Defence
Active phase of Avia Indra-2014 begins

Active phase of Avia Indra-2014 begins

August 29, 2014 Itar-Tass

The drills’ scenario involves joint flights with mixed Russian-Indian crews on Su-30SM aircrafts and Mi-35 and Mi-8 helicopters in the Voronezh and Astrakhan regions

The advent of the bayonet in Russia

The advent of the bayonet in Russia

August 29, 2014 Alexander Vershinin, specially for RIR

Russian soldiers first became acquainted with the bayonet in the early 18th century and immediately saw the benefits of this fixed blade mounted below the barrel of a rifle

A hot hail of cluster-fired rockets

A hot hail of cluster-fired rockets

August 27, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

The Grad BM-21 multiple launch rocket system has a history that goes back all the way to the early 1960s, when it succeeded the legendary Katyusha rocket battery

Top 5 new products for the Russian military

Top 5 new products for the Russian military

August 21, 2014 Maxim Leguyenko, specially for RIR

Oboronexpo-2014 displayed some of the latest cutting edge arms and armaments in Russia. RIR chose 5 of the most interesting products at the defence exhibition

Russia wins Tank Biathlon

Russia wins Tank Biathlon

August 19, 2014 Yuri Gavrilov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Russia came first in the team competition at the Tank Biathlon World Championship, held at the Alabino Firing Range. Armenia won the silver, while China took the bronze

Watching over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Watching over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

August 18, 2014 specially for RIR

RIR talks to a a guard in the Presidential Regiment, who stands stock-still for hours on end by the walls of the Kremlin come rain or shine, guarding one of Russia's most important memorials

Russia plans to modernise paratrooper unit

Russia plans to modernise paratrooper unit

August 13, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

The airborne troops will receive more than 1,500 BMD-4M armoured assault vehicles by 2025 as well as around 2,500 Rakushka armoured transporters. The numerical strength of the unit will increase by a third

The age of the airship

The age of the airship

August 12, 2014 Alexander Vershinin, specially for RIR

After making its first inauspicious appearance during the war of 1812, the airship served as a vital step in the development of Russian air power, proving invaluable as bombing craft in World War I

Russia looks to export the Yak-130

Russia looks to export the Yak-130

August 11, 2014 Dmitry Litovkin, specially for RIR

This Yakovlev aircraft is capable of being programmed to recreate a range of different flight conditions for trainee pilots as well as functioning as a ground-attack craft

12 countries participate in Tank Biathlon

12 countries participate in Tank Biathlon

August 6, 2014 Maxim Leguyenko, specially for RIR

Russia’s Defence Ministry believes that the competition will help harness military cooperation with friendly countries such as India, China and Venezuela

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