The Tu-95 strategic bomber, owned by the Ukrainian Air Force, has been put up on eBay auction. Anyone can buy the bomber, equipped to carry a nuclear weapon, for some $3 million. The bomber was built in 1987 and remains undamaged due to few flying hours (454). However, it can’t be piloted without special training.
Ukraine’s parliament has allegedly registered a bill that aims to put the former Soviet republic on tracks towards joining the military NATO bloc. This is according to the secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada.
Washington is escalating its activity in the Caucasus and Central Asia. After the announcement of the plan to get Georgia involved in NATO, some experts have expressed their opinions that the US is viewing Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries as potential bases to deploy its military objects. In connection with the US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan this task is considered to be one of the priorities.
Russia has the most modern weapons that no one else in the world has and it is very difficult to catch up with it in this area, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a meeting with the students of the Federal Siberian University in Krasnoyarsk.
Russia has delivered the first batch of 19 military transport helicopters Mi-17B-5 to India, as part of the contract to supply 59 helicopters of this type, an official representative of the Russian delegation at Singapore Airshow 2014 said.
The first of four US destroyers forming part of NATO's new anti-missile shield for Europe has arrived at a southern Spanish naval base used by the US Navy.
The large landing ship Minsk of the Baltic Fleet and the large landing ship Yamal of the Black Sea Fleet passed the Bosporus Strait on Tuesday to join the Russian Navy task force permanently deployed in the Mediterranean, the Navy Staff said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on military police, approved by the State Duma lower house on January 24 and by the Federation Council upper house on January 29.
No US warships have entered the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official spokesman said on Monday. “The US Navy ships - USS Ramage destroyer and USS Mount Whitney command ship – did not enter the Black Sea on February 3,” the spokesman said.
Defense Ministers of Russia Sergei Shoigu and of Kyrgyzstan Taalaibek Omuraliyev will have negotiations in Moscow on Monday, press service of Russia’s defense ministry reports. Kyrgyzstan’s defense minister is arriving to Russia at the invitation of Shoigu.
The guided missile frigate USS Ramage (DDG-61) and the command ship USS Mt. Whitney with 600 marines deployed aboard have come to the Black Sea, a military diplomat told the Russian news agency on Monday. "The frigate USS Ramage and the flag ship of the US Sixth Fleet, the USS Mt. Whitney, have arrived in the Black Sea. They have passed through the Dardanelles and Bosporus Straits lately with Turkish consent. More than 600 U. marines are stationed aboard the ships," the source said.
The US will deliver six Apache helicopters to Iraq. Congress has approved this first shipment of what will be a $4.8 billion deal on the sale of 24 helicopters to the country. Earlier, chairman of the US Foreign Relations Committee blocked the deal but then removed his objections. Meanwhile, violence continues in Iraq, whose government has lobbied for more American weapons and intelligence. Former CIA asset, journalist and author specializing on American interventions Susan Lindauer shared her views on the deal with the Voice of Russia.
A naval exercise began in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday involving the Russian Navy's heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Petr Velikiy and the Chinese Navy's frigate Yancheng. The drills started with a meeting between the ships and an exchange between communication officers, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said.
Dozens of countries, among them NATO members, have been invited to participate in a world tank biathlon championship due to take place in the Moscow region this summer, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
New challenges and threats to Russia's military security have emerged in recent years, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a Ministry Board meeting on Tuesday.
The Kronprins Haakon modern icebreaker for exploration of resources in the Arctic will be ready by 2016, Norway's Minister of Fishery Elisabeth Aspaker said at the opening of the Arctic Borders international conference in Tromso, Norway. "For Norway it will be its ever biggest investment in a sea research project," the minister said. "The new icebreaker will be used both for monitoring of the ecology situation in the Arctic and for further exploration of the hydrocarbon resources at high latitudes."
Members of the Air Force nuclear missile unit hit with the double whammy of drug and cheating scandals are "brokenhearted," their commander said Friday. In his first interview since the investigations were announced Wednesday at the Pentagon, Colonel Robert W. Stanley II said the 341st Missile Wing is compensating for the loss of 34 launch control officers by increasing the work load on others.
Six submarines will receive Russian Black Sea Fleet as a part of the 636.3 Project until 2016. Three submarines will be available to sailors this year. These are diesel-electric submarines: "Novorossiysk", "Rostov-on-Don," Stary Oskol." They belong to the third generation class of ships "Varshavyanka" (NATO – Kilo classification).
Washington and Beijing are discussing potential courses of action should the North Korea regime implode and have previously come up with contingency plans before Kim Jong-il's death. Washington and Beijing discussed possible scenarios in North Korea when it appeared that Kim Jong-il was close to death it is believe they are again discussing potential courses of action should the present regime implode.
Russia has put its Yars state-of-the-art missile systems on combat duty in the Novosibirsk Region. Yarsmissiles are a defensive weapon, so it’s important that the missiles are imperceptible on terrain. Yars missiles are due to eventually replace the now obsolete Topol missile system.