March 7, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak The Russian division of LG Electronics was accused of fixing the prices of its Android smartphones sold in the transcontinental country, with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation officially announcing its charges late last month. The local unit of the South Korean tech giant is specifically said to have partially violated an article of the federal law “On Protection of Competition” which forbids “unlawful coordination of economic activity.” FAS claims LG was routinely adjusting its recommended retail prices and pushed them onto resellers in an effort to control them in a pedantic manner, eventually forcing them to keep track of the changes themselves under the threat of canceling their supply contracts.The subsidiary consistently used a combination of those practices which were partially automated with algorithm-based software to aggressively control the prices of its products sold throughout the … [Read more...] about LG Russia Accused Of Illegally Controlling Smartphone Prices
Russia has announced the existence two new nuclear-tipped missiles, including a previously secret nuclear-powered cruise missile. Unlike regular cruise missiles, which are powered by liquid fuel and gasoline engines, this missile would be powered by a nuclear chain reaction. Another missile, Kinzhal, is a hypersonic weapon designed to attack aircraft carriers and other well-defended targets. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly announced the existence of several new nuclear weapons systems, including the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, the Kanyon long-range nuclear torpedo, a nuclear-powered cruise missile, and the Kinzhal hypersonic missile. Although Sarmat and Kanyon were known weapons systems, the nuclear cruise missile—at least to outside observers—is a totally new weapon system. In many ways it resembles a U.S. weapon, Project Pluto, that the Pentagon tried and gave up building in the 1960s simply … [Read more...] about Russia Introduces Two New Nightmare Missiles
Russia could soon be able to conduct nuclear strikes all over the world without any chance of being intercepted, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday (March 1). Speaking on Russian television as part of his annual address, Putin announced a new class of weapons delivery systems designed to sneak past NATO's American-built ballistic missile defenses. As Putin spoke, computer-generated graphics and video footage playing behind him showed the capabilities of a new hypersonic missile, an underwater drone and a cruise missile with "unlimited range" designed to avoid detection systems. Experts in nuclear weapons and their politics said the move was far from a shock, given a years-long deterioration of global arms reduction efforts and the recent Trump administration announcement that the United States plans to deploy its own new nuclear tech. [7 Technologies That Transformed Warfare] "It was not surprising," said Philip Coyle, a nuclear weapons expert who worked for the … [Read more...] about Will the US Be Able to Stop Russia’s New Arsenal of Missile Defense-Piercing Nukes?
Russia has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can't be intercepted, President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday, claiming a technological breakthrough that could dramatically increase Russia's military capability, boost the Kremlin's global position and also raise Western concerns about a potential renewed arms race in the 21st century. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "No one has listened to us. You listen to us now." Speaking in a state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missile that have no equivalent elsewhere in the world. He said the creation of the new weapons has made NATO's U.S.-led missile defense "useless," and means an effective end to what he described as Western efforts to stymie Russia's development.He noted that Russia had to develop the new weapons as the U.S. has developed a missile defense system that threatened to undermine the … [Read more...] about Putin: Russia Has New Nukes That Can’t Be Intercepted
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin has admitted that a December 2011 incident involving a nuclear missile submarine almost became one of the worst nuclear weapons disasters ever recorded. The Ekaterinburg, a ballistic missile submarine, caught fire in drydock, threatening its load of liquid-fueled nuclear missiles. If the missiles had caught fire, then the resulting explosions would have spewed radioactivity over a wide area, threatening a nearby town of 300,000 people. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-84, also known as Ekaterinburg, had made a quick stop in drydock before heading out on a missile patrol. The ship was surrounded by wooden scaffolding for a welding job on the bow when a fire broke out. The fire quickly spread to the submarine’s rubber anechoic coating, which is designed to lower the sub’s acoustic signature underwater. The fire burned for nearly a day as firefighters struggled to contain the … [Read more...] about You Won’t Believe How Close Russia Came to Nuclear Disaster in 2011