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Ukraine gets order for 6 An-32′s from unknown buyer

September 10th, 2009 Comments off

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КИЕВ, 10 сентября. (ИТАР-ТАСС). Украина подписала контракт на поставку самолетов Ан-32 на Ближний Восток на общую сумму около 80 млн дол. Об этом сообщил информированный источник. По его словам, речь идет о продаже шести машин, находящихся в разной степени готовности на Киевском авиазаводе.

Заместитель генерального конструктора Авиационного научно- технического комплекса (АНТК) имени Антонова Александр Кива отметил, что киевский авиазавод “Авиант”, который объединен с АНТК, в конце августа получил заказ на поставку шести самолетов Ан-32. “Первая поставка должна состояться через восемь месяцев после подписания контракта”, – сказал Кива. При этом он отказался назвать любые детали контракта, в том числе заказчика.

Ukraine has concluded a deal for the sale of 6 An-32 aircraft to a middle eastern buyer in a deal valued at 80 million dollars. The deal was concluded in August with delivery of the first airframe(s) scheduled to take place 8 months hence. Antonov has refused to identify the buyer or disclose any other terms of the agreement. The airframes have been sitting in the Kiev Aviation Factory in various stages of completion for many years.

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Deltav IV SSBN “Karelia” to commence post-modernization sea trials in October

September 7th, 2009 Comments off

Ракетный подводный крейсер стратегического назначения Северного флота К-18 «Карелия» выйдет в море на ходовые испытания после модернизации в «Центре судоремонта «Звездочка» в октябре 2009 года. Об этом, как сообщает ИТАР-ТАСС, заявили в пресс-службе предприятия, которое находится в Северодвинске.

Собеседник агентства подчеркнул, что штатный экипаж уже прибыл на подводную лодку, а до начала ходовых испытаний субмарина пройдет комплексные швартовные у причала. До конца года, по словам неназванного сотрудника пресс-службы «Звездочки», ракетоносец должен быть передан флоту и уйти к месту постоянного базирования в Заполярье.

Напомним, что в ноябре 2008 года подлодка «Карелия» была спущена на воду после окончания очередного этапа ремонтных работ. На тот момент она была готова на 71 процент. При этом, как сообщили на предприятии, в процессе модернизации «было выполнено около 100 внедрений, улучшающих тактико-технические характеристики».

Подводная лодка, созданная по проекту 667БДРМ, была построена на судоверфи «Севмаш» в Северодвинске и сдана Военно-морскому флоту СССР в 1989 году. В 1994 году она совершила поход на Северный полюс, где были водружены государственный и андреевский флаги. В 2000 году на борту К-18 выходил в море Владимир Путин, а в конце 2008 года во время общения с гражданами в программе «Разговор с Владимиром Путиным» работники «Звездочки» обратились к премьеру на фоне АПЛ «Карелия».

Источник новости: Lenta.ru

Source: Lenta.ru

The work was done at Zvezdochka and the boat will rejoin the fleet by the end of he year. The bulk of the article talks about the history of the Karelia. Karelia joined the Soviet fleet in 1989. In 1994, the boat traveled to the North Pole as part of a show the flag mission. In 2000, the boat hosted President Vladimir Putin and in 2008  the workers of the Zvezdochka yard addressed a question to Putin from the Karelia as part of the annual “Ask Vladimir Putin a Question” TV broadcast.

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Final tests on Kopyo-A radar to be completed in 2009

September 6th, 2009 Comments off


DATELINE: MOSCOW Sept 4

The Fazotron-NIIR corporation is creating a new Kopyo-A radar station to be installed in Kamov Ka-27 and Ka-28 helicopters.

“This year we are planning to complete preliminary and final tests on the Kopyo-A helicopter radar and to receive the “O” status (prototype),” Anatoly Kanashchenkov, first deputy general director and general design engineer at Fazotron-NIIR, told Interfax-AVN.

The Kopyo-A radar tests will be completed next year, he said.

The Kopyo-A radar tests are carried out as part of the modernization of the deck helicopters Ka-27 and Ka-28, Kanashchenkov said. “If the radar tests go according to schedule, in 2011 we may expect an order for a trial batch of modernized helicopters,” he said.

The airborne Kopyo-A radar can provide area monitoring during maritime border patrolling in good and adverse weather conditions within a circular zone from zero to 360 degrees with a range of up to 250 kilometers.

Apart from its key functions, the radar can make high-definition maps of ground surface, identify and accompany up to ten sub-water objects, search and find aerial targets, solve navigation problems, and use guided weapons, such as X35 missiles.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Saudis to buy Russian but exact size of arms package still uncertain

September 6th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Sept 4

Russia and Saudi Arabia have been expanding military-technical cooperation, but they do not comment on media speculation on the price of the bilateral arms deals.

“Russia and Saudi Arabia are equally interested in broader military-technical cooperation, which meets their interests and does not contradict their international obligations in this sphere. I can confirm that corresponding work is underway,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said.

“Concerning speculation in the media on the worth of Russian arms purchases by Saudi Arabia, I don’t find it necessary to comment. Such talks are not made public,” he said.

A source in the Russian defense industry complex told Interfax-AVN in late August that Saudi Arabia could join the group of largest importers of Russian arms and military hardware soon. “Negotiations on a package of contracts to deliver Russian weapons and military hardware to Saudi Arabia worth some $2 billion have entered a final stage,” he said.

The package includes contracts for the delivery of up to 150 helicopters (30 Mil Mi-35 and up to 120 Mi-17 helicopters of various modifications), over 150 T-90S tanks, some 250 BMP-3 armored personnel carriers and several dozen missile systems,” the source said.

Contracts for delivering helicopters and tanks are expected to be signed first, he said. “Contracts for Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters, and T-90S tanks could be signed this year,” he added.

Talks are underway on the purchase of latest S-400 Triumf surface- to-air missile systems and Mi-28 helicopter gunships, the source said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian air force MiG-29SMT’s to see upgrade

September 6th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Sept 4

MiG-29SMT jet fighters that have been returned by Algeria will be upgraded and brought into line with the requirements of the Russian Air Force, Anatoly Kanashchenkov, first deputy general director and general designer of the Fazotron-NIIR corporation, told Interfax-AVN.

“The MiG-29SMT jet fighters that will be handed over to the Russian Air Force will receive a new “technological face”,” Kanashchenkov said.

The planes’ navigation systems and Zhuk-ME onboard radars will be modernized, he said.

“Improvements will be made to the radar stations’ frequency range,” he added.

“We will also form a new “technological face” for the radar currently used on MiG-29SMT planes,” the official said.

Up to 20 Zhuk-ME radars are expected to be produced before the end of the year, Kanashchenkov said.

Some of these radars will be installed on board MiG-29K/KUB deck- based airplanes slated for export to India, he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Fate of Admiral Nakhimov still up in the air

September 6th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Sept 4

Before upgrading any weapons the cost of the upgrade and its results should be clearly understood, Russian Deputy Defense Minister for armaments Vladimir Popovkin said.

“We are going into upgrading as into a dark forest,” Popovkin said at hearings organized by the Public Chamber together with the Union of Russian Machine-Building on Friday.

Asked about the prospects of financing the repairs and upgrade of the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov, Popovkin said that the price of the work exceeds $1 billion.

“We will have to provide a billion now and when we start the upgrade we will have to spend one and a half billion more. A new [ship] costs two and a half billion but it will also have double the service life,” he added.

Therefore before making such decisions “everything must be properly calculated,” he said.

Unofficial sources say that the repairs and upgrade of the cruiser were supposed to end at Sevmashpredpriyatiye in 2011 but even now it is clear that the deadline will be shifted.

Source: Interfax-AVN

Very sad news. At this rate the Russian navy will soon have no blue water combatants at all.

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