On the eve of the Zapad-2021 exercise, the rapprochement between Minsk and Moscow is accelerating

Each year, the Russian Armed Forces organizes a large major exercise taking place at the beginning of September. In a 4-year cycle, it takes place alternately in eastern Russia (Vostok), central Russia (Tzentr), in the Caucasus (Kavkaz), and in the western zone (Zapad). This year's exercise, Zapad-2021, whose culminating part will take place from September 10 to 16, will take place largely in Belarus, as well as around Saint Petersburg and in the enclave of Kalningrad, and will mobilize , in total, nearly 200.000 soldiers and civilians, even if the number of soldiers actually deployed by Russia for this exercise in Belarus will not exceed…

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Russian Ka-52M Alligator helicopter could receive light "cruise missiles"

According to the Russian press, citing sources from the military-industrial complex, the modernization program for the Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter, the Ka-52M, could include the integration of an air "cruise missile" -ground that can carry up to 100km. The information is surprising, but nevertheless sheds light on the intentions of the Russian army vis-à-vis this new variant of the Ka-52, which could soon be ordered at nearly 114 copies to be delivered by the end of the decade. Originally, the single-seater Kamov Ka-50 and the two-seater Ka-52 were designed at the end of the Cold War to succeed the mythical Mil Mi-24 Hind, and were presented in…

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Modernization of Russian Ka52M attack helicopters takes shape

In May 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced its intention to order 30 new Ka52 combat helicopters to be delivered by 2022, and to modernize 114 of the existing Ka52s to the M standard, based on feedback from the forces deployed in Syria. . But since then, nothing really seemed to materialize this announcement. But things are about to change, since according to the company Russian Helicopters, the Ministry of Defense should sign, during 2020, a global contract for the modernization of the Ka52M comparable to that which was signed for the modernization of the Mi28MN this year, and which unlocked the negotiations between the industrialist Mil…

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Russian forces test their first airmobile brigade

Traditionally, the Russian transport and combat helicopters are implemented within the Air Force, which accompany, at the level of the army corps, the ground forces. This organization, if it offers great flexibility to the command to organize its means, also generates heaviness and slowdowns for the deployment of rapid forces, such as parachute forces. On the occasion of the reform of the parachute forces started at the beginning of this year, the General Staff decided to experiment with a new organization, that of an airmobile brigade, composed of a parachute brigade specialized in airmobile maneuvers, and 5 helicopter squadrons which, if they remain organically dependent on…

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Russia will develop a new generation of helicopter "Hind"

The Mil MI-24 gunship, referred to as “Hind” in NATO terminology, was a symbol of Soviet military power during the Cold War. Built in more than 2500 units, exported to more than 60 countries, the aircraft has participated, over its evolutions and modernizations, in more than ten major conflicts, ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the Russian intervention. in South Ossetia. Unlike Western designs, which divided combat helicopters like the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Cobra, Soviet engineers opted for the "GunShip" configuration, a heavily armed and armored helicopter capable of carrying up to 8 men simultaneously. In…

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Russia modernizes Mi-35 helicopters after Syrian experience

After armored vehicles and drones, it is the turn of Russian helicopters to take stock of their skills following their use in the Syrian theater, in order to update their capabilities and systems. After the Ka-52 and the Mi-28, it is the Mi-35, heir to the famous Mi-24 Hind, to undergo an evolution, the majority of the fleet will therefore move from the M standard to the MV standard, integrating a new system anti-missile protection President-S, modernized optronics OPS-24N1, new engines and reinforcement of its armor. This modernization is interesting in more ways than one. First, it intervenes while the Mil office…

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