Six new Russian submarines and a new aircraft carrier – every year

Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin announced yesterday a massively ambitious programme to build submarines and aircraft carriers. At a press conference Rogozin – Russia’s straight-talking former ambassador to NATO – told reporters that by next year “production capacity will allow us to build six submarines and an aircraft carrier every year”. He went on to [...]

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Russia bids to supply Brazil’s Air Force

Just a quick post to highlight an RIA Novosti article about Russia’s attempts to win a tender to supply the Brazilian Air Force with modern fighter jets. The Brazilian Air Force has a combat capacity way below the country’s economic potential, especially considering how hard it is working to enhance its global political role. It [...]

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Russian-Indian military exercise begins

Hot on the heels of Russia’s recent military exercise with China (see here for details) 1,600 Russian troops, 9 airplanes and 5 warships are taking part in a military exercise with India. The exercise, which will run for 10 days from October 10th, is based around a counter terrorism scenario, says Indian newspaper New Kerala, [...]

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Russia writes off Ethiopian debt

Russia has written off Ethiopia’s $1.1 billion debt, ostensibly to help Ethiopia in its fight against poverty, although I suspect arms sales may, as is so often the case, be at the root of Russia’s decision: Russia has cancelled $1.1 billion owed to it by Ethiopia and agreed to let the Horn of Africa country [...]

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Who controls the Russian arms trade?

In an opinion piece about last week’s rumours of a Russian missile sale to Syria, Pavel Felgenhauer notes a worrying aspect of the Russian arms trade in general.  Namely a lack of central control. Ivanov stated that there were no official negotiations to sell missiles to Syria, but there are several different semiofficial entities in [...]

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