Monthly Archives: November 2013

Rostec in the Top Ten Innovative Companies in Russia

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The state corporation Rostec and its holding Oboronprom were named among the top ten most innovative companies in Russia. KAMAZ and AVTOVAZ also made it into the rankings.

The rankings, compiled by the Institute for Social-Economic Modernization (ISEM), are used to determine the state of innovation in Russia and to identify the companies that are actively leading the development and implementation of innovative solutions in the Russian market.

IT companies took the leading positions in the rankings. “This sphere, which includes artificial intelligence, has always been one of Russia’s main competitive advantages,” the director of ISEM Konstantin Bakulev told the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Overall, experts also rated the contributions of Internet companies to innovation higher than their social counterparts.

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Construction of UralBoeingManufacturing 2 to Begin in 2014

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A record number of agreements, worth around $200 billion, were signed during the international exhibition Dubai Airshow 2013. Leaders of the global aviation industry finalized a number of major contracts, including an agreement between Boeing and the Russian corporation VSMPO-AVISMA, the world’s leading supplier of titanium.

On the second day of the exhibition Boeing extended its titanium supply contract with VSMPO-AVISMA for an additional 10 years. The companies also signed a memorandum on the construction of the second stage of the joint venture UralBoeingManufacturing in Sverdlovsk region’s Titanium Valley. Mikhail Voevodin, general director of VSMPO-AVISMA, discussed upcoming plans to develop business relations with their American partners.

Russia-Indonesia Trade Turnover to Make $3B

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The trade turnover between Russia and Indonesia, a major economy in the Asia-Pacific region, will make three billion dollars by the yearend, Russia’s Ambassador to Jakarta Mikhail Galuzin said in an interview with Itar-Tass.

“Over the first six months, the mutual trade turnover grew by over twelve percent year-on-year to 1.7 billion dollars. Thus, the forecast by the yearend may be three billion dollars,” he said. Russian and Indonesian counterparts have been negotiating major joint projects, the ambassador said.

Civil aviation is a priority sector in the cooperation between Russia and Indonesia, Galuzin said. In 2011, Indonesia’s Sky Aviation signed an agreement with the Sukhoi Corporation on leasing of twelve SuperJet-100 planes. “Under the contract, first two planes arrived in Indonesia in February and August of the current year. The third plane is due to come to Indonesia by the yearend.”

The diplomat also stressed the dynamic development of the military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Jakarta.

Russia’s Response to US Missile Defense Network

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The new air defense system, S-500, will be Russia’s response to the US missile defense network spreading towards its borders, Aerospace Defense Forces Deputy Commander for Air Defense Maj. Gen. Kirill Makarov said.

“We will be able to provide missile defense not only to Moscow and the central industrial area but also to other sites on territory of Russia. This is our response to the US missile defense [project],” he told the Rossiya 24 channel on Friday.

S-500 differs from S-400 by its ability to deter not only aerodynamic and medium-range ballistic targets but also intercontinental ballistic missiles, he continued.

Russia Plans Eight Space Launches for Next Three Months

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Russia plans seven space launches from Baikonur and Plesetsk and one from the Kourou European Space Center for the next three months.

“The next mission is due to occur at 4:12 p.m. on December 8 from the 200th site of the Baikonur Space Center. A Proton-M LV with a Briz-M upper stage will put the Inmarsat-5F1 satellite into orbit,” a source from the space industry said on Friday.

A Russian Soyuz-ST-B rocket with the Gaia satellite aboard will take off from the Kourou European Space Center at 1:12 p.m. on December 19.

The trial launch of a Soyuz-2.1v rocket powered by a Volga upper stage and carrying SKRL calibration spheres and the Aist satellite will blast off from the 43rd site of the Plesetsk Space Center on December 23.

A Rokot rocket with a Briz-KM upper stage and a set of defense satellites will be launched from the 133rd site of Plesetsk on December 25.

A Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage will carry the Express-AM5 satellite to orbit from the 81st site at 2:50 p.m. on December 26.

Medvedev Approves Draft Russia-Finland Agreement on Icebreaking in Baltic Sea

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Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a draft agreement between Russia and Finland on cooperation in icebreaking for vessels in the Baltic Sea.

The prime minister ordered the Russian Ministry of Transport to organize negotiations with the Finnish side, and following discussions to sign the document.

The agreement regulates assistance in icebreaking; access of icebreakers to the sea and the two countries’ inner sea waters; the mechanism of cooperation between core authorities of the two countries; settlement of disputes arising from interpretation and application of the agreement.

The document “contains rules other than those under the Russian legislation, and should be ratified in compliance with the law on the Russian Federation’s international agreements,” the Russian government said, adding the draft agreement complied with the Russian agreement practice in sea transport.

Russian Nuclear Subs’ Entry Into Service Soon

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The Russian navy will take delivery of two Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines in 2014, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Naval officials had announced as recently as September that both craft, which are being phased in to replace the Pacific Fleet’s obsolescent Project 667 submarines, were due to enter into service by this year.

“The Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered strategic submarines will be commissioned by the navy in 2014,” a ministry spokesman said.

Russia to Deploy 3 New S-400 Air Defense Regiments in 2014

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Three new regiments equipped with S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems will be put in service with the Russian armed forces next year, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

“Two S-400 regiments were presented to the Russian military this year. Another three [regiments] should be put in service in 2014,” Putin said at a meeting on the development of Russia’s aerospace defenses.

Russia currently has a total of five S-400 regiments, with two regiments deployed around Moscow and the remaining units deployed near the port city of Nakhodka in the far eastern Primorye Territory, as well as in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad and in the Southern Military District.

The sixth regiment will join the two S-400 regiments based near Moscow by the end of 2013, according to the Defense Ministry.

Visualization Solutions for Engineering Data

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Saturn NPO and P. A. Soloviev Rybinsk State Aviation Technical University (RSATU) have demonstrated their solutions for the visualization of engineering data to the supercomputer community. The company took part in the international ISC-13 exhibition, which was held in Denver (USA).

The ecosystem of the supercomputer industry is currently in its formative stages, not just in terms of hardware, but also in different software that will help to manage and apply complex calculations.

Applications that present data by finding the best way to visualize results that affect the decision-making process naturally play an important role.

The Presentator system, developed by Saturn NPO and RSATU, allows a user with a tablet running an Android OS to interact with programs such as MS PowerPoint, Paraview, and VLC Player. The tablet wirelessly connects to the computer on which the various applications are installed. The user, with an intuitive touch interface, can then switch between windows to manage the content within each system. This simplifies the interaction between complex, heterogeneous software.

United Aircraft to Start Full-Scale R&D Work on New Strategic Bomber

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Russia will begin the full-scale R&D work on its future strategic bomber in 2014, a senior aircraft-manufacturing industry official said Thursday.

The project, known as PAK-DA — an acronym meaning future long-range aircraft — has been in the works for several years but was given the formal go-ahead by the Russian leadership last year.

“A decision was made this year to expedite the development of the PAK-DA aircraft,” Mikhail Pogosyan, head of United Aircraft Corporation, said at a meeting on the future of the Russian air force chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

“We finished coordinating the project with the Defense Ministry in September and at present we are getting ready to start full-scale work on research and development of these aircraft next year,” Pogosyan said.