Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

Russia Plans to Buy Aerial Drones in UAE

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The Russian military is planning to purchase aerial drones in the United Arab Emirates, a defense industry source said.

“We are talking about at least two United 40 Block 5 models developed by the company ADCOM Systems,” the source said.

United 40 is a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The vehicle can carry up to 10 air-to-ground missiles with a delivery range of 60 kilometers and fly for up to 120 hours.

The United 40 Block 5 model was unveiled at this year’s IDEX arms show in Abu Dhabi in February, and the vehicle was first tested in flight in March. Its estimated cost is $20-30 million.

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Pacific Fleet to Receive New Warships

Pacific Fleet ships leave Vladivostok for combat service

The Russian Pacific Fleet will start receiving new warships in 2014 for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fleet’s commanders said.

“Rather large-scale deliveries of new equipment, new warships to the Pacific Fleet will start in 2014,” Rear Admiral Sergei Avakyants said in an interview.

According to the Russian military, at least one of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, being built in France for the Russian navy, is intended for the Pacific Fleet, which has already prompted concerns in Japan.

Several Project 20380 Steregushchy-class corvettes are being built for the Pacific Fleet at the Amur shipyard in Russia’s Far East with estimated delivery in 2014-2015.

Russian Car Market to be World’s Fifth Largest by 2020

An employee works at a Renault cars sales and show room in Moscow

Currently the seventh-largest car market, Russia is poised to become the fifth-largest market by 2020 according to a recent report.

Russia’s automotive market totals about 2.9 million annually right now, and is expected to grow at an annual rate of six percent through the end of the decade, surpassing 4.4 million by 2020. The report comes from Boston Consulting Group, which also warned that Russia’s potential could be undone by market volatility because it’s an oil-dependent country.

Production Growth at Komsomolsk-On-Amur Plant

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The expansion of production at the plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is associated with the release of the su-35,”Sukhoi Superjet-100 and fifth generation fighter. This was stated by the President of the United aircraft Corporation Mikhail Pogosyan, who has visited with a working trip on aviation plant named after Gagarin.

Poghosyan informed that total volume of investments in the plant in the next five to six years will be around 15 billion roubles. Now at the enterprise the builders to complete the installation of the new workshop, which will be installed automatic lines with computer controlled production.