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Lt. Gen. Valery Yevnevich has been appointed as the Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Main Combat Training and Service Department

August 10th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 10

“Army Deputy Commander, Hero of Russia Lt. Gen. Valery Yevnevich has been appointed as the Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Main Combat Training and Service Department. He will succeed Hero of Russia Lt. Gen.

Vladimir Shamanov, who has been appointed as the Airborne Forces Commander,” the source said…..

Yevnevich was born in Batumi, Ajaria, on September 2, 1951. He is a graduate of the Ryazan Airborne Command School, the Frunze Military Academy and the General Staff Academy. Yevnevich received the Hero of Russia title for valor displayed in the prevention of an armed revolt in Moscow on October 3-4 in 1993.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia and Israel to develop new drone together

August 7th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 3

Russian helicopter maker Vertolyoty Rossii and Israel’s IAI are creating a new unmanned helicopter system for Gazprom

“The new unmanned helicopter complex will be used to monitor gas pipelines and in solving other problems,” a source in the defense industry told Interfax.

“Russian specialists will soon go to Israel to negotiate this matter,” the source said.

Vertolyoty Rossii will develop a helicopter platform, while IAI will create a target payload and control system.

“Experts estimate that Gazprom needs 100-200 unmanned helicopter systems with the Israeli ‘components’,” he said.

The unmanned helicopter will have a takeoff weight of around 500 kilograms, he said. It can carry a payload of up to 150 kilograms.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian servicemen’s base pay increased by 8.5%

August 5th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 4
Russian servicemen’s pay was indexed by 8.5% on August 1.

“Military pensions, directly connected with allowances, will be raised, too,” Prime Minister Vladimir Putin earlier said.

From August 1 platoon commanders in the rank of lieutenant will receive 17,000 rubles a month. With the local coefficient added the pay will rise to 23,500 rubles.

Battalion commanders in the rank of lieutenant colonel will get 22,300 rubles, and 30,700 rubles with the local coefficient added….

In 2010, the pay by positions and ranks is expected to be increased by 7% and in 2011 by another 6.8%.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Construction of first Algerian Yak-130 nearly complete

August 5th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 5

The Irkutsk aircraft manufacturing plant is finishing work on the first Yakovlev Yak-130 combat trainer, which will be sold to Algeria, a spokesman for the Russian defense sector told Interfax.

“We plan to launch the airplane off the ground on August 24. The Irkutsk aircraft plant plans to make a total of six such planes for Algeria in 2009,” the spokesman said.

The Irkutsk plant has been selected as the main assembly enterprise in charge of producing Yak-130 airplanes for the Algerian Air Force, he said.

The Irkutsk plant “carried out very serious technological preparations ahead of the serial production of Yak-130 planes,” the spokesman said.

“The aircraft plant is capable of rapidly increasing its Yak-130 output to 60 airplanes a year, but the pace of the manufacturing process depends on the number of orders,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Zelin talks about pilot training costs

August 5th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 5

The training of a first-class frontline aviation pilot in Russia takes 7-8 years and costs $3.4 million, and these figures could nearly double in the future, Russian Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin told journalists on Wednesday.

“A first-class frontline aviation pilot is trained seven to eight years on average, and the costs of his training are about $3.4 million.

A sniper pilot is trained for 10-12 years, and the costs here reach $7.82 million,” Zelin said.

The cost and time for training crews for multi-purpose aircraft to be in service in the near future will grow significantly, Zelin said….First-class pilots should fly 100-120 hours a year on average, he said. It was reported earlier that the average flying time in the Russian fighter aviation was 60-65 hours in 2008.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia to develop new high altitude recon plane

August 5th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 5

A manned reconnaissance plane, intended for flights in the stratosphere, outside the reach of enemy air defense systems, will be assigned to the Russian air force in coming years, Russian Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin told the media on Wednesday.

“The systems in use now will be replaced by modern reconnaissance aircraft, cable of doing effective reconnaissance for the entire depth of tasks, fulfilled by tactical and strategic aircraft,” the general said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

Unfortunately, the good general gave absolutely no details.

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Agreement on extra $1.2 Bln for Admiral Gorshkov project may be reached soon – source

August 5th, 2009 Comments off


DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 5

A positive decision regarding a request to increase the budget of efforts to repair and modernize the heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Gorshkov can be taken in the near future, a source close to the negotiations told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

“We hope that a final agreement will be achieved with our Indian partners during upcoming talks in August to allocate an extra $1.2 billion to repair and modernize the aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Gorshkov,” the source said.

The Indian defense minister’s aide Pallam Raji has said the Indian authorities are ready to consider Russia’s proposal to raise the price of the deal, he said.

“We are satisfied that the most problematic issue of Russian-Indian military technological cooperation will be resolved finally. We will be able to finish all ship-related efforts and to hand it over to the customer in 2012 according to schedule,” the source said.

The contract was signed in 2004 and was initially estimated at $1.5 billion, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian air force to get first 4 Yak-130′s in 2009

August 5th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 5

The Sokol aircraft building plant based in Nizhny Novgorod will make 12 Yakovlev Yak-130 military aircraft trainers for the Russian Air Force before the end of 2010, a source in the Russian defense industry told Interfax-AVN.

“The company is planning to make four Yak-130 aircraft for the Russian AF before the end of 2009. The remaining eight aircraft of the trial batch will be assembled in 2010,” the source said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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I just really like this video

August 1st, 2009 1 comment

It just totally appeals to the stupid 8 year old boy in me :-)

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Russia to increase “capacity” at Abkhaz border

August 1st, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: SUKHUMI July 28

Russia is planning to take measures to increase the throughput capacity of the Russian border with Abkhazia along the Psou River, Krasnodar territory Governor Alexander Tkachyov said during a working visit to Sukhumi.

“Head of the Russian Border Service Vladimir Pronichev will visit the border with Abkhazia on July 29 to address the issue of simplification of the border crossing procedures for the citizens,” Tkachyov said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“I crossed the border myself and saw what kind of lines there are on the Russian side, and this certainly worries us,” he said.

“Long lines form on the Russian side of the border at summer, as the number of those wishing to spend their vacations at Abkhaz resorts is growing from year to year. And in the fall, when citric fruits are ripe, lines start to form on the Abkhaz side of the border,” he said.

“The simplification of the border crossing procedures is not an issue of one day, but there are chances to increase its throughput capacity, and some work to this end is already being done,” he said.

“There are preliminary plans to increase the number of checkpoints and expand and overhaul the bridge. The reconstruction of the checkpoint on the Psou River will begin at the end of this year,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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