Monthly Archives: November 2014

Mistral-Class Amphibious Assault Ships: Facts and Details

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French President Francois Hollande announced on Tuesday that the transfer of the first Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia was put on hold over the situation in Ukraine.

The Mistral-class amphibious assault ships are known as “projection and command ships” in French. The ships are used as command centers, for helicopter operations, to transport military vehicles, including tanks, and to serve as hospitals at sea.

France started developing these ships in 1997 in line with the National Concept for Amphibious Operations. The first ship was designed by the General Delegation for Armaments and French naval defense and energy group DCNS. Several foreign contractors were also involved in the program.

The ship displaces 21,300 metric tons deadweight, and its maximum length and beam span 210 meters (about 700 feet) and 30 meters respectively.

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KRET developed a new navigation system for the PAK FA

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Concern Radio-electronic technology (as part of the state corporation Rostec) created a modernized Strapdown Inertial Navigation Systems BINS-SP2M for the fifth-generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA).

The system autonomously handles navigation and flight information, determines the position and motion parameters in the absence of satellite navigation, and provides integration with the military constellation of satellites and GLONASS.

Guaranteed life cycle BINS-SP2M – not less than 10 thousand hours- is almost twice higher than that of their foreign counterparts. In addition, the Russian system has better performance characteristics and is universal, the developers. Can be installed not only on the air, but also on the marine and terrestrial technology.

State testing of Il-78 Full Mission Simulator developed by CSTS Dinamika has been completed

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The state testing of Il-78 Full Mission Simulator developed by CSTS Dinamika has been completed, the company’s press-service reports.

«It is the first full mission simulator for Il-78 tanker aircraft in the history of the national aviation. It is designed for training of the whole crew: pilots, pilot-navigator, flight engineer, flight radio operator and fuel operator. It is the first simulator for a large transport aircraft in the history of CSTS Dinamika,» the company noted.

The simulator is designed for training of Il-78’s crew in the following areas: piloting, navigation, operation of the equipment and avionics, interaction between the crew members as well as between the crews of tanker aircraft and an aircraft being refueled (the actions of the latter one are simulated from the instructor’s station). In order to simulate the aerial refueling process, models of 12 refueled aircraft of different types were created; the impact of aircraft wake on behavior of a refueled aircraft moving close to the tanker was simulated, CSTS Dinamika added.

The state testing of the simulator was being carried out by the experienced pilots, pilot-navigators and engineers of Chkalov State Flight Test Center. After taking some remedial actions, the experts of Chkalov State Flight Test Center highly appraised the quality of simulation model responsible for movement of the tanker aircraft. The tests confirmed that the simulator is efficient in terms of pilot training and honing skills in the area of piloting Il-78 transport aircraft.

Rwanda took delivery of two Mi-17 multi-role transport helicopters

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The armed forces of Rwanda took delivery of two Mi-17 multi-role transport helicopters, i-Mash reports with reference to Defenceweb.co.za.

The helicopters will be used for transporting passengers and cargo and supporting UNMISS. The helicopters painted in white UN livery were demonstrated to mass media at Kanombe air base (located near Kigali).

These are new helicopters. They will be based in South Sudan this month along with other helicopters of the type. In general, the number of Rwanda’s Mi-17 helicopters operated in South Sudan will reach 8 ones; the staff of the air base will be expanded from 119 to 225 persons.

The first three Mi-17s were deployed in South Sudan on December 27th 2012 in order to support UNMISS (UN mission in South Sudan). Later three more vehicles of the type joined them.

Mass production of MS-21 aircraft will be started in 2017

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The MS-21 prototype intended for static and flight testing will be manufactured in 2015; the aircraft will perform its maiden flight in the first half of 2016; mass production of the new Russian liner will be started in 2017. It was stated by the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov on November 14th 2014 during his visit to Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

«The MS-21 program is right on schedule. The installation of assembly line will be completed in late May. It gives us confidence that the first flying prototype of MS-21 will be ready next year, – Manturov noted. – We are doing our best to replace imported components with Russian-produced analogues. The development of PD-14 engine, advanced aircraft systems and avionics is in progress as well as certification of new composites. As for current configuration of MS-21-300 aircraft, the share of Russian-produced components will exceed 50% (taking into account PD-14 engine developed in Russia). By the start of the jet’s mass production this indicator will reach 60%».

The Minister also noted that the market outlook for MS-21 looks promising. «The aircraft is in demand. The price advantage is increasing (due to ruble’s depreciation and other factors). We have already signed contracts for 175 aircraft. In late 2017 – early 2018 we will receive the type certificate issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee. The first four liners will be delivered to a customer in 2018,» he said.

Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade to establish a specialized material research center

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Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade suggested establishing a specialized material research center on the basis of All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Materials. It will be responsible for consolidation of all the aircraft industry’s innovative potential. It was stated by Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, during his visit to Irkutsk, press-service of the ministry reports.

“The center will be established in 2016. The National Research Center “Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky” may be considered as a model for this project; the Institute is successfully implementing projects for development of new composites and aircraft systems, which increase the competitive ability of Russian aircraft,” said in the ministry’s statement.

«Increase of a share of Russian-produced components used by the national aircraft industry is demonstrated in the network of MS-21 project. At present 50% of the jet’s components are manufactured in Russia and this indicator will reach 60% by the start of the aircraft’s mass production, – Denis Manturov said. – I ask you to make the best use of our scientific centers’ capabilities. Thanks to such cooperation we will be able to reduce time needed for production of state-of-the-art aircraft».

Russia to develop new AWACS aircraft based on IL-76MD-90A plane

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The Taganrog-based Beriyev Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex (TANTK) on Friday will receive the first series Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A Ulyanovsk plane for making an advanced airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft on its base, the plane manufacturer Aviastar-SP said.

“The A-100 Premier AWACS aircraft prototype will be made on the Ilyushin aircraft basis in Taganrog (in Russia’s southern Rostov region),” the company said.

The manufacturing cycle for one Il-76MD-90A plane is two years and 13 aircraft of the IL-76 family are currently at different stages of manufacture.

The advanced AWACS plane A-100 Premier designed to replace the A-50 aircraft will have an advanced active phase array capable of detecting and tracking airborne and land-based targets.

First launch of Angara launch vehicle is scheduled for December 25th 2014

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The first launch of Angara heavy launch vehicle (LV) from Plesetsk cosmodrome is scheduled for December 25th 2014, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the head of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Oleg Ostapenko.

“So far we haven’t experienced any delays. According to reports the preparation is on schedule,” Ostapenko said.

Angara Family is being developed by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre; it comprises launch vehicles of different classes from light to heavy ones (payload varies from 1,5 to 35 tons). The first flight of heavy Angara launch vehicle is scheduled for 2018; the LV will be launched from Vostochny cosmodrome (Amur Region).

Roscosmos reported earlier that the new Angara LV would provide Russia with independent access to the space and allow reaching a new level of technology. The LV will be able to place heavy spacecraft into geostationary Earth orbit. All the components of the new rocket are manufactured in Russia providing the technological security. In addition, Angara will use eco-friendly fuel – oxygen and kerosene.

Putin has allowed Russia to start production of IL-114

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“Just recently I received the consent of President at the beginning of work on this turboprop aircraft. This will help us get the problem of regional transportation”, said Deputy Prime Minister (quoted by TASS). According to Rogozin, projects passenger IL-114 and military transport Il-112V (designed for transportation and air landing lung samples weapons and military equipment, cargo and personnel) were opened after serious discussions.

In mid-October 2014 Rogozin said on his twitter that Putin has supported the idea of ​​developing a Russian turboprop regional passenger aircraft based on IL -114, but no details if not followed.

UAC and AVIC expand their partnership

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President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) M.A. Pogosyan and President of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Lin Zuoming signed a memorandum at Airshow Сhina 2014 aimed at expansion of partnership between the companies in the area of civil, transport and special-purpose aircraft, UAC’s press-service reports.

“Among the top-priority joint programs are cooperation in the area of development of turboprop aircraft as well as joint production, certification and promotion of regional aircraft. In order to implement the projects the parties have created a joint working group”, – UAC added.