Rosoboronexport signed the first contract–the country is not disclosed yet–for newest Pantsir S1M (in Russian), which is a further development of now legendary S1s and this one has an increased range or targets’ “intercept” of 30 kilometers and elevation of 18. But among news pouring in about Russia producing nothing (wink, wink), this one stands apart–the signing of contract for the new batch of S-400s between Russia and Turkey is expected by the end of this year (in Russian). If that wasn’t enough, Russia offered Turkey help in developing the fifth generation fighter. I don’t need to elaborate on geopolitical significance of this news, since Turkey, being a NATO member, looks increasingly interested in military cooperation with Russia for obvious reasons. Same as Egypt, whose political “top” was “impressed” by the fate of Libya and, obviously, doesn’t want to repeat the fate of her Arab neighbor.
Two days ago, Vladimir Putin gave a start for the construction of six new ships for Russia’s Navy, among them two newest Borey A SSBNs, two latest Project 636 SSKs and two corvettes, one of project 20380, another of the ocean-going variety of project 20385, capable of carrying 3M22 Zircon. All that bounty is for Russia’s Pacific Fleet with the exception of the Boreys, because it is unclear if both of them will join Pacific Fleet or only one. But here is one ship which caught my attention:
Russia builds those ice-breakers (their different iterations) like there is no tomorrow and most of it is related to the obvious economic dynamics of the emerging Eurasian market, which will need a lot of energy, the type of energy EU wants to forbid to use and thus complete its descent into the economic and geopolitical obscurity.