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Russia plans scrapping of 50,000 armored vehicles

January 29th, 2011 Comments off

More than 350,000 outdated weapons and vehicles will be discarded and scrapped over the next decade, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry has told Interfax-AVN.

“Under a new federal program for the industrial scrapping of weapons and hardware for 2011-2015 and until 2020, 60% of outdated weapons and vehicles and 100% of expired ammunition and rockets will be scrapped,” the source said.

As many as 356,000 outdated weapons, including some 50,000 tanks and armored vehicles, over 108 million shells and over 500,000 of various rockets will be discarded both in the army and navy until 2020, the source said.

Special teams of engineers, shell disposal experts and other specialists are being formed and safe ammunition and rocket scrapping technologies are being developed.

About 40% of outdated weapons will be taken to depots for long-term storage, the source said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Eleron-10 drone passes state acceptance trials

January 29th, 2011 Comments off

The air reconnaissance unit comprising the Eleron-10 drone plane developed by the Kazan enterprise ENIKS has successfully passed interdepartmental tests, ENIKS chief constructor Ildar Yakulov told Interfax-AVN.

“Improvements will be made to the unit on the basis of the test results and documents for it will be amended,” Yakulov said.

The Eleron-10 drone is a component of another large and complex system developed by a major company which he declined to name.

In 2011, an order for the Eleron-10 for two different purpose systems for the Ground Forces is expected, he said.

The Eleron-10 is intended for reconnaissance and observation at various ranges and can carry radio interference equipment.

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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Bazalt starts development of new grenade launcher for MoD

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

Bazalt Corporation will develop a new-generation grenade launcher-flame thrower to the Russian Defense Ministry’s order, Bazalt General Director Alexander Rybas told Interfax-AVN.

“We will start the development of a new grenade launcher-flame thrower, which will meet the most demanding parameters set by our client, to the Defense Ministry’s order in 2011,” he said.

“It is necessary to increase the efficiency of the weapon and the shooting range with innovations in physics of explosives and chemistry of high-energy substances,” he said.

Modernization works are also planned, Rybas said. “We will continue [modernization] works. Bazalt specialists have developed unique armaments, many of which are still the best,” he said.

Rybas singled out the RPG-7V, RPG-29 and RPG-30 grenade launchers. “The RPG-30 is a unique item. As you probably know modern armed forces are equipped with tanks with proactive defense systems. The RPG-30 designed at Bazalt reduces this defense to zero. There is not a single tank immune from the Bazalt product,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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State defense order to exceed 1.5 trillion rubles in 2011

December 11th, 2010 Comments off

Russia’s state defense order will exceed 1.5 trillion rubles in 2011, which is about one third more than in 2010, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said at a military-industrial commission meeting on Wednesday.

“Taking into account loans taken out by defense industry enterprises under government guarantees, the order for 2011 is over 1.5 trillion rubles. This is one third more than the state defense order for this year. The volume of the state defense order will continue to grow and will reach nearly 2 trillion rubles in 2013, that is, it will grow by another 500 billion rubles in two years,” Ivanov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Daunting task of ordinance disposal in Russia

November 19th, 2010 Comments off
Over 580,000 tonnes of old munitions still to be destroyed in Western Military District

The routine disposal of outdated munitions continues in the Western Military District (WMD), the WMD headquarters told Interfax.

“This important task is being performed by 13 ground force companies, apart from analogous naval and air force units,” the official said

Each day disposal experts destroy on average up to 450 tonnes of ammunition, he said.

In all, over 586,000 tonnes of various munitions have yet to be destroyed, the headquarters said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

586,000 tons or the the weight of 5 fully equipped American aircraft carriers, and this is in just one of the MD’s!

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Air Force Main Command to be integrated into General Staff

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

The Main Command of the Russian Air Force will become part of the General Staff, Colonel-General Alexander Zelin, commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force, told reporters on Tuesday.

“I think the Main Command [of the Russian Air Force] will become integrated with the General Staff next year,” Zelin said while meeting with Air Force attaches accredited in Moscow.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia-Belarus military cooperation treaty goes to Duma for ratification

November 9th, 2010 Comments off

President Dmitry Medevedev has submitted a treaty on military-technical cooperation with Belarus to the State Duma for ratification, according to a report posted on the Duma’s official web site.

Signed on December 10, 2009, in Moscow, the treaty determines the order of supplies for the national Armed Forces, law enforcement agencies and special services.

It cancels licenses for the import and export of military products for the signing of supply contracts between agencies authorized to sign them.

The above products include weapons, hardware, services, intellectual products and copyright, as well as military-technical data.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian Army to get Tigr-M’s with Russian engines this year

November 6th, 2010 Comments off

Tigr-M armored cars will be in greater demand in Russian army and law enforcement agencies if Russian diesel engine is installed in them.

“We plan that we will ensure greater output thanks to installing the engine produced in Yaroslavl in Tigr-M,” Alexander Sokolov, sales director of the Arzamass engineering plant, told Itnerfax-AVN.

“The Arzamass engineering plant is to deliver the pilot batch of Tigr-M armored cars to the Russian army at the year’s end,” he said.

The Russian army will purchase Tigr-M within the framework of the state defense order starting from 2011, he said.

“At the same time we plan to install engine produced in the United States in cars to be delivered through Rosoboronexport,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Shamanov confident ongoing reforms will not negatively impact VDV

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Plans to reform Russia’s Airborne Forces (known as the VDV) aim at enhancing their combat efficiency, VDV Chief Commander, Hero of Russia Lieutenant-General Vladimir Shamanov has told reporters.

He dismissed concerns over the future of the VDV.

“As a commander, I see no reason to worry. The plans to be submitted to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief show that the structure of the VDV – five divisions and a training center – has remained intact. Moreover, two more district airborne formations will be added, which will increase the troops’ potential,” Shamanov said in response to an Internet address posted by VDV veterans displeased with the upcoming reforms.

The situation in the troops is “normal” and combat training continues as planned, the general said.

The 104th VDV regiment is performing a special mission in Kyrgyzstan, the 217th regiment is taking part in international exercises, and the rest are preparing for the winter season, he said.

Shamanov confirmed that the VDV would remain an independent branch of the Armed Forces.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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