Russia deploys new missile system to Moscow

Russia has deployed a anti-air missile system to Moscow in the latest “defensive” move by Vladimir Putin. The new S-400 “Triumph” (NATO name: SA-21 Growler) air defence system was first installed in Kalingrad but has now also been delpoyed to the former communist states capital. The truck mounted system can be rapidly deployed and move leaving it hard to counter.  There are currently 19 divisions of the missile units each comprising of 8 launchers, 112 missiles and command and support vehicles. Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass Communication said: ‘The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system […]

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Wildlife trust could scuper Greenham Control Tower plans

The project to convert the former Control Tower at RAF Greenham Common may have received planning permission (actually 15 years ago as it turned out) for change of use but a wildlife trust may yet still have the last word. As part of the planning conditions Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife trust (BBOWT) are insisting that Greenham Parish Council (GPC) fund wardens to “protect wildlife” when the centre opens adding a further financial strain on a much-needed project already running late. As it turned out change of use permission had already been given in 2000 which helped West Berkshire Council avoid the embarrassing situation of refusing permission for a project […]