" - Typical trajectory of CC MCW when starting in the rear hemisphere

Weapons for all

Member of the expert council of the board of the Military-Industrial Complex Viktor Murakhovsky explained to RIA Novosti that the new bomb is a long-awaited development. Now China and Korea are working on weapons of this type. 

"The product was created in a short time and uses the GLONASS system for high-precision target destruction, without which nothing would have happened," Murakhovsky said.

According to him, the bomb serves as a universal "surgical" instrument for air operations without entering the zone of enemy air defenses. And the accuracy of hitting the facility does not depend on the qualification of the pilot - everything is provided by the satellite navigation system.

To the destination of "Thunder" are able to deliver virtually all multipurpose fighters and front-line bombers in service with the VKS: heavy Su-30SM, Su-35S, Su-34, light MiG-35SMT, MiG-29 and even deck Su-33, based on the cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov. Also, the Su-24 bombers, which form the basis of front-line strike aviation, can carry the new bomb. Murakhovsky suggested that the latest version of the shell-transformer will be shown to the general public at the forum "Army-2018" in August.

The developers tested "Thunder" in various climatic conditions, in dust and sand, under the influence of precipitation, tested for resistance to electromagnetic and other disturbances. Flight-design tests confirmed the basic tactical and technical characteristics of the ammunition. As carriers, the Su-34 multipurpose bomber and the MiG-35 fighter were used. They carried out thirty flights with new weapons, conducted emergency discharges, discharges to "non-explosion," and used several telemetric mock-ups. Source:

Updated Jun 24, 2018

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Russia has deployed two long-range missile corvettes to the Mediterranean

File photo of Buyan-M (Project 21631) corvettes - Russian internet images

Russian Caspian corvettes enter Mediterranean

Tim Ripley, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

21 June 2018

Russia’s Caspian Flotilla has deployed two long-range missile corvettes to the Mediterranean, its Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 17 June.

The Buyan-M (Project 21631) corvettes Veliki Ustyug and Grad Sviyazhsk were photographed by ship-watchers in Istanbul passing through the Bosphorous towards the Mediterranean on 16 June.

The MoD statement released two days later said the ships had reached the Mediterranean, where they will be part of Russia’s permanent naval presence.

Both ships have served with the Caspian Flotilla since they were commissioned in 2014 and went into action for the first time in October 2015, when they launched Kalibr cruise missiles at targets in Syria.

There were reports in early June that the ships were using the Volga-Don Canal to get to the Black Sea.

Open source tracking of Russian warship movements through the Bosphorous and Strait of Gibraltar indicates that the only major surface combatants the Russian Navy currently has in the Mediterranean is the Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate Admiral Essen from the Black Sea Fleet and the Neustrashimy-class frigate Yaroslav Mudry , from the Baltic Fleet.


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Airbus, Thai Airways in maintenance facility joint venture



BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Airways International Pcl and Airbus SE signed a joint venture agreement for a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility, the carrier said on Friday.

The aviation maintenance hub will be set up at Thailand’s U-Tapao Airport, a joint civil-military airport near the country’s eastern seaboard, 150 kilometres east of Bangkok.

Thai Airways previously said that facility would cost about 11 billion baht ($338 million) of which the joint venture would pay 4 billion baht and the remaining would come from the Thai Navy’s budget.

The partnership is the latest MRO project for Thai Airways, which announced earlier this month it would begin servicing Rolls-Royce Trent engines.

Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng, editing by Louise Heavens


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Friday, 22 June 2018

Telephonics Awarded Radar Contract for United States Coast Guard's HC-27J Program

USCG HC-27J Spartan - Ciaran Regan YouTube


Telephonics Corporation 

Jun 14, 2018, 10:52 ET
FARMINGDALE, N.Y., June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), announced today that it has been competitively awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division valued at $31.8M to supply their APS-143C(V)3 as the multi-mode radar system for the United States Coast Guard's ("USCG") HC-27J Spartan medium-range maritime surveillance platform.

The APS-143C(V)3 maritime surveillance system offers a broad range of capabilities including long-range target search, detection and tracking in high sea-states, Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), weather avoidance, and Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) beacon modes. The system will assist HC-27J operators during a variety of missions.

"Telephonics is extremely proud to support this important program, providing a maritime surveillance system designed to meet the demanding requirements of USCG missions," said Kevin McSweeney, President of Telephonics. "The APS-143C(V)3 will provide enhanced radar capabilities to the USCG, enabling increased maritime awareness in support of their mission critical work."

The APS-143C(V)3 is widely deployed on the USCG HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft, as well as other domestic and international platforms, and utilized in maritime surveillance, reconnaissance, search and rescue, law enforcement and border protection missions.


APS-143C(V)3 OceanEye

The APS-143C(V)3 OceanEye™ system is Telephonics’ top-performing maritime surveillance radar. Onboard a wide array of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft worldwide, this multi-mode radar system offers a broad set of maritime long-range target search, detection and tracking modes in high-sea states. Complete with an optional integrated Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) interrogator, the APS-143C(V)3 OceanEye features Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) and overland Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging, weather avoidance and Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) beacon modes. 

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Turkey takes delivery of first two F-35 fighter jets in US

Turkey has been in the F-35 programme since the beginning of 1999, and the Turkish defence industry has taken an active role in the production of aircraft. (AA)

First two F-35 fighter jet delivered to Turkey during a ceremony in Forth Worth, Texas. Ankara plans to get 100 F-35 fighter jets in coming years, and as part of this deal 30 aircraft were ordered.

Turkey took delivery of its first two F-35 fighter jet at a ceremony in Texas on Thursday, despite opposition from the US Senate. 

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports. 

Ankara plans to get 100 F-35 fighter jets in the coming years, and as part of this deal 30 aircraft were ordered.

Officials from the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, Turkish companies involved in the project and Lockheed Martin representatives attended the ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Corporation in Texas.

Turkey has been in the F-35 programme since the beginning of 1999, and the Turkish defence industry has taken an active role in the production of the aircraft.

A 'great asset'

The aircraft is expected to boost the Turkish Air Force with its superior capabilities such as the latest sensors and an advanced radar system.

Officials said the first F-35 fighter jet delivered to Turkey will be assigned to the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for pilot training.

Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish Major General Reha Ufuk Er said that the F-35 is a "great asset to thwart future threats, and it will improve Turkey's air capacity."

The second aircraft will be delivered in the forthcoming days; the third and fourth one will be delivered in March 2019. These aircraft will stay in the US during the Turkish pilots' training period.

The fifth and sixth fighter jets will be directly sent to Turkey once their productions are finalised in November 2019.

A new era

The F-35 fighter jets will be deployed in the 7th Main Jet Base Command in eastern Malatya province. Training will begin in 2020 after the arrival of aircraft in November 2019.

"We are entering a new era altogether, and this also holds true for the Turkish air force," said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics business area.

Magnificent fighter jet

Turkish Defence Industry Deputy Undersecretary Serdar Demirel said the magnificent fighter jet is one of the most important indicators of the Turkey-US partnership and strategic alliance.

Demirel said that the F-35 will be the fifth generation fighter jet to be in the Turkish Armed Forces' inventory.

Turkey is getting its first F-35 fighter jet after the country joined the programme 19 years ago, he said.

Demirel said the aircraft will boost the efficiency of the Turkish Air Force's defence and attack capabilities, adding, Turkey's locally made HGK and SOM-J missiles would be integrated into the F-35.

Lockheed Martin praises Turkey

Lockheed Martin Chairperson Marillyn Hewson said the firm was honoured to deliver the first F-35 aircraft to the Republic of Turkey.

She added that the F-35 would play a decisive role in increasing global security worldwide.

On Monday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment prohibiting sales to Turkey of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, citing the purchase of the S-400 air defence system from Russia and detention of US citizens as the reasons.

Later, Turkey announced that the delivery of jets will take place at a ceremony in Texas, with the jets set to come to Turkey once the pilots complete training.

Source: AA


The Turks have way more bargaining power than the USA as they can turn to Russia for Su-57 and Israel won't like or allow the Turks to have a more advance fighter than the F-35 which Israel operate.

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