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New general director of Almaz-Antey air defense concern’s design bureau appointed

February 7th, 2011 Comments off

The board of directors of the Raspletin main design bureau of the Almaz-Antey air defense concern decided to appoint a new general director at its recent meeting.

“Vitaly Neskorodov, who was the Almaz-Antey air defense concern main design bureau’s first deputy general director until lately, has become its general director,” Almaz-Antey said in a statement on Friday.

Neskorodov has replaced Igor Ashurbeili, who had been the design bureau’s general director since 2000 and who now plans to implement new projects, it said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia plans to double production of military aircraft in 2011

February 7th, 2011 Comments off

Russian aircraft builders have no plans to produce more aircraft that Boeing and Airbus in the next ten years, but they plan to increase the output of military and civilian planes from the previous years, Mikhail Pogosyan, general director of the companies Sukhoi and RSK MIG and acting head of the United Aircraft Building Corporation, said.

“We don’t have a goal to begin building more planes than Boeing and Airbus in the next few years. It’s a goal that cannot be reached in the next 5-10 years,” Pogosyan said on Rossiya 24 television on Friday.

“It took Airbus some 25-30 years to become level with Boeing and even better than it in some respect,” he said.

“I think we can do it faster, but it definitely won’t happen in 2-3 years,” Pogosyan said.

“Of course, we will have to work on building 500 commercial airliners a year. However, I think we should focus more on results and specific achievements every year,” Pogosyan said.

Aircraft builders plan to double the output of military planes in 2011 against 2010, Pogosyan said. As for commercial airliners, there are plans to increase their production to “over thirty planes” against seven airliners produced in 2010, he said.

“I think these goals are quite realistic,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Motor Sich set to deliver first MS-500V engines for Ansat helicopters

January 6th, 2011 Comments off

Zoporizhzhye-based Motor Sich will deliver the MS-500V advanced helicopter engine for the new Russian Ansat-U trainer helicopter.

“A corresponding understanding on the delivery of the first four engines has been reached with Russian partners,” Motor Sich CEO Vyacheslav Boguslayev said.

He said that at least 20 helicopters will be equipped with MS-500V engines in the framework of the Ansat program.

He said that the engine has also been requested for other international projects. He added that the new engine is meant for helicopters with a takeoff weight up to 6 tonnes. Its certification is scheduled for Q1 2011, he said.

The Ansat-U trainer along with the Mil Mi-38 medium multipurpose helicopter is regarded as a visiting card of the Kazan Helicopter Plant, part of the Helicopters of Russia holding.

Currently Ansat is powered by two Canadian-made PW-207K engines.

In 2007 the Russian Air Force command chose Ansat as the new trainer helicopter.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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MoD to acquire 6 Ka-226′s in 2011

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Russian Defense Ministry will buy light multi-role helicopters Kamov Ka-226, a ministry representative told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

“The plan of state procurements for 2011 provides the delivery of six light Ka-226 to the Defense Ministry,” he said.

The helicopters will have Rolls-Royce engines. “In the future similar models will be powered with French Arrius-2G engines,” the source said.

“The Kumertau aviation plant, a component of the Russian Helicopters Holding, will build and deliver the Ka-226 helicopters,” he said.

“Negotiations on basing Ka-226 on board patrol ships of the Federal Border Service are in progress,” he said.

As for possibly stationing the Ka-226 helicopters that the Russian Defense Ministry is buying on the Mistral helicopter ships, no decision has been made so far, the source said.

The maximal takeoff weight of Ka-226 is 3,400 kilograms.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Bazalt begs MoD not to cut ordinance orders

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Defense Ministry’s proposal to suspend air bomb procurements for five years due to the excessive amount of air bombs in storage will do irreparable harm to the ammunition industry, Bazalt General Director Alexander Rybas told Interfax-AVN.

“A decision to suspend procurements of air bombs and cluster munitions until 2016 would destroy the ammunition industry. I do not believe this decision will be made,” he said, noting that the proposal had been made by a number of ministry workers.

“They say we have plenty of air bombs, but they must answer the question what air bombs are these,” Rybas said.

“Depots store plenty of munitions, whose service life has been extended many times. This cannot be done forever, because this is dangerous. The service life of munitions was extended in recent years only because the industry said they were safe. It is a question whether these munitions can hit targets,” Rybas said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

Okay, maybe begs isn’t exactly accurate, but close enough.

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Israeli drones arrive in Russia

December 11th, 2010 Comments off

Israel has supplied a batch of drones to the Russian Defense Ministry and trained Russian specialists to operate them, a military diplomat told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

“All the drones stipulated by the contract have been delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry. A group of Russian servicemen have been trained to operate the systems,” he said.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), designer and manufacturer of modern drones, provided the training, the diplomat said.

He did not say how many servicemen were trained and how many drones were supplied to Russia. “That’s classified information. I can only tell you that the contract has been fulfilled,” he said.

According to unofficial sources, 50 Russian servicemen have been given access to Israeli drones.

Asked whether media reports claiming a possible acquisition of additional drones from Israel were true, the diplomat said the negotiations had not begun.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia to provide Kazakhstan with 10 S-300 battalions free of charge

December 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW. Dec 10

Russia will deliver up to ten S-300PMU1 surface-to-air missile systems to Kazakhstan free of charge, a spokesman for the CIS Defense Ministers Council secretariat told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

“These deliveries will begin in 2011. The missile systems currently owned by the Defense Ministry of Russia will be provided free of charge,” the spokesman said.

The S-300PMU1 systems, designed and manufactured by the Almaz-Antey company, will be sent to Kazakhstan as part of efforts to build a unified Russian-Kazakh air defense system, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Great article on what current reforms have done and will do to the VVS

November 21st, 2010 Comments off

Link here.

The Russian Defense Policy blog is just awesome and I highly recommend it. It’s what this blog would have become had I only had the time to put in that much effort.

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Hydromash prepares for PAK-FA and MS-21 production

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

Nizhny Novgorod’s Hydromash will start serial production of units for the fifth-generation fighter jet T-50 in 2012, the plant said in a quarterly report.

“Hydromash will continue to test and adjust units of the T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet. Serial production of these units will start in 2012,” the plant said.

In addition, the plant will design undercarriage and hydraulic units for the MS-21 medium-range commercial jetliner and make a pilot batch of hydraulic units in 2012. It will produce and test the undercarriage and hydraulic units for Mikoyan MiG-29K jets built for Syria and India. The same jets may be supplied to the Russian Air Force in the future.

Hydromash will continue to supply units for Yakovlev Yak-130 and Sukhoi Su-35. It also considers resuming works for Mil Mi-38 and Kamov Ka-62 helicopters.

Being a supplier of Liebherr, the plant will start to supply parts for the A-350 project in 2010. Bombardier C-Series parts may be supplied starting from 2011.

Hydromash is a large Russian producer of undercarriage and hydraulic units.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian Air Force to take delivery of 4 more Su-34′s by year’s end

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

One more Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bomber made its maiden flight at the Novosibirsk-based Chkalov Aviation Production Association belonging to Sukhoi Holding on Friday.

“It is the third of four aircraft that will be delivered to the Russian Air Force before the end of the year,” a source on the company management told Interfax-AVN.

He said that the first two bombers are undergoing flight tests before delivery and work on the fourth bomber is nearing completion.

The source said that the Air Force has already received five Su-34 bombers. “The state contract provides for the delivery of 32 aircraft,” he said.

In its combat capability the Su-34 belongs to the “4+” generation. It is capable of effectively hitting ground, naval and air targets round the clock and in any weather conditions with any aviation ammunition, including high precision. The active security system on board combined with the latest computers gives the pilot and navigator additional opportunities for targeted bombing and maneuvering under enemy fire.

Source: Interfax-AVN

This story is from Monday. Sorry for the late post.

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