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Russia is to increase annual spending on nuclear weapons by more than 50 percent in the next three years.
In 2016, 46.26 billion rubles ($1.4 billion) is to be spent on Russia’s nuclear weapons systems, up from 29.29 billion rubles this year, according to the State Duma Defense Committee’s report on the draft federal budget for 2014-2016.
The draft federal budget provides for a 60 percent increase in overall national defense spending by 2016, according to the report, rising from 2.1 trillion rubles this year to 3.38 trillion rubles in 2016.
The machine engineering works ZiO-Podolsk (part of Atomenergomash system) has won the tender for manufacturing of the reactor and other vessel-type equipment of RITM-200 installation intended for the multi-purpose nuclear ice-breaker of the new generation.
RITM-200 is a two-reactor installation that has thermal power capacity of 175 MW at each reactor; this exceeds power capacity of KLT reactors in use at existing nuclear icebreakers (140-150 MW). At this, it is lighter and smaller by about two times, occupies less space of the ship and more efficient in terms of operation and cost.
The nuclear-propelled ship’s detailed design was produced by CDB Aisberg; the integral reactor’s design was developed by OKBM Afrikantov (part of the division Atomenergomash).
Russia is interested in participating in the construction of new “Temelin” nuclear power plant units in the Czech Republic, this was confirmed by the chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko at a meeting with the Chairman of the Senate of the Czech Republic Milan Shteh.
Russian-Czech consortium has applied to the relevant tender. According to experts, including those in Europe, the project meets the most stringent safety requirements, corresponds to recent developments in science and technology and is cost effective.
Matviyenko noted that the Russian-Czech consortium presumes that 75% of the supply of equipment will be provided by Czech manufacturers.
Head of the upper house of the Russian Parliament expressed the hope that the results of the competition for “Temelin” nuclear power plant construction completion will be summed up on the basis of objective indicators. Shteh, in his turn, promised that the Czech Senate will ensure that all the announced tender conditions had been met, and the initial conditions were equal for all participants.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting Matviyenko expressed confidence that the project opens up new horizons of cooperation between Russia and the Czech Republic in the field of high technology, nuclear energy, where the Czech Republic has a sound experience.