Monthly Archives: May 2014

New S-400 Triumph Air Defense Systems to be Delivered to Kamchatka

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The new air defense missile systems S-400 (Triumph) will be delivered to Kamchatka by the end of 2014, Commander of the Eastern Military District Colonel General Sergei Surovikin said on Friday at a visiting session of the military council without specifying their number.

“The S-400 air defense missile systems, Bal-E coastal missile systems, the Ilyushin Il-38N modernized planes will be delivered to Kamchatka during the year, and in 2015 the regional Marine Corps unit will have the new Bumerang (Boomerang) armored personnel carriers, and the brigade of ships for the close protection of the sea area will receive three modern corvettes,” he said.

The troops of the Eastern Military District this year will receive a total more than 500 samples of modern weapons and equipment, the commander said.

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New Generation Black Sea Submarine Leaves for Sea Trials

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A new generation diesel-electric submarine Friday left St. Petersburg’s Admiralty shipyard for Baltic Sea trials.

The near-complete diesel-electric Novorossiysk will be at sea for less than a month and will return to base for final fitting ahead of joining the Black Sea naval fleet, a defence industry source told Itar-Tass on Friday. Three-month mooring trials have already been completed.

Novorossiysk is the first in a series of 636.6 Varshavyanka Project vessels, Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov told ITAR-TASS.

Six submarines of this class are planned for Black Sea duty and are aimed at building up the potential of Russia’s naval task force in the Mediterranean.

Alexander Nevsky Submarine to Arrive in Kamchatka Soon

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The strategic nuclear-powered submarine of Project 955 (Borey class) Alexander Nevsky will arrive in Kamchatka before the end of the current year, Commander of the Eastern Military District of Russia Colonel General Sergei Surovikin said on Friday at a visiting session of the military council.

“In accordance with the Russian Defense Ministry’s instructions, the construction of the facilities of the first priority stationing site should be completed by October 2014, and the Alexander Nevsky submarine will start the combat training program before the end of the year,” he said.

“The Vladimir Monomakh submarine will also arrived in Kamchatka after factory trials,” Surovikin added.

Russia to Establish Military Robot Design Lab

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Russia’s newly established military robot design lab has finally gone into operation, Oleg Bochkarev, deputy head of Russia’s governmental Military-Industrial Commission told ITAR TASS news agency. Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin was the first to have announced plans to set up a new laboratory at the Degtyarev arms factory in Kovrov last year planning to attract private investors to experiment and create prototypes that could join the troops if passing tests.

According to Rogozin, the robots will save lives: “We have to conduct battles without any contact, so that our boys do not die, and for that it is necessary to use war robots,” he said. The idea was backed by Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, who urged engineers to make robots combat ready by 2015-17, instead of initially scheduled 2020.

First Sukhoi Superjet 100 for UTair-Express Fleet Got Special Livery

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On May 29, 2014 the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft for UTair-Express was painted in a livery specially designed for this aircraft type in the Airline’s fleet.

This SSJ100, decorated with bright folk patterns in the traditional Russian style, is the first aircraft painted with the new brand UTair-Express colours. This entirely new livery was developed by the UTair Group in cooperation with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, manufacturer of the SSJ100. In total, more than 460 liters of enamel of seven colors and more than 1100 meters of stencil were used to implement the idea.

The aircraft in a single-class 103-seat arrangement will be the first one of this type in the fleet of UTair-Express, a member of the UTair Group.

Russian Helicopters Taken Over Management of Five Aircraft Repair Plants

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Russian Helicopters has announced it has taken over the management of five aircraft repair plants to strengthen its after-sale services.

The plants, formerly owned by the Ministry of Defense, are in the cities of Khabarovsk, Svetly, Engels, St. Petersburg and Chita, it said.

“The aircraft repair plants that have joined Russian Helicopters will play an important role in strengthening and developing a modern after-sales service offering,” said Russian Helicopters Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Servicing Yury Borisov. “Boosting service capacity and expanding geographical reach are key conditions (that) effectively fulfill state procurement orders for technical support and maintenance of helicopters.”

New PAK DA Bombers Deliveries to Russian Air Forces to be Started in 2023

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Deliveries of new PAK DA bombers to Russian air forces will be started in 2023, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev.

It was reported earlier that the deliveries will be started in 2020. PAK DA will be a subsonic jet and it will be capable of performing tasks currently performed by Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22 aircraft. According to unofficial data, PAK DA may be equipped with hypersonic weapons. Results may be achieved in this area in the near term.

“It must perform its maiden flight in 2019. In 2023 the state testing will be completed and the deliveries will be started”, Bondarev said.

Russia Building 6th Submarine for Vietnamese Navy

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Russia has launched the construction of the sixth diesel-electric submarine of Project 636 for Vietnam at the Admiraleiskiye Verfi shipyard in St Petersburg.

The 2-billion-dollar contract for the supply of six submarines to Vietnam was signed in 2009 with deliveries due to be completed in 2016, a Russian defence sector source told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

Multi-role diesel-electric submarines, designed by the St Petersburg-based Rubin design bureau, boast one of the lowest noise signatures in the world, with submerged speed at 20 knots and a diving depth of 240 meters.

Fifth Borei-Class Nuclear Submarine to be Laid Down at Sevmash Shipyard

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The nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Oleg, the fifth to be built under Project 955A Borei, designed by Rubin Central Design Bureau, will be laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard on July 19, a source in the shipbuilding industry told Interfax-AVN on Thursday. “The fifth Borei will be called Knyaz Oleg. It will be laid down at the Sevmash on July 19,” the source said.

He also said that the Knyaz Oleg will become the second nuclear submarine to be built under the improved project 955-A. The Borei project’s head nuclear submarine, Yuriy Dolgorukiy, raised its flag on January 10, 2013; the first one serially-produced – Aleksandr Nevsky – was handed over to the Navy on December 23, 2013. The third Borei, Vladimir Monomakh, is undergoing tests before entering service in the Navy this year. A solid hull has been built for the fourth ship – an upgraded Project 955-A, Borei-A, new-generation nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir.

Russia-China Negotiations on Su-35s Sale Almost Concluded

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Mikhail Pogosyan, the head of Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, said on May 27 that China’s negotiations with Russia regarding the sale of Su-35S fighters and other military hardware are close to being concluded, reports the Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television.

Pogosyan said China will purchase a large quantity of advanced Russian hardware including the Su-35S, the S-400 surface-to-air missile and an unknown type of anti-ship missile next month. Pogosyan said there were obstacles to the negotiations, however, when China wanted Russia to provide the AL-41F1S or 117S engine together with the the Su-35. Since this is a more powerful engine even than the Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 engine that powers the US F-22 stealth fighter, Russia has reportedly been hesitant about supplying it to China.