Russian Army undergoing largest exercises 'since Soviet times'
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
The Russian military is beginning a military drill which will amount to the largest such drill undertaken since the days of the Soviet Union.
Hurriyet Daily News and The Inquisitr report that these war games are currently underway in Russia's Far East region.
The latest war games will see to 160,000 servicemen, 1,000 tanks, 130 planes and 70 naval ships working in unison. The purpose according to military commanders in the region is to expose any flaws that may exist within the Russian military's readiness to respond to a sudden large-scale conflict.
Even the military commanders undertaking the drill were seemingly unaware such large exercises were to begin and were only briefed about the details of the drill after they were begun.
These war games will see to troops not residing in the region travel, in some cases, as far as 1,800 miles in order to participate.
Russian Air Force fighter-jets such as Su-27 Flankers are reportedly being scrambled in order to escort and monitor ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet who will be participating in these drills.
These drills are the third such drills which were unannounced this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said more 'surprise' drills are to be expected in the future. The ones currently underway are set to conclude on July 20.
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Russian Military on Alert After Suspected Israeli Airstrike Destroys Russian Missiles in Syria
Tens of thousands of Russian troops have been placed on alert after a suspected Israeli airstrike destroyed advanced, Russian missiles recently delivered to Syria.
Last week, in the Syrian port city of Latakia, several pre-dawn explosions were reported to have destroyed advanced Russian missiles that had recently arrived and were being temporarily stored at the port. A spokesman for the opposition Free Syrian Army, describing the July 5 attack, said Tuesday that “It was not the FSA that targeted this. It is not an attack that was carried out by rebels.” The FSA spokesman, Qassem Saadeddine, went on to say “This attack was either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean.” The suggestion is that Israel was behind the attack. The Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles, it is speculated, could have been considered a threat to Israel’s naval forces.
Israel has not commented on the attack. In May, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon commented that Israel “will know what to do” in the event that Russian missiles were delivered to Syria. Israel has carried out previous airstrikes in Syria, including and attack upon vehicles carrying weapons towards the Lebanese border.
China and Russia start largest-ever joint military drills
Russia and China began joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan on Friday, as Beijing's non-violent territorial disputes with regional neighbors, especially Japan and the Philippines, remain unresolved
The operation, called "Joint-Sea-2013," is expected to include 11 Russian warships and 7 Chinese vessels, including four destroyers, two guided missile frigates and a support ship in what Beijing has called its largest-ever drill with a foreign nation.
Relations between China and Japan have been strained over their joint claim on a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that border strategic shipping lanes, fishing grounds and possibly rich oil deposits.
"The joint drill conducted by the two militaries of China and Russia do not target any third parties," Gen. Fang Fenghui, the People's Liberation Army chief, said in China's Liberation Army Daily, the Associated Press reported.
"Their aim is to deepen cooperation between the two militaries in the training field, boost capacity in coordinating military activities, and serve the purpose of safeguarding regional security and stability," the general added.
The two militaries will from July 5-12 practice close maneuvering, anti-submarine warfare, anti-aircraft defense, freeing a ship captured by pirates, and search and rescue operations, according to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency.
Last year marked the first time Russia and China conducted joint military drills. Next year, China's growing navy will participate in the US-led international Rim of the Pacific drills, the world's largest naval exercise.
Russian Army to create Cyber Command
Before the end of 2013, a separate branch of service is to be created in the Russian army. The new department will deal with the struggle against cyber threats, sources at Russia's Defense Ministry said.
The plans to create the Cyber ​​Command were first voiced in March by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. He then said that all necessary documents had been prepared. Now it has been revealed that a new army corps is being created to ensure information security.
Reportedly, the officers, who will serve in the new troops, will undergo language training and learning a foreign language, English in the first place.
Caspian Commander: Iran, Russia Widening Strategic Military Cooperation Due to Shared Interests
“Iran and Russia have geopolitical interests in areas of national security and blocking alien meddling in Caspian waters” by countries other than the littoral states, Vladimir Mukhin wrote in an article in the Russian daily, Nezavasmaya Gazzetta.
He said the Caspian littoral states are establishing similar military cooperation among themsleves despite their differences in a bid to grow stronger in the Caspian waters, and said Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are seeking to establish active military relations with the NATO in the Caspian Sea.
"For instance, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are turning their Okhtav and Baku ports to a transit zone for the pullout of the NATO forces from Afghanistan," he said.
"Construction of such areas helps the US and other western countries to boost their presence in the region," the Russian commander cautioned.
“Iran and Russia have realized that some Caspian Sea littoral states have turned to the West and they do not want the Iran-Russia alliance be strengthened in the Caspian Sea,” Mukhin said.
Iran and Russia have recently expanded their naval cooperation through exchange of visits by their naval warships.
Two Iranian Navy warships visited Astrakhan late in June and returned home on Thursday.
The Joshan (Shield) and Peykan (Arrow) vessels started their mission on June 25 navigating along the Caspian Sea and the Volga-Don Canal in Russia.
The voyage by the Iranian warships spotlighted expansion of naval cooperation between Tehran and Moscow as almost a month earlier in mid April, a detachment of the Russian Pacific Fleet warships docked in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas.
The Russian fleet, comprised of Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine destroyer and two logistic warships of Peresvet and Admiral Novelskoy with a total number of 712 crews, entered the Army's first naval zone in Bandar Abbas on April 21.
Earlier today, senior Iranian military officials announced that the country plans to continue dispatching more naval flotillas to the Russian Caspian ports.
Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam assessed as positive the recent visit to Astrakhan by the Iranian flotilla, and said, "We should wait to see this trend continue as more naval flotillas will be sent to Russia."
“GiveMe Liberty or GiveMe Death”
Since: Jun 13
Land of Liberty
So Mr. Obama how are you going to counter, maybe buy $572 million of Russian military helicopters for Afghanistan that the Afghans can't fly.
--Of course, I love our foreign policy.
BTW why even fight a proxy war in syria, if we're going to be half-as d about it? Obama is all rhetoric and no action. His policies are based on votes and votes alone.
Since: Jul 13
lol, u just hate Obama cuz he is black.
Russia or China has no need to attack u country.
It's just another 10000000' training between two countries.
Obama has contradicted himself enough times to be taken as a joke. No one in the world takes us seriously anymore. Most nations have us listed as a super power in decline (aka appease for now but don't nothing more than an association, wouldn't want to go against the new powers)
Oddly, you're a bigger joke 24/7, especially when you blather about your junk cars .....
Since: Sep 11
Why should China or Russia waste their resources when we appear to be dying the slow death that every empire in recorded history has suffered. At the rate we are going between Obama, Congress, republicans, democrats, low information voters, and their respective media mouth pieces, Russia and China can just lie back and wait. They have both been through this a number of times and bounced back. We are a fairly young empire and are probably about due to be broken down and re-invented, historically speaking.
The Roman Empire revived itself many times..... However every great nation that has left the gold standard has fallen, are we next? History says yes, just wait till we lose world reserve currency status then we will have to pay a fee to change our dollars into something else just to buy imports!
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