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Surprised locals find nearly 100 abandoned T80 tanks in Russian forest
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2010, 14:17:55 »
 ??? Isn't this still enough to equip a Russian armoured battalion or even a brigade, even without all the support vehicles like APCs/BMPs?

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MOSCOW - SOME Russians were amazed to discover dozens of T-80 battle tanks seemingly abandoned in a forest, but army officials insisted there was nothing unusual about it.
The tanks - nearly 100 in all - were found near the Elanovskaya railroad station about 100km outside the Urals Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, the Kommersant daily reported on Saturday.

Their presence was revealed after a local news website posted a video of the tanks, covered in a deep layer of snow and resting peacefully between the railroad and the woods with no military personnel in sight. 'There are tanks all over the forest, abandoned.

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A spokesman for the Volga-Urals Military District, the branch of the Russian army which oversees the area, said the tanks were being transported to a storage site aa part of a routine logistical operation.


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'It is entirely possible they could have been filmed on video. This is not a military secret, and placing a guard next to each vehicle is impossible.' -- AFP
 
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200 Russian tanks found abandoned in forest
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2010, 11:27:27 »
200 Russian tanks found abandoned in forest
The Russian army is embroiled in an embarrassing scandal after 200 of its tanks were found abandoned near a forest in central Russia, unguarded and unlocked.
 By Andrew Osborn in Moscow 28 Feb 2010
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A news website near the city of Yekaterinburg posted a video of the forgotten tanks showing passers-by clambering inside the vehicles and playing with empty ammunition belts. The only items that seemed to be missing were live rounds and the keys to the tanks' ignitions.

"There are tanks all over the forest, abandoned," an unnamed reporter on the video says. "If you need one, come and get it."

Locals in a nearby village said the tanks had been sitting there for almost four months covered in snow. The armoured vehicles were identified as a mixture of T-80 and T-72 battle tanks, the workhorses of the Russian army.

"We were shocked," Pavel L, a local, told Russian media. "It is like you can sit behind the wheel, start up the engine and drive off and nobody would notice!"

A military spokesman claimed the tanks were in fact being guarded by special patrols and were in the process of being dispatched to a military base. But military prosecutors appeared sceptical about his claims and opened an official investigation. Wary of further bad publicity, the army has urgently begun relocating the tanks.

The scandal comes days after one of Russia's top military commanders suggested the country did not need half of its 20,000 tanks and might scrap many older models. Tanks played an important role in the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, with Russia capturing dozens of Georgian tanks in the short conflict.
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Re: 200 Russian tanks found abandoned in forest
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2010, 11:34:24 »
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former Russian AF chief: Russian air defences WEAK
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2010, 22:21:59 »
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Former air force chief: Russia's air defenses weak
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV (AP) – 13 hours ago

MOSCOW — Russia is lagging 25 to 30 years behind the United States in developing prospective air defense weapons because of a meltdown of its defense industries, a former Russian air force chief said Thursday.

Retired Gen. Anatoly Kornukov said Russia has only a reduced capability to protect itself from an enemy attack — a statement that contrasted sharply with the government's claim that the nation's military are getting stronger following a post-Soviet decline.

The Defense Ministry has boasted about developing new S-400 air defense missile systems and proudly displayed some of them in Sunday's massive Victory Day parade on Red Square.

But Kornukov said that the military now has only two such systems, each including a radar, several launchers and support vehicles, and it was supposed to have 15.

He said the Soviet-designed S-300s have strong capabilities but are approaching retirement. "Their lifetime can't be expanded indefinitely," he said at a news conference.

Another component of the nation's air defense, fighter jets, have been increasingly grounded for lack of engines and parts, Kornukov added.

"Regrettably, our air defense forces only have a limited capability to protect the nation's security," Kornukov said.

Compared to the Soviet times, when the nation's air defense forces were capable of shooting down up to 98 out of every 100 intruding enemy planes, now it would only intercept 20 out of 100, he said.

"The situation is simply terrible," Kornukov said.

Asked whether the military is capable of fending off an attack from Iran or North Korea, he said that the Russian forces would likely find it difficult to shoot down a short-range missile fired by one of them.

Kornukov said Russia has fallen 25 to 30 years behind the U.S. in air defense technologies and would find it difficult to narrow the gap because of a meltdown of its defense industries which have been plagued by the loss of qualified personnel and key technologies.

"The industrial plants producing high-tech weapons are in a pitiful condition," Kornukov said.

Retired Col.-Gen. Anatoly Sitnov, who formerly was in charge of weapons procurement for the Defense Ministry, said the nation has lost up to 300 key industrial technologies in aviation and air defense. He said that Russian industries are increasingly falling behind in developing new materials, such as heat-resistant graphite needed to build new faster missiles.

Kornukov and Sitnov harshly criticized the government's military reforms, saying they have further crippled the nation's air defense capability by weakening coordination among different branches of the military.

The government has insisted that the reforms helped bolster the nation's military capability.

Kornukov said Russia's five-day war with Georgia in 2008 highlighted the weakness of the Russian military. Russian media said the military accidentally shot down at least one combat jet of its own in the conflict because of confusion and the lack of coordination between forces.
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Do you think Russian Army is powerfull?
« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2011, 15:04:24 »
Do you think Russian Army is powerfull?
Look how Russian Officers live at Russian military base  near Moscow (25 km away from Kremlin)
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Re: Do you think Russian Army is powerfull?
« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2011, 16:01:14 »
Powerful,no...broke yes! Poor could equal tough, but not powerful. Their will is strong, and the spirit may be too, but the national fervor is not the same as it was twenty-five years ago. My :2c: Ubique.
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Re: Do you think Russian Army is powerfull?
« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2011, 16:50:17 »
Powerful,no...broke yes! Poor could equal tough, but not powerful. Their will is strong, and the spirit may be too, but the national fervor is not the same as it was twenty-five years ago. My :2c: Ubique.
For protection,yes, powerful .If somebody wants to conquer Russia - russian people will protect with the will and spirit .But if Russia wants to conquer some countries- I don't think Russian military will be powerfull. They don't have contract army.
Privates have hungry life there. A lot of violence there as between soldiers and violence from officer too. Not strong moral atmosphere there - corruption, even prostitution- officers can send soldier to earn money selling the body or build houses for colonels  for free
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Army
« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2012, 06:59:32 »
Army dogs use phones and cameras - BBC

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The Russian army has begun training sniffer dogs to use cell phones and
video cameras. The army believes that once they have mastered the
gadgets they will be well equipped to help prevent terrorist attacks.

Steve Rosenberg has been to see them.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13025361

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Army
« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2012, 12:11:37 »
Photo essay of Russian equipment from a Motor Rifle Brigade posted in Georgia.

This is quite interesting since it highlights a lot of support equipment, including transport trucks, maint vehicles and even a mobile sauna(?). EW and C4I equipment is also on display. A fair mix of relatively new equipment and still a sprinkling of old equipment (including a BRDM used as a PSYOPS vehicle mounting a loudspeaker on the turret rather than a machinegun:

http://englishrussia.com/2011/10/17/military-equipment-of-a-rifle-brigade/
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Army
« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2012, 13:31:55 »
Interesting to see what they have on offer.  Thanks.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Army
« Reply #35 on: May 02, 2012, 13:51:51 »
Interesting to see what they have on offer.  Thanks.
With out new fur hats, some old greatcoats and CF Green Wedges we could start our own MRR. hmmmmmmmmmmm  8)
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« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2012, 14:44:54 »
With out new fur hats, some old greatcoats and CF Green Wedges we could start our own MRR. hmmmmmmmmmmm  8)
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Army
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2012, 16:05:48 »
Comrade Jolly!

Parade dress is new fur hat, with big green coat and black rubber boots!

Do not forget big Red Star for fur hat! ;)
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Army
« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2012, 16:21:34 »
Thanks for that - love the translation:
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Russian leadership gets sneak preview of new Armata tank
« Reply #39 on: July 09, 2013, 08:58:30 »
Russian Leadership to Get Sneak Preview of New Armata Tank
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“The Armata will be unveiled during a closed showing at the Nizhny Tagil arms expo,” Rogozin said on Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio. “Several prototypes will be shown exclusively to the Russian leadership.”

The Armata’s design incorporates aspects of other projects, including Object 195 and Black Eagle, according to manufacturer Uralvagonzavod.

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Russian Military May Receive New Tank for Testing in 2013
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The tank, dubbed Armata, is being developed by tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod in Russia’s Urals region. The Defense Ministry earlier said the field testing of the MBT was expected to start in 2014.

“Uralvagonzavod tells us they will supply a first prototype under the Armata project for testing 10 months ahead of schedule,” Sukhorukov said.

The first deliveries of the tank to the Russian Armed Forces are scheduled for 2015. A total of 2,300 MBTs are expected to be supplied by 2020.

Source: en.rian.ru

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Re: Russian leadership gets sneak preview of new Armata tank
« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2013, 09:27:00 »
From the interwebs, an artist's rendering of said tank:



Edit to add:

According to this Wikipedia article, "Armata" refers to an AFV platform that will be used as a basis for tanks, APCs, engineering vehicles, etc.

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Re: Russian leadership gets sneak preview of new Armata tank
« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2013, 09:30:07 »
From the interwebs, an artist's rendering of said tank:



A rear end shot.....Exhausts over the tracks and mounts for external fuel drums visible.
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Re: Russian leadership gets sneak preview of new Armata tank
« Reply #42 on: July 09, 2013, 19:39:43 »
A bit more on the project. This is actually 1/3 of a much greater modernization program, the chassis will be the basis of a family of heavy vehicles, but there are also a light tracked and wheeled platform in development as well (to replace the BTR series and the various tracked platforms like the BMP/BMD/MTLB and so on).

This version of the paper tank is different, having a remote control 57mm grenade aluncher and separate remote HMG on the turret. It will be interestng to see what the final result will look like (and if Russia actually has the economic ability to get these programs into production):

http://www.armyrecognition.com/russia_russian_army_tank_heavy_armoured_vehicles_u/armata_russian_main_battle_tank_technical_data_sheet_specifications_information_description_pictures.html

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Re: Russian leadership gets sneak preview of new Armata tank
« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2013, 21:29:33 »
An update with another image of the Armata tank:

From Russia's RIAN:



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The prototype of Russia’s next generation Armata main battle tank is ready for testing, which will begin by November, the head of the Russian Tank Forces said Saturday.

“The prototypes will be unveiled soon at an exhibit in Nizhny Tagil, and their tests will kick off within a month or two, I believe,” Lt. Gen. Alexander Shevchenko said on Echo Moskvy radio.

The biannual Russian Arms Expo will run in the Urals city in September 25-28 this year. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in July that the country’s leadership will get a sneak preview of the new tank during the arms fair.

An unmanned version of the Armata main battle tank is also on the cards, Shevchenko said.

Armata is a universal combat platform that is to be utilized for production of various armored vehicles. Shevchenko said on Friday that prototypes are already created for an Armada-based main battle tank, heavy infantry fighting vehicle and armored recovery vehicle.

The combat platform, named after a 14-century Russian cannon, is being designed since 2009 by the state-run corporation Uralvagonzavod, headquartered in Nizhny Tagil.

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Russia doubling size of Airborne forces
« Reply #44 on: August 11, 2014, 15:18:19 »
Putin continues to overhaul the Russian military...

Russia 'to double' size of airborne forces

[IHS Janes] - 8 August 2014


Russia is planning to double the size of its airborne force, according to local media. Source: PA

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ITAR-TASS reports that a third manoeuvre regiment will join existing airborne divisions and brigades, and entirely new formations will also be established. The airborne's current Spetsnaz regiment will be expanded to a brigade before the end of this year.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Airborne Troops, Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, told news agencies on 1 August that his branch intends to acquire more than 1,500 new BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicles, and 2,500 BTR-MD/BTR-D3 Rakushka troop transporters by 2025.

Four thousand new combat vehicles would more than fully re-equip the airborne's current manoeuvre battalions. As recently as 2009 he believed only 200 of the new tracked BMD-4Ms would be purchased.

Gen Shamanov said that in 2015 the airborne will receive two "battalion sets" of 32 BMD-4Ms, along with more than 20 Rakushkas. Airborne units are currently field-testing both new combat vehicles.

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Russian troops hold drills in Serbia
« Reply #45 on: November 15, 2014, 20:28:16 »
Russia and their "Southern Slavic" cousins holding drills:

Military.com

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The "anti-terrorist' drill on Friday — the first such by the Russians outside the former Soviet Union — of elite Russian troops in northern Serbia, not far from NATO-member Croatia, has stirred controversy both here and abroad.
"Serbia's government wants to try and keep everyone happy," said prominent Balkan political analyst Tim Judah. "So, the U.S. helps finance and modernize Serbia's army while now Serbian soldiers train with Russians. In normal times there would be little to say about this, but post-Crimea, these are not normal times anymore."
Although Serbian officials say they respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and do not support Russia's annexation of Crimea, they have refused to impose sanctions against Russia like the EU and the U.S. have. Russia and Serbia have traditionally close historic and cultural ties, and Moscow has backed Belgrade's bid to maintain its claim over Kosovo — a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008 with the support of Washington and its allies.

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Re: Russian leadership gets sneak preview of new Armata tank
« Reply #46 on: December 31, 2014, 21:53:08 »
A video of the Armata MBT:

Military.com video link

Plus the video description:

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The "Armata" Universal Combat Platform is a Russian advanced next generation heavy military tracked vehicle platform. The "Armata" platform is intended to be the basis for a main battle tank, a heavy infantry fighting vehicle, a combat engineering vehicle, an armoured recovery vehicle, a heavy armoured personnel carrier, a tank support combat vehicle and several types of self-propelled artillery under the same codename based on the same chassis. It will also serve as the basis for artillery, air defense, and NBC defense systems. The new tank is under development at Uralvagonzavod in Nizhny Tagil. The first deliveries of the tank to the Russian Armed Forces are scheduled for 2015 and mass production is due to begin in 2016. A total of 2,300 MBTs are expected to be supplied by 2020, modernizing 70 percent of the Russian tank fleet.According to the General Director of Uralvagonzavod the first vehicles will be shown in the 2015 Victory parade.


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Re: Russian leadership gets sneak preview of new Armata tank
« Reply #47 on: December 31, 2014, 22:25:58 »
I'm pretty certain I read the other day that the Russians are unhappy with the costs of the Armata and are instead looking at a further evolution of the T-90S as their MBT of the future.


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Russian paratroopers in drills on borders of Estonia, Latvia
« Reply #48 on: February 28, 2015, 11:35:40 »
The Russian response to the US parading of military vehicles in these countries last week:

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Russian Paratroopers in Drills on Border with Estonia, Latvia

MOSCOW — Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers took part in drills in the country's west on Wednesday as Moscow conducted an inspection of its paratrooper units in the latest show of strength likely to alarm its neighbors.

Some 500 units of equipment were also to be included in drills in the western Pskov region which borders EU members Estonia and Latvia, defence ministry spokeswoman Irina Kruglova told AFP.

The drills, which will see some 1,500 paratroopers parachute en masse, were to continue until Saturday, she said, adding that soldiers would also capture and destroy a fictional enemy's airfield.

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Re: Russia in the 21st Century
« Reply #49 on: March 02, 2015, 10:01:21 »
The Russian army takes delivery of the first Armata tanks. While the descriptions are quite breathless, I will be interested to see how these things "really" work. The suite of advanced systems are similar to proposals dating back to the great Soviet tansk scare of the 1980's (either what the Red Army was about to get, or what future Western tanks needed to have to fight them. Think of the "Block 3" program). No official photographs have been released, so the picutres are still artists conceptions. The idea of using the basic hull as a platform for multiple uses is simply common sense, and I suppose the automotive components are fairly straightforward so a modular program like that isn't too difficult to achieve:

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/03/twenty-russian-t-14-armata-main-battle.html

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Twenty Russian T-14 Armata main battle tanks delivered in February and review of Armata variants
 
The first 20 T-14 Armata main battle tanks were handed over to the military earlier in February. It was initially thought that the new tank would be revealed then, but authorities decided to keep the tank's details a secret.
 
The T-14 (Object 149) main battle tank is based on the Armata platform, which has been in development at Uralvagonzavod since 2009. Other than the tank, the platform will be used for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), self-propelled guns (SPGs), engineering vehicles and other uses.
 
The Armata tank will reportedly feature a remotely controlled gun and fully automated loading, as well as a separate crew compartment made from composite materials and protected by multilayered armor.
 
The tank will go through state trials in 2016, and it is expected that by 2020, over 2,300 tanks on the Armata platform will be supplied to the military.
 
The platform’s chief tank (T-14) sports an unmanned remotely controlled turret armed with a brand new 125 mm 2A82-1M smoothbore cannon. Its muzzle energy is greater than one of the world’s previously considered best cannons: the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120 mm gun. The 125 mm gun has 15-20 percent improved accuracy and its rolling fire angular dispersion has improved 1.7 times. According to Russian media, the Armata tank might also come with a specially developed 152 mm gun, the most powerful ever cannon to be mounted on a main battle tank.

The Armata is designed as a modular universal combat platform that could be used as a basis for a variety of combat vehicles, including main battle tanks, fire support, mine clearing, heavy flame throwing and bridge laying vehicles, according to Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
 
Variants that will use the Armata chassis

The "Armata" platform is intended to be the basis for a main battle tank, a heavy infantry fighting vehicle, a combat engineering vehicle, an armoured recovery vehicle, a heavy armoured personnel carrier, a tank support combat vehicle and several types of self-propelled artillery under the same codename based on the same chassis
 
According to preliminary reports, the new tank designated T-14 will be less radical and ambitious than the canceled ‘Object 195’ or T-95, it will weigh less, therefore, become more agile and will be more affordable, compared to its more ambitious predecessors. Additionally, the Kurganets-25 tracked armored vehicle provides high degree of commonality with the new Armata tank. The Kurganets-25 will evolve into various models, gradually replacing BMP and BMD and MT-LB and other types of tracked armored platforms. The Kurganets-25 will have modular armor that can be upgraded for specific threats, be armed with a 2A42 30 mm autocannon, and have four Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missile launchers.
 
The Armata will use a new type of lightweight armor designated 44S-SV-SH, developed by Steel Scientific Research Institute enterprise. This armor does not lose its qualities when used in extremely low temperatures, an indication of Russia's military interest in the Arctic.
 
The Armata tank will have a remote weapon station turret and an automated control system, with the crew protected by an armored capsule. It will have an externally mounted 125 mm gun with 32 rounds of ammunition; in addition to tank rounds, a new laser-guided missile able to be fired from the main gun with a tandem anti-tank warhead and a range of 5,000 m (16,000 ft) is planned to be created. The secondary armament will consist of a 30 mm cannon and a 12.7 mm machine gun. (Interpolation by me: Many early reports suggested the secondary weapon would be a high velocity grenade launcher. It is interesting to note they have not copied the Israeli practice of mounting a 60mm mortar on the vehicle)
 
Kurganets-25: Tracked infantry fighting vehicle
 
Strategy Page indicates in 2014 Russia began testing the newly built prototypes of its new Kurganets 25 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). This is based on the Armata chassis and will eventually replace all the existing BMP and BMD IFVs. The 25 ton Kurganets 25 will have a front mounted engine, a crew of three and carry six or seven infantry.
 
Two other variants
 
BREM-T T-16: recovery vehicle
 
BM-2 (TOS-2): short range rocket artillery, similar to flamethrower system TOS-1 Buratino
 
SOURCES - Sputnick News, Wikipedia, youtube, military-today, Strategy page, rt.com
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