The Strategic Missile Forces will stop operating the Topol ballistic missile in 2024

A source in the military-industrial complex said that the strategic missile forces of Russia will completely stop operating the RS-12M solid-fuel monoblock intercontinental ballistic missile in 2024, TASS reports.

“The Poplar ICBMs that have served their service life are now being changed to the Yars ICBM with a splitting head,” he said.

It is noted that some of the decommissioned ICBMs “Topol”will be transferred to civil service in the form of launch vehicles “Start-1”.

Earlier, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that a regiment with a missile system “Yars” took up combat duty in the Barnaul missile compound.

The new missile systems will replace the RT-2PM “Poplar” that generate a guaranteed service life. The Yars complex will increase the resources of the Strategic Missile Forces (Strategic Missile Forces) and strengthen the nuclear deterrence potential. 


Where is the warmest sea in Russia now?

Weekly magazine “Arguments and Facts” No. 31. Without a flag and anthem, but with medals and Tchaikovsky 04/08/2021 The expert’s answer is 0 + –

& laquo;Those who chose the Baltic Sea for a holiday this year guessed right, & nbsp; & ndash; agreed scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand. – In the Kaliningrad region, the water temperature has been 24 degrees for a month and a half, which is an infrequent phenomenon for these resorts. For the Baltic Sea and & nbsp;23 degrees & nbsp; a rarity. The reasons for such an anomaly are a prolonged anticyclone that determined the weather in the region, and a small depth of the sea. In general, of course,Traditionally, the warmest sea in the country is at the Black Sea resorts. Now there is a pleasant homogeneous sea water: in Sochi its temperature reached 26 degrees, in Yevpatoria, Yalta, Alushta, Feodosia, in Tuapse 25 degrees, and in Anapa and Gelendzhik 24 degrees. But the maximum temperature there will be in August.


The launch of OneWeb satellites from Kourou is scheduled for December 29

A source in the rocket and space industry said that the launch of the British OneWeb communication satellites from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana is scheduled for December 29, TASS reports.

“The launch of the Soyuz-ST launch vehicle with OneWeb devices from the Kourou cosmodrome is scheduled for December 29,” he said.

Earlier it was reported that the Soyuz-2.1 b rocket put 36 British OneWeb communication satellites into orbit.

The launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome took place at 15:48 Moscow time. Now the satellites are at an altitude of 450 kilometers.

After their delivery, the OneWeb orbital grouping amounted to 254 spacecraft, there should be 648 of them in total.


The number of cases of COVID-19 infection in the world has exceeded 200 million

Plot A new type of coronavirus pandemic that has spread from China

Johns Hopkins University reported that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 200 million cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the world, Interfax reports.

It is reported that the total number of cases of COVID-19 infection at the moment is 200 million 14 thousand 602. At the same time, more than 4.2 million people died from the consequences of infection.

In turn, the Worldometer portal reported that about 200.7 million cases of infection were recorded.

It is noted that the leaders in the number of detected cases of infection remain the United States (more than 36 million) and India (about 31 million).

Previously, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)He reported that there is evidence that the first cases of coronavirus infection in the country date back to December 2019.

At the end of 2019, an outbreak of a disease caused by a new type of coronavirus was reported in China. It was recorded in the city of Wuhan, located in Hubei Province. On March 11, WHO declared a COVID-19 pandemic in the world.On March 29, China announced the stopping of the coronavirus epidemic.


The Ministry of Education will allow schools to switch to remote access based on the epidemiological situation

Schools, colleges and pedagogical universities will be able to make a decision on the transition to a remote format of work, depending on the epidemiological situation in the region.

The corresponding draft order of the Ministry of Education has already been published, RIA Novosti notes.

The document emphasizes that the organization must ensure the creation of an educational environment with access to the resources necessary for training.

Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Education, Sergey Kravtsov, expressed hope that the epidemiological situation will allow the upcoming academic year to begin in the traditional full-time format. The minister called it a priority for the ministry.


The Circle of Good Foundation will buy the most expensive drug for six children with SMA

The Foundation for the Support of Children with Dangerous and Chronic Diseases “Circle of Good”will purchase the world’s most expensive drug “Zolgensma” for six children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This is reported by the TV channel “360”.

It is noted that at the end of July, when the first meeting was held to review applications, the purchase of the drug was approved only for two children. As explained in the fund, this is due to uncertainty with the date of the start of deliveries of the drug.

The chairman of the Board of the Circle of Good, Alexander Tkachenko, noted that every month is important in the treatment of this disease. According to him, it is irresponsible to prescribe medication without knowing the start date of deliveries.

Currently, the contract for the purchase of the drug has been signed.

The Circle of Good was created by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on January 5, 2021. The main source of funding is 2% of the personal income tax for individuals and organizations whose income is more than 5 million rubles a year, as well as voluntary donations. As the government recently noted, the support of the foundation allowed more than 1,000 children to receive expensive treatment.

Earlier АиФ.ги he told why the drug “Zolgensma” costs over 100 million rubles and what other drugs are considered among the most expensive in the world.


The court’s decision to recognize the FBK as an extremist organization has entered into force

The First Court of Appeal of General Jurisdiction recognized the decision on the recognition of the Anti-Corruption Fund and the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens ‘ Rights as extremist organizations (FBK and FZPG, recognized in Russia as non-governmental organizations) as legitimate.

A similar decision was made regarding the public movement “Navalny’s headquarters”, reports TASS.

Thus, the decision of the Moscow City Court enters into legal force.

Lawyer Ivan Pavlov said that the defense intends to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Before that, it is necessary to pass the cassation instance in Russia.

“We will seek a review of this case in the ECHR,” Pavlov explained, adding that the court ” committed a number of significant violations.”

Earlier it was reported that Roskomnadzor restricted access to the website of blogger Alexey Navalny, who is serving a criminal sentence. In addition, based on the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the agency blocked access to portals associated with organizations created by Navalny.

Recall that in April, the prosecutor’s office of the capital sent a lawsuit to the court to recognize the FBK, the FZPG and Navalny’s headquarters as extremist organizations. In early June, the court issued a positive decision on this claim.


Roskomnadzor blocked the DeviantArt website

Roskomnadzor blocked the website DeviantArt, which was popular among artists, photographers and illustrators. This is reported by TASS.

According to the department, the corresponding decision was made due to ignoring the requirements of the legislation on the part of the Internet service.

“The administration of the DeviantArt resource once again ignored the requirements of Roskomnadzor and did not restrict access to content that is dangerous primarily for children,” Roskomnadzor explained.

It is noted that for almost three years, 145 demands were sent to the administration of the DeviantArt resource about the need to remove prohibited materials containing child pornography, as well as suicidal and pro-drug content posted on the platform.

Meanwhile, in Russia, they want to legalize explicit videos using the public services portal.


Mind games. The US has tested an AI system “for war with Russia and China”

The Pentagon is developing technology for “information dominance” over Russia and China. To confirm its effectiveness, a series of tests were conducted on the basis of the US Space Command in order to determine the possibilities for achieving “information dominance” and “superiority in decision-making”. The armed forces of Russia and China were considered as conditional opponents.

Technological support for the simulation was provided by the Joint Center for Artificial Intelligence and Project Maven, a project of the US Department of Defense that uses artificial intelligence to analyze video surveillance data and quickly identify important information on the Internet. The military was studying options that would allow it to control and strike at selected space and ground objects of Russia and China.

The Pentagon stressed that new opportunities for obtaining data and information were not created, the experiment was conducted using the tools available to the Defense Ministry today. All the information came from existing satellites, radars, and the cyber and intelligence capabilities of the military department were used. All this data was transferred to the cloud, where it was processed and analyzed using artificial intelligence technology. Based on the calculation, recommendations were provided to decision makers, that is, to commanders of various levels.

According to the results of the experiment, the Pentagon came to the conclusion that based on the assessment of patterns, anomalies and trends in massive data sets obtained from surveillance and intelligence tools, it will be possible to anticipate the development of the military-political situation, the possibility of the emergence and development of an armed conflict in advance. Toolsartificial intelligence and machine learning give the Pentagon a significant advantage and actually allow you to create a situation of “information dominance”. First of all, this gives time for making decisions, which will allow, for example, to create deterrent forces in advance in the threatened direction in order to prevent the threat in a timely manner.

Recall that a report commissioned by the Pentagon this year says that the Russian armed forces are more technologically advanced than the United States assumed, and are rapidly expanding the capabilities of artificial intelligence to achieve an information advantage on the battlefield. In response to this, an immediate reaction followed, at the end of March, the US Defense Ministry called for expanding the use of new technologies in order not to lose to China and Russia. At the same time, military experts accused the Pentagon of succumbing to excessive hype around artificial intelligence.

In recent years, the Pentagon has been actively implementing the concept of network-centric warfare (such a concept is focused on increasing combat capabilities by achieving infocommunication superiority), in which troops should behave as a whole due to the close connection between units scattered on the battlefield. In the future, it involves the creation of a comprehensive “network of networks” with support for artificial intelligence and with cloud data storage. As expected, hyperlink will be able to give access to any information from any theater of military operations to any fighter.


The armor is liquid. What kind of new bulletproof vest can be included in the “Centurion”equipment?

Russian developments of bulletproof vests using “liquid armor”are expected to be in service with the arrival of combat equipment in the army “Sotnik”. According to the available information, the formation of the technical task will end in 2021, and the equipment will be able to start entering the tests and the troops. АиФ.ги I analyzed the principle of operation the principle of operation and features of the use of this technology in bulletproof vests were analyzed. 

Soft but firm

Earlier, the Rostec State Corporation promised that the equipment of the soldier of the future “Centurion” due to the technology of “liquid armor” will receive a record low weight and the ability to fit the anatomical features of the fighter. As a result, the protection will not restrict movement and will allow you to take the additional weight necessary to perform special missions. 

At the same time, the equipment will have increased security in comparison with existing types of body armor. In the future, the Centurion will not only stop the fragment flying at a speed of up to 670 m/s, but also extinguish the shock pulse, which can cause serious damage to internal organs even without breaking through the protection.

What is liquid armor?

The basis of the so-called “liquid armor” is non-Newtonian liquids. The peculiarity of such liquids is their ability to acquire the properties of solid materials with a sharp impact on them. Since the barrier material undergoes high-speed shear deformation during impact, such a liquid can be used as a kind of ” liquidarmor», hardening under the impact & mdash;penetrating impact of knives, sharpeners or ballistic impact of bullets or shrapnel. Since it is very problematic to use the liquid as a structural material for building protective structures, it is impregnated with porous multilayer textile armor packages made of synthetic high-strength high-modulus materials such as Kevlar, tvaron.

Under normal conditions, the textile armor package impregnated with a suspension remains soft and flexible and does not restrict movement, and when a bullet or fragment hits, the liquid contained in it hardens and thereby enhances the protective ability of the textile armor package. Improving the characteristics of a bulletproof vest using such technology is possible only with the simultaneous use of both Kevlar and liquid bags.

How did it all start?

The beginning of work on “liquid armor” dates back to the mid-1990s, when in the USA at the Center for Composite Materials of the University of Delaware) under the guidance of Prof. Norman Wagner began research on the ballistic resistance of textile armor impregnated with a thickening (hardening) liquid during shear, which was briefly called STF. In 2000, these studies were conducted jointly with the Materials Research Laboratory of the US Army Research Laboratory, headed by Dr. EricWetzel. The aim of the research was to increase the ballistic resistance of textile armor based on nanotechnology advances. The first encouraging results were obtained in 2002. In the next two years, the increased resistance of textile armor impregnated with STF to the impact-penetrating effect of thin pointed strikers was established, and the technology for obtaining STF and methods for its introduction into a textile armor package were developed. The US patent for the new armor was obtained in May 2003. 

Comparing successes

Comparing Russian developments and Western analogues, it should be remembered that most of both the characteristics of the armor and the results of its tests are kept secret. However, according to open sources, the United Kingdom, the United States and Poland have developments in this area. Regarding the UK, it is known that their prototype body armor has an equal degree of protection for personnel with less weight and greater flexibility. Russian developments, as well as experiments in the United States, have similar characteristics. Both technologies have been tested for both bullets and shrapnel, as well as for piercing weapons. According to the resultsexperiments that our, that American armor has a similar penetration limit (in terms of projectile velocity) for a single layer of Kevlar fabric impregnated with “liquid armor” about 220 m/s. At the same time, in the same experiments, both tissues showed excellent resistance against stabbing weapons. And from the above, we can conclude that in the near future, we should expect a significant strengthening of the US Army bulletproof vests against light firearms and stabbing weapons. According to experts, the strengthening of the protective properties of body armor of the British army to the appropriate level should be expected later than in our country and in the states.