Archive for October, 2009

Russia supplies China with additional Ka-28′s

October 10th, 2009 Comments off


Kumertau Aircraft Production Plant (KumAPP) has manufactured the first batch of Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters for the Chinese Air Force, Russia Helicopters said.

“The helicopters have been ordered by Rosoboronexport. Currently, the tests of the first three of the nine ordered helicopters are being completed,” the company said on Friday.

“The first shipment of Ka-28 helicopters to China is a small but sure step towards broader cooperation with our Chinese partners. Today and in the future Russian helicopter makers want to manufacture any type of modern helicopters for the air forces and navies of most countries, including our partners in China,” Russian Helicopters’ General Director Andrei Shibitov said.

“Currently, there is a steady demand for Russian helicopters on the global market. Our company is capable of meeting the needs of our partners in Asia, the Middle East, South America and elsewhere for both medium (Ka-28, Ka-32) and light (Ka-226T) helicopters,” said Sergei Mikryukov, Managing Director at KumAPP.

Ka-28 is the export variant of the Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopter, fitted with TV3-117VMAR altitude engines with increased capacity in nominal and cruiser modes. The hunter variant is armed with radio sonobuoys, the hunter killer, with anti-submarine air bombs and air torpedoes (including high-speed self-guided APR-2E “Orlan” missiles).

In 1998 the Chinese Navy bought eight Ka-28 helicopters, including five for anti-submarine warfare and three for search and rescue missions.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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UMPO signs contract to supply engines for Su-35 fighters meant for VVS

October 10th, 2009 Comments off


The Ufa-based engine-building production company (UMPO) has signed a contract with the Komsomolsk-on- Amur Aircraft Production Plant for the supply of AL-41F-1S (117S)

engines for the newest Sukhoi Su-35S multi-role fighter aircraft.

“These engines are designed for Su-35S aircraft supplied to the Russian Air Force. UMPO will manufacture 96 117S engines until 2015, the first shipment is due in 2010,” UMPO said on Friday.

This is the first time that the Russian Air Force will receive vectored-thrust engines installed at Su-35S aircraft, the statement said. Until recently, only export versions had been fitted with vectorable jet nozzles that give this capability.

AL-41F-1S (117S) is a 4++ generation two-shaft turbofan engine. It is being designed by UMPO and NPO Saturn for Sukhoi Design Bureau. AL- 41F-1S (117S) is a thoroughly upgraded version of the AL-31F engine. Its 2,000-kilogram thrust exceeds the basic engine characteristics.

UMPO is the biggest aircraft engine maker in Russia. The company specializes in production, post-sale service and maintenance for turbofan engines, as well as manufactures and repairs helicopter parts.

UMPO is part of the United Engine Building Corporation, a subsidiary of OPK Oboronprom.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Kazakhstan to aquire spy sat

October 10th, 2009 Comments off


France’s EADS is to build an observation satellite for Kazakhstan, estimated [to cost] some 260 million euros, head of the national space agency Kazcosmos Talgat Musabayev told Interfax.

“The basic price is 260 million euros, but this figure could be adjusted,” Musabayev said.

EADS is to create “an extremely sophisticated space system, comprised of two observation satellites and a ground mission control infrastructure with a quality information processing center,” Musabayev said. One of the satellites is capable of producing images of the earth with a 1-meter resolution, and the other with a 7-meters resolution.

Very few countries possess observation satellites with a 1-meter resolution. Unfortunately, even Russia has no such satellites at its disposal, he said, adding that the new earth observation system is to have been built by 2014.

Source: Interfax-AVN

Kazakhstan and France have also just signed a series of contracts valued well north of $1 billion for the supply of new command and control systems for the government of Kazakhstan. No Russian analogs exist and what products Rosoboronexport did offer were found lacking.

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Kazakhstan demands compensation over loss of KAZSAT-1

October 10th, 2009 Comments off


The KazSat-1 satellite made by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center on Kazakhstan’s orders which malfunctioned has dampened the reputation of Russian space equipment, head of Kazakhstan’s Space Agency Talgat Musabayev told Interfax.

He said Kazakhstan continues to insist on the payment of insurance compensation for the loss of KazSat-1. “Practice has shown that it may take years, at least two to get payment of insurance for a lost satellite. We are now working in this direction,” he said.

The work “is complicated by objective factors, in particular, the feeble legal groundwork – the contract for KazSat-1 was weak,” Musabayev said.

“The thoughtless declarations of the leadership of the Khrunichev center also played a negative role. After the malfunctioning of the satellite in June 2008 in October the same year they told the whole world that they had succeeded in fully reviving it. Literally a few days later the satellite broke down completely. But the term of insurance had expired by then. So now it is difficult to prove to the insurer that the satellite died back in June,” the official said.

Kazakhstan’s first satellite KazSat-1 was launched into space from Baikonur cosmodrome on June 18, 2006. On June 8, 2008, it stopped operating due to a failure in the onboard digital computer system and did not respond to signals from mission control on earth. By late October, Kazakh and Russian specialists had managed to partially restore its operating capacity. However, on December 2, the national space agency said that the satellite was lost for good. On August 14, 2009 it was deorbited.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Molniya developing new target drone

October 10th, 2009 Comments off


A promising new targeted missile with a ducted jet engine will be developed by 2011-2012, a Russian defense industry source told Interfax.

“It will be an absolutely new development. A very high and stable speed throughout its flight is the distinctive feature of a targeted missile with a ducted jet engine,” the source said.

NPO Molniya started developing technical documentation for the new targeted missile this year and the entire R&D process is expected to last for three years, the source said.

“The missile with a ducted jet engine may become a step towards hypersonic missiles. It should help check problems with developing hypersonic aerial vehicles. The new target will have a range several times longer than the current targeted missiles,” he said.

“Funding in the amount of somewhat more than 10% of the total sum required for the R&D is stipulated for this year,” he said.

The source reminded Interfax that currently targeted missiles developed on the basis of decommissioned air defense guided missiles are being used for the tests of surface-to-air missile systems and for the training of regular air defense units.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian Army Aviation may become part of Ground Forces

October 3rd, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: AGALATOVO, Leningrad region
September 30

Army aviation within the Russian Air Force is expected to be reassigned to the Ground Forces, Gen. Vladimir Boldyrev, the Ground Forces commander, told journalists on Tuesday. “A decision on including the army aviation into the Ground Forces may be made in the near future. This is an objective necessity. I believe the army aviation must be part of the Ground Forces, and it is in fact designed to perform duties characteristic of them,” Boldyrev said. The Russian army aviation made up of combat and transportation helicopters was separated from the Ground Forces and reassigned to the Air Force in 2003. Boldyrev said the nascent assault airborne brigades, which should serve as a mobile reserve of the commander of the operational strategic command, need attack and transportation helicopters. “Each assault airborne brigade must have a helicopter regiment, which is about 60 helicopters,” he said.

Three assault airborne brigades have so far been set up in Russia. It is planned that such brigades will be formed in each military district.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Project 877EKM, Kilo class, SSK “Yaroslav” returns to the fleet after overhaul

October 2nd, 2009 Comments off

ARKHANGELSK, September 24 (Itar-Tass) — The diesel-electric submarine the Yaroslavl, (B-808), of the Northern Fleet, has been re-launched after repairs in dock at the Snezhnogorsk branch of the Zvyozdochka defense shipyard in Severodvinsk, the press-service of the head office told Itar-Tass. “The submarine has been overhauled under a contract with the Defense Ministry,” the press-service said. At first the Yaroslavl submarine, built in 1988, was organic to the Black Sea Fleet. In 2007 it paid an unofficial visit to the main Norwegian naval base Hokonsvern – for the first time in the history of bilateral relations. The Yaroslavl submarine (project 887 EKM, Kilo class by NATO classification) was designed by the Rubin bureau of maritime technologies in St. Petersburg. The submarine has a displacement of 2,300 tonnes, length of 72.6 meters, underwater speed of 19 knots, diving depth of 300 meters, crew of 52, and fuel endurance of 45 days. It is armed with six 533-millimeter torpedo tubes.

Excuse the piss poor translation, it comes courtesy of the good folks at TASS. I’m far too lazy to do a proper translation when a halfway decent one already exists.

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India interested in aquiring 50 more Su-30MKI’s

October 2nd, 2009 Comments off

НЬЮ-ДЕЛИ, 2 октября. (ИТАР-ТАСС). Индии необходимы дополнительно еще 50 многоцелевых истребителей Су-30МКИ для обеспечения безопасности воздушных рубежей на восточном и западном стратегических направлениях на границах с Китаем и Пакистаном.

Как пишет сегодня газета “Таймс оф Индиа”, дополнительные Су-30МКИ должны пополнить парк этих истребителей, численность которых в составе ВВС Индии ранее была определена в 230 боевых машин на основе выполнения трех сделок с Россией на общую сумму в 8,5 млрд дол. В настоящее время в составе ВВС Индии находятся 105 Су-30МКИ, которые начали размещаться на базах в северо-восточных штатах Индии. Компания ХАЛ получила указание “любой ценой” завершить лицензионное производство 140 Су-30МКИ к 2015 году, подчеркивает газета.

Заинтересованность Индии в получении дополнительно 50 Су-30МКИ подтвердил начальник штаба национальных ВВС маршал авиации П.Наик. “Мы должны наращивать боевые возможности авиации в соответствии с требованиями как сегодняшнего дня, так и будущего”, – подчеркнул индийский военачальник. Необходимость этого продиктована в том числе задачами действий индийских ВВС в оперативной зоне от Ормузского до Малаккского пролива, которая считается главной в геополитических интересах Индии. В связи с этим осуществляется интенсивная модернизация индийских ВВС, на вооружение которых поступают самолеты различных типов.

Истребители Су-30МКИ считаются основой индийских стратегических сил сдерживания наряду с готовой к размещению баллистической ракетой “Агни-3″ с дальностью действия в 3,5 тыс. км и находящейся в разработке “Агни-4″. В настоящее время на Северном флоте ВМФ РФ начались испытания палубных истребителей МиГ-29К, 29 которых предназначены для базирования на авианосце “Викрамадитья” (бывший “Адмирал Горшков”). Россия также предлагает Индии самолеты МиГ-35 в рамках проводимого сейчас международного тендера на продажу этой стране 126 легких истребителей.

The title more or less says it all. This story originally comes to us from the Times of India though rumors have been bouncing around online for a few months now. No new contract has been signed yet.

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