Monthly Archives: October 2013

Rostec to Direct One Billion Rubles to Environment

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Rostec will receive about a billion rubles to address the environmental problems of the company, which forms part of the RT-Chemkomposite Holding.

In the June Rostec decided to alter the earmarked purpose of the billion rubles awarded by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to the state corporation to support Chemprom. (The amount turned out not to be enough to stop bankruptcy proceedings against Chemprom).

The purpose of the subsidy did not allow for it to be used to reorganize the enterprise insofar as there was a risk that the public monies would be canceled due to them being used for an unauthorized purpose and without the consent of the payer. The money, which is now sitting in a bank account, will be returned to the government and then reallocated to the state corporation.

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Night Hunter Helicopter to be Outfitted with New Equipment

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The upgraded Mi-28N helicopter will be outfitted with a dual-control system, which allows the operator to co-pilot to take over in case of the injury or loss of the pilot. Previously, Radio-Electronic Technology Group added a mast-mounted  radar system to the Night Hunter.

The radar, designed by Ryazan State Instrument Factory, detects dangerous objects and meteorological formations. Its main feature is its receiver-transmitter antenna unit, which has a millimeter wave range. With this latest hardware, the helicopter can remain invisible to the enemy while the crew instantly gathers important information about their surroundings.

The Russian helicopters, among other things, should also receive a control system for landing in thick fog and at night. The Russian Air Force will give its updated version of the Night Hunter the designation Mi-28NM. The technical details of the enhanced combat helicopter are not yet known.

Putin Oversaw Snap Check of Russia’s Nuclear Deterrent

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Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a snap check Wednesday of Russia’s nuclear deterrent, aerospace defenses and strategic aviation.

“The exercise involved launches of ballistic missiles, drills by air defense and missile defense units,” Kremlin press spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that all practice targets had been destroyed.

The Defense Ministry has confirmed the launches of two silo-based and sea-based ballistic missiles apiece as part of the snap check drills.

The Defense Ministry said in a separate statement that Russian strategic submarines – the Delta IV-class Bryansk from the Northern Fleet and the Delta III-class Svyatoy Georgy Pobedonosets from the Pacific Fleet – launched ballistic missiles while submerged in the Barents and the Okhotsk seas.

In addition, the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces carried out live-firing exercises at the Kapustin Yar testing range in southern Russia. The exercises involved S-300 Favorit, S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S air defense systems.

Kalashnikov Concern Expands Small Arms Export List

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Russia’s newly formed arms maker Kalashnikov Concern has added three new firearms to the list of weaponry authorized for export, a company spokesperson said Wednesday.

The new addition includes the 18.5 KS-K military shotgun, the SV-99 sniper rifle, and the Vityaz-SN submachine gun. All these weapons are designed for use by special purpose police units.

The weapons were included in Russia’s top arms exports list by presidential decree and were unveiled at the Interpolitex 2013 arms show in Moscow on October 22-25, Kalashnikov’s Yelena Filatova said.

Georgy Pobedonosets Amphibious Assault Ship Leaves Seine River Bay

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Large landing ship Georgy Pobedonosets of Russia’s Northern Fleet have waited out the storm in the Seine River bay. It resumed the course through the English channel on Tuesday. Vadim Serga, head of the Information Department of the North-Western District Navy press service, told that the watercraft departed Baltiysk, the primary base of the Baltic fleet.

Amphibious assault ship Georgy Pobedonosets  has been performing military operations away from permanent deployment for around three months now.

Throughout this time the ship’s crew participated in war games of the Baltic fleet, where it facilitated beachhead assault, as well as successfully completed dozens of training tactical missions in cooperation with Baltic fleet watercraft.

By the end of this week Georgy Pobedonosets is expected to arrive in Lisbon.

Russian New Nuclear Sub Completes Sea Trials

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Russia’s new nuclear-powered submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, has completed sea trials, a shipbuilder said Monday.

Work on the Borey-class project is “on schedule,” the Sevmash shipyard said, without providing any indication of when the submarine would join the navy.

In early September, Russia put on hold the trials of two Borey-class submarines following an unsuccessful launch of a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also ordered that the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh submarines, designed to carry the Bulava, hold five additional launches of the troubled SLBM.

The Alexander Nevsky was expected to be handed over to the Navy on November 15, while the other Borey-class sub was due to be commissioned in mid-December, Sevmash chief Mikhail Budnichenko said in July. However, the adoption of both of those submarines depends on the success of the Bulava test launches.

Russia’s Defense Ministry to Develop Course on History of Russian Army

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Russia’s Defense Ministry is planning to develop a course on the history of the Russian army as part of mandatory training for conscripted soldiers in an effort to reinvigorate patriotic and cultural climate within the military.

“We will finish in November the development of a brief course on the history of the Russian army for conscripts,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Monday.

“The conscripts will have to pass exams and learn at least the basics of the Russian military history,” Shoigu said.

Shortly after his appointment as defense minister in November last year, Shoigu stated that patriotic instruction in the Russian military should be mandatory in order to stress the importance of traditions and to underscore the sacrifices that were made by previous generations of Russian soldiers to make Russia a great nation.

As part of the “patriotic boost,” Shoigu ordered in July that all Russian military units should begin their mornings by singing the national anthem.

Russian Helicopters Presents its Products to the South Korean Market

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Russian Helicopters presents the fire-fighting Ка-32A11BC, the multi-role Мi-171А2 and the new Ка-62 to the South Korean market

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, is taking part in Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (SEOUL ADEX 2013) from 29 October to 3 November 2013 at the Kintex Exhibition Centre in Seoul, South Korea. The company’s stand is in pavilion H9-C6.

Russian Helicopters’ display includes the medium multi-role Ka-32A11BC, a unique Russian helicopter which is in service in over 30 countries including South Korea, China, Japan, countries of the EU, Canada and Russia. Experts have named the new Ka-32A11BC, currently on show at SEOUL ADEX 2013, one of the best rescue and fire-fighting helicopters in the world. It has no parallels when it comes to fighting natural and industrial fires and disasters, or for liquidating the consequences.

EASA (the European Aviation Safety Agency) certified the Ka-32A11BC in 2009, and it was certified by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority in 2013. The helicopters also meet FAR29 and AP-29 airworthiness standards.

Two Tu-160 Strategic Bombers Land in Venezuela

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Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers on Monday flew from an airbase in southwestern Russia and landed in Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The nuclear-capable bombers, which took off from the Engels airbase in the Volga region, “flew over the Caribbean, the eastern Pacific and along the southwestern coast of the North American continent, and landed at Maiquetia airfield in Venezuela,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the Russian ministry, the bombers covered a distance of more than 10,000 kilometers (over 6,200 miles) during a 13-hour non-stop flight. Two NATO F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from Bodo airbase to monitor their flight near the Norwegian airspace.

The ministry said the current mission was carried out “in line with the program of combat training.”

New Sukhoi T-50 Fighter Jet Prototype Flown for the First Time

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A fifth flying prototype of Russia’s future T-50 fighter jet has flown for the first time at a manufacturing plant in Russia’s Far East, the Sukhoi aircraft maker said.

The 50-minute flight at the Gagarin factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur has successfully tested the aircraft’s overall performance, including its stability in the air and the work of its engines.

“The aircraft performed well in all phases of the planned flight program. The pilot confirmed reliability of all systems and equipment,” Sukhoi said in a statement.

The T-50, which will be the core of Russia’s future fighter fleet, is a fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft featuring stealth and nano-technology, super-maneuverability, supercruise capability (supersonic flight without use of afterburner), and an advanced avionics suite including an X-band active phased-array radar, according to Sukhoi.

The four flying prototypes have already been transferred to the Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow prior to state flight tests, which are scheduled to begin in 2014. The aircraft is expected to enter service with the Russian Air Force in 2016.