Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

Russia Lays Down New Frigate for Black Sea Fleet


The Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad has launched construction of a new Project 11356 frigate for the Russian navy.

The official ceremony, attended by Deputy Commander of the Baltic Fleet, Rear Admiral Sergei Popov, was held Friday.

The Admiral Butakov is the fourth in a series of six Project 11356, or Admiral Grigorovich-class, frigates for delivery to the Black Sea Fleet between 2014 and 2016 under a contract with the Defense Ministry.

The Project 11356 frigates, displacing 3,850 tons are designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare on the high seas, and for anti-aircraft operations, both independently and as an escort ship.


Pacific Fleet Ships Deployed in Sea of Okhotsk


Six naval task forces from Russia’s Pacific Fleet were deployed in the Sea of Okhotsk on Saturday evening amid a large-scale surprise combat readiness check.

The naval task groups are to perform “anti-submarine and air defense exercises” in the area. A part of Pacific Fleet forces will also train anti-piracy efforts as part of the exercises.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Saturday said that up to 160,000 servicemen are involved in the large-scale exercises in the Eastern Military District, double the number initially reported.

Russian Strategic Bombers in Far East Military Drills


Russia’s air base of Tu-95MS Bear-H strategic bombers in the Amur Region is switching to full combat readiness as part of massive snap drills in the Eastern Military District.

The exercise, which involves over 160,000 servicemen, some 1,000 armored vehicles, 130 aircraft and 70 warships from the Pacific Fleet, was ordered by President Vladimir Putin on Friday evening. The military exercise is being held in strict compliance with the endorsed plan.

It is the third surprise combat readiness check since January and follows a major shake-up at the top of a military establishment tarnished by persistent evidence of rampant corruption.

KAMAZ-master Wins Stage 1 of Silk Way Rally-2013


KAMAZ-master crews led by Anton Shibalov and Ayrat Mardeev took the first two places in the first stage of Silk Way. The first stage of the Silk Way Rally in the truck category was opened by the crew headed by last year`s race winner Ayrat Mardeev (No. 300).

To get to the first special stage, the trucks had to overcome a 240-kilometer liaison of asphalt roads. According to the organizers of the marathon, it was the first and last longest liaison between special stages. KAMAZ-master left the camp in Tambov at seven o’clock in the morning. The organizers set a speed limit of 90 kilometers per hour for the crews. Moreover, the participants of the rally were not allowed to race each other on stages in order to avoid accidents. At this time KAMAZ repair trucks went to Volgograd.

Lada Granta With Powerful Motor on Sale


AvtoVAZ began sales of new version of the low-cost sedan Lada Granta, which has a more powerful engine. Car with a 106-horsepower 1.6-liter engine and manual transmission costs RUB 405,900. The maximum speed, which can be reached with this engine, is 185 km / h, the acceleration from zero to ‘hundreds” takes 10.9 seconds. Fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 6.8 l/100 km.

106-horsepower engine will be available in another configuration of “Granta” – with the index 21907-015. But the price of this modification is not known yet.