Thursday, October 23, 2008
Russia Sends Out The Nuke Bombers For Week Long Exercises (NSI News Source Info) Washington - October 23, 2008: Russia's front-line long-range strategic nuclear bombers have carried out a new series of major weeklong exercises, the Russian air force announced last week.
Russia launches 31-year-old Stiletto missile (NSI News Source Info) Moscow - October 23, 2008: Russia on Wednesday test fired a 31-year-old intercontinental ballistic missile known by its NATO codename Stiletto from the Baikonur space base in Kazakhstan, Russian news agencies reported. "The launch was carried out in accordance with a programme to prolong the lifetime of the RS-18 strategic missiles," Alexander Vovk, a spokesman for strategic missile forces, was quoted as saying by Interfax. "The missile launched on Wednesday was 31 years old," Vovk said, without specifying the target for the test. Targets for Russian missile tests are often in the country's Far East Kamchatka peninsula. The first RS-18 missile, which NATO calls the SS-19 Stiletto, came into service in 1975. It is 24 metres (79 feet) long, with a diameter of 2.5 metres, and can be equipped with up to six warheads. Russia has stepped up test firing of missiles in recent months while also ratcheting up its rhetoric against US plans to build missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. Moscow says the planned US missile shield threatens its national security, while Washington says it will protect against a possible attack from "rogue states" such as Iran. Baikonur is Russia's main space base and is mostly used for civilian space launches, including flights to the International Space Station. Built in Soviet times, the base is now in the ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan and is leased by the Russian government.
Russia To Build Second Missile Frigate For Indian Navy By March (NSI News Source Info) Kaliningrad, Russia - October 23, 2008: A Russian shipyard said on Thursday it would complete the construction of the second of three missile frigates for the Indian Navy by March 2009. The Yantar shipyard in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad said the second Project 11356 frigate was more than 50% complete. India and Russia signed a $1.6 billion contract for the construction of an additional three Project 11356 Krivak IV-class guided missile frigates for the Indian Navy in July, 2006. Russia previously built three Krivak-class frigates - INS Talwar, INS Trishul and INS Tabar - for India, and delivered them all in late 2004. The final vessel is due to be delivered to India by 2011-12. All of the frigates will be armed with the BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile system instead of the Club-N/3M54TE missile system, which was installed on previous frigates. The Krivak-class frigate has deadweight of 4,000 metric tons and a speed of 30 knots, and is capable of accomplishing a wide range of maritime missions, primarily hunting down and destroying large surface ships and submarines.
Smaller, lighter MRAPs headed to Afghanistan (NSI News Source Info) Thursday October 23, 2008: The Pentagon is speeding deliveries to Afghanistan of armored vehicles designed to protect troops against roadside bomb attacks — smaller, lighter versions of what are known as MRAPs.
AF Officials Agree to Ship 18 Cargo Planes to Afghanistan (NSI News Source Info) ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - October 23, 2008: The deal is done for the Air Force officials to ship 18 G-222 cargo planes to the Afghan National Air Corps.
First Flight of Typhoon In Royal Saudi Air Force Livery (NSI News Source Info) October 23, 2008: BAE Systems has flown the first of 72 Eurofighter Typhoons for Saudi Arabia, seen above at the company’s Warton airfield in North West England. (BAE Systems photo)A Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft in the full two-tone grey livery of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has flown for the first time today at BAE Systems’ Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire, North West England. This milestone marks the start of an initial test flight programme for RSAF Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft being assembled at Warton.