Monthly Archives: April 2013

Russia and Japan to Cooperate in Thin-Film Technologies

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The Research and Development Center of Thin-Film Technologies in Power Engineering (belongs to Russia’s Hevel, a joint venture between Renova and Rusnano) in cooperation with Tokyo Electron Limited (Japan) will conduct scientific and technical research in the field of solar energy.

Within the framework of the five-year program, the partners plan to develop and test a new technology for the production of three-stage solar modules with highly sensitive surface. Prior to the official visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Russia, the Hevel Research and Development Center performed commissioning operations, thus marking the start of the joint program implementation.

“Combining the experience and knowledge of our scientists and Japanese specialists, we have the opportunity to conduct scientific and technical research aimed at improving the advanced thin-film technology, which is widely used not only in the solar energy sector, but also in microelectronics,” Dmitry Orekhov, the Director General of Research and Development Center, stated.

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Russian Army May Adopt New AK-12 Assault Rifle

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The fate of a new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle will be decided during the state acceptance trials scheduled for June 2013.

“Izhmash is now working on the modernization of the AK-74 and AK-100 assault rifles in service with the Russian army, as well as developing a new standard assault rifle on the AK-12 platform,” Vladimir Zlobin, Izhmash’s chief designer, stated on Monday. If the trials are successful, the new assault rifle will be adopted by the Russian military.

It should be noted that the AK-12 has been developed as a basic platform for nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon. According to Izhmash designers, they have adapted the weapon to modern combat requirements and have preserved Kalashnikov’s unique qualities, including reliability, simplicity, and relatively low production cost.

The rifle features three firing modes: single shot, three-shot burst and automatic fire. In addition, the weapon is equipped with Picatinny rails to mount optical, and night sights, grenade launchers, target indicators and other special equipment.

RT-Chemcomposite Successfully Audited by EASA

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RT-Chemcomposite Holding Company has successfully passed the audit of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and France’s Snecma within the framework of the inspection organized by Power Jet in order to check its partner enterprises for compliance with the requirements of production documentation management.

It’s necessary to point out that the Technology enterprise, which produces sound-absorbing panels for the SaM-146 on the basis of polymer composite materials, is a partner of Power Jet.

The comprehensive inspection addressed a number of issues related to the interaction between enterprises, including document management, coordination and monitoring.

“Our company has become the first Russian enterprise specializing in the production of composite components for the aviation industry to undergo such a test. This achievement provides us with significant competitive advantages,” Sergey Sokol, the Director General of RT-Chemcomposite, commented.

According to the auditors, the company does not need any unscheduled inspections.

Russian Navy to Adopt Admiral Grigorovich in 2014

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The Black Sea Fleet will adopt the Admiral Grigorovich, Russia’s first Project 11356 frigate, in 2014. This came in a statement by Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov.

“The Admiral Grigorovich, the newest Project 11356 escort ship, will be launched in 2013 and enter service with the Black Sea Fleet in 2014. The frigate will be the first in a series of six escort ships equipped with Kalibr long-range systems,” Mr. Fedotenkov pointed out.

It’s necessary to mention that the lead warship in the series, the Admiral Grigorovich, was laid down in December 2010, the second, the Admiral Essen, in July 2011, and the third, the Admiral Makarov, in February 2012.

“The Russian Navy also expects to receive six Project 636 submarines. In addition, the Black Sea Fleet is likely to adopt seven combat boats and other ships,” Mr. Fedotenkov noted.

According to the information available, the Project 11356 frigates are designed for anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare and are also armed with air defence systems.

UEC to Demonstrate Full-Scale Samples at MAKS-2013

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United Engine Corporation will demonstrate full-scale samples and models of its engines at the MAKS-2013 International Aviation and Space Salon.

According to Vladislav Masalov, the Director General of UEC, the company had already finalized its product range. Therefore, UEC will display a full-scale sample of the SaM-146 engine, as well as a model of the PD-14 and its various components, in particular, a thrust reverser cascade made of composite materials and a model of the fan’s straightener blade.

The helicopter engines will be represented by samples of VK-800V, VK-2500 and TV7-117V, as well as a multimedia presentation of the planned VK-2500M engine. Full-size mockups of AL-55I, RD-33MK, AL-31FN and AI-222 engines, mockups of 21 and 93 articles and a full-scale specimen of 117S article will provide insight into current activities of the corporation in the combat aviation segment.

It should be noted that the exhibition will also feature engines for space programs and samples of fuel equipment and assemblies.

Izhmash to Demonstrate New Products at 80th Anniversary Celebration

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NPO Izhmash (a part of the Rostec State Corporation) will demonstrate a VS-121 bullpup sniper rifle, an upgraded SV-98 rifle, and an AK-12 assault rifle chambered in 7.62 x 39 mm.

The new developments of the company will be presented at the upcoming 80th anniversary celebration of the Izhmash Design and Technology Center. Apart from the above-mentioned products, Izhmash plans to demonstrate its SV-338M sniper rifle, Saiga-12 shotgun, Saiga-MK-107 carbine for practical shooters, Bi-7-4 sporting rifle, Saiga-9 carbine, B-7-2-KO carbine, and AK-74M airsoft rifle.

It’s necessary to mention that the novelties, achievements, plans and prospects of the Design and Technology Center will be presented by Vladimir Zlobin, the Chief Designer of Izhmash.

The 80th anniversary celebration of the Izhmash Design and Technology Center will be attended by Oleg Radionov, the Minister of Industry and Energy of the Udmurt Republic, Boris Jakimovich, the rector of the Izhevsk State Technical University, and other officials.

Indian Navy to Officially Adopt 16 MiG-29K/KUBs on May 11

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16 MiG-29K/KUB deck-based fighters will be officially put into service with the Indian Navy on May 11 at the Hans air station. The event will be dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Indian Naval Aviation.

It should be noted that the Indian Defence Ministry ordered 16 MiG-29Ks, including 4 MiG-29KUB two-seat fighters, in January 2004 under an agreement worth $ 1.5 billion for the transfer and modernization of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier. The agreement included the supply of spare parts and simulators, as well as training of pilots and technical maintenance in India. The aircraft cost was estimated at $ 525 million. In addition, the contract included an option to purchase 30 more MiG-29Ks before 2015.

It’s noteworthy that the first four MiG-29Ks were delivered to India in December 2009 and were handed over to the Indian Navy in 2010. In March 2010, the parties concluded an agreement worth about $ 1.2 billion for the purchase of 29 more MiG-29K/KUB deck-based fighter jets to equip the Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier.

Rosatom to Find New Partners in Hungary

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JSC Rusatom Overseas held a seminar for Hungarian enterprises in Budapest. The event was attended by potential suppliers of equipment and services for the projects of the Rosatom State Corporation.

The participants had the opportunity to learn about the current development of Russian nuclear industry, Rosatom’s projects, and experience of cooperation between Ganz and Rosatom. It should be noted that the seminar was attended by over 150 Hungarian companies, including MVM, Siemens, KPMG, Pinter Muvek, Csepl Holding Nyrt, and many others.

“We are interested in the development of projects both in traditional and alternative energy, including wind power. We are ready to involve Hungarian suppliers not only in our projects in Hungary and CEE countries, but also in the projects of Rosatom worldwide,” Boris Arseev, the executive vice-president of JSC Rusatom Overseas, noted.

According to Ivo Koulik, the vice-president of JSC Rusatom Overseas, Rosatom will prepare its proposal, if the Hungarian government announces a tender for the construction of the 5th and 6th units of the Paks NPP.

Soyuz 2.1b Places Glonass-M into Orbit

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Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces have successfully launched another satellite for the Glonass orbit group from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. This came in a statement by Alexey Zolotukhin, the official representative of the Russian Defence Ministry for the Aerospace Defence Forces.

“The Soyuz 2.1b carrier rocket with the Glonass-M satellite blasted off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 09:23 Moscow time on Friday,” Mr. Zolotukhin noted.

It should be mentioned that all ground and launch operations were performed under supervision of Major Gen. Alexander Golovko, the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Defence Forces.

As of the end of April 2013, the Glonass orbit group consists of 29 satellites, with 23 of them being used for their intended purpose. It’s necessary to mention that three satellites are now standing ready for use, and two systems have been temporarily removed for maintenance. The new-generation Glonass-K satellite is currently undergoing flight tests.

Russia to Demonstrate 68 Planes and Helicopters in Victory Parade

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68 planes and helicopters of the Russian Air Force will fly over Red Square on May 9 during the military parade dedicated to the 68th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This information was presented by Vladimir Chirkin, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces.

“17 groups of the Air Force will fly over Red Square on May 9. Each of them will be unique for its formation difficulty,” the commander stated.

Su-24, Su-25, Su-27, Su-34, MiG-29, MiG-31, An-22, An-124, Il-76, Il-78, A-50, Tu-22M3, Tu-95 and Tu-160 planes, and Mi-8, Mi-26, Mi-28 and Ka-52 helicopters will fly in the united Air Force formation over Red Square. Thus, almost all the types of planes and helicopters that are in service with the Russian Air Force will be represented in the parade.

It should be noted that in 2011 and 2012, only five Mi-8 helicopters represented the Air Force in the Victory Parade. They carried the Russian flag and flags of the Defence Ministry, the Ground Troops, the Air Force and the Navy over Red Square.