Daily Archives: July 8, 2013

Kazakhstan to Buy Two Russian Minesweepers

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The Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan intends to purchase from Russia two harbor minesweeper of 10750E project. The contract for minesweepers supply, which will be built on the basis of the project 10750 “Sapphir” with a number of significant changes, has already been signed with the Kazakh military department. The first ship, ordered by Kazakhstan, is expected to be built in 2015. Kazakhstan needs ships of 10750E project to find and destroy the possible mines in the sea area of ​​200 square kilometers. 10750 project minesweepers’ total displacement is 135 tons with a length 31.5, width of 6.5 and a draft of 1.5 meters. The ships are capable to produce velocity up to 12 knots. The ships are equipped with an artillery complex AK-306 of 30-mm caliber with ammunition for 500 shots.

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Mechel Presents New Steel Class for Russian Helicopters

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Mechel OAO, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports that the Group’s Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant fulfilled the order for a new class of steel for helicopter-making. The order was placed by the Russian Helicopters holding.

High-quality steel was produced in November 2012. This type of steel is necessary to manufacture particularly important joints in modern helicopter-making.

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s stainless high-strength steel will be used in manufacturing certain joints for the Ka-226(T) helicopter. The light multi-purpose Ka-226(T) helicopter is used for corporate and private flights, as well as special operations and rescue missions.

The modern light Ka-226(T) is estimated by experts to be one of the most ecologically-friendly and safe helicopters in its class, so the steel must be up to the most rigorous standard.

Russian Shipyard Confirms Delivery of 3 Nuclear Subs in 2013

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Russia’s Sevmash shipyard on Friday confirmed earlier announced plans to deliver three nuclear-powered submarines to the Russian Navy by the end of this year.

“Sevmash is confirming the delivery of a Project 885 Yasen-class and two Borey-class nuclear submarines to the Russian Navy in 2013,” Sevmash head Mikhail Budnichenko said.

Borey-class ballistic-missle submarines are to become the mainstay of the Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent, replacing the aging Project 941 (designated by NATO as Typhoon-class) and Project 667 (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats.

NPO Saturn Presented New Industrial Dual-Fuel Gas Turbine Engine at VI International Military-Naval Show

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NPO Saturn demonstrates its new innovative development – an industrial dual-fuel gas turbine engine in marine configuration dubbed E70/8RD – at the VI International military-naval show in Saint-Petersburg.

The E70/8RD engine successfully passed its acceptance tests in December 2012. The key difference between the E70/8RD gas turbine engine and its analogs is its dual-fuel combustor  equipped with automatic switching from gas to diesel fuel and vice versa. The demonstrated efficiency of the E70/8RD engine operating on gas fuel is 34%.

Another attraction at the show was a marine gas turbine generator developed by NPO Saturn as a derivative from the E70/8RD engine with the power of 8 mw (SGTG-8). Potential field of application of the SGTG-8 – power plants installed on ships, sea and in coastal oil &gas/common industrial facilities. The acceptance tests of the gas turbine generator are slated for the end of this year. At the naval show’s exhibition booth the SGTG-8 is presented only in information format.

Russian Air Force to Get Su-30SM Fighter Jets in Bulk

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Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter jets will be delivered to the Russian Air Force as fully equipped squadrons, rather than “piecemeal,” deputy commander Colonel Sergei Kobylash said.

The Su-30SM is the latest development of the twin-seat Su-30 jet fighter family, a derivative of the long-serving single-seat Sukhoi Su-27, one of the air force’s most important warplanes. The new aircraft has better radar and communications capabilities, an improved friend-or-foe system, a new ejection seat and new weapons. It also has thrust-vectoring engine nozzles, providing super-maneuverability at low airspeeds.

The first contract between the Defense Ministry and Irkut Corporation for 30 Su-30SMs was signed in March last year.