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Managment Change at Rosoboronpostavka Signals win for Serdyukov

June 13th, 2010 Comments off

Viktor Cherkesov is out as head of Rosoboronpostavka and Nadezhda Simonova is in. Simonova has an audit background and prior to this appoint was an adviser to Defense Minister Serdyukov.

And judging by the photo in this video she was also HOT back in her younger days.

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OSK Commanders to Command Air Force and Naval Units too

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW June 8

The Russian authorities plan to merge the country’s six military districts into four and to form operative strategic command centers on their premises, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the general staff, said.

“We will propose merging our six military districts into four military districts whose commanders will immediately control all forces and means deployed in their territory, including the Navy, Air Force and air defense forces,” Makarov said at a session of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee on Tuesday.

The military district commander will control all these forces and means single-handedly, he said.

“Only one commander is needed to control all these forces and means, not several commanders as we had earlier. The military district commander in the strategic area in question will fulfill these functions,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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3 Additional Multi-Service Armies Planned

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW June 8

Three multi-service armies are to be formed as part of a plan to set up operational-strategic commands on the basis of military districts, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the general staff, said.

“We decided to form additional multi-service armies in some of the strategic directions following a thorough assessment of the present-day challenges and threats. There will be three such armies,” Makarov said at a session of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee on Tuesday.

One of the multi-service armies will be based in Chita, he said.

Six additional motorized infantry brigades will be set up and attached to the newly-established formations, Makarov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Rosatom to Hold Talks with Argentina Soon

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW June 9

The Rosatom state corporation plans to hold a new round of talks with Argentina on construction of a nuclear power plant in the next few weeks, Rosatom head Sergei Kirienko told Vesti 24 television.

“In two weeks we are expecting the arrival in Moscow of a big representative delegation led by the prime minister,” Kirienko said.

Rosatom is also in talks with Brazil and Venezuela on construction of nuclear plants in those countries.

Kirienko recalled that Rosatom recently signed an agreement with Vietnam that stipulates Russian technology will be used to build that nation’s first nuclear power plant.

Egypt is also preparing to announce a tender on construction of a nuclear plant in which Russia plans to participate. In addition, Rosatom recently concluded a nuclear plant construction agreement with Turkey.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Ukraine gets $2 billion Loan From Russia to Finish Expansion Work on NPP

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: KYIV June 9

Ukraine received a loan of nearly $2 billion from Russia on Tuesday, a source in the Ukrainian government told Interfax.

The money is most likely intended to fund a joint Russian-Ukrainian project to complete the construction of two power generating units at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant, he said.

The source, however, declined to reveal the source of the loan, saying that the funds were transferred to the Ukrainian government’s accounts.

The Ukrainian prime minister’s press secretary Vitaliy Lukyanenko, for his part, has refused to confirm this report.

However, Lukyanenko admitted that Ukraine earlier held negotiations with Russia on a large loan for the Khmelnitsky project.

The press secretary said he did not know whether the money had been provided or not.

The Ukrainian Finance Ministry’s press service said that such a loan had not been granted at the state level, but it could have been provided by Russian banks.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia has no Money for More Bases Abroad

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW June 9

Russia does not plan to expand its military presence abroad by setting up new military bases, Viktor Ozerov, the Federation Council’s defense and security committee chief, said, quoting Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

Serdyukov made this statement in the Federation Council on Wednesday, Ozerov said.

“It is a luxury. We have four military bases abroad. Building more would be too burdensome,” Ozerov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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BSF to Shrink

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW June 9

The Russian Black Sea Fleet based in Sevastopol, Ukraine, will have fewer than 24,000 sailors, Viktor Ozerov, the Federation Council’s defense and security committee chief, said, quoting Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

“Commenting on the Black Sea Fleet, the minister said that its numerical strength has already been determined – [the fleet] will have fewer than 24,000 people,” Ozerov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia Only Wants Mistral if Tech Transfer Included in Deal

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW June 9

Russia is interested in purchasing the Mistral helicopter carrier only if the ship’s technology is also provided, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putinsaid.

“Will we buy a Mistral or not? This is a good deal for French producers. Such a helicopter carrier is worth around 300 million euros.

This deal may be interesting to us only if it is accompanied by the simultaneous transfer of technologies,” Putin said in an interview with French television ahead of his two-day visit to Paris.

It is important to decide on the simultaneous transfer of technologies in order for “our shipbuilding, [industry], both military and civil, to get a new technological impetus for development,” he said.

“I repeat it is a very important issue what and to what extent will be produced at Russian enterprises,” Putin said.

“Just as in any other industry, the exchange in competencies, technologies and final results of the production is of course useful,” he said. “Cooperation in such a delicate sphere as military and industrial production of course leads to the growth in trust between countries, which in my opinion is no less important that the first, economic or technological, part,” Putin said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Tests on Flight Deck of Ex-Admiral Gorshkov Carrier to Commence Soon

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DATELINE: MOSCOW June 10

A Mikoyan MiG-29K will take part in the tests of the Admiral Gorshkov (Vikramaditya) aircraft carrier Sevmash is modernizing for the Indian Navy.

“An over-12-tons replica of the aircraft was delivered from the MiG Corporation to Sevmash yesterday. Tests of the launching mechanism will begin this month,” Sevmash representative Mikhail Kuznetsov told Interfax-AVN.

“Once the tests are over, the jet mockup will be used in dock trials of the flight deck,” he said.

The Admiral Gorshkov contract was signed with India in 2004, eight years after the ship was put out of service in Russia. The sides agreed to invest $974 million to modernize the vessel and another $530 million in 16 MiG-29Ks and anti-sub helicopters Kamov Ka-31 and Ka-27. India was due to receive the vessel in late 2008. About $458 million had been transferred to Sevmash before funding was suspended in January 2007.

It was agreed to enlarge the funding to $2.33 billion in March. The delivery is due by December 2012. India pledged to buy 29 MiG-29Ks worth $1.46 billion in addition to 16 jets ordered earlier.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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SCO Will not Consider Iran for Membership

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW June 10

Nations applying for membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) must not be under UN sanctions, or in a state of armed conflict with other states, says a draft provision on the rules of admitting new members to the SCO.

The draft is expected to be approved at the SCO’s summit, opening in Tashkent on Thursday. President Dmitry Medvedev will attend.

Nations applying for SCO membership must belong to the Eurasian region, maintain diplomatic relations with all SCO members, have the status of observer in the SCO, or partner-in-dialog status, and be actively involved in trade and economic and humanitarian exchanges with the member-states. They must not be under UN sanctions, or in a state of armed conflict with another country, or group of countries, the draft says.

Meanwhile, the draft statement on the outcome of the summit has provisions, saying that further efforts must be made to lay the legal groundwork for admitting new members.

The National Coordinators Council will be instructed to draft a standard memorandum, regulating legal, organizational and financial aspects of SCO membership.

The SCO is currently comprised of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran, India, Pakistan and Mongolia have observer status, and Belarus and Sri Lanka the status of partners in dialog.

The organization’s Foreign Ministers Council, at Kazakhstan’s initiative, imposed a temporary moratorium on admitting new members and observes in 2006. Also in 2006, Pakistan applied for full-fledged membership, and Iran applied in 2007 and 2008.

Belarus requested observer status in 2005 and Sri Lanka and Nepal in 2007. Ukraine, Egypt, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Turkey Qatar and other countries showed interest in establishing contacts with the SCO at different times.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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