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    Default Putin's wargame: behind the smoke

    Professor Paul Rogers has a short commentary on the current, hyped joint Vostok 2018 exercise. Here is a passage:
    Russia has strong assets. It has maintained substantial nuclear forces, undertaken military adventures in Crimea (2014) and Syria (2015), prioritised special forces, and developed the practice of "hybrid warfare". In its own terms this is a considerable record, but it does not equate to a transformation that brings Russia's capabilities to parity with the west's. The funds have simply not been available. A prime example is the decline of the Pacific fleet, once powerful but now also ageing and with a tempo of activity to match.
    He concludes:
    But the evidence also suggests that the western branch of the worldwide military-industrial complex tends to exaggerate the Russian threat in the interest of new orders and big profits. When alarmism about Russia is routine, that must be kept in mind. But so too is the certainty that the Russian branch of this complex, if perhaps on a smaller scale and over a longer period, will be playing the same game.
    Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-r...-behind-smoke?
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    Moscow (CNN)Syria antiaircraft fire downed a Russian military plane after an Israeli attack on Syrian positions, killing 15 people on board, Moscow said.

    Russian state media said Syrian missiles shot the maritime patrol aircraft down amid an attack by Israeli jets in the Latakia region of northwest Syria.
    Moscow blamed Israel for putting its aircraft in the line of fire and said it had only a minute's notice of the strike.
    "As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian servicemen were killed, which is absolutely not in keeping with the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership," said Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian military, according to RIA-Novosti.
    In a rare acknowledgment of its military activity in the region, Israel expressed "sorrow" for the loss of Russian life, but blamed the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/17/polit...ane/index.html
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    Marketing campaign -

    The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) successfully test-fired a Kh-35U anti-ship missile (ASM) from its Su-34 long-range strike aircraft at a naval test range of the Pacific fleet, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.
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    According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Kh-35U anti-ship missile is designed to destroy surface ships displacing up to 5,000 tonnes and surface targets. The missile has a range of about 250 kilometers.
    https://defence-blog.com/news/russia...nt-drills.html
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    (CNN)America's most senior naval officer in Europe, Adm. James Foggo, said Friday that he was "concerned" about some of Russia's newer and more advanced fleet of submarines.

    "Russia is not 10 feet tall but they do have assets that keep me vigilant, concerned. One of them is in the undersea domain," Foggo, the commander of US Naval Forces Europe, told reporters at the Pentagon.

    While Foggo said Russia's surface fleet, including its aging aircraft carrier, posed little threat -- saying Moscow did "not have a robust capital ship capability" -- he did express concerns about Russian advancements in its development of submarines and cruise missiles.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/05/polit...eat/index.html
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    Russia says it will block any attempt by Ukraine to host military drills in the Sea of Azov, a strategic waterway where Kiev could soon be operating two newly acquired American warships. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a bilateral treaty with Ukraine prohibits military drills in the area around Azov without a green light from Moscow.
    https://americanmilitarynews.com/201...o-ship-drills/
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    Default Flashpoint @ Sea of Azov

    There is a Ukrainian website that provides some background and curiously the Ukrainians have managed to pass two naval ships through the narrow Straits of Kerch already. The two ex-USCG vessels appear to be still in a Baltimore dockyard.
    Link:https://112.international/article/uk...zov-33305.html
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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank in the early hours of Tuesday and a crane crashed onto its deck, tearing a gash up to 5 meters wide.The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces.

    It was being overhauled on one of the world’s biggest floating docks in the icy waters of the Kola Bay near Murmansk close to where Russia’s Northern Fleet is based and was due to go back into service in 2021.Maria Kovtun, Murmansk’s governor, said in a statement that a rescue operation had been launched and 71 people evacuated after the floating dock holding the ship had begun to sink.

    The warship had been successfully extracted from the dock before it completely sank, she said.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKCN1N410U
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    So the cynic in me asks "who do we have to thank for this?", even though incompetence seems far more likely than sabotage.

    Russian officials admitted that they no longer can service Russia’s lone aircraft carrier following a recent sinking of a large floating dry dock.
    https://thediplomat.com/2018/11/russ...fter-accident/
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    Food for thought, by Mark Galeotti.
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/05...imov-doctrine/

    I was the first to write about Russia’s infamous high-tech military strategy. One small problem: it doesn't exist.
    Everywhere, you’ll find scholars, pundits, and policymakers talking about the threat the “Gerasimov doctrine” — named after Russia’s chief of the general staff — poses to the West. It’s a new way of war, “an expanded theory of modern warfare,” or even “a vision of total warfare.”

    There’s one small problem. It doesn’t exist. And the longer we pretend it does, the longer we misunderstand the — real, but different — challenge Russia poses.
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    The new leader of the United Kingdom’s army said that Russia is a bigger security threat than the Islamic State group (ISIS) in his first interview since becoming chief in June.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/4695735/u...eat-than-isis/
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    Russia has opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels in a major escalation of tensions off the coast of Crimea. Three sailors have been wounded after the Ukrainian navy said two artillery boats were hit by the strikes in the Black Sea. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency session of his war cabinet and said he will propose that parliament declare martial law.
    https://news.sky.com/story/russia-fi...k-sea-11563775

    KIEV (Reuters) - The Ukrainian navy said Russian special forces had seized three of its ships in the Black Sea and that two of its sailors had been wounded in the incident. It made the statement after earlier saying that Russia had opened fire on the ships, which Russia blocked from passing through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov. There was no immediate response to the allegation from Russia.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1NU0YK
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    What triggered the military confrontation in Black Sea? l Inside Story - Al Jazeera English
    Relations between Russia and Ukraine the countries are still raw after Russia annexed Crimea four years ago. And Moscow's since been backing pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine where fighting continues.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKZE0pWtaL8
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    Default Swopping an Arctic AFB for somewhere warmer

    For some a change of scenery, climate and perhaps some food:
    Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers, an Antonov An-124 Russian heavy military transport plane and an Ilyushin Il-62 plane arrived in Venezuela, the Russian defense ministry said on Monday.
    The maps suggests in-flight refueling in mid-Atlantic.
    Link:https://defence-blog.com/news/russia...venezuela.html

    I recall a similar expedition to Indonesia awhile ago. Neither nation I expect is in the market to buy such aircraft. Perhaps a return via Cuba?

    Via a UK newspaper:
    the planes can fly over 7,500 miles without re-fuelling and have landed in Venezuela twice before in the last decade.
    Link:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...ssian-bombers/
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    The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission.

    A pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan fighter jets during part of the training mission on Wednesday to practice interaction.

    The Tu-160 is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 5,500 kilometers (3,410 miles).
    https://abcnews.go.com/International...n-sea-59782330
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    From TASS

    The Russian naval aviation will be developed in three stages, the general said.

    At the first stage (until 2021), there are plans to continue modernizing the operational planes while in 2021-2030 the naval aviation will start to receive the most advanced aircraft. After 2030, the efforts to develop promising aircraft will continue, the general said.

    In the period until 2021, the active upgrade of the existing fleet of aircraft will continue, he said.
    http://tass.com/defense/1035224
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    MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The cutting-edge frigate Admiral Kasatonov under construction for the Russian Navy at the St. Petersburg-based Severnaya Verf Shipyard will enter sea trials in December 2018, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolyov said on Monday.
    The lead warship of this series, the Admiral Gorshkov, was delivered to the Navy in the summer of 2018 and the construction of two more frigates (the Admiral Golovko and the Admiral Isakov) continues at the slipways of the Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg.

    Project 22350 frigates are the Russian Navy’s most advanced warships in their class. These frigates displace about 5,000 tonnes and can develop a speed of 29 knots. They are armed with Oniks and Kalibr missiles and the Poliment-Redut air defense missile system.

    The large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov was laid down at the Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast on June 11, 2015 and floated out on May 25 this year. By the Navy’s decision, this series will consist of only two warships: the lead ship Ivan Gren, which has been under construction for over 20 years due to the Project’s numerous adjustments and the first serial-produced (the second-built) large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov.

    Project 11711 warships displace about 6,000 tonnes and are the largest surface combatants built to date. The previous Project 1171 ‘Tapir’ large amphibious assault ship displaces 4,300 tonnes and the most numerous ships of this class in the Russian Navy (Project 775) have a displacement of 4,400 tonnes.

    http://tass.com/defense/1032678
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