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If Bulava fails again heads will roll

September 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: WASHINGTON. Sept 17

If Bulava fails again, production system will have to be altered – Serdyukov

Three consecutive test-launches of Bulava submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles are expected to be carried out before the end of 2010, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has announced.

“During the assembly, we wanted the missiles to be identical like twin-brothers,” Serdyukov told Russian reporters in Washington.

The consecutive launches of these missiles, if carried out, “must be identical in type,” he said.

“We are not pressing ahead with the launches. What is important for us is to rigorously guarantee that we assemble absolutely identical missiles which observed all technology,” Serdyukov said.

“[If] the possible flaws are identical, we will fix them. But if they vary, the entire system will have to be broken up and we will have to find out what is wrong with the production and control. Then it will become clear, that oversight over production is flawed and must be radically changed,” he said.

Serdyukov said earlier that Bulava testing would resume in the second half of September.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia will deliver Yakhont missiles to Syria

September 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: WASHINGTON. Sept 17The 2007 contract for the supply of modern Yahont anti-ship missiles will be completed, said Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

“An analogous system was supplied to Syria earlier, Yahont is simply more modern. And if that system did not get into the hands of terrorists, then why this one should,” Serdyukov told Russian journalists in Washington.

“This is an old contract, of the year 2007. So why stop it now, in 2010?” he asked rhetorically.

“We will supply Yahonts to Syria, we will perform the contract,” he added.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia, US to work on creating 3 tiers of NMD cooperation

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DATELINE: WASHINGTON. Sept 17Russia and the U.S. are creating a three-level system of missile defense cooperation, the levels are: experts, chiefs of general staff and defense ministers, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told journalists during his formal visit to the U.S.

“At the talks [with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates] we agreed to create a three-level system of cooperation on the missile defense problem,” the Russian minister said.

“This will be a working group of experts, a working group of the two countries’ chiefs of general staff and the third level, ministerial. Experts will either agree or disagree on something and pass their differences to the level of chiefs of general staff, where they will be discussed again, contact points will be found, and in issues where they are not found, will be passed to the defense minister level. Now we [ministers] will be looking for points of contact, and if we fail too, then these issues will be raised to the presidential level where it will be a political decision,” Serdyukov said.

“This principle repeats the one we used in preparing the new Russian-U.S. Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty. That is the path we are going to follow,” he added.

Russia is keen to participate in creating a reliable missile defense system, he also said.

“We really want to take most active part in this issue. Since missile-defense systems are being deployed in Europe, this should not happen without our participation. We must be directly involved in missile defense building,” Serdyukov said.

Russia and the U.S. still have fundamental differences on the strategic missile defense problem, he said.

“The fundamental difference remains to be them telling us: our missile defense program is not aimed against you, and we are telling them that according to our estimates it is aimed against us,” the Russian defense minister said.

Russia proposed to the U.S. “to start from assessing the degree of missile threats,” he said.

“Let us analyze them [threats] and assess where they are coming from. And only then can it be decided how to close these threats and whether it is necessary to deploy the missile shield where planned, or whether some other ways can be found,” Serdyukov said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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“Surprise” combat-readiness checks to become more frequent in Strategic Rocket Forces

September 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW. Sept 17

The combat-duty system of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) will be perfected, RVSN Commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said on Friday.

“Combat duty stature ultimately determines the state of combat readiness in the Strategic Rocket Forces as a whole. It is becoming increasingly clear today that if the situation is to be improved, including in matters of combat duty, new measures should be taken,” Karakayev told the RVSN’s Military Council.

“The combat duty stature will remain the highest form for maintaining combat readiness, and the main type of work done by formations and units,” he said.

RVSN spokesman Col. Vadim Koval told Interfax-AVN that chief of the RVSN headquarters, RVSN Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Ivan Reva, had presented a report on the current state of combat duty of the troops.

Reva said that the emergence of new conditions and factors over the past few years demands that control bodies at all levels seriously adjust their views on the principles of employing troops, on their combat readiness and on combat duty as the main form of maintaining combat readiness, the spokesman said.

“In order to see how matters really stand in the troops, an idea was proposed to make surprise checks on rocket divisions’ combat duty stature more frequent and to conduct such checks in half of the rocket formations as a minimum,” Koval said.

About 6,000 personnel are on combat duty daily at the RVSN’s combat posts in peacetime, according to the RVSN. This enables the forces on duty to keep the condition of nuclear weapons under uninterrupted control, to maintain its readiness with nuclear safety guaranteed, and to launch missiles when ordered.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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UMPO delivers first components for MS-21 prototype

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DATELINE: MOSCOW. Sept 17The Ufa Engine Industrial Association (UMPO) has sent the first high-pressure compressor rotor (KVD) for the PD-14 aircraft engine to the Aviadvigatel aircraft engine company, based in Perm. The rotor will be installed on the prospective MS-21 short and mid-range jet airliner, UMPO said in a statement on Friday.

“Under an agreement with Aviadvigatel, UMPO will make three KVD rotors of the demonstration gas generator, the first of which is to undergo the initial testing in November 2010,” it said.

Under the same PD-14 project, UMPO will make a low-pressure turbine, a rear support for the engine, an intermediate casing and the driving assembly body, the work for this started in February 2010, it says.

The development of a family of prospective 9 – 18 tonne passenger aircraft engines (Project PD-14) for MS-21 short and mid-range jet airliners is a priority project on the United Engine Construction Corporation’s plan, which is being implemented by nearly all of its member companies: Aviadvigatel, the Perm Motor Plant, UMPO, NPO Saturn, Kuznetsov and NPP Motor.

Source: Intefax-AVN

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Russian MIC itching to create carrier based drone

September 18th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW. Sept 17

Russia starts developing drones for aircraft carriers

A deck-based drone for prospective Russian warships could be developed in ten years, if ordered, a source in the military-industrial complex told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

“One of our design bureaus has started on its own initiative the development of a carrier-based strike and reconnaissance drone. If the Defense Ministry assigns this task to us in 2010, the drone will be ready for serial production in the 2020s, by the time the Navy’s Main Command hopes to have a new aircraft carrier built,” he said.

Two years will be spent preparing the blueprints and another three years creating an operating drone. At least a thousand test fights will have to be carried out, initially from the deck of a simulator carrier, and then from an aircraft carrier, the source said.

“This timeframe may seem too long at first sight. But the work to develop a drone, from start to operation, usually lasts over ten years,” he said

“Since no technical assignment has been given to develop the drone, its technical characteristics are only a conjecture,” the source said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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