Monthly Archives: April 2014

VSMPO-Avisma Shows Russian Titanium to World


The corporation VSMPO-Avisma presented its products at the 13th International Engine Forum MFD-2014 in Moscow.

A full range of semi-finished titanium products produced by VSMPO-Avisma could be seen at the corporation’s stand, according to the news agency UralPolit.Ru, citing the company’s press service.

The International Engine Forum is one of the biggest events in the world for the machine-building industry. It takes place once every two years.

This year, the forum is taking place April 15-18. The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Russian Chamber of Commerce, and the United Engine Corporation (ODK) supported the event, which saw the participation of more than 100 Russian and foreign companies.


Long-Range Aircraft to Undergo Certification


Aviadvigatel specialists paid a visit to the Irkut Corporation, where they participated on the mockup committee to certify the short- to medium-haul passenger aircraft MS-21-300.

The mockup committee for the MS-21-300 aircraft, which is to be equipped with a PD-14 engine, includes specialists from the Aviation Register (AR) of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), certified centers and the Irkut Corporation.

The mockup commission has established a list of engineering calculations, bench, ground and flight tests for the aircraft power plant that are to be carried out by Aviadvigatel as part of the certification of the MS-21-300 airplane equipped with the PD-14 engine. The work schedule has been approved with the Irkut Corporation. Work has begun on coupling the PD-14 engine to the MS-21-300 plane. The plane will finish undergoing certification in 2018, and the engine itself will finish certification one year earlier.

Russian Bombers Conduct Test Flights Over Northern Europe


Russian Tu-95MS “Bear” strategic bombers, accompanied by supersonic Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptors, have conducted test flights over neutral waters of the North Sea, a senior Air Force official told reporters Thursday.

Russia’s strategic bomber force regularly performs flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The flights sometimes prompt a reaction by neighboring countries. Japan has scrambled aircraft to escort such flights several times since the beginning of the month.

The Russian Defense Ministry has insisted that the flights are carried out “in strict accordance with international regulations” and do not violate the borders of other countries.

Russia Returns 13 Navy Ships in Crimea to Ukraine


Russia has hauled back to Ukraine 13 out of 70 warships and support vessels of the country’s navy that were stationed in Crimea, a local official told RIA Novosti Monday. The Ukrainian ships are being withdrawn from Crimea under agreements between the Russian and Ukrainian militaries.

Russian tugboats haul them to neutral waters, where they are transferred to Ukrainian command. Some 60 ships of the Ukrainian Navy still remain in Crimea.

“The last landing ship Kirovograd left the Donuzlav Bay last Saturday,” said Dmitry Belik, the acting head of the Sevastopol administration.

Earlier, media reports relayed that the administration of acting president of Ukraine Alexander Turchynov said that all Ukrainian ships and vessels had left Sevastopol and the Donuzlav Bay and headed for Odessa.

KAMAZ-Master Team Took all Three Top Medals


According to the press service of the company, the runners of the KAMAZ-Master team won the second stage of the Russian Cup of the Khagan Gold 2014 in Astrakhan, after having won all three top medals.

The crew headed by Airat Mardeev, reached the first place in the off-road racing, holding a four-day period during 10:33:48 hours. Three minutes later, the truck directed by Eduard Nikolaev crossed the finish line, and the Andrey Karginov team reached the third place at the finish, 23 minutes later than the leader.

For the champion of this stage, Airat Mardeev, this was his first victory of the Khagan Gold Rally. He successfully led nearly the entire race, by winning the first and third rounds and the final stage.

Russia to Build Unified Network of Naval Facilities in Arctic


Russia will build a unified network of naval facilities on its Arctic territories to host advanced warships and submarines as part of a plan to boost protection of the country’s interests and borders in the region, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

“We need to strengthen our military infrastructure. In particular, to create in our part of the Arctic a unified network of naval facilities for new-generation ships and submarines,” the president said at a meeting of Russia’s Security Council.

He said that Russia should boost security at its Arctic borders.

Putin ordered the military in December to boost its presence in the Arctic and complete the development of military infrastructure in the region in 2014.

Over 80% of Agreements Signed within State Defense Order


Russia’s Defense Ministry has concluded over 80% of agreements within the defense order of 2014, the ministry’s press service says.

“In the same period of 2013, over 60% of agreements were concluded. The number of assignments and budgetary funds increased,” the press service told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

Within the state defense orde,r the ministry has prolonged 99.6% of state contracts. “Our contractors have placed over 700 assignments for a sum of about 170 billion rubles,” it says.

“The Russian Defense Ministry pursues an effective policy to place assignments in time within the state defense order and sign contracts to supply the army with weapons, military and special hardware,” the press service says.

Ansat Helicopter to be Demanded in the Market


Chief designer of Kazan Helicopters Alexey Garipov has explained why Ansat helicopter will be demanded in the market.

Helicopters of this class are highly needed. If we look at foreign partners, we will see that they offer a large number of various light utility helicopter models. Unfortunately we have almost no similar Russian rotorcraft, except for Mi-2, which is now being put out of service. Helicopters of this class are highly demanded in the market and have great future prospects.

Ansat program covers two core areas: civil and training ones. Ansat has been modified in accordance with the requirements of the Russian Ministry of Defense and is currently used in its training variant to develop the skills of the trainees. We are also rapidly developing the civil part. Ansat has various target modifications: passenger, search and rescue, medical, training ones. It is a low-maintenance rotorcraft, which does not require hangars for keeping. Ansat may be compared with Mi-8 in the ease of operation, being a ‘hop and go’ model.

KAMAZ Quality at Perfect Level


KAMAZ received the distinction “Recognized for Excellence” in the category of large enterprises at the 9th International Tournament for Quality among Central and Eastern European Countries.

KAMAZ won the right to use the logo of the award for commercial and advertising purposes for three years.

The tournament was based on the fundamental concepts of excellence and the EFQM Excellence Model for Central and Eastern European countries. This was endorsed by the EOQ General Assembly as an intermediate step in preparing for the European Quality Award competition, which helps encourage businesses and organizations in the process of improving quality and identifying models of excellence in the Central-East region.

Center for Expert Programs of the All-Russian Organization for Quality previously used EFQM criteria to assess KAMAZ, which in 2011 received the highest level of evaluation, “Recognized for Excellence” and “5 Stars”.

New Russian Mobile Security Robot Taifun-M Shown on Russian Vesti News Program


The new Russian mobile security robot Taifun-M, designed to provide security at strategic missile facilities, has been shown on the Russian Vesti news program.

The combat robots, which have no foreign analogue, will be used to secure Yars and Topol-M missile sites and can be operated remotely by a secure wireless connection and in the future with an autonomous artificial intelligence system, the program reported Monday.

A spokesman for the Defense Ministry said last month several of the robots, which feature laser-targeting and a cannon, will be deployed at five sites by the end of the year, part of an upgrade of existing automated security systems.