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Russia plans scrapping of 50,000 armored vehicles

January 29th, 2011 Comments off

More than 350,000 outdated weapons and vehicles will be discarded and scrapped over the next decade, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry has told Interfax-AVN.

“Under a new federal program for the industrial scrapping of weapons and hardware for 2011-2015 and until 2020, 60% of outdated weapons and vehicles and 100% of expired ammunition and rockets will be scrapped,” the source said.

As many as 356,000 outdated weapons, including some 50,000 tanks and armored vehicles, over 108 million shells and over 500,000 of various rockets will be discarded both in the army and navy until 2020, the source said.

Special teams of engineers, shell disposal experts and other specialists are being formed and safe ammunition and rocket scrapping technologies are being developed.

About 40% of outdated weapons will be taken to depots for long-term storage, the source said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russian government to allocate 180 billion rubles for development of the Rus-M

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The Russian government plans to allot 180 billion rubles for the development of a new family of Russian space rockets and other spacecraft, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) chief Anatoly Perminov told journalists on Tuesday.

“The overall cost of the construction of a projected manned transportation system, a new space rocket system called Rus-M, and the ground technological complex will amount to about 180 billion rubles in the period up to 2015,” Perminov said following a government session dealing with the construction of the Vostochny spaceport in Russia’s Far East.

The sketches of the new launch vehicles and a new-generation spacecraft were patented in 2010, he said.

The Rus-M medium-class rocket capable of carrying payloads reaching 24 tonnes is being developed by the Samara-based TsSKB Progress space center. This rocket should put the new spacecraft Rus being developed by the Energia rocket corporation into orbit for flight trials in 2015. A manned launch of this spacecraft is planned for 2018.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Eleron-10 drone passes state acceptance trials

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The air reconnaissance unit comprising the Eleron-10 drone plane developed by the Kazan enterprise ENIKS has successfully passed interdepartmental tests, ENIKS chief constructor Ildar Yakulov told Interfax-AVN.

“Improvements will be made to the unit on the basis of the test results and documents for it will be amended,” Yakulov said.

The Eleron-10 drone is a component of another large and complex system developed by a major company which he declined to name.

In 2011, an order for the Eleron-10 for two different purpose systems for the Ground Forces is expected, he said.

The Eleron-10 is intended for reconnaissance and observation at various ranges and can carry radio interference equipment.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Solomonov comments on development of new warhead bus for ICBM’s

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New warheads for intercontinental ballistic missiles developed in Russia may overcome any existing and future missile defense systems, Yury Solomonov said, the general designer at the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology said.

“In 2010 were carried out unique work that allow us to make an absolutely new step in creating a new type of combat equipment that is the result of integrating combat equipment of ballistic type and individual means of its separation, the so-called ‘bus’ at combat missiles,” Solomonov told Interfax-AVN.

“This will end all talks about our fight against a non-existing system of missile defense of an imaginary enemy,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Bulava chief designer explains latest delay — failure to dredge canal

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The December launch of the Bulava strategic rocket from the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine was delayed due to complicated weather conditions, Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology General Designer, Bulava developer Yuri Solomonov told Interfax-AVN.

“There was a certain combination of circumstances. The thickness of the ice was immaterial in contrast to the conditions under which the submarine was due to reach the launch zone. The state commission decided not to expose the Yuri Dolgoruky to the risk and delayed the launch until summer when the White Sea, the bay and the canal are free from the ice,” he said.

“The submarine leaves the bay through a very narrow canal, which is deepened every spring. The canal is not very deep, and the distance between the submarine keel and the canal bottom is only one meter. Under these improbable conditions, the submarine travels through the canal that is over 100 meters long,” Solomonov said.

“A icebreaker goes first, but the submarine also has to move the ice. The submarine weight and engine make this possible. However, when one ice block locks with another, the submarine could run aground,” he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Russia to commission new generation early warning radars in Kaliningrad & Irkutsk regions

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Two new generation radar stations incorporated into Russia’s early warning system will be brought into operation in the Kaliningrad and Irkutsk regions, Russian Space Forces Commander Lt. gen. Oleg Ostapenko told journalists on Thursday.

“One of them is already performing certain duties in the Kaliningrad region. Analogous work is being done outside Irkutsk,” Ostapenko said when asked where else early warning radar stations will be built.

The stations being installed in the Kaliningrad and Irkutsk regions are almost identical to the so-called prefabricated radar stations already built in Lekhtusi, the Leningrad region, and Armavir, the Krasnodar territory, the differences will be slight.

It was reported earlier that the first prefabricated radar station Voronezh-M was built in Lekhtusi and another, Voronezh-DM, in Armavir.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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5 billion rubles spent on cosmodrome improvements in 2010

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The federal target program titled, “Developing Russian cosmodromes in 2006-2015″ involves the construction of ground infrastructure for the Angara space rocket family in Plesetsk (Arkhangelsk region) and infrastructure improvements, Space Troops Commander Lt. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko told journalists on Thursday.

“Total federal budget spending for the program implementation in 2010 was more than 5 billion rubles,” Ostapenko said.

The construction and reconstruction of a universal launch pad and the Angara, as well as reconstruction of the Plesetsk airfield, a unified technical complex for preparing military satellites, continued in 2010, he said. Boilers were reconstructed and are now operating. The reconstruction of the cosmodrome’s railways was fully completed, while reconstruction of motorways is 95% complete.

Under the plan to improve infrastructure and staff housing, wastewater works and engineering networks are being built for the area N2, reconstruction of an officers’ dormitory is complete and the kindergarten N12 is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2011, the Space Troops commander said.

In 2011, the plan to implement the federal target program involves the reconstruction of a launch pad for Soyuz-2 carrier rockets, water supply and sewage networks, officers’ dormitories, two medical centers, the Gorodskaya boarding platform and a military polyclinic and construction of the Burya checkpoint. Auctions were conducted and design documentation was prepared as required by law, the general said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Ukraine to manufacture ten Zenit-3SL carrier rockets for Sea Launch project

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Ukraine’s Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant, Yuzhmash, will manufacture ten Zenit-3SL carrier rockets for the Sea Launch international consortium which launches spacecraft from a sea platform in the Pacific Ocean, Yuzhmash has reported.

“Yuzhmash managers signed an agreement in November 2010 to make ten Zenit-3SL carrier rockets, three of which are to be manufactured in 2011,” it said on its website.

Yuzhnoye Design Bureau’s General Director Alexander Degtyaryov earlier told reporters that two Zenit-3SL launches would be carried out in 2011, the first one in the third quarter. Five firm orders have been received for Zenit-3SL launches, he said.

Yuzhmash General Director Viktor Shchogolev said that the first carrier rocket for 2011 launches is 70% complete and the second – 50%. The next two carrier rockets are being laid, he said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Ukrainian prosecutors launch probe after audit checks at Defense Ministry

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The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has launched a criminal investigation following an inspection carried out by its Main Control and Revision Directorate at the Defense Ministry and the General Staff, Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli (Mirror Weekly) said on its website on Thursday.

According to the audit report #08-21/72 of December 13, 2010, a copy of which was made available to the newspaper, in 2008-2009 these violations cost the state a total of 6.589 million hryvni.

The case was opened “over the abuse of office by military officials from the General Staff Main Directorate for Communications and Information Systems in the interests of third persons when using public money in 2008-2009 to acquire research and development services during the creation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces automatic control system,” prosecutors said.

Given the grave consequences of these crimes, Article 423 part two of the Ukrainian Penal Code imposes of a penalty of three to eight years of imprisonment.

In 2008-2009 Yuriy Yekhanurov was Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Serhiy Kyrychenko was the chief of the General Staff and Mykhailo Malyarchuk was the head of the General Staff Main Directorate for Communications and Information Systems.

Neither Yekhanurov, nor Kyrychenko are presently serving at the Defense Ministry. Malyarchuk has been Deputy Defense Minister since late March 2010.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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GLONASS satellite restarts operations after maintenance

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The 22nd satellite of Russia’s GLONASS global navigation satellite system has resumed functioning after routine maintenance.

The Glonass-M satellite No. 714 was put back into operation at 8:30 a.m. on January 27, nine days later than planned, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on its website.

Roscosmos director Anatoly Perminov said earlier that “the 22nd satellite currently in orbit would be put back into operative condition before January 18.”

The Glonass-M satellite No. 714 was placed into orbit on December 25, 2005 and began operating on August 31, 2006.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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