Defence
Half a century guarding the skies

Half a century guarding the skies

October 21, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

The Shilka is the air defense system closest to the troops, having followed Soviet and Russian motorized infantry and tank battalions for five decades in which it also made its mark in ground engagements

Unmanned airships to patrol skies

Unmanned airships to patrol skies

October 16, 2014 Tatyana Rusakova, RIR

The Russian military will soon take charge of a number of remote-controlled airships, thanks to the ministries of defense and emergency situations

The evolution of the Ilyushin Il-2

The evolution of the Ilyushin Il-2

October 7, 2014 Vadim Matveyev, specially for RIR

Designers competing to create an aircraft that could directly support troops on the battlefield were hampered by the weight of the ‘flying tank’, low air speed and flimsy protection. The Il-2 was the answer to these challenges

Russia's strategic nuclear potential to be upgraded by 2020

Russia's strategic nuclear potential to be upgraded by 2020

October 6, 2014 Dmitry Litovkin, specially for RIR

In reaction to NATO's eastward expansion, Russia has created new types of ballistic missiles, is perfecting strategic aviation, building submarines and upgrading its outer space monitoring system

A look at Russia's first tanks

A look at Russia's first tanks

October 2, 2014 Vadim Matveyev, specially for RIR

The Russian tank battled many teething troubles before making its mark in military history, though it arrived too late for WWI

India interested in MiG simulator

India interested in MiG simulator

October 2, 2014 VPK

MiG Chief Executive Sergey Korotkov told Tass that the simulator would help train pilots operating aircraft on the INS Vikramaditya

Yak-152 trainer to go into production in 2016

Yak-152 trainer to go into production in 2016

September 30, 2014 Alexey Ramm, specially for RIR

The Yak-130's 'little brother' soon be admitted to the Russian Air Force. The plane's technical and flight characteristics have still not been revealed, but experts are confident that it will win the interest of foreign clients

New cruise missiles for Russian Navy

New cruise missiles for Russian Navy

September 29, 2014 Alexey Ramm, specially for RIR

The technical details of the missile are still classified. Military experts assume that it could be a completely new development by Russian designers as well as a product upgrade based on a rocket already being used like the Yakhont

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