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This Week’s MOD Graphic

Still no procurement info. And figures on transportation are missing this week. Only so much fits on a page one supposes.

But the MOD has given a glimpse of its BDA from the skies over Syria. It reports 1,417 flights delivered 2,687 strikes “destroying” more than 1,200 terrorists, 80 armored vehicles, and 200 other armed vehicles.

This week's MOD graphic

In driver training, 1,234 exercises (45% at night) occurred on 106 ranges. The airborne jumped 7,707 times. The air force flew 314 patrols from 48 airfields.

This week 1,472 individuals were accepted for contract service and 3,313 were in the selection process.

Last Week’s MOD Graphic

No new procurement was reported on last week’s graphic.

Last week's MOD graphic

The VKS conducted 350 combat flights against 900 “international terrorist” targets in Syria. More than 130 drones flew more than 400 sorties.

Driver training included 1,657 exercises (46% at night) on 114 ranges. The VDV conducted 7,600 parachute jumps. The air forces flew more than 290 patrols from 61 airfields.

Military transportation activity featured more than 1,000 trains, more than 2,000 vehicles, more than 170 aircraft, and more than 10 ships.

Individuals taken on contract service added up to 1,034 and those in processing were 1,097.

Another Weekly Graphic

Last week’s graphic . . . .

For the second week, the MOD reports no new procurement. Training slowed and shifted to airborne and flight training, at least according to what’s shown in the graphic.

This week

The VKS conducted 360 combat flights to destroy 1,000 “international terrorist” targets in Syria. Meanwhile, 140 UAVs flew against 190 targets.

The MOD put Kosmos-2520, a comms relay satellite, into orbit.

It reported 1,740 driver training events (43 percent at night) on 107 ranges. Airborne units conducted 10,300 parachute jumps. The air forces flew 300 missions from 64 airfields.

More than 130 aircraft, 2,500 vehicles, more than 1,000 trains, and “about 10” ships delivered an unspecified amount of cargo.

Some 770 individuals became contractees and 3,379 were undergoing the selection process.

Weekly MOD Graphics

Two recent Russian MOD activity graphics . . . .

The MOD has digested the complaint that its weekly graphics say nothing about missions in Syria or training inside Russia. This has been remedied.

This week

The graphic above claims the Russian VKS conducted 290 combat flights to destroy 730 facilities of “international terrorist groups” in Syria, and 120 UAV flights against 160 facilities.

The MOD reported 87,000 personnel with 8,000 weapons and other pieces of equipment from 260 formations and units conducted more than 12,000 combat training evolutions, 45 percent of which occurred at night, on 114 ranges.

It noted that 175 aircraft, 3,000 vehicles, 850 trains, and 10 ships carried 285 pieces of equipment, 50,000 personnel, and 102,000 tons of cargo during the week.

On the contract service front, 1,819 personnel were accepted for contract service and 2,857 were in the selection process.

The MOD reported no new military procurement for the week.

Last week

For the week depicted above, a whopping 334,000 personnel with more than 30,000 weapons and equipment items from 220 formations and units conducted 13,000 combat training measures, including 42 percent at night, on 109 ranges.

For contract service, 895 candidates were accepted and 3,228 were being processed.

The MOD acquired four 152-mm Msta-SM self-propelled howitzers and two Su-30SM fighters.

Six tent-mobile shelters were erected in vehicle storage areas in the Republic of Buryatia and Leningrad Oblast.

The MOD reported no military transportation information for the week.

More MOD Graphics

This week, the Russian MOD reported 1,793 individuals accepted on contract service and 1,379 going through the selection process.

For military transportation, 185 aircraft, 3,000 vehicles, 900 trains, and 10 ships delivered 95,000 tons of cargo, 390 pieces of equipment, and 60,000 personnel. The large number of personnel transported reflects the end of the conscription campaign and the final deliveries of new soldiers to their duty stations.

The VDV received eight BMDs (presumably BMD-4Ms) and the MOD also got 19 unspecified BMPs.

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The week prior, the MOD reported receiving two Nebo-UM radars, 17 Orlan-10 UAVs, 18 2S12A Sani-A mortars, and proyekt 20380 frigate Sovershennyy from the Amur Shipbuilding Plant.

It announced that 190 aircraft, 3,000 vehicles, 1,000 trains, and 10 ships delivered 68,000 tons of cargo, 460 pieces of equipment, and 27,000 personnel.

For contract service, 1,061 individuals were accepted and 3,047 were undergoing the selection process.

The MOD also reported nine buildings or facilities at the PLK in Naro-Fominsk were accepted for use.

Week Prior

Weekly MOD Graphics

Here’s a link to a spreadsheet with some data from the RF MOD’s new weekly infographics. It doesn’t have everything, just the data that seems like it can be followed over time.

This Week’s MOD Graphic

This week’s Russian MOD graphic shows 195 aircraft, 3,000 trucks, 800 trains, and ten ships delivered military cargo amounting to 65,000 tons of freight, 450 pieces of equipment, and more than 25,000 troops.

This Week

Regarding contract service, 2,037 individuals were accepted and 1,638 applied.

Twenty T-72B3 tanks and six BTR-82AM armored vehicles were delivered to units. has three graphics posted but yet to be summarized here. They provide the following data:

  • 35,000 tons of cargo, 500 pieces of equipment, and more than 8,000 troops delivered;
  • 1,129 individuals accepted into contract service;
  • More than 20 T-72B3 tanks and 200 armored and other vehicles delivered to units;
  • 7 BMD combat vehicles, 7 radars, and 272 vehicles delivered;
  • 25,000 tons of cargo, 400 pieces of equipment, and more than 10,000 troops;
  • 1,612 individuals accepted into contract service;
  • More than 180 aircraft, more than 2,000 trucks, 700 trains, and ten ships delivered military cargo;
  • 35,000 tons of cargo, 400 pieces of equipment, more than 20,000 troops delivered;
  • 1,474 individuals accepted into contract service and 1,460 applied;
  • 30 R-149MA-1 command-staff vehicles and 1 Mi-26 heavy transport helo delivered to units.

The MOD graphics contain other items of interest which aren’t quite as easily digested. They’re also coming rapidly — six so far in the first month rather than one per week as their name suggests.

This Week’s MOD Graphic

The MOD’s graphic shows four BMD-4M and six multipurpose vehicles reached the troops this week.


On the contract service front, 1,013 new soldiers were accepted and 861 applied.

More than 150 aircraft, 2,000 vehicles, 800 trains, and 10 ships delivered men and materiel to units.  The large number of trains reflects the delivery of new conscripts to their posts.

The construction and infrastructure portion is a tad busy, but two things are worth noting.  Some 102 permanent apartments were commissioned in the Moscow suburb of Nakhabino.  “Tent-mobile shelters” (ТМУ or TMUs) were erected somewhere in Moscow and Nizhegorod Oblasts.

TMUs are associated with the recent or pending deployment of high-value vehicle-mounted weapons (e.g. Iskander-M and S-400).

First Weekly MOD Graphic

As promised, the RF MOD has published a graphic depiction of its recent activities.  It’s dated June 30.

Weekly graphic for RF Armed Forces

What the graphic depicts may change over time.  It’s not hugely interesting so far.

It has a section on arms and equipment procurement.  It shows the Iskander-M brigade delivery which was news on June 9.  “More than 20” vehicles and armored combat vehicles were also received over some indeterminate time period.  The graphic depicts the launch of the first proyekt 20385 Gremyashchiy corvette announced June 30.

The MOD graphic indicates 1,767 Russians were accepted for contract service “over a week,” and 1,520 applied.

The MOD transported 9,000 personnel, 47,000 tons of cargo, and 600 pieces of equipment over some indeterminate period.

Some facility at Engels air base was commissioned.

Surprisingly, the graphic has nothing on training or exercises or Russian ops in Syria.

Defense News

Some Russian defense news from August 6, 2012 (and a bit earlier too) . . . picked up the VVS CINC in talking about the   Su-35 flight test program, and serial production beginning in 2014, or even next year.  PAK FA, he said, will be produced from, or after the start of, 2015.

Preliminaries for Rubezh-2012 (photo: and KZ published on the beginning of Rubezh-2012 — the ODKB’s Collective Rapid Deployment Force exercise at Chebarkul.  Vladimir Mukhin, however, writes in today’s NG about “fault lines” in collective defense.  He contrasts the alliance’s exercise activity with its inaction against real Central Asian instability.

Coastal rocket and artillery units have been busy. showed the DP-62 Damba MLRS firing from the beach on Kamchatka, and TsAMTO covered a Western MD press-release about Northern Fleet launches of  Rubezh and Redut coastal antiship missiles.

KZ today issued its take on the Navy CINC’s comments during Ekho Moskvy’s Voyennyy sovet program last week.  It’s always interesting to compare the KZ summary with Ekho’s transcript. reports the well-nigh forgotten future professional sergeants in training at Ryazan will graduate in November.  It says 130 will head off for new assignments.

Recall this grew out of the failed 2003-2007 contract service program, and utilized space available due to the drastic reduction in officer training.  Izvestiya provided a late 2010 look into how few men showed up and lasted at Ryazan.  In early 2011, the Defense Ministry slashed the funding and largely euthanized the stillborn effort.  One waits to see how it’ll find 425,000 contractees in the future.