Defence
How tanks grew exploding armor scales

How tanks grew exploding armor scales

July 23, 2014 Yuri Osokin, specially for RIR

After World War II, most countries began to field new generations of anti-tank weapons that fired shaped-charge projectiles. Military designers had begun searching for ways to protect tanks. Since piling on ever thicker armor was no good option, a revolutionary solution was sought and found.

Why were cosmonauts armed?

Why were cosmonauts armed?

July 19, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

It is a little-known fact that cosmonauts were provided with standard-issue firearms when they blasted off into the cosmos. At first these were pistols, but later generations of cosmonauts received triple-barreled guns

Deja-vu in Cuba: Moscow to reopen listening post

Deja-vu in Cuba: Moscow to reopen listening post

July 17, 2014 Ivan Safronov, Yelena Chernenko, Kommersant

Talks with Havana had been ongoing for several years for the reopening of an electronic monitoring station at Lourdes. The arrangements were finalized during Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cuba last week

Sivathanu Pillai authors book on BrahMos

Sivathanu Pillai authors book on BrahMos

July 17, 2014 Alessandro Belli, specially for RIR

‘The Path Unexplored’ was released this week at the BrahMos Headquarters in New Delhi. The book’s foreword was written by former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A missile destined for universal cloning

A missile destined for universal cloning

July 16, 2014 Yuri Osokin, specially for RIR

The Soviet R-17, better known as the Scud missile, has figured in the arsenals of over 30 countries, and became a household name during the first Gulf War in 1991

Hidden at sea: The USSR's deadly naval mines

Hidden at sea: The USSR's deadly naval mines

July 14, 2014 Viktoria Chernysheva, Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The Soviet naval arsenal included mines that were unparalleled anywhere else in the world. RIR takes a look at the most effective naval mines developed by the Soviet Union

At 80, T-34 remains formidable tank

At 80, T-34 remains formidable tank

July 9, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

An icon of the Soviet victory in the Second World War, the T-34 was involved in many global conflicts throughout the last century and can still be found in arsenals in Vietnam, Guinea, Yemen, North Korea and Cuba

Upgrade on the cards for Russia's missile detection system

Upgrade on the cards for Russia's missile detection system

July 8, 2014 Tatyana Rusakova, RIR

The Oko-1 ballistic missile early detection system, which formed part of Russia’s missile attack warning system will be superseded by a new unified outer space system capable of tracking tactical missiles as well as ballistic ones

7 iconic Soviet tanks

7 iconic Soviet tanks

July 7, 2014 Yury Starshov, Russkaya Semyorka

From their effectiveness in border skirmishes with the Japanese to the mortal blow they inflicted on the Third Reich at the Battle of Kursk, tanks were instrumental in Soviet military victories throughout the 20th century

Dragunov: Devastating sniper in trained hands

Dragunov: Devastating sniper in trained hands

July 1, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

While broadly classed as a sniper’s weapon, the Dragunov was meant to increase the effective firing range of a motorized rifle detachment to 600 meters, extending the 400-meter reach of the AK47

Soviet-era nuclear icebreaker set to return to service

Soviet-era nuclear icebreaker set to return to service

June 28, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

The Sovetsky Soyuz, an Arktika-class nuclear-powered icebreaker is to return into service after five years of waiting for decommissioning, and will operate in the Kara Sea and the Gulf of Ob in the Russian Arctic

Russian army to get standardized combat tank platforms

Russian army to get standardized combat tank platforms

June 27, 2014 Dmitry Litovkin, specially for RIR

With the addition of the Armata tank in 2015, the Russian army will usher in a new era of universal combat platforms that will be used as the base for the production of all tanks and combat vehicles

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