Monthly Archives: February 2013

TATNEFT to Use a Centralized Platform for Business Processes

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TATNEFT Company in cooperation with Microsoft has completed a project to upgrade the corporate information system architecture (ARMITS) on the Microsoft SQL Server basis. The transition from the distributed architecture to a centralized system will considerably improve the system performance and reduce the expenses for administration and operation of software and hardware resources.

The corporate information system ARMITS is considered to be the basic system of operational control and management of crude oil production processes at JSC TATNEFT. It accumulates large amounts of data from a variety of telemetry and remote process control systems.

It’s necessary to point out that the company used a distributed architecture of the system, with database servers being located in nine oil and gas production boards. However, this conceptual framework required significant improvements over time. The Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 platform was selected to enhance the system responsiveness and expand its functionality.

The single corporate repository is expected to ensure completeness and consistency of information throughout the company. According to plans, the work of filling the data storage and generation of analytical applications will be completed in early 2013, after which the system can be brought to commercial operation.

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RT-Chemcomposite Demonstrating Innovative Products at Composite-Expo 2013

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RT-Chemcomposite Holding is currently participating in Composite-Expo 2013, the 6th International Specialized Exhibition on Composite Materials held in Moscow. The company’s specialists plan to demonstrate their achievements in the field of manufacturing technology development and process design for high-tech products made of polymer composites and designed for aircraft and space-rocket systems.

“Having 50-years experience of working with polymer composites, our company continues to introduce landmark solutions and innovative technologies into manufacturing processes,” Sergey Sokol, the Director General of RT-Chemcomposite Holding, noted in his statement.

It’s necessary to mention that the exhibition features the noise-cancelling composite panels designed for SaM-146 aircraft engines, which are used in the SSJ-100 airliners, and CFRP components for the future MS-21 aircraft.

JSC RT-Chemcomposite is a part of the Russian Technologies. Today, the company comprises a number of enterprises and research centers specializing in innovative developments for creation of new materials, unique systems, and technologies, as well as serial production of high-tech products for space vehicles, aircrafts, military weapons and equipment, land and water transport.

Sevmash Using Unique Test Bench

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Sevmash has commissioned the first in Russia test bench designed for performing acoustic and aerodynamic tests of fittings to be used in ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The unique test bench has been designed and manufactured within the framework of the Federal Target Program “Development of the Russian Military-Industrial Complex for 2007-2010 and up to 2015”.

According to the information furnished by the press service, the brand-new test bench is designed for carrying out tests to determine vibronoise characteristics, acoustic and aerodynamic resistance of the products to be supplied and installed in the ventilation and air conditioning systems. The nominal diameters of test samples vary from 50 to 500 mm. The measuring system of the test bench ensures real-time monitoring and recording of the product acceptance characteristics in combination with the test profile parameters, such as flow, pressure, temperature, and humidity.

It should be noted that the unique bench not only meets the current needs of Sevmash, but also fulfills orders from other companies to test the fittings of ventilation and air conditioning systems.

GLONASS to Be Supplemented with Four Satellites

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The Russian Federation plans to supplement its orbit group with four Glonass-M navigation systems in the first half of 2013. According to a source in the space-rocket industry, one system is scheduled to be launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on April 26, with the other three satellites being launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 28.

It’s necessary to mention that the satellite to be launched from the northern cosmodrome will be placed into orbit by means of the Soyuz-2-1B carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage. As for the satellites that are planned to be launched from the southern cosmodrome, they will be put into orbit using the Proton-M carrier rocket with the DM-03 upper stage.

Nikolay Testoyedov, the general designer and Director General of Information Satellite Systems named after academician M.F. Reshetnev, has recently stated that it’s planed to launch a total of five or six Glonass-M satellites and one Glonass-K1 system in 2013.

As of the end of February 2013, the orbit group of GLONASS system comprises 29 satellites, with 23 of them being used for their intended purpose. It should be noted that two satellites are now standing ready for use, three systems have been temporarily removed for maintenance, and one satellite is currently undergoing flight tests.

Russian Army Preparing for Cyber Wars

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Cyberspace is rapidly becoming a central arena for future wars. In this context, the decision made by the Russian Ministry of Defence to create a specialized network command seems to be justified and timely.

According to media reports, Sergey Shoygu, the Defence Minister of the Russian Federation, has recently ordered to make proposals on the creation of an army cyber command. According to several sources in the General Staff, if the proposal is presented on time, a basic level cyber command will appear by the end of the year.

It should be noted that Vladimir Putin had previously ordered the Federal Security Service to protect the information structures of Russian state authorities against possible network attacks.

“The current level of development in telecommunications, electronics and computer software and their growing role in the management of infrastructure and social systems, on the one hand, and the vast potential for the creation of malicious software, on the other hand, call for efforts to take information security to a new systemic level. This level envisages the capability to repel cyber-sabotage, cyber terrorism and, ultimately, cyber warfare,” states Dmitry Troshin, leading research associate of the Institute for Economic Security and Strategic Planning at the Finance University.

Russian Helicopters to Demonstrate Its Brand-New Products in Australia

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The Russian Helicopters Holding (a subsidiary of OPK Oboronprom) will take part in Avalon International Airshow which will be held in Geelong, Australia.

Australia is considered to be a new market for the Russian Helicopters Company, as the Russian helicopters haven’t been introduced to this market before. The company plans to place its stake on the Ka-32A11BC medium multipurpose helicopter that has been certified in Australia in December 2012. The Australian operators are entitled to use Ka-32A11BC helicopters for different purposes, including fire suppression, search-and-rescue operations, transportation of goods, and construction works.

Besides, the Russian company intends to demonstrate its new Ka-62 medium multipurpose helicopter at the exhibition. The construction of this aircraft comprises both the latest technologies and advanced composite materials. The new Ka-62 helicopter is equipped with Ardiden 3G engines rated at 1,680 hp. According to the specialists, the Ka-62 helicopter is likely to become the next best seller of the Russian Helicopters Holding.

It’s also necessary to mention that the Australian operators will be able to see the world-famous series of Mi-8/17 medium multipurpose helicopters, including the brand-new Mi-171A2 model which is expected to become the most efficient and cost-effective helicopter in its class.

Rostec to Create New ICT Giant

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Russian Technologies State Corporation integrates Orion, Sirius and Ruselectronics into the united Ruselectronics holding. The corresponding decision was made by the Supervisory Board of Rostec on December 19, 2012.

Ruselectronics, the head company of the holding, is specialized in the manufacture of radio electronic components and double-purpose goods. The company comprises over 100 research centers, design bureaus and manufacturing plants.

Orion is focused on military and double-purpose communications and communication management systems including the naval, aerial, mobile, immobile, airfield drives, diagnostics and management systems. The company comprises 15 scientific research centers, design bureaus and manufacturing plants.

Up to 80% of the Sirius designing was related to the defence procurement. 25 research centers and manufacturing plants of the holding produced automated control system elements, systems of radio navigation and secure data transfer.

According to the official information, this merger will result in the large vertically integrated company having a full range of competences in intellectual control systems, complex security and communications systems.

New Su-25 Modification to Be Adopted by the Russian Army in 2014

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The specialized Su-25 aircrafts designed for destroying air defence systems will be put into service with the Russian Air Force in 2014.

According to a source in the Air Force Command, flight testing of an attack aircraft on the Su-25 basis is likely to be completed in May 2013. This aircraft is able to detect and destroy the most powerful air defence systems, such as Patriot SAM. The new model has been equipped with special-purpose antennas that can detect the radio emission direction and classify the source type.

The aircraft will also be equipped with the units for laser and infrared radiation detection. It should be noted that all onboard devices and modules are integrated into a single system, with a type of interference being independently selected by the computer with regard to the information received.

The tactical and strategic mission of the new specialized Su-25 aircraft consists in leading a group of conventional attack aircrafts or bombers. At the same time, it can be used as an independent unit.

Russia Develops a Brand-New Jam-Resistant Control System for UAVs

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ZALA Aero Group has developed a protected navigation and communication system for unmanned aerial vehicles. This came in a statement by Nikita Zakharov, the Deputy Director General of the company.

“Thanks to this system, an unmanned aerial vehicle is able to perform its tasks in the normal mode and return to base even if satellite navigation signals are lost,” Mr. Zakharov said.

According to the official information, a special radio range finder is used to control an unmanned aerial vehicle under noise conditions. At the same time, it should be noted that the communication equipment is fully protected, thus preventing the communication from being interrupted.

ZALA Aero Group is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles and integrated navigation systems in the Russian Federation. Since 2004, the company has developed and produced several types of aircrafts and helicopters on the basis of a unique automatic control system. The unmanned vehicles manufactured by ZALA Aero Group make a significant contribution to the security and development of the Russian economy.

Russia to Boost Its Arms Exports

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The IDEX arms exhibition is over. According to the experts, Russia has demonstrated many samples of its latest hardware which may top the sales charts in the short run.

Today, Russia is considered to be the second largest arms exporter to the Middle East after the United States. For a number of political reasons, Russia cannot compete with the United States in the Israeli and Saudi markets, but it trades successfully with other Middle East countries. In particular, Russia is now about to sing a breakthrough contract with Iraq. It has been successfully cooperating with Algeria, Jordan, the Emirates, and other Middle East and Arab nations. There has been renewed interest towards Russian arms in Libya and Egypt.

The Russian anti-aircraft systems, infantry weapons and aircrafts are in high demand in the Middle East. The sales prospects for the T-72 tanks and particularly the latest version of the T-90, or the T-90SM, are really promising.

New contracts are likely to be signed for the supply of air defence systems, Yak-130 military training planes and helicopters. It should be noted that the Middle East remains Russia’s second largest arms market after Southeast Asia.