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The 4K44 Redut was designed in 1963 to replace the aging SS-C-2 coastal defense missile batteries. The 4K44 Redut uses the P-5 Pyatyorka cruise missile, also known as the SS-N-3B. The missile has a 1,000 kg warhead and a range of 450 km. It has a maximum speed of Mach 0.9. The Redut is currently available in two versions: the SPU-35V (pictured), which is based on the BAZ-135MB chassis (the most common variant), and the 4K44 Utes, which is a fixed position version with two launch tubes and is only deployed in Sevastopol and the Kildin Island in the Kola Peninsula. The system is slated to eventually be replaced by the K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defense system, which uses the advanced P-800 Yakhont (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missiles.
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The Kirov class battle cruiser, the largest and most powerful surface warship currently in service (excluding aircraft carriers), first entered service in 1980. A total of four have been built since that time, and only one (The Pyotr Veliky, ie, Peter The Great) remains in service as the flagship of the Northern fleet. The introduction of this battle cruiser in the 1980’s was one of the reasons the US Navy chose to recommission the Iowa Class battleships.
The Peter The Great’s main armament is composed of twenty P-700 Granit supersonic anti-ship missiles, which have a range of 550-625 km. Air defense is provided by 9K311 Tor short range surface-to-air missiles and 96 S-300F long range surface-to-air missiles. The Peter The Great is also armed with a single AK-130 130 mm main gun, eight AK-630 30 mm Gatling guns, and six Kashtan gun/missile systems. For ASW (anti-submarine warfare), the ship is armed with the RBU-1000 ASW rocket launcher, ten 533 mm torpedo tubes (which can fire either the Type 53 torpedoes or the RPK-2 ASW missiles, and up 3 Ka-27 helicopters.
The Peter The Great has a displacement of over 28,000 tons (when fully loaded), a length of 252 meters, a beam of 28.5 meters, and a draft of 9.1 meters. The ship has a speed of 32 knots and has a crew of 710. The Peter The Great is powered by nuclear and steam turbine propulsion.
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The Mig-35 is a 4++ generation fighter and the latest development of the Mig-29. The Mig-35 was first shown publicly at the Aero India air show in 2007. The Mig-35 has new avionics which allow it to carry out complex joint missions, aerial reconnaissance, and precision ground strikes in any weather. The fighter has a longer service life and an in-flight cost that is 2.5 times cheaper than that of its predecessors. The Mig-35 has new, smokeless engines and a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system to enhance its performance. There are currently ten prototypes of the Mig-35 undergoing testing.
The Mig-35, just like the Mig-29K/KUB, is based on the Mig-29M2 2-seat design. The fighter is equipped with the new Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which has a detection range of over 160 km for aerial targets and over 300 km for ships. The radar can detect more aerial and ground targets and is more resistant to electronic countermeasures than its predecessors. The Mig-35 has 9 hard points that accept both current (foreign and Russian) and future (Russian) air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons. It is also equipped with a single 30 mm GSh-30-1 automatic cannon.
The Mig-35 is equiped with two Klimov RD-33MK afterburning turbofans, which are rated at 5,400 kg of thrust each (dry thrust) and 9,000 kg of thrust each (with the use of afterburners). The Mig-35 has a maximum speed of 2,400 km/hr, a range of 2,000 km without refueling, and a service ceiling of 17,500 meters. The Mig-35 has a length of 17.3 meters, a wingspan of 12 meters, a height of 4.7 meters, and an empty weight of 11,000 kg.
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The “Berkut” air group is celebrating its 20th year anniversary. The pilots began flying in 1992 on Mi-24 helicopters. Today, the Berkuts fly on Mi-28N Night Hunters. “Flying helicopters in a group is very difficult, because they fly within very close distances of each other, a mere 10 meters apart”, stated Igor Butenko, a Berkut pilot. Making dangerous maneuvers is like diving into a chainsaw, so there is no room for mistakes. “Even though it’s a piece of steel, I feel that it has a soul, and every pilot knows his helicopter, how to approach it, how to clap it, what to tell it”, stated Evgeniy Galkin, the commander of the Berkuts. In honor of their 20th year anniversary, the Berkuts performed the rump and the arrow maneuvers. Next time, the pilots will show off their skills at the Zhukovsky airbase on the 12th of August, on the 100th anniversary of the Russian air-force.