Military cooperation Moscow and Damascus shifts balance of forces in the Middle East "back to the 70's," when Israel was close to being defeated by Syria.
Russia would like to get more information about the proposed Euro missile-defense system, Moscow's envoy to NATO said on Tuesday.
Ukraine's only submarine will become operational again in the spring of 2011, after almost 10 years under repairs, Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Yuriy Ilyin said on Tuesday.
Vietnam will invite Russian experts to help modernize the country's Cam Ranh naval base, Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh said on Tuesday.
Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and France's shipbuilder DCNS on Monday signed an agreement to form a consortium, in a move that may bring a pending helicopter carrier deal closer to completion, the USC president said.
Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Sunday confirmed the ministry's plans to buy two foreign helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy and eventually produce vessels of this class on Russian soil.
Russia's Armed Forces will undergo three stages of transformation before their reform is over by 2020, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Sunday.
The publicly stated goal of the reform is to create a compact army of constant readiness, designed mainly to fight local and regional conflicts. At the same time, Russia will maintain its strategic nuclear forces as a safeguard in the event of a "big war." The country's nuclear capability should guarantee the possibility of inflicting unacceptable damage on any aggressor or coalition of aggressors.
Russia's first Project 22350 frigate was floated out at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg on Friday.
The decision to put Russia's Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile into service will be made by the country's leadership and only after the test program is complete, a government source said on Friday.
The Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage ballistic missile is designed for deployment on new Borey class nuclear-powered strategic submarines.
If Moscow and Paris sign a contract to build Mistral class helicopter carriers for Russia, the first warship may be built in 2013, a top manager of French STX Europe shipbuilder said on Friday.
The Russian Navy will receive up to 10 new ocean-going frigates in the next 10 years, a Defense Ministry source said on Friday.
Iran has been under international pressure to halt uranium enrichment, needed both for electricity generation and weapons production. Tehran has repeatedly rejected the demand, insisting it is pursuing a purely civilian program. Several Western powers have called for harsher sanctions against Tehran if it does not agree to halt uranium enrichment.
The second successful test launch in a row of a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile has proved that poor assembly technology is likely to be the reason for the previous failed tests, a source from the state commission overhauling production system of the missile said.
A test warhead from a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile successfully hit its target on the Kura test range in Russia's Far East Kamchatka region.
Russia will hold on Friday another test launch of a Bulava ballistic missile from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear-powered submarine.
Higher salaries are key to the successful reform of the Russian military, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
Russia successfully tested two ballistic missiles in separate launches from nuclear submarines in the Barents Sea and the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, a Defense Ministry source said.
Russia successfully launched a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Thursday to test its operational capability, a spokesman for Russia's Space Forces said.
Japan will temporarily recall its ambassador to Russia in connection with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit on Monday to one of the disputed Kuril islands, Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted the country's foreign minister as saying.
The United States has reiterated its readiness to conclude a new child adoption agreement by the end of this year.
Georgia's Foreign Ministry service declined to comment on Monday on media reports that it had detained 20 people suspected of spying for Russia.
Russia and the U.S. will continue joint operations in Afghanistan to destroy drug laboratories after reaching an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the head of Russia's drug watchdog said on Monday.
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