Monthly Archives: September 2013

Dmitry Medvedev Gets Sneak Preview of Top Secret Tank

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Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a select group of senior officials got a sneak peek at a secret prototype of the country’s new-generation battle tank in a closed viewing at an arms show in the Urals region.

The new tank, dubbed Armata, is expected to join the military in 2015 and become the core of Russia’s army. The Defense Ministry has said that the Russian army will get 2,300 Armatas by 2020.

Although the new tank remains top secret, its manufacturer Uralvagonzavod has said that its design incorporates elements seen in other projects, including Object 195 and Black Eagle.

The Armata is designed as a modular universal combat platform that could be used as the basis for a variety of combat vehicles, including fire support, mine clearing, heavy flame throwing, and bridge laying vehicles, local media reported citing defense ministry officials.

Russia to Develop New Kinds of Weapons

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Russia will develop new kinds of weapons as part of a nine-year state rearmament program starting in 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday at this year’s Arms Expo in Nizhny Tagil.

The program aims to develop robots that can be used on the ground, air, in space and underwater thanks to “non-traditional forms of target destruction,” Rogozin said.

Rogozin estimated that such state of the art weapons would allow Russian soldiers to have a five-fold advantage over potential enemies.

Rogozin also said Russia will be able to present new cutting edge armored vehicles to the public in a year’s time, adding that prototypes are already being tested.

He added that the government could return to manufacturing spacecraft like Buran, which was built in the 1980s as a response to the U.S. space shuttle program. The Deputy Prime Minister did not specify a time frame for the vehicles’ production.

Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant Demonstrates Modern Optoelectronics at Russia Arms Expo-2013

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The Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant (UOMP) will demonstrate the advanced optical-radar station 13SM-1 and an optical-radar station designed for modern combat aircraft.

The 13SM-1, designed for MiG-29, and the optical-radar station for the Su-27 will be presented. Both systems are designed from an entirely modern point of view.

New tactical and technological characteristics also allow for tracking of several air and ground targets simultaneously, and multi-channel capture and tracking provides for accurate targeting even during episodes of natural and man-made interference.

Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant, a leading manufacturer of optical-electronic platforms for various purposes, will present an upgraded, around-the-clock GOES-337M search-and-surveillance system for Mi-17 airplanes.

One of the most promising of these systems is the SOSS (SON) 730, the simplest of the “long-range” civil optical surveillance systems. With a weight of 25 kg, it can detect objects at a distance of up to 10 km. Upon request, the SOSS 730 can be equipped with additional functions, such as automatic capture and object tracking.

Rostec Received First Boeing 737-800 NG

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The aircraft painted in official colours of Aeroflot passed to Rostec’s subsidiary Aviakapital Service directly from the factory in Seattle. This is the first of the 50 planes Boeing 737 NG, which Aeroflot will get in accordance to the contract under operating lease before the end of 2017. The general meeting of shareholders, during which the procedure of corporate approval of the treaty on receiving the remaining ships is scheduled for mid-October 2013.

Committee of Directors of the air carrier approved the agreement on supply of Aeroflot with the first of 50 aircrafts in accordance to the contract with Boeing. The delivery of medium-liner took place in the presence of the representatives of SC Rostec, Aeroflot and the Boeing Corporation in Seattle, September 24, 2013. The procedure involves checking technical characteristics of the aircraft on their compliance with the terms of the contract, final signing of documents for leasing and payment transaction.

Rostec completed an agreement with Boeing Corporation in 2010 as a result of an open tender for the supply of medium-haul aircraft to update Russian airlines fleet, in particular, of Aeroflot. In September 2011, the contract was transferred to a subsidiary corporation.

Moody’s Assigns Ba1 CFR to KAMAZ

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Moody’s Investors Service, has assigned a Ba1 corporate family rating (CFR) and a Ba1-PD probability of default rating to OJSC Kamaz. The outlook on the ratings is stable. This is the first time Moody’s has assigned a rating to KAMAZ.

As KAMAZ is 49.9% owned by the Rostec State corporation Moody’s has applied its rating methodology for government-related issuers (GRIs) in determining the company’s CFR.

Moody’s assesses the default dependence between the Russian government and KAMAZ as high given that in the past four years KAMAZ has derived around 13% of its annual revenues (on average) from domestic sales to the Russian government agencies; and the company derives more than 80% of its revenues domestically.

Uralvagonzavod Defense Manufacturer Unveils BMPT-72 Tank Support Vehicle

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Russia’s Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer unveiled the BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle, dubbed the “Terminator-2,” at the Russia Arms Expo 2013 in Nizhny Tagil.

The BMPT-72 is an extensive modernization of the world-famous T-72 main battle tank, also produced by Uralvagonzavod. Compared with its predecessor – the BMPT – the BMPT-72 has an improved fire control system and better turret weapon station protection.

The BMPT-72 is armed with two 30-mm cannons, two 30-mm grenade launchers, four launchers for 130-mm Ataka-T anti-tank guided missiles, a 7.62-mm machine gun, and two 81-mm smoke grenade launchers.

Open Innovations Expo to Take Place in Moscow on October 31

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The Open Innovations Expo is Russia’s first international exhibition of high technology. The exhibition brings together innovative product designers, technological sector entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and politicians from around the world.

According to the Deputy Russian Prime Minister, Chairman of the Open Innovations Organizing Committee, Arcady Dvorkovich, the forum is due to continue briefing businessmen, government officials, scientists, as well as the world and Russian public on achievements in the development of advanced technologies and trends. Russia is prepared to bend every effort to ensure that the people who have money and the people who have ides will meet and cooperate, will originate and carry out projects.

The very first Open Innovations forum in 2012 was attended by almost 5000 participants. More than 700 experts shared their vision of future technologies, including such acknowledged international business gurus as Richard Branson, Alan AtKisson, Hans Vestberg, Josh Lerner, Steven Burrill and many others.

Russia to Present Fundamentally New Arms Systems the Next Year

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The Russian defense industry is on the verge of creating fundamentally new systems of arms for ground forces, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

“We will show you new samples in a year. They already exist. I have just seen them and have made sure that we have done all this,” Rogozin said at the Russian Arms Expo exhibition in Nizhny Tagil.

He added that the state program on arms being developed for 2016-2025 will be aimed at creating arms based on new physics principle.

“The essence of the future program is to create different robotic equipment – air, ground, underwater and other. Second is creating arms based on news physics principles,” Rogozin said.

Mi-8/17 and Mi-26 Helicopters Assisting in Aftermath of Russia’s Far East Heavy Flooding

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Military Mi-8/17s and heavy-lift Mi-26 transport helicopters of the Russian Air Force are working alongside commercial Mi-8/17s and Mi-26Ts as part of the ongoing clean-up efforts following the recent widespread flooding in Russia’s Far East.

The military Mi-26 and the commercial Mi-26T are the world’s heaviest-lift helicopter in serial production, able to carry up to 20 tons of cargo in its cabin or on an external sling. Russian Helicopters manufactures the Mi-26 and Mi-26T at Rostvertol, its production facilities in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia.

Mi-8/17 series helicopters are renowned around the world and are in high demand. For many years these models have been leaders in the medium-class helicopter segment. Helicopter operators in numerous countries say that they set the standard for quality, safety and reliability. Mi-8/17 multirole helicopters fly a broad range of missions around the world. More than 12,000 of these helicopters have been produced. The latest version, the Mi-171A2, was showcased in August at MAKS 2013.

Russia to Build First Submarine Project for India in 5 Years

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Russia can supply six non-nuclear submarines to India, if it wins the tender to build the first ship of the project “Amur-1650”, within five years.

A submarine of this type has a number of advantages over submarines made in other countries, said the deputy director of the Rubin Design Bureau, Andrei Baranov. He is part of the Russian delegation to the first naval and shipbuilding exhibition “NAM EXPO 2013” being held in the Indian port city of Kochi from 23-27 September. According to Baranov, the submarine “Amur-1650” is capable detecting targets at a greater range and has a very low noise level.