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Defense Focus: Makarov's mission -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Russia's new armed forces chief of staff has been charged with making his country's military more modern, high-tech, better fed and paid -- and far more effective.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Makarov's mission -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Gen. Nikolai Makarov has replaced tough, old Gen. Yury Baluyevsky as the chief of staff of Russia's armed forces and has been tasked with rapidly modernizing them -- but the odds are against him.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

S-400 missile system delays

MOSCOW, May 22 (UPI) -- The Russian Topol strategic missile launchers that rolled through Red Square on May 9 were impressive to the eye, though I hope there is no intention to use these weapons.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russia 'no longer uses' nuke sub deterrent

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Russian nuclear submarines conducted only three patrols last year, indicating Moscow may have effectively abandoned their use as a deterrent, says a new report.

Ivanov: Russian arctic claim in compliance

MOSCOW, April 19 (UPI) -- Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says his country's claim to a portion of the arctic continental shelf complies with international law.
Problems with GLONASS

Problems with GLONASS

MOSCOW, April 9 (UPI) -- The council of chief designers behind Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS said it will only become operational in late 2008.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russia's top general quits

MOSCOW, April 4 (UPI) -- It was reported last month that chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, four-star Army Gen. Yury Baluyevsky was going to retire. There was no official denial of this report, and political analysts have interpreted it as valid.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

GLONASS gloom -- Part 2

MOSCOW, March 5 (UPI) -- To be honest, anyone familiar with Russian roads would hesitate before seriously talking about the commercial success of the Global Navigation Satellite System.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

GLONASS gloom -- Part 1

MOSCOW, March 4 (UPI) -- The development of Russia's high-tech sector, primarily the national space program, resembles a Camel Trophy race, while official reports do not always reflect the real situation.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Algeria MiG row -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Algerian experts are right when they talk about a drop in quality of Russian arms exports. This is openly admitted by top-ranking officials in charge of the Russian military-industrial sector, such as Sergei Ivanov, first deputy prime minister and head of the military and industrial commission, and his first deputy, Vladislav Putilin.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russia rearms

MOSCOW, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- This year Russia will concentrate on a State Arms Program to be carried out by 2015. One of the program's priorities is to equip the armed forces with high-accuracy weapons.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Satellites at risk -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Hundreds of seemingly harmless "passive" space systems, which themselves are not designed to attack anything, are a crucial component of high precision weapons, the main armaments of the 21st century.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Kiev's NATO burden -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Joining NATO will demand sacrifices and additional efforts from Ukraine, such as fulfilling the Membership Action Plan.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russian space center to launch boosters

MOSCOW, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Russia announced Wednesday it will build a new space center near Uglegorsk, with the launch of booster rockets expected by 2016 and manned flights by 2018.

Russia's rockets -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Russian Aerospace Agency Rosaviakosmos was quite happy about operational rockets, while only the military supported the Angara program and believed that Russia must have independent access to space.
YURY ZAITSEV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russia's rockets -- Part 1

MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- In November 2007, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on developing a new launch vehicle.
YURY ZAITSEV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Arms biz woes -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- It is impossible to overhaul the Russian defense industry's production facilities in the next two years because modern metal-cutting tools and automatic transfer lines are expensive.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Arms biz woes -- Part 1

MOSCOW, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Russian defense industry, which scored some major achievements last year, still faces major problems.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

BMD Watch: Japan scores BMD breakthrough

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Japan's ballistic missile defense program took a giant leap forward last week with its first successful interception of a ballistic missile with a U.S.-built Standard Missile-3 off Kauai Island, Hawaii.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

MIRV-ing Topol -- Part 1

MOSCOW, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An anti-missile shield, or America's ambition to establish one in Europe, has become the event of the year in security and strategic terms. The most discussed subject in Russia has been an adequate but asymmetrical response.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

BMD Watch: Japan makes BMD breakthrough

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Japan's ballistic missile defense program took a giant leap forward Monday with its first successful interception of a ballistic missile with a U.S.-built Standard Missile-3 or SM-3, off Kauai Island, Hawaii; Russia ready to put MIRVs on Topol-Ms
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Russia's edge -- Part 4

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Russia's 21st success in selling weapons to the world is rooted in its experience as a successful arms manufacturer for the largest mechanized army in history in World War II.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Analysis: More than Putin's puppet?

BERLIN, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The candidacy of Dmitry Medvevev paves the way for Vladimir Putin, the current president, to retain at least some of his overwhelming influence.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Analysis: Russia's referendum for Putin

BERLIN, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Russian parliamentary elections this Sunday have turned into a referendum on the future of President Vladimir Putin, and for that matter, the entire country.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

5G fighter plans -- Part 1

MOSCOW, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Although the Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum air-superiority fighter with a vectored-thrust engine is currently stealing the limelight at the Dubai Air Show 2007, this warplane will become obsolete in the foreseeable future.
YURY ZAITSEV, UPI Outside View Commentator
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