Archive for March, 2010

Russia developing new destroyer

March 14th, 2010 Comments off


Russia has begun developing a new-generation destroyer for its Navy, which will be built using stealth technology, a source from the defense industry told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

“Research is being done now to determine the image of a new offshore maritime zone vessel, and technical documents for the project are being drawn up. This process will last about 30 months,” the source said.

The future warship will be multifunctional, which will determine the choice of weapons for it, he said.

“The destroyer will have a missile weapon system using universal vertical launchers to fire high-precision missiles at ground, surface, and underwater targets. The ship’s air defense will be provided by short, middle, and long-range anti-aircraft missiles,” the expert said.

The destroyer’s artillery systems will also be universal and will be capable of firing high-precision guided projectiles at coastal and marine targets, he said.

The vessel’s multifunctionality will also affect its electronic equipment, the expert said. “The destroyer will be equipped with a universal target detection and designation system, electronic warfare systems, and hydro-acoustic equipment to detect submarines, mines, and underwater sabotage groups,” he said.

One of the features of the new destroyer will be a high level of environmental security, which so far is not a characteristic of Russian warships, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia, India sign $1.5 bln contract for MiG aircraft supply

March 14th, 2010 Comments off


Russia and India have signed a contract for the supply of 29 Mikoyan MiG deck-based aircrafts, said Mikhail Pogosyan, head of the Sukhoi Corporation.

“The contract is worth over $1.5 billion, the supplies will start by 2012,” Pogosyan told journalists on Friday.

These aircraft will be used not just for the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, but also by other units and formations of the Indian Air Force, said Sergei Ivanov, Russian Deputy Prime Minister.

The contract for the supply of 16 MiG-29K carrier-based fighter aircraft to India was signed as part of a package deal on the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier in 2004. It is worth a total of $1.5 billion, including $526 million for buying the aircrafts.

To date, six aircraft have been supplied under the contract, four of which have entered service and two are being assembled at an Indian air base.

A contract for the additional supply of 29 MiG-29K fighters is due to be signed in the near future.

The Indian Navy plans to enter into service a total of 45 MiG-29KB fighters, the Indian media has reported.

Source: Interfax-AVN

This isnt really a new deal, but merely India exercising an option they had negotiated in the original deal for 16. Putin signed off on some $10 billion worth of business in India, including agreements for new NPP’s and a deal for fertilizer sales.

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Kazakhstan increases defense budget by 25%

March 14th, 2010 Comments off


Kazakhstan’s 2010 defense budget will total 165,469 billion tenge, which is a 26.1 billion tenge increase from 2009 (current exchange rate 147.16 tenge/$1).

“This year the defense ministry approved the spending of 165,469 billion tenge, which is 0.95% of its GDP. Compared to the last year, the army budget has been increased by 26.1 billion tenge,” the Kazakh Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

“Spending on military training increased by 25%,” the statement said.

Questions about the efficient use of the 2010 army budget and the utilization of the 2009 budget were discussed at the meetings of defense financiers led by Deputy Defense Minister Amirzhan Tusupbekov in Astana on Friday, said the statement.

Tusupbekov urged heads of financial defense agencies to take all necessary steps to discontinue financial fraud in the army and to impose tough sanctions on offenders, including dismissing them, the statement said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Stand tests of AL-55I light aircraft engine begin

March 5th, 2010 Comments off


The research and production corporation Saturn (Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region) has started the stand testing of the AL-55I light aircraft engine intended for India, a source in the defense-industry complex told Interfax-AVN.

“One engine is under testing already and a second, being prepared at Saturn, is expected to join the first one soon,” he said.

The light AL-55I will retain thrust and fuel economy characteristics, the source said.

“But no decision has been made so far on the engine’s flight testing,” he added.

The AL-55I has been ordered by the Indian corporation HAL (Hindustan Aeronautic Ltd) for the HJT-36 training plane. A licensed production of AL-55I engines is to be launched in India.

In the future the AL-55I with an increased thrust of 2,200 kilograms could be installed on the Indian HJT-39 plane.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Vostochny “could” be ready in 2020

March 4th, 2010 Comments off


The Russian authorities plan to complete a project to build the Vostochny spaceport in the Amur region in 2020, Federal Special Construction Agency (Spetsstroi) Director Gen.

Nikolai Abroskin said.

“The construction of all facilities belonging to the Vostochny cosmodrome will take nine years – from 2012 to 2020,” Abroskin said at a session of the Spetsstroi board on Wednesday.

Specialists are now working on design documents for the project, he said.

“Spetsstroi of Russia, as the project’s contractor, has been playing an immediate role in discussions on all related issues,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

In the past 6 months or so we’ve gotten estimates of 2015, 2018, and now 2020. Taking bets on when we start to hear 2025!

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GEO-1K-2 to feature French altimeter

March 4th, 2010 Comments off


The GEO-IK-2 geodesic satellite will be launched in 2010 to conduct high precision measurements of the Earth’s surface, Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems General Designer and Director Nikolai Testoyedov told Interfax.

“The satellite will be gliding at an altitude of 1,100 kilometers and making Earth surface measurements with the precision of five centimeters with the help of the Sadko altimeter [made in France]. That is necessary for the Glonass navigation satellite system,” Testoyedov said.

The satellite will supply precise information about Earth’s parameters, such as rotation and shape, he said.

The Reshetnev is building the satellite to revive the Russian space geodesic system. Two GEO-IK-2 satellites will be sent into orbit.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Barabanov doubts France will supply Russia with SENIT 9 system

March 4th, 2010 Comments off


Russian shipyards are capable of designing and building large landing ships comparable with the French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, but domestic designers haven’t been given the chance, editor-in-chief of the Moscow Defense Brief edition Mikhail Barabanov told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

“The Russian military command does not invite domestic designers and shipyards to take part in the large landing ship tender. There have been numerous claims that the domestic shipbuilding industry is not experienced in designing and building such ships,” he said.

Nevskoye Design Bureau designed a large landing ship of Project 1174 (a helicopter-carrying ship with a full displacement of 14,000 tonnes). The Kaliningrad Yantar shipyard built three ships of that project in 1974-1989.

The ships were never repaired and eventually became obsolete. The last ship of the series, the Mitrofan Moskalenko, arrived in Vladivostok in 1990 and never made another voyage.

The Nevskoye Design Bureau developed a universal landing ship of Project 11780 with a full displacement of over 30,000 tonnes in the 1980s. The ship was never built due to the absence of free docks, Barabanov said.

The expert doubts that France may supply Russia with the SENIT 9 advanced information and control system together with the Mistral ship.

The access to technologies the Russian military command is seeking in the Mistral deal “will most probably imply the acquisition of a self- propelled ship hull built by simple commercial standards. It seems not only Russian but also Chinese or Eastern European shipyards can do the same,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Months after stepping down, chief designer of the Bulava speaks

March 4th, 2010 Comments off


Designers are not responsible for unsuccessful test launches of Bulava sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, Moscow Heat Technology Institute general designer Yuri Solomonov said in the Nuclear Vertical book.

“The Bulava advanced strategic missile has been tested with variable success. Test launches confirmed the correctness of main characteristics, but did not achieve steady positive results,” he said.

The book gave a detailed analysis of post-Soviet problems in the Russian defense sector.

The loss of unique technologies developed by the Soviet defense sector, the Finance Ministry’s blocking of industrial modernization programs and the absence of expensive test beds were the main reason for the failure of the majority of Bulava test launches, the designer said.

Solomonov headed the institute in 1997. He supervised the development of the new strategic missile system Topol-M and tendered his resignation in July 2009 after another failure of the Bulava. Sergei Nikulin took his position in a contest organized by the Federal Space Agency. Solomonov remained the institute’s general designer.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Information Satellite Systems to make telecom satellite antennas

March 4th, 2010 Comments off


The Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems will supply antennas for Express AM-5 and Express AM-6 satellites built to order of the Space Communications federal enterprise.

“We will be the only supplier of contoured beam antennas in Russia,” Reshetnev General Designer and Director Nikolai Testoyedov said.

The satellites will be launched in 2012.

The Reshetnev, the Radio Research Institute, Gazprom Space Systems and Space Commissions will launch the production of re-transmitters, antennas and orientation and stabilization systems in Russia, he said.

The satellite contract was signed on August 12, 2009, after an open tender. The winner will design, produce, test, prepare for launching and establish orbital contact with Express AM-5 and Express AM-6.

The satellites will provide digital TV and radio service in Russia, presidential and governmental communications, multimedia services (telephone, videoconference, data transmission and Internet access) and VSAT communications.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Pogosyan – Russian air force to get 350 fighters in this decade

March 4th, 2010 Comments off


The Russian Defense Ministry’s policy stipulates that the armed forces will receive 350 warplanes in the next ten years, Sukhoi General Director Mikhail Pogosyan said.

“Plenty of things must be done to meet the Defense Ministry needs.

The primary need is the sweeping modernization of aircraft and anti- aircraft missile systems. The armed forces will get 350 warplanes in ten years,” he said.

The Monday conference at the Sukhoi Company chaired by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin “will help coordinate plans of the Defense Ministry and plants,” he said.

“We now have a long-term program of the development of the defense sector and the armed forces for the period until 2020,” Pogosyan said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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