Project 949A Irkutsk, in Refit Since 2001, May Return to Service in 2023

September 25, 2020 (TASS) – Project 949A Antey-class multipurpose nuclear-powered submarine Irkutsk, which has been awaiting repair and modernization for more than 20 years, may return to tactical composition of the Pacific Fleet in 2023, a source in the shipbuilding industry told TASS. “Given the opportunity, the expected return date for Irkutsk is 2023,” the source said. Earlier it was…

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China, Russia Nearing Status as U.S. Nuclear Peers, Stratcom Commander Says

July 30, 2020 – For the first time, the United States will face two peer competitors with nuclear capabilities — China and Russia — by the end of this decade, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said. Speaking today at the Nuclear Deterrence Forum sponsored by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute, Navy Adm. Charles A. Richard discussed the rapid…

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Arctic Supply Fleet Trains in Barents Sea

July 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – A detachment of ships and support vessels of the Northern Fleet completed the tasks of anti-sabotage defense in the Barents Sea A detachment of ships and support vessels of the Northern Fleet under the leadership of Vice-Admiral Oleg Golubev, Deputy Commander of the Northern Fleet, began to work out the assigned tasks in the…

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Russia conducts space-based anti-satellite weapons test

July 23, 2020 — U.S. Space Command has evidence that Russia conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon. On July 15, Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543, currently Satellite Catalog Number 45915 in Space-Track.org. Russia released this object in proximity to another Russian satellite, which is similar to on-orbit activity conducted by Russia in…

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Russian fleet monitors NATO exercises launched in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2020 – Radio SputnikThe Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation is closely monitoring the exercises of NATO countries Baltops-2020, the Russian National Defense Management Center said on Monday. “The forces and means of the Baltic Fleet watched the exercises the US Navy and European countries Baltops-2020 held from 7 to 19 June in the waters of the southern…

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More Building Materials Lightered to Arctic Air Base Nagurskoye

June 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Northern Sea Route nuclear lighter carrier Sevmorput, operating in the interests of the Northern Fleet, delivered more than 15 thousand tons of building materials to the Alexandra Land island of the Franz Josef Land Arctic archipelago. The cargo, most of which is reinforced concrete slabs, is intended to continue the construction of the…

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US Withdraws from Treaty on Open Skies

May 21, 2020 – Tomorrow, the United States will submit notice of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies to the Treaty Depositaries and to all other States Parties to the Treaty. Effective six months from tomorrow, the United States will no longer be a party to the Treaty. We may, however, reconsider our withdrawal should Russia…

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Second Unsafe Intercept by Russia in U.S. Sixth Fleet

April 20, 2020 – For the second time in four days, Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while intercepting a U.S. Navy P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft in U.S. Sixth Fleet, 19 April, 2020. On April 19, 2020, a U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted twice by a…

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