Monthly Archives: June 2013

Russian Army Adopts New Electronic Jammers

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The Russian Army has received the first batch of advanced electronic jammers based on the Mi-8 helicopter. This statement was made by Yury Maevsky, Deputy Director General of JSC Radioelectronic Technologies Concern.

“Our concern has delivered the first batch of jammers based on the Mi-8, which are fundamentally different from their predecessors (Mi-8PP). These systems are capable of jamming any detection and reconnaissance devices, as well as protecting the aircraft from anti-aircraft missiles,” Mr. Maevsky commented without specifying the date and volume of delivery.

It should be noted that the concern has developed many other systems as well. “We have designed a total of 12 different products that include both air and ground systems. Unfortunately, I can’t give any details of their specifications, as they have been developed under order of Russia’s Defence Ministry. I can only say that the concern enterprises have already mastered production of ground-based jamming, intelligence and control units. The troops have also started receiving onboard defence systems for aircraft and helicopters,” Mr. Maevsky concluded.

Russia to Construct 100 Military Airfields and Bases

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Russia will construct about 100 new defence infrastructure facilities, including airfields and Army and Navy maintenance and supply bases in order to accommodate new weapon systems. This information was presented by a top military official on Thursday.

“A total of 316 garrison towns are scheduled to be built by 2016. Their number is due to increase to 495 by 2020,” Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces, stated, adding that over 3,000 facilities, including barracks, parking lots, cafeterias, etc., would be built in those locations.

All of those facilities will be put into operation several months before new arms and military equipment are delivered. “All of that will help significantly enhance personnel training standards and make the Armed Forces more efficient,” Mr. Gerasimov emphasized.

It should be noted that Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, said in early May that the share of new weaponry in service with the Russian Army should reach 75 percent by 2020. The Russian government has already allocated 22 trillion rubles for an ambitious armed forces rearmament program through 2020.

Russia Unveils Military Development Plans

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Russia’s Ministry of Defence has published the development plan until 2020. It includes specific deadlines concerning the delivery of different weapons to the troops. According to the official information, the proportion of modern weapons in the Russian Army should reach 70 percent by 2020.

The document stipulates that the share of modern submarines should increase to 47 percent by the end of 2014. That figure is due to reach 51 percent in 2015 and will reach 70 percent by 2020.

The published plans also contain information about the construction of new destroyers to replace the Project 956 ships that are currently being decommissioned from the Russian Navy.

The development of new destroyers is expected to be finished in late 2018, and their serial production is due to start in 2019.

It’s necessary to mention that the number of new military aircraft is expected to increase to 56 percent by 2017, with the proportion of modern helicopters reaching 76 percent. Thus, the total number of combat aircraft will reach the target of 70 percent by 2020.

Moscow Hosts Conference on Nitride Materials

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MSU Faculty of Physics in cooperation with the Ioffe Institute held the 9th All-Russian Conference titled “Nitrides of Gallium, Indium and Aluminum: Structures and Devices”.

It should be noted that the great interest in nitride materials and devices all over the world is based on the prospects of using these environmentally friendly materials in modern lighting devices (LEDs), photonics, photovoltaics, modern laser systems, etc. The main problem discussed at the conference is the introduction of the nanoheterostructure technology into a number of scientific and technical areas.

It’s necessary to mention that the conference addressed a wide range of issues related to the fundamental aspects, technological features, and practice of manufacturing nitride heterostructures, as well as design and application of semiconductor devices, including light-emitting and laser diodes, lasers with electronic and optical excitation, photo diodes, microwave transistors and integrated circuits. In addition, the conference featured an exhibition of processing and measuring equipment, raw materials and components required for the research, development and production of nitride materials.

Russia to Use Safest Technology in Nuclear Power Generation

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Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, held a meeting with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, during which he disclosed Russia’s plans to increase nuclear power generation using the most modern and safest technology available, including a new VVR reactor.

“It goes without saying that we are doing all this, and you well know it, with post-Fukushima technologies, that is, envisioning the maximum safe use of atomic energy for the world’s ends,” the Russian president stated. Mr. Putin congratulated Mr. Amano with being elected to the top IAEA post for the second time, saying that Russia is counting on continued work with and support from the agency.

“I think that the international conference going on now in St. Petersburg is very timely, as more than two years have passed since the incident at Fukushima. Moreover, we know that your country plays a leading role in the design and development of nuclear technologies,” Mr. Amano concluded.

Zaschita Corporation to Present SBA-60K2 Bulat in September

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SBA-60K2 Bulat armored vehicle, specially designed for transporting and protecting the personnel, as well as mounting the weapons and military equipment, will be presented by Zaschita Corporation at Russia Arms EXPO 2013, the IX International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment, and Ammunition, organized by Uralvagonzavod.

The SBA-60K2 Bulat is based on the Russian-made KAMAZ military trucks and has increased maneuverability, lifting capacity, controllability, and stability. In addition, the vehicle is fitted with bullet-proof armor and mine protection and can be adjusted to protect the personnel from spalls and ricochets. The SBA-60K2 Bulat can be operated under any weather and road conditions. Its total seating capacity reaches 10 people. The armored vehicle is equipped with a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system that can be completed with an additional filtration unit to ensure the most comfortable conditions for the personnel.

It should be noted that Russia Arms EXPO 2013 will be held in the Nizhny Tagil State Demonstration and Exhibition Center of Armaments and Military Equipment of the Nizhny Tagil Metal Testing Institute.

VNIISV Developing Cooperation with German Companies

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RT-Chemcomposite Holding Company is currently conducting a series of negotiations with German companies on the prospects for cooperation. This information was presented by the press service of the company.

In particular, Tver enterprise VNIISV, a part of RT-Chemcomposite Holding, has already held talks with a few foreign companies, including Liba, Dornier, Оntec and K. Fourne Polymertechnik GmbH on the issue of receiving test samples of materials and purchasing equipment. It’s worth noting that the abovementioned companies are specialized in the manufacture of equipment for various textile products to be used for industrial purposes.

“Our holding has already established long-term business and partnership relations with a number of German companies. Having the high level of expertise, we are looking forward to the effective cooperation,” Sergey Sokol, Director General of RT-Chemcomposite, pointed out.

The purchase of pilot machines for the production of synthetic fibers will enhance the enterprise performance and improve the product quality.

Russia Completes Stern for First Mistral Ship

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The stern of the Russian Navy’s first Mistral-class helicopter carrier was floated out on Wednesday. This information was furnished by a representative of the Russian shipyard.

“The Vladivostok is due to enter service with the Russian Navy next year,” Alexander Voznesensky, Chief of the Baltiysky shipyard, stated.

According to Yves Destefanis, representative of the French DCNS contractor, the stern will begin to be towed to France on July 8 and is expected to arrive there on July 25. The ship will be completed at a French shipyard and floated out on October 15 in accordance with the schedule.

Yury Borisov, Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federaion, said earlier this month that the stern might not be completed within deadline, but Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defence industry, refuted this remark saying that the ship will be ready on time.

It’s necessary to mention that Russia and France signed a contract for two French-designed helicopter carriers in June 2011. However, Russia has put back plans to build two additional Mistral-class ships under French license to 2016, citing the need to assess the ship performance, role and status as part of the Russian Navy.

Petrozavodskmash Visited by Rosatom Delegation

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The delegation headed by Sergey Kirienko, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation, has paid a working visit to Petrozavodsk on June 24, 2013. The officials visited Petrozavodskmash, the largest machine-building enterprise of Karelia, which became a part of Rosatom’s machine-building division in 2010.

Sergey Kirienko, accompanied by Andrey Nikipelov, Director General of Atomenergomash, Evgeny Pakermanov, Director General of AEM-Technologies, and Oleg Gromov, Acting Head of Karelia, has inspected the mechanical assembly production areas, physical and mechanical lab of the central plant laboratory, as well as welding production areas.

It should be noted that Petrozavodskmash had modernized its existing facilities and installed the new equipment, including machining systems, welding machines, quality control devices, and lifting equipment in 2010-2013.

“I’m really satisfied with the modernization program implementation. In my opinion, Petrozavodskmash is one of the most advanced machine-building companies in Russia. Since the nuclear industry sets high requirements for quality, safety, and reliability, the company, which is specialized in the manufacture of products for the nuclear industry, meets the requirements of other industries as well,” Sergey Kirienko commented.

Kuznetsov Engines Ensure Successful Launch

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The Soyuz-ST space rocket with four O3b Networks communication satellites was successfully launched from the Kourou space center (Guiana) at 23:27 Moscow time on June 25. The engines of the primary and secondary stages (RD-107A/RD-108A) manufactured by JSV Kuznetsov were running successfully.

According to experts of the Kuznetsov service department that attended launches both in Russia and foreign countries, even given specific weather conditions, the engines are capable of providing operations with invariant stability.

“Humidity and temperature are controlled by sensors and thus weather conditions don’t affect any system operations,” the enterprise representatives stated, adding that the proximity of the launching site to the Equator allowed the carrier rocket equipped with powerful engines to take the cargo 1.5-2 times heavier as compared to the lifting capabilities at launch from more distant flight pads, and place it into the orbit.

In addition, the Soyuz-2-1b carrier rocket was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 21:28 on June 25. The vehicle was equipped with the Resurs-P satellite and Kuznetsov RD-107A/RD-108A engines.