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Bahrain interested in buying Russian aircraft, other weapons – Rosoboronexport

January 23rd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MANAMA (Bahrain) Jan 21

Russia is hoping to sign contracts with Bahrain for the supply of military equipment and the creation of service centers, Rosoboronexport Director Anatoly Isaikin said.

“We have been conducting negotiations with the Bahraini Defense Ministry since 1992. Our partners are expressing an interest in Russian weapons systems, including aircraft equipment, firearms, primarily Kalashnikov rifles, special equipment, and radio electronic devices,” Isaikin said,

Isaikin said that no contracts have been signed yet. “Negotiations are continuing. We are expecting a delegation from Bahrain. We will show their specialists a number of Russian enterprises and I think specific proposals will finally be made,” he said.

At the air show, which is currently being conducted in Bahrain, Russia will make “a comprehensive offer to Bahrain not only on weapons, but also on the creation of service centers of the territory of Bahrain.”

At the air show held in Manama, Russia is displaying its Su-27SKM plane, which will make demonstration flights, and is conducting presentations of many other types of equipment.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia boosts uranium production by 25% in 2009

January 23rd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Jan 21
Russia mined 4,625 tonnes of uranium in 2009, 25% more than in 2008, Sergei Kiriyenko, chief of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, told reporters. Kiriyenko said Russia mined 3,600 tonnes of uranium in 2008. Geological uranium reserves grew five-fold last year, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian spent $1.2 billion over 10 years to lease Baikonor

January 21st, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Jan 20

Thanks to its financial inputs, Russia managed to preserve the unique infrastructure of Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan), with huge funding being allocated for its development and social programs for local residents, member of the State Duma defense committee Mikhail Nenashev told Interfax-AVN.

“We have paid to our strategic partner $1.265 billion for the cosmodrome lease over the past decade. This is, for instance, $170 million more than what we paid to Ukraine for the lease of the Black Sea Fleet in the Crimea over the same period,” Nenashev said.

The Baikonur lease agreement between Russia and Kazakhstan will be 15 years in September 2010, he said. “This agreement enabled Russia and Kazakhstan to accomplish necessary tasks of restoring the cosmodrome’s and town infrastructure at a difficult time,” the MP said.

“The lease fee is quite high, given that we develop Baikonur for Kazakhstan as well,” he said.

“For years we have been paying hundreds of millions of dollars annually. One year of lease alone costs Russia the same money that Kazakhstan spends for its agricultural sector, road overhauls and repairs, and scholarships for college students,” Nenashev said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Ukraine’s Motor Sych modernizing An-32 engines for India

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: KYIV Jan 18

Motor Sych based in Zaporizhzhya has signed a $110 million contract with the Indian Air Force to modernize AI-20 engines for Antonov An-32 military cargo aircraft, a company source told Interfax.

The three-year contract was signed in late December 2009. In all, 100 engines will be modernized starting from the end of this year.

Last July Ukraine and India agreed on the repairs and modernization of 105 An-32 of the Indian Air Force. The contract worth $400 million was signed between the Indian Defense Ministry and Spetstekhnoexport, a subsidiary of Ukrspetsexport. Ukraine won an Indian tender in December 2007.

That was the second largest military technical contract in the history of independent Ukraine. The largest contract of $650 million stipulated the delivery of 320 tanks to Pakistan in 2006.

India said that was the largest contract of the Indian Air Force in recent years.

According to unofficial sources, Ukrainian military exports neared $1.4 billion in 2009, or 20% more than in 2008.

About 40% of Ukrainian military exports go to Southeast Asia and less than 20% to Russia.

Ukrspetsexport forecasted 10% growth of exports in 2009.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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PAK-FA will fly this month!

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR Jan 18

The prospective fighter jet will make its maiden flight soon, a source in Komsomolsk-on-Amur told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

“The date of the maiden flight of the fifth-generation fighter jet will be named this week. The flight will take place in January,” he said.

The Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant is intensively testing the plane on the ground, he said.

“The jet has had a number of runway trials, which tested the engines, brakes and the control systems,” the source said.

“The runway trials were successful, which gave us hope for making the maiden flight on time,” he said.

The new jet of the Sukhoi company will be an intellectual product with multiple functions, capacity to destroy air-and land-based targets at anytime of the day and under any weather conditions, super- maneuverability, optical, infra-red and radar stealth and ability to take off and land from runways of 300-400 meters.

Experts claims the plane will make long flights at supersonic speeds with multiple refueling in the air. It will carry new electronic systems and have a highly automatic flight control network.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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India may buy another nine A-50EI early warning aircraft

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Jan 18

India plans to buy more A-50EI airborne early warning aircrafts from Russia.

“The Indian Air Force has applied for another nine A-50EI, including three to be supplied under the main contract and six in an option,” a defense industry source told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

Negotiations have just begun, “nevertheless, we expect Rosoboronexport to sign the contract this year,” the source said.

The aircraft will carry Israeli radar systems, he noted.

The first trilateral contract between Russia, India and Israel signed in October 2003 is being implemented successfully. Beriyev, Ilyushin and Vega represent Russia in the contract, while Israel is represented by ELTA Electronics Industries, which supplies the Falcon radar.

The first plane was delivered to India in May 2009. The second and third planes will be supplied in the middle and at the end of the year.

“The new contract will make the production continuous,” the source said.

The aircrafts are based on the Ilyushin Il-76 platform with PS-90A engines.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Taganrog to improve Be-200 design

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Jan 18

The Beriyev Be-200 amphibious plane to be produced in Taganrog starting from 2011 will be significantly modified, a defense industry source told Interfax-AVN.

“Mostly, the modernization will apply to the plane instruments and systems,” the source said.

The modification will be based on recommendations from the European Aviation Safety Organization (EASA) given in the course of the Be-200 certification.

“The Aviation Equipment Research Institute plans to install a new piloting and navigation system, which will be much lighter than the existent one,” the source said.

Besides, Be-200 planes will have English-language cockpits. “The cost of the Be-200 modification is being evaluated,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Sevmash completes first nuclear container for Kazakhstan

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: SEVERODVINSK Jan 18

The Severodvinsk Sevmash shipyard has sent the first UKKh123 container to Kazakhstan for storing spent nuclear fuel, a shipyard source told Interfax.

“This is the first of 20 containers Sevmash is building to KATEP order for storing spent nuclear fuel from the BN-350 reactor decommissioned in Aktau, Kazakhstan,” he said.

In all, the shipyard makes two types of nuclear waste storage containers, UKKh109 and UKKh123.

“The first UKKh109 container was supplied to the Leningrad nuclear power plant in October. The UKKh123 container has successfully passed tests,” the source said.

Sevmash and KATEP, the Kazakh organization treating nuclear materials and radioactive waste, signed a contract in May 2008 on the production of 20 UKKh123 containers for storing spent fuel from the BN- 350 rector.

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) finances the program.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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New APU for An-70 and An-124

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Jan 18

Antonov An-70 and An-124 ‘Ruslan’ will be equipped with new auxiliary propulsion units TA18-200 designed by the Aerosila Research Institute in Stupino near Moscow, Aerosila General Designer Leonid Plakhov told Interfax-AVN.

“The new propulsion units, which will provide the autonomous startup of plane engines, have enhanced capacity. They will be installed in An-70 and An-124 jets,” he said.

Preliminary tests of the new propulsion units ended in 2009. “The 150-hour bench tests will be complete in the first quarter of 2010,” Plakhov said.

“The TA18-200 will be certified by the end of this year,” he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Kazakhstan wants full control of enrichment cycle

January 16th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: ASTANA Jan 15

Kazakhstan’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry will take measures in the first-half of the year to formulate a comprehensive plan aimed at developing the domestic uranium production and uranium reprocessing sectors in order to reorient them toward the export of ready-to-use fuel for nuclear power plants, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sauat Mynbayev said in Astana on Friday.

“We need a clear plan today: how much natural uranium and ready- to-use fuel will we sell and to which countries? What capacities will we use to [make] this fuel? How will we do this? How can we pass these very complex certification procedures? And, as a result, how much uranium should Kazatomprom extract?” Mynbayev said.

“Already today, we are the world’s biggest producer of natural uranium. But do we really need this status? All this should become clear after this plan is adopted,” the minister said.

“But our key task is to sell not natural uranium, but ready-to-use fuel, in any case, the largest portion of uranium as ready-to-use fuel.

And most of this fuel should be manufactured in Kazakhstan,” he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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