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Bragging Russia Uses News Agency to Glowingly Tout Military Might

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By Bill Hoffmann   |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 11:48 AM

As tension continues to mount in its frail relationship with the United States, Russia is using its official news service to gush over its growing military arsenal.

On Friday, TASS published two chest-beating articles about its sea power titled "Russian submariners perfecting under-ice navigation skills in Arctic" and "Warships similar to Admiral Gorshkov frigate to be mainstay of Russian Navy."

And on Wednesday, TASS featured a glowing story about its air power and alleged ability to crush its foes titled "Russia's cutting-edge weaponry capable of 'blinding' enemy's army."

In that propaganda piece, TASS suggested that a Navy crew aboard the U.S. destroyer Donald Cook in 2014 was thoroughly jolted by Russia's ability to scramble radar.

The TASS articles come after U.S. jets intercepted Russian bombers within 100 miles of Alaska on Monday. Russia again flew two bombers close to the U.S., on Tuesday, getting as close as 36 miles to the coast.

One of the pieces bragged: "The crews of Russian strategic submarines are sharpening their skills of under-ice navigation in Arctic conditions."

Another quoted Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu as saying frigates similar to Russia's Admiral Gorshkov warship "equipped with long-range precision weapons should become the Navy's main combat ships in the near future."

Shoigu added that the ships, which can travel at a top speed of 29 knots, are "specifically armed with Oniks and Kalibr cruise missiles and Poliment-Redut antiaircraft missile systems."

TASS also celebrated Russia's "Electronic Warfare Specialist Day" by boasting about its new technologies "designed for warfare on the ground, in the air and at sea."

"Last year, the Russian Army started testing integral parts of a ground-based electronic warfare system capable of defending troops and civil facilities against aerospace attacks," TASS said.

"An electronic warfare system is a major element of the military organization of a state and an integral part of all armed conflicts of the past few years and has proven its efficiency in the Russian air task force's operation in Syria."

The agency also said that according to Russia's Electronic Warfare Force Commander Major-General Yuri Lastochkin, "modern Russian military technology surpasses Western rivals by a number of characteristics, including the range of its operation."

One example of that, TASS said, is the Khibiny electronic warfare system, which was launched by its armed forces in 2013 to defend aircraft against air defense systems, and took on a U.S. warship a year later.

"It can assist in aircraft weapons control, create a deceptive electronic environment and help break through an enemy's layered air defenses. This is what happened with the US destroyer Donald Cook in 2014 when the warship's air defense systems locked on a Russian Su-24 plane," the news agency said.

"The data appearing on the warship's radars put the crew at a loss: the aircraft would now and then disappear from radar screens or suddenly change its location and speed or create electronic clones of additional targets while the destroyer's information and weaponry control combat systems were actually disabled.

"Considering that the warship was in the Black Sea some 12,000 kilometers away from the U.S. territory, it was not difficult to imagine what the destroyer's crew felt. Now a new complex, the Khibiny-U, is in development for frontline aviation …"

During the Monday incident, Russia's "nuclear-capable" bombers got nearly within 100 miles of Kodiak Island near the Alaskan coast in the first time the country has buzzed the U.S. since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Two Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bombers flew within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the U.S. Monday night, prompting the U.S. Air Force to send two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the bombers.

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