Russian Navy News

Russian submarine activity nowhere near the Cold War levels but new challenges lie ahead for NATO

Make no mistake about it, Russia’s submarine fleet is much smaller today than it was during the Soviet time. Furthermore, Soviet submarine patrols during the Cold War where averaging well over one hundred per year on a regular basis. Nowadays, Russian submarine patrols average at about ten per year. In 2012, US Office of Naval […]

National Guard Security Special Forces

New battledress and “cap” for spetsnaz

On 7 March, 2017, Russian Izvestia news agency ran a story under a rather bombastic heading “Spetsnaz orders “anatomic” uniforms”. Uniform in question seems to be, more or less, a copy of spetsnaz popular Crye Precision’s G3 Combat Pant and Filed Shirt, albeit in the A-TACS FG (Foliage/Green) camouflage pattern. Branded “anatomical” by Izvestia, due […]

Security Special Forces

German SD 414 in service with Russia’s Special Operations Forces

On 3 November last year, one of Russia’s leading news agencies RIA Novosti published an article in which Stuttgart based ROTINOR GmbH “device designer” Anthony Simmonds alleged that military grade Diver Propulsion Devices (DPD), also known as Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDV), have been supplied to the Russian Army. According to Simmonds, who appears to be […]

Security Special Forces

Hybrid AK for the hybrid age (featuring exclusive images)

Ever since General Valery Gerasimov’s paper on gibridnaya voina was published back in 2013, term hybrid war or hybrid warfare has become somewhat of a catch phrase amongst Russian defence and security experts alike. Add to that terms such as hybrid economy or hybrid state, often encountered in the West in reference to modern day, […]

Russian Navy News Syria

Admiral Kuznetsov’s deployment was not just for showmanship

Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kunzetsov is back home in the Murmansk region after taking part in the Syrian military campaign. According to Nikolai Evmenov, commander of the Russian Northern Fleet, in-all, 420 sorties were conducted, 117 of them at night. Genetically, Soviet designed Proekt 1143.5 was not intended for power projection ashore. Ability of […]

Aerospace Forces

31 Red with Tarantul(?) at Buturlinovka

In mid-2000’s an ambitious plan for the development of dedicated electronic warfare(EW) version of Su-34 featuring Kavkaz EW suite, that was to be known as Su-34P, was ditched in favour of simpler and more versatile solutions. (Letter P was to signify its purpose and stood for Pomekhovyi. Appropriately, the Russian word pomekh means to interfere […]