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RUSSIA MAY OPPOSE ISRAELI MISSILE SALE TO FINLAND
Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Gabriel anti-Ship Missile

Source: IAI


Gabriel anti-Ship Missile

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HELSINKI - Russia may not be happy with Israel's decision to sell new anti-ship missiles to Finland. The deal is worth $190 million. Under its terms, Finland will receive Gabriel 5 anti-ship missiles manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries.

Finland will designate the weapons as the Surface to Surface Missile 2020 (SSM2020) and it will replace the existing MTO85M. The latter weapon is a version of the Saab RBS15 anti-ship missile. The Israeli missile defeated rivals from the U.S. (Harpoon), France (Exocet), Sweden (RBS15) and Norway (Naval Strike Missile).

The Gabriels will arm Hamina-class missile boats and on Squadron 2020 corvettes. The Gabriel Mk 5 is also known in Israel as the Advanced Naval Attack Missile.

Other customers for Gabriel series missiles include India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan.

Source:  National Interest
Associated URL: http://nationalinterest.org/print/blog/buzz/will-russia-stop-israel-selling-dead
Source Date: July 14, 2018
Author: Michael Peck 
Posted: 07/16/2018

 
 
RUSSIA TESTING KINZHAL MISSILE
Monday, July 16, 2018
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MiG-31 with Kinzhal Missile

Source: Russian MoD


MiG-31 with Kinzhal Missile

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MOSCOW, Russian Federation -- Russia has conducted 12 tests of the Kinzhal missile. The most recent test was conducted this month and the missile successfully hit a target 800 kilometers away, according to the reports. So far, the missile has only been tested from the MiG-31, but eventually Russia is planning on arming other aircraft with the Kinzhal.

Sputnik International, though owned by the Russian state, noted, "At present there has been no mention in the Russian media about the successful test of a Kinzhal missile referred to by CNBC." No Russian official has commented on the reports of 12 test flights, but in mid-March 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement that a MiG-31 had tested the Kinzhal.

Testing, which began in December 2017, is believed to be ongoing in Russia's Southern Military District. It is not clear when testing may begin onboard other aircraft. Russia may well equip its Tu-22M3 strategic bombers with the missile.

In a speech in March 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed the Kinzhal project, stating, "As an important stage of armament development, a precision hypersonic aviation and missile complex has been created." The Kinzhal missile is claimed to carry a range of up to 2,000 kilometers. The air-launched ballistic missile -- evidently derived from the Iskander land-based missile -- can travel at hypersonic speeds and carry nuclear warheads.

Once in service, Kinzhal will bolster Russia's nuclear deterrent and improve the reliability of its delivery systems against current and future American missile defense systems. Russia is aiming to put a number of new missile systems into service over the coming years in order to ensure that its military is able to penetrate through air-defense networks.

Source:  Sputnik International
Associated URL: https://sputniknews.com/military/201807141066348861-russia-hypersonic-missile/
Source Date: July 16, 2018
Posted: 07/16/2018

 
 
RUSSIA LAYS DOWN NEW BUYAN VESSEL
Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Project 21631 class missile boat

Source: Russian Navy


Project 21631 class missile boat

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MOSCOW -- Russia has laid down a new Project 21631 missile boat for its Navy.

The Russian Defense Ministry's press office announced on July 12, 2018, that a new missile boat, named Stavropol, had been laid down. The press office said in a statement, "Today the Project 21631 small missile ship Stavropol was laid down at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard."

Stavropol is another Buyan-M missile boat, the 12th in Project 21631 and the second to be laid down this year. Six missile boats of this type are in service with the Russian military, while another five are at various stages of completion. Stavropol and two other vessels -- Grad and Naro-Fominsk, laid down in 2017 and 2018 respectively -- are being built under a contract worth 27 billion rubles announced in September 2016.

These vessels are equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles, which have been put to use as part of Russia's military campaign in Syria. The Russian Navy has demonstrated the ability of the Kalibr missiles to be used in the land-attack role, targeting militant forces in Syria with the missiles. For air-defense, they also have a Pantsyr-M surface-to-air missile system and mounted machine guns.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko attended the ceremony. TASS noted that other officials in attendance included "representatives of the Navy’s Main Command and the Tatarstan authorities."

Source:  TASS Russian News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/1012847
Source Date: July 12, 2018
Posted: 07/12/2018

 

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