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BSF deal passes Rada and Duma

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

Lots of face punching, egg and smoke bomb throwing in the Rada and a final vote count of 236:214 in favor. It passed the Duma 410:0 with much less fanfare. The LDPR boycotted the vote. Zhirinovsky apparently does not believe Ukraine intends to comply with the agreement so it wasnt worth voting on it.

Pick your poison — chaotic Ukrainian democracy or a rubber stamp show parliament a la Russe. The BSF is down to 1 cruiser and 2 destroyers anyway so all this noise over a force that barely exists is largely just comical chest thumping. Putin is paying $80 million a year for each ship parked. There isnt a ship in the BSF worth 80 million dollars today. This deal only raises 4 billion for Ukraine. They need around 16 billion more to avoid default…so a lot more begging ahead at the IMF and WB.

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Russian army to go netcentric

April 26th, 2010 Comments off

An old video but a good one.

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Over 50,000 homes to house troops to be built by end of 2010 – Putin

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW April 20

New homes will be built by the end of the year to house more troops, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

“In 2009, 45,600 new apartments were given to Defense Ministry servicemen. Nothing like that has happened recently. In 2010, another 51,900 apartments will be provided. That is, almost 100,000 apartments will be provided over a period of two years,” Putin said in his address to the State Duma on Tuesday.

“As a result, we will meet all servicemen’s needs for permanent housing as we promised,” Putin said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

$3.1 billion dollars of of the 2010 defense budget were allocated for military housing construction so each unit costs just under $60k to build — not bad for Russia, but in tier 2 Russian cities median unit prices are about $50k so outside of Moscow they are probably overpaying by quite a bit.

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Russia to get 3D TV sats

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW April 21

Russian state-owned enterprise Kosmicheskaya Svyaz (Space Communications, also known by its acronym GPKS) said on Tuesday that it had commissioned two direct broadcast satellites to be developed, satellites that would have a minimum of 25% of their resources used for 3D and high definition (HD) digital television.

The satellites, to be called Express-AT1 and Express-AT2, are planned to be put in geostationary orbits in 2012, GPKS said in a statement.

“In choosing the image for the new [satellites], GPKS is relying on innovative technology for signal creation and broadcasting. Direct satellite broadcast systems, which are already widely used in Russia today, will be intensively developed in the form of high definition and 3D television within the next two to three years,” the statement quoted the enterprise’s acting general director, Yury Prokhorov, as saying.

The Express-AT1, to replace the Bonum-1 satellite, will cover European Russia, the Urals and eastern Siberia. It will be used by current direct-to-home (DTH) platforms for possible future direct satellite broadcast projects, including projects based on HD and 3D technology.

The Express-AT1′s orbit will be positioned at 56 Degrees East.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia expects to export over $9.5 billion in arms in 2010

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW April 21

Russia plans to export over $9.5 billion in weapons in 2010, chief of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service Mikhail Dmitriyev told Interfax-AVN.

“We do plan to increase weapons exports and military hardware exports this year. Our target figure is $9.5 billion, which we plan to attain,” Dmitriyev said on Wednesday.

The forecast for arms export is some $10 billion, he also said.

The first quarter went amazingly well and we managed to fulfill 28% of the plan for the year, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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CIAM builds Europe’s largest bench for testing hypersonic engines

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW April 22

The Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM) started up Europe’s largest bench for testing hypersonic engines in late March, Institute First Deputy General Director Valentin Solonin told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

“The test bench is a part of the National Technological Modernization project. The construction started in 2007,” he said.

“We intend to increase the capacity of the test bench. It can test samples of up to three meters now, but our goal is to test full-size samples in the future,” he said.

The test bench can imitate Mach 6 conditions, Solonin said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Ukraine offers Russia partnership on nuclear energy

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: KYIV April 22

Ukraine and Russia will be equal in the construction of a plant, which will supply fuel assemblies to Ukrainian nuclear power facilities, President Viktor Yanukovych told a Thursday press conference.

“We plan to resume uranium mining in Ukraine and to build a fuel assembly plant,” he said.

At present, Russia supplies Ukraine with 100% of nuclear fuel and owns all of the Ukrainian (nuclear fuel) market, he said.

“Hopefully, the new plant will make that correlation 50/50,” Yanukovych said.

The new plant will make deliveries to Europe, the president said.

“Complicated negotiations are in progress, and an agreement will be reached at some point,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Motor Sich plans to increase helicopter engine production, sales by 25%

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: KYIV April 22

The Motor Sich company based in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, plans to enlarge helicopter engine production and sales by 25% this year, Motor Sich President Vyacheslav Boguslayev told Interfax.

“Helicopter engines amount to 40% of our products. We intend to increase the production and sales of helicopter engines by 25% this year, while the general production growth may reach 15%,” he said.

Five helicopter plants in Russia buy Ukrainian engines, he said.

Motor Sich is one of the world’s leading producers of aircraft engines and gas turbines. It exports products to 106 countries, and about 50% of exports go to Russia.

Motor Sich meets over 80% of Russian helicopter engine needs. The company estimated last year’s growth in helicopter engine exports to Russia at 20%.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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BSF to get new ships

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW April 22

New submarines and ships will be supplied to the Russian Black Sea Fleet within the next few years, a source at the Russian Navy Headquarters told Interfax-AVN.

“The Black Sea Fleet will get no less than two corvettes within the next five years. Besides, three submarines will be delivered. Naturally, the extended period of the fleet’s presence in Ukraine will help build up the fleet potential,” he said.

“The timely enlargement of the fleet potential will ensure its efficient response to new security threats in the Mediterranean area, including the Black Sea,” he said.

The Black Sea Fleet will receive corvettes of Project 20380, Lada submarines of Project 677 and modernized Varshavyanka submarines of Project 877.

The Black Sea Fleet must have no less than eight to ten submarines, First Deputy Chief of the Navy Staff Vice-Admiral Oleg Burtsev said earlier.

So far, the fleet has about 50 ships, including the Moskva missile cruiser, two submarines (both non-operational), two large anti-sub ships, three patrol ships, and small missile carrying, landing, reconnaissance and rescue vessels. Most of the ships were built 20-35 years ago. According to the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, the Black Sea Fleet can have up to 388 ships, including 14 diesel-powered submarines.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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T-90 tank to get all new turret

April 17th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: NOVO-OGARYOVO April 7

Russia is modernizing its T-90 tank and will finish the project before the end of 2010, a deputy defense minister said.

“There is comprehensive work under way to modernize the T-90 tank, increasing its combat potential, fitting it with a night vision system, placing the ammunition compartment outside the crew section, and the armor, including the active armor, is being improved,” Vladimir Popovkin told reporters.

The organization that is modernizing the tank is promising to finish the work by the end of the year, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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