>At Once Upon a Time in the West we have been monitoring neo-Soviet Russia’s resumption of permanent strategic bomber patrols, unofficially started in 2006 but officially announced in August 2007 by President Vladimir Putin himself at the second Sino-Soviet war game Peace Mission 2007, in Chelyabinsk. Specific flights and related information are listed in this blogsite’s right column, under Russian Strategic Aviation Updates. Pictured above: Tu-160 “Blackjack” bomber sporting Bolshevism’s red star, revived under Putin. The Kremlin, as we blogged in October, has also revived production of this supersonic bomber.
Russian strategic bombers conducted over 70 patrols since August
MOSCOW, December 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s strategic bombers have carried out since August over 70 patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans, as well as the Black Sea, a senior Air Force official said on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the resumption of strategic patrol flights on August 17, saying that although the country had halted long-distance strategic flights to remote regions in 1992, other nations had continued the practice, compromising Russian national security.
“Since August 17, Russian strategic bombers have conducted over 70 patrol flights and more than 217 practice launches of unarmed missiles,” Major-General Pavel Androsov, commander of the Russian Air Force’s strategic aviation, said at a Defense Ministry news conference.
The general said bomber crews had practiced early detection and identification of potential targets and counter-intercept measures.
“Every patrol flight included elements of a tactical aerial engagement,” Androsov said.
He also said at least 120 NATO interceptor aircraft had escorted Russian bombers during almost all their patrols, which had a total duration of over 40 hours.
“Military aircraft from the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Norway, and even France escorted us [Russia’s strategic bombers] in the air,” the general said, adding that NATO pilots had never shown hostility towards Russian planes.
Although it was common practice during the Cold War for both the U.S. and the Soviet Union to keep nuclear strategic bombers permanently airborne, the Kremlin cut long-range patrols in 1992. The decision came as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the ensuing economic and political chaos.
However, the newly-resurgent Russia, awash with oil dollars, has invested heavily in military technology, and the resumption of long-range patrols is widely seen among political commentators as another sign of its drive to assert itself both militarily and politically.
According to various sources, the Russian Air Force currently deploys 141 Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers, 40 Tu-95MS Bear bombers, and 14 Tu-160 Blackjack planes.
As part of the Kremlin’s ongoing military modernization, an air force regiment stationed at the Pereyaslavka airfield in the Khabarovsk Region, in Russia’s Far East, will also receive 20 upgraded Su-24M Fencer tactical bombers. The Su-24 was introduced into active service in 1974.
Russian Air Force to receive 20 modernized Su-24 bombers
15:58 03/ 12/ 2007
MOSCOW, December 3 (RIA Novosti) – An Air Force regiment deployed in Russia’s Far East will be equipped with 20 upgraded Su-24M Fencer tactical bombers in the near future, a spokesman said Monday.
“An Air Force regiment based at the Pereyaslavka airfield in the Khabarovsk Region will receive 20 modernized Su-24 aircraft,” Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said.
The first six Su-24M fighter-bombers have already been upgraded at the Novosibirsk aircraft manufacturing plant and could be deployed with the regiment by December 10.
Another six Su-24s are currently being modernized at the same plant, the spokesman said.
The Su-24 is a two-seat, twin-engine strike aircraft similar to NATO’s Tornado and Mirage 2000 planes.
The plane has been in service with the Russian Air Force since the mid-1970s, and in recent years Russia has gradually been phasing out the planes, which have a patchy safety record.
According to the Defense Ministry, the Su-24 will be gradually replaced with new Su-34 Fullback strike aircraft, which has the potential to become the top plane in its class for years to come.
Meanwhile, Moscow is consolidating its strategic partnership with semi-communist India through an arms agreement in which state-run Rosoboronexport will deliver 300 T-90S tanks to New Delhi for the sum of US$1.24 billion. The T-90 is Russia’s most advanced main battle tank. India, which holds observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), will no doubt deploy these tanks against its historical adversary Pakistan, which also holds observer status in the SCO. Pictured above: The T-90 deployed under the color scheme of the Indian Army.
Russia’s Tanks Headed for India
December 4, 2007
Federal-run Rosoboronexport inked a contract with India for supplies of over 300 T-90S tanks for a total worth of $1.24 billion. Despite the problems incurred during implementation of all previous military contracts, Russia has remained the key supplier of military product to India mostly thanks to its readiness to export technology and good personal contacts of Rosoboronexport top management with the local authorities.
India signed past week a big contract for Russia’s tank supplies, said a source with one of federal departments on condition of anonymity. “The matter at stake is over 300 upgraded T-90S tanks. The first consignment consists of roughly 120 tanks,” specified another source familiar with the progress in negotiations. Rosoboronexport declined to comment.
The Times of India reported details yesterday. It emerged that the contract worth $1.237 billion set forth the supplies of 347 T-90S tanks. Once India pays the first tranche, Russia will ship 124 T-90S tanks during 29 months. The remainder will be delivered in 11 months, The Times of India said.
Russia and India had been negotiating the contract for a few years. Delhi eventually decided to clinch another deal with Russia the problems with all previous contracts notwithstanding. Russia is yet the key supplier of weapons and military machinery to India. “India is a very ambitious state. Compromising with the Western countries is difficult for it, so they aren’t particularly eager to transfer the military technology to it,” said Ruslan Pukhov from the RF Defense Ministry. “Apart from Russia, the only state that is ready to transfer technology is Israel, but it implements a number of projects with the United States. India failed to complete the project of creating its own tank, but the German and Britain’s tanks are much more expensive than the Russian ones.”
Source: Kommersant Daily
Lastly, but certainly not least, Russia’s Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Yuri Baluyevsky, who referred to Americans as “evil” in a November 15 interview, has arrived in Washington DC to hold talks with his US counterparts on the subject of National Missile Defense deployments in Central Europe. On the eve of the Kremlin’s moratorium on the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, to take effect tommorow, state-run Voice of Russia reports:
The Chief of the Russian General Staff Yury Baluyevsky is arriving in Washington to discuss the ABM- and CFE Treaty-related issues. Moscow is opposed to the US unilateral plans to deploy ABM elements in Eastern Europe, which would threaten strategic stability in the region. Russia suggests that the US should jointly with this country use Russia’s radar base in Azerbaijan as an alternative. On the CFE Treaty Russia insists that the NATO countries should ratify it. Russia did that several years ago and has since strictly abided by the Treaty. But given the western partners’ reluctance to follow the example, Russia has imposed a moratorium on the CFE Treaty. The moratorium will take effect next Wednesday night.
In spite of the Kremlin’s top general’s belligerent rhetoric, be assured dot.gov, which is controlled by the pro-communist Council on Foreign Relations and globalist Yale University/Skull and Bones cabal, will grovel before America’s enemies.