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

January 29th, 2011 Comments off

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

January 29th, 2011 Comments off

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

January 29th, 2011 Comments off

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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Sovcomflot rebuffs 4 pirate attacks on its ships in 2 month period

January 29th, 2011 Comments off

The Sovcomflot group of companies successfully suppressed four attempts made by sea pirates to seize its vessels in December and January, a Sovcomflot spokesman told Interfax.

“In November 2010, we introduced amendments into Sovcomflot’s security policy demanding that armed security guards be present on board vessels owned by the group sailing in dangerous areas,” the spokesman said.

Decisions to order armed security guards to step in are made based on risk and vessel vulnerability assessments, as well as analysis of the current situation, he said.

“We started to use armed security guards on certain occasions in 2009. Convoys of ships are usually escorted by groups of Russian marines. In July 2010, we began hiring privately owned firms, including foreign security companies employing former Russian servicemen and former special service officers,” the spokesman said.

At the moment, such security guards are present aboard three Sovcomflot vessels sailing in dangerous areas of the Indian Ocean.

The number of shipping companies around the world that hire armed security guards to protect their ships from pirates, including in the Suez Canal, has been growing.

The Danish Ship Owners’ Association called on Denmark’s government to simplify the procedure for deploying armed security guards on board cargo and commercial vessels traveling in dangerous regions.

However, experts have noted the high cost of placing armed security guards on board vessels, which could also create certain difficulties during entry into ports.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Motor Sich set to deliver first MS-500V engines for Ansat helicopters

January 6th, 2011 Comments off

Zoporizhzhye-based Motor Sich will deliver the MS-500V advanced helicopter engine for the new Russian Ansat-U trainer helicopter.

“A corresponding understanding on the delivery of the first four engines has been reached with Russian partners,” Motor Sich CEO Vyacheslav Boguslayev said.

He said that at least 20 helicopters will be equipped with MS-500V engines in the framework of the Ansat program.

He said that the engine has also been requested for other international projects. He added that the new engine is meant for helicopters with a takeoff weight up to 6 tonnes. Its certification is scheduled for Q1 2011, he said.

The Ansat-U trainer along with the Mil Mi-38 medium multipurpose helicopter is regarded as a visiting card of the Kazan Helicopter Plant, part of the Helicopters of Russia holding.

Currently Ansat is powered by two Canadian-made PW-207K engines.

In 2007 the Russian Air Force command chose Ansat as the new trainer helicopter.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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New early warning radar going up in Siberia

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

Russia has started building a missile warning radar station in Siberia, the third in a series of new-generation radar stations, said the director of the Federal Special Construction Agency (Spetsstroi).

“Under the state armaments development program, we are carrying out a set of tasks to create a new generation of radar stations. Two of them, in Lekhtusi and Armavir, are in operation already. Work began not so long ago to build a third one in the vicinity of the town of Usolye-Sibirskoye in the Irkutsk region,” Maj. Gen. Nikolai Abroskin told Interfax-AVN.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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MoD to acquire 6 Ka-226′s in 2011

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Russian Defense Ministry will buy light multi-role helicopters Kamov Ka-226, a ministry representative told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

“The plan of state procurements for 2011 provides the delivery of six light Ka-226 to the Defense Ministry,” he said.

The helicopters will have Rolls-Royce engines. “In the future similar models will be powered with French Arrius-2G engines,” the source said.

“The Kumertau aviation plant, a component of the Russian Helicopters Holding, will build and deliver the Ka-226 helicopters,” he said.

“Negotiations on basing Ka-226 on board patrol ships of the Federal Border Service are in progress,” he said.

As for possibly stationing the Ka-226 helicopters that the Russian Defense Ministry is buying on the Mistral helicopter ships, no decision has been made so far, the source said.

The maximal takeoff weight of Ka-226 is 3,400 kilograms.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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The end of Dnepr

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Russian Defense Ministry does not think it expedient to carry on the Dnepr space program and will not assign a single RS-20 ‘Satan’ rocket for the program in 2011, an aerospace industry representative told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

“Ten test and training launches of RS-12M ‘Topol’, RS-18 and RS-24 ‘Yars’ intercontinental ballistic missiles are planned for 2011. Meanwhile, there will be no RS-20 launches, including those in the Dnepr program,” he said.

He said the Defense Ministry called inefficient the disposal of RS-20B missiles in space launches. “It is much easer to scrap the missiles,” he said.

Earlier reports said that four Dnepr rockets would be launched from a launch site of the Dombarovskaya division of the Strategic Rocket Forces in the Orenburg region. A cluster launch of eight satellites, including Ukraine’s Sych 2 and BPA-2, Nigeria’s NigeriaSat-X and NigeriaSat-2, Turkey’s Rasat, U.S. AprizeSat-5 and AprizeSat-6 and Italy’s EduSat, was planned for the first quarter of 2011.

It was planned to launch the South Korean radar satellite KompSat5 in June-July. Two Dnepr launches were scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011, including one to deliver the Mikhailo Lomonosov satellite and the cluster launch of several satellites, among them South Korean STSAT-3.

Cosmotrans international space company General Director Vladimir Andreyev told Interfax-AVN in September 2010 that the company hoped to use RS-20 missiles in the Dnepr space program until 2027. He said about 70 rockets would be launched.

The Russian-Ukrainian rocket Dnepr was based on the world’s most powerful delivery vehicle, RS-20 (NATO codename SS-18 ‘Satan’), with high thrust and reliability characteristics. The rocket weighs 211 tonnes, has the diameter of three meters and the length of 34.6 meters.

Sixteen Dnepr launches have been made since April 199, including twelve from Baikonur and four from the Orenburg region.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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Bazalt begs MoD not to cut ordinance orders

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Defense Ministry’s proposal to suspend air bomb procurements for five years due to the excessive amount of air bombs in storage will do irreparable harm to the ammunition industry, Bazalt General Director Alexander Rybas told Interfax-AVN.

“A decision to suspend procurements of air bombs and cluster munitions until 2016 would destroy the ammunition industry. I do not believe this decision will be made,” he said, noting that the proposal had been made by a number of ministry workers.

“They say we have plenty of air bombs, but they must answer the question what air bombs are these,” Rybas said.

“Depots store plenty of munitions, whose service life has been extended many times. This cannot be done forever, because this is dangerous. The service life of munitions was extended in recent years only because the industry said they were safe. It is a question whether these munitions can hit targets,” Rybas said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

Okay, maybe begs isn’t exactly accurate, but close enough.

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Belarusian Air Force and Air Defense commander charged with taking bribe

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Belarusian Air Force and Air Defense Commander Maj. Gen. Igor Azarenok has been charged with taking a large bribe, a source at the Belarusian Interior Ministry told Interfax on Thursday.

“Azarenok was taken into custody and charged with taking a large bribe [Article 430 of the Belarusian Criminal Code],” he said.

“The Preliminary Investigation Department of the Belarusian Interior Ministry is investigating the Azarenok case. Another criminal case was opened against Azarenok’s accomplice, a citizen of Russia. He is also in custody,” the source said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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