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Russia would want technology that goes with Mistral as well as ship itself – admiral

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 26

Former commander of the Russian Navy Adm. of the Fleet Vladimir Masorin, today an adviser to the Russian defense minister, on Thursday dismissed media reports that France might sell Russia a Mistral-class multirole helicopter carrier without the sophisticated equipment that is normally installed on it.

“We wouldn’t be satisfied with a Mistral without its state-of-the- art equipment. Our shipbuilders would be able to weld an empty hull together by themselves,” Masorin told Interfax-AVN.

“It’s hard to imagine a situation where the French make the hull and we install our equipment on it,” he said.

“It is very difficult to fit Russian armaments, electric equipment and other technological components into a hull that is part of an absolutely different project. To make this possible, at the very least French designers and our shipbuilders must build the ship together,” the admiral said.

The Mistral multifunctional helicopter carrier has a standard displacement of 16,500 tonnes, a length of 199 meters, a beam of 32 meters and a draft of 6.2 meters. The maximum speed is 18.8 knots, and the voyage range is 19,800 miles.

The ship carries 16 helicopters (including eight landing helicopters and eight assault helicopters). Six helicopters can be placed on the ship’s deck simultaneously. Also the ship carries four light landing cutters or two air-cushion landing cutters.

The cargo deck with a length of 122 meters and a width of 13.5 meters can carry up to 1,100 tonnes of cargo, up to 470 marines (900 on short distances), 40 tanks or 70 vehicles. The ship is armed with two Simbad air defense launchers, two 30-millimeter Breda-Mauser artillery systems and four 2.7-millimeter machine guns.

The ship has a hospital with 69 beds and carries up to 150 staff officers. The crew size is 160, including 20 officers.

The French Navy has two Mistral helicopter carriers and is building a third one.

According to unofficial sources, the ship costs about 600 million euros.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Beirut, Moscow mull possible alternative to MiG-29 fighters

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 26

Lebanon President Michel Suleiman has revealed that another aircraft model and helicopters could be given to the Lebanese Armed Forces by Russia instead of the ten MiG-29 fighters already promised.

“Russia did in fact promise to supply ten MiG-29 fighters to our army. This initiative had a very good impact on the Lebanese army morale, given the world’s tacit embargo on the supply of weapons to Lebanon. Special commissions from both sides will study the matter and whether Lebanon needs these aircrafts. They need to determine a base for the aircrafts, our technical capabilities, to understand how prepared our pilots and specialists are to service these aircrafts,” Suleiman said in an interview with the Vremia Novostei newspaper.

“Concurrently, both parties are studying another issue: a possible alternative to MiG-29 fighters. The Lebanese could have mastered faster and more easily another aircraft model, both in terms of preparing an airfield for such aircrafts and in terms of pilot training,” Suleiman said.

Both airplanes and helicopters are being considered as an option, he added.

“Yes, we do need combat helicopters. The choice might fall precisely on the combat helicopters,” the president said.

Concerning the Middle East peace process, Suleiman said he expected Russia to help find solutions to the region’s problems.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Topol-M missile systems complete 400-km march towards parade practice site

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 26

Three road mobile launchers for Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles (ISCBM), which will take part in the parade on the Red Square on May 9, have arrived to the training site in the Moscow region, Col. Vadim Koval, Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman for the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces (RSVN), told Interfax-AVN.

“Over the last 24 hours the road mobile missile systems completed a 400-kilometer march from their permanent base in the Ivanovo region to Alabino in the Moscow region, where crews will be training as part of the parade team,” Koval said.

Last night a procession of the Topol-M systems was escorted by police vehicles along the external side of the Moscow circular motorway.

“The crews demonstrated high-level march skills,” the defense official said.

The May 9 military parade on the Red Square will involve the RSVN personnel and military hardware from the missile division based in Taikovo in the Ivanovo region, he said.

“The launchers of the latest Topol-M road mobile missile launchers will march on the Red Square as part of the mechanized procession of the parade team for the first time in the history of Russian military parades. The previous parades involved launchers for old Topol missiles,” Koval said.

During the parade the missile launchers will carry mock missile enclosures, not nuclear missiles, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Conscription will be increased – Gen. Staff

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 25

Russia does not plan to switch over to contract military service completely and abandon conscription, General Staff Chief, General of the Army Nikolai Makarov has said.

“We are not going to switch to contract service. Too many mistakes have been made, while the task of building a professional army has not been fulfilled. So the decision was made that conscript service will remain in the armed forces,” Makarov said in an interview with the television channel Russia Today.

“Moreover, we are increasing conscription and cutting down the contract component. We have realized that contract servicemen must be trained using new methods. We are now taking sergeants under contracts, whom we train for two and a half years. We will move to a contract army through this,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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SCO to hold anti-terrorist exercises in Kazakhstan

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 25

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will hold anti-terrorist exercises in Kazakhstan in September, Russian Army Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov told reporters on Thursday.

“The number of Kazakh servicemen taking part in the exercises will be much larger than the number of visiting troops,” he said.

China and Russia will send up to 400 servicemen to Kazakhstan each, while about 3,000 servicemen will represent Kazakhstan.

Russian servicemen will fly and travel by train to get to Kazakhstan, Postnikov said.

The SCO is made up of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, Iran, India and Pakistan have observer status in the organization.

Source: Interfax-AVN

Is this the death of the SCO? Comparing the scale of this years exercise to Peace Mission 2005 would lead one to just this conclusion.

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Land Forces tinkering with 3 different brigade structures

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 25

Russia’s Land Forces will have three types of brigades in the future – heavy, medium and light, Land Forces Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov told the press on Thursday.

“We plan to switch the Land Forces over to three types of brigades -heavy (tank brigades), medium (multi-role brigades capable of being quickly transferred to directions that come under threat), all of them equipped with armored personnel carriers and armored vehicles, and light -air assault and mountain brigades, which can be quickly moved from other directions,” Postnikov said.

A division can be deployed for combat operations in 15 to 20 days and a brigade within 24 hours. One hour is given to leave the garrison, he said

The planning of the Land Forces’ optimal organizational structure will be continued this year, Postnikov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia leading the field in space launches

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 25

Russia made 32 space launches in 2009 to send 29 domestic and 20 foreign satellites and spaceships into orbit, Federal Space Agency head Anatoly Perminov said in a statement posted on the agency’s website on Thursday.

“That was 41% of all space launches conducted in the world,” he said.

Thirteen space vehicles were launched under the federal space program. Russia doubled the amount of Soyuz manned spaceship launches and Progress freighters in keeping with international commitments, Perminov said.

Most of the works were completed in the projects of Elektro-L and Kanopus-B weather satellites and Spektr-R and Spektr-RG astrophysical observatories.

The cluster launch of Kanopus-B, the MKA-FKI small satellite and a Belarusian satellite is planned for the end of this year.

The development of a new series of Express satellites continues together with the development of the Luch re-transmission network and the Gonets-M personal satellite communication system, Perminov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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European certification of Be-200Chs-E almost complete

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 25

The European Aviation Safety Organization (EASA) and the Interstate Aviation Committee Registrar will sum up results of European flight worthiness tests of the Beriyev Be- 200ChS-E aircraft in late March.

“In fact, European certification authorities are validating the certificate issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee earlier,” Taganrog Beriyev Aviation Center Deputy General Designer and Be-200ChS-E chief designer Alexander Yavkin told Interfax-AVN.

He noted that the plane had been certified by European standards since 2006.

“The Be-200ChS-E practically finished a series of certification tests at the end of last year, and only one test flight is left,” he said.

For it to be sold on the international market, the EASA certificate must first be issued.

The multi-role aircraft is capable of quick adjustments to particular missions, such as extinguishing fires, transporting rescuers, helping in evacuations and so on.

The plane can carry 72 passengers or 7.5 tonnes of cargo. It can dump up to 320 tonnes of water onto a fire site with a single fueling, and take water from airfield tanks or from a reservoir.

Source: Interfax-AVN

The passenger version doesn’t actually exist right now. They are certifying the fire fighting version only.

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New Iskander missiles in Leningrad military district unrelated to Patriots in Poland

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 25

Iskander missile systems will be supplied to Leningrad military district brigades this year, Russian Army Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov said on Thursday.

“I would not relate these plans to the deployment of U.S. Patriot missiles in Poland. This is part of the development of the Russian Armed Forces,” he said.

Iskander missiles may be positioned in the Kaliningrad region if necessary, Postnikov said.

“We are capable of moving these systems to any endangered direction,” he said.

All Army brigades will be equipped with Iskander systems in the future, Postnikov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

All brigades?

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261 new T-90 tanks to enter service in 2010

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW Feb 25

The Russian Army will be supplied with about 300 T-90 tanks this year, Army Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov said on Thursday.

“It is planned to buy 261 modern T-90 tanks,” he said.

“We have switched from modernization to purchase of new hardware,” he said.

There is twice more armor than necessary now, over 20,000 tanks of various modifications, and they will be replaced with new models, the general said.

Priority will be given to the North Caucasian military district, which will receive BUK-M3 systems, TOR systems of various modifications, as well as Smerch, Grad and Uragan volley fire systems by the end of 2010, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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