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Russian Helicopters announce competition to fill chief designer vacancy

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Russian Helicopters are accepting applications from candidates for the post of the holding company’s chief designer, the company’s spokesman told Interfax on Wednesday.

“Applications will be accepted during in a month and results will be summed up by November 30. The competition will fall into three stages: a study of CVs, an interview and a contest,” the spokesman said.

Earlier reports said that the management system of the holding company had been changed. On September 27 the aerospace holding company Oboronprom ceased to be Russian Helicopters’ management company. Dmitry Petrov, Russian Helicopters’ former deputy general director, was appointed as the company’s general director, Andrei Shibitov as deputy general director for scientific and technical polity, and production; Igor Pshenichny as deputy general director for marketing and sales, and Sergei Yarkovoi as deputy general director for finance.

Russian helicopters is a subsidiary of Oboronprom, which is part of the Rostekhnologii state corporation. It is the management company of Moscow’s Mil Helicopter Plant, Kamov, the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the Kazan Helicopter Plant, Rosvertol company, the Sazykin Aviation Company Progress, the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, Moscow’s Vperyod Machine-Building Plant, the Stupino Machine-Building Plant, Reduktor-PM, the Novosibirsk Aircarft Repair Plant and the Helicopter Service Compnay.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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ZALA Aero working on cargo delivering drone

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Izhevsk ZALA Aero is working on a drone, which will perform reconnaissance missions and deliver cargo, ZALA Aero Deputy Director Maxim Shinkevich told Interfax-AVN.

“ZALA-421-20, a 200-kilogram drone, is our priority for this and next year,” he said.

Apart from its main payload, the drone will carry two containers.

“The containers with up to 30 kilograms of cargo may glide down from the altitude of 3,000 meters to the distance of 25 kilometers,” he said.

The drone has been built “and is being prepared for test flights,” Shinkevich said. “The test flights and related adjustment will last for about one year.”

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Shamanov confident ongoing reforms will not negatively impact VDV

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Plans to reform Russia’s Airborne Forces (known as the VDV) aim at enhancing their combat efficiency, VDV Chief Commander, Hero of Russia Lieutenant-General Vladimir Shamanov has told reporters.

He dismissed concerns over the future of the VDV.

“As a commander, I see no reason to worry. The plans to be submitted to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief show that the structure of the VDV – five divisions and a training center – has remained intact. Moreover, two more district airborne formations will be added, which will increase the troops’ potential,” Shamanov said in response to an Internet address posted by VDV veterans displeased with the upcoming reforms.

The situation in the troops is “normal” and combat training continues as planned, the general said.

The 104th VDV regiment is performing a special mission in Kyrgyzstan, the 217th regiment is taking part in international exercises, and the rest are preparing for the winter season, he said.

Shamanov confirmed that the VDV would remain an independent branch of the Armed Forces.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Ukraine offers EU HELBROC a marine company, IL-76, and staff officers

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Ukraine has sent the European Union its proposals on participation in the EU tactical combat groups, Ukrainian General Staff Chief Hryhoriy Pedchenko said.

“We plan to deploy a marine company composed of up to 100 people, an Il-76 plane with crew, and staff officers in the HELBROC battle group,” Pedchenko told a press conference in Kyiv after meeting with General Hakan Siren, Chairman of the EU Military Committee. Pedchenko recalled that Ukraine earlier expressed its wish to join the EU tactical groups. Each component of these groups is located on the territory of its respective country and prepares for possible participation in crisis situations, and participants also conduct joint training exercises.

The EU HELBROC battle group comprises Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine wrap up nuclear transportation deal

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia have sealed an intergovernmental agreement on the transportation of nuclear materials via Ukraine.

The agreement was signed in Bratislava on October 21, 2010, Russia’s Rosatom state-owned nuclear energy corporation said in a statement on Thursday.

Nikolai Spassky, Rosatom Deputy General Director, Yelena Mykolaichuk, head of Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulation Committee, and Martin Hren, Slovakia’s State Secretary for Economy and Construction, put their signatures under the document.

Designed for a long-term prospect, the agreement lays a legal groundwork for further continuous nuclear fuel supplies by Russia’s Tvel company for nuclear reactors in Slovakia.

It fully complies with the existing long-term contracts between Russian and Slovak companies, the national legislations of the signatories as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency’s directives regarding the transportation of nuclear materials.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Duma ratifies Russian-Chinese missile launch notification pact

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

The Russian State Duma on Wednesday ratified a Russian-Chinese intergovernmental agreement on the notification of each other’s impending ballistic missile and space rocket launches.Signed in Beijing in October 2009, the document foresees the creation of missile launch notification mechanisms in both countries.

The sides will notify each other of the launch of ballistic missiles whose flight range exceeds 2,000 km over the other’s territory, an explanatory note says.

The agreement specifies the terms and time framework of the notification and states that launch data exchange will be strictly confidential “to prevent possible emergencies”.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Yantar wins Russian Navy tender for 3 new frigates

October 13th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: KALININGRAD. Oct 11

Kaliningrad Yantar to build three frigates for Russian Navy

The Yantar shipyard in the Kaliningrad region will build three frigates of Project 11356 for the Russian Navy, a shipyard representative told Interfax.

Results of the tender were announced late last week.

Yantar got the order because it had been building three similar frigates for India, the source said. “The order will not only start serial production at the shipyard but will also help its modernization,” the source said.

The shipyard and India signed a contract on building three frigates for $1.6 billion in July 2007. The delivery is due in 2011-2012.

Yantar is a component of the Western Shipbuilding Center, a subsidiary of the Unified Shipbuilding Corporation that operates the largest Russian shipyards in the west, northwest and center.

The shipyard produces civilian and military vessels of up to 10,000 tonnes and repairs ships. It has built over 100 large and about 400 small civilian ships and has repaired over 430 warships and civilian vessels.

The shipyard and India signed a contract on building three frigates for $1.6 billion in July 2007. The delivery is due in 2011-2012.

Yantar is a component of the Western Shipbuilding Center, a subsidiary of the Unified Shipbuilding Corporation that operates the largest Russian shipyards in the west, northwest and center.

The shipyard produces civilian and military vessels of up to 10,000 tonnes and repairs ships. It has built over 100 large and about 400 small civilian ships and has repaired over 430 warships and civilian vessels.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Following successful test from Donskoi, Bulava launch from Yuri Dolgoruki set for December

October 13th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW. Oct 8
A Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile is expected to be test-launched from the new-generation strategic Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine before the end of the year, a high-ranking representative of the Russian Navy’s main staff told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

“The launch of a Bulava missile from the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine is expected to take place in December,” he said.

The 14th test-launch of such a missile from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine is expected to be conducted in the first half of November, the representative said.

“Like all of the previous launches, it will take place from the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine,” he said.

A final decision on whether to conduct the launch from the Yury Dolgoruky will depend on the success of the tests in November, he said.

The 13th test-launch of a Bulava missile from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine, which took place in the White Sea last Thursday, was successful.

The warheads of the missile reached the Kura firing range in Kamchatka around 20 minutes after the launch.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Sukhoi expects to produce 500 fighters in next 5 years

October 13th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: MOSCOW. Sept 23

Sukhoi to make about 500 warplanes in five years (Part 3)

The Sukhoi Company intends to supply about 500 planes to the Russian Defense Ministry and foreign clients in the next five years, Sukhoi General Director Mikhail Pogosyan said in reply to question from Interfax-AVN in Moscow on Thursday.

“More than 100 warplanes will be produced for the Defense Ministry before 2015. We will sign a few more contracts with the Defense Ministry in the near future I hope, tentatively for over 150 planes,” he said.

More than 300 warplanes will be exported. “Concerning the export portfolio, provided the Sukhoi contracts are combined with those of Irkut, which makes planes for India, the order portfolio will include some 300 planes,” Pogosyan said.

As for the fifth-generation jet, Pogosyan said that phase one of the jet’s trials will end in 2012. “We hope to get test results and to start serial production by that time,” he said.

Sukhoi and MiG plan the annual production of up to 100 jets for the Defense Ministry, Pogosyan said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia, France in talks to set up new JV for production of laser inertial navigation systems

October 13th, 2010 Comments off

DATELINE: RAMENSKOYE. Sept 22

Russia, France could set up JV for production of laser navigation systems

The Ramenskoye Tool-making Design Bureau (RPKB) and France’s Sagem plan to set up a joint venture for production of laser inertial navigation systems for new and modernized airplanes and helicopters.

The joint Russian-French development, Lins-100 RS, was demonstrated to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the RPKB office on Wednesday.

RPKB General Director Givi Dzhandzhava asked the president for assistance in setting up such a joint venture with French partners. “If we set up the JV, we will get permission from the French government for transfer of laser technologies,” the company chief said.

Medvedev said he would talk about it with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He was reassured that this project would be of interest for France because it would open new markets for Sagem.

Inertial navigation systems developed jointly with Sagem are already being installed on Russian helicopters supplied to India and on Sukhoi aircraft, Dzhandzhava said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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