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An Iron Block From The Soviet Bloc

This imposing four-door convertible was the official parade car of Nikita Khrushchev during the final years of his regime. Premier of the USSR from 1958 through 1964, Khrushchev had two of these cars built to order, one of which he gave as to the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel in space. Upon… » 7/29/15 3:42pm Wednesday 3:42pm

Watch A Russian Navy Missile Explode Like That American One Last Week

An American missile exploded just after launch from the USS The Sullivans last week, simultaneously making you feel better at work for your own screwups and providing a spectacular photo. Not to be outdone, the Russian Navy suffered a similar mishap this weekend, and this time, there’s video. » 7/27/15 12:49pm Monday 12:49pm

Russia Can't Afford To Buy Its New Super Weapons

Russia may be coming to the realization that developing a high-tech weapon system is not the same as fielding it en masse, or even in relatively limited numbers. This appears to be the case for both the T-14 “Armata” tank, the T-50 5th generation fighter, and signs are possibly the PAK-DA next generation bomber.… » 7/17/15 11:59am 7/17/15 11:59am

Zil's Crazy 'Punisher' Armored Vehicles Spotted On The Streets Of Russia

It looks like a heavily armored (possibly production) variant of Zil’s wild armored car may have made it into operational service with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). The video below, posted in June, shows the futuristic armored truck roaming Russian roads with other jet black armored vehicles normally… » 7/08/15 1:29pm 7/08/15 1:29pm

What People Do With Old Cars In Russia Is Nothing Short Of Evil Genius

If you’ve got a nice, fancy Mercedes-Benz SUV, you’ve got to save two parking spots for it. I mean, you just HAVE TO, obviously. And what better way to do that then to make sure you’ve always got a spare crappy beater around, primed and ready to go to take up two spots once you’ve driven off? » 6/23/15 9:35pm 6/23/15 9:35pm

2015 Ural Sidecar Review: WWII Soviet Tech On (And Off) The Road Today

A sidecar isn’t like any other vehicle. The design dates back to pre-WWII technology sharing between the Nazis and Soviet Union and the bikes are still made in the same factory that was located out of bomber range way out on the Siberian steppe. This is what they’re like to ride today. » 6/23/15 4:39pm 6/23/15 4:39pm

BALTOPS May Have Ended But Tensions Around The Baltic Sea Have Not

The USS Vicksburg, many of the ships seen here, and an expanded flotilla of allied ships from the region took part in BALTOPS ‘15, which ended on Saturday. The elaborate exercise, which reinforced strong NATO and allied bonds, has led to increased tensions with Russia as historically neutral parties in the region may… » 6/21/15 2:15pm 6/21/15 2:15pm

Inside Vladimir Putin's Insane Military Disneyland (For Kids!)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a military theme park, complete with tanks to crawl all over, dummy rocket-propelled grenades, and tchotchkes celebrating former heads of the secret police would be from some sort of crappy dystopian novel. But it isn’t. These are all joys The Guardian
found in Russia’s newest… » 6/18/15 2:59pm 6/18/15 2:59pm

The One Way Russia's Investigation Of The US Moon Landings Can Be Good

Yesterday, Vladimir Markin, the spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee, proposed that an “international probe” be launched into the details of America’s Apollo moon landings. While this sounds like a wet dream for the aluminum-fedora’d set, it actually could be a really great thing for everyone, if done… » 6/18/15 12:30pm 6/18/15 12:30pm

Russia Warns Of Border Buildup As USAF Chief Says F-22 Are An Option

Russia has said it will greatly increase its fighting capability along its border with NATO countries — including the deployment of tactical ballistic missiles — if the U.S. follows through with its plan to store tanks, artillery and other equipment at forward staging areas in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltic… » 6/16/15 4:02pm 6/16/15 4:02pm

Russian Fighter Came Within Ten Feet Of U.S. Jet Over The Black Sea

It seems that Russia’s interest in what kind of U.S. military hardware is operating in the Black Sea isn’t just limited to ships. CNN reports that a Russian fighter intercepted a USAF RC-135 electronic surveillance aircraft last month, roaring up to it at high-speed, with only ten feet to spare between the two… » 6/11/15 9:05pm 6/11/15 9:05pm

B-2 Stealth Bombers Appear In Europe As Tensions Rise With Russia

A pair of B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, callsign DEATH 11 and 12, have joined a trio of B-52s at Royal Air Force Base Fairford, a long-time forward staging base for USAF strategic assets in the UK. The presence of US nuclear bombers, the B-2 in particular, along with the massive allied training war game known as BALTOPS… » 6/08/15 8:04pm 6/08/15 8:04pm

Watch This Dutch F-16 Pilot Try To Kill An American F-15 In Mock Combat

Dutch F-16AMs and American F-15Cs had at it last April during the Florida and Oregon Air National Guard’s composite deployment to the region as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The awesome video below gives us an in-the-cockpit look at what it is like to spar with an Eagles high over the North Sea. » 6/04/15 1:54pm 6/04/15 1:54pm

Navy Responds To Claim Ship Was Scared Off By Russian Jets With Video

Media outlets in Russia began crowing last week about an incident in the Black Sea, off the coast of the contested Crimean Peninsula. Russian fighters buzzed an American destroyer, sending it running scared after it entered Russian waters, they said. But the US Navy just verbally struck back, with video of the… » 6/01/15 1:29pm 6/01/15 1:29pm

Russia's Huge "Robot" Firefighting Tank Is Being Put Into Army Service

Russia’s innovative “Special Firefighting Vehicle” is being thrust into operation with the Russian Army. It will supposedly go where no fire truck or human can and will be assigned missions including everything from search and rescue, to putting out fires at weapons depots, to creating fire-lines for forest fire… » 5/26/15 9:23am 5/26/15 9:23am