Putin says West trying to ‘hold back’ powerful Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin tells his annual press conference in Moscow he wants the country to rise to fifth in the global economic rankings

(AFP) President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the West was trying to hold back an increasingly powerful Russia, during an end-of-year press conference that took aim at sanctions and “made-up” spy scandals.… read the full article

World’s Best Air Defenses Still Can’t Hit Stealth?

Analysis: Why Stealth Technology is Still “Very Hard to Hit”

Warrior Maven Video Above: Why Advanced Stealth is Still “Very Hard to Hit”

By Kris OsbornWarrior Maven

Despite the loud and fast-growing chorus of analysts, critics and weapons developers who continue to raise the question as to whether stealth technology may slowly be becoming obsolete, some senior weapons developers are citing some ways current and emerging stealth platforms will – for years to come – remain very difficult to destroy.… read the full article

Meet Russia’s Monster Oscar-Class Nuclear Attack Submarines. They Kill Aircraft Carriers.

U.S. carriers, that is. 

by Sebastien Roblin, The National Interest

On August 12, 2000, an explosion, followed by a massive detonation equivalent to three to seven tons of TNT, occurred on board the Kursk while it was submerged participating in a naval exercise off of Severomorsk.read the full article

Meet Russia’s Alfa-Class Submarine: She Can Dive Deeper and Move Faster Than Any Other Sub

But she was noisy.

by Robert Farley, The National Interest

The Soviets learned a great deal from the Lyra experience, not least that the combination of a series of innovative technologies often results in an unreliable vessel.

The Soviet Union began the Cold War well behind the United States in submarine technology.… read the full article

Analysis: Putin’s bro-five with Saudi crown prince reveals the G20’s diplomatic dance

By Rob Crilly, The Telegraph

It’s the bro-five. That moment when two like minded members of a brotherhood come together, outstretched hands colliding in a clasp somewhere between a high-five and a handshake.

If Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, had any nerves about how he would be received at the G20 summit – his first major trip since being implicated in the murder of a dissident journalist – then Vladimir Putin’s warm but calculating greeting would have put him at ease.… read the full article

Russia Wanted a ‘Carrier-Killer’ Missile. Here’s Why It Failed.

by Michael Peck, The National Interest

Russia’s very own DF-21D?

Note that Anufriyev assumed that even armed with a nuclear warhead, a ballistic missile aimed at a carrier would be ineffective unless many missiles were launched. His conclusion? “Only submarines and aircraft can present a basic threat to the aircraft carriers.”

China’s development of anti-ship ballistic missiles has raised fears that U.S.… read the full article

Putin says Russia ditching dollar in sanctions response

Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia had no choice but to cut its dependency on dollars to conduct trade, after becoming the target of increasingly severe US sanctions.

“It isn’t our goal to desert the dollar,” Putin told an investment forum in comments broadcast on national television.… read the full article

Russia Fires on Ukraine’s Navy Near Crimea as Tensions Flare

By , and , BLOOMBERG

  • Six Ukrainian sailors injured; Russia also seizes some vessels
  • EU and NATO call for restraint; UN Security Council to meet

Russia fired on Ukrainian warships and injured some of their crew members, marking a dramatic renewal of tensions between the ex-Soviet neighbors near the peninsula of Crimea that President Vladimir Putin annexed four years ago.… read the full article