Strategic missile forces to cease operating the Topol ballistic missile in 2024

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

ICBM & # 39; & # 39; Topol & # 39; & # 39; having reached their useful life are now replaced by the ICBM Yars with slotted head & raquo;, & mdash; he precised.

It should be noted that some of the “ Poplar & # 39; & # 39; will go to civilian service in the form of Start-1 carrier rockets.

Earlier, the press service of the RF Ministry of Defense reported that a regiment with the Yars missile system has taken up combat duties in the Barnaul missile formation.

New missile systems will replace the RT-2PM Topol, which produces a guaranteed lifetime. 'Yars' Resort increase the resources of the Strategic Missile Forces and enhance the potential for nuclear deterrence. & nbsp;


Where is the warmest sea in Russia now?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” n ° 31. Without flag and anthem, but with medals and Tchaikovsky 04/08/2021 Expert response 0 + –

“ Those who chose the Baltic Sea for & nbsp; rest this year have guessed, & nbsp; & ndash; agreed scientific director of the Roman Hydrometeorological Center in Vilfand . & nbsp; & ndash; In the Kaliningrad region. for a month and a half the water temperature is 24 & nbsp; degrees, which is rare for these seaside resorts. For & nbsp; Baltic and & nbsp; 23 degrees & nbsp; scarcity. The reasons for this anomaly & nbsp; & ndash; a long high pressure which determined the weather in the region, and a shallow sea depth. In general, of course, this is traditionally the warmest sea in the country in the resorts of the Black Sea. Now there is a homogeneous and pleasant sea water: at & nbsp; Sochi her temperature reached 26 & nbsp; degrees, at & nbsp; Evpatoria, Yalta, Alushta, Feodosia, in & nbsp; Tuapse & nbsp; & ndash; 25 degrees, and at & nbsp; Anapa and & nbsp; 24 degrees. But & nbsp; the maximum temperature will be there in August. & # 39; & # 39;


OneWeb satellites launch from Kuru scheduled for December 29

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

Soyuz-ST with OneWeb spacecraft from Kuru Cosmodrome is scheduled for December 29, & raquo ;, & mdash; did he declare.

Earlier it was reported that the Soyuz-2.1b rocket & nbsp; put 36 British OneWeb communications satellites into orbit.

The launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome took place at 3:48 PM Moscow time. Now the satellites are at an altitude of 450 kilometers.

After their delivery, the OneWeb orbital constellation consisted of 254 spacecraft, there should be 648 in total.


The number of COVID-19 infection cases worldwide has exceeded 200 million

Trace of a novel coronavirus pandemic that has spread from China

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

The total number of reported COVID-19 infection cases currently stands at 200 million 14,602. At the same time, more than 4.2 million people have died consequences of infection.

In turn, the Worldometer portal has reported around 200.7 million cases of infection.

It is worth noting that the leaders in the number of detected infection cases remain the United States (over 36 million) and India (around 31 million).

Previously the US National Institute of Health (NIH) & nbsp; informed & nbsp; that there is evidence that the first cases of coronavirus infection in the country date back to December 2019.

In late 2019, China reported an outbreak of the disease caused by a new one type of coronavirus. It was registered in Wuhan City, located in Hubei Province. On March 11, the WHO announced the & nbsp; COVID-19 pandemic around the world. & Nbsp; On March 29, China & nbsp; announced the end of the coronavirus epidemic.


The Ministry of Education will allow schools to switch to distance education depending on the epidemiological situation

Schools, colleges and educational universities may decide to switch to a remote work format, depending on the epidemiological situation in the region.

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

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

Previously, the head of the Ministry of Education, Sergei Kravtsov, had expressed hope that the epidemiological situation would allow the year to start in the traditional face-to-face format -face. The minister called it a priority for the ministry.


Circle of Kindness Foundation to buy most expensive drug for six children with ADS

The Circle of Kindness Foundation to Support Children with Dangerous and Chronic Illnesses to Buy World's Most Expensive Drug for Six Children with Spinal Atrophy (SMA) – & ndash; Zolgensma. This was reported by the 360 ​​TV channel.

It is noted that at the end of July, when the first application review meeting took place, the Purchase of the drug was only approved for two children. As explained in the fonds, this is due to the uncertainty with the date of the start of the supply of the drug.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Circle of Benevolence; Alexander Tkachenko noted that every month is important in the treatment of this disease. According to him, it is irresponsible to prescribe drugs without knowing the date of the start of childbirth.

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

“ Circle of Kindness & # 39; & # 39; & nbsp; & timid; was established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation on January 5, 2021. The main source of funding & ndash; 2% of the income tax of individuals and organizations, whose income is more than 5 million rubles & nbsp; per year, as well as voluntary donations. As the government recently noted, support from the fund has made it possible to receive expensive treatment for more than 1,000 children.

Earlier, explained why the drug “ Zolgensma '' costs more than 100 million rubles and what other drugs are considered one of the most expensive in the world.


A court ruling recognizing FBK as an extremist organization has entered into force

The first court of appeal of general jurisdiction upheld the decision to recognize the Anti-Corruption Foundation and the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens' Rights (FBK and FZPG, recognized as agents non-profit foreigners in Russia) as extremist organizations.

A similar decision has been taken regarding the Navalny Headquarters public movement, reports TASS.

Thus, the decision of the Moscow City Court comes into force.

Lawyer Ivan Pavlov said the defense intended to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Before that you have to go through the cassation court in Russia.

“ We will request a review of this case at the ECHR & # 39; & # 39 ;, & shy; & ndash; Pavlov explained, adding that the court “has committed a number of significant violations”. In addition, based on the request of the General Prosecutor's Office, the department blocked access to portals associated with organizations created by Navalny.

Recall that in April, the prosecutor's office in the capital lodged a complaint with the court to recognize FBK, FZPG and Navalny headquarters. extremist organizations. In early June, the court ruled positively on this request.


Roskomnadzor blocked the DeviantArt website

Roskomnadzor blocked the DeviantArt website, which was popular among artists, photographers and illustrators. TASS writes about it.

As reported in the department, the corresponding decision was taken due to the ignorance of the legal requirements on the part of the Internet service.

“ The administration of the DeviantArt resource once again ignored Roskomnadzor's requirements and within the allotted time frame did not restrict access to dangerous content primarily for children '', & ndash; explained to Roskomnadzor.

It should be noted that for almost three years, the administration of the DeviantArt resource received 145 requests to remove banned content posted on the platform containing child pornography, as well as suicidal comments and amazing pro content.

Meanwhile, Russia wants to legalize explicit videos using a public service portal.


Mind games. USA tested AI system “for war with Russia and China”

The Pentagon is developing technology to 'dominate the news' about Russia and China. To confirm its effectiveness, a series of tests were conducted on the basis of the US Space Command to determine the possibilities of achieving “ information dominance ''. and excellence in decision making. The armed forces of Russia and China were seen as conditional opponents.

Technology support for the simulation was provided by the Joint Center for Artificial Intelligence and the Maven & mdash; a U.S. Department of Defense project that uses artificial intelligence to analyze CCTV data and quickly identify important information on the internet. The military investigated options to control and strike selected space and ground targets in Russia and China.

The Pentagon pointed out that new opportunities for obtaining data and information were not created, the experiment was carried out using the tools available today. Department of Defense. All information came from existing satellites, radar, cybernetic and reconnaissance capabilities of the military department were used. All of 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, i.e. commanders of different levels.

Based on the results of the experiment, the Pentagon came to the conclusion that, based on the evaluation of patterns, anomalies and trends in massive data sets obtained from means of surveillance and reconnaissance, it will be possible to predict in advance the development of the army -the political situation, the possibility of outbreak and development of armed conflict. Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools give the Pentagon a significant advantage and in effect create a situation of 'information dominance'. First of all, it gives time for decision making, which will allow, for example, to create upstream deterrent forces in the threatened direction in order to prevent the threat in time.

Recall that a report commissioned by the Pentagon this year indicates that the Russian armed forces are more technologically advanced than the United States anticipated and are rapidly expanding the capabilities of artificial intelligence to obtain a informational advantage on the battlefield. In response, there was an immediate response, at the end of March the US Department of Defense called for an increase in the use of new technology so as not to lose to China and Russia. At the same time, military experts accused the Pentagon of succumbing to the excessive hype around artificial intelligence.

In recent years, the Pentagon has actively implemented the concept of network-centric warfare (such a concept is focused on increasing combat capabilities by gaining superiority from the ; infocommunication), in which the troops must behave as a whole due to the close link between the combat units scattered across the fields. In the future, it is about creating a 'network of networks'. complete with support for artificial intelligence and cloud storage. As expected, the hyperlinks will be able to give access to any information from any theater of war to any soldier.


The armor is fluid. What kind of new bulletproof vest can be included in the Sotnik outfit?

Russian development of a bulletproof vest using` `liquid armor '' should be in service with the arrival of the “ Centurion '' military equipment. in the army. According to the information available, the training of the technical task will end in 2021, and the equipment can begin to arrive for the tests and for the troops. analyzed the principle of operation, analyzed the principle of operation and features of the application of this technology in bulletproof vests. & Nbsp;

Softly, but firmly

Earlier in the state company Rostec promised that the equipment of the future soldier “ Sotnik '' due to the 'liquid armor' technology will receive a record weight and the ability to adapt to the anatomical features of the fighter. Because of this, the protection will not hinder movement and allow you to gain the extra weight needed to carry out special missions. & Nbsp;

In this case, the equipment will have increased protection compared to the existing types of bulletproof vests. In the future “ Centurion '' Not only will stop a flying shard at a speed of up to 670m/s, but also extinguish a shock pulse which can cause severe damage to internal organs even without piercing the shield.

What is liquid armor?

The basis of the so-called “liquid armor” & mdash; they are non-Newtonian fluids. A hallmark of these fluids is their ability to acquire the properties of solid materials when exposed to sudden impact. Since the obstacle material undergoes high speed shear deformation under impact, such liquid can be used as a kind of “liquid armor”, hardening under impact – action penetrating knives, sharpening or ballistic impact of bullets or fragments. Since the liquid is very problematic to use as a structural material for the construction of protective structures, it is impregnated with porous multilayer textile armor casings made of high strength, high modulus synthetic materials such as Kevlar, Twaron.

Under normal conditions, an armored package impregnated with a suspension of textile armor remains soft and flexible and does not restrict movement, and when impacted by a bullet or bullet. a fragment, the liquid it contains hardens and thus improves the protective ability of the textile weave. package. Improving the characteristics of bulletproof vests using this technology is only possible with the simultaneous use of Kevlar bags and liquid.

How did it all start?

Beginning of work on “liquid armor” (refer to the mid-1990s, while he was in the United States in the Composite Materials Center at the University of Delaware) under the supervision of teacher. Norman Wagner began researching the ballistic resistance of a textile armor impregnated with a shear thickening (hardening) fluid, briefly referred to as STF. In 2000, this research began to be carried out in collaboration with the Materials Research Laboratory of the US Army Research Laboratory, headed by Dr. Eric Wetzel. The goal of the research was to improve the ballistic resistance of textile armor by drawing on advances in nanotechnology. The first encouraging results were obtained in 2002. Over the next two years, the increased resistance of STF impregnated textile armor to the impact penetration effect of fine and sharp hammers was established, and a STF's production technology and methods for its introduction into a textile weave package has been developed. The US patent for the new armor was obtained in May 2003. & nbsp;

Compare progress

When comparing Russian and Western developments, it should be remembered that most of the characteristics of the armor and the results of its tests are kept secret. However, according to open sources, the UK, US and Poland have developments in this area. As for the UK, their prototype bulletproof vest is known to have the same level of personnel protection as Kevlar, with less weight and more flexibility. Russian developments, like the experiments in the United States, have similar characteristics. Both technologies have been tested for bullets, shrapnel and armor-piercing weapons. Experiments have shown that ours and the US armor have a similar penetration limit (in terms of projectile speed) for a single layer of Kevlar fabric impregnated with 'liquid armor'. & mdash; about 220 m/s. At the same time, in the same experiments, both fabrics showed excellent resistance to stabbing. And from the above, we can conclude that in the near future we should expect a significant increase in the US Army bulletproof vest against small arms and stabbing weapons. According to experts, an increase in the protective properties of British Army bulletproof vests to the appropriate level is to be expected later than in our country and in the States.