Russian Nuclear Submarine Contracts ‘Underpriced’

Borey-class ballistic missile submarine Yury Dolgoruky

MOSCOW, June 7 (RIA Novosti) – Former Russian Defense Ministry officials forced shipbuilders to underprice nuclear submarine contracts, which nearly scuttled the 2011 State Defense Order, a senior Russian official said Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, said the contracts were for Borey- and Yasen-class ballistic missile submarines, and the underpricing almost scuttled the order, which was eventually signed under former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

Serdyukov, who had held the post of Defense Minister since 2007, was sacked in November and replaced by Sergei Shoigu amid a series of ongoing corruption scandals that have rocked Russia’s defense sector.

Defense Ministry officials had claimed that the shipbuilders’ contract prices were too high, which led to a protracted wrangling over prices. In 2011, the contracts were only signed in November, in the presence of then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Whereas the original price of the Yury Dolgoruky submarine was more than 20 billion rubles (about $70 million), it subsequently increased to 50 billion.

Rogozin said the work on the new submarines was currently going according to schedule but the underpriced contracts were resulting in additional costs. “We are thinking of how to tackle that problem,” he said.

Rogozin said in late May that Defense Ministry contracts signed under Serdyukov were to be thoroughly examined and, if necessary, audited. Those contracts were “largely detrimental,” he said, adding that the Russian government was ready to step in to sort out the crisis in Russian naval shipbuilding that is threatening to derail the defense procurement program.

He made his comments on the same day it was revealed that the state-run United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) was looking for money allocated to complete the Nerpa nuclear submarine for India’s navy. A total of 500 million rubles ($15.9 million) went unaccounted for, the Kommersant business daily reported.

USC’s previous board of directors “bears full responsibility for nodding their heads, signing unworkable documents and concluding contracts at prices that were obviously below market levels,” Rogozin said at the time.

President Putin has been briefed on the issue, and the implementation of the arms procurement program will be discussed in late July, Rogozin said. Putin ordered USC’s management to submit a report by October 15 on measures to improve the situation in the industry.

Doubts about the ability of the industry to deliver warships on time and within budget prompted Serdyukov to order Mistral-class amphibious assault ships from France in 2011. That deal has subsequently been criticized by Rogozin and other senior defense industry officials.

The Russian Navy is expected to receive 24 submarines and 54 surface warships of various classes by 2020, according to the Defense Ministry.

Putin said last year that the procurement of new warships and submarines for the Navy would be a priority over the next decade. The Russian government has allocated 5 trillion rubles ($166 billion), or a quarter of the entire armament procurement budget through 2020, for this purpose.

Putin holds back on Syria missile delivery

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow has held back on delivering sophisticated S-300 missiles to the Syrian regime, while UN investigators said they have “reasonable grounds” to believe both sides in the conflict have used chemical weapons.

Putin, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Russia has so far refrained from supplying the powerful S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Assad’s regime for fear of upsetting the delicate balance of power in the volatile region.

His remarks came as fighting raged on in Syria’s besieged city of Qusayr, with both sides battling for control of the strategic post, and as US, Russian and UN representatives prepared to meet in Geneva on Wednesday to hammer out details of proposed peace talks.

Putin — who has used Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council to shield Assad’s regime from repeated attempts to impose UN sanctions — said Moscow had already signed a contract to deliver S-300s.

But he appeared to back down from Moscow’s earlier insistence that the missiles would be a “stabilizing factor” that could deter foreign intervention in Syria.

“The contract was signed several years ago. It has not been realized yet,” Putin said at a joint press conference with European Union leaders in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.

“We do not want to upset the balance in the region.”

The weapon could theoretically shoot down Israeli jets and harm any Western military support missions.

But Putin warned the West and Arab states allied to the opposition that any attempt to resolve the crisis through outside force was “doomed to failure.”

Syria’s civil war, which has already cost more than 94,000 lives in 26 months of fighting, has threatened in recent weeks to turn even more dire with reports that chemical weapons — albeit in small amounts — had been used by both sides.

UN investigators in Geneva added to those suspicions Tuesday by reporting they had reason to believe chemical weapons had been used by both Assad’s troops and rebels fighting them.

“Allegations have been received concerning the use of chemical weapons by both parties,” said the Commission of Enquiry on Syria in a report to the UN Human Rights Council.

There are “reasonable grounds to believe that chemical agents have been used as weapons,” added the investigators.

It was the first time the commission — tasked with probing human rights violations in Syria since 2011 — added the suspected use of chemical weapons to its long list of war crimes committed in the country.

The commission also called for Damascus to grant full access to Syria for another group of experts tasked by UN chief Ban Ki-moon with investigating the possible use of chemical weapons, who have been barred by the regime.

Commission member Carla del Ponte, a high-profile former war crimes prosecutor, warned however that focusing too heavily on chemical weapons could overshadow the overall suffering in the country.

The report was released as diplomats from Washington and Moscow as well as the United Nations prepared to meet in Geneva on Wednesday to try to hammer out terms that could get Assad’s camp and the rebels to negotiate directly for the first time.

Putin himself said the chances of the proposed peace conference taking place were being harmed by reports of atrocities such as those captured on a video apparently showing a rebel eating the body parts of a slain Syrian soldier.

“I hope that such participants of the negotiations do not appear” at the proposed Geneva talks, Putin said.

“It would be hard to work with such people,” deadpanned the Russian leader, known for his black humor.

Uncertainty in recent days over whether Russia had in fact delivered S-300s to Syria had further strained Moscow’s already tense relations with regional governments and the West.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a special visit to Russia last month to convince Moscow not to make the shipments.

US Secretary of State John Kerry also voiced concern.

– Warplanes pound Qusayr –

The latest fighting on the ground saw a missile strike near Syria’s biggest city Aleppo kill 26 people and government warplanes pound Qusayr.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were numerous dead on both sides but gave no other details.

The Observatory also said shellfire near the Russian embassy in Damascus had killed a civilian and wounded a member of the security forces.

A representative of the Russian embassy in Damascus told AFP two Syrian security guards had received injuries but that no embassy staff had been killed or hurt in the attack.

US-based group Human Rights Watch meanwhile said its mission to Aleppo had concluded that the bodies of 147 men pulled out of a local river between January and March were “probably” executed in government-controlled areas of the northern city.

Israel’s secret “Doomsday” Nuke base

A location and details of a top secret Israeli base which could be used to launch nuclear attacks on China or North America was published last week. Immediate moves were made to “spin” the story away.The base, intended to house Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) built in cooperation with Indiais also to include, not just a doomsday “Fuhrer-bunker” for Netanyahu and the Zionist elites but storage for nuclear, biological and chemical warheads as well.

According to intelligence sources in Pakistan, India is supplying Israel with missiles capable of carrying 10 MIRV (Multiple Independent-targetable Re-entry Vehicle) warheads each with a range of up to 11,000 miles. A single missile from this US financed complex could knock out all major population centers on America’s eastern seaboard.

The thermonuclear warheads and guidance systems for these advanced weapons were made possible through espionage activities tied to AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

Newspapers claim the underground base, one of a series being built across Israel, is part of an air defense system. This is, of course, utterly absurd.

Air defense systems are designed for stealth and mobility and never require huge underground facilities. Air defenses are meant to protect, not to “be” the primary target.

Scamming America to death

An Israeli program to use American funds earmarked for missiles defense on a nuclear command bunker and ICBM silos was “accidentally” exposed by the Department of Defense last week.

America needs more “accidents” of this kind.

Detailed plans on the massive underground facility at Tel Shahar, intended to be Israel’s answer to NORAD’s Cheyenne Mountain fortress in Colorado, were made public when the US published over 1000 pages of documents, including key information on location, design and vulnerabilities to attack.

In an attempt to “put the genie back in the bottle,” Israel and key media assets in the west published deceptive and inaccurate accounts.

From SheeraFrenkel at McClatchy News, “The Obama administration had promised to build Israel a state-of-the-art facility to house a new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3. As with all Defense Department projects, detailed specifications were made public so that contractors could bid on the $25 million project. The specifications included more than 1,000 pages of details on the facility, ranging from the heating and cooling systems to the thickness of the walls.”

Why Israel has gone “M.A.D.” (Mutually Assured Destruction)

Until a week ago, Israel, in combination with Turkey and Arab “friends” was unassailable in the region due to its American equipped air force.

Russian President Vladimir Putin changed all that when Syria’s own S 300 air defense system came on line. Israel’s air forces are now useless against Syria, a nation scheduled to be “erased from the sands of time” by Israel, part of a multi-stage global strategy against Iran, a strategy to be coordinated with India against all of South Asia and the Caspian Basin.

Putin’s “red line” left Israel only one card to play, a “nuclear wild card” devoid of credibility without deliverable long range nukes stored in hardened silos with command and control deep underground.

America, either duped or fully complicit, has given Israel that capability, a “Samson option” first strike against any nation, even America.

One might want to ask why nuclear bunker facilities for up to 80,000 elites from among the “chosen people”are being financed by the United States, a project reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove.

The “Arrow 3” fraud

The Arrow 3 missile system, designed to be a mobile launched high altitude missile interception much like the Russian designed S 300 system now active over Syria, was funded based on the unsubstantiated hypothesis that Iran’s nuclear program was, not only advanced, but that Iran would have small “missile deliverable” warheads soon.

Israel demanded the system as protection from Iranian nuclear missiles, which, according to a new IAEA report, may well never exist.

However, advance copies of the IAEA report due to be released on Monday, June 10, 2013, show that America’s intelligence assessments indicating Iran has no military nuclear program have been right all along.

The report cites that every “gram” of nuclear material has been accounted for and none has been transferred to weapons related programs.

“Nuke pundit,” David Albright is typically the source for all information used to substantiate claims of nuclear weapon development by Iran. To check on Albright’s credentials, we went to Clinton Bastin, an editor at Veterans Today and former chief nuclear weapons designer for the US Department of Energy.

In a 2011 interview with Jim W. Dean, Bastin said the following about his friend and longtime associate, David Albright, “David Albright, a physicist, former colleague, president of the non-government Institute for Science and International Security in Washington and a former consultant for IAEA inspectors, is recognized by the US news media as an expert on nuclear weapons but is not. I called David several months ago to correct inaccurate information attributed to him by New York Times reporter William J. Broad.

I also mentioned that Pakistan probably did not have many nuclear weapons because gun-type weapons require about 100 pounds of highly enriched uranium. David said that he had seen drawings of Pakistan’s weapons and they had solid cores but were implosion, not gun-type. With that statement, I realized that David did not understand basic concepts of nuclear weapons.”

Bastin went on further and pointed out that controls long in place in Iran made it impossible for any nuclear material to have been “redirected” and that Iran’s program to enrich uranium gas to 20% could never realistically result in weapons grade material.

Both the US and Israel have known all of this all along, know this and have lied about it.

Press complicity

The Arrow III missile system was debuted on February 13, 2013 on the front page of the Jerusalem Post. This system, designed, at least as the American people are told, is depicted in a full color graphic showing the following components:

– “The Elta Electronic Industries subsidiary of IAI Electronic Group developed the Green Pine early warning and fire control radar for the Arrow 2 system. The radar carries the designation EL/M-2090 and includes the trailer mounted radar and antenna array.”

– Two other vehicles provide generator power and targeting control.

– The third vehicle tows the launching system.

Note that every component includes a “vehicle.” What, exactly, goes into the “Fuhrer-bunker” that we are told houses the Arrow III system?

When the press films or photographs a launch of an “Arrow” missile, they carefully include only the top portion of the mobile launching tube. Do they wish us to believe that, somehow, these tubes are hundreds of feet below the earth?

Can they keep “cropping” photos forever?

Thus far, the controlled press seems to miss story after story. Recently, the same press when photographing Senator John McCain on his secret trip into Syria forgot to “crop out” the Al Qaeda commanders McCain met with.

The underground “Temple of Doom”

Back in 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appeared on television with media pundit Tim Russert. Rumsfeld told a worldwide audience of the secret bunker complexes that spread across Afghanistan, able to house thousands, interconnected with secret monorails, undetectable by air.

Thirteen years later, the US forces have yet to find one of these bunkers. They never existed.

The ones in Israel, however, do exist. Anyone capable of downloading an “online” bid specification can see the scope of these massive projects, conclusive proof that preparations for “doomsday” are underway in Israel.

A careful read of the “material handing” specifications is rather curious. Israel denies having nuclear weapons. No American president has ever admitted knowing of such things, a question former White House correspondent Helen Thomas has asked of every American president prior to the untimely end of her outstanding career.

Now even school children with their iPhones can read about Israel’s underground nuclear weapons storage, about equipment for storing, protecting and deploying nuclear weapons.

What they may not know is that the money that might have helped finance their college education paid for this highly secret and equally highly illegal equipment.

Russian nuclear subs to patrol south seas

For the first time in more than 20 years, Moscow intends to send nuclear submarines to patrol the southern hemisphere, Russia’s state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported.

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Moscow will resume nuclear submarine patrols in the southern hemisphere, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency reported, following President Vladimir Putin’s recent decision to send a naval unit to the Mediterranean Sea.

The move, yet another example of the Kremlin’s intent to build its naval military, is the first time in more than 20 years that Russia will have a nuclear submarine in the southern hemisphere with Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capability.

“The revival of nuclear submarine patrols will allow us to fulfill the tasks of strategic deterrence not only across the North Pole but also the South Pole,” state-run Itar-Tass cited an unnamed official in the military General Staff as saying.

Though the New START treaty Russia agreed to limits the number of nuclear weapons and launchers it can deploy, the Borie-class subs still carry up to 16 long-range nuclear missiles.

“As the Russian Navy receive the Borie-class missile submarines, they will not only continue to patrol the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but will resume execution of combat missions in those regions of the world’s ocean, where in the late 90s of the last century used to be the Soviet Navy, and where they have ceased to appear following the collapse of the Soviet Union,” Itar-Tass’ source said.

It’s thought the new patrols will be added over a few years, with more new submarines, such as the Yuri Dolgoruky, to be built over the next seven years. To date, Russia has nine nuclear submarines in its Nothern and Pacific Fleets.