Russian Defense Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin Visits The Nizhny Tagil Proving Ground



Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin and the governor visited the Uralvagonzavod plant in Nizhny Tagil, where the legendary T-90 tanks are produced. Rogozin took a ride in a T-90A MBT, fired off several rounds, and was satisfied with the tank. The Vice Premier got to ride not only heavy armored vehicles, but light ones, as well, such as this motorcycle, and even took some passengers with him. Rogozin stated that these proving grounds are to become Russia’s center for testing and demonstrating new armored vehicles and that the grounds will be expanded and modernized. In addition, these grounds are where foreign tankers will be trained to use Russian tanks. “We have a huge export potential and we will expand it, and we will teach foreign crews to use the tanks here, who will then become instructors in the countries that operate our tanks,” stated Dmitry Rogozin. 23 trillion rubles will be allocated from the federal budget for the modernization of the Russian army. At least 10% of that money will go to the Uralvagonzavod plant.


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2S23 Nona-SVK Self-Propelled Mortar Participating In Parade Rehearsals In Yekaterinbug


The Nona is a self-propelled artillery system that was designed in the late 1980’s to support the VDV. The Nona was designed to provide light artillery support to VDV troops, yet be light enough to be para-dropped. The Nona is available in two versions: the 2S9 Nona is based on a BTR-D chassis, while the 2S23 Nona-SVK (pictured) is based on a BTR-80 chassis. The Nona is equipped with the breech-loaded 2A60 120 mm mortar with a  barrel that is 1.8 meters in length and can accept various types of 120 mm mortar rounds including smoke rounds, white phosphorus rounds, and high explosive (HE) rounds. The system has a sustained firing rate of four rounds per minute, and a maximum firing rate of ten rounds per minute. The mortar has an elevation of -4 to +80 degrees, can traverse up to 70 degrees and has a maximum range of up to 12.8 km. The system is also equipped with a 7.62 mm machine gun for self defense. The Nona is also amphibious (both chassis’s).


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Spetsnaz Championships In St. Petersburg



The Special Forces are ready for battle. Shooting championships for the Spetsnaz are currently being held in St. Petersburg. 20 divisions are taking part, with a total of 100 soldiers. There are several different events taking place, including storming a bus held by terrorists and target shooting. Only 30 soldiers will reach the finals, and the competition to see who’s the best will take place in the dark, as well, as the finals be held at night. The participants involved are from the legendary Spetsnaz groups Alfa and Vympel, as well as the “Grad” group from the St. Petersburg FSB.


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Anatoly Lebed, Hero Of The Russian Federation, Has Died In A Motorcyle Accident

Rest In Peace

Anatoly Vyacheslavovich Lebed died in a motorcycle accident while on his way to a motorcycle event near Moscow. Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to Lebed’s family. Anatoly Lebed was a Guards Lieutenant Colonel in the VDV Spetsnaz, an officer of the 45th Independent Special Purpose Brigade, and a Hero of the Russian Federation. To many, he was a real-life hero and was known as a true Russian patriot. Due to his courageous acts and involvement in numerous wars, he is also sometimes referred to as the “Russian Rambo”.

Anatoly Lebed began his military service in 1981 with the 44th Airborne Division. He got his first combat experience during the Soviet Afghan war between the years 1986 and 1987, serving in a helicopter regiment. Upon returning from Afghanistan, Lebed continued to serve in Germany, and in the Trans-Baikal and Siberian military district. Anatoly retired and entered the reserves in 1994, and also began working with the benevolent fund for Afghan Veterans. In 1999, when Chechen forces invaded Dagestan, Lebed bought his own equipment and flew in to personally assist the local militias. When war was officially announced in Chechnya, he re-enlisted and partook in several counter-terrorism operations in Chechnya. Anatoliy had at least 10 combat tours of Chechnya between the years of 1999 and 2007. Lebed lost his foot after stepping on a mine in Chechnya in 2003, but refused to resign from the military. In 2005, Anatoly’s squad was ambushed. All of his men were injured, but Anatoly refused to give up and defeated the enemy soldiers.

15 days later, Anatoly was injured again by shrapnel after covering his men to shield them from an RPG blast. The wounds didn’t stop him from taking out the grenadier and machine gun post, and then leading his group to successfully destroy the terrorist base. In April of the same year, he received the title of Hero of the Russian Federation, the highest title that a Russian citizen can hold, for heroism and courage while carrying out military tasks in the North Caucasus. In August 2008, Anatoly took part in the war against the Georgian forces that attacked South Ossetia. Despite being injured numerous times, Anatoly Lebed has taken part in all recent wars that Russia has been involved in. He has been awarded a total of 3 Valor orders, 3 Red Star orders, and a Soviet order of service to the Motherland.

Training Aboard The Project 1166.1 Gepard Class Frigate “Tatarstan”


Three short calls followed by a long one. On the flagship of the Caspian Flotilla, the missile frigate “Tatarstan”, this command is echoed on all decks, and signals an emergency. Today, there are several different commands. First, is the attack of the aviation of a fictional enemy, and according to the training scenario, his aircraft tried to attack the Tatarstan while it’s docked. The sailors and officers rush to their battle positions, while the radar monitors show the targets. The command post issues the first reports.


The aircraft, which is not answering the Tatarstan’s signals, immediately comes under the sights of artillery. Here, the gunner is carrying out the orders from the command post, points the guns in the direction from which the enemy will appear, and from the compartments rise anti-aircraft missiles which immediately lock on the aerial target. The Tatarstan is ready to switch to a counterattack, itself, and deliver a powerful blow, and not just to aircraft, but to ships and even beach based targets. Missiles are the main weapons of the Caspian flagship. In these launchers are the KH-35 Uran cruise missiles, which are modern, yet simple to operate.  “The missiles are excellent, reliable, and their design is so simple, that even training personnel to fire this weapon is very easy. The missile requires minimum maintenance and has a small amount of moving parts, which contributes to increased reliability,” stated Sharabdin Sharabdinov, the weapons commander of the Tatarstan missile frigate. This computer is both the control center behind the Uran and a training system. The sailors may just be training, but the steps and commands are the same as those in real combat situations.


Despite the fact that in the Caspian Sea, the Tatarstan has no equals in terms of technology and weaponry, the crews regularly conduct training for damage control. In compartments such as this one, sailors learn to extinguish fires and plug up holes. The ship was in a theoretical battle and damaged by bullet shells, the shrapnel ripped through the ship. In the engine room, sailors rush to fill the gap left by the bullets, while being hit by water under high pressure. It took just 2 minutes to seal off the hole. The soaked sailors report to the officer, ” the holes are sealed, the leak has been stopped”. The virtual targets in the air and at sea have been destroyed, and the sailors saved the ship from sinking. The commander gives the crew a score. “Almost all of the staff are contractors, which allows for more efficient problem solving, as the personnel have been performing their duties for more than a month, and according to the results of today’s training, the staff corresponds to a proper level of training, and for their duties, they received a good score,” stated Vusal Miriev, the commander of the Tatarstan. The crew has just one month to fix all errors to achieve absolute consistency and receive an excellent score on their next evaluation. In April, the Tatarstan will begin live firing exercises.

New Russian Special Forces Photos

Various Spetsnaz Units Training In Rostov



MVD Spetsnaz



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Spetsnaz Akula



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OMON Spetsnaz In Chechnya


BTR-82A At The Factory



BTR-82A info.


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