United States: Finnish companies used for smuggling high-tech for Russian Navy
export control authorities have blacklisted seven Finnish companies and four
individuals resident in Finland on suspicion of actions against U.S.
security policy goals.
Companies and individuals were part of a larger list of spy scandal indictments announced on Wednesday .
Texas resident, born in Kazakhstan, millionaire Alexander Fishenko
is accused of leading the smuggling network, which supplied high-tech
so-called dual-use products to the Russian defense establishment -
mainly to the Russian Navy.
Iran claims to decrypt enemy confidential data
The chief of the
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy says the IRGC cyber forces
have decrypted the most confidential data of enemy states.
“Today, our cyber forces have easily accessed the most confidential
information [encrypted] by the enemy and [our] cyber warfare
capabilities have been effectively improved,” Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi
said on Sunday as he inaugurated IRGC Navy Information Technology (IT)
Underscoring the “daily increasing activities of enemies in the
cyber space”, the admiral said: “Counterrevolutionary [circles] have
remarkably added to their Farsi-language satellite channels in the past
one month. In the light of this trend, we have to enter this sector by
relying on our own experts with more determination and seriousness.”
Stepanakert airport officially put into operation
Stepanakert airport has officially been put into operation, head of Nagorno Karabakh civil aviation department said.
As Dmitry Atbashyan told a PanARMENIAN
reporter, the airport received a certificate on September 28, stating
it meets the international standards, including the security ones.
IMF predicts a 6.2 percent economic growth
in Armenia in 2012
An IMF mission led by Mark Horton visited Yerevan during September
5–18 to conduct discussions for the Fifth Review of the Extended Fund
Facility/Extended Credit Facility arrangements and the 2012 Article IV
consultations. After return to IMF headquarters, Mr. Horton made the
“Macroeconomic conditions have continued to improve over the past
year. With a positive harvest and dynamic mining and services sectors,
growth is expected to reach 6.2 percent in 2012 and to moderate to 4.3
percent in 2013, as the economy returns to trend and given conditions in
Europe and Russia. Inflation remains moderate, driven by the
agricultural rebound and a sound policy framework, and is expected to
remain within the target band (4±1.5 percent) of the Central Bank of
Armenia (CBA) during the rest of 2012 and in 2013.
“Program performance remains broadly satisfactory. The fiscal balance
has continued to improve, with the deficit expected to decline to about
2 percent of GDP in 2012, and to increase moderately to 2.6 percent
next year as large capital projects are implemented.More
Iraq to stop Iran flights
over suspicions of Syria arms
Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran
over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria,
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sunday.
"We have assured US
officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian)
flights and carry out random searches," Zebari said, quoted by Arabic
The Iraqi minister added that his government had
told Tehran "to stop the flights and stop arming or financing the
(Syrian regime) or any other party to the conflict." Zebari said Iraq
would not "not accept being a transit point or passage way for... arming
or financing" the Syrian conflict.More
Need for Long-Range Air Defense
Turkish Long-Range Air- and Missile-System (T-Loramids) could be at the
building stage within a few months, but many defense analysts have
voiced concern given the system’s huge installment expenses and limited
capabilities. The country’s biggest enemy is the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK), which barely has any air assets and does not
present a missile or aircraft threat.
T-Loramids is a $4 billion program to buy long-range missile and
air-defense systems. For the contract, the pan-European Eurosam, maker
of the SAMP/T Aster 30, is competing with a U.S. partnership, composed
of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, maker of Patriot air defense systems;
Russia’s Rosoboronexport, marketing the S300; and China’s CPMIEC (China
Precision Machinery Export-Import Corp.), offering its HQ-9.More
Asian Development Bank wants to study road quality in Armenia
– Armenian Minister of Transportation and Communication Gagik Beglaryan
received a delegation headed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
representative Yesim Elhan-Kayalar on Friday.
representative stated that they intend to touch upon priorities of the
ministry, discuss further process of bilateral cooperation of service
and maintenance of infrastructures, ministerial press service reports.
Minister stated that one of the priorities is to improve quality of
roads, increase service terms and organize works productively.
Finland’s most secret military plane
New surveillance plane likely to be costliest aircraft in Finnish military history
The Finnish Air Force is currently outfitting a top-secret surveillance
aircraft with a capability of eavesdropping on communications by the
armies of neighbouring countries. The new plane is being tested by the Finnish Intelligence Research
Establishment, which is not commenting on anything related to the
UN Chief to visit Iran's enrichment facility this week
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility on the sidelines of his presence at a summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, sources said on Monday.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International Affairs Mehdi Akhoundzadeh told FNA that "the UN secretary-general will visit Isfahan province during his stay in Iran", while other sources said his presence in Isfahan will be aimed at a visit to the Natanz facility. 27.08.12 More
NATO representative visits Armenia
NATO Liaison Officer on South Caucasus Region, William Lahue, paid a working visit to Armenia on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, Lahue was received by First Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, MOD press service informs.
During the meeting, they discussed the Armenia-NATO cooperation in the sphere of defense and the avenues for expanding this cooperation, as well as NATO’s assistance to Armenia’s defense reforms. Also, they reflected on regional security in the South Caucasus. More
Iran starts construction of largest air defense base
Iran's Air Defense Force has commenced the construction of the Islamic Republic’s largest air defense site in the southern Iranian city of Abadeh.
At a Tuesday ceremony, marking the commencement of the construction project, Mohammad Hosseini, a deputy commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, underscored the importance of air defense as one of Iran's major requirements under the prevailing circumstances. More
Finland ranks as most stable nation in the world
The Fund for Peace institution has released its Failed States Index (FSI) for 2012 and Finland again ranks in the best position, with Somalia ranked as the most troubled state for the fifth year running. Neighbours Sweden and Denmark take second and third best spots respectively.
The FSI ranks 178 countries using 12 social, economic, and political indicators of pressure on the state, along with over 100 sub-indicators. With the higher score in sections being an indication of a problem area, Finland ranks lowest overall, with an overall score of 20 compared with troubled Somalia’s score of 114.9. More
Iran unveils upgraded short-range missile
Iran’s president on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired, the country’s state-media reported.
At the ceremony for Fateh-110, or Conqueror, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of defense officials that Iran wants to advance its defense technology "not in an aggressive context, but as a deterrence."
"We do not seek it for conquest, domination of neighboring countries and the world. We do not want it because of defiance," said Ahmadinejad, according to state TV. More
Finland confirms Euro-exit scenarios
Finland has contingency plans for a possible breakup of the euro, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said Friday in a rare disclosure from a euro-zone official about the extent of concern over that prospect.
Finland's European affairs minister Alexander Stubb quickly clarified Mr. Tuomioja's remarks, saying that "every government has various scenarios that they are working with. Our No. 1 scenario is that the euro zone will regain stability and we are working in a constructive way to achieve that goal." More
Two Georgian battalions prepare for Afghan deployment
Georgian Defense Minister, Dimitri Shashkin, visited the U.S. army training center in southern Germany this week where Georgian soldiers from two battalions are undergoing training ahead of their deployment in Afghanistan. More
National Security Service of Armenia revises shelter provision policy
National Security Service of Armenia with a legislative change will exclude the provision of shelter for those people who can be dangerous for the national security of the country. Armenpress reports that the Government approved during its session on August 16 the project of making changes in the law “About refugees and shelter” presented by NSS.
NSS Director Gorik Hakobyan told that by the project is planned to fix additionally that the provision of shelter will be refused if according to NSS conclusion the one who applies for shelter may represent danger for national security of Armenia. More
116 Armenian peacekeepers to participate in multinational maneuvers in Germany
On August 15, the U.S. Embassy joined Armenian members of the Armenian Peace Keeping Brigade at Zvartnots Airport to send off 116 Armenian peacekeepers who will train alongside American, Romanian and Ukrainian soldiers in Germany. The Armenian personnel will train for three weeks and are expected to return to Armenia on September 4.
In Germany, the Armenian peacekeepers will prepare for their upcoming tours in Kosovo, where they will be based at the U.S. Bondsteel Military Base, near the city of Urosevac, and serve for 6-month rotations. In Kosovo, the peacekeepers will be responsible for conducting patrols, checkpoint security, riot and crowd control, and convoy activity. More
Armenia to take part in CSTO peacekeeping military exercises
The joint peacekeeping military exercises of Collective Security Treaty Organization member countries will take place in October in Kazakhstan. Armenpress reports calling “Novosti-Kazakhstan” agency that about this declared representative of Russian armed forces, lieutenant colonel Nikolay Donyushkin. “Indestructible Brotherhood – 2012” military exercises will take place in Kazakhstan in period between October 8-17 and they will be directed the preparation of peace establishment actions in the region” said Donyushkin. More
Finland plans to set up
A working group on Finland’s cyber security strategy is coming to a
conclusion that Finland will need a national cyber security centre. The
chairman of the working group is Mikko Kosonen, the President of the
Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra for the period of 2008-2013.
national cyber security centre
reported at the Security and Defence 2012 exhibition in Lahti on Friday
that he intended to propose setting up a cyber security centre in the
”We do not have the ability to respond to a large-scale cyber attack
against several vitally important targets at the same time”, Kosonen
noted. ”What we need is a cyber security centre that would improve our situation awareness”, Kosonen added.
A strong candidate to serve as the
location for the planned cyber security centre would be the CERT-FI unit
within the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA), which
is regarded as a more neutral place than the Police or the Defence
TURKEY AND IRAN: RIVALRY vs. COOPERATION
By Angelina Harutyunyan
Abstract: This article looks into cooperation and differences between Iran and Turkey on the global and regional levels. Turkey being secular Muslim country has tried to maintain balanced policy both towards the Middle Eastern states and the West. Iran, on the other hand tried to conduct unidirectional policy seeking to spread its influence in the region through competition with Turkey. Depending on the ruling regimes in Turkey, relations with Iran were fluctuating developing from cordial into antagonistic approaches. Turkish multi-vector foreign policy did not benefit Iran as the latter in many cases perceived Turkish cooperation with the West as direct threat towards Iran. On the other hand, Turkey used to perceive Iranian military capacities as a threat towards Turkey and substantially has been opposing Iran going nuclear though having neutral approach towards Iranian nuclear program.
Iran to add 10 new passenger planes to civil air fleet
Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Hamidreza Pahlevani says his country will add 10 new passenger planes to the national fleet by the next few months.
Pahlevani said on Sunday that two passenger planes have already joined the Iranian civil air fleet, and the rest will be in service in the coming months. Iran has several private and public airline companies in operation. The oldest is state-run Iran Air. More
Iran to build own helicopter
Iran's first domestically built helicopter is scheduled to fly by the end of this Iranian year (March 2013).
The managing director for the Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (PANHA) said the helicopter, called PANHA 1, is being built with the Isfahan University of Technology, IRIB News reported. PANHA 1 is being built jointly by Iran's Defense Ministry and the Science, Research and Technology Ministry. Once the craft has been certified, it will begin production. More
There is a great demand of IT qualified specialists in Armenia
The fact that in modern world it is not possible to reach the achievement of many things without developing informational technologies is not news for anyone. Despite the idea that some steps have been implemented we can not consider the issue solved. On the theme Armenpress had a talk with Hovik Musayelyan - the director of CJSC “Synopsys Armenia” which is one of the leaders of the field. More
Georgian Defence Ministry to start implementing new concept in 2013
Ministry of Defence of Georgia has a new concept. The Action Document of the Defence Ministry is based on so called 3T principles and includes Total Care, Total Training and Total Defence.
One of the most important components of the Concept is Total Care which comes into force gradually until 2013. Total care includes the following components:
• Transport privileges;
• Banking privileges;
• Financial benefits and employment;
• Provision of residential property;
NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing
NASA's Mars science rover Curiosity performed a daredevil descent through pink Martian skies late on Sunday to clinch an historic landing inside an ancient crater, ready to search for signs the Red Planet may once have harbored key ingredients for life.
Mission controllers burst into applause and cheers as they received signals confirming that the car-sized rover had survived a perilous seven-minute descent NASA called the most elaborate and difficult feat in the annals of robotic spaceflight. More
Google to invest $184.5m in Finland data centre
Google Inc. (GOOG), owner of the world’s most-popular search engine, plans to spend 150 million euros ($184 million) to expand its data center in Finland as demand rises for online access to video and data.
The construction work to expand the facility in Hamina, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Helsinki, will last about 18 months, Google said today in a statement distributed at a media event at the site. More
Armenian peacekeepers will be located in a new military base in Afghanistan
The new detachment of Armenian armed forces consisting of 61 people on August 2 will leave for Afghanistan. Armenpress was informed about this by the commander of Armenian armed forces’ peacekeeping brigade Arthur Simonyan.
He also informed that before that Armenian peacekeepers held trainings in Germany. “As previous years they will not be located in Kunduz or Mazari Sharif, this year they will be located in a new military base in Maikspann. In Mazari Sharif we will not hold mission any more” informed Simonyan. More