Monthly Archives: July 2013

Russia Set to Create National Defense Center

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The Russian military has started work on the creation of the National Defense Center, which will enhance the operational management of the armed forces and ensure prompt response to strategic threats, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

“We have begun the creation of such a center. It is a lot of work. We have already outlined the main criteria for the center,” Shoigu said.

According to the minister, the center will consolidate command over the country’s armed forces, especially the nuclear triad and rapid reaction forces. It will also allow real-time monitoring of day-to-day activities of military units around the country.

Vikramaditya Engine Tests in Russian Sea Trials

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A Russian-built aircraft carrier due to be delivered to the Indian Navy following a much-delayed refit has successfully passed engine tests during the first stage of final sea trials in the White Sea.

The current trials focused on the ship’s propulsion system and its ability to perform as required.

The carrier, named Vikramaditya, “showed excellent performance while being tested at various speeds,” a Sevmash spokesman said.

The Vikramaditya will now sail to the Barents Sea, where the ship will undertake working-up procedures including aircraft deck operations. Several MiG-29K fighters and two helicopters will be used in the flight trials.

KAMAZ Updates Chassis for Pantsir

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Yevgeny Pronin, Deputy General Director of OJSC KAMAZ for Sales and Services, and German Gilfanov, General Director of KAMAZ FINANCE AND TRADING COMPANY, arrived at enterprises of JSC NPO Vysokotochnye Kompleksy with a working visit.

The holding includes INSTRUMENT DESIGN BUREAU (KBP), one of the leading R&D centers of the Russian defense industry, the experts of which developed, launched serial production and delivered more than 150 models of armament and military equipment to the Russian army. One of them is a surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system Pantsir-S1 mounted on a KAMAZ chassis. KAMAZ’s top managers saw production processes and participated in a working meeting on issues of quality assurance and terms of delivery. They spoke about development of cooperation in quality assurance and further deliveries of KAMAZ chassis – the main mobile system on which the Panstir-S1 is mounted.

State Loan Subsidies to Soften Car Market Fall

Auto loans growing longer

New state loan subsidies could help automakers sell at least 80,000 more cars this year, consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers said Tuesday.

That means that the market for new cars would shrink no more than 3 percent, a big improvement on the company’s previous estimate.

Interest rates on car loans recently reached 16 percent, fueled in part by the growing proportion that are overdue.

Manufacturers are facing a grim global environment. Sales fell in most of Europe and in a number of other key markets in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year. China, the U.S., Brazil and Britain posted strong growth.

Aviation Industry Development Plan Approved

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a plan to implement a state program on aviation industry development in 2013-2015.

The plan is part of a broader state program to develop the industry until 2025 that was endorsed by the government in December 2012. The program aims to make the sector highly competitive and help it regain its positions on the international market.

A total of 78.3 billion rubles will be allocated to the program from the budget in 2013; 107 billion rubles will be contributed in 2014; and 123.5 billion rubles in 2015.

Russian Silent Robotic Armored Vehicle

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Russia’s Military-Industrial Company has developed and tested a hybrid-powered silent armored personnel carrier (APC) that could eventually be remotely operated.

The Krymsk APC, based on the BTR-90 Rostok vehicle, has a hybrid engine and can move virtually silently on a battery-driven electric motor when its diesel engine is turned off.

The Krymsk is in effect a remotely controlled platform, which could subsequently be developed into a “robotized platform”.

During a recent test the vehicle showed a maximum speed of 97 kilometers per hour (60 mph), accelerating to 80 kilometers per hour in 33 seconds.

KAMAZ Vehicles at Innoprom-2013

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OJSC KAMAZ and JSC GAZPROM participated in the Innoprom-2013 Ural International Exhibition in Yekaterinburg. KAMAZ and GAZPROM, which had earlier agreed to jointly promote NGVs in the inner market, presented their stand to the participants and guests of the exhibition.

The visitors could see new models of CNG KAMAZ and NEFAZ vehicles: a city bus NEFAZ-5299-30-31, a high-sided vehicle KAMAZ-4308-34, a mobile crane KS-55713-5K-1 based on an all-wheel KAMAZ-43118-34, as well as a KAMAZ-6520-33 dump truck and a KAMAZ-65116-34 bolster-type tractor equipped with cryogenic tanks. The visitors were very interested in the first sample of a dump truck KAMAZ-6530-33 equipped with an additional cryogenic tank for compressed natural gas, and also a low-tonnage vehicle for urban transportation – a high-sided covered vehicle KAMAZ-4308.

Russian Government Approved Military Collaboration Deal With Spain

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The Russian government has approved a defense collaboration agreement with Spain.

The agreement defines the goals, areas and forms of bilateral collaboration in defense, including the exchange of information on military, political and international security issues, confidence-building measures and arms control.

The agreement creates a legal framework for the organization of visits by the countries’ warships and warplanes on a reciprocal basis, joint personnel training programs, and participation in sports and cultural activities.

Defense Ministry Signs $100M Deal to Upgrade Bombers

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The Defense Ministry has signed a 3.4 billion ruble ($103 million) contract with the Tupolev design bureau and Kazan Aircraft Plant to upgrade three Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers.

The delivery date for the supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber is December 31, 2015.

The ministry said last year at least 10 of the Russian Air Force’s Tu-160 bombers will be modernized by 2020, after which the upgraded aircraft will remain in service until a new-generation strategic bomber known as PAK-DA is developed.

Perm GTU: 15 Million Hours For Russian Power Industry

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Gas-turbine units (GTU) manufactured by OJSC “Perm Engine Company” have been operated  for 15 million hours as on July 20, 2013.

The first GTU developed by OJSC “Aviadvigatel” started being manufactured in Perm in 1994 and within almost 20 years Perm Engine Company (PMZ) manufactured and delivered its customers 690 GTU for the enterprises of oil and gas complex and power engineering facilities. Only 260 of Perm GTU operated as parts of power stations provided 37000 mln kW hours work efficiency, which corresponds to 22 years of Perm hydro-electric station operation or 2 years of Sayano-Shushinskaya hydro-electric station operation.

At present PMZ manufactures, delivers, overhauls and provides field maintenance of 12 types gas-turbine units, and within last  5-7 years it has become Russian market leader of gas-turbine deliveries.