Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fourth Sukhoi Superjet 100 Delivered to Interjet

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The fourth Sukhoi Superjet 100 landed in Mexico and it has been delivered to Interjet airline. The aircraft (MNS 95036) was rolled out from SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice (Italy) and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to Interjet facilities in Toluca (Mexico).

During its ferry flight, with technical stops in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA), the airplane flew to Toluca (Mexico), thus confirming its outstanding performance on longer range routes.

“This fourth delivery represents another important milestone for SuperJet International – states Nazario Cauceglia, Chief Executive Officer – The Customer’s satisfaction is our top-priority and today we are able to offer superior services along with an excellent product. The SSJ100 combines standards of economy, performance, environmental efficiency and passenger comfort never seen before in a 100-seat airliner. I am confident that new Customers will notice soon that the SSJ100 is the best choice in the regional segment”.

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Russian Helicopters to Develop Ka-52 Program not only for Russian Air Force

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The development strategy of the Russian Helicopters holding set major tasks before the Progress aviation plant (Arsenyev) that serially produces the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator helicopter gunships, holding’s Director General Aleksander Mikheyev believes.

“We will develop the Ka-52 program not only for the Russian Air Force. We hope that these helicopters will also be exported,” he said at the aviation plant that Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev visited on Wednesday.

“The Progress plant and Russian Helicopters have fulfilled the state defense order plan for Ka-52 manufacturing,” Mikheyev said.

He added that the holding’s plans for serial production of the new civilian helicopters Ka-62 are linked with the Progress plant.

Russia to Launch New Soyuz-2 in 2014

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Russia has postponed the launch its new Soyuz 2-1.v carrier rocket next year, Aerospace Defence Troops spokesperson, Colonel Dmitry Zenin told ITAR-TASS.

The rocket was scheduled to launch December 25 and carry an Aist satellite.

Initially, the rocket was supposed to be launched on December 23, but pre-launch checks revealed the need for additional preparation of the ground systems.

The Soyuz-2.1v carrier rocket is a two-stage light vehicle. With a Volga booster it is intended for taking satellites to circular orbits of up to 1,500 km and heliosynchronous orbits of up to 850 km. The rocket, designed and made by Samara-based CSKB Progress, is to replace Tsiklon and Kosmos carriers and duplicate Rokot and eventually Angara 1.1 and Angara 1.2 rockets.

Stoikiy Advanced Corvette Sets out for Maiden Sea Trial

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The project 20380 advanced corvette Stoikiy (Steadfast), which had been built at the northern wharf in the city of St. Petersburg for the Baltic Fleet, has set out for a maiden sea trial in the Gulf of Finland, where the first stage of her sea trials will pass at the maritime firing ranges at the Leningrad naval base, head of the information support department of the press service of the Western Military District for the Russian Baltic Fleet Vladimir Matveyev told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“During the trials the Stoikiy crew together with representatives of different production industries will check the operating capacity of on-board systems and devices of the corvette in the sea,” he said.

Along with the crew the commissioning team includes specialists from different branches of the producing plant and the contractors.

This is the third project 20380 serial corvette. The flagship of these serial corvettes is the corvette Steregushchiy (guarding), which had been put into operation of the Baltic Fleet in 2007. The corvette Soobrazitelny (smart), which is the first one among these serial corvettes, was passed to the Russian Baltic Fleet on October 14, 2011, the second corvette Boikiy (courageous) came into service of the Baltic Fleet on May 16, 2013.

Unique Simulator Installed at Sukhoi Superjet 100 Production Facilities

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Komsomolsk-on-Amur branch of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company installed a multimedia training system to drill skills of SSJ100 aircraft systems testing in the production facilities.

Simulator «Testing of the SSJ100 Systems» reduces time to prepare staff to work at a particular station in the final assembly shop and forms the ability to test performance of the aircraft systems before passing it to the next assembly station.

3D models and animated video brief students through the external view, location, purpose of major components and avionics units of the aircraft. SSJ100 control components display, most closely resembling their actual layout, facilitates not only effective studying of location and purpose of the aircraft systems but acquisition of skills to operate them as well. Employees learn to carry out inspection of all the aircraft systems. The simulator also allows exploring possible defects in the aircraft systems and trains – in the aircraft testing phase – to find and fix them faster.

The system allows the use of two modes: demonstration and testing. Test results are duly saved, which ensures quality control of training.

Russian Air Force Interested in Receiving New Ka-62 Helicopter

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Russia’s Air Forces is interested in receiving the new Kamov Ka-62 helicopter, Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev told journalists on Wednesday.

“I think that it will be a good helicopter, and the Air Force will take it with pleasure,” he said during a visit to the Arsenyev-based Progress aviation company (part of the Russian helicopters holding) that assembles the first test models of the Ka-62 helicopter.

According to the commander, Ka-62 might be used in transportation. Bondarev did not exclude that in the future these would be able to fulfil other tasks as well.

Director General of Russian Helicopters Aleksander Mikheyev for his part said that the programme for the Ka-62 helicopter development was being implemented successfully. “The plant is developing the production of units and components,” he added.

Russia Begins Deployment of New Silo-Based Missile System

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Russia has begun the deployment of a new silo-based missile system, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting with the government members.

“You know, we have recently launched another submarine — a nuclear-powered cruiser — and now have started the deployment of a new-generation silo-based missile system,” the president said.

According to him, “it’s a major event in the life of the country that boosts its defensive capacity.” In the view of Russia’s head of state, “it’s the result of joint work, and this would not happen without the proper work of the financial scheme, the economy, without the corresponding condition of the social sphere and, of course, the defense complex.” “All this is impossible without the concerted teamwork of all the echelons of the government staff, administration, all security structures,” he added.

Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) Colonel General Sergei Karakayev on December 17 reported the ongoing rearmament of the RVSN with the Yars mobile and silo-based new missile system, including the rearmament of the Novosibirsk and Tagil divisions with the mobile Yars missile system, as well as the rearmament of the Kozelsk Missile Division with the silo-based Yars system. “Successful completion of the state tests will make it possible to put on combat duty 15 Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in these divisions by the end of 2013,” Karakayev said then.

Series Delivery of T-50 plane to Russian Air Force to Begin in 2016

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The programme of tests of the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA), also known as the fifth-generation fighter or T-50, is going successfully, and series deliveries of the aircraft to the Russian Air Force will begin in 2016, Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev told reporters on Wednesday.

“The industry has manufactures five aircraft that are undergoing tests. By March 2014, one of them will be delivered to us, to the 929th State Flight Test Centre (GLITS) for further testing,” the commander said during a visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur-based plant of the Sukhoi aviation holding.

T-50 is confirming the performance objectives, Bondarev said. He noted that the series deliveries of the T-50 fighter would begin in 2016. “There are no reasons to worry over the program implementation so far,” said the commander, adding that the Air Force might receive the T-50 fighter even earlier, if “the flight trials pass quickly.

Tor-M2U Newest Anti-Aircraft Missile Systems to be Shown Next Year

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The Tor-M2U newest anti-aircraft missile systems will be for the first time shown on May 9, 2014, in the Victory Parade in Moscow, Alexander Leonov, chief of air defence troops of the RF Land Forces, told journalists in connection with the 98th jubilee of air defence troops, marked on Thursday.

“It is the first time that the public at-large will have an opportunity to see these combat vehicles in the incoming year on May 9 during a Victory Parade in the Red Square,” he said. “As of now, in three military districts, there are troop formations which already have available Tor-M2U systems.”

Leonov said the Tor-M2U ensures an all-aspect destruction of air targets resultant of the availability in it of an all-round-view spotting station, a guidance station, and a unit of fire — a vertical-takeoff anti-aircraft guided missile.

Su-34 Park may Reach 200 Aircraft

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Russia’s Air Force will get 16 Su-34 fighter bombers in 2014, Air Force commander-in-chief, Lieutenant-General Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday.

“Today Russia’s Air Force has 32 Su-34 bombers. In 2014, we’re planning to get 16 bombers. In total, we’ll receive at least 150 aircraft and can increase this number to 200 aircraft,” Bondarev said on Thursday while visiting the Novosibirsk Aircraft Building Plant.

“Today, five bombers should be finally assembled at the plant under the 2014 order. I believe that we’ll get the first bombers in March,” the commander-in-chief said.

In 2013, the Air Force received 14 Su-34 bombers, which had been sent to the Western and Southern Military Districts, he said.