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    Looks like a combination of (most of) the colors of Multicam and their camo pattern. Interesting...

    Would like to see it "in the wild" to see it's effectiveness.

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    Russia sends military satellite into orbit for missile warnings

    May 25, 2017 Stephen Clark



    Russia lofted a military satellite Thursday to join a network of orbiting early warning stations detecting and tracking missile launches around the world, providing the Russian government notice of potential attack.

    A Soyuz-2.1b rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a military-run base about 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Moscow, at 0634 GMT (2:34 a.m. EDT; 9:34 a.m. Moscow time) Thursday, according to a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry.

    Thursday’s mission was the first satellite deployment flight dedicated to the Russian military in nearly one year, a decline from the usual pace of Russian military launches after two of the country’s rockets — the Soyuz and Proton — were grounded in the wake of mishaps last year.

    The three-stage Soyuz rocket, fitted with a digital flight control computer and an upgraded RD-0124 third stage engine, propelled the military satellite into space in the first nine minutes of the mission. A Fregat upper stage was expected to separate and fire multiple times to guide its payload into an elliptical “Molniya-type” orbit ranging between approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) and 24,000 miles (38,600 kilometers) in altitude.

    The target was inclined around 64 degrees to the equator, and the orbit’s position is designed to allow a satellite to hover over Earth’s high latitudes most of the time.

    No data on the orbit achieved by Thursday’s launch was immediately available, but the Russian Defense Ministry said the flight went normally and delivered the payload to its intended orbit.

    “Launch of the rocket vehicle and ascent to orbit were held under normal conditions,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

    The Russian military named the satellite Kosmos 2518, consistent with the official nomenclature for Russia’s defense-related spacecraft. The type of launcher, time of liftoff and trajectory of the rocket indicated it carried a EKS-type missile warning satellite.

    EKS is a Russian acronym that translates to integrated space system, according to RussianSpaceWeb.com. The EKS, or Tundra, satellites replace Russia’s Oko early warning system, which had its last satellite launch in 2012, the website said.

    The first EKS satellite launched on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from Plesetsk in November 2015. Russia uses the missile warning satellites, along with ground-based radars, to track missiles that approach the country’s territory.

    Thursday’s launch marked the first space mission to lift off from Plesetsk this year. It was the fifth launch of the Soyuz rocket family worldwide in 2017.

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    Why Russia's Strategic Missile Forces Are Prepping to Stage Massive Drills

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    Later this month, Russia' Strategic Missile Troops, the branch of the armed forces which operates the country's mobile land-based nuclear-armed ICBMS, will roll out ten mobile missile regiments for drills. Military analyst Andrei Kotz explains what message the obvious show of force is meant to send.

    Earlier this week, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that ten Strategic Missile Forces regiments (i.e. up to 90 mobile Topol-M and RS-24 Yars ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile launchers) would begin drilling later this month. The elite units will practice everything from movement, to prepping launch positions, to 'maskirovka', a term describing the use of camouflage, denial and deception to thwart the prospective adversary's attempts at aerial reconnaisance and sabotage.

    "In the second half of June, missile regiments will begin exercises in field positions in the Tver, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Kirov, Irkutsk and Ivanovo regions," the MoD's press service confirmed.


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    And while the MoD says that the drills are routine, and part of summer training involving all branches of the service, military analyst and RIA Novosti contributor Andrei Kotz suggested that the maneuvers could also be interpreted as a show of strength, particularly given the present international situation.

    The scale of the drills is serious enough. A single Topol-M launcher carries a lone 800 kiloton warhead, but its design also enables it to deploy multiple warheads, using what's known as a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV). As for the RS-24 Yars, that system is MIRV equipped from the get-go, with each missile containing at least 4 MIRVs, each armed with 150-250 kiloton warheads. In other words, the drills taking place later this month will involve units which are hypothetically capable of launching hundreds of Russia's deadliest and most advanced nuclear missiles.



    According to Kotz, the upcoming exercises may be a response to US and NATO activity along Russia's western borders.


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    US Bomber Deployments to Europe is Show of Force, Commander Acknowledges

    For example, the journalist recalled that just last week, Russian Su-27 fighters had to scramble twice to intercept US B-52 and B-1B Lancer bombers in the Baltic Sea. Each time, the Pentagon said the bombers were carrying out routine flights, as part of NATO's BaltOps naval drills (a large-scale, 14 nation exercise involving 55 aircraft, 50 surface ships and subs).

    Kotz pointed out that routine or not, it's no secret that the B-52 and the B-1B are the backbone of the air component of the US nuclear triad. Each plane is capable of carrying ALCM AGM-86 nuclear cruise missiles, which feature a 200 kiloton warhead and have a range of over 2,500 km. This, the journalist stressed, is "more than enough to cover the major cities in the western part of Russia, beginning from the Baltic coast of Estonia." In other words, "it's no surprise that the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces promptly scrambled fighters to escort the US bombers; leaving such targets unattended would simply be foolish."

    Earlier this week, Polish President Andrej Duda said that he intends to discuss increasing the US military presence in his country with US President Donald Trump next month. This may include talks on expanding the US missile defense system components presently being deployed in the Eastern European country.


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    Warsaw's announcement comes amid what is already an unprecedented expansion of the US and NATO presence in Eastern Europe. Last week, Yuri Shvitkin, the deputy chairman of the Russian Duma's Committee on Defense, confirmed that Russia would be forced to respond to any further expansion of NATO's presence in Poland. "We have repeatedly stated that we will not ignore the strengthening of various contingents by the NATO Bloc…Of course, countermeasures will be taken," Shvitkin stressed.

    One of these 'countermeasures', according to Kotz, probably includes the large-scale exercises involving Russia's Missile Forces scheduled for later this month. The military observer recalled that the last major strategic missile maneuvers were held back in March; in those drills, nine regiments were involved. Those drills had coincided with the US deployment of its THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, and amid the latest sharp exchanges between US and Russian diplomats over Washington's ongoing construction of its missile defense system in Poland and Romania.



    In other words, the Strategic Missile Forces and their Topol-M and Yars missile systems seem to have their own 'diplomatic' note to play in at least checking excessive US and NATO ambitions.

    "The main advantage of the Topol-M and Yars mobile ground missile systems is their mobility," Kotz explained. "In case of the threat of full-scale war, they go on combat patrol, and get 'lost' to enemy satellites and spies in the vast expanses of Russia. It becomes nearly impossible to track them."


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    The expert explained that in the upcoming drills, troops will practice movement through difficult terrain, movement and operation in conditions of nuclear and other contamination, repelling simulated ground and air attacks, cooperating with various units, and of course, missile launch simulations. "In addition, counter-sabotage units attached to each missile regiment will also take part in the maneuvers. During the exercises, they will carry out the tasks of locating, blocking and destroying saboteurs, using the Typhoon-M armored vehicles recently adopted into service and unmanned aerial vehicles," Kotz noted.


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    RS-24 Yars mobile ground missile systems with at the military parade in Moscow marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

    Late last month, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu revealed that by the end of 2017, two thirds of the Strategic Missile Forces would be fully equipped with new weapons and equipment.

    That's a pretty impressive statistic, Kotz wrote, "considering that only a decade ago almost the entire nuclear shield consisted of systems which had entered combat duty in the Soviet period."

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    Russia War Games, The Largest Since The Cold War, Raising Alarms

    September 14, 2017

    Russia and the former Soviet Republic of Belarus are holding major military exercises this week – and into next – right up on NATO'S eastern border.

    Some newer NATO members, as well as the beleaguered country of Ukraine, are worried that Moscow may be up to something more than just training its troops for self-defense.

    "This is designed to provoke us, it's designed to test our defenses, and that's why we have to be strong," British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC last week.

    The term “Trojan Horse” has been bandied about quite a lot this week, with skeptics asking whether Russia is using the pretext of exercises to carry out a more aggressive plan – to annex Belarus, or use Belarus as a base for attacking Ukraine from the West.

    Moscow has denied all of this, and turned the speculation game around. Some Russian officials have accused NATO of perpetuating these stories in order to justify beefing up its defenses in the Baltic states and Poland. And NATO has been doing that, particularly since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

    That, incidentally, occurred right after Russia carried out some "snap exercises" not too far away.

    The Zapad 2017 (Zapad means West, in Russian) exercises will take place in Belarus and Kaliningrad, a piece of territory disconnected from Russia's landmass, on the Baltic Sea and home to Russian military bases. Kaliningrad is wedged between two NATO countries, Poland and Lithuania. Belarus has borders with Ukraine, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Russia.

    These exercises are symbolic as well as strategic in that they are next to the very countries whose entry into the Western military alliance has angered Russia.

    Belarus, trying to allay fears of any adventurism on NATO'S borders, had this to say.

    "We are not threatening anyone," Oleg Voinov, an adviser to the Belarusian Defense Minister, told journalists Thursday. "We have chosen military bases that are significantly removed from the borders with Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia."

    All of Russia's neighbors remember those so-called "green men," the soldiers who entered Crimea in early 2014 only to later be confirmed as Russian soldiers.

    Janis Garisons of the Latvian Defense Ministry told the Washington Post this week that Russia's overall comportment has been destabilizing.

    "They've been very successful in deceiving us. Hybrid warfare is not about green men with a lack of insignia. It is about giving us doubts," Garisons said. "Russian information war wants to convince our population that our country is small and indefensible, and that NATO won't defend us."

    In the exercises, Russia and Belarus will be fighting a fake enemy, with a real name –Veishnoriya. The scenario goes that Veishnoriya, with the backing of a Western country, will enter Belarus and stir up a separatist insurgency.

    Many see this as a practice for putting down a revolution like the one that took place in Kiev in 2014. They see Veishnoriyia as a thinly veiled disguise for a Baltic country. Many Belarussians have had a bit of fun on social media with the creation of the fake enemy, because some bristle under Moscow's influence. Sites have been giving out Veshnorian passports and setting up websites posing as official ones of the make-believe country.

    The Zapad exercises happen every few years. But this year's will be the biggest since the end of the Cold War. Some military observers believe there may be as many as 100,000 Russian and Belarussian troops involved. Moscow has insisted that the real number is 12,700 troops – just short of the 13,000 that international law requires observers for. Observers have in fact been invited to attend Zapad. NATO, however, is still worried they won't be allowed the access they need to get the job done.

    "These invitations fall short of the transparency required by the OSCE: briefings on the exercise scenario and progress, opportunities to talk to individual soldiers and overflights of the exercise," Radio Free Europe quoted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as saying earlier this month.

    The Pentagon believes Russia is underreporting the number of troops taking part in the exercises, with some believing the number could be as high as 100,000.

    “We continue to have concerns about the size of ZAPAD 2017, as the official estimates provided by Russia and Belarus do not correspond with media reporting,” Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a Pentagon spokesperson said. “We will be monitoring this exercise closely to identify any material difference between the personnel and equipment levels notified and the actual levels participating in the exercise.”

    In a piece for Carnegie Europe, Andrew Michta writes: "If in the aftermath of the exercise, Moscow opts to make these additional military installations permanent, the overall strategic equation along NATO's Eastern flank will be further undermined.”

    The exercises continue through September 20th.

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    Russia ‘Secretly Practised Full-Scale Invasion Of Europe With Bombing Raids On Germany During Vladimir Putin’s Military Drills’

    The terrifying Russian war drills were carried out in September and featured ground, sea and air forces as well as artillery and missile launches.

    December 20, 2017

    RUSSIA has practised a full-scale mock invasion of the West that includes capturing Baltic states, bombing Germany and invading neutral countries, it has been revealed.

    The terrifying war drills were carried out in September and featured troops, artillery, tanks, missile attacks and naval and air force raids.



    Details of the Vladimir Putin's so-called "Zapad" (West) exercises were revealed by analysts from two leading intelligence agencies, Bild reported. They did not specify the methods used to collect the intel.

    At the time, Putin claimed the exercises were for anti-terror purposes and were purely defensive in nature.

    However, the paper reported that the drills were a dry-run for a "shock campaign" against Western European NATO countries.

    This included first overrunning the Sulwalki Gap - a 60 mile stretch of NATO land that connects the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad with its ally Belarus.


    A Russian soldier takes part in the Zapad training drills in Kaliningrad in September


    Russian helicopters launch missiles during the drills


    Western analysts now believe the drills were a mock invasion of NATO countries


    They involved missile launches as well as ground, sea and air dry-runs

    It practised this by creating a mock state on an identical piece of land in Belarus then invading it.

    At the same time, the analysts said, the Kremlin also rehearsed "neutralising or taking under control air fields and harbours (in eastern Europe), so there are no reinforcements arriving from other NATO states there".

    They added: "This does not mean that you have to occupy the countries and declare 'Peoples' Republics' or something like that, but that you have to occupy the harbours, airports and so on."

    Over two days, Russian fighter jets also flew mock sorties through the Baltic and North Seas, swooping down onto the edges of Germany and the Netherlands.


    Multiple rocket launcher systems fire during the Zapad-2017 war games


    A serviceman of a Russian Baltic Fleet unit checks his weapon


    Tanks roll during the military exercise at the Luzhsky Range, near St Petersburg

    These were designed to be a practice run for destroying high-value targets such as power reactors, airports and other forces, including naval battalions, practised invading neutral Finland, as well as Sweden, Norway and Poland.

    The Zapad war games, held by Russian and Belarussian troops on territory in both countries in September, are a new source of concern for neighbouring Ukraine and NATO member states on Europe's eastern flank.

    Russia has said the exercise was to rehearse a purely defensive scenario, that the scale of the wargames was in line with international rules, and that allegations it was a springboard to invade Poland, Lithuania or Ukraine were false.

    General Petr Pavel, head of NATO’s military committee, warned in September: "All together, what we see is a serious preparation for big war.

    "When we only look at the exercise that is presented by Russia there should be no worry.

    "But when we look it in the big picture, we have to be worried, because Russia was not transparent."


    Russia's defence chiefs Dmitry Bulgakov and Sergei Shoigu with President Putin


    Russian helicopters taking part in the joint Russian-Belarusian military drill


    A reported 13,000 military servicemen are taking part in the drill

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    NATO Official: Russian Submarine Activity Highest 'Since The Cold War'

    December 23, 2017

    Russia's undersea activity has reached levels not seen since the height of the Cold War, a NATO official said Saturday.

    Rear Adm. Andrew Lennon, NATO's commander of submarine forces, told reporters that Russia's submarine activity has ticked up considerably in the past few years, with more Russian deployments spotted every year.

    “Russian submarine activity is higher now in the last three years than it has been since the Cold War," Lennon said, according to the Express.

    “What we have observed over the past three years are more deployments annually of Russian submarines away from their local waters than we have observed in the prior decade.”

    Russia's navy deteriorated after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In recent years, however, the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin has made a “strong investment” toward rebuilding the country's navy, Lennon told reporters.

    Lennon also noted a major increase in submarine activity around NATO undersea communication lines, according to The Washington Post.

    “We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don’t believe we have ever seen,” Lennon said. “Russia is clearly taking an interest in NATO and NATO nations’ undersea infrastructure.”

    Earlier this year, Russia's Adm. Vladimir Korolev said that Russian naval activity had reached levels only achieved during the Soviet Union.

    “Last year we reached the same level as before the post-Soviet period, in terms of running hours,” Korolev said, according to the Post.

    “This is more than 3,000 days at sea for the Russian submarine fleet," he added. "This is an excellent sign.”

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