Apr 27

Russia Deploys Tactical Drones In The Arctic, Exposes Rarely-Seen US Spy Satellite Images (ZeroHedge, April 26, 2015):

While the USA is busy killing US civilians and terrorists with its drone program, Russia is set to deploy its own Orlan-10 drones in the oil- and gas-rich Arctic region (reportedly to monitor the climate situation). As SputnikNews reports, Colonel Aleksandr Gordeev stated “the drones’ task is to maintain impartial control of the situation in the Russian sector of the Arctic, including the ecological and ice situation in the adjoining sea areas and along the Northern Sea Route.” So, passive-agressive? However, Russia also chose this week to release rarely-seen images of a US intelligence satellite which as one analyst notes is provocative (but obscure in its intent other than the growing recognition of US space-based surveillance assets).

As Sputnik News reports, Russian drones will be deployed in the Arctic and along the Northern Sea Route starting May 1 to monitor the climate situation and the deterioration of Arctic ice, as well as to aid in navigation and search and rescue missions. Continue reading »

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Apr 27

FYI.


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Israeli military strikes Golan Heights to foil terror plot (RT, April 27, 2015):

The Israeli Air Force launched a strike on a militant cell, who had arrived from Syria, after they were attempting to plant a bomb in the occupied Golan Heights. Reports say that up to four people have been killed in the operation.

At around 9:30pm local time, Israeli troops saw “a group of armed terrorists” heading towards the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. The group then placed an explosive device on a border fence, which was deemed an apparent threat as it targeted the troops, according to an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) statement. Israeli aircraft were deployed and “targeted the squad, preventing the attack.” Continue reading »

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Apr 26

S Arabia bombs food, fuel depots in Yemen: Russian source (PressTV, April 26, 2015):

Saudi Arabia has targeted “all food and fuel depots” during its month-long deadly aerial assaults against Yemen, a Russian diplomatic source says.

“They (Saudis) used to bomb all the arms, food and fuel depots they had information on, as well as military camps” in Yemen, RIA Novosti news agency quoted the anonymous source at the Russian Embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, as saying on Sunday. Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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Related info:

‘FUCK THE EU’ – US State Department Blasts Europe; Revealed As Alleged Mastermind Behind Ukraine Unrest


U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt
U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt

Back to old tactics: US envoy tweets ‘Russian BUKs in Ukraine’ with pic of Moscow show (RT, April 24, 2015):

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has claimed that Russia’s military is continuing to expand its presence in eastern Ukraine. As for proof, Pyatt posted a two-year-old picture of an air defense system from an air show near Moscow.

“This is the highest concentration of Russia air defense systems in eastern Ukraine since August,” the ambassador tweeted, attaching a picture of BUK-M2 missile defense system apparently taken at the International Aviation and Space Show MAKS-2013, which actually took place just outside Moscow.

Twitter users lashed out at Pyatt’s post – which he wrote in Ukrainian – implying that the diplomat deliberately used a fake image.

This is not the first time Pyatt was caught posting seemingly deceptive images on his Twitter account. Last September, he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine. The pictures he provided turned out to be outdated. Continue reading »

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Apr 24

Just don’t take a look at their (non-existent) regret via a brainwave ‘lie detector’.

In summary:


 

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A Drone Program That Has Killed Hundreds Of Civilians Finally Killed Some That The White House Regrets (Huffngton Post, April 23, 2015):

This morning, the White House disclosed that a January 2015 drone strike, conducted in Pakistan by the CIA with the intention of taking out an al Qaeda compound, resulted in the deaths of two al Qaeda hostages who were not known to have been in the line of fire at the time of the attack. “The killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally killed a hostage in a drone strike,” Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous reported Thursday.

President Barack Obama held a brief press conference Thursday morning following a statement released by the White House, which described the incident as a “uniquely tragic situation.” Obama told reporters that he was taking “full responsibility” for what happened, and offered his “profound regrets” and “deepest apologies” to the families of Weinstein and Lo Porto. “The White House has launched a review of the strike to see if changes are needed to the drone program to avoid similar mistakes,” Entous noted. Continue reading »

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Apr 23

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President Obama To Explain How A CIA Drone Strike Killed US/EU Hostages In January – Live Feed (ZeroHedge, April 23, 2015):

A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, senior Obama administration officials said. As WSJ reports, the killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally killed a hostage in a drone strike. We await President Obama’s ‘collateral damage’ explanation.

President Obama is due to speak at 10amET…

As The Wall Street Journal reports,

The mishap represents a major blow to the Central Intelligence Agency and its covert drone program in Pakistan, which President Barack Obama embraced and expanded after coming to office in 2009.

The incident also underscores the limits of U.S. intelligence and the risk of unintended consequences in executing a targeted killing program which, according to human rights groups, endangers civilians. U.S. officials say the strikes are needed to combat al Qaeda. To mitigate the risks, officials say the CIA won’t launch missiles at a suspected target if they know civilians are present. Continue reading »

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Apr 22

Flashback:

Peeling The Onion: Almost Everyone Involved In Developing Tor Was (Or Is) Funded By The US Government


 

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How Tor is building a new Dark Net with help from the U.S. military (The Daily Dot, April 20, 2015):

The Dark Net is under attack.

Actually, it’s always under attack. That’s the smart attitude to take as the spotlight has been turned up on technology like the Tor-anonymizing network. Threats from governments and hackers around the world have pushed Tor’s decade-old hidden service technology to its limits.

To stay ahead in the security race, Tor is building the next-generation Dark Net in part with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. military agency charged with inventing the cutting edge of new technology. Continue reading »

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Apr 21

Oil Tumbles After Saudis Declare End To Yemen Aerial Bombing Campaign (ZeroHedge, April 21, 2015):

Saudi Arabia said its campaign of airstrikes in Yemen have succeeded in removing threats to the kingdom and other regional countries, bringing to an end Operation “Decisive Storm.” As Bloomberg reports, the Saudi Defense Ministry said a coalition of mostly Sunni Muslim nations has “successfully eliminated the threat to the security of Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries,” by destroying the heavy weaponry and ballistic missiles held by the Shiite Houthi rebels. This comes one day after Gulf envoys told The United Nations that Yemen strikes won’t end soon. Saudi Arabia hopes to restart a Yemeni political process and will begin “Operation New Hope,” which appears to mean Saudi National Guard ground troops.

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Apr 21

Surely Polish taxpayers will be happy to pay $9 billion for a missile defense system.


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Sabre-Rattling Soars: Poland Buys US Patriot Air Defense System, Gold Pops (ZeroHedge, April 21, 2015)

Just days after Russia lifts sanctions on Iran and prepares to send its S-300 missile defense system, it appears Washington has retaliated. As TASS reports, Poland – on Russia’s doorstep – has decided to buy the US Patriot air-defense system (made by Raytheon) for a total cost of around $9bn: “The US proposal has been found to be more profitable from the viewpoint of Poland’s security and implementation of commitments within NATO framework.” Washington, keen to ensure Warsaw signed up with Raytheon, has decided to loan Poland a battery of Patriots until the deal is signed.

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Apr 21

–  Saudi Arabia Orders Its National Guard To Enter Yemen War (ZeroHedge, April 21, 2015):

Over the better part of the past month, the only entities actively involved in the proxy war in Yemen against the local Houthi rebel force have been air force units, mostly under Saudi command as part of Operation “Decisive Storm.” Which probably explains why there has been little if any progress to note in pushing back said rebellion which, armed heavily thanks to the US government, has successfully managed to push the current president into an indefinite exile. That changed hours ago, when Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the Saudi Arabian National Guard, widely regarded as the kingdom’s best equipped military ground force, to take part in Riyadh’s campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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Apr 21

FYI: Amazing videos (sadly only in German) on how to treat dogs are down below.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Portrait

Dogs live in the NOW, unlike humans, who often tend to constantly blame their past and everybody else for bloody everything.

Dogs just want to live and even the worst dog can be turned around with some help and start a new wonderful life, like this puppy.


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Animal Farm and the Archonic Abuse Paradigm (Zen Gardner, April 17, 2015):

This has been bothering me for some time. We have neighbors who treat their dogs horribly. They don’t beat them, but their indifference and neglect is heartrending. It’s not the norm in this country, as most dogs are free to roam most of the time and cared for in loving homes. Neglected animals are often adopted and lost pets are usually taken to the local vet who knows just about every animal and their owner in the area. Very kind and caring.

I know this for a fact as I found a lost pup and took it to her and she looked at it, recognized the markings on its tail, and excitedly said “I know where this dog lives!” She got on her phone and called them and they came and got their pup, just like that. Continue reading »

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Apr 20

Before:

‘Nobody Will Help Us Evacuate:’ Americans Urge Washington To Help Flee Yemen War

Sanaa-tized? Rights Groups Sue State Dept For Refusing To Evacuate 1,000s Of Americans From Yemen

Obama Announces Won’t Evacuate Americans From His Yemen War-Zone

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US, UK Thank Russia For Evacuation Of Their Citizens From Yemen


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US Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier, Warships To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments In Yemeni Waters (ZeroHedge, April 20, 2015):

Update: Because the report from AP does not play well with “Everyday Americans”, US CentCom is denying:

  • *U.S. DENIES REPORT SHIP SENT TO INTERCEPT IRAN VESSEL
  • *U.S. SAYS SHIP SENT TO KEEP SHIPPING LANES IN REGION OPEN

The ‘proxy’ war is escalating very rapidly. As AP reports, Navy officials confirm that the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed to Yemeni waters to intercept an Iranian weapons shipments. Just as we warned 10 days ago, the probability of a major escalation over the latest proxy Middle Eastern civil war escalated substantially when Iran parked two warships off the Yemeni coast.

As AP details,

U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi (HOO’-thee) rebels fighting in Yemen. Continue reading »

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Apr 20

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S-400 missile defense strength doubled in Russia’s far east (RT, April 20, 2015):

Another top notch S-400 missile defense system has been deployed to Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula. The new generation weapons with a range of up to 400 kilometers can bring down small planes and nuclear charged ballistic missiles.

Thirty-six units of military hardware that make up one S-400 ‘Triumph’ (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) regiment were delivered to Kamchatka in the Far East from Southern Russia by sea. The Defense Ministry says it’s already been unloaded and taken to its permanent location near the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Continue reading »

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Apr 19

FYI.


What Happens When A Russian Surface-To-Air Missile Launch Goes Horribly Wrong (ZeroHedge, April 19, 2015):

Shortly after Russia announced early last week that it would take advantage of the lifting of the Iran sanctions and proceed to deliver an unknown number of S-300 “defensive” surface-to-air missiles, the Kremlin sought to reassure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that any deliveries of these to Iran will not threaten Israel’s security.

Judging by the following video which captures what happens when a launch of a S-300 SAM goes horribly wrong (and the immediate stunned aftermath), he may very well be right.

That, or the Russian troops were simply showcasing what will happen one day when no amount of Mario Draghi threats can push the EURUSD higher any longer.

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Apr 18

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Caught On Tape: National Guard Troops Patrol California City, Conduct New Jersey “Homeland Response Drill” (ZeroHedge, April 18, 2015):

Late last week, when we covered the various signs that “something big” may be coming, we discussed the one “exercise that people have really been buzzing about” – operation “Jade Helm”, an “unconventional warfare exercise” during which the states Texas and Utah will be designated as hostile territory.

As previously profiled, “Jade Helm is a challenging eight-week joint military and Interagency (IA) Unconventional Warfare (UW) exercise conducted throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado,” according to an unclassified military document announcing the training drill, which runs from July 15 through September 15.

Multiple branches of the US military, including Green Berets, Navy Seals, and the 82nd Airborne Division, will participate in the 8-week long exercise, which may result in “increased aircraft in the area at night.” Continue reading »

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Apr 18

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300 US Paratroopers Arrive In Ukraine After Russia Says Its Missiles Will Target NATO Member States (ZeroHedge, April 17, 2015):

While the escalation of the second Cold War between Russia and the US over their proxy conflict in Ukraine has been relegated to the back pages due to the lack of any flash points in recent months, events in eastern Europe continue to build up to an increasingly unstable equilibrium. Just yesterday, Russia again accused the United States of “seeking political and military dominance and sought to put blame on the West for international security crises, including the conflict in east Ukraine.”

It didn’t stop there. According to the WSJ, Russia’s top general warned European countries planning to host installations for a U.S.-led missile-defense shield that Russian forces would be forced to target them.

“Nonnuclear powers where missile-defense installations are being installed have become the objects of priority response,” Gen. Valery Gerasimov said, referring to Poland and Romania.

It was unclear if Russia would use conventional weapons or tactical short-range nuclear missiles for deterrence purposes.

The comments came at a defense conference in Moscow where a series of high-level Russian leaders repeatedly warned of perceived threats that the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization posed to modern Russia.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, according to Reuters, that a drive by the United States and its allies to bring Kiev closer to the West was a threat to Moscow and had forced it to react.

“The United States and its allies have crossed all possible lines in their drive to bring Kiev into their orbit. That could not have failed to trigger our reaction,” he told an annual security conference in Moscow.

General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, reiterated Russia’s warning: “Considering themselves the winners of the Cold War, the United States decided to reshape the world to fit its needs.”

“Aiming at complete dominance, Washington stopped taking into account the interests of other countries and respect international law.

When asked about the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Shoigu “blamed the violence on Kiev and sought to dismiss Western criticism that Russia was forcibly remaking European borders, pointing in turn to Western military involvement in Serbia, Iraq and Libya.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the conference attended by envoys from China, Iran, Pakistan and some of Russia’s regional allies, that Kiev had to deliver on its obligations under peace agreements reached in Minsk to “safeguard unity of the Ukrainian state”.

The problem is that at this point it doesn’t matter who started what, where and how: just like the Intifada, or any other regional, thousand year-old conflict in Europe or any other part of the world, all that remains are the escalating steps, and how long until one of the two adversaries snaps and engages in an action from which there is no return.

Yet despite Russia’s very clear threat that its missiles are now armed at two more NATO countries, and numerous previous warnings that the official dispatch of US troops in Ukraine, besides the countless ones who are there on a mercenary basis, will lead to a flash point in the second Cold War, earlier today 300 hundred US paratroopers arrived in Ukraine – a non-NATO country – to “train its forces fighting pro-Russian rebels” according to the US army website.

As AFP notes, the move could “destabilize” the war-torn ex-Soviet country, which clearly is the intention. Because as we have warned on numerous occasions, the entire world is now headed into an event horizon in which the neo-cons have bet that only regional (or not so regional) war can be the economic stimulus that pushes the world out of its global depressed funk. Just like the first Great Depression.

According to AFP, the troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday in Yavoriv, western Ukraine, to spend six months training three battalions of Ukrainian troops, the army said in a statement.

“We will have about 300 soldiers from the brigade on the ground providing the training that will last over the next six months,” said US army spokesman Donald Wrenn.

Moscow was obviously displeased: “The participation of instructors and experts from third countries on Ukrainian territory … of course, does not help to resolve the conflict,” president Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Pekov said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

“On the contrary, it can seriously destabilise the situation.”

Just as Russian troops training Mexican Federales would be sternly frowned upon by the Obama administration. 

But that’s doesn’t matter: what matters is that US troops will now train the National Guard of Ukraine, a reservist force that was reformed in 2014 to bring volunteers and militia under government control. They will do so literally within meters of the Russian border.

“We will be conducting classes on war-fighting functions, as well as training to sustain and increase the professionalism and proficiency of military staffs,” Major Jose Mendez, operations officer for the brigade, was quoted as saying on the US army website.

Ukraine had asked the United States to send the training mission, dubbed Operation Fearless Guardian, according to an article published by the US army on April 11.

This is what paratroopers, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, arriving at Lviv International Airport on April 11, 2015 look like courtesy of the US Army’s website:

300 US Paratroopers Arrive In Ukraine After Russia Says Its Missiles Will Target NATO Member States

According to the US Army the brigade, as the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, is conducting continuous operations in six different countries.

“This is the new norm for the 173rd,” Mendez said. “The 173rd is in a special position, as the only forwardly-positioned airborne brigade in Europe, we have the ability to be anywhere in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility in 18 hours or less.”

The brigade has trained with Ukrainian forces in international exercises throughout Europe, as well as within Ukraine, most recently last September in the Rapid Trident series of exercises, an annual U.S. Army Europe-led exercise designed to promote regional stability and security. The two forces are scheduled to participate in Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 later this year.

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Paratroopers, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, arrive at Lviv International Airport in Lviv, Ukraine, April 11, 2015, in support of Fearless Guardian, a program to train Ukrainian national guard troops.

A ground convoy drove all the way from the brigade’s base in northern Italy to the Ukrainian military zone in Yavoriv near the Polish border, with vehicles and equipment.

The US and Ukrainian armies stressed the equipment was for use by the US brigade in the training and is not to be issued to Ukrainian forces. Fifty paratroopers travelled with that 25-vehicle convoy, which arrived on April 10, while further troops arrived on April 14 and 15, the US army website said.

Ukraine’s defence ministry said in a statement that the training would begin with a ceremony on April 20.

What happens after will likely assure the second consecutive very “volatile” summer. The good news for economists whose GDP predictions will be dead wrong once more, is that they will have yet another aspect of that thing called “reality” to blame it on.

 

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Apr 18

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US military instructors deployed to Ukraine to train local forces (RT, April 17, 2015):

Paratroopers of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vincenza, Italy, have arrived in western Ukraine to provide training for Ukrainian government troops.

The announcement came on US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt’s twitter account. The diplomat posted pictures of the US paratroopers marching through the airport in the western Ukrainian city of Lvov.

Pyatt has not given the exact number of the servicemen deployed in Ukraine, but according to a Facebook post by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, there should be some 290 US paratroopers. Avakov said that, under an agreement with the US State Department, long-term joint drills of US paratroopers and combat units of the Ukrainian National Guard, as well as training will take place at Yavorivky. Continue reading »

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Apr 16

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Russia Anti-Air Missile Sale Worries Those Who Aren’t Ruling out Bombing Iran — Russian Lawmaker (Russia Insider, April 15, 2015):

Unless you plan to bomb Iran Russia’s sale of S-300 missiles shouldn’t worry you

MOSCOW, April 14 (TASS) – The chairman of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, believes that the worst worries over the supplies of Russian air defense systems S-300 are felt by those who do not rule out the possibility of bombing raids against that country.

“It looks like the supplies of Russian air defense systems S-300 to Iran trouble mostly those who do not rule out their own bombing raids against that country,” Kosachev told the media, adding that it remained to be seen which side (Iran or its opponents) “pose the worst threat to peace.” Continue reading »

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Apr 16

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India Scraps Major Arms Purchase with France, Inks Major Deal with Russia (Russia Insider, April 15, 2015):

India’s Congress Party has canceled most of its order of 126 French Rafales and opted for a large order of Russian Sukhois

This article originally appeared at Daily of the Breton State. It was translated by Tom Winter at Fort Russ

India has essentially annulled it gigantic arms contract with France for the purchase and combined construction of 126 Rafale fighter planes; the Indian Prime Minister agreed to buy only

36 of them during his visit to Paris last week, a responsible government source stated. Instead, India will buy 127 fifth generation Russian fighter jets.

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Apr 16

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MiG-31 is the fastest fighter jet in active service

Russia Is Modernizing Its Fleet of MiG-31 Interceptor Jets (Russia Insider, April 15, 2015):

The first batch of 24 modernized MiG-31 BM fighter jets enters service

This article originally appeared at Defence Talk

The first 24 modernized MiG-31BM fighter jets have been delivered to the Russian Armed Forces. Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said more than ten aircraft will be delivered to troops ever year.

“After completing the modernization of the MiG-31, we expect that military forces will have more than 130 updated, outstanding aircraft with key technical parameters available for use,” said Yuri Borisov. According to him, about 12-13 aircraft undergo modernization per year.

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