Kind of stupid in my opinion. He wasn't checked but he just as easily could've ended up dead. With all those dignitaries (president, prime minister, memebers of the government, generals) and snipers on roof tops guarding them...
Russia to test new naval air-defense system by year end
Russian air defense systems manufacturer Almaz Antei hopes to complete testing of its new Poliment-Redut ship-based air defense missile system by the end of this year, the company’s General Director Vladislav Menshikov said on Saturday.Previous Russian media reports have claimed the development of the system has been delayed.Poliment-Redut is derived from the land-based Vityaz air defense system which uses the 9M96 medium-range air defense missile.“Work on the system is at a preliminary test stage. But to complete testing we need a ship at sea,” Menshikov said. “This year, by all estimates, testing should be complete. The missiles are ready, we are waiting to go to sea,” Menshikov said in an interview with Vedomosti newspaper published on Saturday.Almaz Antei is also working on new radars and missiles for its future land-based S-500 air defense system, he said.Russia is continuing to develop its "promising" airborne defense laser program, Menshikov said.“The Americans have not managed to achieve the planned results [in their airborne laser projects], although the technology… is still being used in other developments,” he said.“Similar research work is under way in Russia, and we consider it quite promising,” he said.The United States began developing airborne defense lasers designed to destroy enemy nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles in the mid-1990s. In a successful February 2010 test, a multi-megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser installed in a Boeing 747-400F aircraft destroyed a ballistic missile and other targets.However, the project, which would eventually cost $5 billion, was reportedly shelved because of mounting costs and doubts about its actual practical value.Nevertheless, Pentagon officials have said the technology would be used to develop other laser defense systems, to be mounted on high altitude drones.
Russia is testing Italy's Centauro wheeled tank and considering building it under license, a representative of the Oto-Melara company which makes the tank said on Saturday.
"The first two machines with 105-mm and 125-mm guns are on trial at a Moscow Region proving ground," he said.
Two more Centauros with 120-mm and 30-mm guns will also join the trials in another six weeks. "The tanks will take part in laboratory, driving and firing trials," the Oto-Melara representative said.
When the trials are complete at the end of this year, Russia will consider creating a joint venture for production of the tank with an enterprise from the Russian military-industrial complex, he said.
Russian truck maker Kamaz in Naberezhny Chelny could be involved in the deal, according to a source in Russian arms sales holding Rosoboronexport.
Russia signed a deal with Italy in December for the semi-knocked down assembly of 60 Lynx light multirole armored vehicles (LMV) from Iveco, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov said in January.
Oto-Melara, part of the Italian Finnmeccanica group, is part of the CIO joint venture with vehicle manufacturer Iveco to make military vehicles.
Italy already has 400 Centauros in service. The 24 ton tank has a four-man crew, top speed of 100 km/h (60 mph) and range of 800 km (500 miles). It has a main gun and two 7.62 mm machineguns.
Outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed Russian Navy Commander, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, and appointed Vice-Admiral Viktor Chirkov for the position, the Kremlin press office reported on Sunday, without explaining the reasons for the dismissal.
Vysotsky, 57, has occupied the top military post for almost five years.
The new Navy Commander Chirkov, 52, was commander of the Baltic Fleet, before his appointment.
After his appointment, Chirkov said he would prioritize the construction of navy fleets in Russia.
“The most important thing for Russia is to build a fleet with the support of the president and like-minded persons,” Chirkov told RIA Novosti.
In a similar move in late April, Medvedev sacked Russian Air Force Commander, Colonel-General Alexander Zelin, and dismissed him from military service.
Zelin, 59, has occupied the top military post for five years, during which the air force has begun to receive new aircraft and equipment in significant numbers for the first time since the end of the Soviet Union.
By his decrees, Medvedev has also appointed Major-General Viktor Bondarev, 52, as Russia’s new Air Force Commander, and Zelin as an aide to the Russian defense minister, the press office said.
Senior military commanders in Russia usually retire at age 60.
Igor Korotchenko, chairman of the Defense Ministry’s Public Council previously said that the reshuffle was a normal practice for military officials.
“Medevedev’s move will give the road to new, younger military specialists,” Korotchenko said.
Military sources explain firing of Russian Navy commander
The dismissal of Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky was due to his reluctance to comply with an order by Russia’s top military leadership to move the Navy General Staff from Moscow to St. Petersburg, a high-ranking source in the General Staff of the Armed Forces said on Saturday.
Vysotsky, 57, who has occupied the top Navy post for almost five years, was dismissed and replaced with Vice-Admiral Viktor Chirkov, former Baltic Fleet commander, by a presidential decree on May 6.
“Vysotsky has not moved to St. Petersburg. This is the main reason of his dismissal,” the source said.
Boris Gryzlov, then speaker of the Russian parliament’s lower house, proposed back in 2007 moving the Navy General Staff from Moscow to St. Petersburg, where the Navy command was located until the 1917 Russian Revolution. The initiative was promptly supported by Russia’s military leadership.
In early March 2012, the entire Navy command was ordered to move to the northern city.
A military source told RIA Novosti on Saturday Vysotsky was not against the very idea of moving the Navy command, but “insisted that the relocation should be gradual and thought through.”
In 2008, the initiative was estimated to cost the Russian budget between 40 and 50 billion rubles ($1.3-1.6 billion), the source said. This would cover the cost of personnel relocation and the construction of a new command center in St. Pertersburg.