Defence
Laser weapons development in full swing in U.S. and Russia

Laser weapons development in full swing in U.S. and Russia

December 19, 2014 Dmitry Litovkin, specially for RIR

This fall the U.S. Navy ran successful testing of its first Laser Weapon System (LaWS). In 2016-2017 the navy intends to test the 100-150 kilowatt laser systems at sea, marking yet another breakthrough in the development of navy and regular weapons. Russia is also actively developing laser weapons, yet they are fully classified

Russian tactical missiles are still among the best

Russian tactical missiles are still among the best

December 12, 2014 Dmitry Litovkin, specially for RIR

Russia is keeping pace with the U.S. in the field of long-range precision tactical weaponry, and in some areas it even has an advantage. RIR presents three main new missiles that will be employed by the Russian armed forces starting 2015

Kalashnikov completed a huge rebranding campaign

Kalashnikov completed a huge rebranding campaign

December 9, 2014 Tatyana Rusakova, RIR

Russia’s iconic weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov is currently working on 30 major projects. The company has plans to break into new markets in Africa, Latin America and Asia

Strategic forces to use Yars ballistic missiles

Strategic forces to use Yars ballistic missiles

November 21, 2014 Yuri Gavrilov, specially for RIR

Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces will use the enhanced Yars ICBMs. It is believed that these missiles can deliver at least four thermonuclear warheads weighing 300 kilotonnes each to a target located 11,000 kilometres away

PAK DA aircraft’s engine successfully tested

PAK DA aircraft’s engine successfully tested

November 18, 2014 Vadim Matveev, specially for RIR

JSC Kuznetsov did not say what kind of engine unit will power the “aircraft of the future,” but in August 2014 it was rumoured to be an improved NC-32, which is currently used on Tu-160 strategic bombers.

Modernised IL-76 set for take off

Modernised IL-76 set for take off

November 17, 2014 Vladimir Shcherbakov, specially for RIR

There is tremendous potential for the new aircraft in the international market, given that military and civilian aircraft of the IL-76 family are currently operating in more than 30 countries.

A look at the Tokarev pistol

A look at the Tokarev pistol

November 11, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

The TT pistol is favored by criminal circles and hitmen in particular, and according to the police, has been used in 70 per cent of contract killings

BrahMos missile exports a challenging proposition

BrahMos missile exports a challenging proposition

November 10, 2014 Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, specially for RIR

Despite its high promise, India and Russia have to navigate through various complexities in making the BrahMos missile a profitable business

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