Archive for July, 2009

Chief designer of Project 11540 frigates to lobby for completion of the Tuman

July 25th, 2009 Comments off


The Russian Navy must decide as soon as possible on the completion of the third frigate of project 11540, chief designer Yakov Kushnerov has told Interfax

“The third hull of the frigate of project 11540 is now at Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad. I believe that the Russian Navy must decide in principle as soon as possible on its completion,” he said.

“We will be lobbying the completion of the frigate not only at the Navy headquarters but also at a higher level arguing that in this way we will not only save impressive amounts for the country but also significantly improve the combat capability of the Baltic Fleet,” he said.

“If the third hull of project 11540 is completed, then together with the first ship Neustrashimy and the second Yaroslav Mudry it will form a very serious combat potential unparalleled in the Baltic Sea,” he said.

Kushnerov said that the third ship is 47% built. “Its condition can be described as ideal because it was launched only a year and a half ago,” he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

About a month ago it was reported by Janes, citing a Russian navy source at the IMDS-2009 expo, that the Russian navy had decided not to take delivery of the third Project 11540 frigate and that the shipyard had been told to  look for a foreign buyer for the unfinished boat. Well, apparently, the yard hasnt given up all hope of getting the Russian navy to buy they Tuman quite yet.

Claims that having 3 ships of this class will give the Russian navy an “unparalleled combat potential” in the Baltic are just laughable, especially since the lead shop of the class has never received a complement of Uran anti-ship missiles. I hope they do induct the Tuman just because its sad to see a hull languish uncompleted like that, but there is no hiding how dated a design the 11540′s are today. That said, the Russian navy is fielding plenty of even more dated ships. Considering some of the Krivaks still floating out there having the Tuman would be quite an improvement.

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Kurgan facility scraps 8% of Russia’s remaining chemical weapons stockpile since commissioning

July 25th, 2009 Comments off


A plant for destroying war chemicals in Shchuchye, Kurgan region, has scrapped 443 tonnes of war chemicals or 8% of the existing stocks, Interfax was told at the PR unit of the facility on Thursday.

“The elimination started during the commissioning period of the facility on March 5 and continued on a larger scale when the facility was commissioned in May 29,” a spokesman said.

Environmental studies indicate that the facility does not have a negative impact on the environment of the district.

Until the end of 2009 the plant is expected to scrap a total of 1,100 tonnes of war chemicals.

A total of 13.6% of Russia’s war chemicals are stocked in Shchuchye district. The facility is expected to eliminate this amount by the end of 2012.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Severodvinsk will be inducted into service in 2010 and not 2011. 7 Yasen class SSN’s will be built, not 5

July 25th, 2009 1 comment


The Severodvinsk, the first of the seven nuclear-powered submarines to be built under Project Yasen, will be put into service in 2010 and not in 2011 as planned earlier, a senior naval officer said on Friday.

Vice Adm. Nikolai Borisov, navy deputy chief commander for armaments, who was speaking at a ceremony marking the start of construction of the second submarine of the series, declined to say when the second vessel, to be named Kazan, would be ready.

However, Nikolai Kalistratov, general director of the Sevmashpredpriyatiye shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk, which is building the Kazan, said subs of this kind normally take “five to seven years” to build.

The Kazan would to be a modernized version of the Severodvinsk.

Source: Interfax-AVN

This sounds like a more legit report than the previous one which claimed only 5 ships of the class would be built as that report also contained some dubious data on the size of a Yasen class sub.

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SaM146 aircraft engine tests proceeding according to schedule – NPO Saturn

July 25th, 2009 Comments off


The NPO Saturn research and production association is continuing successful certification tests of the SaM146 aircraft engine used for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), a new Russian short-and medium-range passenger jet.

“The certification tests are continuing in line with an expected mode and schedule. The schedule is being observed both in terms of the development of the engine itself and in terms of the development of the benches used for these tests,” NPO Saturn quoted Georgy Konyukhov, the chief designer of the SaM146 project, as saying in a statement.

“NPO Saturn is currently assembling several SaM146 engines for the completion of the program of the engine’s certification tests in line with the EASA standards and for the certification tests of the plane itself. We have launched the production of components for assembling first serial engines and for installing them on the planes to be supplied to the first customers,” the statement says.

NPO Saturn has supplied the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) with six engines to install them on three SSJ100 aircraft to conduct the certification test program. As of July 22, four of these engines had operated 1,370 hours in flight on board two SSJ100 planes, it says.

The second phase of the SaM146 tests on board the Ilyushin Il-76LL flying test bed was finished at the Gromov LII flight research institute in Zhukovsky outside Moscow on July 10, 2009. The second phase of the tests included 53 flights, during which the engines operated 240 hours in aggregate.

As of July 22, the aggregate operation of the SaM146 engines, including test bench and flight tests, amounted to 4,000 hours, including 1,600 hours in flight.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Keel laying ceremony for second Yasen class SSN “Kazan” to take place on July 24th at Sevmash yard

July 23rd, 2009 2 comments

Торжественная церемония закладки многоцелевой атомной подводной лодки (АПЛ) проекта «Ясень-М» «Казань» состоится 24 июля в главном стапельном цехе судостроительного завода Севмаш в Северодвинске, сообщает пресс-служба завода.

«Казань» – усовершенствованная лодка проекта «Ясень», которая будет построена с применением оборудования и материалов только отечественного производства, исключая продукцию бывших советских республик. Также на лодке будут заменены элементы радиоэлектронного вооружения.

Такие подлодки как «Казань» согласно Военно-морской доктрине России в 21 веке станут основными многоцелевыми АПЛ России.

В церемонии закладки примут участие заместитель главнокомандующего ВМФ по вооружению вице-адмирал Николай Борисов, первый вице-премьер Татарстана Равиль Муратов, глава администрации Архангельской области Илья Михальчук, глава администрации Северодвинска Михаил Гмырин, генеральный директор и конструктор морского бюро машиностроения «Малахит» Владимир Пялов, генеральный директор Севмаша Николай Калистратов.

Головная АПЛ проекта «Ясень» «Северодвинск» заложена на Севмаше в декабре 1993 года. Ожидается, что лодка будет передана ВМФ до 2012 года.

Подводное водоизмещение лодки проекта «Ясень» – 13600 тонн, максимальная длина – 199 метров, ширина – 13,5 метра, осадка – 9,4 метра, скорость – 31 узел, экипаж – 90 человек. Вооружение: 650 мм и 533 мм пусковые аппараты торпед, ракеты П-800 «Оникс», Х-35, Х-101, ЗМ-54Э, ЗМ-54Э1 «корабль-корабль», ЗМ-14Э «корабль-земля».

Планируется строительство пяти подлодок проекта.

Севмаш («Северное машиностроительное предприятие») – крупнейший в России судостроительный комплекс. Действует с 1939 года. Специализируется на строительстве атомных подводных лодок для военно-морского флота.

Officially, the boat will be the first Yasen-M SSN. Kazan will be 199 meters long, 13.5 meters wide, weighs 13,600 tons, with a top speed of 31 knots and a crew of 90. A total of 5 Yasen class SSN’s are planned. The first Yasen, the Severodvinsk, has been under construction since 1993.  They plan to finally deliver the Severodvinsk to the navy by 2012.

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KAPO to deliver two more overhauled Tu-160 bombers to Russian AF before end of 2009

July 22nd, 2009 Comments off


Two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers are due to be handed over after repair to the Russian Air Force before the end of this year, a Tupolev firm official told Interfax-AVN.

“One repaired Tu-160 bomber has been handed over to the Russian Air Force representatives recently. We are planning to have repaired and delivered to the AF two more strategic bombers before the end of the year,” the Tupolev official said at the Kazan Aircraft Production Association (KAPO) where Tu-160s are being repaired.

Currently, four Tu-160 strategic bombers and several Tu-22MZ long- range bombers are undergoing various stages of repair at KAPO, he said.

Tu-160 bomber is a supersonic, variable-geometry heavy missile carrier developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau and is the biggest supersonic airplane in the history of aviation.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Saturn wins new government contract

July 22nd, 2009 Comments off


NPO Saturn has won a tender conducted by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade for the right to enter into governmental contracts under the federal target program titled “Civilian marine engineering development” for a period until 2016, the company said in a press release.

“The subject of the tender: “Developing technologies to create a gas-turbine ship engine with a full service life of up to 100,000 hours and an 8-megawatt capacity (on the basis of a fourth-generation gas- turbine engine developed for a military customer), and a gas-turbine unit on the basis of an 8-megawatt gas-turbine ship engine,” according to the press release, a copy of which was obtained by Interfax-AVN on Friday.

The research and development work will continue for two years, the statement said.

“NPO Saturn will also take part in a tender for the development of a 16-megawatt gas-turbine engine due to be announced before the end of 2009,” the company said.

NPO Saturn is a leading engine maker, which specializes in the development, production and post-sale service of gas-turbine engines for military and civil aircraft, Navy ships, and power-generating and gas- pumping stations.

By order of the Russian president dated April 16, 2008, NPO Saturn has been included in United Engine Building Corporation set up by Oboronprom, a Russian aerospace holding company.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Proton vehicle with three GLONASS satellites to take off from Baikonur on Sept 25

July 22nd, 2009 Comments off


A Proton-M launch vehicle with a DM upper stage and three Russian Glonass-M navigation satellites is due to lift off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on September 25, a Baikonur source told Interfax.

“Specialists of Russia’s spacecraft industry have already begun preparations for the upcoming launch. Russian specialists are checking the equipment and are carrying out repairs at the cosmodrome’s Launch Pad No. 81,” the source said.

“The satellites that will participate in this launch are being stored on the premises of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company in Zheleznogorsk,” he said.

Russia’s GLONASS system currently has 20 satellites, the source said. Eighteen satellites are functioning, and two are undergoing routine maintenance, he added.

“Placing six more satellites into orbit – three in September and another three in December – will make it possible to increase the size of the GLONASS group to 24 satellites before the beginning of 2010.

During the following years, more satellites will join the group in order to maintain its size and to create the orbital group’s reserve of satellites,” the source said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Vostochnaya Verfa to build two ships for Vietnam

July 22nd, 2009 Comments off


The construction of two patrol ships for Vietnam will start at the Vostochnaya Verf shipyard in Primorye on July 22, the territorial administration said.

Local officials and representatives of Rosoboronexport and Vietnam will attend the event.

The order will provide jobs for several years, the administration said.

The enterprise was founded in 1952 as the Vladivostok shipyard. It was renamed into Vostochnaya Verf in 1994.

The shipyard was established to build vessels for the Russian Pacific Fleet and the Far Eastern Border Forces. It has produced over 400 ships for the Navy, the Border Forces and fishermen since then.

The shipyard has fulfilled many contracts with foreign clients, as well. Over 30 artillery, torpedo and missile cutters were delivered to Vietnam, Cuba, China, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Guinea and Iraq.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Tajik forces kill 5 Russian citizens in drug operation

July 22nd, 2009 Comments off


Five Russian citizens killed during an attack on servicemen of Tajikistan’s National Guard on July 16 were members of an organized terrorist group, the Interior Ministry and the State National Security Committee of Tajikistan said in an official joint statement on Monday.

“It has been established that all neutralized criminals were members of one organized terrorist group. They had firearms, including Kalashnikov assault rifles, various cartridges and grenades,” according to the statement.

Unknown persons were spotted in the Khavzi Kabut area, Tavildarin district about 180 kilometers southeast of Dushanbe, during the Poppy 2009 anti-drug operation on July 16, the statement says.

These persons attacked servicemen of Tajikistan’s law enforcement services involved in the operation, wounding two of them, it says.

Officers of Tajik law enforcement services fired back, killing five foreign members of this group, the statement says. They were Shamil Magomedov, born in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan in 1988, but who lived in the city of Novocherkassk, Rostov region; Akhmed Abbasov, born in 1984, a resident of Dagestan; Alexey Babin, born in 1989, a resident of Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen region; Roman Khan, born in 1984, a resident of St. Petersburg of Kazakh descent, and Renat Sabdyushev, born in 1983, a resident of Russia’s Stary Oskol of Tatar descent, according to the document.

“Officers of law enforcement services of the Republic of Tajikistan are currently carrying out an operation to track down and to neutralize the remaining militants,” the statement says.

Source: Interfax-AVN

An interesting bit of news that probably provides some indirect insight into how the Chechen insurgency is being funded these days.

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