Archive for November, 2010

Great article on what current reforms have done and will do to the VVS

November 21st, 2010 Comments off

Link here.

The Russian Defense Policy blog is just awesome and I highly recommend it. It’s what this blog would have become had I only had the time to put in that much effort.

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Daunting task of ordinance disposal in Russia

November 19th, 2010 Comments off
Over 580,000 tonnes of old munitions still to be destroyed in Western Military District

The routine disposal of outdated munitions continues in the Western Military District (WMD), the WMD headquarters told Interfax.

“This important task is being performed by 13 ground force companies, apart from analogous naval and air force units,” the official said

Each day disposal experts destroy on average up to 450 tonnes of ammunition, he said.

In all, over 586,000 tonnes of various munitions have yet to be destroyed, the headquarters said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

586,000 tons or the the weight of 5 fully equipped American aircraft carriers, and this is in just one of the MD’s!

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Chemical weapons disposal facility in Bryansk region finally ready

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

Russia’s sixth chemical weapons disposal facility will be commissioned in the town of Pochep (Bryansk region) on November 26, the Federal Directorate for Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapon said in a statement on Saturday.

“The Pochep facility is meant to play an important role in Russia’s completion of the fourth stage of its international obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction,” the statement said.

“The facility construction is a bright example of international cooperation. Financial and technical assistance in the facility construction were provided by Germany and Switzerland,” the statement said.

Pochep is Russia’s largest arsenal of chemical weapons. It stores aviation chemical munitions with calibers ranging from 150 to 2,000 kilograms. It contains 7498.2 tonnes of toxic organophosphates, or 18.8% of Russia’s total stock of chemical weapons.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Hydromash prepares for PAK-FA and MS-21 production

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

Nizhny Novgorod’s Hydromash will start serial production of units for the fifth-generation fighter jet T-50 in 2012, the plant said in a quarterly report.

“Hydromash will continue to test and adjust units of the T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet. Serial production of these units will start in 2012,” the plant said.

In addition, the plant will design undercarriage and hydraulic units for the MS-21 medium-range commercial jetliner and make a pilot batch of hydraulic units in 2012. It will produce and test the undercarriage and hydraulic units for Mikoyan MiG-29K jets built for Syria and India. The same jets may be supplied to the Russian Air Force in the future.

Hydromash will continue to supply units for Yakovlev Yak-130 and Sukhoi Su-35. It also considers resuming works for Mil Mi-38 and Kamov Ka-62 helicopters.

Being a supplier of Liebherr, the plant will start to supply parts for the A-350 project in 2010. Bombardier C-Series parts may be supplied starting from 2011.

Hydromash is a large Russian producer of undercarriage and hydraulic units.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Chinese MBT-2000 tanks exported to Peru installed with Ukrainian engines?

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

China has exported a number of MBT-2000 tanks to Peru.

The tanks may have diesel engines produced in Ukraine, the November issue of the Kanwa Asian Defense military journal said.

The journal referred to a representative of the Ukrainian Malyshev Plant, who said that Ukraine supplied about 100 6TD2 tank diesel engines with transmission sets to China in 2008.

The engines will be installed in Chinese tanks by contract, but further use of these tanks is not specified.

Earlier Ukraine sold 300 diesel engines to Pakistan for Al-Khalid tanks (a modification of China’s Type 90 tank created jointly by China and Pakistan for the Pakistani army).

The U.S. media said that China supplied 150 VT1A/MBT-2000 tanks to Morocco and several dozen tanks to Myanmar in 2009.

Source: Interfax-AVN

Kanwa isnt always reliable hence the question mark. Anyone have a better source?

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Russian Air Force to take delivery of 4 more Su-34′s by year’s end

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

One more Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bomber made its maiden flight at the Novosibirsk-based Chkalov Aviation Production Association belonging to Sukhoi Holding on Friday.

“It is the third of four aircraft that will be delivered to the Russian Air Force before the end of the year,” a source on the company management told Interfax-AVN.

He said that the first two bombers are undergoing flight tests before delivery and work on the fourth bomber is nearing completion.

The source said that the Air Force has already received five Su-34 bombers. “The state contract provides for the delivery of 32 aircraft,” he said.

In its combat capability the Su-34 belongs to the “4+” generation. It is capable of effectively hitting ground, naval and air targets round the clock and in any weather conditions with any aviation ammunition, including high precision. The active security system on board combined with the latest computers gives the pilot and navigator additional opportunities for targeted bombing and maneuvering under enemy fire.

Source: Interfax-AVN

This story is from Monday. Sorry for the late post.

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Sukhoi expects several more signed export orders for SSJ’s before end of 2010

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) is in pre-contract negotiations with several Southeast Asian airline companies, SCA Senior Vice President Igor Syrtsov told Interfax-AVN.

“Southern and Southeast Asian countries are most actively interested in Sukhoi Superjet 100. According to some estimates, 150-250 aircraft can be supplied here,” Syrtsov said at the Indo Defence 2010 international exposition of aviation, defense and naval equipment, where the company presented its Sukhoi Superjet 100 program.

A $951-million contract for the supply of 30 Superjets to Indonesian regional air carrier Kartika Airlines was signed in Farnborough (United Kingdom) in July 2010, he recalled.

“Currently, we are at the active stage of negotiations with a Laotian airline company. I think that we will reach a contract before the end of this year. A preliminary agreement has been reached with Thailand, a contract can also be signed before the end of the year,” Syrtsov said.

Vietnam, Malaysia and other countries are potential buyers of Superjet, he said.

The first serial airplane built for an Armenian airline company has recently performed a flight from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to Sakhalin, Syrtsov said. It has now flown to the Moscow region, from where it will perform regular flights under the European certification testing program, he said.

There are plans to open regional service centers for Sukhoi civil aircraft in India and Singapore, the company said at the aircraft presentation in Jakarta.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian upgraded Saras to perform first flight in 2011

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

The Saras aircraft being upgraded by India in accordance with proposals by Russian specialists will perform its first flight in 2011, a source from the Russian defense industry told Interfax-AVN on Saturday.

“The first Saras prototype partly completed on proposals by designers and specialists from the Myasischev Experimental Machine-Building Plant is due to take off next year, the source said.

Two Saras aircraft were built in India, one of them crashed, he said.

“Currently, India is building the third Saras prototype, fully completed on Russian proposals, and this aircraft will become a pre-series sample. Most likely the third Saras will be built in late 2011 or in 2012,” the source said.

The third airplane will take part in flight and certification tests, he said.

“India might build one or two more aircraft for certification: normally several aircraft are made for certification,” he said.

The Saras was created on the basis of the M-102 “Duet” aircraft designed by the Myasischev Experimental Machine-building Plant, “but while developing their own aircraft version Indian specialists encountered a number of problems,” he recalled.

“India pays very much attention to the Saras program completion. Many tens of millions of dollars have been invested in the program, with a total of 12 modifications of the basic Saras due to be built,” the source said.

Saras is fitted with two PT6A-66 engines each with a capacity of 850-horsepower. The maximum takeoff weight is 6,100 kilograms.

Media reports said that the Indian Air Force plans to buy up to 45 aircraft, while AF officials stated that they will acquire at least 15 such aircraft. Saras is due to replace analogous outdated airplanes like the An-2, the de Havilland Twin Otter and others.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia to open helicopter service center in China

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

Russian Helicopters Holding will open a helicopter service center in China.

“The service center, which is being formed at the Sino-Russian Helicopter Service Company Ltd. joint venture in Qingdao, will provide maintenance and repairs,” the holding said the day before the opening of Airshow China 2010.

The opening of a helicopter service center in China, a traditional market for Russian helicopters, is an important step in the fulfillment of the holding strategy, which implies a transfer from helicopter selling to full-cycle service and flight personnel training.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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UAC to supply two An-148 aircraft for Emergency Situations Ministry

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

The United Aircraft-building Corporation (UAC) and the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry have signed a contract for supply of two Antonov An-148 transport aircraft, the UAC Department of Corporate Communications told Interfax-AVN on Saturday.

“Aircraft supplies are due in 2012 and 2013. They will be preceded by the enormous work of developing the technical image of the aircraft needed for the customer,” the statement said.

“Aircraft will be supplied in a special version involving the possibility of quick change of aircraft configuration from an ordinary passenger compartment into a medical evacuation variant. The planes will be manufactured by the Voronezh Joint-Stock Aircraft-building Society,” the press release said.

An-148 is a family of aircraft designed for both passenger and freight transportation on regional and short-haul flights. The aircraft was designed by the Antonov Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex. Russia has been mass producing the An-148-100 modification since 2009.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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