The new Bakhcha-U-PDS parachute system is going through tests to check its capability of parachuting BMD-4M airborne assault vehicles right into the battle with crew aboard, allowing forces to be rapidly deployed behind enemy lines. It will join service with the Russian Airborne Troops or VDV – which is a separate branch from the Ground Forces – this year.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not continue participating in the Human Rights Council unless the UN rights agency undergoes «considerable reform».
With Donald Trump leading the United States, Europe seems to be losing trust in the American nuclear umbrella. As the EU focuses on the need to have its own military, the issue of European nuclear deterrent comes to the fore. The debate has been triggered. This issue is intensively discussed in Germany...
According to Russia’s Rossiyskaya Gazeta, a government-owned daily, the fourth A-50U early warning and control aircraft (AWACS) has entered service with the Air Space Forces. The ceremony took place a few days ago in Taganrog. This is the fourth aircraft of the total 20 planned to be in service by the 2020s...
Turkey came very close to crossing Greece’s red lines in the Aegean last week, when a Turkish coast guard vessel fired shots in Greek territorial waters east of the islet of Farmakonisi, said Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper on February 21, calling on Ankara to «rethink again these games». «Some people in Turkey think that Greece could be like Syria or Iraq...
Russia and NATO balancing on the brink of military conflict has been a hot topic ever since 2014 when the bilateral ties were frozen as a result of the events in Ukraine. Heightened tensions, arms control erosion and a plethora of divisive issues negatively affect the bilateral relationship, with misunderstanding and frustration hindering any attempts to turn the tide.
Putting together the bits of information already available from various sources provides some indication of what the new US anti-terror strategy is about.
In his Reuters interview on February 23, US President Donald Trump said the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity and he wants America «to be at the top of the pack». This was the first time the US president made publicly known his stance on the New START Treaty, calling it «a one-sided deal. «Just another bad deal that the country made, whether it's START, whether it's the Iran deal ... We're going to start making good deals», he stated...
IDEX is the only international defense exhibition and conference in the Middle East, North Africa region. It takes place every two years in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, since the inauguration in 1993. Russia has taken part in all 13 IDEX events, including the 2017 exhibition held on Feb. 19-23. This year, Russia exhibited more than 240 weapons and military equipment for all branches of armed forces, many of which showed high combat effectiveness in Syria. The T-90MS Tagil main battle tank stood out as a big success...
According to the official, the Turkey-supported Free Syrian Army will launch an operation to retake Raqqa – the unofficial IS capital – from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group after it ousts militants from al-Bab. Mr. Cavusoglu also called on other partners from the US-led anti-IS international coalition to send their special forces for the planned ground offensive to retake Raqqa...