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Nerpa joins the fleet

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: VLADIVOSTOK Dec 28

The Amur shipbuilding plant has been delivered the Nerpa nuclear submarine to the Russian Navy, Interfax was told on Monday.

“The ceremony of transferring the submarine to the Russian Navy has just ended. Pacific Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Konstantin Sidenko attended the ceremony,” an Amur shipbuilding plant spokesman told Interfax.

The plant’s press service earlier told Interfax that the last stage of the Nerpa state trials ended on December 25.

“The main stages of trials have been completed and the submarine confirmed its reliability and full conformity to the tactical and technical parameters of the project,” the spokesman said.

The Nerpa submarine is expected to be leased to the Indian Navy in the spring of 2010, a source in Russia’s defense sector told Interfax-AVN in early September.

The Nerpa (Project 971 Shchuka-B, or Shark by NATO classification)

is a third-generation submarine, which carries torpedoes, torpedo missiles and Granat cruise missiles with a range of 3,000 kilometers.

Such submarines have a displacement of 8,140/12,770 tonnes. Their maximum speed is 30 knots and maximum submersion depth is 600 meters.

They can function autonomously for 100 days and are operated by 73-member crews. Fifteen such submarines have been built since 1984.

According to Indian media, the Nerpa (which will be renamed to Chakra) submarine will be leased to India for ten years under a $650 million contract.

Twenty people died on November 8, 2008 during trials for the submarine when the fire extinguishing system was activated accidentally.

In September 2009 the submarine completed the third stage of sea trials and in mid-November state trials began.

Source: Interfax-AVN

The boat will be handed over to India in the spring.

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UAC confirms PAK-FA runway trials, but no hard date set for first flight

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 28

The Russian fifth-generation fighter jet will make its maiden flight very soon, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President and CEO Alexei Fyodorov told a Monday press conference in Moscow.

“Preparations for the first flight are very intensive. I confirm the recent runway trials of the jet,” he said.

The jet and its innards are brand new, so it is hard to say exactly when the first flight may take place, Fyodorov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

:-)

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First new An-124 could come out of factory in 2014

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 28

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) may start deliveries of its renewed Antonov An-124 ‘Ruslan’ planes in 2014, UAC President and CEO Alexei Fyodorov said on Monday.

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered up to 20 ‘Ruslan’ planes in the defense procurement program for the period until 2020 and to resume the production of this aircraft, he said.

“If the instructions are implemented quickly, we can start the deliveries in 2014. We also hope to supply up to 20 aircraft by 2020,” Fyodorov said.

The project costs 17 billion rubles, and the UAC expects budgetary funding, he said. A renovated ‘Ruslan’ will cost $200 million.

It is essential for the UAC to have an initial contract with the Defense Ministry, he said.

“There is a commercial demand for such an aircraft, but they are expensive and it is unclear whether commercial transporters can afford the ‘Ruslan’,” Fyodorov said.

The production cycle will have to be modernized, and the ‘Ruslan’ engine and cockpit will be updated, he noted.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian defense exports hit record in 2009

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 23

Russia’s weapons exports for 2009 will be worth more than $8.5 billion, the head of the government’s arms trade agency said.

“The outgoing year will be the 10th year in a row when volumes of supplies of military-purpose products exceeded levels of the preceding year. According to preliminary estimates, the volume of exports of armaments and military equipment will exceed $8.5 billion,” Mikhail Dmitriyev, director of the Federal Service for Military Technological Cooperation, said at a awards ceremony on Tuesday.

“No financial crisis – not even the deepest one – can affect our exports of armaments and military equipment,” he said.

“The portfolio of contracts exceeds $40 billion,” Dmitriyev said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

The 40 billion dollar order book is the healthiest ever.

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Yak-118′s to get German engines

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 22

Russia’s Yakovlev design bureau plans to equip its new Yakovlev Yak-118 light multi-purpose airplane with a German-made diesel engine, a spokesman for the Russian aircraft making sector told Interfax-AVN.

“Yak-118, Yak-58 and several other airplanes that are currently being developed are expected to be fitted with a new German diesel engine. Flight trials of this engine will be carried out in Germany in the second quarter of 2010,” the spokesman said.

The new German engine, which is more powerful and fuel-saving, will help bolster the flight possibilities of light multi-purpose and training airplanes that are being developed today, he said.

Russia does not have similar engines, he added.

The Yak-118 is a six-seat single-engine airplane, which is a modernized version of the Yak-18T plane equipped with a diesel engine, the spokesman said.

The Yak-118 is able to fly at a speed of up to 400 kilometers per hour and can be used during operations in highly mountainous areas and in high temperature conditions, he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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12 Su-25′s to get SM upgrade in 2010

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 22

The modernization of Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft for the Russian Air Force will not slow down in 2010, Sukhoi Attack Aircraft’ General Director Vladimir Babak told Interfax- AVN.

“Twelve combat attack aircraft were modernized into the Su-25SM variant in 2009. In 2010, the pace of Su-25 modernization for the Russian Air Force is not expected to decrease,” Babak said.

The funding of the attack aircraft modernization program in 2010 is expected to come in planned quantities, he said.

Thanks to the modernization, the navigation and tactical use of Su- 25SM’s unguided aviation weapons is two or three times more accurate than the Su-25 specifications. The bombing accuracy is the same as that of guided aviation weapons. The deviation during horizontal bombing at an altitude of 200-300 meters was 10 to 15 meters. The use of a modern inertial navigation system helped achieve the accuracy of coordinate positioning at about 15 meters with satellite adjustment and 200 meters without it.

Source: Interfax-AVN

The terrifyingly slow pace of upgrades continues.

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Russia concludes deal to supply Burma with 20 MiG-29SMT’s for $600 million

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 23

Officials from Russia and Myanmar have signed a set of contracts on the delivery of Russian combat aircraft and other weapons to Myanmar, a source in Moscow’s military and diplomatic circles told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

“The backbone of this package is a contract on the delivery of 20 MiG-29SMT jet fighters to Myanmar. Deliveries of helicopters and other military purpose products are also expected to be made to Myanmar,” the source said.

The package of deals is estimated at more than $600 million, he said.

“The first MiG-29SMT planes are expected to be sent [to Myanmar] next year,” he said.

Russia’s state arms trader Rosoboronexport and the MiG Corporation have declined to comment on the report.

The MiG-29SMT is a qualitatively new version of the MiG-29 light frontline jet fighter. The new airplane is equipped with a wide range of air-to-air and air-to-surface airborne weapons and is designed for high precision operations against air-, land-and sea-based targets. The modernization has helped triple the combat efficiency of the MiG-29SMT and reduce the cost of its use by around 40%, as compared with the basic MiG-29 version.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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First Tu-334 to be delivered to customer in 2011

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 23

The Tupolev company plans to deliver the first two Tupolev Tu-334 passenger airplanes under a contract with a Kazan-based air carrier in 2011, Tupolev President Alexander Bobryshev told journalists on Wednesday.

“We are supposed to provide these planes in 2011,” Bobryshev said.

There are all the necessary funds to finish the construction of these two airplanes at Kazan’s Gorbunov aircraft manufacturing enterprise, he said.

The future of the Tu-334 regional passenger airplane will depend on the success of the contract with the Kazan-based airline, he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

I’ll believe it when I see it. This has been one seriously cursed program and its basically just welfare for a dying factory.

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Armavir Voronezh-DM to enter service in 2010

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: ST. PETERSBURG Dec 24

The Russian “Voronezh-DM” radar station in Armavir will enter service in 2010.

“We are working hard in this direction. And I think this station will enter service in 2010, although it is already being used, according to the set tasks,” Space Troops commander Oleg Ostapenko said in response to a question posed by Interfax in Lekhtusi near St. Petersburg where a similar radar station began service on Wednesday.

The construction of the ballistic missile early warning radar site near Armavir, Krasnodar Territory, began in May 2006. Creating a new site became a necessity after two Dnepr-M radars in the RO-4 “Nikolayev” site near Sevastopol and the RO-5 “Beregovo” site near Mukachevo in Ukraine stopped operating for Russia.

The Armavir radar took up the baton in monitoring ballistic missile launches in the south and southwest.

As for the radars in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, “these are working and performing their duties that no one has yet canceled for them,” Ostapenko said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

The Voronezh-DM outside of St. Petersburg just went fully operational.

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Tests on Meteor-M satellite successfully completed

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Dec 24

The Meteor-M weather satellite is operating in experimental mode, Russian Electro-Mechanics Research Institute General Director and Designer Leonid Makridenko said.

The Federal Space Agency website posted his report on Thursday.

“The first Russian weather satellite starts to operate in experimental mode. Another two satellites of the series will be launched in 2011 and 2012,” he said.

Meteor-M was put into orbit in September and underwent tests between September 17-December 22.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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