Moscow Develops Next-Generation Combat Infantry System

Moscow Develops Next-Generation Combat Infantry System Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation Moscow plans to develop and introduce next-generation infantry combat systems (ICS) to further advance this high-technology feature of the modern and future Russian soldier. The current Ratnik (“Warrior”) ICS will be replaced, by 2025, with the new Sotnik (“Centurion”)…

Russian Navy Prioritizes Tsirkon Hypersonic Missiles

Russian Navy Prioritizes Tsirkon Hypersonic Missiles Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation Moscow’s political-military leadership places growing emphasis on long-range stand-off precision strike systems as a key element in its ongoing modernization program, complementing efforts to strengthen “pre-nuclear” deterrence and offering additional conventional capabilities. One emerging pattern is to equip Russia’s…

Russia’s Aerospace Forces Prepare Training for Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles

Russia’s Aerospace Forces Prepare Training for Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation Russia’s Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno Kosmicheskikh Sil—VKS) are preparing to create a MiG-31K regiment in the Siberian city of Kansk, in the Central Military District (MD), fully equipped with Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles. The training of flight crews…

Moscow Prepares Vostok 2018 as Sino-Russian Strategic Exercise

Moscow Prepares Vostok 2018 as Sino-Russian Strategic Exercise Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation The culmination of the combat training year in Russia’s Armed Forces results in an annual operational-strategic military exercise involving air, land and sea elements to test forces in one of four theaters: these are the rotating Kavkaz…

Putin’s Secret Force Multiplier: Special Operations Forces

Putin’s Secret Force Multiplier: Special Operations Forces Publication: Eurasia Daily By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation One in three questions posed to President Vladimir Putin during his recent annual live phone-in show covered issues of national security. Public interest in events in Donbas has apparently shrunk substantially, and the only concerns expressed about the Islamic…

Russia’s Asymmetric Military Power in Recapturing Palmyra

Russia’s Asymmetric Military Power in Recapturing Palmyra Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 61 By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation On March 27, following months of preparation and Russian-led coalition military action, Damascus finally announced the recapture of Palmyra by government forces. President Vladimir Putin congratulated his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad as Russian media…