The Ministry of defence has confirmed that the RAF are conducting “activity” off the Scottish coast amid multiple reports of a Russian Sub being spotted in the area. Canadian and French martime patrol aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth are assisting the Royal Navy in the hunt as the UK currently has no maritime patrol aircraft of its own after the Nimrod program was scrapped. There has been a recent spike in Russian submarine operations near communications cables prompting fears that there are Russian plans to sever communication cables in a time of crisis. The Submarine is believed to have been spotted north of Scotland.
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Russia has inadvertently released details of a giant nuclear torpedo codenamed “Status-6” in a news segment on Russia’s state media channel, Channel One. The channel was covering Vladimir Putin’s meeting with military chiefs when one general was filmed studying a colour diagram on the new weapon. The torpedo is designed to attack strategic coastal sites and according to the document would create “wide areas of radioactive contamination” prompting speculation that this could be a highly radioactive “Cobalt” bomb. The weapon has been built by Rubin, a submarine design bureau in St Petersburg. Putin’s spokesman Dimitry Peskov stated that “It’s true some secret data got into the shot, therefore it was […]
A senior government official in Russia has called for the return to Civil Defence training for Russian citizens so they know how to respond to a large scale nuclear attack. Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy prime minister in charge the defence industry, claimed the United States was upsetting the nuclear balance by developing new weapons systems when speaking aftera meeting of Russia’s security council chaired by Vladimir Putin. Rogozin said: “Measures for countering the aggressor could include those that concern Russia’s strategic nuclear capability, that is reciprocal measures so that, God Forbid, no one gets a crazy idea in their head” Referring to civil defence Rogzin stated that “so that the […]
The Royal Air Force (RAF) was called upon to carry out a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) scramble to intercept 2 Russian Air Force TU-160M “Blackjack” aircraft on Thursday 10th September the UK Goverment haas revealed. The QRA consisted of 2 RAF Eurofighter aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth backed up with Air to Air refuelling from an RAF Voyager aircraft from Brize Norton. The aircraft were intercepted and viusually identified flying in international air space but close to the UK coast. They were escorted by the Typhoons until they were clear of the UK. The Tupolev TU-160M Backjack is Russia’s premier long range nuclear bomber which has recently been put back into […]
South Korea has evacuated residents from area of its western border with North Korea following an artillery attack from the North. The unprovoked attack which was aimed at Yeoncheon, a town north-west of Seoul happened at around 4pm local time (7am GMT) and is believed to have been targeting a loudspeaker used by the South for anti-Pyongyang messages. South Korea responded with a battery of 155mm Shells aimed at the point where the attack was believed to have originated from north of the border. No claims of injury or damage have been made by either side. North Korea and South Korea are still technically at war as the Korean War, […]
Previously we’ve asked if Russia was over stretching its ageing Air Force. If this video is anything to go by its also over stretching its Navy too! The Russian Frigate was attempting to a show of power with a missile launch during Navy Day celebrations Sevastopol, Ukraine.
With news today of yet another Russian Air Force accident questions are starting to be asked about whether Russia’s recent escalation of flights and attempts at showing force against the west is putting to much of a strain on an air force that contains largely outdated and ill-maintained equipment. It emerged today that a Tupolev TU-95 “Bear” aircraft had crashed near Khabarovsk and the news brought the tally of air force accidents since the beginning of June to 6! Other aircraft that have crashed are another Tu95, 2 Mig 29’s, 2 Su24’s and Su34. All have crashed on training flights. All 7 crew members of today’s accident are believed to have […]
In a very dangerous game aimed at tipping the Nuclear Balance in the Kremlin’s favour a further 40 Nuclear ICBM’s (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) will be added to the Russia’s already massive stockpile. Mr Putin attended an Arms fair this week and stated that the new ICBM’s would “be able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defence systems” In light of ever weakening conventional armed forces Russia has steadily increased its Nuclear Arsenal whilst the US and Europe have sought to reduce them creating a dangerous imbalance which goes against the principles of M.A.D (Mutually Assured Destruction) however it should be noted that NATO still holds enough Nuclear Weapons […]
The annual NATO BaltOps exercise is under-way with the 2015 missions strongly focused on anti-submarine warfare. BaltOps runs from the 5th June to the 20th and features Air, Ground and Naval assets from 14 allied countries and reinforces NATO’s commitment to defend the Baltic Region. BaltOps is lead by the US and this year has seen the basing of 3 B52-H aircraft from Minot AFB at RAF Fairford in the UK. The B52’s have been operating out of Fairford and carrying out mine-laying missions in the Baltic sea. Fairford has also seen rotations of the B2 Stealth Bomber during BaltOps in a clear demonstration of the US Air Forces Global Strike capability. According to […]
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that the UK could host US Medium Range Nuclear Missiles for the first time since the INF (Intermediate Nuclear Forces) Treaty in the 1990’s. Prior to the INF Treaty the UK hosted US BGM Gryphon Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM’s) at RAF Greenham Common and RAF Molesworth. These Nuclear Cruise Missiles were designed as an immediate response to an Soviet attack on a NATO country and could be attacking Moscow in under 2 hours from launch. Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, Mr Hammond said that Government could look at the placing of US missiles adding “We’ve got to send a clear signal to Russia […]