Monthly Archives: January 2014

Roscosmos Head to Hold Meeting on Construction Issues


Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Oleg Ostapenko has arrived at Vostochny Cosmodrome to attend a ground system, a command and measurement complex, a residential area under construction and other facilities, the Amur Region government’s press service reported on Thursday.

Ostapenko will take part in a meeting on the pace of the construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome, the press service said.

On January 31, the Russian official is expected to meet industrialists of Amur Region and visit a construction-industrial exhibition. It involves construction, machine-building, energy and timber companies, which deal with transport and roads, small-size entrepreneurship companies, educational organizations and enterprises, the press service said.

Roscosmos head will also confer with Amur Region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako and rectors of the Far East higher education establishments.

Vostochny Cosmodrome is being built in the Amur region near the village of Uglegorsk since the middle of 2012.

According to Roscosmos’ plans, a new site should be launched in 2015. The first manned aircraft is planning to be launched in 2018.


Future Interplanetary Spacecraft to be Equipped with ‘Plantations’


In 2015 astronauts will grow rice, tomatoes and sweet pepper on board of the international space station in the framework of the experiment to create a biological life-support system of extra-long space expedition crews, chief research associate of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the RussianAcademy of Sciences, Margarita Levinskikh, said.

“We plan experiments with several crops – rice, tomatoes and sweet peppers. These crops have never been grown in space before,” Levinskikh said on Wednesday when speaking at the academic readings on astronautics in the Moscow State Technical Institute named after Bauman.

The experiments will be conducted in the framework of developing extra-long flights and plants, whose genom is well studied on the Earth, are preferred, Levinskikh said.”We are working with a greenhouse open in terms gas exchange, thus we have in the greenhouse everything we have in the station atmosphere,” she said.

Russia to Float Out Stealth Sub for Black Sea Fleet


A St.Petersburg shipyard said Wednesday it will float out in May the second of six Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines to be delivered to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the next two years.

The much anticipated delivery of the submarines, dubbed “black holes in the ocean” by the US Navy because they are nearly undetectable when submerged, is a key part of Russia’s naval strategy in the Mediterranean, where Moscow has recently deployed a permanent task force consisting of some 10 surface ships.

Construction of the second submarine – the Rostov-on-Don – began at the Admiralty shipyard in November 2011, followed by the Stary Oskol in August 2012.

The first boat in the batch, the Novorossiisk, will begin dock trials on February 1, while construction of the fourth vessel, the Krasnodar, is expected to start on February 20, the shipyard said.

All six submarines will be deployed at the Novorossiisk naval base by 2016, according to the Russian navy.

Russia-Belarus Union State Increases Defense Spending in 2014


The Russia-BelarusUnionState will allocate 3.2 billion rubles ($91.5 million) in 2014 for joint military, defense industry and security projects, the body’s top official said Wednesday.

The supranational entity spent only 1.3 billion rubles on defense and security from a 2.5bln-ruble budget assigned for this purpose last year, State Secretary of the Russia-Belarus Union State Grigory Rapota said.

The plan for this year includes joint programs in space exploration, strengthening of the regional military contingent and construction of new military facilities, Rapota said.

The UnionState was formed in 1999 as an attempt at political and economic integration between the former Soviet republics. It has made progress in regional military alignment, coordinated air defense and joint military maneuvers since then.

Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement on joint protection of the Russia-BelarusUnionState’s airspace and the creation of an integrated regional air defense network in February 2009

Rostec and Omsk City Administration Revealing All-Terrain Hovercraft


Rostec, together with the Omsk city administration and small enterprises in the city, will present in early February the all-terrain vehicle Korsar, a small amphibious hovercraft, as reported by the press service of the city administration.

The project was developed, implemented, and brought into reality by small business in the city.

“We endeavored to find and support small companies whose ideas could be brought into reality using existing manufacturers in Omsk, or create new ones. The Korsar project has many benefits, and it is also new and interesting. We are not preparing a demonstration of the final product, at which four hovercrafts will be shown,” said Igor Borovik, the head of Omsk’s Department of Industry, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and the Department of Urban Economic Policy.

According to experts, the small amphibious hovercraft is just one of the promising industries for Omsk industrial enterprises.

Korsar is unlike similar boats and hovercrafts in that it can be operated over water, snow, ice, swamps, and tundra year round.

Sukhoi Superjet-100 Liners to Start Flying to U.S.


Aviation authorities concerned have granted permission to Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes, operated by Mexican Interjet air company, to fly from Mexico to North America, said the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company referring to Interjet’s official.

The Mexican Interjet held a meeting with the plane’s producer — Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation UAC – and the co-owners of Superjet International, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company and Italian Alenia Aermacchi company. The meeting was held in Madrid lately. It was aimed to discuss the results of the plane’s operation in 2013. New Mexico-USA flight routes were agreed to be launched within months.

The Sukhoi company said Interjet was satisfied with the plane’s characteristics and post-sale maintenance. The carrier stressed that its Superjet 100 fleet demonstrated a high safety departure index (99%) over four months of intense operation, with an accumulated time in flight over 2,500 hours.

The Mexican air carrier purchased four Superjets 100 in 2013 and will obtain 11 more in 2014.

YotaPhone Become Formula 1 Sponsor


The YotaPhone brand appears on the E22 car of the Lotus F1 team. Official photographs of the car have been posted.

The YotaPhone emblem is located on the car’s wing. Lotus F1 will take part in the new Formula 1 season.

Gerard Lopez, head of Formula 1, had previously announced the signing of a sponsorship contract with the manufacturer of YotaPhone.

Under the agreement, shareholders of the company will partner with the investment fund Genij, which owns 65% of the team.

Earlier Russian sponsors of the Lotus F1 team included the state corporation Rostec.

The release of the YotaPhone was the first step in developing a Russian domestic smartphone market. In early December 2013 Sergei Chemezov, head of Rostec, gave Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev the two-screen smartphone.

Number of Russian Infantry Fighting Vehicles in Indonesian Army is Growing


During the ceremony an official representative of Rosoboronexport transferred to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense 37 BMP-3F vehicles, which will join 17 of the same model that are already used by Indonesian forces, RIA Novosti reported.

The first batch of Russian infantry fighting vehicles was given to Jakarta as part of a billion-dollar loan to Indonesia by the Russian state, signed September 6, 2007, during a visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Indonesian capital. The infantry fighting vehicles ordered by Indonesia arrived at its main naval base in the Javanese city of Surabaya in November 2010.

A new contract to buy 37 more Russian BMP-3 vehicles, worth $114 million, was signed in early May 2013.

Bangladesh Ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 Light Fighter Jets


Bangladesh ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 light fighter jets worth $800 million in the final quarter of last year, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday.

The deal was paid for with a loan extended by Moscow to the country a year ago, the director of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said in a separate interview published by Kommersant on Monday, without disclosing the deal’s price tag.

The newspaper said Tuesday that the sale was worth $800 million, citing unnamed sources in the defense industry. The planes are to be fitted with English-language cockpits and delivery is scheduled to begin next year.

The Yak-130 is a lightweight subsonic trainer aircraft designed to mimic the cockpit and handling capabilities of Russia’s more advanced fighters.

Russia and UK to Sign Landmark Arms Treaty


Russia and UK are restoring military cooperation as defense chiefs are preparing to sign a deal that would see arms industries of both countries working together, revealed the Telegraph citing sources in both Moscow and London.

The landmark treaty will enable the Russian and British arm firms to share information and buy components from one another. The deal covers “unclassified” technology, so it is unlikely to allow co-operation on advanced battlefield equipment such as missile systems.

“Work is ongoing on a Military Technical Cooperation Agreement (MTCA) between the UK Ministry of Defense and Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, which will provide a framework for Russian and UK defense companies to cooperate at an unclassified level,” said UK Ministry of Defense spokesman.

Experts from the two sides are now examining the draft text. According to the Moscow sources, the arms deal could be signed in the spring.