Archive for June, 2009

Project 1135M (Krivak II) class frigate “Neukrotimy” officially withdrawn from service

June 30th, 2009 Comments off

Из боевого состава кораблей Балтийского флота выведен головной корабль проекта 1135М «Неукротимый», построенный в Калининграде на Прибалтийском судостроительном заводе «Янтарь». Как сообщили сегодня, 30 июня, в военном ведомстве, накануне в городе Балтийске состоялся торжественный ритуал — на «Неукротимом» был спущен Военно-морской флаг. Андреевский флаг передан на вечное хранение в музей Балтийского флота.

В составе ВМФ корабль «Неукротимый» прослужил более 31 года. За время службы на корабле произошло два ЧП.

Ранее ИА REGNUM Новости сообщало о том, что 30 июля 2005 года в Санкт-Петербурге в ходе репетиции показательной программы к военно-морскому параду вблизи борта «Неукротимого» взорвался снаряд, установленный на макете плавающей мины. В результате взрыва корпус корабля получил повреждение — трещину длиной около 3 метров. Из-за полученного повреждения было затоплено машинное отделение судна. После расследования тогдашний командующий Балтийским флотом адмирал Владимир Валуев был привлечен к дисциплинарной ответственности за неэффективность подготовки к празднованию Дня ВМФ.

8 декабря 2008 года в одном из вспомогательных помещений корабля «Неукротимый» произошел пожар. В результате ЧП погиб старший лейтенант Николай Кузнецов , служивший помощником начальника электромеханической службы дивизии надводных кораблей Балтийского флота. Судно находилось у причала в месте постоянного базирования — в Балтийске, где дислоцирована Главная военно-морская база Балтфлота.

The Project 1135M (Krivak II) class frigate Neukrotimy, the lead ship of the class, was withdrawn from service in the Russian Baltic fleet on June 30th. The ship was built at the Yantar yard in Kalingrad, but was withdrawn from service in a ceremony that took place in the town of Baltisk, the primary home port of the Baltic fleet. The St. Andrews naval ensign/flag on the Neukrotimy was lowered for the last time and sent to the museum of the Baltic Fleet where it will be housed alongside the flags of all other retired fleet combatants.

The ship served the Russian navy for 31 years. During its service life two notable accidents occurred.

On the 30th of July 2005, while rehearsing for a naval parade in St. Petersburg  scheduled to commemorate the annual  “Navy day” holiday, the ship was damaged by a demonstration mine. A 3 meter long crack appeared in the ships hull and it took on water.

On the 8th of December 2008, a fire onboard the Neukrotimy claimed the life of Senior Lieutenant Nikolai Kuznetsov.

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Russian airforce resumes flights of Su-24′s following two accidents

June 29th, 2009 Comments off

Flights were halted on the 19th of June following the second loss of a Su-24 in three days. The first crash occurred on the 17th and is being blamed on pilot error. The second crash is still being investigated, but they believe the control system that regulated the variable sweep of the Su-24′s wings failed for some reason. In both instances the crews ejected safely.

There have been 13 crashes involving Su-24′s in the past 11 years.

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Russia demands stronger ISAF response against drug cartels in Afghanistan

June 29th, 2009 Comments off

Understandable frustration really, but for obvious reasons nothing is likely to change for the forseeable future.


Around 20 tonnes of drugs have been seized in Russia since the year’s start, Director of Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov said.

“Almost 20 tonnes of drugs have been seized in these first six months,” Ivanov said on air at the Vesti-24 TV channel on Friday.

Russia is concerned about the growing amount of heroin smuggled from Afghanistan, he said, noting that Russian special services have information that 175 drug cartels are active in this country.

“We exposed 175 drug cartels in Afghanistan, which regretfully act in front of eyes of the International Security Assistance Force [ISAF],” Ivanov said.

Moscow will insist that the international force counter heroin production more toughly, he said. “We call on extending the mandate of coalition forces in Afghanistan to powers of destroying drug laboratories, drug harvests, and drug warehouses,” Ivanov said.

According to the FSKN, there are around 2.5 million drug addicts in Russia, and drugs kill around 30,000 Russians annually.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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$1 billion shipyard to be built in Kronshtadt by 2014-2015

June 27th, 2009 Comments off

This is actually rather old news, as they have talked about plans for this new yard for YEARS now, but the interesting thing is I had no idea that the S. Koreans had been brought in to design the facility.


The United Shipbuilding Corporation will build a shipyard in Kronshtadt by 2014-2015. The new shipyard will produce vessels servicing shelf projects, head of the corporation’s Prospective Development Department Valery Venkov said at the St. Petersburg Naval Show on Wednesday.

The shipyard would be built in the course of the transfer of civilian shipbuilding facilities of Admiralty Shipyards from the St. Petersburg city limits, he said.

The shipyard sketch is ready, and the project will cost 65 billion rubles. “That cost is unrealistic. We evaluate the construction at $1 billion and think that Korean companies will do the blueprints,” he said. The design will take six or seven months, and the construction works will follow.

Source: Intefax-AVN

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Rosoboronexport says no deal reached yet for sale of Kilo class submarines to Vietnam or Egypt

June 27th, 2009 Comments off

Earlier reports were apparently dead wrong.


Rosoboronexport is not yet engaged in talks with Vietnam and Egypt regarding the possible delivery of Project 636 diesel-electric submarines to these countries, but it is ready to start such negotiations as soon as its foreign partners display their interest in them, Oleg Azizov, head of the Russian arms trader’s naval department, told journalists in St. Petersburg on Friday.

“If Vietnamese partners make their choice in favor of Project 363, we will begin detailed negotiations with them,” Azizov said.

Egypt has “not yet made its decision regarding this issue, either,” he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Kirov region facility to dispose of over 230 tonnes of chemical agents in 2009

June 27th, 2009 Comments off


The Kirov region’s Maradykovsky facility designed to scrap chemical weapons is to dispose of more than 230 tonnes of chemical agents this year, the local government said.

Russian facilities have been ordered to dispose of a total of 6,054 tonnes of chemical agents in 2009, the press service said, referring to the department for conventional problems of the Kirov region government’s administration.

“The capacities of chemical arms destruction facilities in the Kirov and Penza regions are expected to be increased in order to achieve this goal. The Maradykovsky facility will dispose of 232.6 tonnes of chemical agents, mostly ammunition containing Sarin,” it said.

In compliance with its international obligations, Russia is required to dispose of at least 18,000 tonnes of Category 1 chemical agents, or 45% of its overall stockpiles, before the end of 2009.

“Over 12,000 tonnes of chemical agents, or more than 30% of Russia’s stockpiles, have already been disposed of,” the press service said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian and Dutch shipyards in fight for Indonesian corvette tender

June 27th, 2009 Comments off


Russia is in the final of the Indonesian naval tender with its Gepard-class, Zelenodolsk Design Bureau general director Leonid Sharapov said.

“Now we are in the state of competing for Indonesia. We have reached the final, where our competitor is Holland. The tender is expected to end this year,” Sharapov told journalists in St. Petersburg on Friday.

According to the tender conditions, the country that wins the tender builds the first frigate, the others are built in Indonesia, he said. “They get the ship and production license for the number of ships that the Indonesian side needs,” Sharapov said.

An Indonesian delegation should come to Zelenodolsk, Russia’s internal republic of Tatarstan to get acquainted with design bureau and the shipyard, he said.

A frigate of the Project Gepard 3.9 is designed to search and fight surface vessels, submarines, aircraft, to carry out escort operations, as well as to protect maritime borders.

With displacement of 2,100 tonnes the frigate’s range is 5,000 miles.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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“Ivan Gren” landing ship to be commissioned in 2012

June 27th, 2009 Comments off

The thing was originally supposed to be commissioned in 2010….


The Kaliningrad-based Yantar Shipyard plans to commission the large landing ship Ivan Grin, project 1174, for the Russian Navy in 2012, Yantar Shipyard General Director Igor Orlov said.

“Our goal is to commission it in 2012, but everything will surely depend on our current military budget and a number of other circumstances,” Orlov told journalists in St. Petersburg on Friday.

The installation of the ship’s hull on an assembly jig has been almost completed, Orlov said.

“The hull will be ready this year. We are now launching cooperation on this ship,” he said.

The construction of the ship should become a landmark for the shipyard, he said.

Yantar Shipyard also plans to make public a project of its modernization in September, Orlov said. “We have ordered a major modernization project and will look for investors and partners on it. We can talk about some details in September,” Orlov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Tochmash to invest over 200 Mln rubles in production of new-generation centrifuges in 2009

June 27th, 2009 Comments off


Tochmash, one of Russia’s two producers of gas centrifuges used for uranium enrichment, plans to invest over 200 million rubles in the production of new-generation centrifuges in 2009, Tochmash head Yury Zambin told Interfax.

Tochmash’s net profit in 2008 tripled compared to the previous year, which enables it to put more money in its development, Zambin said.

An experimental batch of new-generation gas centrifuges has already been shipped to one of Russia’s uranium enrichment plants, and Tochmash plans to start their serial production in 2010, Zambin said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Completion of power unit 4 at Beloyarsk NPP to be postponed from 2012 to 2014

June 27th, 2009 Comments off


The completion of power unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Zarechny, the Sverdlovsk region, is to be postponed from 2012 to 2014, Energoatom Deputy Director and Beloyarsk NPP Director Nikolai Oshkanov told journalists on Friday.

Asked whether the unit’s completion will be postponed, Oshkanov replied, “Yes, it will – I figure to 2014.”

The postponement is predetermined by unique and extremely sophisticated equipment and materials used in constructing the unit and also exceptional quality requirements that their manufacturing and assembly should comply with, he said.

The Beloyarsk nuclear power plant is the only power plant in Russia using a BN-600 600-mWt fast-neutron reactor. Power unit 4 will be based on an analogous 800-mWt reactor, BN-800. Power units 1 and 2 using AMB- 100 and AMB-200 thermal neutron reactors have been stopped and are undergoing decommissioning procedures.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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