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April 2019

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Post by Mogg » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:32 pm

Turkey Joins S-400 Club

After almost 18 months of wrangling, a delegation from the Turkish Ministry of Defence put pen to paper on a contract authorisation the purchase of two S-400 batteries from Almaz-Antey. They join a growing list of customers who have bought the system, regarded as amongst the most advanced in the world, including Algeria, Belarus, China and India. Discussions with several Middle Eastern governments are ongoing and at an advanced stage according to representatives of the company. It demonstrates the growing relations between our two countries, amidst rumours that Turkey has expressed an interest in cooperating on the Su-57 project amid concerns over its position in the F-35 programme.

Ukraine Election Allegations

The reason for months of spurious allegations of election meddling have finally been revealed, after elements of the Ukrainian Gestapo rounded up a number of alleged Russian diplomatic, military and intelligence officers. A government official reported that no indication of any arrests had been provided by the Russian embassy in Kyiv and dismissed the claims reported in WNN that any such arrests had taken place. "What we have seen here is an attempt to distract attention from the real situation in Ukraine, where in order to disguise corruption and fraudulent electoral activities, fake arrests have been reported. The allegations of arrests are baseless, libellous and frankly pathetic."

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HMS Ambush Lives Up To Her Name!

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Post by Mogg » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:58 am

A British nuclear submarine, conveniently named HMS Ambush, has washed up in Russian territory. It is understood that the submarine was conducting an intelligence gathering mission inside Russian sovereign waters when she was detected by Russian Navy vessels and aircraft and in a desperate bid to escape, managed to ground herself off Otradnoye. Currently she sits inside a containment area spewing radiation under the watchful eye of the Navy and Ministry of Emergency Situations. Sources report that the Project 19371U large floating dry dock PD-92 is being sortied from Murmansk to recover the submarine prior to her return to the United Kingdom once the situation has stabilised and access to the vessel is regarded as safe.

It is the second major blunder of HMS Ambush, which suffered the ignominy of colliding with a merchant ship in the Strait of Gibraltar three years ago. It is however unknown whether she was again at the mercy of training crew, though given her spying mission, it is not expected to be the case. The class of submarine has been blighted by problems, including a significant concerns over their reactor safety. Despite the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator raising concerns, the PWR2 system was installed, and now represents a major contamination threat to the Baltic Sea, the Baltic States and Poland. It is also not the first time a Royal Navy submarine has run aground, after HMS Astute crashed into an island off Scotland, HMS Trafalgar ran aground in the same location twice in the space of six years. Perhaps most serious was a collision between HMS Vanguard and the French nuclear missile submarine le Triomphant in 2009.

Concerns have also been raised about the well-being of crew, with concerns that they may succumb to poor living and working conditions like those suffered by HMS Turbulent, which ingested organic matter that blocked inlet pipes and caused her air-conditioning systems to fail resulting in 8 life-threatening injuries. They could also be being exposed to radiation related ailments resulting from leaks such as those suffered by HMS Tireless in 2013 or may risk internal explosions as that same vessel suffered in 2007, or possibly power supply issues like HMS Talent in 2009. Indeed the risk of radiation sickness may be exacerbated by the use of the wrong lead in reactor monitoring instruments aboard the Astute class.

Contact between Moscow and London is believed to be ongoing, but following the retirement of RFA Diligence in 2016, the Royal Navy lack any means of recovering or repairing the vessel themselves. According to Ministry officials, the submarine will likely have to be towed into the Vistula Lagoon where it will be sheltered from waves prior to her loading aboard the PD-92 for her eventual return to Britain.

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Roscosmos News

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Post by Mogg » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:52 pm

Uzlovoy Module Docks with ISS.

The Uzlovoy Module, part of the Russian Orbital Segment aboard the International Space Station, has docked after launch from Baikonur. Uzlovoy is a nodal module which will eventually become part of the OPSEK space station once the ISS is deorbited. It has six docking ports and has been designed to work as the single permanent core of the future station with all other modules coming and going as their life span and mission determines. This would be a key feature of the new outpost, making it drastically different from previous multi-modular space stations such as the Russian Mir, Mir-2 and the ISS, whose "in-line" architecture makes it virtually impossible to replace their original modules.

The zenith (upward facing) docking port of the Node Module is equipped with a so-called active hybrid docking port, which enables its docking with the MLM module and makes it capable of safely withstanding the high dynamic loads from future add-on spacecraft. The remaining five ports are so-called passive hybrids, enabling the docking of Soyuz and Progress vehicles as well as of heavier modules and future spacecraft with modified docking systems.

Later this month GLONASS-K2, the first of the third-generation satellites will launch. This system is 70% heavier and has 170% more power than previous GLONASS models, and offers CDMA signals which improve accuracy. Next month will see the final launch of a NASA astronaut to the ISS as Soyuz MS-15 takes Thomas Marshburn to the ISS. Boeing and SpaceX have been planning to complete one unpiloted test flight and one mission with astronauts on board before the contract expires.

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Kuznetsov Damaged in Shipyard Accident

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Post by Mogg » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:42 pm

The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been damaged and one member of the repair team killed when the drydock she was in sank in the Kola Bay. A power failure caused the dry dock to sink, and in the process, a crane collapsed onto the flight deck causing minor damage. Alexei Rakhmanov, head of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation, said the ship’s hull and deck had been damaged, but that the aircraft carrier has since been taken to a different shipyard.

Yevgeny Gladyshev, a spokesman for the shipyard where the Admiral Kuznetsov had been moored, claimed the falling crane had not hit any of the vessel’s key components. “Despite an emergency, the Admiral Kuznetsov was floated. The schedule for its repairs was not disrupted,” he said. Investigators announced they had opened a criminal investigation into the incident that would look at whether safety rules had been violated.

Marina Kovtun, Murmansk's governor, said in a statement a rescue operation had been launched and 71 people evacuated as the floating dock sank. Five members of the crew were retrieved from the water, with one drowned and four being treated for hypothermia.

The future of the vessel is still unknown, amid speculation that the Navy is keen to sell her. Prospective buyers include India which would be able to utilise the Mig-29K fleet in their service, and according to Ministry officials, interest from Argentina and Brazil which are both believed to be looking to reconstitute their naval air arms. China, initially thought to be a potential buyer has seemingly ruled itself out of the running.

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First Avangard Delivered?

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Post by Mogg » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:25 pm

Sources in the Defence Ministry has announced that the Red Banner Missile Division based in the Orenburg Region in the south Urals has taken receipt of its first two Avangard systems. The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle. According to open sources, the ‘breakthrough’ weapon was developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov, the Moscow Region) and was tested from 2004. The glide vehicle is capable of flying at hypersonic speed in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense.

The new weapon was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on March 1. Later, the Russian leader said during his annual Q&A session on June 7 that "the Avangard system is already in the process of its manufacture and has entered its serial production and in 2019 we are planning to deliver it to the Armed Forces." The UR-100N UTTKh (SS-19 Stiletto) is a heavy upgrade of the UR-100 missile complex developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960s by the Design Bureau-52 led by Vladimir Chelomei. It was accepted for service in 1980. Currently, Russia’s Strategic Missile Force operates 30 silo-based missiles of this type, according to open sources. The missile has a takeoff weight of about 100 tonnes and a throw weight of around 4.5 tonnes.

Avangard was declared operational early this year, following successful tests of the 'winged block' and the launch vehicle. It marks the first deployment of a hypersonic missile system, pipping the Chinese DF-17 which was estimated by the US intelligence community to enter service in 2020. Plans to integrate the system onto both remaining UR-100N UTTKh regiments are slated to take until 2027, but the Ministry has said this can be sped up if the international situation dictates. It is understood that the government is keen to avoid an arms race by rapidly deploying the system. At present, there is no indication whether the deployed Avangard systems carry a conventional or nuclear warhead.

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